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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]



1. ms_xeno - 30 August 2008

EXTRA: Cat Proclaims Collage To Be “Not As Exciting As Torturing A Half-Dead Mouse !!!111”

😀 Stolen from here, the Kris Garland interview. Lots of eye candy. Alas none of it’s mine.

2. Arcturus - 30 August 2008

well, being against the death penalty ‘n such, I say give ’em the tourniquet – knowing full well what its use means: amputation – let ’em learn the living meaning ‘n cost of an arm & a leg

3. Arcturus - 30 August 2008

Malik Rahim was on KPFA yesterday – the despair & determination in his voice was palpable – he’s w/ Common Ground & also a GP candidate for Congress – from the CG site:

We of Common Ground Relief are asking that you all remain aware. Aware that the potential for history to repeat in response to disaster or really to anything. Also not forget during this time of remembrances. New Orleans has still not been rebuilt, and the progress is slow. The levees are only 20% completed and millions of dollars over budget. The coastal areas which include First Nation and other small towns and Vietnamese and Cajun fishing villages; these people are still in disrepair and vulnerable due to major wetlands loss of human cause.

We at Common Ground are making preparations to again be first responders through out most any region in the Gulf. We will need people, material aid and ways to keep the story visible. We have some supplies and coordination to mobilize quickly and efficiently but we also need you. We are monitoring the situation, preparing ourselves and others to be ready to act should it be necessary.

Stay alert and prepared to support those in the Gulf Coast if necessary. It is we–in civil society–and those affected directly who will face the real needs head on. Governments and large bureaucratic agencies will raise money, will do little and often will not do it well.

There are many small grassroots groups throughout the region that will need support. Find them, and do what you can from your home with what you have access to.

4. lucid - 30 August 2008

LOL – from the NOLA.com comments

Posted by Millionaire2 on 08/30/08 at 10:38PM

I make these comments with the most sincere intentions: There was a Decadence Festival about to take place in New Orleans in 2005… then came Hurricane Katrina. There is another Decadence Festival approaching, and here comes Hurrican Gustav. I am a firm believer in the wrath of “GOD”. God is tired of all the sin and corruption that takes place in New Orleans, and he is sending his “WRATH” and “ANGER” upon New Orleans because of it. Remember Sodom and Gomorah in the Bible: God destroyed an entire city because of Homosexuality. Until we turn away from this, it will only get worse until there is no city to visit anymore. You can agree or disagree, but I believe that the Political Corruption, killings, stealing and sin has caused GOD to pass his judgment on New Orleans. We must PRAY and turn our attention back towards Him and ask for forgiveness.

Pick up a shovel and bury me deep… I’m embarrassed yet again to be a human being.

5. Arcturus - 30 August 2008

fwiw, prisoners in CA (& presumable elsewhere) have been known to ferment shit & urine, then throw it on a guard – they call it ‘gassing’ – never heard of it in protests, but the cops are obseesed by the idea this year – read somewhere one well-trumpeted container that was seized in Denver turned out to be coffee w/ cream . . .

6. Arcturus - 30 August 2008

found this amusing, as a lightbulb dimly begins to glow . . .

Kim TallBear, via angyrindian:

On May 19 at Crow Agency, Mont., Barack Obama received a Crow name that translates as ”One who helps people throughout the land” [Indian Country Today, Vol. 27, Iss. 51]. He then committed, if president, to fulfill tribal treaty obligations: a fitting promise for a candidate who has the ”audacity of hope.”

Does Obama understand the enormity of his promise? Fulfilling treaty commitments will entail legal and material remedies that the majority of Americans will be unwilling to accept – especially the renegotiation of title to vast tracts of land, including the Black Hills, and tremendous financial commitments. . .

The ideology of exceptionalism, which Obama shares with McCain and with many Americans – both liberal and conservative – informs his broader platform. He preaches exceptionalism alongside a mantra of democracy and inclusiveness.

Obama talks often about the ”greatness” and ”goodness” of the U.S. He pledges to restore the American dream, and he claims that ”in no other country on Earth is [his] story even possible.” As if other nations don’t have histories of colonialism, immigration and racial diversity. As if social and economic mobility is uniquely American.

Sustaining the ideology of ”the American dream” requires the down-playing of social and political change in other countries, and the elevation of economic prosperity – however gotten – above other types of prosperity.

American exceptionalism requires that the truths and experiences of the very constituents Obama seeks to enfranchise – the politically and economically disempowered – be painted as non-fundamental to the history, character and prosperity of the U.S. Their contradictory experiences get downplayed or silenced in favor of the grand narrative, and progress gets interpreted not as humane social action and hard political work but as the inevitable outcome of inherent U.S. American righteousness.

This is simply inaccurate. Certainly there are nations that don’t do as well as the U.S. on multiple counts. On the other hand, other nations have already elected women presidents or indigenous presidents. Other nations ended slavery before the U.S., or never engaged in it at all. Other nations already offer national health care, empower labor, regulate lending institutions, and protect the environment.

No other nation in the world imprisons the proportion or the sheer number of human beings that we do. A disproportionate number are black, Hispanic and American Indian. No other nation has detonated a nuclear weapon in war killing tens of thousands of civilians.

The tired story of American exceptionalism does not jive with our knowledge of world affairs and how foundational dispossession, exploitation and violence have been to the rise of U.S. power and prosperity. Such aspects of U.S. history are not the exceptions that betray the true democratic soul of the U.S. As much as the feel-good events, these are integral to the American story and how we developed as a powerful nation

(yes, this is how I ‘spell’ procrastination’ – laters)

7. liberalcatnip - 30 August 2008

Check out the juxtaposition of these 2 Time covers on the same page. Rather cosmic (or not), I’d say.

8. marisacat - 30 August 2008


thanks for the CG link, they had slipped my mind. Rahim has been interesting thru the years.

I know this was nearly inevitable, but it is still hard to take in.

9. lucid - 30 August 2008

This is going to be terrible – regardless of whether or not the fed/state/local entities have pulled their heads from their asses – which I’m sure they haven’t. Current tracking, the strongest part of the storm will be brushing west NO, not to mention devastating [again] the entire Mississippi delta – and this one will be hitting Baton Rouge as well.

10. liberalcatnip - 30 August 2008

Website maps surnames worldwide

I imagine the Bush surname will begin overwhelming Paraguay early next year.

11. marisacat - 30 August 2008

He then committed, if president, to fulfill tribal treaty obligations: a fitting promise for a candidate who has the ”audacity of hope.”

Yup, I do remember that day…

12. ms_xeno - 30 August 2008

#8: David was a nothing little hurricane that brushed NJ when I was a kid. I still remember how scared we were, hunkered down in the house hearing all that. We lost two trees and had a couple of cracked windows. That was all.

I can’t comprehend this, either. It’s impossible, even looking at the earlier storms and knowing what’s coming.

13. lucid - 31 August 2008

They’re selling vibrators on television… on Ovation. Why am I having a disconnect?

14. baypraire - 31 August 2008

#8: David was a nothing little hurricane that brushed NJ when I was a kid. I still remember how scared we were, hunkered down in the house hearing all that. We lost two trees and had a couple of cracked windows. That was all.

thats the insane thing about hurricanes. you never know. you cant rate them by intensity. in june of 2001 a little tropical depression named allision rolled over freeport texas and ended up hovering over northeast houston and froze before moving south to the gulf and then eastward to lousiana. it wasnt anything as far as storms go, only 50 mile per hour winds, but just went motionless and dumped between 18 to 35 inches of rain, depending on location and completely flooded houston. you just cant tell about these storms. they’re tornados or strong winds or unceasing rain or all of the above. they’ll predict a monsoon and you won’t get a drop, or they’ll say its hardly anything and it’ll fucking drown you on the second floor of your home with the storm surge.

its nothing but the most horrid kind of competely random event rolled up inside bad fucking weather.
hurricanes scare the shit out of me. i’ll never get over the fear. and this one is bad. it looks to me like its the worst in a long long time.

15. lucid - 31 August 2008
16. lucid - 31 August 2008

Bay – I concur – wherever it makes landfall. It is going out into the gulf with 135 mile per hour winds, which will only strengthen. It is going to devastate anything in its path. And though it is not yet as wide as Katrina, it could get there. And there are 4 major tropical depressions behind it, all of which could develop as strongly.

17. marisacat - 31 August 2008

This photo from NO looks out of focus, a bit, so I did not want to download and put it in the post..it sure looks like snipers overseeing people inline to evacuate via the Amtrak station.


Other photos from NO show camo clad NG with big guns and dogs overseeing bus boarding. Reminded me of how, after Katrina, as clusters of evacuees would go to meetings about “what to do”… I saw photos of camo clad big gun carrying troopers or NG or whoever inside the room wiht blacks.. but WHITES from St Bernard or Plaquemines, no such measures.

We are so stuck.

18. marisacat - 31 August 2008

hell, maybe ti is two birds observing the evacuation…………….

19. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Nagin on, once an asshole still an asshole.. and there are HOLES in the levees on the West Bank. But! Not to worry! Evacuation is “going flawlessly”..

20. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Cuban Civil Def evacuated 350,000 yesterday, NBC reporter frm Los Palacios Cuba,

21. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Latest from Jeff Masters Wunderblog:

Posted by: JeffMasters, 12:18 PM GMT on August 31, 2008

Gustav roared over Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds last night, but Cuba exacted a heavy toll on the storm. Gustav weakened to a Category 3 storm after passage over the island, and is still weakening, according to the latest Hurricane Hunter reports. At 7:03 am EDT, the Hurricane Hunters reported a pressure of 960 mb, up 1 mb from their previous pass through the eye at 5:12 am. Surface and flight level winds measured by the Hurricane Hunters suggest that Gustav may only be at Category 2 strength. Top winds seen by the plane’s SFMR instrument so far this morning have been about 105 mph. The top flight level winds of 103 knots at the flight altitude of 10,000 feet also support a surface wind of 105 mph. NHC has elected to keep Gustav at Category 3 120 mph strength with their 8am advisory, probably because the satellite appearance still supports a Cat 3. The boundary between Category 2 and Category 3 is at 115 mph.

Visible satellite loops show a ragged and lopsided looking hurricane. Upper level winds from the south are creating 10-15 knots of shear over Gustav, and restricting the upper-level outflow on the south side. The 28-mile wide eye is not very distinct, and the Hurricane Hunters reported that the eyewall was missing a chunk on the south side. Long range radar from Key West also shows the missing southern portion of the eyewall.

22. aemd - 31 August 2008

Small town gossip on Palin. The rumor mills are grinding. Via comments at Bernard’s joint.

Gettin’ ugly out there. 😉

23. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

Gustav, set to hit the US Gulf Coast on Monday, was described by Mayor Ray Nagin as “the storm of the century”.


Gotta love the Brits. Caption underneath the video:

Mayor Ray Nagin used emotive language to announce the evacuation

24. marisacat - 31 August 2008


Thanks for those…….there was a diary at the end at PFF on the whole pregnancy story.

As I said, dueling emails. ‘Hussein the muslim Marxist Redistributionist Terrorist Lover’ vs ‘Palin pretends the baby is hers not her daughter’s’. This would be a complicated scam, as governor of a state in the modern era.

Good luck to someone. I don’t care who… LOL

25. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Apparently from the Moon/Alabama thread there is a 1000 comment diary (which the commenter did nto link to!) on the pregnancy at Dkos. I am out of Deet, cannot find the veiled safari hat, so will skip it. But apparently they are declaring the story true and Gov Palin finished. Myabe she can call Edwards for help, one commenter says the National Enquirer is on it.

I’ve just read through 1000 or so of the comments at dKos. Lots of frightened posts, from the left and the right, and not a lot of serenity–except in the posts of mothers who know all about pregnancy and medical practices. Few of these, if any, have any doubts at all that the story is true, and the reasons they give are too numerous to summarize. The “politically correct,” at every point of the spectrum, are very, very uncomfortable, and very few of them speak as experienced mothers.

If you have the time and the patience, go see.

It seems that the story is all over the web, so it’s time for a bit of surfing.

Posted by: alabama | Aug 31, 2008 5:35:58 AM | 5

I still find it hard to believe… so much exposure in modern life.

26. marisacat - 31 August 2008

ox News Sunday: John and Cindy McCain (Airs in Minneapolis/St. Paul at 8 am CT)

Meet the Press: Pawlenty (9 am CT)

Face the Nation:Giuliani, Lieberman, Jindal, Fiorina (9:30 am CT)

This Week: Cindy McCain, Graham, Kerry (9 am CT)

Late Edition: Crist, Sanford, Thompson

27. ms_xeno - 31 August 2008

Too bad McCain couldn’t find a woman with no children. Then everyone could have denigrated her as a withered-up automaton out of touch w/Real America [tm], or whatever.

If you’re female in this culture, you just can’t win. Whatever you do is going to be wrong, and millions of people you don’t know will be falling all over themselves to tell you why.

I’m sure Palin is Not A Nice Person, but this shit is so predictable. Mommy is always Doing It Wrong, SAHM or at wage work. Unmommy is always Doing It Wrong, if she want kids or if she doesn’t.


28. ms_xeno - 31 August 2008

bayprairie, #14:

…its nothing but the most horrid kind of competely random event rolled up inside bad fucking weather…

But don’t worry. They’ll be plenty of assholes ready to blame the dead and injured, alllllllll over again, for being poor and/or not clairvoyant. Or, as Arcturus points out, for coddling those darn Sodomites again. [fans self]

29. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Nagn is jsut such an asshole. The only word that comes to mind.

I would nto be surprised if McCs and Palin stay in MS/hurricane zone and help (or do the visuals).

30. marisacat - 31 August 2008

I think we should start a rumor that she retained her hymen despite 20 years of marriage and 5 chilluns. And, as JJjr said of Hillary, that the “tears must be investigated”, we need to demand a GYN exam, just as Diana underwent, with the results published, prior to marriage.

31. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Dowd springs forth as some broken goddess from the head of Zeus:

Americans, suspicious that the Obamas have benefited from affirmative action without being properly grateful, and skeptical that Michelle really likes “The Brady Bunch” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” reject the 47-year-old black contender as too uppity and untested.

Instead, they embrace 72-year-old John McCain and 44-year-old Sarah Palin, whose average age is 58, a mere two years older than the average age of the Obama-Biden ticket. Enthusiastic Republicans don’t see the choice of Palin as affirmative action, despite her thin résumé and gaping absence of foreign policy knowledge, because they expect Republicans to put an underqualified “babe,” as Rush Limbaugh calls her, on the ticket. They have a tradition of nominating fun, bantamweight cheerleaders from the West, like the previous Miss Congeniality types Dan Quayle and W., and then letting them learn on the job. So they crash into the globe a few times while they’re learning to drive, what’s the big deal?

32. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

So-called “progressives” in action.

33. wilfred - 31 August 2008

Wow, what a morning. Gustav ready to slam Louisiana while Hannah ramps up and heads toward Florida.

R’s possibly doing a telethon on Monday and Bush will only address via video. They’re turning chicken shit into chicken salad, smart.

Thanks for the links on Palin AEMD. The most interesting thing was not about the baby that was just born but that Palin’s 16 year old daughter is possibly in her 2nd trimester. That one will be pretty interesting if it’s indeed true. The other thing in that link that I want to verify is that Palin was unemployed for 3 years between being Wasilla mayor and being Governor. She had no job between 2003 and 2006?

The most scary thing to me this morning was on Matthews: Sarah Palin only got her first passport last year for a trip to Kuwait!

34. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Don’t miss nyceve, long a protege of the operatives and FPers at Dkos:

leila, it is not confirmed . . . (0+ / 0-)

that that photo is photoshopped.

That’s still an open question.

Tell your healthcare and insurance horror stories at Guaranteed Healthcare

by nyceve on Sun Aug 31, 2008 at 07:00:26 AM PDT

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35. wilfred - 31 August 2008

ugh, Cokie bloviating on Steffie just now:

“The hurricane is about to hit my hometown which is right on the brink of a remarkable recovery”

36. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

33. R’s possibly doing a telethon on Monday and Bush will only address via video. They’re turning chicken shit into chicken salad, smart.

I don’t necessarily agree. Doing a telethon will look cheesy (not to mention guilt-ridden). And Bush appearing via video might make him look like he’s presidentin’ to his base but, afaic, it’ll look more like he’s hiding.

37. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Althouse has a thread going on the Dkos diary

I suggst enforced gynocological exams for all female members of the palin family. We can accept no less.

38. marisacat - 31 August 2008

No only enforced gyn exams but we MUST must have DNA to determine incest:

from the mudflats blog:

The Logician (19:01:42) :

Down’s syndrome is much more likely for an older Mom.

What is the likelihood of Down Syndrome for a child conceived by a brother and a sister?

39. wilfred - 31 August 2008

I suggst enforced gynocological exams for all female members of the palin family. We can accept no less.

I suggest someone vet of our VP’s when neither McCain nor the MSM seems capable.

40. wilfred - 31 August 2008

LOL, read that one too about the brother and the sister. Funny how the wingers on both ends sound like each other, that was a pure RedState/Limbaugh kind of comment.

41. marisacat - 31 August 2008

you know I think Biden is a long time asshole and a liar of the very first magnitude. But Obama can p ick whom he wants and run with it. MSM is not vetting Biden either.. and frankly who cares?

As can McC (pick whom he watns).

I am enjoying Kerry and Lindsay Grahm go at it. Spill Senate blood. Works for me. (kerry is now saying those fucked and dried out harridans for hillary are too smart to fall for Palin, LOL)

Issue weapons and seconds and meet at dawn on the ridge.

42. wilfred - 31 August 2008

Weather Channel just reported that there are 2 more systems now forming behind Gustav and Hannah.

The Atlantic/Caribbean corridor is turning into a hurricane bowling alley.

43. wilfred - 31 August 2008

MSM is not vetting Biden either.. and frankly who cares?

They should vet all 4 of them thoroughly.

Who cares? Hopefully everyone who suffered under 8 years of an under-vetted George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

44. CSTAR - 31 August 2008

Little is said by anybody and certianly nothing by either major political party, of the Cubans, who on top of a cruel embargo, suffer through most of the hurricanes. Obama has no intention of easing this embargo — I was going to say useless embargo, but obviously it’s of use to somebody.

45. wilfred - 31 August 2008

Oh Jeez, Nagin on CNN and he’s going to town on Looters of all things. “You will go directly to Angola prison” and he said it 3 times. What a colossal asshole.

46. marisacat - 31 August 2008

why is they don’t vet them? Vet the wars? vet the corrupt “free market” system? vet every lie and misrepresentation?

why oh why. We will be to enforced gyn exams before we get a independent press. Or something other than massive massive expenditure of funds fueling elections closely tied to media. I sure won’t stress myself over a surety of life.

I cared all my life, and voted. I still care.

47. marisacat - 31 August 2008

People are saying this photo . . . (0+ / 0-)

is photoshopped, but I’ve read that Sarah herself has commented on this photo, so contrary to what the photoshop naysayers are saying, this could be authentic.

Tell your healthcare and insurance horror stories at Guaranteed Healthcare

by nyceve on Sun Aug 31, 2008 at 06:58:56 AM PDT

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48. marisacat - 31 August 2008

LOL Speaking of vetting, NY Post going after Rangel. Again.


49. lucid - 31 August 2008

That Nagin presser was a pisser… ‘you will go directly to the big house’. Asshole doesn’t even begin to describe.

50. CSTAR - 31 August 2008

The comments on the Palin (non)pregnancy thread are incredible:
This is about the credibility of the potential leader of the free world.

Leader of the free world. That’s another phrase which urgently needs deconstruction.

51. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Headline! Palin pledno contest to criminal negligence! in 1993!

Amid the vast volume of anti-Palin emails flying around at the moment, the one asserting that she once pled guilty to criminal negligence sort of sticks out, and seemed worth poking around.

Alaska state records show that she was charged in June of 1993, and pled no contest, to the serious-sounding charge.

52. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

6 – too bad Obama was talking out his ass.

53. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

via Crooks & Liars: Blackwater Gearing Up for Hurricane Gustav

Blackwater Worldwide is currently seeking qualified law enforcement officers and security personnel to potentially deploy to provide security in the possible aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. This is the first time Blackwater has mobilized under its controversial Homeland Security contracts. Blackwater did deploy security personnel to assist New Orleans in wake of Hurricane Katrina and this resulted in great controversy since it was the first time a private military corporation had deployed on US soil.

54. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

29 – good call.

McCain, Palin team up as Hurricane Gustav looms

ST LOUIS (Reuters) – White House hopeful John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin hit the campaign trail as a team on Saturday, seeking to build on the momentum of her surprise addition to the Republican ticket even as Hurricane Gustav threatened to overshadow next week’s party convention.

The Arizona senator and Alaska governor will fly to Mississippi on Sunday to view preparations for the hurricane, adding a last-minute trip in an effort to contrast their would-be administration with President George W. Bush’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina three years ago.

The two candidates will visit a storm command center in Jackson, a spokeswoman said.

Forecasts showed Gustav could come ashore as a powerful storm in Louisiana by late Monday or early Tuesday.

McCain told a rally in Washington, Pennsylvania, he was keeping the people in the Gulf Coast in his prayers and said in a taped interview that the convention could be postponed.

“It just wouldn’t be appropriate to have a festive occasion while a near tragedy or a terrible challenge is presented in the form of a natural disaster,” he told Fox News.

55. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

That shit about the baby makes me sick. Did anybody demand paternity tests from John Edwards when he ran for veep. “After all, those two kids are awful young, and don’t you think it’s weird that they’d have kids after their horrible tragedy blah blah blah …”

Think we would have heard those questions if EE had been on the ticket?

Me too.

This country is so fucked in how it treats women.

56. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

Who scrubbed Wikipedia’s entry for Sarah Palin just before nom announcement?

Someone — and apparently it was just one person — felt like the existing biography wasn’t appropriate for a vice-presidential candidate. On Friday, 15 minutes before the rumor that John McCain had picked Palin as his running mate, a Wikipedia editor discovered 30 mostly favorable changes had been made to the Alaska governor’s profile.

She was called “a politician of eye-popping integrity” and sections on her participation in a beauty pageant and her alleged use of influence to get her former brother-in-law fired were diminished.

57. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Mothers must stay home and attend to the babies. Liberals say so.

AND the religiously drawn language of the “partial birth abortion” SC ruling calls on mothers to bond with the foetus in utero.

So fucked.

I still say, slap Palin AND the daughter in stirrups and get this issue over with!

Maybe someone can find out why the doctor’s letter stating Obama is in good health was undated (as reported by the medical reporter at the NYT, who must be worth his pay as McC would nto include him in the reporters allowed to go thru the 1,100 pages of medical reports on his sorry ass). I have boxes of medical files, nothing is undated. Not even a scribbled note.

Slap him in stirrups too.

58. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

The suprising and pathetic ways racism rears it’s ugly head in this country:

William English called the City of Milwaukee in February about his neighborhood’s potholes, but no one showed for 37 days. English lives on N. 33rd St. in a predominantly minority neighborhood, where cracks and cavities took weeks to fill this year.

A statistical analysis by the Journal Sentinel found that the larger the minority population in a neighborhood, the longer it took city crews to fix potholes. Potholes in mostly minority census tracts took an average of 11 days to repair, while potholes in mostly white census tracts took seven days.

Potholes are not the most serious problem plaguing Milwaukee. But the city’s many pockmarked streets can harm the quality of life for those commuting to work and force unfortunate drivers to shell out hundreds of dollars to repair damage to their vehicle.

What’s more, potholes and how the city responds to them are as close as many people come to watching local government in action.

City officials say they set priorities based on several factors. A top concern is keeping heavily traveled roads safe for drivers. But the Journal Sentinel found that major roads on the north, such as Silver Spring Drive and Hampton Ave., were fixed more slowly than less traveled residential streets farther south.

The Journal Sentinel discovered the disparity in service by reviewing a city database of more than 11,000 pothole repair locations from January to mid-July. Hundreds of repairs took longer than a month from the time a complaint was logged.

An analysis of pothole fixes in the city also found:

• Residents who live on or north of Capitol Drive waited the longest for pothole repairs. It took crews an average of 14 days to fix potholes on or north of Capitol Drive, where more than three-fourths of census tracts are predominantly minority. But to the south, where 56% of census tracts are majority white, repairs took about six days – even for twice as many potholes.

Considering that the JS is part of the winger noise machine here, and that it often pushes stories about how criminal/dirty/lazy minority parts of town are, seeing this story was a surprise.

59. marisacat - 31 August 2008


but the birth is more fun!!

60. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

Slap him in stirrups too.

They might find his head up his ass.

61. marisacat - 31 August 2008


does the mayor have an election coming up?


Listening to a black talk show host claim Palin cannot serve as she is nursing.

Everybody screaming at everybody. Love it.

Now they are discussing her method of birth control.


62. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

the NOLA front page is overwhelming.

So sad to watch a great, historic city be allowed to die. Cokie can’t see that “being on the VERGE of recovery” after all this time is a CRIME?

63. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Wouldn’t want him carried away in a big ol’ wave:

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:


64. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Biden and that blue collar stuff

So where did he get his working-class reputation? Partly it comes from Biden’s streetwise demeanor and his preoccupation with the fact that his family wasn’t as well-off as some of the people he knew — which seems to have given him a permanent chip on his shoulder. Partly it comes from his frequent tributes to blue-collar folks, such as the firefighters who took him to the hospital when he suffered an aneurysm.

But mostly it reflects journalists’ weakness for simple, vivid narratives. It’s easy to write about a statesman who worked his way up from a log cabin. It’s easy to write about a leader who came from great wealth. But someone growing up the son of a sales manager is a bit lacking in color and drama.

65. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

Cheney will be AWOL from the convention now too. Hiding in his Nebraska bunker, no doubt.

66. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Not to be outdone by a R telethon, tho yesterday at a meet and greet diner breakfast it was ‘prayers for NO’ from O’Biden.

67. marisacat - 31 August 2008


think he is going back to the Caucuses (sp?)

68. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

Obama is coming to Milwaukee tomorrow. Local activists are trying to fill the Marcus Amphitheater, which 25,000.

69. marisacat - 31 August 2008

25k should be no problem. Promise magic tricks and bunnies from hats.

70. marisacat - 31 August 2008

oops Madman link failed…

71. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Now there is ongoing discussion of her judgement while giving birth. But I thought she did not?

I think SP either showed ridiculously poor judgment by having a special needs baby in some backwater hospital over 9 hours (and more) after her water started ‘leaking’, or that this is possibly her daughter’s child and she rushed to her side as soon as she found out that BP was in labor. Why else would anyone in the first family have a baby (with Down’s Syndrome) away from the best hospital possible?

After checking out the McCainette blog, http://mccainblogette.com/, it was interesting to watch BP holding the baby almost all of the time, except for one or two photo ops with ‘Mom’. Notice how in the family photo, BP is the one holding her ‘brother’? Anyone else find this odd?

72. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

oops, try this link instead.

73. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008
74. marisacat - 31 August 2008

IOZ is so right, as were those 232 year predictions…

I swear to Jesus that the Mayan’s were right about this whole 2012 thing. I might have become a Christian if someone had told me the End Times were going to be this fucking hilarious.

75. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008
76. marisacat - 31 August 2008

Right on schedule, Rev Wright re emerges! Two weeks ago he was far away on a “mission” to Uganda,…

Wrights spoke glowingly of Obama while preaching at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, as part of a message that God takes “the ordinary and turns it into the extraordinary.”


“Twenty years ago, a scrawny little kid with a pointed nose and big ears — mama from Kansas and daddy from Kenya,” he began. “An ordinary black boy raised in a single-parent home. The boy walked into my office 20 years ago to talk about his dream for a community that concentrated on things that we could achieve in common, things that united us rather than to focus on all the problems and the issues in the community about which we disagree or the things that divided us.”

Wright also spoke of the Rev. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks among other examples of God turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, before mentioning the Illinois senator and giving a short summary of his journey through Harvard Law School to the state Senate to the U.S. Senate to his position as the Democratic nominee.

I see so much yewknitty.


In other news both camps and the networks are massing to Save The South. Which surely means it will, at long last, be destroyed, that unique Gulf Coast of America.

When next seen, it will be casinos and condos. Golf courses. And oil rigs.

77. CSTAR - 31 August 2008

# 73 I used to live in Laranjeiras — it’s to the left about 2 km from picture #2 in that series. At the end of our street was a small favela (under 20000 — the big ones such as Rocinha have around 200,000) — several times the street we lived on was closed as “police” (called PM policia militar) with helicopters, small tanks and other armored cars raided the favela “in searrh of drug dealers” at the end of the street, Of course at the time, the biggest criminal gang was the PM itself, and it was hunting down its rivals that were taking away business.

I guess not a whole lot has changed.

78. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

Millimeter wave scan machine at Denver Airport

I snapped this photo of a passive millimeter wave scan machine set up in the main entrance hall at Denver International Airport on Friday evening. The machine was swiveling back and forth, searching people who didn’t even know they were being scanned. I’m sure some of the people scanned weren’t passengers; they were simply coming to pick up or drop off friends and relatives.

I wanted to see if they would scan my 11-year-old daughter as she walked by so I walked over to the desk with the computer monitor on it. I got a peek at the monitor for a second or two before one of the bald guys to the left of the TSA agent jumped in front of me and said I wasn’t allowed to look. I couldn’t tell which person was undressed on the monitor.

If federal agents set up this system at a shopping mall, would people care?

79. marisacat - 31 August 2008

America is shutting down.

80. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

shutting down, and under guard

why do you need automatic weapons to “help” refugees from a storm?

81. marisacat - 31 August 2008

They made it an armed camp at the time of the hurricane… between NG, using troops from the 82nd Airborne right out of Iraq, ICE, DEA etc., in a US city. (Not nooz I realise)

months after Katrina I saw pics of NG at the NO Zoo with big weapons. And parents were walking their children around inside, apparently OK with it. It said that the Zoo was one fo the few places to take children in NO, so I guess the parents were stuck… but i am unsure I could have done it…

82. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008


Sarah Palin Is NOT The Mother [Photos+Video]

Well, Sarah, I’m calling you a liar. And not even a good one. Trig Paxson Van Palin is not your son. He is your grandson. The sooner you come forward with this revelation to the public, the better.

I love the smell of lawsuits in the morning.

83. marisacat - 31 August 2008

I don’t know what to say anymore.

Even LGF locked threads when that “story” broke from the guy who claimed to have had homosexual relations and drug use with O

84. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

Bristol is pregnant in these pictures. She is not carrying belly fat, which grows outwardly wide, and does not become dome-shaped. That’s because fat is generally evenly distributed around the abdomen and a fetus is not.

OH NOZ! I’m pregnant!

85. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

And, on top of that, it’s Joebama’s baby because I had a dream I was having an affair with him!


86. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

link via Boing Boing: Gustav resources online

87. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

Twitter feeds which I don’t find all that helpful or interesting, but just incase some do …

88. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

Wasserman-Schulz (sp?) just went there on CNN: “I know Hillary Clinton and Palin…blah blah blah…”

89. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

Can I just add that today’s high here was 7 fucking degrees Celsius?

Thank you.

90. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

89 – time to break out the touk!

91. raincat100 - 31 August 2008

I just had to share this with all of you (sorry):

US voters’ views 2008: Republicans (BBC)

Samantha’s statement reads like a McCain press release.

Mcat, I sent a link to your gmail.

92. marisacat - 31 August 2008

thanks raincat! i will check… 😉

93. intermittentbystander - 31 August 2008

FYI for pfformer cross-posters, sisdevore is now open and offering Underwater Deli hospitality for the diaspfflora and pffauna.

FYI – DB was, I believe, pre-banned. And BTW, MissD’s first post (from July, long before peeder’s pffinal kerpfuffle) proposes that Marisacat, not Sheehan, take over Pelosi’s seat.

94. Intermittent Bystander - 31 August 2008

Heard the Archibishop of New Orleans (by phone, I think) on FoxNews (at the time, the only cable channel reporting live from LA), speaking very reassuringly of the blessings he bestowed on the orderly evacuees.

Bagpipes were great. Saw lotsa dogs (including some rangy, sweet, 5-month-old Scottish deerhounds), some cabertossers, sword dancers, and a few goats and sheep, too.

I think I’ve got one in the moderation nets as intermittentbystander, MCat. Includes a link to sisdevore, which is now serving underwater deli for the diaspfflora and pffauna. (So far, commenting requires a WP account.)

95. Intermittent Bystander - 31 August 2008

Fox just reported there were already 3 deaths of critically ill patients at the airport, while waiting to be airlifted out.

96. Intermittent Bystander - 31 August 2008

The Cayman Islands pic is like a Photoshop job!

Fox is pre-flufffng this storm like a frickin eiderdown.

Nothing to worry about this time, folks! Never fear! All has been done! People have cooperated! Guns and curfews are in place!
No guilt will befall you! Let us pray.

97. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2008

they must be terrified of Jindahl and Bush fucking this one up too …

98. marisacat - 31 August 2008

I think htey are doing it to push Jindal., market him. I see Vitter standing there with him.

Not much different than the Landrieu machine.

99. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

Jindal was spitting out the numbers of everything they’ve amassed down there a mile a minute during his earlier presser on Sunday. Where do all of those people (ie. the National Guard etc) stay when the storm is on – or will we see them end up on rooftops with “Help Me” signs by Wednesday?

100. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

Btw, that little 60 Minutes tea party with Joebama and Obamalama was quite the snoozer. Waste.of.time.

101. marisacat - 31 August 2008

hmm they could hardly wake up to sell that car… pretty obvious.

102. liberalcatnip - 31 August 2008

Haha. Fools.

103. marisacat - 1 September 2008

Just about to put up a post about that Palin business. Not esp the daugbhter, the particular attacks are continuing.

104. liberalcatnip - 1 September 2008

The dkos fake pregnancy story hits HuffPo (and is spreading quickly). Check out memeorandum and grab your popcorn.

105. liberalcatnip - 1 September 2008

OMG. The Times of London is on it.

If Mrs Palin, a conservative mother of five, ever doubted that landing on a national presidential ticket would open her to the harshest of spotlights and smear tactics, she also awoke yesterday to utterly unfounded internet rumours that her fifth child, born in April with Down’s Syndrome, was actually her 17-year-old daughter’s.

Way to go there, kossacks!

106. liberalcatnip - 1 September 2008

And may I just add that when I was ~8 months pregnant with my daughter, one of my SIL’s moms (who didn’t know I was pregnant and hadn’t seem me for a while) came in to say hi to me when I was sitting in a rocking chair in the living room. Later, my SIL told me she asked her mom how she thought I looked and the mom didn’t even SEE that I was pregnant and I started out my pregnancy around 120 and had gained 25 lbs (all in the belly) by the end of the 9th.

Shorter me: Fuck, some kossacks are stoopid.

107. marisacat - 1 September 2008

gnu thred


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