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Pre post mortem 2 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
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A mandrill seems to flash a rude gesture towards photographer Mark Rogers at the San Francisco zoo. However, the animal suffers from arthritis and is unable to lower his middle finger

A mandrill seems to flash a rude gesture towards photographer Mark Rogers at the San Francisco zoo. However, the animal suffers from arthritis and is unable to lower his middle finger [MARK ROGERS / CATERS]

He is so perfect, I brought him back… ;)

Carry on!

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VOTE! Or…. 2 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.
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….my little white dog will pee on you!

About where we are…

Poking around Ben Smith’s page.. I see our old friend Mushie, Pervez Musharraf… he tagged along with Michael Smerconish, as he voted in Lower Merion Township, PA.

Who knows, maybe Mushie already has a US passport tucked in his Levi’s back pocket. 

He’ll vote next time around.

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Politico has an interactive map on their FP:   http://www.politico.com/index.html 

and constant little dribbles of news:

07:10 PM PAUL WINS: The AP has called the Kentucky Senate race for Rand Paul, and the Indiana Senate race for Dan Coats, both Republicans.

PLUS: Polls have closed in six more states: Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.

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Musical chairs… 2 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco.
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A mandrill seems to flash a rude gesture towards photographer Mark Rogers at the San Francisco zoo. However, the animal suffers from arthritis and is unable to lower his middle finger

A mandrill seems to flash a rude gesture towards photographer Mark Rogers at the San Francisco zoo. However, the animal suffers from arthritis and is unable to lower his middle finger [MARK ROGERS / CATERS]

Musical chairs… pretty much what today is…

I had no idea there was a formal think tank called The Third Way… at least as of the last 5 years.  “The Third Way” just seemed to be one more Quisling, Vichy, collaborationist, pro-Republican strain of the Democratic party (which is not to say there is anything else!)… but apparently it, or dregs of it, have formally formed, I guess in the wake of the DLC frittering.

Or whatever it is the DLC does, did… etc.  ”Fritter” is as good a word as any other…

“The party is about to come to a major fork in the road,” said Jonathan Cowan, Third Way’s president. “A left turn at this juncture is a turn toward permanent minority status.”

Kinda borrring.  Just take that fork and stick it IN the party.

Familiar…

Third Way is helped by a few key relationships. Kessler [Jim Kessler, a TW co-founder] was a longtime senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who could become majority leader if Harry Reid loses in Nevada. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who could become minority leader if Republicans take over the House, is one of many strong sympathizers. The senators they helped in 2006 and 2008 will still be around.

“We’re going to have to look at what we did wrong and figure out where we lost our way with independents and swing voters,” said an aide to a senior congressional Democrat. “Third Way — that is their wheelhouse.”

All so surprising.  I am so surprised.  Aren’t you?

While it’s not what it once was, the DLC hasn’t disappeared. They won’t disclose their budget, except to say they employ 15 people (including part-time fellows). Bruce Reed, who succeeded From as leader of the DLC before taking a leave of absence to become executive director of the president’s fiscal commission, will return in December.

“They have talented people, there’s no doubt about that, but I don’t think there’s a replacement really for original policy work,” DLC President Ed Gresser said of Third Way. “I think they do some, but what I see of their work is sort of political memos, ‘Here’s how you should talk about such and such an issue.’ Those are valuable, but they’re not setting an agenda.”

Brookings’ William Galston and Harvard’s Elaine Kamarck wrote the seminal studies that helped launch the DLC. Third Way is now paying the duo to complete a study about what moderates believe and what they want from Democrats. Both praise Third Way for filling a niche that’s otherwise unfilled.

I think they should just hollow out the Democratic party, vacate, vamoose and and join the strong father party. Not some mincing minuet like now, but officially. Come out of the closet.  Get it over with.  Salute in public.

Frankly, that is what happened in San Francisco, in a convoluted way….  When I was a child, it was a Republican city.  Racist, reactionary mayor, of Greek descent.  As the City careened toward the 70s, the Republicans just became Democrats.  And the City became a Democratic machine town.

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Countdown… 1 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, WAR!.
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Men wearing masks of US President Barack Obama and a bodyguard take part in the Torovenado celebration in Masaya, Nicaragua. The Torovenado is a satirical  festival that ridicules social and political characters since the early years of the Spanish conquest

Men wearing masks of US President Barack Obama and a bodyguard take part in the Torovenado celebration in Masaya, Nicaragua. The Torovenado is a satirical festival that ridicules social and political characters since the early years of the Spanish conquest       [AP]

Oh the ambivalent reality of being surrounded by weapons… the creature at Obby’s right elbow is portraying a “bodyguard”.. but certainly appears curious.

For days now, Obby is taking a [political] beating for that extremely stupid remark referring to domestic political opponents as “enemies”.  It certainly appeared scripted to me…  Well, Ted [Sorensen] is dead so it wasn’t him.  Some other speechwriter wrote that tripe…

Fools.  Thieves.. and murderers.

We’re surrounded…

No matter what, a bright glow despite the many oncoming trains:

RENO, Nev. – If Harry Reid loses this election, it will be a crushing end to a storied political career. The majority leader of the United States Senate will have been defeated after four terms by an opponent he doesn’t respect or even take seriously.

He will be the victim, in his view, of an electorate gone mad, taken down in his prime after rising higher than anyone from his state ever has.  [considering the politicos are the minions of the bosses… I don’t think so………..  ;) ]

Is this the twilight of the majority leader? Reid certainly doesn’t think so. He refuses to acknowledge the possibility that he could lose on Tuesday and has refused to grow wistful or discouraged in his campaign’s final hours. “I’m very happy with the campaign and how we’re doing,” he said, grim-faced, pointing to early voting turnout breakdowns showing that more than 9,000 more Democrats than Republicans had cast pre-Election Day ballots across the state.

Time for Harry to go to his reward…. and his son, running a distant 3rd or 4th for governor of NV, has tried to run as Rory for NV or something similar, avoiding his last name.

Snicker.  Bet it all looked so different a couple of years ago… ;)
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En colere 23 October 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, France, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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High school  students block the entrance of the Lycee Turgot  in Paris

High school students block the entrance of the Lycee Turgot in Paris [AFP/GETTY]

On strike!

I noticed in some of the photographs of the protests a popular sign (several caught in shots) is a call out to Carla.  That the French people are like her, both get screwed by the Head of State.

Blessed.

Hey… 14 October 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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President Barack Obama meets with advisors prior to a bilateral meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Image: White House flickr

Don’t look at me… it’s an official WH photo, taken by the Official WH Photog, Pete Souza. And they put it on their Flickr page.

I mean, you have to wonder.

From a gallery at Business Insider:   “Here’s what Obama was really up to the past two weeks”.

Watch the PR Pretzel spin thru the past two weeks.

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Boychick in the promised land was at MTV today.  Really, no words… well, then again, I will toss this out:

HOW’S THAT VOTE WORKING FOR YOU?  It worked for Obama.  For you too?

Q: I voted for you in the last election based on your alleged commitment to equality for all Americans, gay and straight, and I wanted to know where you stood on “don’t ask, don’t tell.” I know that you’ve mentioned that you want the Senate to repeal it before you do it yourself. My question is you as the president can sort of have an executive order that ends it once and for all, as Harry — as Truman did for the integration of the military in ‘48. So I wonder why don’t you do that if this is a policy that you’re committed to ending.

THE PRESIDENT: First of all, I haven’t “mentioned” that I’m against “don’t ask, don’t ask” — I have said very clearly, including in a State of the Union address, that I’m against “don’t ask, don’t tell” and that we’re going to end this policy. That’s point No. 1.

Point No. 2, the difference between my position right now and Harry Truman’s was that Congress explicitly passed a law that took away the power of the executive branch to end this policy unilaterally. So this is not a situation in which with a stroke of a pen I can simply end the policy.

Now, having said that, what I have been able to do is for the first time get the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen, to say he thinks the policy should end. The secretary of defense has said he recognizes that the policy needs to change. And we, I believe, have enough votes in the Senate to go ahead and remove this constraint on me, as the House has already done, so that I can go ahead and end it.

Now, we recently had a Supreme Court — a district court case that said, “don’t ask, don’t tell” is unconstitutional. I agree with the basic principle that anybody who wants to serve in our armed forces and make sacrifices on our behalf, on behalf of our national security, anybody should be able to serve. And they shouldn’t have to lie about who they are in order to serve.

And so we are moving in the direction of ending this policy. It has to be done in a way that is orderly, because we are involved in a war right now. But this is not a question of whether the policy will end. This policy will end and it will end on my watch. But I do have an obligation to make sure that I am following some of the rules. I can’t simply ignore laws that are out there. I’ve got to work to make sure that they are changed.

Yes, let’s be orderly.  And let’s be obligated.  And let’s follow some of the rules.  (Which ones?)

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Bomb bomb bomb 14 October 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, Pakistan, WAR!.
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Men drive their overloaded donkey cart along a road in Islamabad, Pakistan

Men drive their overloaded donkey cart along a road in Islamabad, Pakistan    Picture: AP

Pakistan.

And how is this better, cleaner, more ethical, less bloody than McCain’s exclamation of Bomb bomb bomb Iran?

So fucking tired of it…… and the parties.  And the pols.  And the mil. The sickening support for the military and the wars… And Ob, Snob, Knob.  And Hillary.

It’s never going to end…

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Just a thread…. 12 October 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, WAR!.
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To raise awareness of the plight of the endangered Egyptian vulture, WWF-Spain has launched a project called El Viaje del Alimoche (The Journey of the Egyptian Vulture), which allows users to track the migratory journey of four of the rare birds through a real-time online platform    [Chris Hellier/Corbis]

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Well.  A little more than ‘just a thread’ as it happens, I just saw this over at Angry Arab…. sums it up simply and succinctly:

War on terrorism?

“Governments and law-enforcement agencies around the world are using the war against terrorism as a pretext to clamp down on legitimate protest and free themselves from constraints on their activities, an international conference on human rights heard this weekend in Montreal.  

Didier Bigo, professor of international relations at Sciences Po University in Paris, said those claiming to know who terrorists are and what their next move will be are often given additional “freedom to manoeuvre” within the system, with little clear justification.  “Anti-terrorist legislation is used to block normal problems,” he said at the conference hosted by McGill University.”     (thanks Olivia)

Posted by As’ad at 9:57 AM

Blessed by Gawd, we are. Over and over.

Looks like … 7 October 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.
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The endangered coral Ctenella chagius is endemic to the British Indian Ocean Territory which comprises the 55 islands of the Chagos archipelago, home to the world’s largest coral atoll      [Dr Alasdair Harris, Blue Ventures Conservation/ARKive]

Looks like little love for Obama….

A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.

The non-specific US warning, which despite its vagueness led Britain, France and other countries to raise their overseas terror alert levels, was an attempt to justify a recent escalation in US drone and helicopter attacks inside Pakistan that have “set the country on fire”, said Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the high commissioner to Britain.

Hasan, a veteran diplomat who is close to Pakistan’s president, suggested the Obama administration was playing politics with the terror threat before next month’s mid-term congressional elections, in which the Republicans are expected to make big gains.

He also claimed President Obama was reacting to pressure to demonstrate that his Afghan war strategy and this year’s troop surge, which are unpopular with the American public, were necessary.

Not that it means much, love us love not…. There was a stray comment uttered in the past few days, Tom Dispatch caught it for his most recent essay (with Bacevich) that, should the US determine an attack on us had originated in Pakistan…… why, we would be FORCED to act unilaterally.

Achtung.  When do we crest into Czechoslovakia?  Poland?  We have an Africa campaign after all… Plans South of the border too.  Elsewhere…

And this, from the same Guardian piece:

Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s interior minister, publicly expressed his scepticism about the US terror warning, saying he saw no sign of an imminent attack on Germany.

He described the danger to Germany as “hypothetical“.

And this, a very reasonable concern:

He said fears were growing in Pakistan that the US was planning a bombing campaign using fixed-wing aircraft as well as drones in North Waziristan.

Hasan said Washington politicians failed to understand how much the US needed Pakistan in the “war on terror”. Nor did they realise that public anger over repeated US infringements of Pakistani sovereignty could boil over into attacks on American personnel and interests that the government might not be able to control.

“The government does not want to go down this road,” he said. “But people feel abused. If they [the Americans] kill someone again, they will react. There is a figure that there are 3,000 American personnel in Pakistan. They would be very easy targets.”

Tit for tat.  Love posies between armed lovers.  Unending war.

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And now for the really big problems… I caught a segment on the evening news about this, with New York’s own short, ill-tempered Napoleon holdng forth.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg sought federal permission on Wednesday to bar New York City’s 1.7 million recipients of food stamps from using them to buy soda or other sugared drinks.

Can’t someone drop a 10 storey crane on his big fat toes  :oops:  – - or something? 

Knock him out.  Shut him up.

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transparency 3 October 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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Most transparent wings:   Glasswing butterflies     Glasswing butterflies are found all over the world but in the gloom of the rainforest, their transparent wings make them appear invisible when they settle on a leaf or flower [ImageBroker/FLPA /Extreme Insects/HarperCollins]

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