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Looking safer than the silly season… 3 September 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Abortion Rights, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Sex / Reproductive Health, The Battle for New Orleans.


A sheriff’s truck drives around downed power lines after Hurricane Gustav stormed through Monteguet, La., on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

I will be listening to Palin tonight, I would not miss it…

Just remember, if you need an abortion, or the tampax machine or the condom machine, raise your hand, ask nicely, and you will be issued a nice pink hall pass. Specially treated to be visible at night, like lights on a bicycle. Proof that you have permission is a big blue dot on the nice pink pass. Clerics, male members of your family (this includes a son of the age of majority), physicians, other non-specific males in authority, have these passes available for you…

Say thank you… nicely.



1. marisacat - 3 September 2008

LOL Noonan, Chuck Todd and Mike Murphy caught on open mic about Palin. I mean, gosh they are such brilliant pundits, they must be right.

2. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

Also, please be careful not to leak. As we all know, women are different from men – we are less in control of our bodies, and at any given time are liable to ooze precious bodily fluids from one or more orifices. To preserve decorum in society and protect the delicate sensibilities of our fragile menfolk, we must be extra vigilant.

3. marisacat - 3 September 2008

Check: Don’t leak. Ask Dad/Husband/Son for special breast pads when nursing.

I can see some sort of post menstruation purification few days coming into vogue as well.

4. marisacat - 3 September 2008

well in contrast to what is in comment #1, here is La Noo in WSJ

Because she jumbles up so many cultural categories, because she is a feminist not in the Yale Gender Studies sense but the How Do I Reload This Thang way, because she is a woman who in style, history, moxie and femininity is exactly like a normal American feminist and not an Abstract Theory feminist; because she wears makeup and heels and eats mooseburgers and is Alaska Tough, as Time magazine put it; because she is conservative, and pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life; and because conservatives can smell this sort of thing — who is really one of them and who is not — and will fight to the death for one of their beleaguered own; because of all of this she is a real and present danger to the American left, and to the Obama candidacy.

She could become a transformative political presence.

So they are going to have to kill her, and kill her quick.

5. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

1 – by the way, for those who don’t know – that beautiful building in the background while Noonan and Murphy are twittering is the Landmark Center in downtown St Paul, an absolutely gorgeous place that was almost torn down in the 1960’s-70s frenzy of “urban renewal”. it was saved by a group of private citizens. The interior has to be seen to be believed.

This building in Minneapolis wasn’t so lucky.

6. marisacat - 3 September 2008

Jake Tapper runs a regular series (this is No 8) on the Biden run along mouth:

But it wouldn’t be a complete day for Biden if he didn’t make a slip-up about who’s actually at the top of his party’s ticket.

“We’re stepping up to the ball here, the Biden — excuse me, the Obama-Biden administration,” Biden said. “No, that wasn’t a Freudian slip, I was just talking about myself,” he said as the crowd laughed. “Believe me, believe me, you got it right, Obama-Biden, I got that part,” Biden continued, laughing.

“Oh, Lordy day, I tell ya,” he said, chuckling as his voice trailed off.

7. marisacat - 3 September 2008

Tidbit, and if the info that came out a few days ago is accurate, one problem is that the referral system was to involve a company Axelrod is a part owner of…

Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa on Friday sent the center a letter saying he was “troubled” by recent news reports about the hospital’s efforts to steer patients with non-urgent complaints away from the center’s emergency room to local clinics. Michelle Obama was a key figure behind the initiative.

The letter, which Grassley released to the public yesterday, does not directly mention the Democratic presidential nominee, his wife or his campaign. Grassley asked for financial data, board minutes and other documents related to hiring, job promotion, business contracting and care for the poor.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008
9. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

from librarian dot net:

[Former Wasilla mayor] Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” The librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire her for not giving “full support” to the mayor.

Just to throw a little more meat into the blood stew. I suspect that she is going to kick Biden’s ass.

I can’t believe that I’m watching a REPUBLICAN convention masquerading as a NOW celebration (only without any of that icky force-of-law equality stuff).

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

LOL … I always knew Noonan was selling a product.

On another topic, this man is a great citizen.

California’s building codes, plumbing standards and criminal laws can be found online.

But if you want to download and save those laws to your computer, forget it.

The state claims copyright to those laws. It dictates how you can access and distribute them — and therefore how much you’ll have to pay for print or digital copies.

It forbids people from storing or distributing its laws without consent.

That doesn’t sit well with Carl Malamud, a Sebastopol resident with an impressive track record of pushing for digital access to public information. He wants California — and every other federal, state and local agency — to drop their copyright claims on law, contending it will pave the way for innovators to create new ways of searching and presenting laws.

“When it comes to the law, the courts have always said there can be no copyright because people are obligated to know what it says,” Malamud said. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse in court.”

Malamud is spoiling for a major legal fight.

He has begun publishing copies of federal, state and county codes online — in direct violation of claimed copyright.

On Labor Day, he posted the entire 38-volume California Code of Regulations, which includes all of the state’s regulations from health care and insurance to motor vehicles and investment.

To purchase a digital copy of the California code costs $1,556, or $2,315 for a printed version. The state generates about $880,000 annually by selling its laws, according to the California Office of Administrative Law.

“Most of the county staff now just look up the codes on the Internet,” said Jennifer Barrett, Sonoma County’s deputy planning director. “You can quickly search for keywords or a section. It’s quite easy to find what you are looking for.”

But LexisNexis does not format the online laws for easy printing or downloading, Malamud said. And that hampers how people can access the laws.

LexisNexis is the exclusive distributor of Sonoma County statutes, selling print versions for $220. It offers free access to the county’s codes on the Internet, but its Web site is relatively archaic and doesn’t include the features common in newer sites.

If the county provided those laws in a free, standardized digital format, others could design Web sites with more modern search and presentation features, Malamud said. Social Web sites could pop up where, for instance, plumbers could provide useful annotations to building codes — perhaps blending Wikipedia with Facebook for a more useful law site.

LexisNexis declined to comment for this story. Its primary competitor, Thomson West, which publishes California laws under a contract with the state, does not claim copyright over government statutes, a spokesman said.

California asserts copyright protections for its laws, contending it ensures the public gets accurate, timely information while generating revenue for the state.

“We exercise our copyright to benefit the people of California,” said Linda Brown, deputy director of the Office of Administrative Law, which manages the state’s laws. “We are obtaining compensation for the people of California.”

11. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Cabinet Office ordered to release secret memos on Iraq dossier

Secret emails and memos showing how the Iraq war dossier was “sexed-up” must be released by the Cabinet Office, The Independent has learnt.

Richard Thomas, the information commissioner, has told civil servants to release undisclosed material which could provide “evidence that the dossier was deliberately manipulated in order to present an exaggerated case for military action”.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

Jeebus, did someone tell this person from Ebay that this ISN’T a Powerpoint presentation to the Board of Directors? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ … all over the hall people are snapping rubber bands on their wrists to stay awake.

I think a couple of links are in moderation.

13. NYCO - 3 September 2008

I can’t believe that I’m watching a REPUBLICAN convention masquerading as a NOW celebration

Why not? We’ve seen Democratic conventions masquerading as evangelical tent revivals for the last couple go-rounds… turnabout is fair play…

14. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Fiorina’s even worse.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

RNC: Cop Attacked

The UpTake captured video of a St. Paul police officer dragging a “black bloc” protester away from a bus, only to get tackled from behind. The officer sprayed a chemical agent all around him but ultimately lost the suspect and called for backup. Video by Conduit.

13 – good point.

16. ms_xeno - 3 September 2008
17. ms_xeno - 3 September 2008

#8: A toothless hamster with arthritis and a defective hearing aid could beat Biden in a debate. Should be fun watching Naranjastan and the rest as they spin it all as victory.

Holy Joe is probably coaching him even as we speak.

18. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

A preview:

Palin, whose revelation earlier this week about the pregnancy of her 17-year-old daughter sparked a media frenzy, is expected to make her case as to why she should be vice-president, citing her record as governor of Alaska and, before that, as a mayor of Wasilla, a town with a population of 6,700.

“Since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves,” her text read, taking aim at Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

Coming out swinging.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

US-Iraqi agreement: leaked

This leaked draft is a treasure of information. It’s the first time any document related to this topic is made public. It shows how weak the Iraqi negotiations team is (it is really pathetic to read their “suggestions” on how to fix the disaster of an agreement).

There are many outrageous articles in the agreement that violates Iraq’s sovereignty and independence, and gives the U.S. occupation authorities unprecedented rights and privileges, but what has draw my attention the most (so far) are three major points:

1- the agreement does not discuss anything about a complete US withdrawal from Iraq. Instead, it talks about withdrawing “combat troops” without defining what is the difference between combat troops and other troops. It is very clear that the US is planning to stay indefinitely in permanent bases in Iraq (or as the agreement calls them: “installations and areas agreed upon”) where the U.S. will continue training and supporting Iraqis armed forces for the foreseeable future.
2- the agreement goes into effect when the two executive branches exchange “memos”, instead of waiting for Iraqi parliament’s ratification. This is really dangerous, and it is shocking because both the Iraqi and U.S. executive branches have been assuring the Iraqi parliament that no agreement will go into effect without being ratified by Iraq’s MPs.
3- this agreement is the blueprint for keeping other occupation armies (aka Multi-national forces) in Iraq on the long run. This explains the silence regarding what will happed to other occupiers (like the U.K. forces) after the expiration of the UN mandate at the end of this year.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

It’s Wednesday, so I remembered where to go for some BAR goodness up today. 8 or 9 pieces, including:

The Skinny on McKinney

CM: The Democratic party probably left me a long time ago before I realized it. I left the Democratic Party because it has failed during the time that it has had a majority in the Congress to provide us a livable wage, and a single-payer health care system. It has failed to repeal the Patriot Acts, the Secret Evidence Act, the Military Commission Act, failed to repeal the Bush tax cuts and in fact the hallmark of the Democratic majority in Congress is failure. Therefore, when I took an inventory of my values alongside the values of the policies that were being implemented in Washington D.C. it was very clear that the Democratic Party no longer reflected my values. I decided to do something that I hope other people will follow suit as well. I declared my independence from the national leadership that had made our country so complicit in crimes against humanity, crimes against the peace, crimes against the global community, and crimes the American people.

GSR: Define victory in this election for your candidacy. What does victory mean for the Green Party and how do you propose to achieve it?

CM: We define for ourselves what victory is. As my running mate Rosa Clemente stated, the Green Party is not an alternative party. The Green Party is the imperative party. This country does not have an opposition party any longer – if it ever did. Now what we are sure of is that the American people do not feel confident that the two corporate parties that are being touted so well by the corporate media actually reflect what they want for their country. That’s why 85% of people when polled said that they know that this country is on the wrong track. What we need is a different set of values making public policy in this country. I believe that the values of the Green Party are reflective of the majority of this people in this country.

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

ooops, can’t html to save my life. Sorry!

22. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

McCain manhandles young Levi

Fuck this up for me, boy, and I’ll show you your own little Hanoi Hilton.

23. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

Glen Ford: Those Who Demand Nothing, Get Nothing

With the ascension of Barack Obama, all Black agitation has been subordinated to his election, leaving African Americans as the only constituency that has presented no demands to the two corporate candidates. Black misleadership simply accepts what Obama feels comfortable in offering. His Denver acceptance speech shows Obama is prepared to give Blacks precisely what they have asked for: nothing.

Even as Hurricane Gustav bore down on New Orleans, Obama made only the most oblique reference to the 2005 catastrophe, with a swipe at “a government…that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes.” What of the 132,000 to 214,000 residents still scattered to the winds (depending on whose estimates you believe) by deliberate government policies to keep them from returning? Obama had nothing to say on that score to the Democratic National Convention – and no wonder, since he blames the ongoing Katrina nightmare on “colorblind” incompetence.

If Obama cannot commit to making the displaced residents of New Orleans whole – despite, in his opinion, their having been victimized by government “incompetence” – then he will never lift a finger to derail the slow-motion displacement of gentrification elsewhere in urban America.

But then, the usual suspects among so-called Black leadership haven’t asked him to do a damn thing for the cities, or any other item on the Black agenda. 2008 will go down in history for its uniqueness: the year Black folks, through their leaders, demanded nothing at all from U.S. political structures.

24. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

8 – Terri Gross had on two LA Times writers (co-authors of the book One Party Country) tonight, and one of the reporters is up in Alaska at the moment. Palin’s inquiries about “objectionable” library materials got a mention, although she stopped short of actually banning anything, and they said that locals repeatedly described her as “brutal” with firings along loyalty lines. Other items of note: Although she approves of creationism in school curricula, she has said that she hasn’t pursued that or some other social issues because she didn’t want them to distract from her focus on oil revenue issues (like the $1200 oil profits rebates she handed out to great approval, although some goo-goo groups felt the money was needed for infrastructure.) And of course, other infrastructure is what the Bridge to Nowhere money went toward, because despite the “thanks no thanks” line of her initial McCain camp introduction, she did in fact keep the money. Terri kind of called attention to that point – you mean the taxpayers of all the other states paid for infrastructure through that earmark, while the oil profits money went to Alaskans? (paraphrase). The author noted that Alaska has (since statehood) received wildly disproportional federal funds, justified partly because with the state has so much federal land.

Also, the guy in Alaska said the place was now swarming with teams of GOP operatives who were not only fielding questions for her, but in some cases answering for local officials.

25. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

Terri Gross in the mod pod, I think!

26. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008
27. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

Best part of the video above, the guy who says:

Said one Republican: “I was real excited until we decided to cancel the convention to placate the liberal media…because some people are getting rained on.”

28. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

Not sure Romney’s resurrection of the Axis of Evil schtick was much of a favor to BFF McCain!
Looking forward to the squirrel killer segment. (Popcorn poppers!)

29. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

The Huckster – what a guy. OMG, Obama brought back “European ideas”! Is there a medication for that?

30. lucid - 3 September 2008

So amid trolling for friends in the Lowell MA area on myspace and glancing at the Williams sisters on TV, I briefly flipped over to the RNC, and what’s first thing I hear, ‘European ideas are the root of all evil & Obama wants to turn us into Europe’!

Oh, Huckanutter, I know Europe scares you so – after all, they eat snails instead of squirrels – but really, I don’t think there is any danger of Obama turning us into Europe…

31. lucid - 3 September 2008

26 – jinx

32. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

Ooooh snap – more votes for mayor in Wasilla than Joe Biden got for prez.

It’s the sizzle, not the squirrel!

33. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

Obama brought back “European ideas”!

Is that why his speeches are always subtitled?

Oh, and as an innoculation to the soon-to-arrive xtian nutter, I offer:

Better Never to Have Been

It is uncontroversial to say that
1)The presence of pain is bad
and that
2)The presence of pleasure is good

However, such symmetrical evaluation does not seem to apply to the absence of pain and pleasure, for it strikes me as true that

3)The absence of pain is good even if that good is not enjoyed by anyone,
4)The absence of pleasure is not bad unless there is somebody for whom that absence is a deprivation.

I’d be happy to reject this premise, but it is, as Benatar discerns, a standard part of common sense morality. He then observes that people who have children put them at great risk of harm. But there is no-one who is harmed, or put at risk of harm, by the choice not to have them. Together with some arguments about the awfulness of many lives, the fact that the harms we impose on our offspring are wrongs which are not compensated for by the goods they receive, and the observation that from the inside most of us who evaluate our lives positively are victims of our own bounded rationality, the conclusion follows rather neatly. Figuring out exactly why you disagree with him is a frustrating business. This is definitely not a book for those of you who judge the quality of a book by its conclusions. But for those who admire really careful and imaginative argumentation, and are interested in either issues of life and death, or the foundations of morality, it’s a must read. And, now, an affordable one.

Who says philosophy can’t be fun!

34. lucid - 3 September 2008

Wow – WordPress told me I’m posting comments too quickly. I didn’t know I could out type mathematical algorithms!

35. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

No schooldesks without overseas bloodshed, kiddies. Got that?
Don’t you ever forget it.

Huck scares me more than the avg GOP pol. The dude has got some of that All-American-Heroin “it.”

36. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

31. I didn’t know I could out type mathematical algorithms!

Is your name Trig, by any chance? Fibre Bundle, maybe?

37. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

What’s that? They’re bringing in Chinese seat fillers?

38. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

well, no one could ever accuse you of being silent lucidity.



39. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

20 – oh, Levi is adorable! He reminds me of James MacArthur in The Truth About Spring.


35 – are you being sarcastic again? Huckabee is downright creepy.

40. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008


This is definitely not a book for those of you who judge the quality of a book by its conclusions.

Any car chases?

41. marisacat - 3 September 2008

Out of Moderation…

2 from madman

and one from IB

Sorry for the delay… 😉

42. marisacat - 3 September 2008

Zero being chanted.

Clever move…

43. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

I actually sorta like the conclusion, but what do you expect out of a nihilist Nietzschean?

44. marisacat - 3 September 2008


It does that when it is suffering, screwed up, too hot too cold, etc.

Just slams out some error screen…

Lingle is pheonmenally boring speaker.

45. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

Okay, I hope everyone has a case of beer ready so that you can keep up with every time Rudy says “9-11”.

Is it too much to hope that he comes out in a dress?

46. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Great. Now I have a craving for some popped squirrel. Where did I put those take out menus?

47. raincat100 - 3 September 2008

#33 madman
Obama brought back “European ideas”!

this has been all about culture and class

#42 mariscat
they will chant anything if told to

#35 IB

48. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

39 – NO, I’m serious. And of course he’s fucking creepy. Lotsa people with “it” are creepy as hell. That’s what makes them reaaaally scary!

Not. Doing. Rudy. Bye.

49. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Rudy dissing Hollywood celebrities. Gee. Wasn’t Reagan one of those?

50. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

Rudy’s dentures don’t fit. Or his caps are screwed in a little too tight. Or something.

51. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

just from a purely aesthetic viewpoint, but the colors they’re choosing for that horrible video screen make every single one of these speakers look sickly.

52. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

CIndy McCain is giving Biden stiff competition in the rictus-grin department.

53. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

Perrin: Pig Nation

I don’t know what Drill Sergeants tell their trainees now, but when it comes to police academies, it’s clear that the war is domestic, the population The Enemy. At least, that’s the impression I get after Denver and currently in St. Paul. What goes through these cops’ minds when they bash a CodePink activist to the ground, calling her “bitch,” which happened in Denver, or when they manhandle someone as small as Amy Goodman, which just happened in St. Paul? Not to mention all the anonymous people beaten, pepper sprayed and arrested in between? I mean, these big bad Alpha pricks dressed in riot gear, backed by massive force, beating the shit out of women? What the fuck is wrong with them? Obviously, they feel it’s okay, as their superiors make excuses, citing “security risks,” and St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman — a Democrat — brags about police “restraint.”

Welcome to Pig Nation, a bi-partisan production that will receive more of our money regardless who wins the White House. Right wingers, at least the reactionary wing (I’m cutting the libertarians slack), probably don’t care, so long as police state activity doesn’t inconvenience them. Most liberals pretend that police violence is strictly a Republican feature, if their lack of concern in Denver is any indication. They’ll blissfully vote Obama/Biden, thinking that this will put an end to the GOP nightmare. That it merely shifts the nightmare to the other side is apparently overlooked if not dismissed. You certainly can’t talk to them about it. I know. I’ve tried.

Over the past days, I’ve reached for various masks that hang on my office wall, then submerged myself into character while touring a number of liblog comments sections. It’s not pretty. There are some truly twisted mindsets claiming to be “liberal,” or worse “progressive.” Even mildly broaching the idea that perhaps, just maybe, Obama/Biden is not the fix that is needed, that it is more of the same, only with tin halos and false smiles, will get you slammed. The Ticket will not be questioned, not in any serious way. The Republicans and the Republicans alone are the source of all evil in this land. Every tired retort is repeatedly aired — McCainiac, Naderite, racist, sexist, etc. You know the script. Facts don’t matter. Refuting their falsehoods, meaningless. We have entered the religious phase of the campaign, and only those embracing the faith may speak without being slimed. If it wasn’t for PETA, I suspect that snake-waving would be part of the ceremony, provided that the snakes were registered Dems, of course.

54. raincat100 - 3 September 2008

Let’s destroy the planet!!!! YAY!!!! USA!!!!

55. NYCO - 3 September 2008

PressThink on the GOP’s new, possibly improvised culture-war strategy.

The basic strategy is: don’t fight the “crisis” narrative. Rather, do things that bring it on; and in that crisis re-divide the electorate hoping to grab the bigger half…

Sell the epic version of her candidacy. Allow her to become bigger than McCain in narrative terms. And let the two mavericks together overawe the Republican party, a damaged brand.

Give no ground, pile on the praise for her performance in Alaska, pump up her governor’s experience to death-defying extremes, hope for theatrical confrontation with characters in the mainstream media who can star as the cosmopolitan elites in the sudden politics of resentment the convention has been driven to.

Confound and collapse all distinctions between closed editorial systems (like the newsroom of the New York Times), open systems (like the blogging community DailyKos.com) and political systems, like the Democratic party and its activist wing. Whenever possible mix these up. Conflate constantly. Attack them all. Jump from one to the other without warning or thread. Sow confusion among streams and let that confusion mix with the resentment in a culture war atmosphere.

Stick with “she was fully vetted” no matter what comes out. People who don’t believe it are trying to bring down Palin’s historic candidacy; or they don’t accept that a conservative women can be the one to break the glass ceiling. If some establishment Republicans are skeptical or trying to stop her, that’s good for the crisis narrative, and good for two maverick candidates.

Hey Kos… their Wurlitzer is still probably bigger than your Wurlitzer.

56. marisacat - 3 September 2008
57. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008


58. marisacat - 3 September 2008


59. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

“Obama was against wiretapping before he voted for it.” Ha, Rudy gets off a good one.

60. lucid - 3 September 2008

Already drinking 😉

61. raincat100 - 3 September 2008

“we are all Georgians”

well, I like peaches. oh wait. nevermind.

62. raincat100 - 3 September 2008

#54 NYCO thank you for that

63. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Rudy looks like he’s either standing in the middle of a river or walking on water.

64. marisacat - 3 September 2008

another Madman out of moderation…

Oh traitor that I am, the despicaable Rudi has me laughing. He is such so basic with the red and redder meat,

65. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Cindy’s holding baby Trig. So, not to worry. When Palin’s vice-presidentin’, Cindy will babysit. Case closed.

66. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

55 – it’s beyond bizarre that Noonan is mocking the idea of Republicans pushing a Narrative when that’s how she made her name speechwriting – “thousand points of light” etc.

But she’s been round-the-bend for years now.

67. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

Everytime Rudy does that shit I bet a bunch of NYFD guys fantasize about taking a fire axe to him.

Thanks for the Rosen pick, NYCO.

68. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Rudy, the Feminist.

69. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

65 – yeah but I’m a little afraid she’s going to bite the baby’s head off, like that lizard-alien woman in V who liked to bite the heads off of guinea pigs.

Oh look, Rudy crying sexism! Hilarious!

70. marisacat - 3 September 2008

la Noo fell in love wiht Ob.

For one thing…

71. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

Studly Levi sighting! Yay!

72. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

There she is. Where’s her rifle?

73. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

Where’s her rifle?

Not up those horrible sleeves.

74. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

Well at least they’ve got Daddyboy holding the fuckin baby this time.

75. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

YAY!!! We don’t know who the hell you are but, whatever. YAY!!!

76. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

Here she is – I sure hope she’s wearing her breast pads, I wouldn’t want “Donna in Rome” to get all anxious.

77. raincat100 - 3 September 2008

I’m thinking LensCrafters.

78. marisacat - 3 September 2008

OK we get it that the script said THUNDEROUS applause

79. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

76. rofl The milk! It leaks!!

80. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

I just figured out who she reminds me of – those lady singers on the old Lawrence Welk show.

81. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

She sure has a northern yank accent. Mon dieu.

82. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

takes sheer guts to drop napalm on women and children.

83. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

79 – yeah, and as Donna said, the milk comes spurting out at the most inopportune moments. What if it hit Putin in the eye?

84. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

81 – it’s very close to a Minnesota accent.

“He’s fleeing the interview!”

85. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

Putin has faced down a deadly siberian tiger, you think a tit and a little milk is gonna faze him?!?!

86. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

81 – I have a friend who works as a legislative analyst (that’s NYS jobspeak for competent but BA-only intellectual laborer) in the State Assembly here, and he told me several days ago (after watching yoootooobs) that he thinks the Fargo accent will ultimately sink her. With parodies, if nothing else. Thinks it’s just 2222222222 over the top.

(I argued, of course.)

We’ll see!

87. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

ooo, she’s celebrating her ice flow fever!

88. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

Who is the hatchet-faced old lady sitting next to Rudy? McCain’s mother?

89. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

The little girl is too cute.

90. NYCO - 3 September 2008

There are about 240 tweets a second coming in on Twitter about Palin. Wonder what the tweet-rate was for Obama’s speech?

91. NYCO - 3 September 2008

90. correction: 240 tweets a minute

92. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

86. he thinks the Fargo accent will ultimately sink her

It’s annoying and at least we know Frances McDormand can play her in the movie now but I don’t think it’ll have much of an affect.

93. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

she’s pretty good (presentation, not content) … Biden is so gonna get his ass kicked.

94. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

91 – Tweets a minute! LOL!

Fuck MPG and all other acroyms forever!

95. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

86 – I think people love that stuff. Lake Wobegon and all that.

96. NYCO - 3 September 2008

Now up to about 320 TwPM.

97. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

95 – Yeah, that’s just part of what I sputtered, at the time.

98. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

93 – indeed. Biden is doomed.

99. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

They are daring the fact-checkers here.

Double-dare! (Best prestidigitation around. Look over there – it’s Michael Moore and Dan Rather!)

100. raincat100 - 3 September 2008

This will be a split screen election.

101. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Nobody tweets me. (Not that I would know it if it happened).

102. NYCO - 3 September 2008

101. Go to summize.com, you can search for terms.

103. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Russia! DRINK!

104. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2008

99 – it’s a post-fact party. Donks keep forgetting that.

105. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

Aha, her first stumble! Reading all those teleprompters is hard work.

106. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Suck Alaska dry! YAY!!

107. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

Guess nobody got through security (hahahahahahaahhahaa!) in a polar bear costume, huh?

108. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

We will find a way to make energy out of baby seals!

109. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

Good dig about the columns. lol

110. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

She is nasteh. Yup. Look out Joebama.

111. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

No rights for terrorists!

112. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

PS to 107 – (Manic eruption of laughter was for anachronistically small-capped and non-acronymed phrasing. Editorial sarcasm, if nobody minds.)

113. liberalcatnip - 3 September 2008

I think KO’s head just exploded.

114. lucid - 3 September 2008

Raise the ‘death tax’! Hasn’t that already been rescinded? [oh – sorry, that’s right, all the rich fucks are going to off themselves in 2010 so that their fortunes are passed on tax free before the law automatically goes back to the rates from 2001 – albeit this time without the step-up basis for capital gains which actually means that all those middle class estates that never used to be taxed now will be taxed atrociously…]

115. marisacat - 3 September 2008

gnu threat

yes threat, LOL


…………….. 8) ……………….

116. Heather-Rose Ryan - 3 September 2008

LOL, Harry Reid-bashing, gotta love it.

117. Intermittent Bystander - 3 September 2008

Great point, says Keef, while Tweety claims a direct hit midships on not just BARACK but MICHELLE Obama.

For the NBC record.

118. marisacat - 3 September 2008


New thead ahead… see 114 for link

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