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Killer 17 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Egypt, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011, WAR!.
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Egyptian army soldiers beat a protester wearing a Niqab, an Islamic veil, during clashes near Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Activists say the clashes began after soldiers severely beat a young man who was part of a sit-in outside the Cabinet building. At background graffiti depicts members of the military ruling council and Arabic reads: “Killer”. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali)

A small gallery of just 9 photos from Tahrir Square on December 16th.

Options 25 November 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, Moscow, NORCOM, Pakistan, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
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Don’t worry!  It can’t be the twilight of the American Empire, we still have options for war…. that table, the one reserved for war options, is loaded to the gills!!!  We never empty that table…

You want Northern War?  Southern War (always tasty! and a bonifide Reagan favorite!)?  War in the East?!  War in the West ???   Or, best for last… multidirectional war:   Iran and China!!

We have options.

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Snicker Snax…. a second cartoon in the gallery also dealt with sabre rattling at China, employing a wicked satire of Slob.  YUM.

Revelry 5 September 2011

Posted by marisacat in AFRICOM, Egypt, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011.
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Tahrir square, Cairo: Revellers enjoy celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan     [Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters]

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So…. 23 August 2011

Posted 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.
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Young Libyan boys flash V signs as they celebrate the freedom of the Libyan city of Benghazi
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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.

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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.

Harder.

Hatched! 2 August 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
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From the Houston Chron: 

Eric Berger, SciGuy, has confirmed that NASA claims the spherical artifact found outside Nacogdoches:

The tank was part of the shuttle’s electrical power system which as the name suggests consists of the equipment and reactants that produce electrical power for distribution throughout the orbiter.

Well in a sense they did hatch! Once blown into pieces they pecked their way out of the disintegrating Columbia… Those Fearless Voyagers who went in our place! Standing in for our hearts and souls as whole legs and smaller bits fell in back yards where the children, Our Future, play…

We are winning the future.  We have always been winning the future.

As I understand it the Columbia began to break up over Cali, but the real force of being blown apart and falling to earth (like some reverse Jesus!) was over Texas… Palestine, Texas for one.

In other news, the Houston Chron was also reporting that another Fearless Voyager, Gabby Giffords plans to run again.

Should be a freak show, should anyone ask me, that is my opinion.  But I am sure she can say something important about Israel.

America’s best days are NOT behind her, no… we have much murder and mayhem to sow (and reap)…. meanwhile! the US is said to be relaxing the rules on food distribution to starving Somalis.

If we just make sure enough of them starve or are killed by marauding Somali Islamists (that is our story, Islamists killing muslims, mostly), then some can eat.  We run, er, no we administer as designated and invited Saviors, great swathes of the world and we understand food distribution.

Truly we are good, if a bit nutty.  But we mean no harm.  It just happens.

I can’t think why any of this would be the least bit confusing.  It would make perfect sense to La Nan… or to L’Obster …

Just keep chanting about the mean Republicans who want Him to fail.  It calms you down and obliterates your brain.

Which you did not need anyway.  Recognising your name in print and marking an “X” next to it at the polling booth will be more than enough in the Future that we are Winning.

KISS – – – – – or did you not learn from Carville and Clinton?

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Food 20 July 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Somalia, WAR!.
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Internally displaced Somali women wait for food at a camp in the capital Mogadishu
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Internally displaced Somali women wait for food at a camp in the capital Mogadishu [REUTERS/Omar Faruk]

Y’all be relieved to know Michelle is on. the. job.

Via Mike Allen, courtier to the ever-more-petty bureaucrats, he is on the job too, with this:

BREAKING: First Lady Michelle Obama announcing big commitments by Walmart, Walgreens, Supervalu (Save-a-Lot), and regional retailers to make more health, affordable food available in underserved communities — 2:15 p.m. in the East Room, per a White House official:

“The commitments … will include opening or expanding over 1,500 stores to serve communities throughout the country that currently do not have access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. … Supervalu is committed to opening 250 new Save-A-Lot stores over the next five years in areas with limited or no access to healthy foods … Walgreens – Committed to expanding its food offering to include whole fruits and vegetables, and other healthy options in at least 1,000 stores … Walmart is committing to opening or expanding 275 to 300 stores which will serve more than 800,000 people in rural and urban areas with limited or no access to grocery options. Walmart also estimates that more than 40,000 associates will work in these stores.”

Now that almost all food, whether they slap “Organic” on it or not, has little taste, smell or appeal they in their infinite greatness work their smooth, emollient-enriched fingers to the bone to shovel it out to the poor and underserved….  Or so it would seem.

I see it is called “Breaking”.  I’d vote for “B R O K E N”.

The European news services are filled at the moment with images and stories of the starving and displacement in Somalia and the border region with Ethiopia…. more of our fomenting of chaos and death, as I see it. Proxy wars are good business. Of course the reporting, at least some of it, in Europe is gratuitous and self-serving.

How could it not be.

Yes, they die so beautifully for us… and, photographed by artists, seem already to be a “museum quality” art installation.

A girl looks out of her makeshift hut on the outskirts of the Dagahaley refugee camp
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A girl looks out of her makeshift hut on the outskirts of the Dagahaley refugee camp [Oli Scarff/Getty Images]

Sitting pretty 13 July 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Somalia, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
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A green tree frog sits on a water lily, Central Florida, United States, 2010

A green tree frog sits on a water lily, Central Florida, United States, 2010 [Joanne Williams / Rex Features]

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Winning the Future! 

Was there ever a worse joke?

Democracy NOW had Jeremy Scahill on, about a new prison in Mogadishu that is in plain site, but also a sescret CIA facility.  Certainly the ICRC did not know of it…

[A]s far as the interrogations go inside of this basement prison, the U.S. official that was made available to me for this story said that the U.S. does not directly interrogate prisoners, we jointly “debrief” suspects with Somali agents present—again, it’s all a semantic game—and insisted that it’s only happened a few times in the past year.

AMY GOODMAN: And what is the significance of this?

JEREMY SCAHILL: In January of 2009, President Obama signed a series of executive orders that were intended to end the practices that President Bush and Vice President Cheney had implemented in the war on terror that candidate Obama had denounced on the campaign trail: torture, secret prisons, renditions. And CIA Director Leon Panetta said in April of 2009 that the U.S. was in the process of decommissioning all of its secret prison sites. Two months later, Hassan is rendered to a secret prison in Somalia.  . . . .

Drum roll, please – and let’s hear that oh-so-energetic exhortation to the voter, about the “lesser of two evils”…

Seeds 27 May 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011.
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Tunisia murals by Zoo Project – in pictures
‘Zoo Project’, a Franco-Algerian graffiti artist based in Paris, visited Tunis in March and April and created images of political struggle. The popular uprising that unseated the dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January grew out of chronic youth unemployment; social and economic disparities between the affluent coastal regions and the impoverished interior; and a lack of political freedom….
[Elissa Jobson]

New wrinkle 11 May 2011

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Police use a water cannon to spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with pink dye during demonstrations in the capital Kampala

Police use a water cannon to spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with pink dye during demonstrations in the capital Kampala… [REUTERS]

At least, not one I had heard of…

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Pomp 21 April 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
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Corporal Andrew Skinner from 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment shows ram Derby to former England women's cricket captain Baroness Rachel Heyhoe-Flint after she was awarded the freedom of Wolverhampton

Corporal Andrew Skinner from 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment shows ram Derby to former England women’s cricket captain Baroness Rachel Heyhoe-Flint after she was awarded the freedom of Wolverhampton [AFP/GETTY]

and a whole lotta circumstance…

I think Derby the ram is saying quietly, Holy Fucking Fuck! Unhand me! Return me to my meadow!  I am NOT a Dog!  I am not amenable to “walkies”!

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Also in the column of pomp and circumstance is Libya… John Ellis, Bush relative, calls it, meaning L’Obster’s move to permit armed drones over Libya, a “tactic in search of a strategy”…

It is also a nightmare.

He quotes from a FT article:

[I]t is hard to see how regime change can be achieved, and its consequences managed, without committing ground forces, at least in a stabilisation role. This would be a huge step, threatening an open-ended entanglement, though Libya’s population is only a fraction of Iraq’s or Afghanistan’s. It would split the Nato alliance, many of whose members are unwilling even to join the bombing campaign. It would engage Britain, France and the US in a deployment to arbitrate the future of Libya, while Iraq and Afghanistan remain unfinished business.    . . .

yup:    Q U A G M I R E

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