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Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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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.'

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]

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1. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2011

beautiful shot

marisacat - 11 June 2011

Isn’t it? No idea if the little story is true (tho it sure fits the image), but the photograph is lovely.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2011
3. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2011
marisacat - 11 June 2011

oh they banned rainbows because sometimes it is the gay llag?

Yikes. jsut a little reactionary there.

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2011

well, look at the damage the sixties did …

marisacat - 11 June 2011

yeah 40 years later people are still all frantic, hot and sweaty, about it.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2011
marisacat - 11 June 2011

What’s going to happen when the national Dems (draggin’ Obby along) come in and extrude their crafted message of how Obama was FOR the working people of WI before he was silent and now miraculously he is FOR them again – oh and he has mugs to sell emblazoned with “Win the Future”…..

I hope someone throws rotten tomatoes. And whatever else………………….. :lol:

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2011
marisacat - 11 June 2011

I read today that the white boys around Obby expect the hard right R governers and what they do inside their states, to be a selling point for Obby in ReElection.

As he golfs this weekend with Kasich. And Biden….. and I think Boehner (but not sure………. the roster is so lousy, it could be other versions)

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2011

I think people are sick of the refusal to actually fight them. The local dems are refusing to fight fire with fire, per usual, but lots of BS talk about strategy.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2011

another winger business “leader” fucks over the community that gave his company tons of support:

Finding skilled workers a struggle for Bucyrus

Texas officials matched Bucyrus International with a ready-to-occupy factory in Kilgore.

Bucyrus CEO says Texas did training that Wisconsin couldn’t

By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel

June 11, 2011 7:12 p.m. |(13) Comments

West Bend – Not long ago, Bucyrus International Inc. stood out in Milwaukee as a veritable poster child for business opportunity and expansion. Mayor Tom Barrett singled out chief executive Tim Sullivan in his 2005 “state of the city” address: “Thank you for believing and investing in our city.”

And so it was awkward last week when Sullivan told a packed auditorium of civic leaders that he needed to make a “confession,” something he’s kept quiet for years. Finding qualified, factory-grade welders in an old-line industrial city such as Milwaukee had become arduous to near impossible. Calling himself a “killjoy,” Sullivan said he quietly phoned a few contacts in Texas to see whether the Lone Star State could provide him enough welders who are qualified to piece together the colossal mining machines that Bucyrus ships to India, China and elsewhere around the world.

A delegation of senior Texas government authorities met Sullivan at the airport, including the mayor of the town of Kilgore. In a one-hour lunch, they matched Bucyrus with a ready-to-occupy factory with every possible amenity.

More important, they asked Sullivan exactly what sort of workers he needed. Sullivan said 80 with specific skill. The state gave Sullivan a guarantee that the workers would be waiting when the doors opened at the expansion site in Kilgore. State officials customized a recruitment, training and certification program. One year later, when the expansion site in Kilgore opened its doors, the 80 welders were waiting.

In the two years since then, the Texas site has more than doubled to 184 total workers and plans to keep hiring. And back in Milwaukee, Sullivan has said next to nothing in public about the Kilgore expansion.
New leg of expansion

That is, until Wednesday, when he spoke in West Bend at a quarterly meeting of the seven-county Milwaukee 7 economic development consortium.

“You could see how pained Tim was to put that plant in Kilgore,” said Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and senior M-7 planner.

“Push came to shove, and we had to do something,” Sullivan said in an interview after the M-7 meeting.

Sullivan can afford to be more blunt than usual these days. He said he would step down this summer after he closes a $7.6 billion deal to sell Bucyrus to Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest construction equipment maker. Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Ill., has plants around the world and wants to open new global production sites.

“We shouldn’t fool ourselves that if companies cannot find labor in Milwaukee, that they won’t look somewhere else,” Sheehy said. “The message for Milwaukee is to fix the workforce or die.”

Of course, the real problem was that he couldn’t find workers willing to accept lower pay, who weren’t in a union. I mean seriously, TX education is better, really?

marisacat - 11 June 2011

hmm I thought wingers and other vocal sorts want smaller government?

The state gave Sullivan a guarantee that the workers would be waiting when the doors opened at the expansion site in Kilgore. State officials customized a recruitment, training and certification program

doesn’t sound small to me.

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2011

funny how that works, isn’t it?

marisacat - 11 June 2011

Corporate welfare is for the common good. (Something like that)

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2011

Police State Much?

In fact, attorney Bill Quigley has documented that more than 2600 activists have been arrested since Obama was sworn in, in 2009.

The Constitutional Lawyer turned POTUS is committing atrocities against peace, justice and human rights at a pace that Bush and Cheney only dreamed possible. If Obama can’t have one of us arrested or executed on his orders, then he will gladly diagnose our principled questioning as a mental disorder. Obama even told Steve Pelley of 60 Minutes that if any American dare question his obvious lies around the re-death of Osama bin Laden, then he/she should have “their heads examined.”

I find it extremely interesting that the fundamental values of peace, truth, and justice have been turned into a mental disorder by the POTUS who, as I have pointed out before, has committed innumerable atrocities against these values. However, what I am finding increasingly alarming is the USA’s rapid descent into a police state.

On June 7th, my sister and I were driving from Sacramento to Los Angeles on I-5 – this is a trip that both she and I have made dozens of times since my family moved near Sacramento in 1993. We almost immediately noticed the elevated presence of cop ‘copters hovering over the interstate and over nearby communities. Neither of us had ever witnessed so many military convoys and such a police presence in any of the previous times we made the trip. We speculated what it could be all about and I even had to come to a complete stop on I-105 when it looked like a Los Angeles Sheriff’s ‘copter was about to land on the roof of my car. Hmm, there is definitely a shift happening, but it’s often hard to pin things down.

Well, the very next day I learned about two events that shocked even me – I thought the Empire couldn’t shock me, but I was wrong.

The very day that my sister and I were traveling the length of our gorgeous state, a Stockton, California man was having his door broken down by what he thought was a SWAT Goon Squad.

According to Kenneth Wright, a single father of three young children ages 3, 7 and 11; he heard some commotion outside his Stockton home, so he looked out his upstairs window and saw 15 cops that looked like members of SWAT. Before he could get downstairs to the door, they had battered it down and entered his home. Wright spent the next six hours handcuffed in the back of a cop car with his three frightened children.

Is Kenneth Wright the alleged murderer of thousands of brown people in the Middle East and North Africa? Has this scoundrel cheated millions of people out of their retirement/life savings? Did Mr. Wright authorize the use of torture, or even invade one country illegally?

No, of course not. It turns out that the cops who broke down Mr. Wright’s door, brutalizing him and traumatizing his children, weren’t local or state law enforcement, but an Education Goon Squad that had been granted some kind of vicious police state authority because Mr. Wright’s ex-wife allegedly committed “fraud” on her student loans. How many of us have student loans that are in danger of being defaulted on because we can’t find a job? The primary question is, though, why do most of us have to commit ourselves to years of debt to get a University education which should be free in the most wealthy country in the world?

The scandal of the rising cost and increasing inaccessibility of higher education can be directly related to the oppression and exploitation of the people that handle Obama like the Marionette that he is.

marisacat - 11 June 2011

weren’t local or state law enforcement, but an Education Goon Squad that had been granted some kind of vicious police state authority

That is a stunning story… the edumacation goon squad. Imagine if it happened under Bush.

diane - 12 June 2011

Interesting stream of events surrounding that Stockton assault by the Department of Education. The original, local news article on it, news10.net/news/article/141072/2/Dept-of-Education-breaks-down-Stockton-mans-door, was quickly scrubbed. (A copy is pasted here.)

What looks like happened after that, was that too many blog sites (and Fox News, which still links to the scrubbed piece) had picked it up, before the scrubbing, to vanish it; so the same local news team did a follow-up, noting that the Department of Education claimed the issue wasn’t regarding student loans, but wouldn’t state what it was for.

Searching for other info I found some pieces at the Cato Institute , by David Ritter, who made the following observation after the Department of Education claimed it wasn’t a student loan default:

This does not change my analysis one bit. The Department of Education doesn’t need a squad of ”operators” busting down doors in white collar crime cases.

Search warrants issued pursuant to an investigation of bribery, fraud or embezzlement shouldn’t require door breaching at dawn unless there’s some exigent circumstances justification. ….

Then, further on, he adds this March 2010 link to a Department of Education site soliciting bids for arms contracts:

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) intends to purchase twenty-seven (27) REMINGTON BRAND MODEL 870 POLICE 12/14P MOD GRWC XS4 KXCS SF. RAMAC #24587 GAUGE: 12 BARREL: 14″ – PARKERIZED CHOKE: MODIFIED SIGHTS: GHOST RING REAR WILSON COMBAT; FRONT – XS CONTOUR BEAD SIGHT STOCK: KNOXX REDUCE RECOIL ADJUSTABLE STOCK FORE-END: SPEEDFEED SPORT-SOLID – 14″ LOP are designated as the only shotguns authorized for ED based on compatibility with ED existing shotgun inventory, certified armor and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts.

(While much of the Cato Institute ideology makes me shudder with disgust, I have to say there are some good pieces there on the militarization of the police. They also have an interesting raid map)

marisacat - 12 June 2011

Oh those are great links, thanks…

While much of the Cato Institute ideology makes me shudder with disgust, I have to say there are some good pieces there on the militarization of the police

No, a lot of right/libertarian sites (even Instapundit) have picked up on this and other instances. I cannot imagine why the Dep of Ed wants weapons. Why?

On these points and a few related ones, I find agreement with sites lik Cato, Reason and Instapundit….. That is about it tho…

marisacat - 12 June 2011

Oh another thing, News 10 up there can be very good when they zone in on an incident, a crime or whatever. They were fantastic in the first few weeks following the break in Garrido, Dugard… admittedly a huge popular interest case, but still….

diane - 12 June 2011

I got the strong impression that a lot of Government pressure was put on News 10 to scrub that original article. Really depressing that the Government has gotten even far more thuggish than it was under bush (not that I expected it would get better, but I didn’t think it would get so bad this quickly)..

(by the way, I spelled David Rittgers name wrong above, looks like he writes a lot of pieces about out of control police. Interestingly, he has a long military background.)

marisacat - 12 June 2011

oh I think all of that in one form or another happened under Bush. We live in a pressure cooker, self-censor, censor from above, thug threatened society.

Obama Holder Geithner Arne Duncan Big Sis Janet Nap etc are just the new chapter.

diane - 12 June 2011

I don’t disagree at all that the bush admin was loaded with thuggery.

diane - 12 June 2011

Yeah, WHY ARMS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ??????

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 June 2011

I cannot imagine why the Dep of Ed wants weapons.

B/C the bankers that own the gov’t know that people are hitting bottom, walking away even though they can’t clear the debt through bankruptcy or getting a good job eventually, and the only way to squeeze out more of what is owed is through the application of fear.

marisacat - 12 June 2011

well I agree with that, but direct application of force, lethal weapons force from an organised team with in Dept of Ed HAS to be a departure?

Ugh…. I know they are expecting forms of something more than protest, some forms of combative insurgency… even if only in their wet dreams….

I think people know to be afraid. I trust in a sort of cellular perception and response….

7. m - 12 June 2011

Israel’s central bank chief applies to head IMF
Israel’s central bank chief applies for top job at International Monetary Fund

oh, great. Where did he work before?

marisacat - 12 June 2011

I don’t think he is going to get it, myself… not that Legarde is a great pick either.

Hw have you been mattes? Lst you said you were at the doctor and might have surgery… I hope you are OK and doing well..

8. m - 12 June 2011

I refused surgery, time will tell.

Hope all is well with you and marcat contributors.

I have quit blogging on politics as I am beyond disgusted. All I want is entertainment and to keep my head in the sand.

More:

Israel’s central bank chief has applied to head the International Monetary Fund, the bank said Saturday, acknowledging that obstacles stand in his way.

Stanley Fischer has headed the Bank of Israel since 2005 and has held top jobs at the World Bank and at Citigroup Corp.

He has been widely credited with enabling the country to largely escape the global economic crisis. Unemployment in Israel is just over 6 percent, and the real estate sector is booming.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110611/ap_on_bi_ge/ml_israel_imf_chief

Did Stanley help sell CDS and securitized mortgages around the world but protect the Israeli economy??

From wiki:

By the end of 2001 Dr. Fischer had joined the influential Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty. After leaving the IMF, he served as Vice Chairman of Citigroup, President of Citigroup International, and Head of the Public Sector Client Group. Dr. Fischer worked at Citigroup from February, 2002 to April, 2005.

diane - 13 June 2011

I’ve been wondering about you, glad to know you’re hanging in there, take care hon.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 June 2011

Lady Gaga Angers the Pope

Against the backdrop of a purple sunset behind St. Peter’s Basilica, Lady Gaga revved up a raucous crowd at the Europride gay-rights festival in Rome on Saturday night. “Ciao Roma,” she yelled to a rambunctious gathering of drag queens, gay and lesbian couples, and heterosexual families with children. “Let’s exercise our anger and baptize our pain and stand here strong. Today let us proclaim the defense of love.”

Pink inflatable smiling penises and gay-pride flags wafted in the cool breeze over nearly 1 million people who jammed into the ancient Circus Maximus stadium, where a few weeks ago the Vatican celebrated the venerated life of Pope John Paul II. Earlier in the day, a colorful parade of gay-rights revelers wound its way through Rome’s historical center with representatives from more than a dozen countries demonstrating against discrimination based on sexuality. Drag queens dressed like Gaga herself and groups in bishops’ cloaks kissed and hugged on the cobbled streets. Hunky men wearing little more than feathers mingled with lesbian women of the Violet Movement. “Gagare l’omofobia” or “Gag homophobia” was the prevalent theme, playing off Gaga’s name.

Lady Gaga’s presence in Rome drew particular ire across town at the Vatican, where top church officials have condemned the Europride celebrations. Homosexuality is a particularly touchy issue at the Holy See, which has been roiled by pedophile scandals and the unveiling of Rome’s gay priests. This week, a group representing gay Catholics sent an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI, insisting that the church’s silence on the issue is read by many as an endorsement of homophobia. “We ask Your Holiness to condemn violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals and to ensure that criminal punishment for sexual relations between people of the same sex are lifted around the world.”

Anti-Gaga feelings were echoed at the top levels of the Italian government. Italy has a miserable record on gay rights and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is a proven gay-basher, most recently telling his supporters, “My passion for young women is better than being gay.” Many in Berlusconi’s close circle condemned the march and Lady Gaga’s involvement, which they say is meant only to incite hate and condone homosexuality. A small anti-gay counterprotest on a parallel street did nothing to dampen the spirits of the boisterous parade attendees.

Lady Gaga, who pointed out her Italian heritage by reciting her real name, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, with a perfect Italian accent, has become a strong advocate of gay rights. David Thorne, America’s ambassador to Italy, was integral in securing her participation in the event. “Lady Gaga has been a public advocate for LGBT issues, which are very important to us,” he said when her attendance was confirmed. “As Secretary Clinton says regularly, human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights. I am very proud to have an Italian-American artist of her stature visit Rome and we look forward to the concert.”

Gaga, whose short bobbed hair was dyed mint green, spent most of her stage time delivering a smart speech. After first thanking Donatella Versace for her black and white evening dress from the late Gianni Versace’s final collection, she touched on what she felt was one of the world’s greatest injustices, delving into the sensitive topics of suicide and self-loathing many gay and lesbian youth experience. “For some governments, gay rights are not a political or social priority,” she said. “And the principles of non-discrimination are ambiguous.” Then she turned to her own experience. “I am often questioned, why so much gayspeak? And just how gay is Lady Gaga? On a gay scale of one to 10, I am Judy Garland Fucking 42.”

marisacat - 12 June 2011

oh thanks for that! I heard on a news update lastnight she had put on a show at Circus Maximus, but I did not know WHAT A SHOW!

Love it – – – – – on the Pope’s doorstep. Or back door which ever!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 June 2011

and she did it wearing one of the Pope’s favorite designers!

marisacat - 12 June 2011

Really? I did not know that…

Well Gianni is dead and Donatella is at the helm.

I am a little amazed at the intervention support from the US Ambassador to Italy. Kind of interesting.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 June 2011

After first thanking Donatella Versace for her black and white evening dress from the late Gianni Versace’s final collection,

Salt in self-flagellation wounds …

marisacat - 12 June 2011

He and Ganzi can just tighten the cilices.

(What a pair)

diane - 13 June 2011

She looked great in that dress,…far better than Ratzy did…..in that hideous, $$$$elaborate$$$$ (took 1,000 people, 1,000 hours to tat) white lace thang that comes to mind.

On the other hand ….Her choice of footwear, is of another elite, misogynist universe …requiring walking servants …and ultimately unwalkable feet…….don’t care much for either of them, at the end of the day, with all the suffering going on, particularly RATZI,….well okay, I despise him.

marisacat - 12 June 2011

I googled at Google… to see what photos there are… and see that her new album has been banned in lebanon.
:lol:

Touchy touchy.

10. marisacat - 12 June 2011

Hillary and stability

Hillary Clinton said the other day that Syria has become a source of instability in the Middle East. There is no doubt that every–every single–Arab regime has been a source of instability, and that includes the 90% of Arab dictatorships which are sponsored by the US.

But has there been a state that is more a source of instability in the Middle East than the terrorist state of Israel?

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 9:09 AM

11. marisacat - 13 June 2011

New

LINK

……………. :roll:


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