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Because… 30 August 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans.


the electorate is good and wise (you had not noticed???) – I am trusting them to work it out between the Black Guy with the Old Guy, and the Old Guy with the Chirpy Cheery. I have done nothing but laugh, chuckle and yes, snicker, since Palin entered. What a hoot.

Stuff is sliding around, stuff is up in the air… and that is not a bad thing.

After so many years of foolishly worrying about the Democrats (and they never worred about me), could they make it. Could they win. If they won, could they hold on. Would/could that Democrat over there not cave (wow that was useless endeavor!, LOL). Would this Democrat not be such a fucking Republican (wow that was dumb of me!)… and so on!

Once I realised they can’t help their nature (is it nature or is it nurture, with the Democrats it is BOTH!, LOL) what a relief… like great shards of someone else’s bleeding flesh falling from my shoulders.

So, go at it candidates. Bleed for all I care.. in fact please do, in prime time and under klieg lights. No tourniquets for you creeps!

The ONLY thing I will say for the Clintons is that they fought back in ’92, they did. I loved it, the day that Hillary dropped a comment to a camera crew, as she was walking, that GHW had “his own Jennifer” and then cheerily let the media take over. They HAD to tell the story… now it was out there. Bill and Hill could street fight, and she was happy to deliver the blow…

I am going to catch Miss Cindy in all her SW x Southern white glory on This Week.. it strikes me a wrinkle in the flow of events. Maybe sending a signal under the easy to see noise…

And I will catch the first ever! with them both! interview on 60 Minutes with O’Biden… see if they can complete each other’s sentences, and chew gum.


for Gustav [and Hanna] info, thanks to aemd previous thread:

For Gustav’s path, check with Jeff Masters, a hard core weather geek. He loves him some hurricanes.

and from bayprairie:

heres the Houma newspaper. a NYT owned local rag

The Houma Courier

right now the plot has it making landfall, near as i can tell, in between cameron and morgan city. this is the heart of cajun louisiana, acadiana. there won’t be any dancing tonight. theres a large high pressure area north of the coast. odds are slim to none of the storm coming about easterly if it deviates it most likely deviates west. the high pressure could also slow the storm in addition to pushing it westward as well. and thats not good, you want them to move fast, otherwise they stall and pour rain like you wouldn’t believe.


Which currently carries this headline:

Nagin: Flee ‘mother of all storms’



The Caymans felt its force on Friday night, with storm surges and heavy rain flooding. People took refuge in government shelters and there were no reports of injuries. [AP via BBC]


The storm had earlier killed more than 80 people when it swept through the Caribbean. [AP via BBC]

Drowning in popcorn…. 30 August 2008

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


I picked a large image so I don’t have to write anything…….. 😉

LOL I could not resist… 29 August 2008

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


went hunting for Iditarod photos (Alaska’s the topic, First Dude is an esquimaux)… but this was too amusing. “Elite Iditarod”…

Someone hand them bigger sharper weapons… 8)

Hosanna! I have seen the light! 28 August 2008

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


Workers put the finishing touches on the set in preparation for the evening [Todd Heisler/The New York Times]

… it just did not mean much. A good, political retail speech, better than average (by far) but again, a list of promises… Are you, by any chance, expecting the “same medical coverage as congress has”? I hope not. The phrase has become a glib toss off to Democratic audiences for years now…

And what of war – and war business..? Impossibly murky and growing more so every day.

Transcript: Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech (August 28, 2008)

And Gore? Lordy:

“Take it from me,” Gore continued,” if it had ended differently, we would not be bogged down in Iraq, we would have pursued bin Laden until we captured him. We would not be facing a self-inflicted economic crisis; we would be fighting for middle-income families. We would not be showing contempt for the Constitution; we’d be protecting the rights of every American, regardless of race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation. And we would not be denying the climate crisis; we’d be solving it.”

I don’t think that any arm of The State will ever be hunting, much less hunting down, bin laden. But it sells well, especially to the party out of office. And good cover for shifting the war focus.

Who knows what is coming. I think we are slipping and sliding from ice floe to ice floe..

The farthest I ever felt comfortable in going w/r/t what Gore would have done differently, he would have read, himself, the August 6th 2001NIE. He would have. I don’t know that we would not have gone to the second war…

Silber pits Gore’s words against the Principles of the Nuremberg Tribunals… and the old question, do they hear themselves?

And this:

…before he entered the White House, Abraham Lincoln’s experience in elective office consisted of eight years in his state legislature in Springfield, Ill., and one term in Congress –- during which he showed the courage and wisdom to oppose the invasion of another country, that was popular when it started, but later condemned by history.

“The experience Lincoln’s supporters valued most in that race was his powerful ability to inspire hope in the future at a time of impasse,” Gore said. “He was known chiefly as a clear thinker and a great orator, with a passion for justice and a determination to heal the deep divisions of our land. He insisted on reaching past partisan and regional divides, to exalt our common humanity. In 2008, once again, we find ourselves at the end of an era with a mandate from history to launch another new beginning. And once again, we have a candidate whose experience perfectly matches an extraordinary moment of transition.”

That stuff is worn out. For one, they can’t talk about Obama’s record… too little of it. So, they allude he has the potential of being a latter day Lincoln.

One thing I saw when he got to Washington, he had no interest in settling down and figuring out how to maneuver the senate. On the move. And he became very “blank”… I had expected him to be quiet, lie low, figure out the lay of the land… he was obviously in a tough spot, but blank I did not expect.

Above all, it is so clear how little regard the Democratic party has for the voter, at all points in the process. Quelle surprise…

Get your war campaigns on……. 28 August 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.


hand crafted birds by Ann Woods

I see no reason McCain cannot fully leak his VPessa today, get down to work and wind this up by close of business Monday. Then they can glue chips of razorblades under their fingernails and slash each other in the hallway at school. I have never quite forgotten hearing, as a small child, that was a technique of gang battle at Balboa HS here in SF. Good enough for the gangs of the 50s, good enough for The – Used-To-Be – Maverick and The Historical One We Have Been Waiting For (Even If We Did Not Know That).

During the night, think I saw some film taken at Invesco… drenched colors, a deep blue (perhaps we are the Atlanteans!) and columns lit from below.

Where are the one armed bandits? Can I get a drink comped?… while the House wins?

ADDENDA: NYCO provided this link to AFP and GETTY still shots taken at the Invesco Field event that I saw… and may I say the thread at DKOS is loaded with chumps!

AND (via Geraghty):


The Celebrity Ad, Confirmed

This is beyond parody. Despite being infuriated by the “Celebrity” ad featuring Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, Obama’s campaign, in organizing his speech tonight used the staging supervisor… of Britney Spears’ concerts.


Speaking of the House winning, I also caught this during the night, ABC investigative report from Brian Ross on the ‘Pelosi 100’, a special strata of top donor being feted at the convention. Undercover film of Howard greeting them at a private room party at the Pepsi Center, his opening gambit? “You are part of the business plan of the Party”.

As Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation (a very worthy org) said in interview:

“I think he [Obama] could have sent a signal to say I want this tamped down,” said Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation, a political ethics watchdog group.

“But he has not,” she said, “so it’s party time.”

A spokesman for the Obama campaign, Ben LaBolt, said the Senator could not “make changes to this year’s convention” because of the “very late end to the primary season.”

As a result, lobbyists are once again spending millions of dollars here on gourmet food, top-shelf liquor and private lavish parties for Democratic elected officials who seem more than happy to play the role of world-class freeloaders.

Oh but they told us the party, the whole damned thing, is now run by ObamaRama… yes they did. That was never said for Kerry – a weak flop but a long time senator.

A lot of interesting scams being run…

In fact, one of the country’s leading lobbyists, Steve Farber, was chosen by the Democratic party chairman Howard Dean in 2006 to serve as co-chair and chief fundraiser of the Denver host committee that puts on the convention.

Farber, a Denver lawyer, is the founding partner of Brownstein, Farber and Hyatt, one the most prominent and active lobbying operations in Washington.

Farber and his team have persuaded some 141 corporations to contribute more than $50 million to pay the costs of putting on the Democrats’ convention.

Among other things, the exalted 100, of which there is an even more exalted 35, are being served the “rarest peaches in America”.

LaBolt said the candidate wants to “significantly change the way conventions are funded in the future should he be elected.”

“Barack Obama is committed to reforming our political system and getting the special interests out of politics,” he said, as the first of hundreds of lobbyist-paid parties were getting underway in Denver.

So clear that Obama is hired as Placater in Chief, keep the masses patted down…

LOL! Don’t do it! 27 August 2008

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


Don’t buy the car! Really, don’t! … 8)

110 degrees inland tomorrow, in California …and I hear conversation that Gustav could overwhelm reporting next week on the Republicans.

I think I am de-whelmed — for life.

Don’t buy the car!

Can’t resist… ;) 27 August 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


Roman Senate at Roman Forum, by sunsrise.
SPQR is an initialism for the Latin phrase Senatus Popvlvs Qve Romvs. The translation is “The Roman Senate and People.”
[by Calovi on Flickr]

BTW, Obama has touched down in Denver…anything hitting the windshields is manna from heaven.

Other than that I am tapped out and we are on Day 1 of a big heat wave…………..gah.

Two more days……………………… 26 August 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


(Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

LOL [full text from The Trail]

Democratic Party

Chaos on the Convention Floor

By Paul Kane
The convention floor has turned into an overstuffed pinata, as staff have told delegates the floor is essentially shut down.

Staff are informing delegates no one else is allowed on the floor, meaning no one will leave the floor and risk losing their place.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) had to beg to be allowed to cut across the floor to find the Maryland delegation. “Jesus Christ,” Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) just yelled, denied access to finding the delegates from the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Police yelled at delegates behind the New York section to move in one direction, only to have security on the other end send them back the way they came.

Hundreds of delegates are cordoned off under the stands, denied entry into the hall.

The confusion comes on the heels of a day’s worth of complaints from delegates and party insiders about a credentialing process run amok.

Mascara 26 August 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, U.S. Senate.


Ha! hahahahaha… it all sounds so familiar…No?

ABBIT TATTON, CNN INTERNET REPORTER: Wolf, this iReporter here captured a showdown between two Hillary Clinton supporters. The gentleman on the left identifies himself as a delegate now firmly for Barack Obama. The woman he’s speaking to identifies herself as an Independent voter who is not going to budge.

Take a listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It’s people like you is why Democrats keep losing elections.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it’s people like the Democratic Party.


As the pertinent people miss the point:

BLITZER: Robert, they’re really going after some of those disgruntled, angry Hillary Clinton voters. We see the McCain campaign even doing these ads, trying to woo them over. And they’re apparently pretty successful based on the polls.

How are you going to counter that?

ROBERT GIBBS, SR. ADVISER, OBAMA CAMPAIGN: Look, we’re going to talk to them about the issues that they care about. What brought them to this convention is the need to change the direction of this country, to get our economy back on track, to reduce our dependence on foreign oils, to make our schools better, to cut health care costs, and to renew our standing in the world. The people that supported Hillary Clinton here know that the only candidate that can do all those things is Barack Obama.

That’s it, Gibbs, shove out the drone again. It is so dead.


I caught a round table of Charlie Rose tonight... and the usual gibberish was delivered about the pressing issue of ”those damned bitches”….

they are children talk to them like I talk to my twins at home (MacMahon, a sack of skin that Howard brought to DC),

Tell them to GET OVER IT! (Al Hunt, Orgasmic extraordinaire, long time friend to Abner Mikva, FOO)

A lot of the hesitancies are code words for race, and I would know I come from the working class (Connie Shultz, columnist and wif of Sherrod Brown)

incomprehensible mishmash, she was not digestible at all, in anyway and is impossible to quote (Michelle Norris, NPR) and then

Matthew Dowd got irritated. He said it is the JOB of Obama to bring the voters along. He and only he can bring them thru. Get to it.

Only one person got it. The fucking candidate needs to stand up and be responsible. The other thing Dowd said was that the most important critical issue, the economy, and neither candidate was addressing it. That the first that gets to it. will be “a leg up”.

It is so basic.

Oh the mueling and the bitching if Golden Boy loses. Meanwhile he meanders thru these odd little composed groups of 30, 40, 50, 60 schlubs that he does a little stick dance in front of..

This is so not working.


Another laugh… a caller into KGO says of Hillary’s expected speech for tomorrow (one of the topics for the hour) that “She’d better man up”

laugh laugh laugh…

Jesusing 25 August 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Abortion Rights, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Sex / Reproductive Health, WAR!.

yeah right

I did not find this in my own paper, but an emailer did…


Democratic National Convention CEO the Rev. Leah Daughtry, a Pentecostal pastor, referred to the “sacred responsibility” of citizens at Sunday’s service. Added Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter:

“There is absolutely, in this party, a tremendous intersection of faith and politics.”

Over the next 90 minutes, the half-full, 5,000-seat Wells Fargo Theater heard readings from the Bible, the Koran, the Torah and the Metta Sutra.

“It’s great to see that faith is being acknowledged finally,” said Marti Hawkins, 35, an African American nurse and nondenominational evangelical Christian from Denver who was in the audience. “Especially in my community. When your pastor talks about something in church, you go out and do it. Politically, this could help.”

And… via Geraghty of National Review, who is there at the convention (full text):


Buddhist Verses vs. The Democratic Platform

C-SPAN is replaying Sunday’s Interfaith service. There was a reading from the Sutta Nipata, a scripture in the Buddhist canon, from University of Colorado Denver student Kathryn Ida.

She spoke this line, which caused me to raise an eyebrow: “Those born and to be born, may all be at ease.”

UPDATE: Rev. Raymond East, of St. Teresa of Avila, also made a reference to “those waiting to be born” during his remarks.