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Drill field… 18 January 2009

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


Drill Field, Fort Moultrie South Carolina

Officials like Duncan and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley justify the need for the military academies by claiming they do a superlative job teaching students discipline and providing them with character-building opportunities. “These are positive learning environments,” Duncan said in 2007. “I love the sense of leadership. I love the sense of discipline.”

Let’s beat the students at dawn.  Everyday.  That’ll show the pussies.

It’s a given that men like Arne Duncan, long time friend of the Obster,  lack leadership and discipline.  But can they dish it out by mouth?  Oh yeah…

Of no less concern are the types of students Chicago’s military academies are trying to attract. All of CPS’s military academies (except the Rickover Naval Academy) are located in low-income neighborhoods with primarily black and/or Hispanic residents. As a result, student enrollment in the academies consists almost entirely of minorities.

Whites, who already represent a mere 9% of the students in the Chicago system, make up only 4% of the students enrolled in the military academies.

BTW, Tom Dispatch makes it clear that the senate loved them some Arne… an espcially warm welcome from Senator Harkin.

You have to love it.

Tho may Chicagoans did not.

Barack Obama built his campaign on impressive grassroots support and the democratic nature of his candidacy. Judging by his continued outreach to supporters, he seems intent on leading, at least in part, with the same bottom-up style. Duncan’s style couldn’t be more different.  [remember, they’re friends for 20 years  –Mcat]

Under Duncan, the critical voices of parents, community leaders, students, and teachers regularly fell on deaf ears. As described by University of Illinois at Chicago professor and education activist Pauline Lipman in the journal Educational Policy in 2007, Renaissance 2010 provoked striking resistance within affected communities and neighborhoods. There were heated community hearings and similarly angry testimony at Board of Education meetings, as well as door-to-door organizing, picketing, and even, at one point, a student walk-out.

“The opposition,” Lipman wrote, “brought together unions, teachers, students, school reformers, community leaders and organizations, parents in African American South and West Side communities, and some Latino community activists and teachers.” Yet, as she pointed out recently, mounting neighborhood opposition had little effect. “I’m pretty in tune with the grassroots activism in education in Chicago,” she said, “and people are uniformly opposed to these policies, and uniformly feel that they have no voice.”


Just listening to Clarence Paige on McLaughlin with the laugh track gibber drool of how Obama’s picks and noms are “non idealological”, idealogy, Paige advises, being just what ”has torn the nation apart for decades”.

OK! I am in! Let me zap forward, with no worries, no stress. I mean, why should I schlep reactionary pain of an increasingly regressive nation around? I am ALL FOR the dismantling of the landmark legislation of the 50s, 60s and 70s. And further, of the 30s.. And I WANT it done by multicultural, mixed race, easy smilin’ Democratic hands.

Might as well beat them to the punch. The Clarence Paiges of the nation have theirs. Which is what matters. Right?



1. diane - 18 January 2009

…lollipop trees……

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 January 2009

I’ve spoken to a teacher in the Chicago school district … she DESPISES Arnie. In fact, I’m not sure that “despise” is a strong enough word.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 January 2009

oh, and I don’t know how many of you have cable, but the staging of the beginning of the “We Are One” concert on HBO just reeks of Roman imperialism and militarism. Flags and uniforms, all looked down upon by Abe on his throne. No need to read the words inscribed on the walls around him … that’s not the point.

When I visited the memorial one spring several years ago, it was such a tranquil place … now with it’s flags and bunting it looks like a setpiece from a Leni Riefenstahl picture.

4. marisacat - 18 January 2009

Probably, next to the economic old hairball messes he brought in, Arne is most visibly the worst. That we know of….

I am sure there are mysteries and marvels yet to be revealed among the others.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 January 2009

OH, here’s the link for the HBO rally … ummmm …. “concert”.

6. marisacat - 18 January 2009


Wonder what Robinson thinks of it, seeing it up close. he may run home to NH and need rehab again.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 January 2009

I am sure there are mysteries and marvels yet to be revealed among the others.

I heard the other day the Chu is already backing off on his too-truthful talk about coal.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 January 2009
9. marisacat - 18 January 2009


I read that too…

The game seems to be a blither of headlines…None of it hangs together either… keeping up is like watching a rather dull tennis game. Thwack!……………….. thwack! with the return ball.

I think the crew that dreamt up the PEOTUS seals and then hid them saying they had nto done it, then brought it out again later, smaller, is in WAY over its collective head.


10. marisacat - 18 January 2009

LOL From John Caruso at Tiny Revolution

[S]o as I expected, Israel is going to pull back from full-on Guernica levels of mayhem to a less obtrusive Jack the Ripper style before Obama is inaugurated, thus helping him avoid the embarrassment of openly backing mass murder on his first day in office—as the Israelis were helpful enough to say outright:

Officials in Israel also said they wanted to stop the fighting before Barack Obama is sworn in as president Tuesday to avoid clouding a historic day for the Jewish state’s main ally and creating friction with the new U.S. administration.

11. diane - 18 January 2009

I…for one, am so very glad Martin Luther King’s dream has come true on this earth….does that sound like a lie?……well yeah, it should,…….but it was certainly the reflection on the hardcopy I read this morning: let’s not march for humanity, for humanity,…has been realized..in DC……….oh jeez…apparently some actor in your powerful city of residence marisa, is acting out Martin Luther KIng speaking reverently to Obama, from heaven.,………please pass out the pukey bags………

I rather liked Mr. Sirota’s thoughts on US czarism, yes why is it the media. at large, doesn’t ever question appointing someone as a “czar” with all the implications a word such as that would be expected to have in a “free” and “independent” society?

12. bayprairie - 18 January 2009

the staging of the beginning of the “We Are One” concert on HBO just reeks of Roman imperialism and militarism. Flags and uniforms, all looked down upon by Abe on his throne.

but imperialism and militarism are such a good fit for mr lincoln.

13. marisacat - 18 January 2009


Incoming chief of staff Emanuel tells “Meet the Press” Obama will ask the nation to reject the “culture of anything goes” in address.


14. Intermittent Bystander - 18 January 2009

13 – I sure hope he’ll reference Cole Porter!


Times have changed
And we’ve often rewound the clock
Since the Puritans got a shock
When they landed on Plymouth Rock.
If today
Any shock they should try to stem,
‘Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock,
Plymouth Rock would land on them.

In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
Anything goes.
Good authors too who once knew better words
Now only use four-letter words
Writing prose,
Anything goes.
If driving fast cars you like,
If low bars you like,
If old hymns you like,
If bare limbs you like,
If Mae West you like,
Or me undressed you like,
Why, nobody will oppose.
When ev’ry night the set that’s smart is in-
Truding in nudist parties in
Anything goes.

When Missus Ned McLean (God bless her)
Can get Russian Reds to “yes” her,
Then I suppose
Anything goes.
When Rockefeller still can hoard en-
Nough money to let Max Gordon
Produce his shows,
Anything goes.
The world has gone mad today,
And good’s bad today,
And black’s white today,
And day’s night today,
And that gent today
You gave a cent today
Once had several chateaux.
When folks who still can ride in jitneys
Find out Vanderbilts and Whitneys
Lack baby clo’es,
Anything goes.

If Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction
Instruct Anna Sten in diction,
Then Anna shows
Anything goes.
When you hear that Lady Mendel standing up
Now turns a handspring landing up-
On her toes,
Anything goes.
Just think of those shocks you’ve got
And those knocks you’ve got
And those blues you’ve got
From that news you’ve got
And those pains you’ve got
(If any brains you’ve got)
From those little radios.

So Missus R., with all her trimmin’s,
Can broadcast a bed from Simmons
‘Cause Franklin knows
Anything goes.

Seems to be a lovey-dovier version out there, too . . .

If saying your prayers you like,
If green pears you like
If old chairs you like,
If back stairs you like,
If love affairs you like
With young bears you like,
Why nobody will oppose!

And though I’m not a great romancer
And though I’m not a great romancer
I know that I’m bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes…
Anything goes!

15. Intermittent Bystander - 18 January 2009

Cole Porter in the moderation steamtrunk . . . and major panda alert coming up!

16. diane - 18 January 2009

Incoming chief of staff Emanuel tells “Meet the Press” Obama will ask the nation to reject the “culture of anything goes” in address.

woe is humanity…if only that skinny, yet bloated bag of hubris had been referring….to the murderous, target even the innocent (or worse) culture of anything goes……. but that’s not the case.

despicable…the only thing I can conjure up to say good about him is that he appears to really love his children…I hope it can save him at the end of the day…I really do…………..

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 January 2009

Our old friend Big Tent Democrat has his panties in a twist.

If the AP is correct in its story, the incoming Obama Administration is contemplating committing crimes under US and international law. If this is what Obama plans to do, may I recommend that he first withdraw the United States from the UN Convention on Torture and ask for the repeal of US law that codified the Convention. Thus, while Obama may be engaged in barborous actions, at least he will not be commiting a crime under US law.

Four more years!!!

18. BooHooHooMan - 18 January 2009

Emanuel tells “Meet the Press” Obama will ask the nation to reject the “culture of anything goes” 😆 …

Sorry, the need to expound on the laughably obvoius.

But How Rich,
the irony in light of the disaster of US and Israeli aggression,
the unattainable insistence on dominance,
Democratic complicity in the folly of the same, and with
the shuck and jive intention after a wittle weensie backpeddling::::
The mere repackaging of the case FOR MORE.

Remember, Rahm is a dance aficionado, trained quite literally in ballet. It will be some choreography …

…the Pirouettes, the Side leaps…

Oh what the helllll,
the plum fuck “audacious”
Attitude Leaps
required of Obama to entertain the masses in this rather perfunctory performance to benefit the Status Quo.

19. Intermittent Bystander - 18 January 2009

Pandas at National Zoo Try Mating With No Success

The National Zoo released a statement early this morning saying that Mei Xiang and Tian Tian had tried to mate “throughout the day Thursday,” apparently without success.

“Because competent mating did not occur,” the zoo statement said, veterinarians anesthetized both pandas on Saturday, collected semen from Tian Tian and inserted it directly into Mei Xiang’s uterus.

Why won’t they just leave the pore pandas alooooone?!

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian were separated immediately after the insemination, and will be kept in separate enclosures for the next few months, until Mei Xiang either delivers a cub or tests show conclusively that she is not pregnant, the zoo said.

This year’s mating attempts occurred unusually early in the year, the zoo said. Typically Mi Xiang has ovulated in March or early April.

While it might be tempting to attribute the change to the inaugural excitement that has swept the city, zoo officials said they will study numerous other factors and try to “shed new light on what triggers the reproduction in this endangered species.”

If Obama was all that and a bag of chips, wouldn’t the pandas have been able to competently get it on? Hmm? Answer me that, inaugural committee!

20. diane - 18 January 2009

…well ermmm where the fuck is Cole Porter…when ya need him but long laid to rest……..;0)

21. marisacat - 18 January 2009

Sorry! One from

Intermittent Bystander out of Moderation… and one from

BHHM out too…


22. BooHooHooMan - 18 January 2009

whoops missed a close quote after “Side leaps…”
“Attitude leaps” -eh -stand on their own? 😉

23. BooHooHooMan - 18 January 2009


24. marisacat - 18 January 2009


Apparently god was not in the mix. God coulda managed to get the pandas to do whatever!

The Rev Lowery in the London Times (will hunt up the link):

“For white folks in the south to vote for a black man as president is drastic. This is revolutionary. The Democrats didn’t do it. God did it. Nobody else could have got these white folks to vote for a negro named Barack Obama.”

So……….. it has to be “competent”?

Because competent mating did not occur,”

25. diane - 18 January 2009

17 BooHooHooMan re Rahm

ohh jeez, hadn’t known that….but it certainly suits…….somewhat reminds me of the new and special Ganswein type priest in my mom’s church who viciously fired her from one of the remaining pleasures she had in her older years….from what my brothers have told me…because I couldn’t bear to visit the place…it seems he has practiced, long and hard, giving the image of floating up to the alter in his finery and freshly made up face and died hair……….while firing all of the musicians, older nobody wellwishers…et al….

26. BooHooHooMan - 18 January 2009

This from a commenter on that BTD piece
WRT Obama reserving the “right” to Torture.:

There’ nothing to debate (5.00 / 5) (#4)
by mmc9431 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:02:22 AM EST
It’s way past time to end this debate. Torture can’t even be considered in the country that is supposed to lead the world on human rights. Obama needs to flat out shut it down. This chapter of our history will be a stain on our nation for generations to come.

True, but our bloggy pwog commenting friend doesn’t consider the corrollary and thus escapes the obvious question:
Who Says we “Lead the World on Human Rights”???

Please De-impact Head from Ass.

27. BooHooHooMan - 18 January 2009

So……….. it has to be “competent”?

Oh Yes . All I can say is-
Lawdy Thank God!
One soul left tolerant of incompetent mating.
I knew you were out there somewhere. LOL.

28. diane - 18 January 2009


ohh gawwwwd I can’t even imagine scientists pontificating my eggs…no small wonder those poor pandas can’t, and don’t want to bring youngins into this disaster….lets put some sort of wiretap and camera in their fockin bedroom, and up their private parts……………….jeez……………….

29. marisacat - 18 January 2009


I put up a quick snip yesterday from one of the UK papers, forget which, that said he was thinking of a “secret loophole” that would permit some “enhanced interrogation”… but the paper gave no real details. Thanks for BTD, will go read.

Stuff is dripping out all over. And changes from day to day.

I wish the world LUCK… Bona Fortuna.

We’re gonna need it.

30. Intermittent Bystander - 18 January 2009

24 – Right! Ve must control zee pandas’ relations! No natural family planning for zem!

when zoo staff saw the pandas emit mating calls and display other pre-mating behavior Jan. 9, they began monitoring the hormone levels in Mei Xiang’s urine. When the levels suggested that she had ovulated, the vets knew it was time to act.

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian produced one cub, Tai Shan, through artificial insemination in 2005. His birth drew record crowds to the zoo, and the three pandas remain an incredibly popular attraction for locals and tourists alike.

But attempts to impregnate Mei Xiang failed in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008 (the zoo did not inseminate her in 2006). So, it seems premature, to say the least, to buy cigars or birth announcements based on the events of the past several days.

Like everything else having to do with making panda babies, determining whether a female panda is actually pregnant is extremely complicated. Pandas often have pseudo-pregnancies, where they display the signs of pregnancy but then turn out not to be expecting after all.

Scientists say they have no way to know for sure whether an artificial insemination was successful until the end of the gestation period, which can last anywhere from 90 to 185 days.

Hardly surprising things don’t work out that often, when the minute they sing a little love song to each other or rub a little fur, the labcoats come running to knock ’em out, mess with their gonads while they’re unconcious, and then split ’em up for months at a time!

Talk about sex trauma!

31. Intermittent Bystander - 18 January 2009

It’s a Pandmaiden’s Tale!

32. marisacat - 18 January 2009

oops sorry diane… got one of yours out of Moderation, about the mean priest.

Really what a fop he sounds to be… and a nasty one!

33. marisacat - 18 January 2009

I thnk Mei Xiang needs a rest.. and to be left alone.. let the pandas figure it out..

34. diane - 18 January 2009

jus sayin..cause I’m tedious….my last comment was in reference to comment 19…but since one of mine is missin (jeez who the fuck cares daine…oops, diane )….that may not have been the correct reference…..

35. diane - 18 January 2009

Marisa (31)

oh fuckin lolsy hon, haven’t met the fucker, and don’t really want to…could end up in jailsy…..;0)

36. Intermittent Bystander - 18 January 2009

Just had a major moment of cognitive dissonance when I saw the headline

Cardinals Head to Super Bowl

Can’t keep track of all these teams in red robes! Is it a bird? Is it a choir? Is it a Vatican contingent?

Plus, I actually went bowling yesterday! (And it turned out to be a “Glow Bowl” session with darkened lanes, descending disco balls, flashing lane lights, loud dance tunes, and multiple pre-teen birthday parties ongoing. Not for the seizure-prone, I’m guessing. Surreality enhanced by young triplets with some sort of metal aim-training contraption in adjoining lane. . . .)

Always nice to have license to throw something round and heavy with oomph!

37. BooHooHooMan - 18 January 2009

Hardly surprising things don’t work out that often, when the minute they sing a little love song to each other or rub a little fur, the labcoats come running to knock ‘em out, mess with their gonads while they’re unconcious, and then split ‘em up for months at a time!

Talk about a Daddy Downer, man…LOL.
That’s why, early on, we trained our kids to get accustomed to wearing labcoats around the house with special sensors in them which would sound an alarm if they breached the security zone heading down the hall towards our door…LOL

In many ways, Edna and I feel it worked out quite well in acclimating the children who – as adults – now seem quite comfortable around the white coated staff who handle them in “The Facility”…LOL.

38. Intermittent Bystander - 18 January 2009

27 – LOL, BHHM.

Seriously, the panda story pissed me off. If the scientists are so anxious to study the bears, can’t they content themselves with just watching? How’s a poor panda supposed to lurn about lurv, if they ain’t even free to experiment?

39. BooHooHooMan - 18 January 2009

I hear ya IB. Apologies for my jackassery before, too.

40. diane - 18 January 2009

…hmm speakin of organized religion Marisa…from quite afar…I’ve heard some interesting commentary about a church further south of you…right around sly con valley?…as is typical of the times, named after a Lady…………………………ahhh welll ….che che le femme?….sounds like she‘s located nice and cozy up to the, do you know the way to San Jose airport……..must have a cross embedded with rare gems to feel at home there……………………..actually went to a midnight mass ther once…first and last time……………………

41. marisacat - 18 January 2009

well I am guessing there is a little thing called the sale price on a panda. SF Zoo which is doing everything it can, in the face of falling revenues and falling visitor numbers (Last I heard, and both of which are deserved) just sold a baby giraffe born there last year for 70K….

42. marisacat - 18 January 2009

From The Age:

AS PALESTINIAN armed factions last night offered a ceasefire, Israel was accused of deliberately preventing the United Nations from building up food supplies in Gaza that feed a million people a day before the launch of its offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In a scathing critique of Israeli actions leading up to the conflict, the UN’s chief humanitarian co-ordinator in Israel, former Australian diplomat Maxwell Gaylard, also accused Israel of failing to honour its commitments to open its border with Gaza during several months of truce from June 19 last year.

“The Israelis would not let us facilitate a regular and sufficient flow of supplies into the strip,” Mr Gaylard, the most senior representative of the UN office that deals with the peace process, told The Age.

When Israel launched its surprise attack on Gaza, Mr Gaylard said the UN’s massive warehouses there were nearly empty, with all food and equipment sitting in nearby port facilities.

“The food was in Israel, but we couldn’t get it in,” Mr Gaylard said. “This is before. The blockade was very tight.”. …

43. Intermittent Bystander - 18 January 2009

17 – Re our old friend Big Head Democrat . . . some threads never ever change!

He’s incapable of making a simple legal point without wielding it as sceptre (and bludgeon) against the status and intelleck-chew-all reputation of any who dare to respond . . . with anything less than fawning adulation.

Gotta wonder if Jerilynn gets money just to keep that blogbeast sedated and penned.

44. diane - 18 January 2009

I think they sold that little babe giraffe to marine world…….$ for life……we are in such a murky stew…………….yet we believe ourselves to be so clever, throw tomatoes if you will…but many of the so called “scientists” are no better than the blood thirsty overly fed evangalists. Did I spell evangalist wrong?…….well, …….hang me!

The thing is every single human being has desires they strive for, a few of us will shove others under the bus to reach them, thankfully, most of us can’t imagine throwing someone under the bus.

45. marisacat - 18 January 2009

Gotta wonder if Jerilynn gets money just to keep that blogbeast sedated and penned.

I could see that easily. Plus she is very in thrall yo the Blahger Boyz… some very High Schoolish slobberations from her around about Kos and others.

46. diane - 18 January 2009

…although…many times we realize….to our horror…..we’ve done somthing unwitting that has left someone in danger……

that is human….what is inhumane is a witting, deliberate, decimation of life…unfortunately..there appear to be a small few who strive towards that oblivion…………..

47. diane - 18 January 2009

…one thing I’ll say about talk left, is the bra ads remind me of the competion for breast measurements in highschool.on the east coast…..HOW BIG OF A MOTHER ARE YOU

well, it could be sour grapes…but then again could be somethin else…….

48. Intermittent Bystander - 18 January 2009

Maxwell Gaylard is like a name out of Cole Porter – or Dickens! But good for him for speaking up.

39 – Apologies for my jackassery before, too.

Not sure what you mean, other than recent pablum comment review, or maybe the go goy boycott hyper-boil-ee?

Must confess I’ve avoided contact, recently, with the very very very few folk I know even slightly inclined to assert Israel’s right to defense, at times like these. I can only imagine how badly their stomachs are currently churning.

49. dinae - 18 January 2009

well don’t know what else to say other than I wish we humans would stop sniffing, listening, photgraphing, recording things preventing each other, and other mammals from acting in normal healthy ways……..just a small opinion…but I don’t really think any living beings…can function well while being dissected by some third party obsessed with finding an enemy..or finding a cause outside of what is really malfunctioning. (which would be their own lives……………)…

50. BooHooHooMan - 18 January 2009


Germans Full of Angst about the Future, Survey Reveals

Poll Finds Faith in Obama, Mixed With Patience
And this piece…
~?~ The Burden-assity of Hope??
LOL. …Now, Hope is a Burden:

High Hopes Create an Added Burden

Voters who have awaited an Obama for a lifetime, count on him to live up to the fervor generated by his candidacy.

With Hope on the short sell, what’s the 2012 slogan gonna be?
Wish For Change You Know Ain’t Coming But Vote For Us Anyway?
One thing’s fersure- He either gets up offa some Changie New,
or he’ll never get the same reception in Berlin again…

51. diane - 18 January 2009

oh jeezy jeezy just posted one as dinae..and an oopsy whooopsy snoopsy doopsy

gnight…….I imagine you were born in the winter marisa…I could be dead wrong but if I’m not, happy nearly belated, or soon to be,,,birthday…..


52. marisacat - 18 January 2009

LOL… I was born in October… same day different year from Eleanor Roosevelt… Oct 11

53. diane - 18 January 2009

…an interesting read …the tracks of the pheasant in the snow……….

much to hate, much to envy, much to love…….not many are born to kill……what gives us all that sack of murderous stone at the end of the day?………the unquestioning acceptance of slavery, is the likely answer!

54. BooHooHooMan - 18 January 2009

It wasn’t the deliberate broadbrush of boycott I was apologizing for, IB, however hyperbolic or jackassed it appeared. It was my vitriole in light of your sensibility:

Must confess I’ve avoided contact, recently, with the very very very few folk I know even slightly inclined to assert Israel’s right to defense, at times like these. I can only imagine how badly their stomachs are currently churning.

See, I’m not there yet. I do have contact with a number of people who sanction whatever Israel does. Also, I see little evidence of their stomachs are churning at all, let alone out of empathy for the Palestinians.

55. marisacat - 18 January 2009

Never rid f the damned boll weevils

Sitting in his office a stone’s throw from where the festivities will take place, I ask about his role in the big transformation coming to Washington. He’s one of the leaders of a gang of moderate Democrats called the Blue Dogs. They’re meeting their first Democratic president in a while, and Mr. Cooper may have a big effect on the agenda. He smiles gently and says, “If we were to ally with the Republicans, we could swing any vote in the House of Representatives.” He hastens to add, “We don’t want to do that, we aren’t planning on doing that.”

[“…hastens to add…” LOL —Mcat]

“Ideally the White House will see things our way, so they will present legislation on the Hill that we find acceptable,” Mr. Cooper says. “If they stray too much from that or if a certain part of Congress strays too much from that, then we may have to object.”

So far, however, the Blue Dogs seem to believe that Barack Obama is one of them, a fiscal reformer, and their last best hope for true change on entitlement spending and economic responsibility. “We’ve kicked this can down the road and now we are at the end of the road,” the president-elect told the Washington Post this week. ..snip…

AND it all works out fine for the Democrats, not being too liberal, nor very liberal, nor liberal at all. But NEO of course. At all times.

56. diane - 18 January 2009

well ..too bloat my hubris hon…it must have been a quite exeptionally cold FALL hon…ooooh but to be born when the leaves depart from the trees just as bad as freezing…..or perhaps more bleak…………..?

57. diane - 18 January 2009

nonetheless a serious season…….hard to find food unless one inately knows where to seek it…and even then……….many ancient ones go to sleep at that time………….in North America

58. marisacat - 18 January 2009

well here in CA, October is what we call, euphemistically, Indian Summer. Normally (tho not lately) we have somewhat cool dry but foggy summers. Then some heat and warmth in Sept October. Same thing along about March.

Tho it has gone topsy turvy, for whatever reason. We are mostly – but not entirely – evergreen here… tho the “golden hills” are the effect of 7 months or so that are “dry”.

59. diane - 18 January 2009

ahh well hon, those conifers….are rugged mother fockers…….they stay green in the coldest of climes……………………….and you appear to be a conifer………… sequoia sempervirens hon…………..straight up…………………………………not to belittle the deciduous….we all have purpose, if we were all alike it would be quite the drag, wouldn’t it hon ;0)

60. marisacat - 19 January 2009



Two of BHHM were floating in Spam file.. up thread at 50 and 54…


61. marisacat - 19 January 2009

and you appear to be a conifer………… sequoia sempervirens hon…………. — diane

😉 I’m gonna take that as a compliment and run away with it…

62. marisacat - 19 January 2009


And there’ll be little time for the peacemakers of Sharm el-Sheikh to reflect on the three UN schools targeted by the Israelis and the slaughter of the civilians inside. Poor old Ban Ki-moon. He tried to make his voice heard just before the ceasefire, saying Israel’s troops had acted “outrageously” and should be “punished” for the third school killing. Some hope. At a Beirut press conference, he admitted he had failed to get a call through to Israel’s Foreign Minister to complain.

It was pathetic. When I asked Mr Ban if he would consider a UN war crimes tribunal in Gaza, he said this would not be for him to “determine”. But only a few journalists bothered to listen to him and his officials were quickly folding up the UN flag on the table. About time too. Bring back the League of Nations. All is forgiven.

63. marisacat - 19 January 2009

So funny… so calculated a “slip” I would say….

The wife of Vice President-elect Joe Biden let it slip to Oprah Winfrey Monday that her husband had a pick of two jobs in the Obama administration.

Jill Biden said President-elect Barack Obama gave Biden the choice of being secretary of state or vice president. The vice president-elect tried to hush his wife as soon as the words came out of her mouth, with a loud “shhh!” that sent the audience into laughter.

The Bidens made a surprise appearance on Winfrey’s show, recorded at the Kennedy Center for broadcast later Monday on the eve of the inauguration.

The vice president-elect said he only accepted Obama’s offer to be his running mate after talking it over with “Jilly,” his pet name for his wife. Mrs. Biden said she told him vice president would be better for the family.

“If you’re secretary of state, you’ll be away, we’ll never see you, you know,” she said. “I’ll see you at a state dinner once in awhile. But I said, if you are vice president, the entire family, because they worked so hard for the election, they can be involved. They can come to our home. They can go to events, they can be with us all the time. And that’s what’s important to us.” …snip…

64. marisacat - 19 January 2009

PRomises promises… LOL Tracking 500 promises ObRama made in the process of becoming pretzel.

65. marisacat - 19 January 2009

So is hte National Journal.

66. ms_xeno - 19 January 2009

Ooohhh… anyone got a feather to knock me over with ?

Working Families “Party” In NYC Gets Funding From Democratic Governor

Gosh. Who woulda’ thunk…

67. ms_xeno - 19 January 2009

Borrowed from the family breadwinner:

Cat Coffee Shops and other awesome business innovations across the sea.

Those yet starved for the yucks should pop over to this SMBIVA thread, in which a stalwart smacks around a visiting Rightie commenter– in a rare sighting of the latter in that particular environment. [snerk] Either it’s an in-house prank or all the “real” blogs (ie- Berube, Digby, et al) were shuttered over the weekend for the big Hopeyfest;Leaving the Rightie underlings without their usual haunts/bridges. I’m never sure…

68. mattes - 19 January 2009

Obama’s Mideast Envoy: George Mitchell…is this good?

As a newbie to politics, I don’t know his history.

69. marisacat - 19 January 2009


iirc Mittchell has done it before. I think the Dems all love him as he was a judge. Or something. The only person lawyers actually respect, to some degree, is a judge.

70. marisacat - 19 January 2009

ms x

the cat cafes are a scream! I want to live near one. I don’t know if you have heard but there is some reaction in the states to the ‘rent a dog’ thing that has been started up (can’t imagine that doing well in the recession)… the idea that you toy with the pet’s feelings. BUT I think if you are aware of differences in pets, critters, whatever, some are very gregarious and in fact itinerant.

Reading further down:

One specialist agency is known as Hagemashi Tai, which translates as I Want To Cheer Up Limited. It rents relatives.

Actors are despatched to play the part of distant relations at weddings and funerals. For an extra fee, they will even give a speech.

71. ms_xeno - 19 January 2009

Mcat, I’d love to rent a dog if finances permitted. Since the cats have forbidden us to have one of our own.

Funny thing about the Cat Cafes: Many years ago there was a Japanese manga called “What’s Michael ?” Very popular comics about an orange cat and his various friends/enemies. There was a story where a talk show found a Cat Cafe and dispatched a sweet, perky female hostess to talk with all the “cat loving young ladies” that would be flocking to the shop. When she got there, it was all big, burly guys oohing and ahhing over the kitties. (“What ? MEN can’t like cute little kitty cats, too ?”)

I wonder if this is life imitating art, but I don’t know the exact chronology, so I can’t be certain…

72. BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2009

LOL.I’m watching a feed from CSPAN covering Bill Clinton’s first Inauguration. Immediately preceeding his oath, they played the march that was also the theme to Monty Pythons Flying Circus.
And Prescient.

73. BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2009

George Mitchell…is this good?

The plan must be to bore all parties into submission.

74. marisacat - 19 January 2009

Gotta love all the breathless drama in this:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama is considering issuing an executive order to reverse a controversial Bush administration abortion policy in his first week in office, three Democratic sources said Monday.

Obama’s second full day as president falls on the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.

The sources said Obama may use the occasion to reverse the “Mexico City policy” reinstated in 2001 by Bush that prohibits U.S. money from funding international family planning groups that promote abortion or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion services. It bans any organization receiving family planning funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development from offering abortions or abortion counseling.

The “Mexico City policy,” commonly referred to by critics as “the global gag rule,” was devised by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 at a population conference in Mexico City. ..snip…

In Europe this is just referred to as something that regularly flips back and forth, between the parties. Bush II puts in back in place and an incoming Democrat flips it the other way.


75. BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2009
76. marisacat - 19 January 2009

LOL Ben Smith… 😆 😆

Obama camp takes blame for gay bishop slight

The Presidential Inauguration Committee is apologizing for the failure to broadcast yesterday’s invocation by the gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson.

“We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson’s invocation to be included in the televised portion of yesterday’s program. We regret the error in executing this plan – but are gratified that hundreds of thousands of people who gathered on the mall heard his eloquent prayer for our nation that was a fitting start to our event,” emails PIC communications director Josh Earnest.

HBO had already shifted blame for the move to the Committee, which is taking heat among gay leaders and other critics for failing to broadcast what had been taken to a high-profile answer to Rick Warren’s invocation Tuesday.

You can watch the invocation here.

Oh it soooooooooooo mattered to have the Gay Bishop around to help sign seal and deliver.

77. marisacat - 19 January 2009


Just caught this from ObRama at his day of service stuff (the shots of him laboriously painting a wall)…

If you are a floor sweeper, make sure you are the best floor sweeper

The BBC report said he was quoting MLK.

It sure smacks of “be a good slave”.

78. marisacat - 19 January 2009

All you can do is laugh.

Comment at Crooked Timber (they discuss that Guthrie and Seeger closed out the event, with “This Land is YOur Land”)… on the HBO exclusive coverage and broadcast of the concert at Lincoln Memorial.

Hey go for it Barack.

“This video has been removed by the user”.

HBO owns Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen’s inauguration performance of Woodie Guthrie’s song.

This land is their land. They don’t even bother to pretend.

I have to admit that the brazenness of restricting access to this particular performance of this particular song on this particular occasion still boggles me. Obviously I need outrage knobs that go up to twelve instead of the standard-issue elevens.

79. ms_xeno - 19 January 2009


“If you are managing the floor sweepers, make sure they get a living wage and generous benefits. Be the best manager of floor sweepers that you can.”

Thank You. I’ll be here all week.

80. ms_xeno - 19 January 2009

Kobayashi’s Manga Mambo Cats. Never know when it might come in handy.

81. marisacat - 19 January 2009
82. marisacat - 19 January 2009


… and your reward will be in heaven, don’t be lookin’ for that on earth, son.


83. marisacat - 19 January 2009

angr arab on mitchell

George Mitchell

So the new Middle East envoy is predictably frustrating when it comes to war crimes by Israel. His approach based on the report he wrote on the Aqsa intifada is: on the one hand this, and on the other hand that.

Posted by As’ad at 10:40 AM

84. mattes - 19 January 2009
85. mattes - 19 January 2009
86. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

BHHM at 54 – Oh, OK. Thanks. And sorry to hear it. The only people I’ve really had to avoid, lately (some friends with many friends in Israel, who have made frequent visits there, and who “identify” as “supporters” of the state, while deploring the settlements, wall, collective punishment, etc.) are very likely to be churning, methinks.


In other news, stay away from New York’s Trinity Church tomorrow, people, unless you’re a BIG fan of bells!
Church’s Plan For Inauguration: 3 Hours Of Bells

Twelve ringers will sound the bells at New York’s Trinity Church for three hours in celebration of Barack Obama’s inauguration. It’s called a “full peal.” Such an extensive and lengthy bell ringing performance is unusual in the U.S. Trinity is one of the oldest churches in the country.

87. marisacat - 19 January 2009
88. ms_xeno - 19 January 2009

A Distant Ocean gets mentioned on CNN.

Hijinks ensue. I mean, do they ever…

89. mattes - 19 January 2009

Saudi king: Arab peace offer won’t last forever


90. marisacat - 19 January 2009

Aryan Nations’ leaders celebrate massacre’s conclusion in Jerusalem

Six key European leaders on Sunday pledged to work to prevent Hamas from rearming. The commitments were offered both at the Sharm al-Sheikh summit in Egypt and at a meeting in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Hey… Jews Sans Frontieres said it, not me… their title…

91. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

Cat cafe story and photos are a riot, mx_x!

92. mattes - 19 January 2009

Marcat…the way that they will control hamas, now that the IDF has inflamed the whole middle east, is to put american soldiers in harms way…sound familiar?

…oh, and now they will patrol the Persian Gulf…furthering a confrontation with Iran….oh, so clever.

93. marisacat - 19 January 2009

We’re already everywhere. 700 + bases we admit to.. Chalmers Johnson claims it is closer to 1000. We acquired enormous tracts of territory under Bush… and we won’t be leaving anytime soon.

94. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009

more religion in the public square, please!

Let No Good Doughnut Go Unpunished: Anti-Abortion Group Protests Krispy Creme’s “Freedom of Choice” Doughnut Giveaway

Ready for this one? The American Life League, a Catholic anti-abortion organization, is protesting Krispy Kreme for offering Americans their “choice” of a free doughnut on Inauguration Day.


I like the first comment:

Cinnamon Says:
January 18, 2009 at 10:04 pm

So are the donut holes known as unborn donuts?


and …

TG Says:
January 19, 2009 at 10:19 am

Awwww Geez… Does that mean I’m now a mass murderer?

MT Says:
January 19, 2009 at 11:10 am

At what point in its inception does a donut become a person?

95. ms_xeno - 19 January 2009

I wish I liked Krispy Kremes now. Too bad I think they stink on ice.

But we do have a local shop that makes “bachelor party” donuts to look like… well, guess. Should I see if they’ll, er, whip up a batch of fried “fetuses,” too ?

#91– IB, glad you like. 🙂

96. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

SMBIVA comment thread is also hilarious.

Gramps. Gramps. Gramps.

I never said revolution was going to be easy.

Distant Ocean thread less humorous, but worthy.

97. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009
98. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009

Still More Obamaphemera: OK, fine, he’s Jesus already.

Update: BB commenter signalnine says,

Obama’s not standing in for Jesus on that candle, he’s standing in for St. Martin de Porres, a 17th century mulatto Dominican brother noted for his devotion to the poor in Peru. In fact, he’s the patron saint of the poor.

99. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009

Gene Robinson’s Prayer that no one wanted to broadcast.

For whatever its worth.

I, for one, wish that people would realize that they don’t need and Imaginary Daddy to make them/help them give a shit about each other.

100. marisacat - 19 January 2009

While I was at SMBIVA, I read what rides at the top… LOL… a hit at the remarkably wooden day Obster had for Giving Service, or whatever title they slapped on sending him out for Photo Ops…

In spite of that, and according to the government’s own figures, “In 2007, 60.8 million volunteers dedicated 8.1 billion hours of service to community organizations.” That’s formally reported volunteering and it’s pretty good. Goodness knows how much more is done informally.

On the wildly unlikely chance that it’s not good enough, there are better ways to approach it than through sanctimonious eructations. Shorter hours, better pay and public transport would be a good start.

101. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

I have a dream that some day the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or perhaps a purple unicorn, will finally take a turn as the supernatural entity invoked upon a presidential inauguration. Naturally, my dream – like those the world over – will also require costuming the celebrant involved.

Until then . . . hold the sky-buddies, and just pass the peace and justice, if you please.

102. marisacat - 19 January 2009


yeah I stopped caring about the whole Robinson flap.. that sort of thing.

And to be blunt, Seeger should NOT have taken part in some ‘sing a long for HBO exclusive rights to broadcast’. IF any event should have been on PBS and C-Span it was that one. Maybe the day at the Lincoln Memorial was nice.. but I truly don’t think it matters any more.

The sell job is that Obster is some divinity but still a man of the people. Man of Color AND Man of the Peopele. The Global Peoples.

I am guessing that S Ann Dunham would be surprised to hear of the Virgin Birth in Honolulu. Obama Sr as some Joseph the carpenter… and so on.

It really is gag making.

103. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009

Thanks for the SMBIVA link … it helped me with this.

104. marisacat - 19 January 2009

I checked back in at the SMBIVA and I see Al Schuman has a comment to the post on “service” and “volunteerism”, wondering just how far right the obster will go. Yeah, exactly.

105. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

Public service message for Anthony Bourdain fans – He’s doing Washington, D.C., tonight. (Just started here – don’t know if it’s a rerun or not.)

106. marisacat - 19 January 2009

Speaking of food.. and related matters.. I was just wandering thru the wine section of the Safeway site.. so wishing I could still drink.. but no. All too rich, too strong.

107. NYCO - 19 January 2009

Oh, how I wish I could have been there to witness this moment in history…


WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Dick Cheney pulled a muscle in his back while moving boxes and will be in a wheelchair for Tuesday’s inauguration ceremony.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said Cheney was helping to move into his new home outside Washington in McLean, Va., when he injured his back.

108. marisacat - 19 January 2009


his new home outside Washington in McLean, Va.,

not going too far away either, is he.

Oh I can so see him carrying boxes. Or the grand piano. 😆

109. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009

For those who have the Sundance Channel, they’re showing FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO Thursday @ 10:

Bravely tackling one of the most politically and religiously divisive issues in contemporary America, documentary filmmaker Daniel Karslake presents a consideration of the intersection of scripture and homosexuality. Profiled are five devout families who each have dealt with the disclosure that a relative was gay or lesbian. Discussion is given to the importance of mutual understanding and unconditional parental love, while often-cited Biblical passages come in for scholarly interpretation and reconsideration.

110. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

106 – Sorry to hear you can’t enjoy a recreational – or HISTORIC!!!! – tipple, Marisacat. (What, no champagne at the Safeway? If it’s a brand problem, surely there are other dial-up purveyors?)

But if it’s any consolation (and I realize this is cheap wisdom, common knowledge, and bare mastery of the obvious to all), the joys of the tankard and stemware are especially mixed, here in these tryyyyyying times.

111. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

Whoops, I meant to say the joys and the dangers of the tankard and stemware.

Exhibit A!

112. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009

This Tony ep needs more food!

113. marisacat - 19 January 2009


oh they carry champagne, imported and CA champagnes and sparkling wines.. perfectly acceptable labels, perfectly fine. but bit by bit it all has become beyond what I can tolerate.

The few things I did drink or enjoy over the years, I tried one by one over the past couple years. Wine, red/white, champagne, Campari, wheat beer/other beers…

Two Christmases ago I did have Myer’s Rum in the house, a bitter cold winter.. and I confess to toppling a couple of spoonfuls into the coffee cup, pretty often…but I think the sugar in the rum sorta washed it down.

LOL I just think the whole tenor of the ramp up to Inauguration/Service/Your Country Needs You [to shut up]
deserves a hearty heft right back at it… Sort of a spiritual Molotov…


114. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

LOL. The Ben’s Chili Dog story was timely, at least, without trying.

I did enjoy the demo of the mailbox dead-drop with the director of the International Spy Museum, but maybe that’s just me. (The brief tour of museum exhibits was funny too . . . Tony and crew really gave the anal tool kit that extra few seconds of airtime.)

And the Vietnamese, Ethiopian, and molecular gastronomaniac sections were interesting.

Halfway through your latest, Madman, but had to stop for “Dutch courage.”

(Exhibit B to above.)

Thank goodness I’m easily amused. It really does help balance out the rest of my antennae.

115. lucid - 19 January 2009

Just listened to a bit of that HBO monstrosity from yesterday… I must admit I find it amusing that they decided to follow the Obster’s address with a commie song…

116. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

Correction: Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Can’t say the Panda in Chief didn’t tryyyyy!

117. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009

I’m just getting to the chicken place in the ‘burbs (I never watch anything live … DVR and then zip thru the commercials).

It’s a bummer that you can’t numb the horror Mcat, because I know beers help dull the annoyance with the endless imperial rah rah …

Speaking of which: Perrin:

God, I hate inaugurations — a massive commercial for the imperial state, with some “populist” tinsel tossed around to make consumers feel included. And like clockwork, media mouthpieces assure us that no other country on the face of the planet, perhaps in all of history, transfers power so peacefully, so democratically. As if every other nation shuffles leaders via summary executions in windowless basements. Inaugurations show us, full blast, how arrogant and insecure our owners remain, thus the relentless propaganda about American “uniqueness.” It’s nauseating to witness, but it works.

“Think the rubes bought it?”

“They better. This thing’s costing a fortune!”

With the ascension of President Change, the rubes are buying it more aggressively than ever. (No one seems to mind hearing pro-FISA Obama praise Martin Luther King, who was on the other end of government wiretaps.) Electing a President of Color is a boon to the empire, something media and political elites quickly latched onto, noting that the rest of the world will admire us again because our president has dark skin.

118. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

Ahem. Apologies. Panda-Elect!

119. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

BTW – Agree with Marisa the music event shoulda been the FIRST broadcast to be UNBRANDED and FREE.

120. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009

IB, I just read a review for a new restaurant that serves the Ethiopian dish he was talking about here in MIlwaukee. The ground meat dish:

But meat lovers will find plenty on the menu, including kitfo ($12), Ethiopia’s version of steak tartare.

Make that meat lovers and heat lovers. Kitfo, freshly and finely chopped raw beef, is mixed with niter kibe, the seasoned clarified butter, and mitmita, the blazing-hot spice blend. Kitfo was like fire on the tongue, which should delight any diners who can’t find food spicy enough to satisfy them.

Kitfo is served with ayib – a soft, house-made cheese with a slight tang and grassy flavor – to help tamp down the fire. Diners in pursuit of more heat can ask for extra mitmita on the side to season it. I’d handle it carefully, though – like a loaded flame thrower.

If raw beef isn’t for you, despite Milwaukee’s proud cannibal-sandwich heritage, it also can be ordered cooked medium or well done. Kitfo is served only on Fridays and Saturdays.

I need to talk my baby sister into trying it with me (she’s the only person I know here who will take chances with food).

121. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009

Perrin in moderation, I think.

122. diane - 19 January 2009

Marisa (61)

Glad you took it as one, because it was!


So how was everyone’s National Service Day?

Such a fucking crock…no more need for a Civil Rights Day…..amazing, since no non-government company I’m aware of has ever honored Martin Luther King Day…they’ve all acted as if it doesn’t even exist, treated it as an imposed unnecessary evil, not even a mention of it, today was no different where I work. Worse, the finance and accounting industries which helped put Jeezuz in office, have historically gone out of their way to snub Martin Luther King Day, by sponsoring major, must go to seminars on the date.

123. marisacat - 19 January 2009

Sorry madman… got the Perrin out of jail!

124. marisacat - 19 January 2009

Worse, the finance and accounting industries which helped put Jeezuz in office, have historically gone out of their way to snub Martin Luther King Day, by sponsoring major, must go to seminars on the date.

So true.

And Financial sectors were teh single largest contributors to the Transition Fundraising.

And somehow in jsut three years, Obster managed to be the number 2 recipient of Goldman Sax money. Not sure (can’t quite recall) but think No 1 is Dodd…. there much much longer.

125. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2009

More confirmation that he’s a con:

Gen. Hayden Claims Obama Promised Not To Investigate War Crimes A Month Ago

Many of us have been alarmed by the obvious effort of the Obama staff to avoid any investigation of confirmed war crimes by the Bush Administration in the torture program. Obama and Attorney General nominee Eric Holder have been suggesting that a war crime investigation would be “uncivil” and “looking backwards.” It has not gone over well since torture is a crime under eight treaties and statutes. Now, General Michael V. Hayden claims that Obama secretly promised him that there would be no war crimes investigation or prosecution in a meeting in Chicago.

Hayden’s role in this growing controversy is particularly distressing for civil libertarians. Not only does it confirm signals coming from the Obama camp since the election, but Hayden has been a particularly dark figure in the unlawful surveillance and torture programs, including statements that have been criticized as knowingly misleading or outright false.

Hayden had a closed door meeting with Obama last month in Chicago. He said Obama made it clear that the Bush Administration and CIA staff have nothing to worry about. “He’s looking forward,” Hayden said, “and that’s very appropriate.” If true, it would be confirmation of a bait-and-switch by the democrats. For years, the Democrats insisted that they could not act on torture until they controlled Congress. Once they were given both houses of Congress, Democrats insisted that they could not do anything without control of the White House. When they won the White House, the Democrats insisted that there was not enough time before Inauguration. Now, they are insisting that they must “look to the future: and notably not to the war crimes in the immediate past.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

126. diane - 19 January 2009

Can you just imagine the planning that went into garnering that youth vote, many of whom I’m sure still live it home…and truly don’t have a clue what awaits them, especially if they can’t afford Wharton, Yale, Harvard, Wellesly…et al….and/or aren’t hooked up in the right circles. Might as well shut down most of the colleges in this country to discover where those who determine our fates have mostly gone to school..in large part schools where they won’t grade below a C..wouldn’t want to disturb any benefactors, would we.

127. marisacat - 19 January 2009

I did laugh pretty hard when it came out a few years ago that Kerry had lesser lower whatever word is used, grades than Bushiter. Obster has refused to have his grades released.

As if it matters… 🙄

128. diane - 19 January 2009

too cute

Maybe WAMU and Lehman should have forked out a bit more.

129. Intermittent Bystander - 19 January 2009

I need to talk my baby sister into trying it with me (she’s the only person I know here who will take chances with food).

Good luck and look forward to your report!

126 – Did I mention that half-priced Replacement Helper Boy broke a major bone before his official First Day and his mama had to call him in sick until further notice? Poor dude – no really. I mean schadenfreude’s fun for war criminals and all, and I’m no saint, but I’m pretty sure the fate that lurks for his discovery actually isn’t his fault.

Night all.

::Keels over, with or without tipple::

à demain.

130. diane - 19 January 2009

even cuter

…..nice to know that there are those “unemployed” who have been able to scrounge around under the couch cushions and come up with $50K for the grande ball…..they must be some serious “personal responsibility” types………

131. diane - 19 January 2009

Intermittent (129)

nothing against helper boy, but I’m laughing, serves the fockers right.

…gnight hon…sweet dreams.

132. marisacat - 19 January 2009

gnu post


………………. 🙄 ……………

133. marisacat - 19 January 2009


until further notice

hmm could be a death notice.

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