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It’s always been good… 7 April 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, UK.

Queen Elizabeth with President Ronald Reagan, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at Buckingham Palace in June 1984. [Associated Press]

From a gallery at the NYT



1. CSTAR - 7 April 2009

They all need to get out more.

marisacat - 7 April 2009

Isn’t that the truth…

I loved it a few years ago when some wag infiltrated the Buckingham palace wait staff (he attended at breakfast iirc) and the stories and pics were a hoot.

So relentlessly dismissive middle class they all are. Dismissive of everyone… and mittel brow..

It was a scream that cereals come to the table in some sort of plastic service containers.. tops off and spoons at the ready. I remember that pic esp. Gah.

2. marisacat - 7 April 2009


KGO local newstalk radio is going to have on Black, who was on with Moyers. Coming up at about 7:05 (they open each hour with 5 – 7 minutes of news updates)

In fact a big blow hard host caught the Moyers show… and managed to be alert enough to book Black. It’s interesting, I find the host pretty nasty, racist but for Pro Obama! (love Obama! he will turn the country around!) and very punitive about people in tough situations… but Moyers’ show can straighten him out from time to time. He got stopped in his tracks by the Moyers/Greider show that tore apart sub prime and looked at Slovak Village in Cleveland…

Anyway, they stream live over the netteries, link on the left, “listen live”, at their main page: http://www.kgoam810.com/

marisacat - 7 April 2009

Geesh… I did not know – or remember – that Greenspan was Keating’s economist and recruited the 5 senators.

3. CSTAR - 7 April 2009

Caught Frontline earlier this evening. What caught my attemtion is that Louis Freeh is now Bandar’s PR guy! (well what do I know). Isn’t this like .. a real conflict of interest?

(psst.. think Larry Summers)

marisacat - 7 April 2009

oh thank you! I forgot about the Frontline program on Black Money.. just about to come on here… 😉

catnip - 7 April 2009

I just finished watching that.

I need chocolate.

As for Freeh, did you notice how dead his eyes look?

He’s not just Bandar’s PR guy. He’s his lawyer.

Guess we can’t count on him to ever spill the beans about those redacted 28 pages about the Saudis from the 9/11 commission report.

One more observation, when they were talking about how the Saudis threatened to withdraw cooperation in the farcical GWOT if the BAE investigation wasn’t dropped, that rung a very recent bell.

The US has threatened to withhold intelligence from the UK if evidence of the alleged torture of a British resident held at Guantánamo Bay is made public.

[insert numerous profanities here]

And now I see from the Democracy Now! feed on the side that “Guantanamo Attorneys Face Possible Prison Time etc etc”. (same case – new tactic…they REALLY want to keep that evidence hidden)

[insert more profane words here]


Ooops. One slipped out.

marisacat - 7 April 2009

That ‘Guantanamo attys face prison time’ is a incident linked a couple threads back. One atty ahs writtne a letter to Obama-lama-love-child.

Which is being redacted but to the greeting by the DOD. That is all he gets.

Commander in chief my ass.

catnip - 7 April 2009

I missed that link.

All of this unconscionable behaviour has me on overload.

Stop the world and let me off.

4. catnip - 7 April 2009

I’d go to my happy place but I can’t afford the rent there.

5. catnip - 7 April 2009

Brace for it: the inevitable SYFPH moment –

No one understands this topic. (6+ / 0-)

Recommended by:
MatthewBrown, Geekesque, sillycilla, gobears2000, Escamillo, FistJab

There are now 2000 comments in 2 diaries on the rec list pretty much proving that the vast majority of people don’t understand what’s going on. It’s blatantly clear that Black doesn’t understand the laws he’s discussing, so at this point I don’t see why the screaming matchconversation needs to continue. No one is changing their mind. No one is learning anything new because half the people here are only interested in propagating misinformation and lies. You can call that “thinking” if you want, but it’s pretty clear that there’s no thought going on here, just knee-jerk responses.

Yes we did!

by Elise on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 01:48:14 PM PDT

Yes you did and you fucked up. Deal with it.

marisacat - 7 April 2009

Elise is such a sad case. I’ll leave it at that…

catnip - 7 April 2009

I think her pom poms suddenly got 10 lbs heavier.

6. marisacat - 7 April 2009

AP at the NYT:

TORONTO (AP) — CNBC’s Jim Cramer has another feud on his hands.

Just weeks after ”The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart took Cramer to task for trying to turn finance reporting into a ”game,” famous bear economist Nouriel Roubini criticized Cramer on Tuesday for predicting bull markets.

”Cramer is a buffoon,” said Roubini, a New York University economics professor often called Dr. Doom. ”He was one of those who called six times in a row for this bear market rally to be a bull market rally and he got it wrong. And after all this mess and Jon Stewart he should just shut up because he has no shame.”

Cramer recently wrote in a blog that Roubini is ”intoxicated” with his own ”prescience and vision” and said Roubini should realize that things are better since the stock market bottom in March. Stocks have rallied 26 percent since.

Roubini said in 2006 that the worst recession in four decades was on its way. He has attracted attention for his gloomy — and accurate — predictions of the U.S. financial market meltdown. …

7. catnip - 7 April 2009

Is this neocon asshole week on Charlie Rose? Tonite – Negroponte.

marisacat - 7 April 2009

Charlie has always been hot for Negroponte.. esp the Wall Streeter think he also hangs at some academic nook… MIT (?) or something. The one with the scam cheap hand crank computer for poor children.

Loves the other one as well… Butcher of Latin America or whatever they call him.

catnip - 7 April 2009

This Negroponte is related to the neocon?

Mary Lou Jepsen didn’t set out to invent the netbook and turn the computer industry upside down. She was just trying to create a supercheap laptop. In 2005, Jepsen, a pioneering LCD screen designer, was tapped to lead the development of the machine that would become known as One Laptop per Child. Nicholas Negroponte, the longtime MIT Media Lab visionary, launched the project hoping to create an inexpensive computer for children in developing countries. It would have Wi-Fi, a color screen, and a full keyboard—and sell for about $100. At that price, third-world governments could buy millions and hand them out freely in rural villages. Plus, it had to be small, incredibly rugged, and able to run on minimal power. “Half of the world’s children have no regular access to electricity,” Jepsen points out.

Sidebar: There’s a link on the side of that page to a news story about Walgreens pulling Chia Obamas “citing racism”. Seriously? OMG.

marisacat - 7 April 2009

Brothers. that laptop is not such an easy story tho…

catnip - 7 April 2009

Hmmm…I’ll have to read up on that. I think I first heard about those laptops on 60 Minutes a while ago.

And, for the Chia curious

I’d pull it just for being butt ugly!

marisacat - 7 April 2009

I can’t piece the whole “cheap laptop for poor children” together anymore… but it’s out there, the story i mean. lagging around for years sad to say…

marisacat - 7 April 2009

On the Chia Obamas..

I think to be safe we need not to look at him. Nor of depictions of him. A prayerful stance with eyes down is best.

Safe, yo know… safe is best.

catnip - 7 April 2009


Don’t follow that link.



8. diane - 7 April 2009

Last thread – catnip

Thanks for that great news re Kal Penn being brought on as an associate director at the White House Office of Public Liaison ..My guess is with that online Stanford International Security degree, he’ll carry on the great work done with China and the WTO, in the Office of Public Liaison under the Clinton Administration:

”Source: The White House Office of Public Liason

NOVEMBER 17, 1999




The U.S.-China WTO agreement covers all agricultural products, all industrial goods, and all service areas
….. “

I just know that Mr. Penn must be elated to be hired in his field of study after having been forced to study Acting, and take any old job in Hollywood just to keep a roof over his head,..and this will indeed endear him to all the millions in the US who have lost their shirts….. and dare I add, what a hottie! (Emmanuel and Jesama are so much better at aesthetically pleasing the populace then the Bush/Cheney team was).

No slacker he, this gifted young man, with his lifelong dual ambitions of public service and being a famous actor, has an online degree in International Security from Stanford (oops did I write that already?) and campaigned hard for Jesama :

Late last week, Mr. Obama’s campaign dispatched the actor Kal Penn to Pittsburgh to generate interest in the candidate, particularly among students….Mr. Penn can do a great job of keeping young voters entertained,………

… with the name and all — Kal PENN — he must be popular here in the Keystone State. ..

As far as I’m concerned it’s a feather in our cap, as we desperately need someone with acting experienceat the “front door” of the White House:


The Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs (OPL-IGA) is the front door to the White House through which everyone can participate and inform the work of the President.

OPL-IGA takes the Administration out of Washington and into communities across America, stimulating honest dialogue and ensuring that America’s citizens and their elected officials have a government that works effectively for them and with them.

OPL-IGA will bring new voices to the table, build relationships with constituents and seeks to embody the essence of the President’s movement for change through the meaningful engagement of citizens and their elected officials by the federal government…”

But, wait, let’s hear what he’ll be doing in his own eloquent words:

They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations. They’re basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House. It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.”

Seems, I read somewhere that there wasn’t any red tape to be found in the PA area, after his campaign duties there.

Yup Marisa it’s always been good…and about to to get that much better!

No more Red Tape! Yayyyyyyyyyy!

gnight all

marisacat - 7 April 2009


Hope and Change. Happyland.

catnip - 7 April 2009

Well, he’s already got the script reading down. Onward!

9. marisacat - 7 April 2009

Speaking of Negroponte, the butcher brother.. he says he teaches at Yale.

We are so well set up for the future. things look great.

10. marisacat - 7 April 2009

Oh he lavishes praise on Obama international end.. fabulous envoys, great SecState and a bang up trip. Luvs him some Obama.

Pretty basic what is going on.

11. catnip - 7 April 2009
12. catnip - 7 April 2009
Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2009

The man who shot the footage, a fund manager from New York who was in London on business, said: “The primary reason for me coming forward is that it was clear the family were not getting any answers.”

The Guardian’s dossier also includes a sequence of photographs, taken by three different people, showing the aftermath of the attack, as well as witness statements from people in the area at the time.

A number of witnesses provided time and date-stamped photographs that substantiate their accounts.

Some said they saw police officers attack Tomlinson.

Witnesses said that, prior to the moment captured on video, he had already been hit with batons and thrown to the floor by police who blocked his route home.

One witness, Anna Branthwaite, a photographer, described how, in the minutes before the video was shot, she saw Tomlinson walking towards Cornhill Street.

“A riot police officer had already grabbed him and was pushing him,” she said.

“It wasn’t just pushing him – he’d rushed him. He went to the floor and he did actually roll. That was quite noticeable.

“It was the force of the impact. He bounced on the floor. It was a very forceful knocking down from behind. The officer hit him twice with a baton when he was lying on the floor.

“So it wasn’t just that the officer had pushed him – it became an assault.

“And then the officer picked him up from the back, continued to walk or charge with him, and threw him.

“He was running and stumbling. He didn’t turn and confront the officer or anything like that.”

catnip - 8 April 2009

a fund manager from New York who was in London on business,


13. marisacat - 8 April 2009

Thanks to Tiny Revolution I ran into this from Dean Baker at USA Today:

[W]hat do our elites, ranging from editorial boards to former Commerce secretary Pete Peterson, plan in response to this situation? At the same time that they are handing trillions of dollars to the bankers who wrecked the economy, they are proposing to cut Social Security in the name of fiscal responsibility.

This plan is even more outrageous because workers have already paid for their Social Security benefits. The Congressional Budget Office projects that Social Security, by drawing down its trust fund, will be able to pay benefits until the year 2049 with no changes whatsoever.

In effect, the cutters are proposing that the government default on the bonds held by the Social Security trust fund: U.S. government bonds that were purchased with money raised through the designated Social Security tax.

It is truly incredible, and unbelievably galling, that anyone in a position of responsibility would suggest defaulting on the government bonds held by the Social Security trust fund at the precise moment that the government is honoring trillions of dollars of bonds issued by private banks. …snip…

Someday Dean is going to have to grit his teeth and work Obama’s name into pieces like this. Maybe when “the government” has already taken the advice of those “cutters” and “elites”.

We, as a nation, can be such cowards. Esp as we guard anonymity for the criminals.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2009

Those Peter Peterson Foundation hacks are popping up all over the place, often in the company of one of the Blue Dogs.

14. marisacat - 8 April 2009

via Sully, I see that the DC Council has voted to recognise SSM from other states.

Will see what I can find at Wapo or The Blade… as Sully just sank into a miasma of partisan Rove this.. Rove that (only Rover has ever practised division politics, you know!), black homophobia this… etc.

He’s right that this sets up a few dynamics (DC being under Congress it directly challenges DOMA, LOL).. but geesh….

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2009

the fundies are outraged! (big surprise):

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins today condemned the vote of the Vermont State Legislature to overturn the Governor’s veto on same-sex “marriage” as well as the vote by the District of Columbia City Council to recognize same-sex marriages performed in the 50 states.

“Same-sex ‘marriage’ is a movement driven by wealthy homosexual activists and a liberal elite determined to destroy not only the institution of marriage, but democracy as well. Time and again, we see when citizens have the opportunity to vote at the ballot box, they consistently opt to support traditional marriage,” said Perkins.

“The vote today by the D.C. City Council was a direct affront to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The radical Left wants to destroy the traditional union of one man and one woman across the country and they will not rest until they do so.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2009

off to work! Have a good day, everybody.

16. NYCO - 8 April 2009

News flash! Putin more socialist than Obama…

Known as Avtovaz for short, it is one of the least efficient automobile factories anywhere in the world — each worker produces, on average, eight cars a year, compared with 36 cars a year at General Motors’ assembly line in Bowling Green, Ky., for example.

Yet the government is giving Avtovaz (pronounced aft-OV-az) billions of dollars in aid, no strings attached. No chief executive firings. No renegotiation of workers’ contracts. No demands to turn out better-quality cars, much less fuel-efficient hybrid cars. (The first car with an airbag was introduced here in 2005.)

But the auto bailout, Russian style, is intended more to ensure peace in the streets than restructure a business, much to the lament of some critics who think tough love might be better…

“Avtovaz, along with producing cars, is fulfilling a social role. It is employing the population. Either fortunately or unfortunately, the state must support Avtovaz,” Vladimir R. Yagutyan, a former deputy mayor of Tolyatti, said in an interview. “The stability of the town depends on it.”

Dmitry Orlov would probably have a lot to say about this: in exchange for low-priced, inefficient Ladas that simply “get it done” (without working heaters or horns), Russia gets peace in the streets. In this instance anyway (can’t say the same for Russia as a whole probably), it sounds like Russia is continuing to opt for a lower level of complexity in exchange for the social benefit of civic stability.

Meanwhile, here in America, which is far more car-centered than Russia of course, we’re trying to embark on a massive social re-engineering project which is ostensibly going to replace our automotive fleet with electric rickshaws, although we haven’t exactly thought of what to do with the superfluous workers yet. Don’t worry. The superfluous workers will think of something (a fact the Russians are already well aware of).

A recipe for fail… and an epic fail at that.

Meanwhile, Orlov has a lament on his blog about how we are treating our automobiles of the future.

The error that American thinking continues to make is the assumption that greener, cleaner machines automatically equal less complexity. It’s complexity that’s killing us, not fossil fuels themselves (the problem is that fossil fuels have become too economically, militarily and socially costly to obtain, not that they are running out). But the R&D and manufacturing processes still rely heavily on fossil fuels. Another layer of complexity is about to be added with having to keep hordes of dispossessed auto workers (and other “redundant” workers) and their children in line (the social services, drug treatment programs, soup kitchens, foster care systems, jail systems… all of it still powered by fossil fuels).

Added complexity is not our friend.

17. marisacat - 8 April 2009


Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Iran Charges Detained U.S. Journalist With Espionage, Iranian News Agency Reports [8:28 a.m. ET]

18. marisacat - 8 April 2009

let’s see

Lings held by the Koreans, Northern division.

Somalis seize a US flagged ship, one with complications: 20+ US citizens aboard…

and the Iranians want a US journo in hand. And got one, it seems.

Ok.. over to Ob.

19. marisacat - 8 April 2009

FP center of the NYT. Can we get more murderously offensive?

Moment of Heroism After a Blast in Iraq


The rescue of a baby from the wreckage of a bombing that killed eight seemed to be proof that Iraqis were still capable of extraordinary acts of humanity.

20. marisacat - 8 April 2009

Here is Reuters full text on the US journalist:

TEHRAN, April 8 (Reuters) – Iran’s judiciary has charged detained Iranian-American freelance journalist Roxana Saberi with espionage, the ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

ISNA, quoting a judge who is the deputy head of Iran’s prosecutor’s office, said Saberi had “accepted” the accusation.

Saberi, a 31-year-old Iranian-American born in the United States who has reported for the BBC, NPR and other media, was arrested in late January for working in the Islamic Republic after her press credentials had expired.

“She had been carrying out espionage activities … under the cover of a journalist … and she has accepted the accusations,” ISNA quoted judge Haddad as saying, giving only his last name.

“She has been charged and a branch of the Revolutionary Court is reviewing her case now,” he said, referring to a court which handles security issues.

21. catnip - 8 April 2009

Analysis: Obama achieves defining TV shot in Iraq

Oh how the AP is going to be crucified for that headline.

marisacat - 8 April 2009

ton of lies in that…

22. catnip - 8 April 2009
23. catnip - 8 April 2009
24. catnip - 8 April 2009

How to be a totally transparent Obama hack.

How Many People… (1+ / 0-)

…were brought in to or kept out of the middle class because of FISA?

How many people lost their houses because of FISA?

How many people went bankrupt because of FISA?

How many people went without health care because of FISA?

“Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else.” Paul Krugman

by Dana Houle on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 09:04:42 PM MDT

lucid - 8 April 2009

LOL… you gotta love ’em. They say the memory is the first to go!

catnip - 8 April 2009

In Houle’s case, I think everything went at the same time.

marisacat - 8 April 2009

.. or never arrived…

catnip - 8 April 2009


25. catnip - 8 April 2009

Just another example of what passes for so-called “progressive” intellectual discussion over at the Big O:

Why don’t you kiss my fucking ass? (20+ / 9-)

by TocqueDeville on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 02:25:09 AM MDT

Yuck (1+ / 3-)

Why dont you go screw a pig..

by oschemi on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 02:32:26 AM MDT


26. catnip - 8 April 2009

And for those of you who need an excuse for Obama’s decisions today just remember that he’s ONLY been in office for 78 days.

There really should be a site that counts the days somewhere for those who slack off and forget. Oh wait, there already is…

27. catnip - 8 April 2009

Kucinich is on Canadian teevee talking about Afghanistan. Yay. (The news program’s hostess mispronounced his name. Mon dieu. Where the hell has she been??)

28. catnip - 8 April 2009

Hack whiners: Big Liberal Bloggers Tee Off On Progressive Groups For Not Sharing Ad Wealth

Some of the leading liberal bloggers are privately furious with the major progressive groups — and in some cases, the Democratic Party committees — for failing to spend money advertising on their sites, even as these groups constantly ask the bloggers for free assistance in driving their message.

It’s a development that’s creating tensions on the left and raises questions about the future role of the blogosphere at a time when a Dem is in the White House and liberalism could be headed for a period of sustained ascendancy.

A number of these top bloggers agreed to come on record with me after privately arguing to these groups that they deserved a share in the ad wealth and couldn’t be taken for granted any longer.

“They come to us, expecting us to give them free publicity, and we do, but it’s not a two way street,” Jane Hamsher, the founder of FiredogLake, said in an interview. “They won’t do anything in return. They’re not advertising with us. They’re not offering fellowships. They’re not doing anything to help financially, and people are growing increasingly resentful.”

Hamsher singled out Americans United for Change, which raises and spends big money on TV ad campaigns driving Obama’s agenda, as well as the constellation of groups associated with it, and the American Association of Retired Persons, also a big TV advertiser.

“Most want the easy way — having a big blogger promote their agenda,” adds Markos Moulitsas, the founder of DailyKos. “Then they turn around and spend $50K for a one-page ad in the New York Times or whatever.” Moulitsas adds that officials at such groups often do nothing to engage the sites’s audiences by, say, writing posts, instead wanting the bloggers to do everything for them.

The behind-the-scenes tensions go to the heart of the role these bloggers have created for themselves in Democratic politics — they’re basically advocates and operatives with big platforms — and their future role, too. They argue that their efforts and fundraising helped drive the Democratic ascendancy. Yet even the Dem party committees are reluctant to advertise with them, raising the question of whether the party will ever be willing to seriously invest long-term in this new media infrastructure.

Unbelievable. (Well, it is believable considering how self-indulgent these whiners are but to actually go on record with those entitled attitudes? Wow.)

marisacat - 8 April 2009


inquiring minds think in sync…

catnip - 8 April 2009


Maybe it’s just me (aka the rocket scientist) but it seems that if some group wanted me to post their crap and then wouldn’t pay me for posting their crap after I’d posted their crap for free, I’d just tell them I’m not posting their crap anymore and they would be right to tell me to go fuck myself.

marisacat - 8 April 2009

It’s a Crap Off Shoot Off Bake Off…

Betty Crocker where are you……………………….

BooHooHooMan - 8 April 2009

LOL. Too Funny. 😆

catnip - 8 April 2009


29. marisacat - 8 April 2009

weep weep weep weep… via Ben Smith

Some of the leading liberal bloggers are privately furious with the major progressive groups — and in some cases, the Democratic Party committees — for failing to spend money advertising on their sites, even as these groups constantly ask the bloggers for free assistance in driving their message.

BooHooHooMan - 8 April 2009

Ha ha! LOL!
Chortle, Chortle, Chortle!

{Sorry.} 😀

marisacat - 8 April 2009

Looking at catnip’s link it looks like the “bloggers” went on the record wth Greg Sargent of The Plum Line.

It is a big horselaugh, that is for sure.

BooHooHooMan - 8 April 2009

So Janey’s new “pressure” group …
CutMeAfuckinCheck! .org

Wow. That didn’t last long.

marisacat - 8 April 2009

… and they did not cut the check. What a surprise! She needs to tour old movie scripts.. ones she had nothing to do with.

BooHooHooMan - 8 April 2009

{..Church lady voice, now..}

Well I just had a few thing to say~

marisacat - 8 April 2009

oh good comment! Esp as most in that thread seem in a some soft fuzzy dream land.

catnip - 8 April 2009

I read your comment over at Seargant’s blog.

lol…you cut to the chase. Rebut that, “liberals”.

BooHooHooMan - 8 April 2009

LOL. Yes! A Reader! LOL. ahhhh

BooHooHooMan - 8 April 2009

Oh and thanks for the link.
I tell ya tho, the Dems better pony up and pay these motherfuckers. Frankly, they’ll be of no use on any other initiatives, and besides …the entertainment value, alone-

catnip - 8 April 2009

I took the plunge and left a comment there too.

30. marisacat - 8 April 2009

hmm WH Passover seder this Thursday…

31. NYCO - 8 April 2009

Told you this one would be different (re media coverage):

98 Shots Fired in New York Rampage

The man who gunned down 13 people at an upstate New York immigration center fired 98 shots from two handguns in a little more than a minute, police said Wednesday, a gunslinging feat one expert said would make him a ”new Rambo.”

Gun control advocates said if a man who complained about not getting enough in unemployment benefits could afford enough ammunition to repeatedly practice shooting and go into his killing zone with a satchel of bullets around his neck, new ways are needed to stem gun violence, including raising the price of ammunition.

Like I said. The NRA is not going to be prepared once the New York-based media machine sinks its fangs into this one. The fang-sinking has commenced.

The focus on ammo rather than “the culture wars” also is helped by the fact that the shooter was not a disgruntled white guy shooting people of color, or a disgruntled person of color shooting white college kids. There’s no culture war (not one our media can recognize, anyway) attached to this story. The NRA has far less traction in this kind of soil.

BooHooHooMan - 8 April 2009

NYCO, thanks for your pieces on this and other matters.

32. marisacat - 8 April 2009

What a shock… the Somali pirate US crew story is murky. No shit.

[A]t about noon Eastern time, some 12 hours after the hijacking, a Pentagon official speaking on condition of anonymity said that “it is our understanding that the crew has taken back control of the vessel.” But as the hours went by, it became clear that the situation was far from resolved, as a senior American military official said the skipper had been taken off his ship while the captors tried to negotiate a ransom. …

catnip - 8 April 2009

CNN’s Kyra Philips was talking to one of the crew members by phone earlier today and he said his ship had taken one of the pirates “hostage”. Made it sound like this was tit for tat.

catnip - 8 April 2009

Jeremy Scahill has more.

BooHooHooMan - 8 April 2009

CNN’s Kyra Philips was talking to one of the crew members by phone…Made it sound like this was tit for tat

Well, then. They should have used “Titter”.


catnip - 8 April 2009

pa dum pum


33. marisacat - 8 April 2009

via Ms Magazine:

April 8, 2009

Groundbreaking Feminist Clinic is Closing

The Women’s Choice Clinic of Oakland, known as the United States’ oldest feminist health clinic, will be closing as a result of the declining economy. Linci Comy, the clinic’s executive director, explained that “To balance the state budget, California has frozen [Medi-Cal] payments for services already provided, and for us, that is a fatal decision. With that and issues of the economy, it all came down on us in March. Our landlord let us know we have to be out in a couple of weeks. We’re looking at bankruptcy,” according to the Oakland Tribune.

The clinic, an independent feminist women’s health clinic that sought to provide affordable quality reproductive healthcare, opened in 1972 and has served more than 64,000 patients since then. In recent years, approximately 90% of the clinic’s patients received state aid or did not have health insurance. The clinic also worked with teenagers, patients who did not speak English, and the lesbian, gay, and transgender communities.

34. BooHooHooMan - 8 April 2009

balance the state budget, California has frozen [Medi-Cal] payments for services already provided, and for us, that is a fatal decision.

Feminist. Independent. Choice.
Talk about Three Strikes in the
Medico-Politico Complex. Frankly, I think Ahnolds “frozen reimbursement” is targeted, or might as well be . I bet ya God Damn well that funds are released to providers with political juice, physician owned for profit clinics, Health SYSTEM ops etc…. “Shared Sacrifice” in Health Care is the meme du jour, but when it comes to women? A prime TARGET of the Disaster Capitalist …

We have utterly failed the civilization test: the measure of a society in how it cares for people in need.

marisacat - 8 April 2009

I bet ya God Damn well that funds are released to providers with political juice, physician owned for profit clinics, Health SYSTEM ops etc….

I agree. Everybody at the very bottom has been hit in this… despite – and this appears to be the final figure – 19 billion in Stumble bill monies as well. Home Health Care workers are being hit, not with a temporary reduction in their pay, but in a 3% cut. Which I think is a direct hit at Andy Stern (and of course the low paid workers, who SEIU did unionize a few years ago, when I had a little hope in Stern/SEIU). A lot of the batttles in Sacramento that hit state workers and unionized state-paid workers is a battle between Arnold and Andy. And I cannot stand anyone, of that ilk.

Oh sure, the state knows that some facilities like the abortion clinic.. and home health care and child care, that operate on a thin margin, with necessary state help will simply disappear.

35. marisacat - 8 April 2009


US Navy Destroyer arrives in waters off Somali coast..

(I know I am appearing to make light of it all, but I am not).

36. marisacat - 8 April 2009

Marisa to WH: DROP DEAD.

Abut three down on the main column online at the NYT:

U.S. Imagines the Bailout as an Investment Tool

By GRAHAM BOWLEY and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED 7 minutes ago

The White House is considering asking taxpayers to invest in the bank bailouts that they are already financing.

It was so lunatic I opened the link and looked.

During World War I, Americans were exhorted to buy Liberty Bonds to help their soldiers on the front.

Now, it seems, they will be asked to come to the aid of their banks — with the added inducement of possibly making some money for themselves.

As part of its sweeping plan to purge banks of troublesome assets, the Obama administration is encouraging several large investment companies to create the financial-crisis equivalent of war bonds: bailout funds.

The idea is that these investments, akin to mutual funds that buy stocks and bonds, would give ordinary Americans a chance to profit from the bailouts that are being financed by their tax dollars. But there is another, deeply political motivation as well: to quiet accusations that all of these giant bailouts will benefit only Wall Street plutocrats. …snip…

I am speechless. Read the thing, the risk is considerable. I would say the risk is COMPLETE.

We are led by moronic criminal children. thieves.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2009

the really incredible thing is that there are fucking morons who will do it, and I’m sure CNBC will flack the shit out of it.

We deserve everything we have coming to us.

marisacat - 8 April 2009

the guys at Clusterstock haven’t seen it yet. I just looked…

If this is floated for real.. and not pulled… and it sounds like th sharks are already circling to hook the half dead fish… I look forward to the reaction. The bail out is not even very popular.

“Invest in the Bail Out”.

Just buy a coffin, jump in and nail yourself shut.

37. marisacat - 8 April 2009


Individuals could participate in the funds by investing just a few hundred dollars, although the details are still being worked out.

If selected — likely to happen by mid-May — money managers like BlackRock could begin a fund within weeks.

As well as BlackRock and Pimco, Legg Mason, another big mutual fund company, and BNY Mellon Asset Management, a big asset manager, have said they are interested in starting retail investment funds to participate in the government’s plan.

For the investment managers, the benefits are potentially large. These big firms can charge healthy fees to investors for taking part. They will also have the marketing prestige of being the firms the government turns to at a time of crisis to help sort out the country’s financial mess.

catnip - 8 April 2009

Tell me that your average American isn’t going to think that this sounds as convoluted as what got bankers into this mess in the first place because I’ll tell you that this makes absolutely no sense to me.

38. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2009

Jasmina Tesanovic: Earthquake in Italy

A survivor in a reality talk show , a journalist, weeps, remembers how his colleague found that two of his children were killed. Old, poor people sitting next to their destroyed building say: we are here, we are waiting. They don’t say what they await: maybe nobody knows. People owning cars sleep inside those cars. There are also tents, some tents fancier than others, though none as fancy as the hotels where the luckier refugees are still unhappy. The victims talk under shock, trying to remember the details of life, trying to remember what they lost: they speak in details, like Katrina refugees, like Kosovo or Bosnian ones. Any memento from a destroyed home — like a stone of your house — counts more than a jewel. A salvaged photo is more precious than food. People hunt through their rubble for their future values.

39. marisacat - 8 April 2009

From The Plum Line thread on blggers want Daddy to pay for their lunch… [linked up thread at 54 currently]

# SocraticGadfly | April 8th, 2009 at 09:57 pm

Being a left-liberal, I wouldn’t want ads/ad money for my blog from any group that had a “progressivism = Democrats” second-grade understanding of political math.

Our current president is part of the proof of why.

40. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2009
CSTAR - 8 April 2009

That ad makes no sense. How does same-sex marriage affect the freedom of these people?

What is it with that lightning in the background?

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2009

it is a weird bit of work, isn’t it?

It affects their freedom to discriminate against you, of course. Poor homophobic dears, unable to act upon the demands of their Imaginary Dictator. Sad, really … why SHOULDN’T a doctor be allowed to deny care to whomever the voices in her head TELL her to?!?

Obviously, you’re one of those latte-swilling-central-park-cruising-not-leg-shaving-baby-eating fag/dyke/commie/liberals if you don’t understand that.

I think to get their point across they should have had a lightning bolt sodomize one of the men. Just sayin’.

41. marisacat - 8 April 2009

I have a headache. They are for personhood in utero. But are structuring a cultural wedge issue around the lapsed into obscurity UN effort at Convention on the Rights of the Child.


I don’t even know what to clip as a snip.
It does not matter that it takes forever to pass an Amerndment (or never as with ERA, 14 words for women!)… all they want is the wedge issue.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2009

well, when I think of the words “champion for America’s families”, I immediately think of Rep. Pete Hoekstra.

Between the UN protecting precious white christian babies’ asses from God’s Righteous Rod and the butt-raping lighting bolts after gay marriage gets all queer in everybody’s lives, this country is in serious trouble … but at least the fundraising orgs’ bank accounts will be chock full!

42. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2009

off to sleep! Be well, and may the latest spree killer pass your community by.

43. diane - 8 April 2009

U.S. Imagines the Bailout as an Investment Tool

Ohhh shit …. suck the very last bit of Capital out of the populace…

I have a hideous feeling it’s going to happen one way or another….don’t know if anyone seen the articles cropping up like fungi all over the place now, but there are a number of new articles re hacked US electrical grids, which they’ve known about for sometime now…and all of the possible consequences of taking over power grids..which would pretty much open things up to emptying bank accounts among other nightmarish scenarios since people have been totally forced to rely on technology for just about everything……of course China ..and Russia..are mentioned.and the rest are only implied….

Got a bleak kick out of being the only one able to get gas, in a line of people pumping up at a gas station recently cause the puter was down…don’t have a clue what people are thinking when they wholely rely on things that can be shut down in the blink of an eye..like people who don’t have land lines which actually work when the power goes out….the battery doesn’t die!………and frankly I find it more than a bit worrisome….that paying cash in large metro areas…seems to be a near rarity anymore…

All that blather from the nannies about irresponsible spendthrift citizens..when the same fuckers created a backdrop where you might have a problem living life, let alone going out of town if you don’t have an ATM, Visa or Mastercard…and traveller’s cheques have become totally unusable in many areas.

Never used an ATM card in my life (do know how to)…frankly I think the whole concept is fucked up….(and I stopped using credit cards and those frikken grocery store cards, real sick of being tracked) and all of our fucking wizardry…seems to not only put people out of work, but socially alienate people…but fuckin crickets from DC…..let’s put everyones MED Records Online…Privacy is Wrong! A Camera in Every Corner! let’s merge man into machine……I’m Nuts to some? I DO NOT WANT TO CHECK OUT MY PURCHASES WITH A ROBOT…..there’s really something abnormal in that sentiment.???????

and don;t get me started on the Green Technology Scam do those assholes realllly think Al Gore pedals everywhere he goes? does he look like he can?….

I digress…have a good evening all

oh, and re Houle..I hope that Rogaine rots his fuckin head with that FISA commentary he made…….

marisacat - 8 April 2009

oh the hacked electrical grids. I think it was only a matter of time, whether this particular instance is real or not.

I expect the Invest in the Bail Out! Coming to a bank near you! is going to happen as well. Too many funds lining up to participate. that article was strangely written, like a conversation while someone is choking you… LOL.

I also noticed that life insurers are starting to line up for a bail out.

How’s that change working out for the Obamamaniacs… 😈 . If they even lift their heads beyond their Obama cups.

44. catnip - 8 April 2009
45. catnip - 8 April 2009


It is hard to know where to begin on Obama’s remarks in Iraq yesterday during a visit described unnecessarily by our press as a “surprise” since that is the only sort of visit a US President can make to Iraq. What is more appalling? The casual obscenity of a US President calling upon a nation that the US has been beating, brutalizing, and raping (that is when not using like a pawn in geo political games) for decades to “take responsibility for itself” or the fact that he has absolutely no idea of how much like a criminal sociopath he sounds when making such remarks?

marisacat - 8 April 2009

There was a cartoon in the UK press that someone sent me… An Iraqi looking at his firebombed car, blood pooling in the streets, bodies lying about and that quote from Obama (which Bush said as well) that Iraqis must stand up for themselves. And bear aloft the democracy we handed them.


catnip - 8 April 2009

It pissed me off when Bush said it. And it pisses me off now. How bloody arrogant can the US government be?

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009
46. catnip - 8 April 2009

skippy has chimed in over at Greg Sargeant’s blog.

47. catnip - 8 April 2009

D.C. Circuit Court Decision Refuses to Allow Advance Notice Before a Guantanamo Detainee is Transferred

Washington, DC. – Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its opinion in Kiyemba v. Obama. The Court vacated the district court decision, which had required the government to give thirty days advance notice before an individual is transferred from Guantánamo. The Court held that it could not test the Executive’s promise not to transfer someone to a country where he could be tortured.

48. catnip - 8 April 2009

Yup. I’d say bankruptcy is definitely in GM’s future:

US court allows apartheid claims

A United States judge has ruled that lawsuits can go ahead against several companies accused of helping South Africa’s apartheid-era government.

IBM, Ford and General Motors are among those corporations now expected to face demands for damages from thousands of apartheid’s victims.

They argue that the firms supplied equipment used by the South African security forces to suppress dissent.

US District Judge Shira Scheindlin in New York dismissed complaints against several companies but said plaintiffs could proceed with lawsuits against IBM, Daimler, Ford, General Motors and Rheinmetall Group, the Swiss parent of an armaments maker.

“Corporate defendants accused of merely doing business with the apartheid government of South Africa have been dismissed,” she said.

The plaintiffs argue that the car manufacturers knew their vehicles would be used by South African forces to suppress dissent. They also say that computer companies knew their products were being used to help strip black South Africans of their rights.

The judge disagreed with IBM’s argument that it was not the company’s place to tell clients how to use its products.

“That level of wilful blindness in the face of crimes in violation of the law of nations cannot defeat an otherwise clear showing of knowledge that the assistance IBM provided would directly and substantially support apartheid,” she said.

marisacat - 8 April 2009

IBM, Ford and General Motors are among those corporations now expected to face demands for damages from thousands of apartheid’s victims.

yeah very probable… I wonder why Ford acts as tho it will come thru all of this just fine. Mystery.

catnip - 8 April 2009

Maybe Ford doesn’t want the gov’t looking through its books.

catnip - 8 April 2009

There’s also this at the end of that article:

The US and South African governments supported the companies’ efforts to get the complaints dismissed.

They argue that the legal action is damaging to international relations and may threaten South Africa’s economic development.

Oh I can’t WAIT to see Obamalama defending this. Heads will explode.

49. marisacat - 9 April 2009

neue post….


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