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It’s some season or other.. ;) 12 December 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Divertissements, UK.


Royal Ballet – Covent Garden, London – Nutcracker Suite – Piotr Ilich Tchaichovsky –  Mouse King / Ryoichi Hirano – December 2006

‘Tis the season to be merry… etc.  I’ll be frank, I am delighted Rahm has his nuts in a vise.  Especially so quick.  Nutcracker Suite — of a sort.  😈

Times Online

Pressure grew on two of Barack Obama’s closest political aides yesterday as new details emerged of the “pay-for-play” allegations against the Governor of his home state.

Rahm Emanuel, the President-elect’s new Chief of Staff, and Jesse Jackson Jr, the co-chairman of his presidential campaign, both faced new revelations about their possible involvement in the scandal.

Fox News Chicago reported that Mr Emanuel, a Chicago politician who won the Illinois Governor’s former congressional seat, may have been captured on FBI wire-taps discussing the fate of Mr Obama’s vacated US Senate seat with Rod Blagojevich.

The TV station said Mr Emanuel had “multiple conversations” with the Governor, who is accused of trying to “sell” the open Senate seat for a Cabinet post or lucrative top foundation job. The report said the Governor was given a list of Senate candidates acceptable to Mr Obama. Because the FBI was secretly taping Mr Blagojevich in recent weeks, Mr Emanuel’s conversations may have been recorded, Fox News Chicago said.

Any recordings of the newly appointed White House Chief of Staff speaking to Mr Blagojevich about Mr Obama’s former Senate seat would prove an acute embarrassment to the incoming Obama Administration, even if no illegal deals were discussed, and could even force Mr Emanuel’s resignation. Mr Obama has promised to release details of any contacts between his staff and the Governor’s office but told a news conference on Thursday that he was “absolutely certain” that none of his aides was involved in any deal-making. .. snip whippy ..

Well it has been a steadily weakening use of the slow to arrive but initially iron clad denial.  Crack crack.

In fact, as we move along, the denials from Ob are the problem.

Here is Chicago Tribune:

Emanuel, who has long been close to both Blagojevich and Obama, has refused to respond to questions about any involvement he may have had with the Blagojevich camp over the Senate pick. A spokeswoman for Emanuel also declined to comment Friday.

One source confirmed that communications between Emanuel and the Blagojevich administration were captured on court-approved wiretaps.

Another source said that contact between the Obama camp and the governor’s administration regarding the Senate seat began the Saturday before the Nov. 4 election, when Emanuel made a call to the cell phone of Harris. The conversation took place around the same time press reports surfaced about Emanuel being approached about taking the high-level White House post should Obama win… oops..

Delish.  I cannot believe that Jesus could not assume (and should have known) that Rahm had spoken to Blago/Harris.  Is he some cabbage patch Jesus, with no history in Chicago?  Are we to believe that he is indeed an Hawai’ian Jesus?   Washed ashore, rolled to the sugar cane grove and taken in by kindly white missionaries?

I gather that now Emanuel is reduced to sharing phrases with JJjr.. “been assured he is not a target of the investigation” (ABC news).

A luscious bon bon.  And I don’t think it is necessarily clear that Rahm can survive this.

Why was Rahm not instantly open and clear with Jesus?  To whom does Rahm owe fealty and openness? Does not seem to be Jesus.

Who are these people?

Is any of this auspicious?  No.  Audacious?  One might ask, book titles and all that.

It’s a screw up, of large proportions.  (And reading the likes of  Eric Boehlert in Media Matters is just plain laughable.)

Though now working full-time on Obama’s transition, Emanuel has yet to resign his congressional seat. Illinois law has a different process for filling vacant House seats than Senate seats. When Emanuel resigns, a special election will be held for his replacement.

One alleged scheme outlined in the charges against Blagojevich involves the special election for Emanuel’s seat. The government affidavit said Blagojevich and others were recorded talking about an unnamed “president-elect adviser” concerned about the election for Emanuel’s congressional seat who might help the governor land a new job at a non-profit organization.

Not. much. to. add.



1. marisacat - 12 December 2008

I just saw that Madman had posted this at the end of the last thread:

Rahmbo Round-Up: Pageants, Death Threats, and Howard Dean

Did Emanuel provide Blagojevich with a list of “acceptable Senate candidates? According to Fox News Chicago, he did. A “reliable source familiar with the investigation” has said that Emanuel and Blagojevich had conversations about possible Senate-seat fillers, and those conversations may have been taped. Also, Blagojevich spoke about the “fifth CD thing” while talking about the Obama advisor in question – and Emanuel represents the Fifth Congressional District. However, no one is saying that any of those conversations had anything to do with pay-to-play or quid pro quo. (Which probably prompted the whole “motherfucker” thing.)

Is Howard Dean cheesed off about not getting the Chief Of Staff position over Emanuel? If things go bad for Rahm in the near future, he still might have a chance at it – but for now, he’s sounding off on D.L. Hughely’s “Breaking the News” on CNN.

2. marisacat - 12 December 2008

AND moving BHHM’s comment forward as well..

mcat, mattes, NYCO wow. just. wow.

and one more thing

{….snorkling up soda…}


From theHuffPo/Larry Leamer piece

“Jerry built” Irony lost on anyone?

Yesterday Madoff was arrested and accused of running what probably will prove the greatest Ponzi scheme in the history of the world. He may have dissipated as much as fifty billion dollars into nothing.

There was one largely Jewish charity event last evening. “It was like the Titanic,” one attendee said. “The ship was sinking, and people were crying, ‘I lost this and that.’ And everybody was drunk. The Titanic was going down and we might as well carry on.”

There is a feeling of incredible shame, embarrassment, of exposure, as if their whole world has been exposed as jerry built. This evening the synagogues in Palm Beach will be full. And there will be men and women listening to the truths of a great and ancient faith as they have never listened before.

Gag. …” great and ancient faith®”… Always got a tuck that in there at the end no matter how much cabalesque behaviour is shown.

Rich. …..{Or Not…LOL}

Aside from the standard PC use of “Jerry-built” as shoddy,…
the irony is that “Jerry”
is Allied-centric World War-ese for
…German / Kraut / Jackboot / Klepto / Fascist


3. marisacat - 12 December 2008

CRAAACK, from the comments at a Hot Air piece that they so deserve. Can they look less ready for prime time? Morning drive time? Afternoon cartoons? (yes that was heavy handed)

Also, via an aide Rham is denying he said he was getting death treats but ABC double checked with the cameraman and they are standing by the story.

Topsecretk9 on December 12, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Yeah well donks think they get gravitas from crying about “death threats”….

someone should tell ROM to call up the FBI and nut up and get the perps frogmarched…..

sven10077 on December 12, 2008 at 8:57 PM

4. catnip - 12 December 2008

From the last thread:

81. Heather-Rose Ryan – 12 December 2008

68 – Play along with the media hype of sensationalist stories if you must. Far be it from me to stop you

You missed my point. mattes had a very human moment when she showed that she cared how a young child met her death yet you decided to denigrate her for that. She cares. That’s enough.

5. marisacat - 12 December 2008

Another comment from Hot Air:

We need an open and honest auction system for government favors…

ninjapirate on December 12, 2008 at 9:12 PM

I’m sure Bernie Madoff can help run that.

nolapol on December 12, 2008 at 9:23 PM

6. Heather-Rose Ryan - 12 December 2008

4 The problem was that it wasn’t a “very human moment”. It was artificial emotional involvement that comes from being jerked around by the media.

If you pay attention you will see that there are “shocker” stories every few days that are fed to us via the “news” to keep us watching. It’s another style of fearmongering: hype the anxiety and pathos levels, keep the people watching so they’ll see the ads. Etc.

Sensationalism. It makes money.

7. Heather-Rose Ryan - 12 December 2008


Aside from the standard PC use of “Jerry-built” as shoddy,…
the irony is that “Jerry”
is Allied-centric World War-ese for
…German / Kraut / Jackboot / Klepto / Fascist

Well yeah but it’s also a common Jewish name. Maybe Seinfeld was responsible??

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 December 2008

4 The problem was that it wasn’t a “very human moment”. It was artificial emotional involvement that comes from being jerked around by the media.

I find this interesting, given your overly emotional reaction to the link I posted the other day to a soft sculpture about the 911 attacks. So, your processing of being “jerked around by the media” follows one standard, but mattes follows another? Where exactly are these lines drawn? Do YOU draw them?

9. BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2008

Oh to be a fly on the wall.

{ I dunno, Ed- say something stupid!..- Rahm}
Eddie Rendell tryin so hard to get his lard ass out in front of this.
The lede is textbook – give a little ground, then reframe…

Rendell: Obama bungled Blago response

Clearly trotting out for RAHM ..the bad Fla scene prolly too,
as a whole lotta NY / All the right Places/ Tel Aviv $$ went into
Rendell, put him as DNC Chair and they LBO’d the whole DNC
and Rahm was the Jewish ATM guy for Dems. SINCE THE 90’s

Now for Rahm, Ed’s singing some weird knock off
of Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night.

Jewbie Doobie Doooon’t
Well yes he doo-doo
Woulda had to call
That’s what all Pols Do
But it’s All all Riight…

…For Strangers in the Night….

Known for his blunt critiques of fellow Democrats, Rendell did not hold back during the interview.

The public, said Rendell, understands Obama and his aides would have an interest in who fills the Senate seat and some contact with the governor’s office — and that Obama should have said as much at the outset.

“Did Rahm Emanuel, who took Rod Blagojevich’s seat in Congress, have contact with Rod Blagojevich? Of course he did,” Rendell said. “They may have thought he was the craziest S.O.B. in the world. But you still have to have contact with him.”

..Strangers in the Night…

{Butter!@!More Butter!! Whose got the salt???}

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 December 2008

mithfield workers approve union

TAR HEEL — Workers at Smithfield Packing Co. voted in favor of unionizing, a stunning victory for labor organizers who have waited 16 years to gain a presence in the world’s largest hog processing plant.

Nearly 4,000 employees cast secret ballots Wednesday and Thursday at the Tar Heel plant in Bladen County. The election results, announced late Thursday by a plant spokesman, seemingly put to rest an often contentious battle between the company and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

According to the spokesman, 2,041 workers voted in favor of the union; 1,879 voted against it. The plant, which processes up to 32,000 hogs per day, has about 5,000 workers.

The union has tried to organize workers almost since the beginning, when the massive plant opened in 1992 amid sprawling tobacco fields 25 miles south of Fayetteville. Tonight’s victory marks a major inroad for organized labor in North Carolina. It almost certainly troubles other companies and economic developers in the Cape Fear region and beyond, as Smithfield Packing is one of the state’s largest industrial sites. Some have speculated that a union victory here could have a ripple effect at other plants at a tough time economically.

Workers tried twice in the 1990s to organize, at times attracting national attention.

Smithfield spokesman Dennis Pittman said the company respected the employees’ decision.

“We have had a great relationship with the unions that represent employees at eight of our other plants, and we look forward to having the same relationship with the union here at the Tar Heel facility,” he said.

The company plans to meet with the union over the next 30 to 60 days to begin contract negotiations. Both sides will determine what will be in the contracts, and will negotiate from there, Pittman said.

“Everything will come to the table during negotiations,” he said.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 December 2008

Workers’ Republic

The Labor Beat video group is putting together a documentary about the victorious occupation of the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago. The filmmakers were—unless I’m mistaken—the only media group given constant access to the inside of the factory during this action. They’ve put up a ten minute selection of footage on YouTube

12. marisacat - 12 December 2008

The union has tried to organize workers almost since the beginning, when the massive plant opened in 1992 amid sprawling tobacco fields 25 miles south of Fayetteville.

Tonight’s victory marks a major inroad for organized labor in North Carolina. It almost certainly troubles other companies and economic developers in the Cape Fear region and beyond, as Smithfield Packing is one of the state’s largest industrial sites. Some have speculated that a union victory here could have a ripple effect at other plants at a tough time economically

that’s a very salutary graf…

13. Heather-Rose Ryan - 12 December 2008

8 – saying something is bad art isn’t being “overly emotional”.

14. marisacat - 12 December 2008


in toto:

Dusty Springfield

Dear The Blogosphere,

The capital of Illinois is not Chicago.


15. marisacat - 12 December 2008

Probably not good news. Under any guise. From SMBIVA:

Worth deeply noting: China is about to join the cascade of international contractions, and in a starring role. The Washpost reports:

“The impact on China, one of the rare lights in an otherwise gloomy global economy, is particularly troubling. Beijing announced yesterday that its November…. imports [fell] 17.9 percent…. growth there is slowing to its lowest level since 1990.”

That is, under 4%. Whoa! […]

[T]he export sector is the culprit, of course. Formerly able to suck up Gargantuan piles of surplus workers and a massive (40% of GDP) accumulation of surplus funds, now it’s like a Keynesian nightmare over there. No one ever on earth has seen an economy this size, moving this fast, hit this hard of a wall.

It ain’t likely to end well.

16. BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2008

I’m shopping for a religion, you know, for over the Holidays.

Which Holidays? I’m not sure yet. How could I be?
That’s why I need to look around.

17. lucid - 12 December 2008

btw mcat – watched the links. Thank god I didn’t have a television in ’94. Donohue is horrific – can’t stay on topic, sensationalizes every claim – very reminiscent of what’s been done to ‘AIDS deniers’ since the ’80’s. I would have to say, good for David Cole that he left – whether or not I ultimately agree with him – never really read his stuff. Same thing was done to Finkelstein though.

Why can’t media allow honest debate about shite? Oh… right… that might undermine the fundamental power structure.

18. marisacat - 12 December 2008

.. it might undermine fundamentalism…


19. catnip - 12 December 2008

6. The problem was that it wasn’t a “very human moment”. It was artificial emotional involvement that comes from being jerked around by the media.

Really? And you know this because you live in her brain, do you?

I know better than to debate anything with you because you love to argue. So knock yourself out. I made my point.

If you pay attention you will see that there are “shocker” stories every few days that are fed to us via the “news” to keep us watching.

You seem to have me confused with someone who’s blatantly stupid.

A child died. Can you just let this go?

20. catnip - 12 December 2008

16. I thought you’d already enrolled in the cult of catnip. Heathen!

21. lucid - 12 December 2008

Boo – well some us here are believers in the FSM… unfortunately I cannot be, as I have celiac disease. Some apparently worship cats… 🙂 That I could get into, but my critters annoy me a little bit too much while I’m trying to sleep – what with one trying to push me off the bed [and she’s almost big enough to succeed], and the other licking me like I’m the big teat in the sky…

Dunno what to tell you. I suppose I could recommend the the church of Bill Frisell. That one seems to be serving me well at the moment.

22. Heather-Rose Ryan - 12 December 2008

19 catnip, you’re the one who can’t let this go. There is no argument. I have no interest in arguing with you or any of the other frantic shriekers. I stated my opinion, and If you don’t like my opinion, you can fuck off. End of story. 🙂

23. catnip - 12 December 2008

Well! (hands on hips) You sure told me, didn’t you?


And you misspelled “bleep”.

24. BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2008

God of Great Holidays, somebody give

Josh Marshall a Towel set…
or toner, a new email app mehbe…
really workin Overtime

Some samplers

Obama Wouldn’t Play Ball
12.09.08 — 11:03AM
If you look down on page 8 of the Blagojevich indictment complaint, it seems he wasn’t happy with Obama since he wasn’t willing to play ball.Not Rahm?
12.09.08 — 2:39PM

Did Rahm Emanuel (outgoing Chicago congressman and incoming Obama Chief of Staff) tip off Fitzgerald about Blagojevich’s scheme?
Not Rahm?
12.09.08 — 5:15PM
Source close to Rahm Emanuel says the ‘tip-off’ story isn’t true.

Breath! Josh Breath! ..There ya go…


Shocking Developments
12.09.08 — 5:52PM
First the Governor of Illinois tries to sell Obama’s senate seat. Now Joe the Plumber is turning on John McCain!

There’s More?…. I see….hm.
….lighting pipe as patient vents
Have you considered keeping a jounral?

Deep Thought
12.09.08 — 6:24PM

This is not on message.

given the damage control featured….
His page was absolutely surreal yesterday:

Fed to issue debt for First Time Ever
__Rock Solid Whatev____Negative Interest Rates

Today too.

Video Game Sales Jump 10% In Nov. Despite Retail Downturn
M.J. Rosenberg: Obama Won’t Be Hurt By Blago

25. Heather-Rose Ryan - 12 December 2008

I sure did. But you know I love you, catnip. I kid because I love. Heart heart heart. Fuck off fuck off fuck off.

I think someone could make a song out of that.

Speaking of “fuck off”, this is funny – well, about as funny as David Mamet ever gets (HuffPo asked him for his opinions on the obscenity-laced Blago situation):

My Take on Blagojevich

I am from Chicago, and, so, having been disillusioned with politics at an early age I do not become involved. The only reason I vote is because they pay me.

26. lucid - 12 December 2008

btw – boo was my nickname as a child. It stuck because when I was about 2 or so, my family was watching the Illinois state high school basketball finals and the star guard that year was named Booney Hill [called Boo Hill]. Apparently every time the announcer said ‘Boo Hill scored a basket’, I looked around as if someone had called my name.

27. marisacat - 12 December 2008

I think the UK Independent has him beat. Top of the list for ”News: Americas” is some blither about Obama and Nasa (the moon is at issue!) … and several down is the classic US press sort of title “Obama had worked to separate from Blagojevich”.

I had not checked on Josh… but he feeds Sully and Sully feeds him, so Sully should be hilarious when he returns from vaca.

28. marisacat - 12 December 2008


still have that link handy? Think it failed to link


29. Heather-Rose Ryan - 12 December 2008

Did I miss a quote mark?? OK, let’s try this: My Take on Blagojevich

30. catnip - 12 December 2008

25. Don’t even think about kissing me. You’re not my type.

31. lucid - 12 December 2008

So which guitar should I buy tomorrow, the guild or the beat up 1979 copy of the MArtin D17?

Some more Frisell for those interested. [I just bought the amp he typically uses a couple of days ago…]

32. lucid - 12 December 2008
33. BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2008

21 Thanks lucid. I need to book a wedding in April I think.
The closest spot/ immediately available across the Canadian Border.
I dunno, I think we could do a lot with one of the vending machine room in Canadian Immigration.

Oh and, yeh, I almost forgot – she is cool.
A Priestess.Her Own cult and everything…

34. lucid - 12 December 2008
35. catnip - 12 December 2008

33. A Priestess.

Goddess, honey. Goddess.

36. lucid - 12 December 2008

God I can only hope I end up like him in 10-15 years…

37. marisacat - 12 December 2008

This Week: McCain. Roundtable with Gwen Ifill, Paul Krugman, Gerald Seib, George Will

Fox News Sunday: Sens. Levin, Shelby

Meet the Press: Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, Gov. Granholm, Romney

Face the Nation: Sens. Brown, Levin and Corker

Late Edition: Sens. Ensign, Casey, former Clinton economic adviser Sperling

(I am sure Ob is glad his scheduled MTP was last week)

38. lucid - 12 December 2008

sorry for blathering… I think he’s the best guitarist out there right now [and he’s 57]. He got a late start [like me] and listening to his albums of late, it’s gotten me started on maybe moving past rock for now. Not that I’ll give up rock, but maybe going back to my compositional phase of 8-9 years ago where I was blending jazz, classical, folk, etc. and approaching it as a new media again – approaching just as composition, and not as composition as a means to be a rock star. Just write a song or two a week without any concern about it’s ‘genre’, and put together a band with strings, horns etc. and make NPR music.

39. Heather-Rose Ryan - 12 December 2008

I liked the combo of Frisell and Vernon Reid.

40. lucid - 12 December 2008

Heather – I assume you’re referring to this album. Don’t know it. I originally got turned on to Frisell when I was in college and my Jazz Improv teacher told me, “If you want to learn how to swing as a guitarist, listen to this” – he gave me an album I can’t even find on google that was Frisell playing with sax players doing the Cole Porter songbook…. kicked my ass.

I have just been digesting his albums of the last decade though. Just picked up ‘History Mystery’. One of the best things I’ve heard in a long time. Love Vernon though [he’s actually come to a show of mine]. So will check it out.

41. BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2008

Worshipping the ground you walk on,
Worshipping the ground you walk on, catnip. LOL

42. BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2008

Nice gits lucid.
Still a bit of the ex-paddy from PA , thus the Martin.

thanks for the Frissel link too..

43. lucid - 12 December 2008

Well, it’s not a Martin. It’s the Takamine copy of my favorite Martin [which by all counts on the intertubes is a superb guitar]. I’m leaning towards the Guild if I can get it for under $400 as it is supposedly one of the best blues fingerpicking guitars out there.

44. bayprairie - 12 December 2008

Some more Frisell for those interested. [I just bought the amp he typically uses a couple of days ago…]

web lists him as often using a rivera era princeton. that what you acquired?

45. lucid - 12 December 2008

Fender Princeton II… can’t wait for it to arrive. Been debating for a while whether to save my pennies for a Carr Slant V6, or pick up a Princeton II… decided for the latter when I got really good deal and read more about the versatility of the amp. Not to mention, as I start to branch out into jazz gigs in the coming year [which I fully intend to do, finally], I can take the 112 on the subway, as opposed to breaking my back with the 212 Carr – and taking cabs.

Gonna be a fun week next week when I get that beauty in the mail…

46. marisacat - 12 December 2008

as opposed to breaking my back with the 212 Carr – and taking cabs. — lucid

very important…

47. lucid - 12 December 2008

fyi mcat, my current rig is a 1971 Fender Twin, weighing in at about 70 pounds… despite the beautiful sound, sucks for a carrying around amp. the Carr would probably be equivalent in weight. The Princeton II weighs at least half that. Very manageable – yet should be able to do what I want… so you’re right, no brainer.

48. bayprairie - 13 December 2008

nothing like a new amplifer. or an old amplifier either! and under 30/35 pounds to boot.

49. marisacat - 13 December 2008

Sepia Mutiny on the Indian division in the scandale… Seems (in the comments) that Bhatt, whose pharmacies were raided also on Tuesday am, has a wife in jail for something to do with pharmaceuticals.

We are just so blessed, on all sides. Have a pill.. pass it along.

50. marisacat - 13 December 2008

There is a headline at The Hill that Fossella may be ”preparing for a post-conviction come back”.

And surely he should try. We take all comers. We are not picky.

51. lucid - 13 December 2008

So when did any of these kids get the honesty lesson? Did they?

Are we now a society devoid of honesty? Preying upon those that pretty much think people are who they say they are?

This whole thing disgusts me on every level. First and foremost, it was all of these fuckers who brought in the idea of background checks on employees [beyond the typical reference check]… yet they’re all fucking criminals – their policies have denied countless jobs to qualified people, and instilled paranoia in the workplace about ‘theft’ and ‘lawsuits’ and all of the crap that makes it impossible to get a job for many, yet they loot companies….

go figure.

Just like Ms_X’s gun nuts in Oregon. Oh we’ll pack, but just don’t ask for public disclosure if we’re going to blow away your kid.

Sociopaths, all of them. They need to go back to kindergarten.

And I find it bizarre that so few of us can see these ironies in this country… It’s not like we’re all that special.

Maybe it’s just that we haven’t had a frontal lobotomy.

52. marisacat - 13 December 2008

hmmm mmm when I landed at my last firm in 1987, a whole little division of the employment (code named: “We can fire anyone!”) and civil rights practice was deep in parsing urine testing for the coporate clients… and every other manner of invasion. And it certainly took hold under that great libertine Bill C.

The country is corrupt. They will turn you inside out for an 8.00 an hour job.

At least in ’87 there were associates who HATED working on that sort of thing. As the years went by, just one more awful assignment.

53. lucid - 13 December 2008

Why do you think I never went into the corporate world, though I could probably be happily retired now at 36 if I had….

That reality was too fucked up.

Why…why…why would anyone do that to themselves and others?

How could you deliberately manipulate the poverty of another?

It is no different than war.

54. lucid - 13 December 2008

Good Lord… wtf is this?

55. lucid - 13 December 2008

The way it reads, it would suggest that women should go out and fuck men on the winter solstice to not only give power to Obama – in some bizarre constitution of the golden boy, while

teaching women to give themselves cultural permission to initiate courtship and create partnership, while saving men from the damage of rejection, seducing them without blame into loving mindfulness and helping them discover a new meaning of “success”.

Am I living in an alternate universe? I mean honestly, I’m all for women asserting sexual power, ‘initiating courtship’ and fucking me, but how is that going to ‘seduce me into loving mindfulness’?

56. marisacat - 13 December 2008

hmmm Can I just stick with the old and rather gentle and left up to the individual what to do about it, of “Make Love Not War”…

As opposed to this:

This year we’re synchronizing in the two-hour period around
the Solstice, which falls on Sunday December 21 at 12.04 p.m.
(four minutes after noon) Greenwich Mean Time. So in the U.K., Global-O time will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Check the Global-O Time in your country

The world is celebrating the election of the new USA President, Barack Obama, …which gives us a flying start for this year’s Global O! It’s the Global OOObama Factor!

We will spike the charts at the Global Consciousness Project and lay a foundation for the ‘Mindful Alpha Male’ President to build on, to begin healing the damage done to the planet and all its species.

Global Ob Gibberish, is all I can say.

57. lucid - 13 December 2008

Not to mention… I probably already have more ‘loving mindfulness’ than most of the women & men I know…

58. lucid - 13 December 2008

56… indeed

59. marisacat - 13 December 2008

Of course. They have an online store:


60. marisacat - 13 December 2008

”The Global Orgasm Mousepad”. ”Peace Begins with O”.

I dunno. Does not seem to correlate to what is really going on.

61. lucid - 13 December 2008

Peaking for Peace Women’s Tank Top…

I think that’s my fave… the only thing that would make it better would be if it was a ‘squirting for peace’ women’s tee, re-deifying those mythical women that ‘squirt’ when they cum… you know, like in the porno’s…

It’s gotten so fucking ridiculous.

62. lucid - 13 December 2008

sad thing is, a friend sent me that link…

63. marisacat - 13 December 2008

Meanwhile Ob is mostly concerned about his relationship with his CoS.


64. marisacat - 13 December 2008


It’s the sex olympics.

65. lucid - 13 December 2008

a 26 year old woman…

66. lucid - 13 December 2008

It’s so funny to me… I could see myself having sexathons, but they generally make me laugh. The idea that coitus has anything at all to do with people’s ideas, demeanors and morals is absolutely absurd. I can understand the movement against monogamy amongst the left in the ’60’s because it was understood, by their limited notion of history, as the wall obstructing freedom. Of course they never realized that people were always having sex and that was a false wall.

Swingers, anonymous sex… anything, bring it on. It has nothing to do with anything. It’s just people fucking.

Just like they always have before.

I’ve never understood why people think ‘sex’ will change the world. It’s about as important as pooping.

67. Hair Club for Men - 13 December 2008

I’ve never understood why people think ’sex’ will change the world. It’s about as important as pooping

Which, as it turns out, is VERY important.


“Four in 10 people,” she writes, “have no access to any latrine, toilet, bucket, or box. Nothing. Instead, they defecate by train tracks and in forests. They do it in plastic bags and fling them through the air in narrow slum alleyways.” She charts the human toll: “Children suffer most. Diarrhea — nearly 90 percent of which is caused by fecally contaminated food or water — kills a child every 15 seconds.”


” The toilet, she writes, may be the “single biggest variable in increasing human life span.”

68. Hair Club for Men - 13 December 2008


For some time now, a story has been circulating about how the voters of San Francisco will be asked whether to decide whether to name a local sewage plant after George W. Bush. The media coverage has been consistent: The story is considered to be a) funny and b) perfectly logical. Sewage is the lowest of the low, so it perfectly suits a president with some of the lowest approval rates in history. Don’t get me wrong. George W. Bush deserves disdain. But in my view, putting his name to a sewage works has the opposite effect. The flush toilet and wastewater system have saved millions of lives. Before sewers were put in in 19th century London, one toddler out of two died from shit-related diseases – cholera, dysentery, hepatitis – and afterwards most didn’t. Child mortality dropped by a fifth. So if I were George W., I’d be proud to have my name on a wastewater treatment plant. But he doesn’t deserve it; under his regime, wastewater funding has been cut. There will be a shortfall in funding over the next ten years if the next president doesn’t sort things out, and crumbling, overloaded sewers will be more crumbling and overloaded.

69. marisacat - 13 December 2008

LOL Headline at Sun-Times that ex-Gov Ryan issues public apology.

is this a Chicago bandwagon? Was he visited by 3 black ministers this am?


70. marisacat - 13 December 2008


It lost, by a rather healthy margin, as I recall. but then the ballot was long state and city, +the damned federal, marathon of election pain, to be frank.

71. Hair Club for Men - 13 December 2008

Maybe Blagojevich has a career as on online journalist?


72. marisacat - 13 December 2008

hmmm and not the smartest pastors on earth, either:

About 8:50 a.m., pastor Leonard Barr of the South Side’s Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church emerged from the front door with the governor.

When asked what were they praying for, Barr said for Blagojevich to “continue to be a great governor.”

73. marisacat - 13 December 2008

And the beat down goes on.

Hedge fund puts freeze on withdrawals

December 12, 2008 at 9:56 PM | Comments (0)

Citadel Investment Group LLC, Chicago’s biggest hedge fund, told investors Friday they won’t be able to withdraw money from its flagship funds until at least the spring, Crain’s Chicago Business reports. The funds have lost almost 50% in value so far this year.

Investors made withdrawal requests for about $1.2 billion of Kensington and Wellington funds’ $10 billion this quarter, Crain’s said. But Citadel doesn’t want to give that money back because it would deplete the funds’ cash. Founder Kenneth Griffin told investors in a letter that he hoped to allow investors access to their money when markets improve.

74. BooHooHooMan - 13 December 2008

It’s so funny to me… I could see myself having sexathons..-lucid

Me too. It was me out on the balcony ,lucid ,when you got that creepy feeling you were being watched…

75. BooHooHooMan - 13 December 2008



76. BooHooHooMan - 13 December 2008

Citadel Investment Group LLC, Chicago’s biggest hedge fund, told investors Friday they won’t be able to withdraw money from its flagship funds until at least the spring,….Founder Kenneth Griffin told investors in a letter that he hoped to allow investors access to their money when markets improve.
Issue Hope vouchers….
In the Spring. …
What’s Obama Gonna Do with all of this? These
Ravages of War / Calculated Economic Warfare (be sure of it) MESS?
Appoint Chauncey Gardner?
While it rages on? ….
With the same Opportunists, Idealogues, and Technocrats
at every critical leverage point?

77. BooHooHooMan - 13 December 2008

Picked off of TPM, strange place for placement, haven’t see it elsewhere yet…

Come Clean Says Dean would be my header,

from an “Open Letter” to Barack Obama scratch that to ,i>*President-Elect Obama* as Dean is showing all due respect, te-he, Dean’s dance card is likely to be full now , stradlling the pwogs now everybody else too…

Good for John I say, …especially Here:

According to the New York Times transcript of your December 11, 2008 news conference you were again asked a series of questions about Blagojevich. When responding, you stated: “What I want to do is to gather all the facts about any staff contacts that I might — may have — that may have taken place between the transition office and the governor’s office. And we’ll have those in the next few days, and we’ll present them. But what I’m absolutely certain about is that our office had no involvement in any deal-making around my Senate seat. That I’m absolutely certain of.” Presumably that material is being gathered at this time, and the sooner it is released the better for events are unfolding.

What is not clear is that you have all the information you need, but you should insist that your staff provide it. Following your press conference, the Chicago Sun Times published a story of the refusal of Rahm Emanuel, your designated White House chief of staff, to respond to questions about his involvement with Blagojevich, and a Chicago television station is reporting Emanuel did, in fact, meet with Blagojevich to discuss filling your vacate senate seat. If true, as I read the transcript of the press conference, you have misspoken; if not true, in a post-Watergate world the burden is on you to prove it is not true – and you can only do this by having information from Emanuel explaining his actions in full. No one would be surprised if Emanuel or others did have discussions with Blagojevich or his office about your successor, but denying that such discussions took place will be the start of a cover-up.

Ouch , that last one. Sounds fair to me..
Man up, O, as it’s said in basketball…

78. BooHooHooMan - 13 December 2008

When I heard it at the time, and reading it too,
this soundbit struck me as thoroughly crafted, word for word,
with the “might – may have”—absolutely intentional.

What I want to do is to, gather all the facts about any staff contacts that I might — may have — that may have taken place between the transition office and the governor’s office. And we’ll have those in the next few days..

The Big Guy is setting up an Alzheimers defense already..
And, Dean, The Watergate Guy® is now in play. LOL
I think there is a pretty good rule of thumb now,
like literally using that last digit of one’s pudding swiper to measure an inch…

John Dean getting more airtime is not Good for The Guy at the Top.

79. catnip - 13 December 2008

The global orgasm ummm..”movement” isn’t new. It was on last year too. (I remember it well, she thought, wistfully.)

So it isn’t specifically about Obamalama.

I don’t have a problem with it. It’s kind of like a concentrated version of Make love, not war with positive vibrations (or vibrators or what have you) spreading around the globe on the same day.

It’s like xmas, without Santa Claus (unless orgasms with Santa are what you’re into.)

80. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 December 2008

54 – now they have to make sex regimented and on a group schedule. Might as well give everybody uniforms and matching underwear.

81. marisacat - 13 December 2008

I have to say this is being handled in messier messy messy fashion than I would have thought, even having noticed that this very thing, being straight when an issue comes up that involves him… arrives.

We are on day 5. And Rahm is a fucking mess. Trying to say he never said he was receiving death threats. Babbling about being a father.

It is some strange sideshow, but the Holy Hapless PEBO is at the center of it.

Add in news like Madoff… and whatever else…gah.

82. catnip - 13 December 2008

80. Might as well give everybody uniforms and matching underwear.

What kind of uniform did you have in mind?

83. catnip - 13 December 2008

The Swamp: Rahm Emanuel, Blagojevich staff talked

Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick to be White House chief of staff, had conversations with Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration about who would replace Obama in the U.S. Senate, the Chicago Tribune has learned.

The revelation does not suggest Obama’s new gatekeeper was involved in any talk of dealmaking involving the seat. But it does help fill in the gaps surrounding a question that Obama was unable or unwilling to answer this week: Did anyone on his staff have contact with Blagojevich about his choice for the Senate seat?

84. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 December 2008

Sorry, Obamas, Early Check-In Isn’t Available

President Bush’s aides have turned down a request from President-elect Barack Obama to move from Chicago into Blair House, the official guest residence across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, in time for Mr. Obama’s daughters to start school in Washington on Jan. 5.

The Obamas were told that they could move into Blair House on Jan. 15, but no earlier, because it is booked, an Obama transition official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “We explored the idea so that the girls could start school on schedule,” the official said. “But there were previously scheduled events and guests that couldn’t be displaced.”

White House officials declined to disclose specifically who is using Blair House during that period, for what purpose or how they could take precedence over the president-elect of the United States when it came to government housing; one White House official would say only that it had been booked for “receptions and gatherings” by members of the departing Bush administration. Those receptions, the official said, “don’t make it suitable for full-time occupancy by the Obamas yet.”

So the Obamas are now looking for an alternative place to stay for a few weeks, though they presumably are not searching Craigslist for a sublet.

Obama transition officials, who have been trying hard to highlight how well the Bush and the Obama families have been getting along, were quick to say that they were not angry about being turned away. “The White House has been extremely accommodating to the Obama family needs — and the entire process has been smooth and friendly,” a transition official said.

White House officials said the protocol was that Blair House is available to presidents-elect starting Jan. 15, five days before the inauguration.

“You’re trying to make a story out of something that’s not a story,” said Sally McDonough, spokeswoman for the first lady, Laura Bush. “It’s not a question of outranking the Obamas. Blair House will be available to them on Jan. 15.”

LOL … classy.

85. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 December 2008

82 – something with a velcro fly, of course.

86. marisacat - 13 December 2008

LOL incoming CoS winning plaudits from Republicans. WSJ reporting. And…snickering? I guess.


Two weeks after his selection as President-elect Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel met with Senate Republican leaders, gave out his cellphone number and personal email address — and promised to return any communication within 24 hours.

Testing the pledge, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl called him within days to talk about a few potential Cabinet nominees. Within 10 minutes, the two were talking. “They are getting off to a good start in terms of reaching out,” said Sen. Kyl, an Arizona Republican.

87. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 December 2008

Evangelical Article of Faith: Bad Times Draw Bigger Crowds

The sudden crush of worshipers packing the small evangelical Shelter Rock Church in Manhasset, N.Y. — a Long Island town of yacht clubs and hedge fund managers — forced the pastor to set up an overflow room with closed-circuit TV and 100 folding chairs, which have been filled for six Sundays straight.

In Seattle, the Mars Hill Church, one of the fastest-growing evangelical churches in the country, grew to 7,000 members this fall, up 1,000 in a year. At the Life Christian Church in West Orange, N.J., prayer requests have doubled — almost all of them aimed at getting or keeping jobs.

Like evangelical churches around the country, the three churches have enjoyed steady growth over the last decade. But since September, pastors nationwide say they have seen such a burst of new interest that they find themselves contending with powerful conflicting emotions — deep empathy and quiet excitement — as they re-encounter an old piece of religious lore:

Bad times are good for evangelical churches.

“It’s a wonderful time, a great evangelistic opportunity for us,” said the Rev. A. R. Bernard, founder and senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York’s largest evangelical congregation, where regulars are arriving earlier to get a seat. “When people are shaken to the core, it can open doors.”


88. marisacat - 13 December 2008

Oh you know those holy ministers… they intercede for the faithful with God. So vital.

One of the god talkers who visited Blago. Remember Wright said it was his job to instruct ‘the people of God’.

89. marisacat - 13 December 2008


That dumb story is what all the Obster sites are using… for over two days now. It is just so “no room at the inn” for the Manger Family.

90. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 December 2008

89 – yup, poor savior can’t get to work thanks to those mean old Bushies.

91. catnip - 13 December 2008

See? It’s a good time to start a cult. 😉

Velcro zippers. Ha!

92. catnip - 13 December 2008

Phony degrees catch up to buyers

I agree with one commenter who ponders the value of degrees considering those with bogus ones were able to convince employers they were actually qualified.

93. lucid - 13 December 2008

HC 67 – that was kind of my point…. necessary biological function – not going to save the world.

94. lucid - 13 December 2008

92 – I love the people who claim they completed the work but can’t actually produce any of it. Jesus, I still have every paper I wrote in high school.

95. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 December 2008

McCain Campaign Sells Info-Loaded Blackberry to FOX 5 Reporter

ARLINGTON, Va. – Private information at bargain prices. It was a high-tech flub at the McCain-Palin campaign headquarters in Arlington when Fox 5’s Investigative Reporter Tisha Thompson bought a Blackberry device containing confidential campaign information.

It started with a snippet we read on page A23 in Thursday’s Washington Post. The McCain-Palin campaign was going to sell its used office inventory at low prices.

But when we got there, it didn’t look like we were going to get much. It was lunchtime and most of the good stuff was gone, picked over by early birds looking for deals on file cabinets, white boards, sofas– anything headquarters could sell to get back some of their campaign dough.

We saw laptops ranging between $400 and $600 with logins like “WARROOM08.” We couldn’t log on without a password, but staffers assured us the hard drive would be zapped before it was sold, and the computer would probably work.

The hottest item? Blackberry phones at $20 a piece. There were only 10 left. All of the batteries had died. There were no chargers for sale. But people were snatching them up. So, we bought a couple.

And ended up with a lot more than we bargained for.

When we charged them up in the newsroom, we found one of the $20 Blackberry phones contained more than 50 phone numbers for people connected with the McCain-Palin campaign, as well as hundreds of emails from early September until a few days after election night.

We traced the Blackberry back to a staffer who worked for “Citizens for McCain,” a group of democrats who threw their support behind the Republican nominee. The emails contain an insider’s look at how grassroots operations work, full of scheduling questions and rallying cries for support.

96. catnip - 13 December 2008

Can’t wait! Woohoo!

Coming up on Sunday Kos ….

* The total collapse of the Republican worldview has led to an ideological muddle in Washington — or revealed one that was there all along. LithiumCola will muse on a part of the bigger picture in “The Day the Derth Stood Still.”

* DemFromCT will review recent US health report cards from American Public Health Association, Trust For America’s Health and others, and discuss why we are not doing better – and what we need to do to change that.

* brownsox will provide the latest installment in his preliminary analysis of the 2010 races.

* DarkSyde will review a struggle between traditional and progressive factions in NASA and offer up some speculative solutions in NASA Divided.

* Personal, political, and seasonal crash together this time of year for many of us, mcjoan included. She’ll have some reflections on “home” for the holidays.”

97. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 December 2008

The Cult of Money

Again according to the BBC, Madoff has also said, “that he planned to surrender to the authorities but not before he used his last $200m-$300m to pay ‘selected employees, family and friends’.”

But here is the best part. Madoff ran a pyramid scheme that burned $50 billion. But, “If found guilty, US prosecutors say he could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 [million].”

So, if were not for the fact that he is now 70 years old, he might very well conclude that robbing $50 billion is cost effective. This pales when compared to the Wall Street conmen who, like John Thane of Merrill Lynch, are still seeking bonuses in the millions.

This is the nature of American justice. Steal a car, serve 5 years. Steal tens of billions, as Wall Street has done, get a bonus.

98. marisacat - 13 December 2008

neue post…


……………………….. 🙄 ………………………….

99. BooHooHooMan - 13 December 2008

Never mind Madoff is a corporal when compared to Grennspan, Rubin, Summers, et al, et al , et al
(there’s only so much RAM on “Lambs” on the Internet)…

But “So Surprising, this Financial Holocaust” We are Invited to believe,
complete with Jewish Fuhrer who disappears boxcars of money.
Who knew sayeth der good people?
Clueless as to What became of it all, The regulars claim.
What possible stench was it ?
The Guards, Retainers and others Less Commissioned were busy
fulfilling orders.

Nobody ever breathed a word .

NONSENSE. This well informed lot, and,- through a corrupt legal class believed quite candidly they could/ would/WILL get away with it…
Manipulate opinion,
liquidating the markets, regulatory and legal systems too….
Frankly it was part of the pitch,
that with their superiority and their entitlement:
Their position in “the community” – (such an enraptured lot ,we -)
they Couldn’t Lose.

Well,THIS Holocaust Denial is DENIABLE.
Instead of heading for the Tribunal,
A strategically placed cadre in our national Reich now wants
financial refugee status…DENY IT.
Then March em all out,
and Leave them to pick through the Ream ains.

This one’s their baby.

Literally in Madoffs case, (though clearly its to cage the damage) …and TERRIFYING given the extent of schemers inside, is that they, literally and figuratively,
are inviting a first knock on the door

NADER got 10’s of Thousands of Votes in Big Rustbelt States. 30,000 in PA– But figure this, forgetting about mostly LawN’Order Dems willing to take over a factory now…
How many Republicans, Barrites, and Paulists
ARE GENUINE Jackboots?

You get a whole lotta these people who are broke, desperate, and going under, …
…they end up heading to the nexus of money, power,and privilege,
tho not likely to be in Palm Beach.

In ANY State, you have 50,000 certifiably insane gun nuts with Bibles not far from their shell casings and the flag on the wall…What’s terrifying to me is that economic circumstances have changed so obviously, so drastically, that the plausible DENIAL above will not hold THOSE Neaderthals back.

It’s astounding, the oblivious degree to which Elites think THEIR lives are sustainable in the thin air at the Top.

In virtually any “community” one is surrounded by heretofore content Neanderthals who can be heard talking of “the Joos! Indians! and Pakistanis!” who have “taken OVER”. ..

Meanwhile the Elites and the Nouveau Elites think THEIR lives or their kids lives are sustainable through a driveby, Their PAC money will shield their offspring from Kidnapping, or if a street urchin gets past the alarm they may only take the costume jewelery , thankfully, leaving the Art….It’s fucking Lunacy.

In So SO MANY ways,
I think we are headed for a 1930’s do over.

100. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 December 2008


Last year, Democrats had a fifty-one-vote majority, but majority leader Harry Reid lamented their inability to overcome the minority. “The problem we have is that we don’t have many moderate Republicans,” Reid explained. In the new Congress there will be even fewer. Elections and retirements have left the surviving GOP caucus even more extreme in its ideology. The threat of a filibuster is its lever of power.

Democrats, on the other hand, have lost their last excuse for inaction. For years, they have blamed Bush’s veto or the narrowly divided Senate for their weakness. Both are kaput. Now the Dems have the ability to step up and change the situation. But will they have the courage? Many of them like to hide behind Senate tradition, claiming it would be inappropriate to alter the rules. Nonsense. If Democrats allow the sixty-vote filibuster to survive, it is because they want to keep it as a convenient way to avoid taking responsibility.

There is no “if” about it.

101. wu ming - 14 December 2008

same game plan as the CA dems with the retarded 2/3 rule for passing budgets or raising taxes. the party sat on its hands with angelides, and state senate majority leader don perata killed not one but two challenges that could have gotten senate dems to the 2/3 mark, while funneling money into his legal defense fund.

this is one reason why i was hoping against hope that the dems would top 60 votes in the us senate, and 2/3 in the CA leg. remove all the excuses, so we can get on to the next step, whatever that is.

just fucking enough with the excuses.

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