Late summer… 31 August 2011Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Germany, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
A one-month-old baby lion-tailed macaque clings to its mother at Berlin’s Tiergarten zoo [JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images]
Diminished… 28 August 2011Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans.
People sheltering at Penn Station in New York grab some shuteye Photograph: Chelsea Matiash/AP
Diminished Irene may be but she definitely checked in… and wanted a lot of room service…
Waiting… 26 August 2011Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans.
A lifeguard watches from his chair at a beach before the arrival of Hurricane Irene (AFP/Getty Images, Spencer Platt)
.. for Irene.
[M]ichael Curcio, who lives directly across from Rockaway Beach, boarded up his windows piece by piece with wood as he prepared for the storm.
“I wasn’t going to do this, but the mayor convinced me. I got a good deal on the wood, so instead of suffering $7,000 in damage, maybe we can save the house. Or maybe the house will be gone and the wood will still be here,” he said with a smile.
But he was still undecided about whether to leave.
“My wife says she wants to stay here and see the waves. I told her I’ll put a rope around her waist and hold on as long as I can,” Curcio said jokingly. . . . .
I don’t know what they are saying in the East but here it is being reported that Irene is shifting a bit East, and while it will cause flooding, be a strong tropical storm with surging sea levels and downpour, it appears to be weakening in advance of landfall in NYC.
Carry on! (no need for a[nother] speech from L’Obster, is what I think!)
Irene 25 August 2011Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans.
A man walks along a seaside park as Hurricane Irene passes to the east of Nassau on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, Thursday Aug. 25, 2011. Irene is pounding the Bahamas as a Category 3 hurricane. [Lynne Sladky/AP]
Max Mayfield of Katrina fame (well, he tried, but the ptb had a plan, which I call the New Orleans Plan) has weighed in on Irene:
[T]he former chief of the National Hurricane Center called it one of his three worst possible situations.
“One of my greatest nightmares was having a major hurricane go up the whole northeast coast,” Max Mayfield said.
He said the damage would probably climb into the billions of dollars: “This is going to have an impact on the United States economy.” . . . .
Brace! Incoming!! She hits or she fizzles….
So…. 23 August 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011, Total fucking lunatics.
Young Libyan boys flash V signs as they celebrate the freedom of the Libyan city of Benghazi – Picture: AP
So… maybe diversion, maybe disinfo, misinfo…. but the Transition Council has already put forth a draft, repeat draft, of a new constitution for Libya, calling for the state to be Islamic… and the source of law, Sharia.
I almost had to laugh… it was clear months ago, the flag being brandished in Benghazi was none other than the old Kingdom of Libya flag. When the King ruled, Libya was beyond poor (this is not an endorsement of Qaddafi!) and the main export, iirc, was salvage WW2 metal from the deserts…
If Sharia be it… then, I also read that the Pentagon admits to nearly 900 million, which is approaching a BILLION that they will admit to, for this Liberation. And the route to Tripoli, we are told, was cleared for the rebels by the British, Special Forces.
I am guessing the various reb factions were too busy (this is reported as well) calling down NATO strikes on each other.
Can’t y’all just get along?
Hey, clap. Clap some more! Be happy. Don’t worry.
I managed to get out today to buy stamps… they first offered me the Liberty Bell and without thinking, I said, I think its run outta gas… what else do you have? Thankfully the fellow behind the counter laughed.
You just don’t know these days, liberation is so fucking VIOLENT.
In other news, and this is a real laugh…. the earthquake apparently caused cracks in the Washington Monument. Closed indefinitely.
Doesn’t take much to shake DC up, it seems. Got the Washington Monument, got a spire on the National Cathedral.
Not ENOUGH damage, I say. Hit it again.
Truly. 21 August 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Democrats, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
A spider spins a web early in the morning in a garden in Kathmandu, Nepal [Narendra Shrestha/EPA]
Via Mike Allen Playbook….
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, speaking to a student today after remarks on U.S.-China relations, at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China:
Q: “Thank you, very much, Your Excellency Vice President. I see you not just as the vice president, but a veteran and accomplished public speaker. … [W]hat role has public speaking played in your life? … And secondly, what role do you think public speaking will play among our youth of the two countries and to our bilateral relations?”
BIDEN: “[Y]ou compliment me by saying I’m an accomplished public speaker. I don’t know whether you’ve had an opportunity to see a movie that has gotten worldwide circulation called ‘The King’s Speech.’ Well, but for the royal blood and the money, that could have been me. I was a serious stutterer when I was in school as a child, as a high school student, and even into college. And I practiced very, very hard by myself, standing in front of a mirror, trying to annunciate without contorting my face. When you think about it, whether it’s China or America, the only impediment people feel free to make fun of and humor of is a stutterer.
“If I had a deformed face, you would not make fun of my face. But if I stood before you and ta-ta-talked to-to-to you like that, you’d do what you’re now — you’re smiling. And it’s offensive. It’s offensive. Because it is a serious impediment. When one stutters, people believe they are stupid. People believe they are not worth much. And there’s tens of millions of people around the world trapped with a keen mind and big heart, trapped inside of a body that cannot articulate what they feel. … The thing that always embarrasses me is — and in the back of my head, I’m embarrassed in front of you — I’m embarrassed I can’t speak to you in Chinese. I would — seriously — I would rather be able to honor you and show my respect for you by speaking your language, as you honor me by speaking mine.”
Sometimes there is no need to wonder, what’s it all about?
It is so clearly about BULLSHIT…
Nutty 20 August 2011Posted by marisacat in Abortion Rights, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Sex / Reproductive Health, Spain, Total fucking lunatics, Viva La Revolucion!.
A protester shows a pilgrim a condom who in turn shows him a cross during a demonstration in Madrid REUTERS/Susana Vera
Nutty as fruitcakes, fruit loops… face off in Madrid, between the weeping, swooning pilgrims… and the anti-Papist protesters…
If you hurry you can confess your abortion(s)!! Looks inviting doesn’t it?
Priests listen to confessions at temporary confessionals set up at Madrid’s Buen Retiro park, ahead of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Spain PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images
So… 18 August 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
Starburst, £6,400, Cox London Photograph: PR
Sooo… are we hanging from the chandeliers yet? Again?
Expressive 16 August 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
This labrador remains thoroughly unimpressed as a praying mantis performs a dramatic dance right under its nose. The female mantis waved her arms and performed a jig but labrador retriever Winston refused to stir. Photographer Scott Cromwell grabbed his camera to capture the moment his pets had a stand-off on the carpet of his front room in Oklahoma, United States. [Scott Cromwell/solent]