Cat 29 June 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, la vie en rose.
Photos courtesy of Eli Klein Fine Art
hmmm When I saw this write-up and gallery of a Chinese artist, Liu Bolin, who paints himself into the landscape, I thought he was a copy cat of some I had seen a couple of years ago… but going thru the gallery, it is all him. Beijing, points in Europe and now NY.
I think his earlier efforts were considerably more successful than the recent in NYC.
Maybe in some metaphysical way, you cannot obliterate NY!
I, however, showed up for the pink cats in Arles…. Les chats rosees … ;)
(Oh politics… yeah somebody did a soft shoe this morning. Of no use to anyone…)
Forward! March! 27 June 2011Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
This goose-stepping owl was photographed by Austin Thomas near Formby, Lancashire. “It’s quite unusual to see an owl walking along the ground like this,” he explained. “He would often fly from his nest and perch on a nearby barn where he would look for insects and worms in the grass to feed to his young” [AUSTIN THOMAS/SOLENT]
Sweet 25 June 2011Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast.
LIFE IN THE 1970s: Skateboarding And Hanging Out In Sunny California – Collision on the Ramp, Redondo Beach Pier (1975) [Image: Hugh Holland / mbart.com]
There is a photo gallery kicking around at BI for a bit now, a sun tinged remembrance, it seems, of California in the 70s… mostly children, loose and free, in beach and coastal communities, most of them having a ball with skateboards…
It does have a sweetness to it, an Endless Summer nostalgia. I never knew why the disdain, even hatred, for “skateboarders”… what it was all about… but people sure indulged in it.
What is wrong about children filling their time, having fun?
Transit 23 June 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election.
Wuhan, China: Students make their way across a flooded school compound [AFP/Getty Images]
Massive flooding in China, it seems. Aside from the big rivers and tributaries in the USA, down river from Canadian run off….
Just by accident a few weeks ago, I stumbled on news reports of the flooding in… think it was Colombia. Over 3 million displaced internally.
Oh well. Gore working hard on the issue of climate change. A wordy (7,000 of them!) piece in Rolling Stone slamming L’Obster.
Maybe they can screw each other with their Nobels.
That’ll do it.
Baby 21 June 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Divertissements.
This one-year-old boy got the fright of his life when he came face to face with a lioness at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Picture: YOUTUBE
I don’t know about this “fright of his life”, I saw the vid and the baby was absolutely delighted… he loved that the lion was so attracted to him… Probably freaked out a few adults… ;)
Baby likely understood there may be no god but there is 3 inch plexiglas.
Might as well trust in something…
Imperium 19 June 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics, UK, WAR!.
On 24 May 2011 President Obama made a State visit to the UK. These behind-the-scenes pictures capture him and the First Lady during the three-day visit [PETE SOUZA/THE WHITE HOUSE]
The pic of Obby being presented to the Head House Cat / Mouser-in-Chief at 10 Downing is pretty funny. Larry is not happy to be there…
Liberal use of the name “Obama” in this piece from Tom Dispatch, so many white liberals seem unable to say the name in conjunction with crimes and misdemeanors…
From the Tom Engelhardt preamble to a piece by Karen Greenberg:
Every time we get a peek inside Washington’s war on terror, it just couldn’t be uglier. Last week, three little home-grown nightmares from that “war” caught my attention. One you could hardly miss. On the front page of the New York Times, Glenn Carle, a former CIA official, claimed that the Bush administration had wanted “to get” Juan Cole, whose Informed Comment blog devastatingly critiqued the invasion and occupation of Iraq (and who writes regularly for TomDispatch). Not only that, administration officials called on the CIA to dig up the dirt on him.
. . . .
In case you think taking down Cole was just a matter of the bad old days of the Bush administration, note that the journalist who revealed this little shocker, James Risen, is being hounded by the Obama administration. He’s been subpoenaed by federal authorities to testify against a CIA agent accused of leaking information to him (on a bungled CIA plan to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program) for his book State of War. It’s worth remembering that no administration, not even Bush’s, has been fiercer than Obama’s in going after government whistle blowers.
In the meantime, in case you didn’t think American law enforcement could sink much lower while investigating “terrorist activity” and generally keeping an eye on Americans, think again. According to Charlie Savage of the Times, a revised FBI operational manual offers its 14,000 agents new leeway in “searching databases,” using “surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention,” and “going through household trash.” Yes, that’s right, if you see somebody at the dumpster out back, it may not be a homeless person but an FBI agent.
And then there was Peter Wallsten’s account in the Washington Post of a nationwide FBI investigation of “prominent peace activists and politically active labor organizers.” According to Wallsten, news leaking out about it hasn’t sat so well with union supporters of President Obama (or, for all we know, with the president himself), since “targets” include “Chicagoans who crossed paths with Obama when he was a young state senator and some who have been active in labor unions that supported his political rise.” All are (shades of Cole in the Bush years) “vocal and visible critics of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South America.” . . . .
That last might be dicey - if US labor had any balls.
All the years the party regulars have spent, arguing in a blizzard of verbiage and TV banter, that the Democrats are the 2% fat milk, or something. “Better for you”…
A waste of breath.
Beach 17 June 2011Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast, Divertissements.
Carbon Beach Malibu
Standard slobber 15 June 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
… but still.
Via Politico’s “44″
President Obama is making himself available to four lucky supporters — for a price. Granted, that price is a minimum of $5.
Obama said in the pitch that the contest isn’t like “most campaigns” that “fill their dinner guest lists primarily with Washington lobbyists and special interests.” (An iWatch News investigation, meanwhile, found that nearly 200 of Obama’s top donors were rewarded with nice government jobs, advisory positions, contracts or invitations to elite events.)
… and, for the come on:
I’ve set aside time for four supporters like you to join me for dinner.
Most campaigns fill their dinner guest lists primarily with Washington lobbyists and special interests.
We didn’t get here doing that, and we’re not going to start now. We’re running a different kind of campaign. We don’t take money from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PACs — we never have, and we never will.
We rely on everyday Americans giving whatever they can afford — and I want to spend time with a few of you.
So if you make a donation today, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to be one of the four supporters to sit down with me for dinner. Please donate $5 or more today:
We’ll pay for your flight and the dinner — all you need to bring is your story and your ideas about how we can continue to make this a better country for all Americans.
This won’t be a formal affair. It’s the kind of casual meal among friends that I don’t get to have as often as I’d like anymore, so I hope you’ll consider joining me.
But I’m not asking you to donate today just so you’ll be entered for a chance to meet me. I’m asking you to say you believe in the kind of politics that gives people like you a seat at the table — whether it’s the dinner table with me or the table where decisions are made about what kind of country we want to be.
It starts with a gift of whatever you can afford.
Please make a donation of $5 or more today, and we’ll throw your name in the hat for the upcoming dinner:
I’ve said before that I want people like you to shape this campaign from the very beginning — and this is a chance for four people to share their ideas directly with me.
Hope to see you soon,
Hope they get a mug, too! Something tangible, ya know! Full on Barack-a-cuda…
(Bet he ducks out early.)
war 13 June 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, WAR!.
Kabul graffiti – in pictures: Boys stand in front of graffiti printed on to a wall [Ahmad Masood/Reuters]
Apropos 11 June 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
A naughty male bird appears to be caught playing away by an angry female. The love struck birds had migrated over 4,220 miles from Africa back to Southern Israel for summer – but their secret rendezvous was hijacked when an angry female discovered them. The moment was captured by amateur photographer Zander Jakob in April as he casually took pictures of Bee Eaters on a wildlife photography trip. He said: “They were trying to pair up with each other, but they didn’t pick a very discreet place to do it. It was absolutely a once in a lifetime capture, if you wait for a frame like this you could stay there for the rest of your life and it probably wouldn’t happen.” [ZANDER JAKOB / CATERS NEWS]