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Redheads… and others. (update) 9 April 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, California / Pacific Coast, Divertissements, San Francisco.

spied this at … oh, ABC I think, a gallery of baby animals. Most in zoos of course, maybe all.

Anyway, a spectacular Mother and Child.  The photograph “legend” is there, just pass the mouse over the image…

Wikipedia constantly, thru the brief text, refers to them, Javan Langurs, as being glossy black – mostly.  They admit to a “golden”… but most pics on the page are of reds or strawberries.

hmm made me think of Maillol sculpture.. too.


Back in the land of pragmatism, away from wild, infectiously wonderful red heads…

I love how strenuous, what a hard worker pragmatism is.. with its artful make-up and old fashioned Hollywood eyelashes. Batting its lashes at us… getting us to believe in what works for them…  And believe me, still today, I can remember the newspaper reproductions of the ad for the rifle that Oswald used (or however that story went), but I lost interest in “gun control” (or whatever it actually is under politicians and multiple corrupt systems) even as they hatched the 93/94 assault weapons ban.  DiFi almost drooled for joy over it (she’s up for it again she says!), following the ”101 Cal” killings here in San Francisco. We incubated the ban, promoted at hearings with testimony from the families and survivors of that day (8 killed, 6 wounded, Ferri, the shooter, killed himself) at 101 California Street, 34th Floor, the law firm of Pettit and Martin

But catch lawyer boy’s drift:

AG signals low priority

By JOSH GERSTEIN | 04/08/09 7:20 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder is signaling that the Obama Administration is not interested in getting into a major political battle to pass sensitive gun control legislation, such as re-instituting a ban on assault weapons or requiring background checks at gun shows. [won’t even “close the gun show loophole”, you have to love it!  WEAK!  — Mcat]

In an interview aired Tuesday on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Holder indicated that the administration plans to take a pragmatic approach to the issue.

“I think the thing we need to do is come up with those things we can do right away,” he said, addressing a question about guns purchased in the U.S. for use in the drug-related violence plaguing Mexico. [they snap to when they want to! Even as there are conflicting stories on those guns…  –Mcat]

Back in February, Holder told a Senate confirmation hearing that the gun-show and assault-weapons measures would be constitutional and “good from a law enforcement perspective.”

Asked by Couric about his change in emphasis, Holder said: “No one’s told me to back off. I understand the Second Amendment. I respect the Second Amendment.”

Holder was noncommittal about whether the administration would take any steps to advance the gun control legislation. “These are issues that we’ll have to discuss. The president will be the one who will ultimately set policy. Things that are politically saleable and things that will ultimately be effective,” the attorney general said. …

The president will be the one who will ultimately set policy.

Oh give it to Obama… Geesh.  He won’t stray far from whatever the marching orders are.

I wish it all were different.  But I also think it is too late.  Quite aside from total absence of political will.


UPDATE, 10:16 am on the Pacific Ocean

landed on this at Ben Smith… and just cutting it out full text with his embedded links…(my bold)

Not pushing gun control

Sixty-five Congressional Democrats wrote Eric Holder last month suggesting he lay off gun control with so much else going on, promising a divisive fight if the White House were to push the Assault Weapons Ban.

And he seems to have taken the advice. Even with a high-profile police shooting in the news, he was notably unenthusiastic on the subject in an interview with Katie Couric, Marc Ambinder notes:

KATIE COURIC: What about reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole? Do you think that will stop the flow of weapons to the U.S?

ERIC HOLDER: Well, I think the thing we need to do is come up with those things we can do right away. And we’re gonna be moving 100 ATF agents to the border. About 26 DEA agents to the border. And that will happen over the next 30 days or so. And I think that will have a pretty dramatic impact on reducing the flow of weapons into Mexico.

(TRACK) But the guns being purchased and used in the US has also become front and center, given that a recent series of mass shootings from southern Alabama sound up to upstate New York have killed 57 people. While the attorney general said he supported reinstating the assault weapons ban during his confirmation hearing, he’s been silent on the subject since.

KATIE COURIC: Did someone tell you to back off?

ERIC HOLDER: No one’s told me to back off. I understand the Second Amendment. I respect the Second Amendment.

KATIE COURIC: It’s been reported that Democrats on Capitol Hill are getting increasingly chummy with the NRA and receiving more campaign contributions from that organization than in previous years. And nobody wants to get the NRA riled up. Has this become political at all?

ERIC HOLDER: No, I don’t think it has. In fact, I look forward to working with the NRA to come up with ways in which we can use common sense approaches to reduce the level of violence that we see…in our streets and make the American people as safe as they can possibly be.   [that is just screamingly funny!  — Mcat]

KATIE COURIC: What about gun shows? In over 30 states, people can simply walk into gun shows and buy a gun, sometimes, from unlicensed dealers without a background check. Would you support closing the gun show loophole?

ERIC HOLDER: Well, again, these are issues that we’ll have to discuss. The president will be the one who will ultimately set policy. Things that are politically saleable and things that will ultimately be effective.

KATIE COURIC: Does the closing the gun show loophole fall into those categories?

ERIC HOLDER: Well, that’ll be one of the things I’ll talk about with the president.

Merry Christmas!.. oh, and Happy Chanukah! Pass the Seder plate!



1. NYCO - 9 April 2009

What can the states do to limit or slow down sales of ammo?

marisacat - 9 April 2009

They’d have to do everything they do not do. Why would they regulate and ENFORCE for ammo what they do not do for weapons? Why would gun stores and gun shows shape up?

Two cases that convinced me were Muhammed and side kick, the DC snipers. He bought his weapons (perhaps nto all, but some, it been years) in back door off the book gun purchases in upstate Wshington state, either Bellingham or Olympia, I forget which. Later ATF or FBI found that particular gun shop had at least 300 untrackable back door gun sales …

The other one was VA Tech. Their laws on the books were not followed nor were their laws funded. Came out at the time. Will the states fund and adhere to laws about ammo? Do the states even care?

At the time of Ferri and the 101 Cal we already had an assault gun ban. And all thru the decade of the national ban (leaky as hell and writtne that way) we had (and have) stronger laws.

It’s jsut my opinion.. maybe it all works out. I don’t know.

2. BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2009

Guns..Holder…”Politically Saleable”…

If you try and outlaw guns, tho,
only criminals will have politicians.
Who won’t.

Sharp post as always, mcat.

[won’t even “close the gun show loophole”, you have to love it!
WEAK! — Mcat]

Remember when Ob said Lobbyist “wouldn’t be working in His Administration”??? Bullshit of course , but the inverse ? His Administration working FOR Lobbyists? Not even close. The Bankers The Defense Pigs at the trough, The Death Merchants….

Gotta run , gonna grab a haircut later, too,
The Barber of course needs to be licensed but I suppose I could go somewhere- damn near anywhere- in Gun Nut America and they could just shoot the hair off for a few bits.

Anyways, am thinking, re Holder, Obam,.. the whole lot,
it’s just so hard to stay ahead of the Market for The Vichy.
How Much is That Doggy in the Window? Today?
What fuckin barkers, too.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009
3. catnip - 9 April 2009

In an interview aired Tuesday on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Holder indicated that the administration plans to take a pragmatic approach to the issue.

Whenever you see the word “pragmatic” in relation to a political issue for this administration, just substitute “we’re scared of the Republicans”.

4. catnip - 9 April 2009

Long happy happy joy joy conga line over at dkos because some banks have passed the stress test even though no one can actually see those results until the Q is over and despite this news included in the diary:

(Diarist comment)Here’s the best part of the story though,

(Quote) That is the good news. The bad news is that many of the largest American lenders, despite all those bailouts, probably need to be bailed out again, either by private investors or, more likely, the federal government.(end quote)

(note to Geekesque: Citigroup is listed as a “bank”, which you assured kossacks wasn’t true.)

5. catnip - 9 April 2009

See? This is why I didn’t want to end up gliding in a Cessna to MO: Dead mayor re-elected by US town

Voters in a small town in the US state of Missouri have re-elected their popular mayor to a fourth term, several weeks after he died of a heart attack.

Harry Stonebraker died at the age of 69 in March – after ballot papers had been printed and absentee voting in the town of Winfield had begun.

He won by a landslide, securing 90% of the vote in the 723-population town.

Winfield will appoint a temporary mayor to serve until a special election is held in April 2010.

Lincoln County Clerk Elaine Luck likened the outcome to Missouri’s US Senate race in 2000, which was won by Democrat Mel Carnahan who had died in a plane crash weeks earlier.

She said Harry Stonebraker was a popular mayor who had helped lead the community after flooding in 2008 damaged dozens of homes and large tracts of farmland.

“I figured he’d win because he seemed to get even more popular after he died, just like Carnahan,” she was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.

MO state motto: We see dead people – and elect them.

6. marisacat - 9 April 2009

Ben Smith on the public Blahg Beg.

7. NYCO - 9 April 2009

Oho, the NY-20 election just got interesting.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

oh that is interesting, thanks for posting that. I admit I am watching NY-20, to the little extent I would understand any local issues at all (not at all).

The Democrats seem nto to really care that the R dance cartwheels around them. They just punch them out.

Still pisses me off, useless as the Democrats are… Remembering when the Democrats told Jennings down in FL in 2006 election to stop fighting. They seated the R.

5 months later in MN…………………….

8. NYCO - 9 April 2009

9. I can’t believe the Dems didn’t see Tedisco’s sucker punch coming on this… trying to legally single out the Downstate second-home owners. Of course he would play the anti-Downstate card! It’s as if the Dems really believed that their recent registration advantages had to do with their innate virtues as a party. It had more to do with affluence creeping up from a frothy Wall Street over the last 15 years.

It’s interesting because of the times we are in and the place this is in. Columbia County, 10-15 years ago, never used to be such a bastion of Downstaters with second homes. That was too far north in the old days. And of course now it’s interesting because Wall Street has collapsed and a lot of these second-homers are hurting somewhat. And that means they subtly have somewhat less power and influence. Yes, shit happens when you run out of money.

There have been other repercussions of the Wall Street collapse in that region. You might recall that for the last 3 years I have written occasionally on the NYRI powerline project, and the unprecedented cross-regional resistance to it, sort of a NIMBYzilla across Upstate counties that never had much to do with each other before. Well, NYRI is now dead; they just threw in the towel (at least for the time being). The anti-NYRI folks did a fine job organizing themselves and putting up stiff resistance, but essentially the project was done in by the terrible economic climate. It’s as if a rising tide of downstate affluence — which was never going to include the “natives” along the route; they were expected to sell their homes and flee — has receded.

So this is all very intriguing. As someone from the Syracuse area I am just watching all this as a spectator. Wall Street’s fortunes touch us far more indirectly up here, both from an economic and political standpoint.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

there is a whole sub rosa issue of voting using a second home. In GE as well. IE, voting in two states. For the highest office. Quite a side from horning in on local elections in the manner that either Murphy or Tedisco will benefit from (in one twist or another).

No the Dems have no reason not to have been ready for this.

One thing that surfaced in the aftermath of 2000 election was interesting (and somewhat nasty imo) wrinkles in FL voting laws. If you buy land or a home/condo in FL with the stated intent to retire to FL (you do have to sign a legal declaration at the local city hall of your county in FL) you are permitted to vote in FL by absentee. I guess the idea is that you have a vested interest in FL 20, 30 (or less) years down the line. What I saw, and never saw it delineated, was this is a gambit to nullify non-white votes of fully legal LIVING THERE TODAY, FL residents.

9. catnip - 9 April 2009

The Great Liberator

Published: November 19, 2006

Brookline, Mass.

IF John Maynard Keynes was the most influential economist of the first half of the 20th century, then Milton Friedman was the most influential economist of the second half.

Not so long ago, we were all Keynesians. (“I am a Keynesian,” Richard Nixon famously said in 1971.) Equally, any honest Democrat will admit that we are now all Friedmanites.

10. marisacat - 9 April 2009

BTW we have ahd an entire region in CA with the fiber optic cables maliciously cut. From So Bay to Santa Cruz. Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Santa Clara, the Peninsula… phone service to AT & T and several other services that split off lines from At&T. Without service from 2 am this morning. No restoration as yet, it’s a crime scene as well.

No phone service, land or cell.

They have dispatched police and EMT and Fire to various public areas thru out the region, as there is no phone service at all.

NYCO - 9 April 2009

Gosh, a paper newspaper would sure come in handy right about now, huh?

marisacat - 9 April 2009

oh they are up a creek, no paddle. San Jose Mercury News tho has not even updated online since after 6 am. I think they don’t even know what to print and what they postedthen was optimistic. And no where near the full thrust of what has happened. As of 11 am news here, no timeline for restoration. Bonne Chance!


SF Chron has even less. Tho they updated at 11:20… but with less than SJMN at 6 am.

11. catnip - 9 April 2009

A stimulus package bonus for lawyers?

Law Firms to Get $26 Million to Advise Treasury on Auto Industry Plan

The Treasury Department revealed Friday that it had awarded contracts to three law firms worth up to $25.8 million combined to advise on auto industry restructurings and on how to provide debtor-in-possession financing for troubled manufacturers and suppliers.

The contracts, awarded on March 30, went to Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, and Haynes and Boone. The contracts each carry a ceiling value of $8.59 million. An administration official confirmed the three firms are “providing legal support for the restructuring effort.”

From the comment section:

1. April 09, 2009 10:49 AM

How were these law firms chosen? Were these lucrative contracts let through a competitive bidding process? Or were no-bid deals reached behind closed doors with firms that had pre-existing, perhaps cozy, relationships with the Obama administration? Darren McKinney American Tort Reform Association Washington, D.C.

— Darren McKinney

What? You want transparency? Pffft.

12. catnip - 9 April 2009

Just a reminder to my yank friends: if you want a position in the Obama administration, please disregard this month’s tax filing deadline. Thank you.

13. marisacat - 9 April 2009

“I think the sense of a ball falling off the table… I think we can be reasonably confident that that’s going to end within the next few months.”Summers

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009


14. marisacat - 9 April 2009

wahmbulance. Send money, they hit me. Waaaa. Mama! Mama!

15. marisacat - 9 April 2009

Home Prices in Selected Cities
Kevin Quealy/The New York Times

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city housing index fell by a record 19.0 percent from January 2008, the largest decline since its inception in 2000.

This is a little interactive graph of home sales of 20 cities. VERY interesting. Take a gander at the West, Phoenix, SDiego, LA, LV, SF (also Tampa and Miami, on the other side)… and believe me nobody in SF who gets quoted is discussing that we are down 32 whopping fucking %. (I figured we were down about 25%)

I’d laugh but it is not funny.. 😉

16. marisacat - 9 April 2009

FWIW.. on a related issue, IF and when does RE turn around. From Clusterstock, who love to be the red haired step children, it has to be said.

17. catnip - 9 April 2009
18. marisacat - 9 April 2009

They cut the cables in two places. SJ and San Carlos. (They are pretty close, but still, they went down two manholes, at least)

SJ Mercury News updated without noting they updated, no change in the time filed. No “update” entry. But now they admit 911 out. And a few other tidbits. They still say service back around 6 PM.. will be good if that happens… but….

catnip - 9 April 2009

Hmm…that could be damn scary.

19. marisacat - 9 April 2009

Speaking of NY-20.. from the Schnauzers at The Corner:

Tedisco’s Razor-Thin Lead [David Freddoso]

In New York’s 20th Congressional District, Newsday reports that between recanvassing and absentees from Greene, Dutchess, and Columbia Counties, Jim Tedisco (R) has widened his lead over Scott Murphy (D) by seven votes, to 24. But Tedisco’s advantage comes from the recanvassing — Murphy is just barely beating him among the absentees.

Bottom line: it’s really, really, really close, and Murphy is doing better so far with the absentees than their party registration would suggest.

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20. catnip - 9 April 2009
21. marisacat - 9 April 2009

I think this means “We’re working on it”:

Navy officials were in contact Thursday with the pirates holding an American ship captain.

Meanwhile top officials say they’re addressing the hijacking.

Clinton: U.S. will “do all we can to make sure there is no loss of life.” Watch video here.

Biden: Officials addressing the incident “round the clock.”

Holder: U.S. will “make sure that the maritime life of this nation is protected.”

Petraeus: Military boosting presence in the area.

FBI: Hostage negotiating team “fully engaged.”

via The Page, some have embedded links, if anyone is interested.

catnip - 9 April 2009

CNN’s Rick Sanchez was very disturbed after the Gibbs presser this afternoon that the administration didn’t seem to be all that concerned with what’s happening – at least Gibbs didn’t seem to be, anyway. He was quite blasé.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

I thought Gibbs sounded like an idiot… as did Hillary, spending part of her “statement” time laughing.

Obviously they are just flapping their wings to look busy. (imo) Probably left to DOD and a note, “don’t bother us” and as Ob said today, “I’m on housing now”.

Even Gates, Big Daddy, sounded vague.

catnip - 9 April 2009

Well, you know I have a very hard time staying awake during Gibbs’ pressers so I’ve taught myself to (almost successfully) tune him out.

No, there doesn’t seem to be a hair on fire urgency to this situation at all. I heard one commentator say that maybe the strategy is to wait til the pirates in the lifeboat run out of food and water. Sure. Of course, he seemed to forget that the captured US captain would (literally) be in the same boat dying of hunger and thirst too.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

I sort of wonder what IS going on… Would the usual pirates, who are (as I understand it) out of work, desperate fisherman as the international community has harrassed them out of their own waters (sort of like GAZA fisherman) but would they be so foolish to take on a US flagged ship. It was always going to change the game… Better to go with other marks.

but who knows.

catnip - 9 April 2009

Military and counterterrorism officials say that in the transient world of Somalia’s combative coastal dwellers, a Somali clansman can be a fisherman one day, a pirate the next, and a weapons trafficker the following day.

There seem to be lots of job opportunities over there. 😀

22. marisacat - 9 April 2009

The Hill is reporting that La Kerry is calling for pirate hearings.

Who are these people. Self perpetuators, is what they are.

catnip - 9 April 2009

I hope they hold them on Talk Like a Pirate Day because that would just be too much fun. Maybe Kerry can don an eyepatch.

BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2009

Catnip, please. You know it is getting serious when
John Kerry sailboards in on an issue.

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009


Can we just get some gangplanks, PLEASE?

Step up, Congress, step up Wall Street . . . swagger right this way. . . .

Shiver their fucking timbers for a change!

Wait a minute. Are we certain that The Hill didn’t misundertand the distinguished, highly esteemed Senator? We know he likes the wind and the surf in his elegant coiffure. . . . Maybe he was just coveting pirate earrings.

catnip - 9 April 2009

lol @ both of you. Kerry (and his sidekick ‘Jacques’ windsurf to Somalia to save the day!

Maybe he was just coveting pirate earrings.

No doubt (Caution: may cause violent vomiting)

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

Ooh la la! Elle-oh-elle!

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009

Arrrrr, I concede, arrrrrr!

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

Pardon my belaboring, but apparently I simply can’t resist.

Tarrrrresa and I would like to thank arrrrrll the shorrrrrt, poorrrrr Amarrrrricans who gave their arrrrrl – and, harrrrrumph, I might arrrrd, against arrrrl arrrrrds! – to bring us soo close to arrrrrl common goal. . . blahrrrr blarrrh blarrrrrr. . . ..

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009


Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

This has been a public cervix reminder

that The New Guy at least managed (!!!!!) to


Golf clap

(Manic green smiley goes here.)

Tiny steps, impatient rabble!

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

Oops -“tiny steps” was scrap from alternate stateless and cynical remark.

23. catnip - 9 April 2009


You see? Look what happens when President Obama overturned the federal funding ban on stem cell research…

Actually, this is about Easter eggs. Not embryos or anything.

With the annual Easter Egg Roll coming up Monday, the White House today unveiled the official White House Egg. Like every year’s Official Egg, it’s made of wood. But this one is more environmentally friendly.

For example, it uses 31 percent less paperboard than the one from 2008. And it eliminates the need for the paper shred/filler.

Also, the White House said it features an “egg-shaped dye cut instead of a cellophane window” – which is great if we knew what it meant.

And to give the wooden egg some color, they used renewable, vegetable oil-based inks. Prior ones undoubtedly used lead-based arsenic paint probably made from nuclear waste and ground-up dolphins.

Regardless, if you want one, you can buy them here for only $7.00 a pop. Or you can get all four for the low, low price of $25.00.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

And Michelle is digging her kitchen garden today. I guess the other was………………… something else.

We are so green we are bilious.

I am all for transition of how the WH works (Jimmy left good things in place that Reagan tore out) but these people are FAKES.

catnip - 9 April 2009

Every day’s a photo op. It really is tiresome.

24. catnip - 9 April 2009
25. catnip - 9 April 2009

They’re so cute over there at the Big O.

CIA shuts down its secret prisons
by elliott

172 comments (172 new)

Cuz Panetta said so. So there.

26. marisacat - 9 April 2009

The FBI is on the job

A confrontation between a group of stranded Somali pirates and the world’s greatest military power intensified in the Indian Ocean last night as the bandits refused to release an American hostage despite the presence of a US destroyer.

The US navy called in a team of FBI negotiators and moved the USS Bainbridge into position to try to secure the release of Richard Phillips, who was being held by four Somali gunmen in a lifeboat some 300 miles off the Horn of Africa. But despite an apparently hopeless position, the pirates showed no signs of giving in. “Please pray for us,” one of the four told Reuters. …

27. catnip - 9 April 2009

Kos has posted yet another whiny FP post (that’s 2 within a few hours today) about just how much he hates newspapers (while he, as many of his members have pointed out, continues to use them for source material). Such a hypocritical ass. Mon dieu. How old is he? 12?

28. marisacat - 9 April 2009

On the phone outage in So Bay…

hmm Santa Clara county was penetrated at two spots. So they went down 3 manholes altogether (that are being admitted to)… and Santa Clara Co finally declared a state of emergency. Geesh good idea if no service… no 9/11 No AT&T no Verizon no Nextel… no Sprint.

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

I noticed earlier reports were using the term “vandals,” and more recent articles are saying “sabotage.” It’s almost like a gang of (literal) monkeywrenchers want to show those spying Chinese and Russky hackers who’s boss.

Glad you’re still up and running.

29. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009
BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2009

LOL. That’s funny as hell.

30. catnip - 9 April 2009

Speaking of newspapers, I just found this handy site that links to US papers.

31. marisacat - 9 April 2009

Good cartoon from the Independent on the man killed during the protests in London. Protests he was not even a part of…

catnip - 9 April 2009

Ha. Pinocchio noses that also serve as batons. How appropriate.

32. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009

Meet the RNC Eight: Are they terrorists?

Six alleged terrorists met on a bright sunny morning in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn Park recently. I saw no one flee from them, take cover or even pay much notice.

These “terrorists” are among defendants known as the RNC Eight for their alleged plans to shut down the Republican National Convention in St. Paul last year. While their cases unfold in the courts, they live freely in our midst, working in preschools, a college cafeteria, a coffee shop and assorted odd jobs.

The RNC Eight are the first to face terrorism charges under the so-called Minnesota Patriot Act of 2002, anti-terrorism law enacted during the tense months following the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

33. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009
34. marisacat - 9 April 2009

So Bay outage…

Big surprise: no restoration of service tonight. 4 crime scenes where lines were cut. It sounds like there is a very small restoral of land lines, here and there. Some 911 is back…


Calls by eWEEK to the land lines of several corporate offices of IT companies, including IBM, Apple and Hewlett-Packard in Cupertino, were met with a recorded phone company message: “Your call cannot be completed as entered. Please try the number again.” Other calls elicited a fast busy signal or nothing at all.

PC World.

They really do seem to be looking at sabotage from CWA, with whom AT&T is negotiating a new contract.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

Apparently some internet outage reached into SF… “briefly”.

35. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009

Dead Minds Of The TV Wars

Could it be that the US is simply fucked in the head when it comes to the Near East? That for all the nice talk about “freedom” and fighting terror, our meddling there, which goes back to the Soviet occupation, has made matters much worse? And what if Pakistan “collapses,” whatever that might actually mean? What then? Coup? Invasion? Increased bombing? Threats of annihilation? Or does the US find some common ground, any common ground, with those forces it supposedly wishes to vanquish?

Peace my dick. With Iraq heating up again, our new Father Leader will soon be up to his elbows in corpses, deepening resentment and hatred. The rest of us will be urged to go along with this by professional liberal outfits like the Center for American Progress, which recently told Nation readers, “In the words of President Obama, we are not against all wars, just dumb wars. Afghanistan is surely not the latter.”

Don’t you feel safer than you did last year?

marisacat - 9 April 2009

“Peace my dick” is a good line.

36. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009

O’Donnell calls out Buchanan on Catholic hypocricy over the whole Obama at Notre Dame thing.

37. marisacat - 9 April 2009

In case you were planing on it… 😈 … best to avoid the Vineyard end of August. Obamas on one side, Clintons on the other.

Multiple sets of SS, masses of big black cars. Sounds so summer! So blythe! So free!

Who will sail with the Kennedys which day? I suppose the Clintons are ”out”. Obs can pick their day………………..


Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

I see the sales line now.

Consolidation and conservation of security resources. Huzzah!

The people demand windsurfing photos! Full-beach surveillance!

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

Gawd. . . pity the Last Best Things Since Sliced Bread.

Somebody’s handing the Clintons their diet plans right now.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

I demand he pin the flag to his pecs.

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009


Surely that’s gotta nip.

38. marisacat - 9 April 2009

I never thought I’d say this but there IS an interesting post at The Corner on the pirates. Not the current bunch, but the “off the Somali coast” issue. Really.

How to be a Somali Pirate [David Freddoso]

With his call for piracy hearings, John Kerry is a bit behind his House colleagues, who held a very informative one last month. The hour-and-forty minute hearing dealt with pirates’ tactics and government progress so far in curtailing pirate activities off the coast of Somalia, which tripled between 2007 and 2008.

Our government has (1) coordinated with other nations and passed a UN Security Council Resolution allowing land-based operations in Somalia to combat piracy; (2) created an understanding with Kenya (which has a lot of economic activity at stake) to try the pirates in their court system; (3) worked with the shipping industry to teach them best practices; and (4) put military ships and aircraft in the region to fight the pirates. Ambassador Stephen Mull, undersecretary of State for International Security and Arms Control, testified that the U.S. has “worked with our military partners to create a transit lane throught the Gulf of Aden, which has an enhanced military presence, to further protect international shipping from the threat of piracy.”

As of last month, the progress had been noticeable. As recently as October 2008, 64 percent of pirate attacks were succeeding. By contrast, only 17 percent succeeded in February. Moreover, there were only six ships being held hostage when the hearing took place last month, compared to 14 at the same time one year earlier. …snip…

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

Apparently Kerry needs better hearing aides!

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009

there was a letter to NPR today that point out that, under the law of the sea, that the somalis are technically rovers (who attack ships at sea) where pirates are active closer to shore. I didn’t know there was a difference, but a lot of lyrics for sea shanties make more sense now.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

sea rovers… it even sounds familiar.

39. wu ming - 9 April 2009

i shudder to think of what that home prices graph would look like for sacramento, stockton, modesto, fresno…

marisacat - 9 April 2009

I heard a few months ago (6 maybe) that No 1 in foreclosures (in the nation, as a town name) at that time was Mountain Home CA. I had never heard of it, and while I don’t know every gully and ditch… I do know or have heard of, most places.

Well come to find out it is only 5 years old. Created for the Bubble. near Stockton.

40. diane - 9 April 2009

48 catnip

Kos has posted yet another whiny FP post … about just how much he hates newspapers

What an ass (or worse)….I guess him and his ilk would much rather fabricate their own news. Despite the fact that much is covered up and even lied about in the Newspaper Industry (which likely still provides the news discussed in the bulk of any dkos diaires of worth), once the “Newspapers” cut off that last direct economic connection with its readers, and therefore the pretense that they’re serving the public, and shut down the paper presses, we’re fucking sunk.

I have absolutely no respect for assholes who are quick to read the product of those Newspapers online without paying a dime for it, who insanely proclaim that the presses need to be shut down. Murdoch is already talking about cutting those free reads….fucking fools.

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

I have absolutely no respect for assholes who are quick to read the product of those Newspapers online without paying a dime for it, who insanely proclaim that the presses need to be shut down. Murdoch is already talking about cutting those free reads….fucking fools.

Word. Testify!

catnip - 9 April 2009

Left to his own “investigative reporter” devices, Markos comes up with “hey! they blackened Obama’s face in that video!”.

He’s such a tool.

41. Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

Almost ready to unload my personal exclusive testimonial – How I Avoided Becoming a Particularly Nasty Statistic! But not quite!

Gorgeous photo at top, Marisa.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

Oh thank you on the photo.. I sort of fell in love wiht it, I admit.

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

Gestural (and facial) expressions are exquisite. Lighting, textures, and hairflow are gravy!

Really superlative.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

It was so wonderful, I enlarged it a little frm the version in the ABC gallery.

42. diane - 9 April 2009


Thanks Intermittent!

43. marisacat - 9 April 2009

Sorry IB! You had one in moderation.. out now.


44. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2009
45. diane - 9 April 2009

About those optic line cuts….jeez….perfect timing after all those articles about hacked power grids………I know some people in Santa Cruz, and yeah, not able to get through, but was able to leave a message on a cell phone of someone near Santa Clara…..

Got a kick out of this

But at Baha Burgers on Monterey Street in Gilroy, owned by the Tamayo family for 41 years, the outage passed with little effect. The restaurant has never taken credit cards, let alone debit cards. A sign at the counter says “cash only.”

“Everything we do here is by manual labor,” said Marina Barrientez, daughter of the owner. “We like to keep things simple.”…

But really not funny at all, to have connections shut down……

marisacat - 9 April 2009

And AT&T is really pointing the fingers at CWA…

even so sad to say there is more information at the online “wired” and “e” type magazines. SF Chron and SJ Mercury were all but MIA. And it was a big story imo. Locally anyway…

46. diane - 9 April 2009

84 Marisa

Wonder why the silence, will have to check out the articles.

Things are so fucking rotten in Denmark, it really wouldn’t surprise me if AT&T cut their own fricken kines…I use AT&T (not by choice)..and I have to say I’ve had more rotten landline connections in the last few years with them, then I’ve ever had.

47. diane - 9 April 2009

79 Intermittent

How I Avoided Becoming a Particularly Nasty Statistic!

I hope that wasn’t as frightening an incident as it kind of sounds like.

Intermittent Bystander - 9 April 2009

T’was a death-defying maneuver, I hasten to assure.


Frightening enough to yours truly, but so far (and that’s as far as I know) . . . not fatal.

(Boring, yet timely and moderately appalling details to follow.)

Thanks for asking.

marisacat - 9 April 2009

.. when you are ready (and have caught your breath)


48. diane - 9 April 2009


You’re welcome, I’m glad you’re okay.

49. diane - 9 April 2009

57 catnip

Here are some others:

World Newspaper links, pretty extensive, have to enable “active scripting” to get onto the news sites, not necessary to allow activex controls or cookies

Front pages at a glance (as printed on paper) can’t access the main webpage at all of them (enabling active scripting, etc. not necessary)

The site includes selected countries (couldn’t find Pakistan for one)

Calgary Sun

catnip - 9 April 2009

The Calgary Sun is TEH EVIL.

Kidding. It’s just another right-wing rag though, as are all Sun newspapers across Canada.

Thanks for the other links though. I think I have that front pages one bookmarked already.

50. diane - 9 April 2009

fairleft has a good one up Stupiddy: Obama’s favors for Rezko’s $300,000

[Note to marcos minion, nothing to see there, archived excerpts from actual reporters]

marisacat - 9 April 2009

oops diane.. someone pulled the Stupiddy diary:

We were unable to locate that page. Please return to the front page.

marisacat - 9 April 2009
51. diane - 9 April 2009

96 catnip

yeah, not surprised, like I said they’re selected on the front pages link.

52. diane - 9 April 2009

98 Marisa

Hope this one works, the diary is still there (sorry!) Stupiddy: Obama’s favors for Rezko’s $300,000

53. diane - 9 April 2009

oh..and jeez…and almost tempted to get on the proxy server to view melvin doing a read on dana FISA houl

maybe dana wouldn’t be so angggggry if he had some hair,…I think Boo hoo Hoo Man should’ve sent him a bag of todays trimmings…especially after that Rooney piccy …….after all……dana does have a cancer of sorts……

BooHooHooMan - 10 April 2009

Shame. Houle’s Hair is the best thing he had goin for ‘im.
Too bad. Like everyone else, whose life he touches…
they just wanna LEAVE

54. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 April 2009

between the clueless fanboys on the “left” (cough) and nuts like this I seriously think that I’ve woken up in some badly written television show full of poorly written crazies.

55. marisacat - 10 April 2009

neue post


………. 😯 …………..

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