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raid… 11 April 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco.

C-punch has a story up on the raid a couple of weeks ago on Emmalyn’s, a very small, tiny really, medical marijuana dispensary on a little alley street south of Market, here in San Francisco.  Newly opened, working on a provisional permit, but fully legal.

No shock, the DEA agents did not even bother to show, when asked, a warrant to enter, nor would they even show a badge.

It has been business as usual for the Drug Enforcement Administration since Barack Obama took office. Attorney General Eric Holder has decreed a “policy change,” and some PC (as in Pro-Cannabis) lobbyists and lawyers have hailed that “policy change” as a major victory. But try explaining it to workers at any of the six dispensaries that have been raided by the Obama-era DEA.

Well, those that hailed it created the headlines that Ob and the Oblings govern by.  The “liberals” gotta stop doing that for Big Daddy.  Stop licking his feet, for crying out loud!

It won’t be working out well.  Isn’t working out well, already…

“They never asked me no questions. They just went through the whole place and took the medicine we had and the little bit of money.”  Some heavy machinery was deployed to rip out a safe that had been bolted to the floor. The agents hauled it off, past a passionate group of protesters on the sidwalk chanting, “This medicine is marijuana. Listen to Obama.”  Did they know that Obama has said no such thing?

“To me it was robbery,” John said of the raid. “That’s how it feels. I was scared at first but then I just started listening to their conversations. They were in such a good mood, like they’d just won a championship or something. Then when they didn’t find very much they started saying, ‘There should be more. There should be more.’ We tried to tell them that upstairs was just a tenant who had nothing to do with us but they went up there and broke in and actually took their stereo equipment out of their apartment.

“A lot of their conversation was really sarcastic. Like poking shots at us and the whole movement. ‘You guys are pretending that dope is medicine…’ It was really disturbing but I just stayed quiet. They saw a headline on the West Coast Leaf (a tabloid that covers the medical marijuana movement/industry) about Obama ending the raids and that gave them a big laugh: ‘We didn’t get that memo.’

The author of the article makes this notation.. but I am less convinced:

Don’t be surprised if Obama’s approval rating begins slipping in California and beyond. Millions of people felt offended when he made light of the marijuana question during his on-line press conference.

I do agree that a wide swathe of people in Cali have noticed these doings… from his dismissive comments to the raids.

When I was poking around tonight hunting for pics of MJ plants or bud… I learned that in February, around about the 20th, there were days of raids up in Mendocino Co, conducted by the local sheriff’s dept, in several towns, Ukiah, Willits, Covelo and so on… they raided permitted (dr’s letter authorising personal use, filed with the co) medicinal MJ growers, on their own property, with small numbers of plants.  As in, two dozen (the limit is 25, two pounds of processed bud, or so I read). Raided homes, removed plants from the property, people were hand cuffed during the raids, then charged with felonies…

And again, sheriff’s deputies were heard to make commentary, “is this all you have”… same as at Emmalyn’s.  Obviously the scuttlebutt in DEA/enforcement circles is that medicinal growers are growing hundreds of plants and are commercial dealers masquerading as med mj growers..  Not exactly a new suspicion, but also indicating … what? Nothing new… My take, one thing is said, another is the policy.

Several of the sites discussing the Mendocino raids said medical mj growing is, in their estimation, a lot less friendly than it had been.

Lately I have been catching comments at gay sites that the WH is ”out of step”, “in a bubble”, “unclear” that the country is moving ahead, at least in some places, about SS marriage.

I call that naive.  Get a clue. Ob and Oblings are not pro SSM.  I personally doubt they are for Civil Unions.  Not with bullshit like “God is in the mix” when speaking of SEX.  Straight from Big Daddy’s mouth.  Geesh.

And they are not, not really, for stepping back from a clamp down on medical MJ.  Just a wild guess on my part…

Executive summary: Obama fakes left, goes right. Passes to Holder at the head of the key.  Holder holds the ball, looking for a cutter.  Looks in to Brown posting up, then swings it over to Russoniello [US AG for the Northern District, he’s sat on our necks for almost two decades] on the wing. The Warriors veteran finds Obama behind a screen from Holder. Obama launches from beyond the arc… Off back iron. Rebound, Sibelius.

Fancy stepping…



1. catnip - 11 April 2009

From the last thread:

I told you so, damn it

“The Obama administration formally adopted the Bush administration’s position that the courts cannot judge the legality of the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) warrantless wiretapping program, filing a motion to dismiss Jewel v. NSA late Friday.”

Posted by As’ad at 6:58 AM

I was wondering what the Friday nite news dump would be and la voila. As shameless as Bushco.

2. catnip - 11 April 2009


Hot Air on Wind Energy

April 10, 2009

Don’t expect wind power to replace coal as the nation’s main source of electric power, whatever Obama’s interior secretary said.

Interior Secretary Salazar said that the amount of “developable” wind power off the East Coast could produce more energy than all the coal-fired electric plants in the U.S., and that wind’s potential to replace most of our coal power “is a very real possibility.” We find his claims to be wildly optimistic, to say the least.

It’s true that government studies show there’s enough offshore wind to generate far more than coal plans currently do – in theory. But converting that wind to enough electricity to replace what’s now produced by coal won’t happen anytime in the foreseeable future. The Interior Department itself made clear its offshore wind estimate was a gross figure of potential resources only, saying in a report that there are several obstacles to achieving that.

We calculate that converting wind to enough electricity to replace all U.S. coal-fired plants would require building 3,540 offshore wind farms as big as the world’s largest, which is off the coast of Denmark. So far the U.S. has built exactly zero offshore wind farms.

Another government study last year concluded that to supply just 20 percent of U.S. electricity with wind turbines would require land-based equipment taking up an area “slightly less than the area of Rhode Island,” plus scores of offshore wind farms.

A Salazar spokesman says the secretary did not mean to say that replacing coal power with offshore wind power was a realistic goal, but was only trying to draw attention to its potential.

They really should call this the “Walk Back” administration. It just keeps on walking back from every single election promise.

marisacat - 11 April 2009

During the run up and the GE there was one contributor at The Corner who coined, “all of Obama’s promises come with expiration dates”.

Yeah pretty much…

3. catnip - 11 April 2009

Pirates seize U.S.-owned, Italy-flagged tugboat

Busy weekend down there…

NAIROBI — Pirates seized a U.S.-owned and Italian-flagged tugboat with 16 crew on Saturday in the latest hijacking in the busy Gulf of Aden waterway, a regional maritime group said.

4. marisacat - 11 April 2009

Never mind the news, I am sure we are winning!

Pirates seize a US-owned, Italian-flagged, tugboat in the Gulf of Aden with 16 crew aboard, amid a standoff over a US captain held hostage.

For more details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

catnip - 11 April 2009

Great minds again… 😀

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 April 2009

I’m thinking the sudden ramp up in attacks on medical marijuana are being done to distance themselves from all the crazy lefties who made that the number one question on a couple of the times (before taking office and just after taking office) they’ve asked for public input. I’m sure his chosen religious cons don’t like the competition for their increasing public funding of their opiate for the masses.

marisacat - 11 April 2009

I don’t know… the “old” way was that DEA might come after you if you were a commercial grower but the default outcome was seizure… not arrest and charges. I had heard this a few years ago… and found indications of that last night in my wanderings… Also apparently thre was an unspoken rule that the DEA did not raid you the following years if they had already. Pretty tacit system.

Emmalyn’s were not charged, but they surely, for a small new marginal enterprise, were disrupted to a great degree. the medicinal growers in Mendocino were def charged, under the commercial criminal codes. Also apparently a lot of the medicinal mj growers in that area are women, single women.

There was this line in the article which I think does sum it up:

Cannabis dispensaries tend to serve poor people. Rich people have land in the country, and middle-class people have friends with land in the country.

Clearly going after the littlest people.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 April 2009

CCTV cars snap distracted drivers

New CCTV cars to catch drivers using their mobile phones or being otherwise distracted at the wheel are being piloted by Greater Manchester Police.

The small Smart cars, which have a 12ft (3.6m) mast with a camera attached, are parked at junctions to monitor traffic.

Mike Downes of the Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership said the scheme was successfully “driving the number of accidents down”.

But the AA’s Paul Watters said drivers “might regard it as Big Brother”.

Proportionate and fair

Two cars are currently being piloted in Greater Manchester, the first of their kind in the UK.

Anyone seen driving while distracted – eating at the wheel, playing with the radio or applying make-up for instance – is filmed by the cameras.

Later, a letter is sent to the owner of the car, in many cases along with a fine.

Anyone caught using their mobile will be asked to pay £60 and have three points added to their licence. Fines could also be handed out to anyone who is thought to be driving without due care and attention, or similar offences.

marisacat - 11 April 2009

Anyone seen driving while distracted – eating at the wheel, playing with the radio or applying make-up for instance – is filmed by the cameras.

I’ve decided that driving with small children in the car needs to be banned. It is surely the biggest distraction.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 April 2009

Washington Churches Eye the Obamas

WASHINGTON — The invitations have come in neatly typed letters, whispered entreaties and please-join-us blogs. They have come from predominantly white churches and predominantly black churches, venerable churches with distinguished lineages and smaller, plucky churches with little more than spirit and gumption.

The prize? The most sought after churchgoers in Washington: President Obama and his family.

Mr. Obama’s search for a church home has touched off a frenzied competition among ministers of various colors and creeds who are wooing the first family. The president, in turn, has sent emissaries to observe worship services, interview congregants and scrutinize pastors. (His aides even searched YouTube to vet one local minister.)

marisacat - 11 April 2009

One thing is certain, too much is made of their act of breathing. As well as everything else. They breathe unlike anyone else on earth.

8. marisacat - 11 April 2009

Bruce Fein over at Slate… Not mincing words.:

Czar Obama The president’s incredibly imperialist wielding of executive power.

By Bruce Fein

Posted Thursday, April 9, 2009, at 3:13 PM ET

President Barack Obama’s claim to czarlike powers in a perpetual global war against international terrorism has been blunted by a judicial appointee of former President George W. Bush. Last week, in the case Fadi al Maqaleh, United States District Judge John D. Bates denied that President Obama could make suspected “enemy combatants” disappear into the Bagram Theater Internment Facility at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan without an opportunity for exoneration. (While President Obama has abandoned the term enemy combatant for Guantanamo Bay detainees, he has retained the label for detainees held elsewhere.) [oh you have to love that last bit… –Mcat] …snip…

Fein goes on to mention Mohammed v Jeppesen Dataplan then on to:

In principle, President Obama is maintaining that victims of constitutional wrongdoing by the U.S. government should be denied a remedy to prevent the American people and the world at large from learning of the lawlessness perpetrated in the name of national security and exacting political and legal accountability. Thus Mahar Arar, who was tortured by Syrian agents, allegedly with the complicity of U.S. intelligence or immigration agents, has been denied a judicial remedy, again based on the state-secrets rule, to hide the identifies of his U.S. government persecutors. …snip…

Fein had more to say too… but the above is important as, from what I read, we still plan to make use of “third party countries” for our torture. Outsourcing. Sounds like us.

marisacat - 11 April 2009

hmm a bit more from Fein… I would say, watch for more hapless drivers to be picked up. And held.

If President Obama had embraced the principles of a republic (which cares about injustice) instead of the arrogance of empire (which admires swagger), neither the habeas corpus nor state-secrets litigation would have been necessary. In the former case, four detainees held at Bagram for six years or more filed petitions in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia assailing the legality of their incarcerations based solely on the president’s assertion that they were “enemy combatants.”

That concept—as defined by President Obama—sweeps far beyond persons accused of directly aiding or participating in hostilities against the United States. It includes persons who “supported hostilities in aid of enemy forces,” which might encompass the provision of food, medicines, or trousers.

The detainees had been captured in Tunisia, Thailand, Dubai, and an unknown location outside Afghanistan. One was an Afghan citizen, two were Yemenis, and one was Tunisian. …snip…

Wonder if Fein voted for Ob. And his gaggle of weak and crass Oblings.

marisacat - 11 April 2009

hmm here is Fein’s close. If he voted for Ob, he regrets it.

President Obama pledged to restore the rule of law. But the state-secrets-privilege wars with that promise. It encourages torture, kidnappings, inhumane treatment, and similar abuses, all carried out in the name of fighting international terrorism. That encouragement is compounded by the president’s adamant opposition to criminal prosecution of former or current government officials for open and notorious abuses—for example, water-boarding or illegal surveillance. His stances on habeas corpus and state secrets flout twin verities of Justice Louis D. Brandeis: Sunshine is the best disinfectant; and, when the government becomes a lawbreaker, it invites every man to become a law unto himself.

Earlier in the piece he quoted Alexander Hamilton on detention practices. Throw a founding father at Ob. See if he cares… FDR willed him his shoelaces. He wears Lincoln’s old clothing. He keeps reaching to hold Martin’s hand…

We are so sunk.

9. catnip - 11 April 2009

A bit late for this, isn’t it?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department is asking banks not to mention the regulatory “stress tests” as part of their first-quarter earnings results, according to a source familiar with government discussions.

marisacat - 11 April 2009

Psst. Shhhhhh. We are busy avoiding transparency. Help an investor out here, will ya? Make it worth your while, we will!


10. catnip - 11 April 2009

Hmmm…2 days ago the top wreck diary at dkos was BREAKING: 19 Banks pass stress test! yet the Reuters article I just linked to says:

The regulators are expected to brief Obama on the progress of the stress tests, and discuss what next steps may be necessary after the tests.

Once the stress tests are finalized and the capital needs are determined, banks will have six months to raise capital in the private market or could take an infusion of government funds.

So you mean the NYT article linked to in that dkos diary that said this was a bit of premature ebankelation?

Regulators say all 19 banks undergoing the exams will pass them. Indeed, they say this is a test that a bank simply will not fail: if the examiners determine that a bank needs “exceptional assistance,” the government, that is, taxpayers, will provide it.

The tests aren’t done yet. How can they announce the results already?

But the tests, which are expected to be completed by the end of this month, are being conducted out of public view. Federal law prohibits the unauthorized disclosure of the results of any bank examination, including the stress tests. Some investors wonder if the new tests are rigorous enough, given the potential problems lurking inside the banking industry.

What a crock.

Regulators recognize that for the tests to be credible, not all of the banks can be winners.

That NYT article is about as clear as mud just like Geithner.

wu ming - 12 April 2009

that dKos diary was completely sarcastic, catnip. i’m surprised you didn’t catch it.

11. marisacat - 11 April 2009

We like Kenya! We have a special relationship! They will be taking more of our shit! All for the joys of being “related”…

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Safe Harbor: Hijacked U.S. Cargo Ship Arrives at Kenya Port [1:34 p.m. ET]

catnip - 11 April 2009

I wonder what’s really on board.

marisacat - 11 April 2009

yeah that was my thought as well, at the start. IF any of this was a “set up” then humanitarian goods (Food! For the starving of Ahfreekah!) as cargo was smart.

then again, who knows what is aboard.

12. catnip - 11 April 2009

dkos police, start your engines! Obama is Embarrassing Himself

marisacat - 11 April 2009

Thanks for posting that – I never would have seen it. yes the Bates reversal, or partial over turn, has turned a lot of heads.

Probably for a lot of people, from professionals to lesser mortals, one thing they really truly iwht all their hearts and souls believed, or at least really hoped for, was some level of restoration of civil liberties and rights of the accused.

Suckers… is all I can say. Sorry to be blunt.

marisacat - 11 April 2009

Just saw this in the thread… quick! sombody buy Houle a pistol cuz he is a hired gunslinger…

I’m stunned and apalled. (5+ / 0-)

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Until then I won’t say he lied, or he failed, just that he hasn’t gotten around to it yet. I’m willing to give him that time, trying not to get in his way.

Every day that we unlawfully detain innocent people, every day that we set aside the most fundamental ethical and moral principles, is a day that we reduce our standing in the world and endanger our citizens.

I cannot in any way relate to such unquestioning loyalty and such complete disregard for human rights.

The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

by Orange County Liberal on Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 11:28:28 AM PDT

[ Parent ]

Ergo, Every Day Was a Failure… (3+ / 0-)

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…including the day after the inauguration, the second day after the inauguration…

Right. Got it. Thanks.

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

by Dana Houle on Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 11:30:39 AM PDT

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How many days . . . (4+ / 0-)

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. . . did it take the President to announced that Gitmo would be closed?

So why does it take more days to announce that we would extend the right to prisoners at Bagram to challenge their detentions in court? More importantly, why did it take a U.S. judge to order the Administration to extend that right at all, a decision opposed by the Obama DoJ?

And yes, Dana, to answer your question directly, every day that we unlawfully hold people prisoner is a failure, a failure of our justice system, a failure to live up to the constitutional principles on which this country was founded.

The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

by Orange County Liberal on Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 11:51:35 AM PDT

[ Parent ]
In Genesis, God Created The Earth… (1+ / 0-)

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…and all the life on it in six days. I think anything more than six days for Obama to accomplish everything is a failure.

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

by Dana Houle on Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 11:53:25 AM PDT

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That’s really fascinating. (4+ / 0-)

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It also has zero bearing on the issue at hand.

You and others want to makes this about time: “It’s only been two months! It’s not even a hundred days yet! There are all these issues on the table! Give the President time!”

But you’re completely missing the point: the Administration did address this issue, and the Obama DoJ chose to fight habeas corpus rights for prisoners at BTIF.

The Administration didn’t ask for time to review the case, or to consider options for setttlement, or to consult with Congress: it chose to fight against granting prionsers the right to challenge their detentions.

So what exactly are we supposed to be waiting for? How does “More time!” change the actions already taken by the Administration?

The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

by Orange County Liberal on Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 12:03:58 PM PDT

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Houle is such an ass.

catnip - 11 April 2009

OCL’s sig line says it all, doesn’t it?

marisacat - 11 April 2009

Gosh… Really does. And there stands Houle, mediocre from his hairless head to his hairy toes.

NYCO - 11 April 2009

Yeah, I was more excited about OCL’s initial post when I thought he was actually calling POTUS out as mediocre. However it just seems to be his generic sig line.

13. diane - 11 April 2009

Ooooh ….cut off the lights…and doo call that LAW

We’re getting serious now….

Tax Deans: Rohbaugh/Washington Post, and Sonderegger/BNA Software,

Are now quite concerned about the cost of the chairs of publicly traded companies…(that would be the tangible assets of those way too enormous entities with those enormous tax deductions…and so named Net Operating Losses into eternity…tax deductions which have all but stifled any contributions to the common good of human beings, who are so very special they attempt to care for critters that might just as well bite them, Tax Deductions which have been snorted at by those who feel they breath that finer air),

Those tangible assets are termed “Fixed Assets”…they include chairs well formed by fat assed CEOs who were fine with their world and the abuse they delegated to the lower echelons…as they smiled sweetly (well okay what would be the word for that?)….CEO assholes…..too fuckin small to get that is a rather small world after all, and you in fact get what you gave in life……………………

This from the Thomson Reuters/Wolters Kluwer/CCH (Commerce Clearing House) – much supported by:…Delloite Touché PRICE water house?…Ernst & Young? KPMG (are we all getting sick of confusing acronyms yet?).

The volume, complexity, and the reporting of capitalized costs require significant resources, process definitions [huh, can you elaborate asshole?], and controls to meet the numerous reporting requirements. Integrating fixed asset ledgers post-acquisition [please do focus on that last seemingly, innocuous predatory phrase] adds to that complexity, requiring a firm to address a variety of factors including ( when previously, so filled with their own gas..they laughed in their SELF DEFINED….. TEENY WEENY BUBBLES feeling themselves above all the complications of determining. the tax deductions related to depreciating those “fixed assets” ohhh but lookeee now they couldn’t be more concerned:)

the physical inventory of assets
fair market value
GAAP reporting
currency transalation
tax (income, property,statutory) reporting
deduction of intangibles
categorization, classification, transfers, additions, and disposals

ooh but round off…keep it simple

If we purchase a company whom while having half a million dollars in Net income at the end of the day..makes under one percent of our own profit ..well we can round down their half million dollar profit…(which once upon a time paid taxes towards civilized life). Yes, as long as it is not above 449K…we can round it off into obscurity…age, as does yout, have its advantages……………

Yeah, I don’t blame ya…I feel rather clammy too hon…..seee?

14. diane - 11 April 2009


…shake it baby….

…shake dance hon…….

right in front of that mirror, if you love something that is not murderous, well then….. the rest of us …….would never want you to leave..if we had the time to come to our senses in this insanity….

15. diane - 11 April 2009

…just posted one about thompson reuters..missing in action wut elz is new…(don’t you worry bout a thing marisa…….it is not you at fault.there………..) …yeah fire ants in my pants…would so love …to dance

marisacat - 11 April 2009

hmm it should be there now.

16. diane - 11 April 2009

30 (as I post)

hmm it should be there now…….

…ohhh and so many kisses to you for that marisa………………

17. marisacat - 11 April 2009

Oh it is just so tough when the courts screw the pretzel’s imperial pooch. Waaaaa.

Politico version of the beast at hand.

President Obama’s effort to pursue a new strategy against Al Qaeda and the Taliban could be jeopardized if some prisoners held by the U.S. military in Afghanistan are allowed access to American courts, the Justice Department argued in a court filing Friday.

Government lawyers made the claim in a motion asking for permission to pursue an expedited appeal of a judge’s ruling last week that prisoners who claim they were captured outside Afghanistan should be permitted to pursue habeas corpus challenges to their detention.

Judge John Bates ruled April 2 that he would hear cases from non-Afghan prisoners who claimed they were captured outside Afghanistan and taken to the Bagram Airfield near Kabul.

“Drawing a jurisdictional line at the border of Afghanistan creates a disincentive to move to Bagram individuals captured in Pakistan, where there is neither a temporary screening and processing facility nor a long-term theater internment facility,” Justice Department lawyer Jean Lin wrote. “This jurisdictional line also provides the enemies of the United States an incentive to conduct operations from Pakistan, using it as a safe haven and using the U.S. court system as a tactical weapon.”

The Justice Department noted Obama’s statement last month describing Afghanistan and Pakistan as “as two countries but one challenge.”

Friday’s filing notified the court that Solicitor General Elena Kagan had authorized an appeal in the case. The motion suggested that allowing the prisoners to be heard now would also interfere with a 180-day review Obama ordered in January into policies regarding interrogation and detention of terror suspects. …snip…

In his ruling, Bates said the prisoners’ claim that they were captured outside Afghanistan was pivotal. He said the government should not be permitted to deposit inmates at Bagram simply to put them beyond the reach of the courts. Lin countered that none of the prisoners claimed to have been captured or held previously in a place where they would have had recourse to U.S. courts.

The government’s latest motion hints at a possible compromise to be pursued before the appeals court: considering Pakistan to be part of the Afghan theater of war. That would allow prisoners detained in Pakistan to be held at Bagram without recourse, but still permit those whisked there from around the world to bring challenges to their detention.

18. diane - 11 April 2009


I sincerely apologize for the seeming attack against those who are thick set (“fat assed”)…way too easy….certainly there are more than enough “jack sprat” motha fuckas out there (tour jete) as to make the tangible descriptions, almost meaningless…except that certain hatred in the eyes, vocal timbre…and body language………

19. diane - 11 April 2009

They Shoot Peeps, Don’t They?

melvin (a human being, responds to “Miss Devore,” another human being who made the point that follows after the end paranthesis (sp? is that the correct editorial notation for spelling insecurity?); a point…likely shared by most (including catnip who pointed it out last night and tried to make humor of it, coz what the fuck can ya do?)

Peeps giving the creeps

and it all certainly resonated with me …..we celebrate marshmallow creations while droning our own species………………despite the majority of us stunned by the murder going on in our own names……………..

20. diane - 11 April 2009

…yes..the larger the company…the larger the potential benefit to civilization can be erased side story………congriss critter: Ms Eshoo, in Sly Con Valley,…apparently….. had a problem with the volume of TV Ads…..soooooo she likely sponsered a BILL ..so she wouldn’t be bothered by that noise of folks desperately trying to pay the rent/mortgage………while many in Sly Con Valley,……wish they wouldn’t wake up tommorrow………I don’t want to believe you are evil Ms. Eshoo…soooooo………what say you? you are not stupid…what the fuck SAY YOU?….with your gauranteed pension..don’t get get me wrong hon I don’t need no guns, like your homey Dianne apparently packs in her “purse” I’d rather die than shoot another human bean…. now what? TV volume still too loud?

21. diane - 11 April 2009

yeah you heard me anna…..or not?…

sorry for the small case…but really…hon how do you really think the rest of us feel being addressed in small case?…are you really the only one with needs…was it really public service or something more personal?

22. diane - 11 April 2009

..whatever the case may be anna, benelovence and love will always rule over destruction……..that is ..in fact..why you..are still alive…and alas,,why so many are physically dead…..yet..will ….live forevah!

do with that…what you will………

23. diane - 11 April 2009


Ms Eshoo sent out flyers expressing high umbrage about the volume of TV ads in her HOME..whilst so many of her constituents couldn’t even get clear Network signals without paying fees to Comcast for cable they didn’t need, or want…..

yes Ms. Eshoo please do tell about all the spendthrifts you would like to say you’ve saved from disaster.

24. lucid - 11 April 2009

Is this a surprise given drug warrior Holder and drug warrior Biden are in the mix…

And surprise surprise, I’m still ituning.

btw – if you’ve never checked out Bee and Flower, you should…

I played a gig with her in 2003 – her last gig in the states before moving to Berlin. Her music is wonderful.

marisacat - 11 April 2009

Is this a surprise given drug warrior Holder and drug warrior Biden are in the mix

No it’s not a surprise. Ob – aside from Biden, Holder and Rahm being frantic drug warriors – was all over the horizon during the election, he said whatever suited his audience about MJ and other drugs.

it was obvious he would do nothing – of any meaning.

lucid - 11 April 2009

it was obvious he would do nothing – of any meaning.

Yet people of our ilk our reviled by ‘good society’ to this day. Why, because we’re fucking honest?

marisacat - 11 April 2009

I don’t know.. I am simply fed up to the gills with prohibition. All of it..

25. marisacat - 12 April 2009

Whoopsie. Caroline’s less than excellent adventure. Even more hilarious as imo she does NOT support abortion. At all. She tried to dodge the question in her dead dog run (well whatever it was) in NY but finally sort of squeaked that she “supported choice”. Yes I prefer chocolate ice cream and prefer being able to choose. 😆

can the political class fail MORE? I am sure they will.

Vatican sources told Il Giornale that their support for abortion disqualified Ms Kennedy and other Roman Catholics President Barack Obama had been seeking to appoint.

Mr Obama was reportedly seeking to reward John F Kennedy’s daughter, who publicly gave her support to his election bid. She had been poised to replace Hillary Clinton as New York senator, but dropped out amid criticism that she lacked enough experience for the job.

The Italian paper said that the Vatican strongly disapproved of Mr Obama’s support for abortion and stem cell research. The impasse over the ambassadorial appointment threatens to cloud his meeting with the Pope during a G8 summit in Itay in July.

Ms Kennedy, 53, has said that she supports abortion. Raymond Flynn, a former US ambassador to the Vatican, said earlier this week that Ms Kennedy would be a poor choice. …snip…

Ob’s gonna have to be happy iwth a Prtugese Water Dog related to the Kennedy PWDs.

So pathetic.

BooHooHooMan - 12 April 2009

Here’s what Obama needs to do.
Have the White House Staff comb the country,
locate some poor sap , most unfortunately named
‘Padre Molesto’, and ship him off to Rome.

Problem solved, no?


26. NYCO - 12 April 2009

And on a completely different note… I don’t follow American Idol much any more, but this article about “Can a gay or maybe-gay singer WIN???” just seems weird, anachronistic somehow. Do people who watch American Idol (and vote) really go “ick” when confronted with the prospect of gayness in entertainment?

This takes me back down memory lane to the ’70s and ’80s when gay celebrities were “unknown” or only whispered about… but that doesn’t really get to the heart of what people thought about it at the time, I think. It was perceived and it was accepted even by mainstream, possibly homophobic audiences. For instance, I remember – as a pre-teen in the late ’70s- assuming that everyone in the band Queen was gay. Because Freddie Mercury was so obviously gay, although ’twas a great mystery to me why this was “allowed” and no one ever talked about it the clear fact he was gayer than the merry month of May. Naturally I assumed everyone in the band must be too, because why would only ONE of them be gay? and the name Queen, my goodness. Even sheltered me knew what that implied…

I loved Freddie Mercury for his amazing voice but also he was just so damn cool and special because he got away with gayness, yet no one ever spoke of it. My rationale for this was that he was SO talented that he was “allowed” to be as gay as he wanted to be. And yet, at the same time, I had trouble grasping that any other really famous rock star was gay. I distinctly remember me and my friends discussing George Michael and deciding, no he couldn’t possibly be (again, gayness not being permitted for megastardom, except Freddie Mercury who had special dispensation). And Boy George? Who knew about him, who even wanted to think about him…

It’s hilarious to think of those days, really. I can’t believe that 25 years later we’re still having these debates about whether or not celebrities “can” be gay or not – or God forbid, be expressive about it. (The article focuses on Adam Lambert, who is clearly the most talented performer on the show from what little I’ve seen IMHO.)

27. diane - 12 April 2009


Other than you Marisa, I didn’t see anyone else, despite what seems a really significant population of Cali bloggers, mention anything about the optic lines being cut.

One thing I read, which surely will be ignored in the hideous drive to put medical records on line, was that a hospital in Gilroy couldn’t access anyone’s medical records, as they were all online, oh but carry on Obama.

28. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 April 2009

well, they finally got the kids the fucking puppy, so hopefully that fucking distraction will go away now.

29. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 April 2009

saw a profile of these on CBS Sunday Morning: Botanica Magnifica

30. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 April 2009

Frank Rich is shocked that his beloved donks and the upper-crust that he loves so well are hypocritical two-faced bastards:

Some spoilsports raise the conflict-of-interest question about Summers: Can he be a fair broker of the bailout when he so recently received lavish compensation from some of its present and, no doubt, future players? This question can be answered only when every transaction in the new “public-private investment plan” to buy the banks’ toxic assets is made transparent. We need verification that this deal is not, as the economist Joseph Stiglitz has warned, a Rube Goldberg contraption contrived to facilitate “huge transfers of wealth to the financial markets” from taxpayers.

But perhaps I’ve become numb to the perennial and bipartisan revolving-door incestuousness of Washington and Wall Street. I was less shocked by the White House’s disclosure of Summers’s recent paydays than by a bit of reporting that appeared deep down in the Times follow-up article on that initial news. The reporter Louise Story wrote that Summers had done consulting work for another hedge fund, Taconic Capital Advisors, from 2004 to 2006, while still president of Harvard.

That the highly paid leader of arguably America’s most esteemed educational institution (disclosure: I went there) would simultaneously freelance as a hedge-fund guy might stand as a symbol for the values of our time. At the start of his stormy and short-lived presidency, Summers picked a fight with Cornel West for allegedly neglecting his professorial duties by taking on such extracurricular tasks as cutting a spoken-word CD. Yet Summers saw no conflict with moonlighting in the money racket while running the entire university. The students didn’t even get a CD for his efforts — and Harvard’s deflated endowment, now in a daunting liquidity crisis, didn’t exactly benefit either.

Summers’s dual portfolio in Cambridge has already led to one potential intermingling of private business and public policy in his new White House post. He tried — and, mercifully, failed — to install the co-founder of Taconic in the job of running the TARP bailouts. But again, Summers’s potential conflicts of interest seem less telling than the conflict of values that his Harvard double-résumé exemplifies.

In the bubble decade, making money as an end in itself boomed as a calling among students at elite universities like Harvard, siphoning off gifted undergraduates who might otherwise have been scientists, teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, artists or inventors. The Harvard Crimson reported that in the class of 2007, 58 percent of the men and 43 percent of the women entering the work force took jobs in the finance and consulting industries. The figures were similar everywhere, from Duke to the University of Pennsylvania. Dan Rather, on his HDNet television program in December, reported that at Penn this was even true of “over half the students who graduated with engineering degrees — not a field commonly associated with Wall Street.”

31. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 April 2009


This same note was hit a month earlier by the commencement speaker at Wesleyan University, Barack Obama. “The big house and the nice suits and all the other things that our money culture says you should buy,” he said, amount to “a poverty of ambition.” He wasn’t speaking idly. As America knows, Obama turned down the lucrative career path guaranteed to the first African-American president of The Harvard Law Review to pursue the missions of service and teaching instead. The potential rewards for our country, now that that early choice has led him into the White House, are enormous.

And who is he serving, really? Big money, religious nuts and scolds, that’s who. His “service” was merely some time spent knitting sheeps’ clothing.

32. diane - 12 April 2009

49 Madman

I’m happy for their kids but yeah, so sick and tired of Presidential pets, that are treated with more regard than the human beings those presidents swore to serve. So sad about Obama’s apparent contempt for the populace, having a Black president could have, and should have been so much sweeter.

Reminded of that sickening book about Bab’s dog..which than reminded me of that sick comment she made about how all those folks stuck in the stadium probably never had it so good…

33. diane - 12 April 2009

From that Counterpunch article:

“I figured that it wasn’t the time or the place to tell them the truth. A lot of people come through here. People in wheelchairs, young people in wheelchairs, the handicapped. Different problems. Sometimes people won’t have cards, they’ll have their letter of recommendation. Even though I try not to read ’em, the information is on there. It makes me feel bad for them: AIDS patients, hepatitis patients, cancer patients. Sometimes people come in here and they just start to cry because they’re appreciative that we’re here because out of all the medications that they take, this is one that they really get relief from.”

I’m sure they’d much rather have folks be pfizered.

And then there’s that criminalizing of cig smokers (while provifing Cigar Tents for politicians), whilst funding Health Care programs on their backs with the clear message that they never want smokers to quit. With that last huge increase they made, I may well quit. The sick thing is that they know fully well that the vast majority of smokers they just punished are in the lower income classes.

marisacat - 12 April 2009

The sick thing is that they know fully well that the vast majority of smokers they just punished are in the lower income classes.

Oh but they are “saving” them. That makes it OK.

marisacat - 12 April 2009

Consider ordering online diane… it really is much cheaper…

34. marisacat - 12 April 2009

They rescued the captain off Somalia… Brrrreaking news!

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 April 2009

meanwhile, they were able to quietly deliver the covert military supplies from his ship …

marisacat - 12 April 2009

well it occurred to me that might be one reason it is being held in port, declared a crime scene and the crew held on the ship. Not like it can slip into port in the night and unload…

35. marisacat - 12 April 2009

I think the only question left is, “How long to the next crash” and “how deep”. Like Dow 5000 or something. Because all of this is lethal. And for th e likes of DifI, Cantwell, Levin to “worry”… well let’s just say they don’t worry about much but their own asses. Sander, Dorgon and Webb were there as well.

[T]hat March 23 gathering, the details of which have gone largely unreported until now, was just a minor flare-up in a larger battle for the future – one that may already be lost. With the financial markets seeming to stabilize in recent weeks, major Wall Street players are digging in against fundamental changes. And while it clearly wants to install serious supervision [oh puhleese! It does not! –Mcat], the Obama administration – along with other key authorities like the New York Fed – appears willing to stand back while Wall Street resurrects much of the ultracomplex global trading system that helped lead to the worst financial collapse since the Depression.

At issue is whether trading in credit default swaps and other derivatives – and the giant, too-big-to-fail firms that traded them – will be allowed to dominate the financial landscape again once the crisis passes. As things look now, that is likely to happen. And the firms may soon be recapitalized and have a lot more sway in Washington – all of it courtesy of their supporters in the Obama administration. With its Public-Private Investment Program set to bid up and buy toxic assets, the administration is handing these companies another giant federal subsidy. But this time the money will come through the back door, bypassing Congress, mainly via FDIC loans. No one is quite sure how the program will work yet, but it’s very likely going to make a lot of the same Wall Street houses much richer at taxpayer expense. Meanwhile, the big banks that still need help will almost certainly get another large infusion once the stress tests are completed by the end of the month. …snip…

And some rubes thought they’d get health care out of electing ObRama.

That Ob guy so responsive and transparent. yeah… 😆

[T]he White House and Treasury Department did not immediately respond to my requests for comment on these issues or on the March 23 meeting (beyond confirming that it took place). But it’s noteworthy that more than a month and a half passed before Obama agreed to the meeting, which was prompted by a letter that Dorgan sent in early February.

The senators were invited after one of the group, Sanders, put a hold on the nomination of Gary Gensler, Obama’s nominee to be head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In an interview, Sanders said he opposes the nomination because Gensler has spent much of his career in Washington working for Wall Street’s interests. Gensler, in testimony, has said he has learned from his past mistakes.

“At this moment in our history, we need an independent leader who will help create a new culture in the financial marketplace,” Sanders said. …snip…

Ain’t Gensler and it ain’t Ob.

But did you see the New First Dog? He has such cute white “booties” In front anyway, I could nto see the back legs. And just think, related to the Kennedy dogs. The ones on leashes.

Sad to say with a minor “fixer” as pretzel we are led by the mimicry classes. The ingratiator classes.

More’s the pity.

36. marisacat - 12 April 2009

Falling pretzel dominoes. Climate change.

[T]he administration’s caution leaves many environmental advocates frustrated, although most are reluctant to speak on the record for fear of alienating their allies inside government.

One environmental and energy lobbyist with close ties to the White House said the administration had been inhibited by a number of factors, including vacancies in many top policy jobs, an intense early focus on the financial and economic crises, and an unwillingness to alienate business and Congressional leaders with a heavy-handed approach. [plus they had to find a dog. you know. –Mcat]

“With those realities, coupled with the fact that the president himself realizes this is harder to do in the midst of recession, they are basically content to see what Congress will do,” this lobbyist said. “Plus, Henry Waxman has put together a very serious piece of legislation, and that in my mind justifies their lack of forceful intervention. That’s just where they are now.”

37. BooHooHooMan - 12 April 2009

Sad to say with a minor “fixer” as pretzel…

Cue The Fuckin Carpenters.
Hit it-
We’ve Only Just Begun….

Bankruptcy-related M&A has ‘only just begun’

Bankruptcy-related mergers and acquisitions have hit their highest level globally since August 2004, and are set to keep rising as more companies are forced into distressed sales, according to Thomson Reuters data and restructuring practitioners.

Thomson Reuters identified 34 announced deals in March alone, and 67 so far this year, where the target company was in bankruptcy or administration proceedings. The vast majority were in the US or Japan – reflecting the earlier onset of the recession in the US and more liberal bankruptcy rules in both countries, which allow companies to continue operating while they reorganise.

Among the highest-profile deals were those of Delphi , the US car parts maker that recently sold its brakes and suspension business to a Chinese buyer, and BearingPoint, the US technology consultancy that sold its government operations to Deloitte.

Practitioners around the world forecast that the number of transactions involving distressed companies must rise further.

“We’ve only just begun,” said Gregory Milmoe, a US restructuring partner at Skadden, the law firm. “Given the dearth of capital and the substantial increase in the number of companies that will be troubled, one would expect the M&A rate to increase dramatically.”

Ah, Skadden Arps.
That BiPartisan Toity for Imperialist Crappers everywhere…
Clinton Impeachment Lawyer Bob Bennett’s coat rack among others. They “handled” Bear Stearns’ sale to JP Morgan Chase for 2 Bucks a share.

So now the legal necrophiliacs move in on these financial funerals…
And Obama…the Mortician:

“Oh, you’re here to fuck the corpse?
By all means, help yourselves…”

“Who knew?” “Mistakes were made” they’ll say later.
Not a peep now about fees and the lawyers at the trough..

marisacat - 12 April 2009

hmm didn’t “BearingPoint” used to be someone else? Some disgraced someone or other?

BooHooHooMan - 12 April 2009

KPMG was the last incarnation before BearingPoint. I hope they all stroke-out bearing down unattended in their old age, rigor mortis on the john for all I care……Morphed from big Eight Acct Firm Peat Marwick back in the day after the LAST Accounting Scandal / Consolidation round, yet lived on as a $ Billion Dollar Tax Fraud Engineering Firm Only 465 mil in fines tho. So these Zombie retainers live on to see another incarnation again… No small number of revolving door staff getting paid on the workouts and M&A’s along the way I bet…

What a Country! Only in America! LOL.

marisacat - 12 April 2009

oh I remember when the The Big Eight became the Big Four and Half. Can’t remember anymore why I called it 4 1/2… some dangling particple of a former member of the 8 I guess.

What a sick joke it all is. As Sneezy the Zoo Elephant sneezes on us all.

38. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 April 2009

wow, CNN is in full “baby sea captain has been saved from the well!!!” or something, and analysts are saying that Obama has proved his strength by ordering the US Gov’t’s paid killers to … ummmm … kill somebody!

Woo hoo, we’re number one! Dow up 500 points tomorrow! Buy a house in celebration!

marisacat - 12 April 2009

Easter surge!

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 April 2009

next up is the Predator hunt in the mountains of Pakistan!

marisacat - 12 April 2009

LOL How soon til the Black Man invades Somalia? By air or by sea.

I heard some slobber the other day on some political show, using the fact that a black man (Kip Ward) is the 4* general of Africom as this being BETTER.

How so? Black finger on the button. Who cares.

39. diane - 12 April 2009

Happy Easter Obama….

From Saint John (the Aramaic of the Peshitta),
Chapter 10 – the Parable of the Good Shepherd

1 Truly, truly, I say to you, He who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold,
but climbs from another place, is a thief and a bandit.

2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3 To him the doorkeeper opens the door, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by their names and brings them out.

4 And when he has brought out his sheep, he goes before them; and his own sheep
follow him, because they know his voice.

5 The sheep do not follow a stranger, but they run away from him, because they do not know the voice of a stranger.

6 Jesus spoke this parable to them; but they did not understand what he was
telling them.

7 Jesus said to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

8 All who have come are thieves and bandits, if the sheep did not hear them.

9 I am the door; if any man enter by me, he shall live and he shall come in and
go out and find pasture.

10 A thief does not come, except to steal, and kill, and destroy; I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd; a good shepherd risks his life for the sake of his sheep.

12 But the hired person who is not the shepherd and who is not the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep and runs away; and the wolf comes and seizes and scatters the sheep.

13 The hired person runs away because he is hired and does not care for the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd, and I know my own, and my own know me.

15 Just as the Father knows me, I also know my Father; and I lay down my life for the sake of the sheep.

16 I have other sheep also, which are not of this fold; them too I must bring, and they will hear my voice; and all the sheep will become one flock and one shepherd…

Yeah..happy Easter Obama…I just know you marked the addresses of all of our droning victims..and informed:..:SO sorry collateral damage…terrrists among us….. ..I’m half black and I went to an Ivy league school (therefore …my “wisdom” trumps all) and I LOVE JESUS…and I be a gangsta smokah among the few that can afford that medicine

born/created in Hawaii….alohhha

40. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 April 2009

In honor of the polar bear defending its territory at the Berlin Zoo, I offer up Neko Case’s PEOPLE GOT A LOTTA NERVE





marisacat - 12 April 2009

Well fortunately people think the woman was damn dumb to jump into the moat. What an idiot. One report I read said Knut the formerly famous baby polar bear, calmly watched it all…


Intermittent Bystander - 12 April 2009

Saw quite a dramatic photo of the polar nibbling somewhere. Like a movie poster!

Your audio would really clinch the PSA.

41. diane - 12 April 2009

..so many lines to read between..and must say, I certainly wanted to push the buzzer for the death penality for a “female”…..”bible school teacher” who truth be told,
..may have cut up a child and calmly placed her in a suitcase,,,,

presumeably a “Republican”….but then,…DEMS,…kill slowly,….who would know the preferred way to die,…..when the dead are rather quiet……………..

anywho ..don’t do anything drastic…it’s not that bad……………

marisacat - 12 April 2009

yes quite the killing in Tracy.. 60 miles east of SF… g-daughter of the minister just a little down the road from the trailer park, where they all lived.

42. Intermittent Bystander - 12 April 2009

Why o why are those buds so very blue? Is that some kind of thermal imaging?

marisacat - 12 April 2009

I don’t know… think it is of hemp rather than strictly MJ…. I found it at one of the Mendocino grower sites…

43. catnip - 12 April 2009

re: Adam Lambert on American Idol

I was really impressed by his performance of Mad World last week. It’s been stuck in my head ever since. I think he’ll win. And who the fuck cares if he’s gay? The thought never crossed my mind. People need to stop being so obsessed with others’ sexuality. It’s obnoxious.

44. marisacat - 12 April 2009

gnu post…


…. 😯 ………..

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