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Dingdingding! 15 July 2012

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
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We have a winner!!  I have no idea who wins this mess of an election (could we have two worse boobs running?) but Mr Fish …

WINS….  Cruel… and true.

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1. marisacat - 15 July 2012

Madman had posted this at the end of the last thread…

Jill Stein Wins Green Party Nomination in Spite of Roseanne’s Fame

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Jill Stein, a Massachusetts physician, and Cheri Honkala (whose epithet in NPR’s report is “formerly homeless single mother”) secured the Green Party’s coveted presidential and vice-presidential nominations on Saturday. Stein secured 193.5 delegates, compared to comedian and avid motorcyclist Roseanne Barr’s 72, thereby earning the chance to siphon a few votes away from the Democratic Party during the upcoming election.

“It’s a convenient scapegoat,” said Stein, addressing concerns that any traction her party gains in the 2012 election would only help the Romney campaign, “and it’s a convenient public relations campaign to try to suppress the voice of the opposition.” Though the Green Party hopes to be on the ballot in 45 states come November, it’s currently on the ballot in only 21 states. Still, Saturday marked a significant moment in the party’s 11-year history, as Stein became the first Green Party presidential candidate to qualify for federal matching funds (party officials hope to spend up to $2 million on the upcoming race).

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2012

Secret UK censorship court orders BBC not to air documentary

A UK judge has ordered the BBC not to broadcast a documentary about England’s August 2011 riots, reports The Guardian. The judge also banned the BBC and media from disclosing the court in which the censorship order was made; the judge’s name; or the details or nature of the order.

A spot on comment at the link:

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Anyone ever get the feeling that with the end of the cold war and the global lack of serious external enemies, that states now view their own citizens as the primary focus of the security agencies? Seriously, when I was born, the cold war was a threat to the survival mankind itself. Hitler invaded France and the Soviet Union. The Soviets had thousands of nuclear warheads pointed at American cities. Bin Landen got some guys to fly airliners into a a couple of buildings. Oh yeah and the nation states the threaten us are what Iran and North Korea?

In the US end of Prohibition meant the start of the drug war. End of the cold war meant the start of the war on terror. And now ten years out the war on terror has morphed into a war on anyone that dares to suggest changes to how we allocate money and power.

The question is, why do we put up with this?

3. ts - 17 July 2012

The military apparatus needs to justify its existence, so it will always find the next war to fight, even against its own people. We give in because they have bigger guns and no compunction against shooting us. Hell, you’d think it would be a big deal for the police to shoot an Iraq veteran in the head from close range with a tear gas canister, but it merely elicits a yawn.

marisacat - 31 July 2012

am hoping again that Judge Thelton (oh his last name has excaped me) brings in the Feds to run Oakland PD…. the threat has hung there for over 2 years… failure to comply with Federal monitoring and demands now for TEN FUCKING YEARS. Rising of course from a scandal back then of a cadre of cops who beat tortured and compelled false confessions from suspects… Think they called themselves the Rangers or the Horsemen or some ting like that…

ETc.

Further there is a report out that OPD failed miserably in Occupy events, and affected the entire police response to the city during Occupy… and NOT because of Occupy but becuase of the OPD…

AND the report states that at OPD HQ there were (are?) photos on a bulletin board of both Jean Quan a sad dud of a mayor … but so were the last two (Dellums, a barely does walk-ons hang over of the Civil Rights era and Jerry Brown… LOL) and of the Judge… who I had not known is a black man…

Anyway both photos (and I gather others, of other city leaders) are defaced with added pictorials and racist statements. Not bias, not mere criticism, racism.

So everything is going fine in sunny liberal coastal Cali.

marisacat - 1 August 2012

Think it is Judge Thelton Henderson….

4. ts - 19 July 2012

Oh I wish I hadn’t read this: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/magazine/terry-mcauliffe-and-the-other-green-party.html

What a bunch of glad-handing syncophantic crap.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 July 2012

that just perfectly encapsulates everything wrong with this country.

ts - 20 July 2012

A bit more on this company:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-06/greentech-to-take-first-u-s-mycar-order-from-domino-s.html

While it is lower in price than the Leaf ($20K), it’s top speed is 25mph! Lol, yeah this one will be popular. It’s got a contract with Dominos apparently, and $10 million in “incentives” from the state of Mississippi (hence the palling around with Haley Barbour).

So apparently this thing is around to pad McAuliffe’s ego as an “entrepreneur”. A $20K golf cart, and he managed to use his 16,400 rolodex numbers to get enough advance orders to keep the sham going long enough so that in its inevitable bankruptcy, he can’t be blamed (but I’m sure his CEO pay comes out of that $10 million in incentives). And skinny Clinton.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 July 2012

there’s been some talk of trying to sell these things to city dwellers, as though what crowded urban environments need is MORE vehicles.

marisacat - 31 July 2012

Terry is the worst. Bar none.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 July 2012
6. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 July 2012

Border Patrol sadism and human rights abuses on the Mexican border

In his nine years working the border near Tucson, Ariz., and earning the rank of senior agent, Cruz says he frequently saw agents physically abusing detainees and denying food and water to those who were in obvious need. He also saw “individuals being crammed into cells twice beyond the posted capacity. Standing room only. I mean, you couldn’t even lie down on the floor.” This was done, he says, even when empty cells were available nearby. In 2003, he began warning his supervisors of this pattern of abuse. When his spoken complaints didn’t elicit a response, he began to write letters. “I started at the unit level,” Cruz says. “I went to the sector chief, office of inspector general — via phone calls and faxes of those memorandums. Went on to the commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection, who’s over the U.S. Border Patrol Agency. And then felt the need to move on to Congress.” Cruz left the force in 2007 without ever hearing a response.

This is a deeply sick society.

7. ts - 22 July 2012
lucid72 - 23 July 2012

Very sad… He’s been a favorite of mine since I started reading such things. I find it amazing that he managed to never miss a column up until his death. I guess I noticed the length of his Counterpunch columns decreasing over the last several months, but they were always there, witty as ever.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 July 2012
9. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 July 2012

NOLA legend stands at own wake

Famed New Orleans musician “Uncle” Lionel Batiste presided over his own wake last week. His embalmed body was propped up against a prop lamp post inside the funeral home. “He looks better today than when I saw him the Thursday before he died,” Storyville Stompers tuba player Woody Penouilh told the Times-Picayune. “Heaven is agreeing with him.”

10. ms_xeno - 24 July 2012

There was a big headline in our sorry-ass paper yesterday about how the time is ripe to cut Food Stamps. Yep. Let’s make it harder to get a new Oregon Trail Card when your old one expires. Let’s make sure you can’t get government aid if you’re somehow, miraculously, able to hold onto your house or your car! Yay!

Fuck every Democrat and every Republican in office. Better yet, let’s yank their homes and cars and force them onto Food Stamps for a six months, then yank those too, and let’s see how they like it. The shits.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2012
12. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2012

oh, those worthless donks:

The Drought Goes On

This is a slow-motion meteorlogical catastrophe, the functional equivalent of a series of simultaneous tornadoes or hurricanes, but heat and drought are so general that they don’t register as disasters the way other weather events do. Its ecological effects are more lasting, however, and its financial impact ripples through the entire American economy. Meanwhile, as the land gasps from thirst, the national infrastructure of our public water supply has been deteriorating for years, and people have been warning about what a wreck it is for going on a decade now.

And what is the public response? The Washington Post decides to slap the greedy farmers around. And, on the other hand, the Congress, which is chockful of climate-change denialists and people who thump their tubs for “small government” until the wildfires start surrounding their vacation homes, is using the drought to play shenanigans with a farm bill that it can’t seem to pass. Whatever they’re doing, they’re not listening to the administration, that’s for sure. Which isn’t entirely a bad thing, because the administration doesn’t seem to know what in the hell is going on, either.

STOLBERG: Could you talk a little bit about the drought itself? Is it very unusual? Did anyone see it coming? Is it from climate change? Is there anything you can do to prepare?

VILSACK: I’m not a scientist so I’m not going to opine as to the cause of this. All we know is that right now there are a lot of farmers and ranchers who are struggling. And it’s important and necessary for them to know, rather than trying to focus on what’s causing this, what can we do to help them.

My God, what in the hell does that mean? Am I just a slow person, or doesn’t knowing what causes something actually help you prevent that thing’s happening again, or at least, doesn’t it help you prepare yourself better for when it does? I begin to wonder if climate change is going to be one of those issues like gun-control where well-financed paranoia and heavily subsidized ignorance wear the political process down to the point at which people simply give up trying to fight them.

And then we all die of thirst.

marisacat - 1 August 2012

Well the Democrats turned climate change, warming, whatever into nothing more than tired election spin… and their usual naked appeals to fucknutty stupid Dem voters to convince them they are smarter than, better than the R voters. Who so tragically vote against the better instincts of yada yada yada bleh. Cough strangle spit.

Etc.

It died from hype. And I suspect so shall we.

13. lucid - 31 July 2012

Another favorite has just passed away…RIP Gore Vidal.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 July 2012

Gore Vidal died today.

marisacat - 31 July 2012

Cockburn then Vidal. Who shall be the third I wonder….

lucid - 31 July 2012

Two of my writer heroes in as many weeks…

marisacat - 1 August 2012

Just landed on this… does not appear to be exhaustive, but interesting nonetheless:

http://www.gorevidalpages.com/

15. ms_xeno - 1 August 2012

I did some cursory googling to see if Stein and Honkala were getting any coverage at so-called feminist blogs. Found pretty much nothing. Oh, one comment on Feministe (Feministing? Who cares at this point what it’s called…) asked why no coverage? which was roundly ignored by all.

I guess they feel like their champion Obama has it sewn up. Otherwise they would have torn the potential apostate a new one… and that would have been the extent of their coverage.

Pathetic party-hack assholes. What’s sad is that fucking Reason managed a thread about the all-woman ticket, which was 95% stupid men typing with one hand down their pants and hooting about which candidate they might consider having sex with. Like an online walk past a construction site at lunch time. [rolleyes]

Honestly, at this point, I think it’s a dead heat regarding which set of assholes is more contemptible and pathetic.

The funniest thing is that Time magazine had a huge outpouring of people commenting positively on their blog about the ticket. I’d say that the “in favor” comments were edging out the morons still bleating nader!nader!nader!evol11 and bawwwwing about SCOTUS, in terms of quantity.

marisacat - 1 August 2012

Honestly, at this point, I think it’s a dead heat regarding which set of assholes is more contemptible and pathetic.

Yuup…

16. ms_xeno - 1 August 2012
17. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 August 2012
marisacat - 1 August 2012

The school and Pike and whoever else is the target of lawsuits… The school really does not want to say much….

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 August 2012

Dangerous Minds – Free Pussy Riot statement

[fixed the link - Mcat ;) ]

The punk band Pussy Riot, which I belong to, is a musical group that conducts unexpected performances in different urban spaces. Pussy Riot’s songs address topical political issues. The interests of the group members are: political activism, ecology, and the elimination of authoritarian tendencies in the Russian state system through the creation of the civil society.

Since its origin in October 2011, the band played concerts in the subway, on the roof of a trolleybus, on the roof of the detention center for administrative detainees, in clothing stores, at fashion shows, and on the Lobnoe Mesto on Red Square. We believe that the art should be accessible to everyone; therefore we perform in diverse public spaces. Pussy Riot never means to show any disrespect to any viewers or witnesses of our punk concerts. This was the case on the roof of the trolleybus and on the Lobnoe Mesto, and this was the case at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

On 21 February 2012 Pussy Riot band performed its punk prayer “Hail Mary, Expel Putin” at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. In the early March 2012 three members of the group were imprisoned because of the music and political activism. The themes of our songs and performances are dictated by the present moment. We simply react to what is happening in our country, and our punk performances express the opinion of a sufficiently large number of people. In our song “Hail Mary, Expel Putin” we reflected the reaction of many Russian citizens to the patriarch’s calls for vote for Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin during the presidential election of 4 March 2012.

We, like many of our fellow citizens, wrestle against treachery, deceit, bribery, hypocrisy, greed, and lawlessness, peculiar to the current authorities and rulers. This is why we were upset by this political initiative of the patriarch and could not fail to express that. The performance at Cathedral of Christ the Savior was committed not on the grounds of religious enmity and hatred. Equally, we harbor no hatred towards Orthodox Christians. Orthodox Christianity worships the same as we do: mercy, forgiveness, justification, love, and freedom. We are not enemies of Christianity. We care about the opinion of Orthodox Christians. We want all of them to be on our side – on the side of anti-authoritarian civil society activists. That is why we came to the Cathedral.

We came with what we have and can: with our musical performance. During this performance we intended to express our concern: the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church – the patriarch – supports a politician who forcefully suppresses the civil society, which is dear to us. ….

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Madman in the Marketplace - 4 August 2012

screwed up the link: http://dangerousminds.net/comments/free_pussy_riot_a_statement_by_nadya_tolokonnikova

It’s a long statement, the blockquote above is just the beginning.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 August 2012
20. marisacat - 10 August 2012

Gah… the first election I voted in, thanks to the change in the voting age to 18, was ’72…. and I distinctly remember the ’60 Democratic convention… and have to say, this is NOT the most important election of our lives… but geewhiz… it is the LOUSIEST SHITTIEST the worst of my life.

Yes we were all worried:

BREAKING: Mitt Romney will announce his vice presidential running mate Saturday

Mitt Romney will announce his vice presidential running mate Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va., as he kicks off a swing state bus tour at the USS Wisconsin, his campaign announced late Friday night.

The campaign did not say who he had selected, but Romney plans to make the announcement at 8:45 a.m. when he tours the USS Wisconsin. ….

Read more at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/

Just a question of which dud the dud picked.

marisacat - 10 August 2012

LOL Rumors on the Rightie blogs is that the pick is Paul Ryan.

(hmm Maybe why the announce is on the SS WISCONSIN?)

What can you do but laugh.
:roll:

ms_xeno - 11 August 2012

I just want to see Biden dragged into some fake-y debate with whichever schmuck Romney picks. Laughs galore.

lucid72 - 13 August 2012

The Biden/Ryan debate will be quite the laugher….

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 August 2012

dueling Catholics … squeal like altar boyz, voters!

ms_xeno - 14 August 2012

Oh, Madman.

Would a beer and a shot help? I just got back from the store.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 August 2012

beers and shots ALWAYS help!

21. ts - 14 August 2012

one sip every time Democrats combine “extreme” with Ryan or Romney.

lucid72 - 15 August 2012

I think that drinking game is called ‘liver failure’.

22. ts - 16 August 2012
23. ts - 30 August 2012

Not a comment about the exciting GOP convention!

24. ms_xeno - 1 September 2012

Sorry, ts. I was too busy listening to that brand-new Pwog hymn, which is in reality the same Pwog hymn as we get every other election if we have any priority other than those assholes in the black robes. It’s called “SCOTUS Loves The Little Children.” ;)

Mcat, I hope you’re doing okay. :/

marisacat - 6 September 2012

oh thanks dear… yes I am doing much much better…. a week of antibiotics and I feel very different… and I think I was slowly getting sick not just for weeks, but 2 or 3 months…

MUCH better now.

marisacat - 6 September 2012

PS New post…. amazingly…

http://marisacat.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/i-suppose/
:roll:

ms_xeno - 6 September 2012

Whew!

I’m glad you’re back, M. =^..^=

wu ming - 6 September 2012

great news

25. ts - 10 September 2012

wonderful news – welcome back!


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