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Branding… 6 May 2009

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

Taipei, Taiwan: A man holding a placard of the US president, Barack Obama, at a protest outside the US embassy [Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images]

I am sort of out of ideas, but I see, just as I landed on the photo above at the Guardian Photos of the Day – that Hedges at TruthDig does.. have some ideas that is.

“The abandonment of the radical economic foundations of the women’s and civil-rights movements by the conflation of causes that came to be called political correctness successfully trained a generation of activists in the politics of image, not action,” Naomi Klein wrote in “No Logo.”

Obama, who has become a global celebrity, was molded easily into a brand. He had almost no experience, other than two years in the Senate, lacked any moral core and could be painted as all things to all people. His brief Senate voting record was a miserable surrender to corporate interests. He was happy to promote nuclear power as “green” energy. He voted to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He reauthorized the Patriot Act. He would not back a bill designed to cap predatory credit card interest rates. He opposed a bill that would have reformed the notorious Mining Law of 1872. He refused to support the single-payer health care bill HR676, sponsored by Reps. Dennis Kucinich and John Conyers. He supported the death penalty. And he backed a class-action “reform” bill that was part of a large lobbying effort by financial firms. The law, known as the Class Action Fairness Act, would effectively shut down state courts as a venue to hear most class-action lawsuits and deny redress in many of the courts where these cases have a chance of defying powerful corporate challenges.

Hedges observes that marketing plans such as Calvin Klein and Benetton were precursors to Brand Obama….

Benetton and Calvin Klein were the precursors to the Obama brand, using ads to associate themselves with risqué art and progressive politics. It gave their products an edge. But the goal, as with all brands, was to make passive consumers mistake a brand with an experience.

hmm.  I’d wager that Tiger Woods polling and whatever perceptions of him were held by the somewhat-awake-mass was tracked as well.

About 13 or 14 years ago, roughly mid to late 90s, I first read of then saw an ad that Tiger did in Japan… others have done ads off-shore, Arnold,  for another, in the 90s.  Not wanting to clearly endorse or do ads for US products or inside the USA, they simply do them outside the country. (We are so global!)

The Tiger one was phenomenally dishonest and intellectually just – awful.  I can’t think of a wretched enough descriptive.  Forget what product it was for, whether cars or golfing geegaws or what… but they manipulated archival film from the Civil Rights era and inserted TW, as tho he had been there.

Oh, why don’t we  send him farther back?  He can join Martin Luther at the nailing of the protest to the Church door.

Back to the great, all vanquishing, historic creche in the Holy Land.

Let’s send him back to the Big Bang.  He can be there too.



1. marisacat - 6 May 2009

hmmm scanning past TPM I see that Sestak is saying “We don’t need GOP Benedict Arnolds”.

hey, go for it guy.

What a hoot!

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2009

the democratic party is just like high school!

marisacat - 6 May 2009

I want a big ol’ sweater with an “S” for SENIOR. LOL Poor Specter will just have count his age as seniority, of a useless sort.

2. marisacat - 6 May 2009


Jake Tapper (ABC): A follow-up on a couple of issues, one regarding the Pennsylvania primary. President Obama has said he will commit to Senator Arlen Specter. Today, Congressman Sestak of Pennsylvania said he is inclined to challenge Specter in the primary. Given the fact that Specter’s very first vote as a Democrat was against the President’s budget, is there anything that Specter could do that would — in terms of voting against the President — that would change the President campaigning for him against a Democrat who is more in line with the President’s priorities?

Gibbs: I think the President was pretty clear on this. Senator Specter has his full support, and he’ll do what’s necessary to see him reelected. I think Senator Specter said it the day he made his announcement that he’s going to make decisions on individual bills. But I think that him switching to the Democratic Party was a belief that that’s the party that could best serve his constituents. We don’t get a hundred — we don’t generally get a hundred percent of any party voting for us, but we’ll continue to try. …snip…

In fairness it was before the Coleman comments came out. 😈 .

TPMDC has several entries on that go ’round. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/


3. marisacat - 6 May 2009

Greider on with Amy. Really good.. tho of course he says what anyone with half a brain knows, we are in deep trouble and puffing up the banks and other financial hoo hoos with water and salt is not going to do it.

he does look favorably on the play Ob is running, the off shore profits/taxes thing. For all I know, Greider is right.

But it would be an anomaly imo.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2009

could be a threat, a bargaining chip to get them to cut deals on other regulations.

I don’t trust Ob to do anything he says he thinking about doing.

4. marisacat - 6 May 2009

Fire rolled into the canyons and ridges around Santa Barbara, sometime late yesterday…

This straightforward little article from a local press sums it up.

It’s always fire season

By COLBY FRAZIER — May 6, 2009

Fire season in Southern California has become an oxymoron of epic proportions.

There is no end, nor is there a beginning; there’s no month, or amount of rain that could dictate when fire season starts and ends.

It’s always here, most notably in areas like Santa Barbara, where thousands of homes are cut into the scrub oak, blurring the line of suburbia and wilderness.

And when sundowner winds whip through the hills and are greeted by dry, warm conditions, as was the case yesterday when the Jesusita Fire erupted, fire officials say luck is the only thing that stands between another windy night on the American Riviera and a wall of fast moving flames.

“We are ripe for this sort of thing,” said Eli Iskow, a retired Santa Barbara County Fire captain and medic, who for 33 years helped battle some of the area’s most notorious fires. “This is not unusual. What’s been unusual is that we’ve been lucky in the last few years.” …snip…

wu ming - 6 May 2009

it is what irritates me about otherwise reasonable people pointing to drought or fires in california as proof of global warming. flora and fauna migrating up the foothills? that’s proof of global warming. earlier and earlier days of snowmelt? that’s global warming. freakish pauses in the cold water current that make for some insanely hot summer nights in the coastal fog belt? i’m not sure, but i’ll bet that might have something to do with global warming.

but drought and fire are part of ‘normal’ in our exuberantly unstable mediterranean climate. if the hills in socal weren’t burning, that would be something out of the ordinary. what’s changed is that there are a ton more houses up in the hills now.

nitpicky, but it still bugs me. i assume people are originally from out of state when they say stuff like that.

marisacat - 6 May 2009

oh right. Just the annual spring to summer to fall to early winter season. Interspersed with mud and rock slides.. and so on. December to March is not immune either…

5. marisacat - 6 May 2009

And another hetero only state bites the dust… LOL

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Maine Becomes Fifth State to Allow Gay Marriage [12:52 p.m. ET]

For more on this and other breaking news go to ABCNews.com: http://abcnews.go.com

6. NYCO - 6 May 2009

Tom Suozzi, possibly the only pol in America who seems to actually still enjoy hamming it up on stage. Here, he’s singing “Born to be Wild” at a fundraiser.

I wish I could get a copy of his “You’re No One Till Somebody Loves You” that he sang after he lost the Dem nomination to Spitzer. Unfortunately they took it down.

(He really needs to do “Volare”… although I’m sure he’s done it a million times already, probably.)

7. marisacat - 6 May 2009

Actually I think the moving event known as Miss California went a little farther in a qualified support for “same” as opposed to “opposite” marriage then Ob has ever done. Or at least not since some staffer mis replied to some questionaire 10+ years ago. LOL.

TAPPER: Does the president or the White House have a reaction to the governor of Maine signing a same-sex marriage bill?

GIBBS: No, I think the president’s position on same-sex marriage is — has been talked about and discussed.

TAPPER: He opposes same-sex marriage?

GIBBS: He supports civil unions.

TAPPER: Does that mean that he’s going to say or do anything against what the citizens of Maine did — did today?

GIBBS: Not that I’m aware of. I think the president believes this is an issue that’s best addressed by the states.


Prior to that in reply to a question from Tapper HIlary called AfPak “conjoined twins”.

Good Luck!!

8. marisacat - 6 May 2009

I dropped in at TAPPED, which I had not bothered with in ages, it was so much dead wood in brine. BUT they had this… they don’t link to the Sharlat piece in Harper’s (sounds like a new one).. will go find it.

[F]or more, don’t miss Mikey Weinstein’s and Jeff Sharlet’s appearance on Democracy Now today. Sharlet calls the video “the tip of the iceberg” but adds that President Obama is taking a “hands off” approach to the problem.

The newly appointed head of the Air Force Academy (ground zero for Weinstein’s battle against evangelism in the military), Gen. Mike Gould, is a devotee of Obama’s friend Rick Warren. Sharlet writes in his piece in Harper’s that “the general was so impressed by a presentation Pastor Rick Warren gave to senior officers that he sent an email to his 104 subordinates in which he advised them to read and live by Warren’s book The Purpose-Driven Life.”

marisacat - 6 May 2009

Here is the Democracy NOW! appearance… Al Jazeera released unedited footage to counter the gibberdrool from the Pentagon and show that the mil in Afghanistan (as well as Iraq) is in fact proselytising.

People forget too that Ob is a born again (however -cough strangle choke- “pragmatic”). He won’t be stopping any of this utter shit.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2009

video of the healthcare hearing w/ the protesters.

“At about 1:45 Baucus is laughing, calling for the police, as a half-dozen peaceful and very articulate citizens speak out, one by one, demanding a seat at the table (where 15 witnesses wait to testify, not one representing the single-payer option).”

I love the part where he says he “respects all views” in front of the panel w/out a single advocate for single payer.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2009
10. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2009

Protesters arrested attempting to block stryker deployment

In a reminder that Washington State is still a major participant in the continuing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, some eleven protesters were arrested on Saturday night as they attempted to block a convoy of military vehicles headed for deployment to Afghanistan. Members of the anti-war organization, Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) either stood or lay down in the road to prevent the Stryker vehicles from the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team stationed at Ft. Lewis from loading onto ships bound for the Middle East via the Port of Tacoma. While the effort only delayed the vehicles briefly the group’s spokesman, Shyam Khanna, remained upbeat and said the protests will continue the next several nights, as more Strykers and gear are moved off the fort.

marisacat - 6 May 2009

Ramping up the wars. Both, our only begotten son and Hillary, were disgusting today.

11. ms_xeno - 6 May 2009

Whew. Good thing they plastic-handcuffed Kevin Zeese and the rest of the Medicare-For-All protesters. I mean, look at how fierce they are; probably just there to embarrass the new, improved Decider. Those fly-by-nights. [fans self]

marisacat - 6 May 2009

ms xeno lives!

Hug and kiss the kitties!

ms_xeno - 6 May 2009

Thanks, Mcat. I just have more energy for reading than writing these days. Good to see the usual stalwarts, though.

Oh, and I hope to have new garden pics for everyone if mr_xeno’s computer gets well again. Of course one week after we scored this one, its companion went into paroxyms of… something, with my pics trapped inside. Murphy’s Law and all that. :/

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2009

hi ms x!

ms_xeno - 6 May 2009

Hey, Madman.

BTW, things aren’t all bad. Our Mayor was in a non-fatal car wreck just a day or so ago. Taking a break from trying to build a major-league soccer stadium at taxpayer extent, or something like that. (In the middle of a period where the state has a 12% unemployment rate. Let ’em eat/hawk peanuts, I guess.) That’s way PDX is the greatest city in the freakin’ WORLD, damnit!

marisacat - 6 May 2009

oh please let me know when you have the pics. I will pray to Jesus of the Keyboard or the Hard Drive or the Mother board, or whatever… . And his only begotten US son, too.

ms_xeno - 6 May 2009

Thank You kindly. 😉

Callie the Calico had a few morsels of home-bbq’d salmon today. We were splurging. =^..^=

brinn - 7 May 2009


Long time — good to “see” you!

12. marisacat - 6 May 2009

ugh.. 91 in Santa Barbara, 99 in nearby Santa Inez High winds kicked up a few hours ago and the fire started eating houses. They expect the winds to go all night…

I felt for one house I saw being eaten up… there were two cars and two trailers of some sort in a side drive. Not horse trailers, but small trailers. They must be away, people make sure they save as many vehicles and other forms of shelter that they can…

13. Intermittent Bystander - 6 May 2009

Ha! I was just stopping by to drop off a kinetic kitty (and fiendish brainteaser game), and look who the proverbial cat dragged in!

Waves to ms_x with branch of forsythia. Garden ho!

And now, Chat noir (courtesy of pinche doberman at Pffugee Camp).

Zee idea is to keep zee cat from hopping off zee board, by clicking on zee spots to block eet.

Think lasso!

marisacat - 6 May 2009

I am not good at this. The cat gets off the board all the time iwth me.

Gah. Must get better!

Intermittent Bystander - 6 May 2009

The starting configurations vary a lot, but I think the trick is to try to draw and tighten the snare always from a couple of hops ahead.

Even with practice, vigilance is essential!

(I did mention this was diabolical, right?)

marisacat - 6 May 2009

I finally shut the little sucker down. 😈 Once! anyway…………

Intermittent Bystander - 6 May 2009

Way to go!

But uh oh, smells like keen spirit. . . .

(Picture cross-eyed smiley here.)

It’s definitely better for the mental muscles than it is for productivity!

ms_xeno - 6 May 2009

Awww… so cute.

Hey– who’re you calling a “ho?!” [grrrr…]


Intermittent Bystander - 7 May 2009

I was hoping you’d notice! If you didn’t, I was gonna throw in the trowel.

14. Intermittent Bystander - 6 May 2009


15. Intermittent Bystander - 6 May 2009

Nevermind! Therayam!

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2009

OMG, just read the first page or two of the Sharlett piece at Harper’s:

Early that morning, a unit from the 109th National Guard Infantry dropped off their morning chow. With it came a holiday special—a video of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and a chaplain to sing the film’s praises, a gory cinematic sermon for an Easter at war. Humphrey ducked into the chow room to check it out. “It was the part where they’re killing Jesus, which is, I guess, pretty much the whole movie. Kind of turned my stomach.” He decided he’d rather burn trash.

He was returning from his first run to the garbage pit when the 109th came barreling back. Their five-ton—a supersized armored pickup—was rolling on rims, its tires flapping and spewing greasy black flames. “Came in on two wheels,” remembers one of Humphrey’s men, a machine gunner. On the ground behind it and in retreat before a furious crowd were more men from the 109th, laying down fire with their M-4s. Humphrey raced toward the five-ton as his roof shooters opened up, their big guns thumping above him. Later, when he climbed into the vehicle, the stink was overwhelming: of iron and gunpowder, blood and bullet casings. He reached down to grab a rifle, and his hand came up wet with brain.

Humphrey had been in Samarra for a month, and until that day his stay had been a quiet respite in one of the world’s oldest cities. Not long before, though, there had been a hint of trouble: a briefing in which his squad was warned that any soldier caught desecrating Islamic sites—Samarra is considered a holy city—would fall under “extreme penalty,” a category that can include a general court-martial and prison time. “I heard some guys were vandalizing mosques,” Humphrey says. “Spray-painting ’em with crosses.”

The rest of that Easter was spent under siege. Insurgents held off Bravo Company, which was called in to rescue the men in the compound. Ammunition ran low. A helicopter tried to drop more but missed. As dusk fell, the men prepared four Bradley Fighting Vehicles for a “run and gun” to draw fire away from the compound. Humphrey headed down from the roof to get a briefing. He found his lieutenant, John D. DeGiulio, with a couple of sergeants. They were snickering like schoolboys. They had commissioned the Special Forces interpreter, an Iraqi from Texas, to paint a legend across their Bradley’s armor, in giant red Arabic script.

“What’s it mean?” asked Humphrey.

“Jesus killed Mohammed,” one of the men told him. The soldiers guffawed. JESUS KILLED MOHAMMED was about to cruise into the Iraqi night.

The Bradley, a tracked “tank killer” armed with a cannon and missiles—to most eyes, indistinguishable from a tank itself—rolled out. The Iraqi interpreter took to the roof, bullhorn in hand. The sun was setting. Humphrey heard the keen of the call to prayer, then the crackle of the bullhorn with the interpreter answering—in Arabic, then in English for the troops, insulting the prophet. Humphrey’s men loved it. “They were young guys, you know?” says Humphrey. “They were scared.” A Special Forces officer stood next to the interpreter—“a big, tall, blond, grinning type,” says Humphrey.

“Jesus kill Mohammed!” chanted the interpreter. “Jesus kill Mohammed!”

A head emerged from a window to answer, somebody fired on the roof, and the Special Forces man directed a response from an MK-19 grenade launcher. “Boom,” remembers Humphrey. The head and the window and the wall around it disappeared.

“Jesus kill Mohammed!” Another head, another shot. Boom. “Jesus kill Mohammed!” Boom. In the distance, Humphrey heard the static of AK fire and the thud of RPGs. He saw a rolling rattle of light that looked like a firefight on wheels. “Each time I go into combat I get closer to God,” DeGiulio would later say. He thought The Passion had been a sign that he would survive. The Bradley seemed to draw fire from every doorway. There couldn’t be that many insurgents in Samarra, Humphrey thought. Was this a city of terrorists? Humphrey heard Lieutenant DeGiulio reporting in from the Bradley’s cabin, opening up on all doorways that popped off a round, responding to rifle fire—each Iraqi household is allowed one gun—with 25mm shells powerful enough to smash straight through the front of a house and out the back wall.

Humphrey was stunned. He’d been blown off a tower in Kosovo and seen action in the drug war, but he’d never witnessed a maneuver so fundamentally stupid.

The men on the roof thought otherwise. They thought the lieutenant was a hero, a kamikaze on a suicide mission to bring Iraqis the American news:

jesus killed mohammed.

marisacat - 6 May 2009

Couple of hours ago I heard Holbrooke mention that fighters who join the Tahleeebahn are “confused” about why we are in Afghanistan.

Oh yeah they are.

I remember when Samarra blew up and blew up very very badly.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2009

religion makes people stupid … and dangerous.

wu ming - 6 May 2009

it is a crime that americans don’t have this stuff slammed in their faces. one of the nice things about distant imperial wars is that the populace never has to see what war is actually about, or the behhvior of its military, it can just pat itself on the back for the nobility of the military, and support the troops unquestioningly.

having read dahr jamail’s stuff on fallujah, this doesn’t surprise me, but holy fuck this is brutal, and will leave long memories back in iraq.

terrifying to think that those guys eventually come home, after their little crusade.

marisacat - 6 May 2009

oh I think one of the POINTS of these foreign wars, declared (in essence) or not, is to destabilise American life. Or further destabilise it.

Good Luck!

I heard an interesting call in to couple of hours on KGO on the CA budget and the special election of May 19… a service vet, combat vet… said that “now” (he did nto state when it began) war vets with a certified less than 50% disability from combat are being shuffled to state medical care (Medi_Cal here) and to various state social services…. Being shuffled off the FEDERAL Veterans’s rolls.

The host almost shut down the call, he literally changed the subject, interrupted and became very interested in how the vet was going to vote on May 19. No more of that ‘shuffle the care to the states’ information.

The American people just pour wax in their ears and bend over. They really do. They think these wars can go on… I do hear fatigue with the wars, but people let a little out and then bite their tongues and go on.

On their knees before the various Trinities on view in this or that administration.

17. Intermittent Bystander - 6 May 2009

Nasty little local story, charges filed today.

SCHENECTADY — For 16 years, Steven Raucci’s desire to “cement” power in the city school district drove him to violent episodes against employees he considered threats to his position as director of facilities and union boss, District Attorney Robert Carney said Wednesday.

His comments followed the release of a 26-count indictment charging Raucci with arson, terrorism, criminal mischief, weapons possession and conspiracy. The 60-year-old Niskayuna resident’s alleged crimes date to 1993 in four counties. When he was arrested in February at his Mont Pleasant Middle School office, the authorities said they found night vision goggles and a pipe bomb.

The terrorism charge stems from accusations that Raucci planted a pipe bomb on the windshield of Schenectady High School Athletic Director Gary DiNola’s Jeep and Clifton Park home in 2006.

“It was done to cement his power and control in the Schenectady school district,” Carney said. In addition to his job with the district, Raucci was president of the CSEA unit for school employees. The statewide Civil Service Employees Association removed him from office and restructured the local.

marisacat - 6 May 2009

…26-count indictment charging Raucci with arson, terrorism, criminal mischief, weapons possession and conspiracy. […]

“It was done to cement his power and control in the Schenectady school district,”

Oh it is so not about educating the chilluns.

Intermittent Bystander - 6 May 2009

Well, to be fair, he wasn’t an “educator.”

But the same school system has had a run of teen suicides, bullying incidents, and arrests for assaults lately (mostly female students, BTW). They’ve got their hands pretty full.

Don’t get me started on the local police force, which they’re thinking of dissolving altogether. I promised myself I’d go to sleep early, for once. I’ll get back to you on all that another day.

NYCO - 7 May 2009

Sheez, what a psycho. Thanks for the link.

It bugs me how the TU story seems to focus on him charging deck stain to the district, and not with, oh, the little matter of the pipe bombs!

Then again, it could be worse – it could be a town justice doing those things somewhere. I haven’t seen any followup to the NY Times series on the medieval rat’s nest of the town justice system, that they ran a few years ago. I’m just waiting to hear about some town justice in Podunk keeping sex slaves beneath the courthouse. Wouldn’t be surprised.

NYCO - 7 May 2009

(Location of Podunk)

Intermittent Bystander - 7 May 2009

I think the deck stain thing was just a new detail . . . most of the previous reporting has focused on the violence, threats, etc. Here’s more coverage from the Gazette.

He is also accused of possessing stolen night-vision goggles at his home at the time of his arrest and an explosive device at his office in Mont Pleasant Middle School. The explosive device was previously disclosed, but the indictment confirms that tests on it showed that it was live.

Allegations against Raucci have included a campaign to gain and retain power over others, settling scores by bombing residences and damaging cars of those who disagreed with him. He even got involved in disputes involving others, Carney has said.

One couple reported their car being vandalized five times and said that Raucci had publicly denounced the husband.

Raucci allegedly threatened to kill at least five people. One man told police he was so afraid he attempted suicide.

One of the arson charges dates back to 1993.

Re town justices – yep. Funny you should mention that.

18. marisacat - 6 May 2009

oh they need to shore up something. Despite the market being up up up and a big ol’ 150,000 less in the Unemp report… (found that 150K in jobs!) Geithner is on with Charlie “for the hour”.

Wish I drank.

“The pace of decline is slowing…”

19. marisacat - 6 May 2009

Geithner is just saying that if the banks can’t raise the full monte “they can come to the government”.

Hallelujah! The lord will provide.

He said tht just as I read thsi at “44” at Politico. We are so blessed:

A Speaker, a preacher and a mayor all walk in to the Oval Office – really. An unlike foursome on tomorrow’s schedule: “the President will meet in the Oval Office with Rev. Al Sharpton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former Speaker Newt Gingrich to discuss education reform. This meeting is closed press. Rev. Sharpton, Mayor Bloomberg, and Speaker Gingrich will visit the stakeout location after the meeting at approximately 1:30PM.”

I think they better fumigate following the meeting. Gingrich fell apart in hypocritical borrring prick laden fashion, even as he went after Bill… Bloomberg bought himself an extra term in a city in deep trouble… and what can one say of Sharpton. If only he were gone. Last I saw he looked very ill, drawn and underweight. here’s hoping!

20. marisacat - 7 May 2009

Jan Crawford Greenberg:

Tortured Timing

May 06, 2009 11:31 AM

News reports yesterday made much out of the fact that a draft report about the so-called “torture memos” doesn’t recommend criminal prosecution for DOJ officials John Yoo and Jay Bybee, but instead would only refer them to their state bars for disciplinary proceedings.

Setting aside that my friend Mike Isikoff reported this back in February, the flurry of reporting is baffling for another reason: It appears John Yoo cannot be disciplined or disbarred for writing those memos, even if the Office of Professional Responsibility says it has evidence he should be.

That’s because OPR’s five-year investigation—carefully timed for release only as Bush was leaving the White House and Obama was coming in—dragged on too long. As a result of that timing, OPR blew the deadline for referring possible misconduct allegations against Yoo.

John Yoo is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania. But the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board, which would investigate any complaints against him, imposes a four-year limitation for complaints. …snip…

Intermittent Bystander - 7 May 2009

Too fucking cute.

Just goes to show you, when there’s no will, there’s no way!

marisacat - 7 May 2009

She goes on to point out that Bybee is admitted to the bar in NV and UT (iirc) and is not under a 4 year limitation… however, as she writes, they will not be going after Bybee alone. They just will not.

I take Yoo kind of personally (along with Miss Condi) as he is right here, on our necks, over in Berkeley. And TENURED. As is Miss Condi.

21. marisacat - 7 May 2009

And the wars go on…

[W]e naturally grasp the extremity of the Taliban — those floggings, beheadings, school burnings, bans on music, the medieval attitude toward women’s role in the world — but our own extremity is in no way evident to us. So Obama’s statement on Pakistani sovereignty is reported as the height of sobriety, even when what lies behind it is an expanding “covert” air war and assassination campaign by unmanned aerial drones over the Pakistani tribal lands, which has reportedly killed hundreds of bystanders and helped unsettle the region.

Let’s stop here and consider another bit of news that few of us seem to find strange. Mark Lander and Elizabeth Bumiller of the New York Times offered this tidbit out of an overheated Washington last week: “President Obama and his top advisers have been meeting almost daily to discuss options for helping the Pakistani government and military repel the [Taliban] offensive.” Imagine that. Almost daily. It’s this kind of atmosphere that naturally produces the bureaucratic equivalent of mass hysteria. …snip…

In fact, other reports indicate that Obama’s national security team has been convening regular “crisis” meetings and having “nearly nonstop discussions” at the White House, not to mention issuing alarming and alarmist statements of all sorts about the devolving situation in Pakistan, the dangers to Islamabad, our fears for the Pakistani nuclear arsenal, and so on. In fact, Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landy of McClatchy news service quote “a senior U.S. intelligence official” (from among the legion of anonymous officials who populate our nation’s capital) saying: “The situation in Pakistan has gone from bad to worse, and no one has any idea about how to reverse it. I don’t think ‘panic’ is too strong a word to describe the mood here.”


You know, that offensive in the Lower Dir Valley. That’s near the Buner District. You remember, right next to the Swat Valley and, in case you’re still not completely keyed in, geographically speaking, close to the Malakand Division. I mean, if the Pakistani government were in crisis over the deteriorating situation in Fargo, North Dakota, we would consider it material for late night jokesters. …snip…

Via Tom Dispatch… too many Americans thrill to our aggressive and wanton running of the world. All inhabitants of 1600 Penn Ave do. All administrative wings as well as the private residence.

We are so skrewed.

22. catnip - 7 May 2009

I was violently ill for hours from eating…get ready for it…pork…on Tuesday evening. It was definitely properly cooked – some 7 hours in the slow cooker and falling off the bone. Called to speak to someone at Environmental Health about a possible food borne illness yesterday and got a recording. They still haven’t called me back – which begs the question, of course: what if there’s tainted meat on the shelves? Just how long is it going to take them to investigate?

I’m better today. That night was horrific.

Posted this today: The New ‘Good Germans’. Unbelievable poll numbers.

BooHooHooMan - 7 May 2009

Called to speak to someone at Environmental Health about a possible food borne illness yesterday and got a recording.

WTF? For E Coli Press 1, For Swine Flu Press 2 , For…
{shakes head}

Glad you’re feeling better though, catnip.

As for your piece, The New Germans:

Truly appalling numbers , the complicit Public, who feel anything BUT violently ill, not even the tummy ache. Preferring to move-on, they deny War Crimes and Torture…”Moving on” to WHAT tho???

Dead on, your take:

The American exceptionalist attitude is breathtaking.

Brace for karma, people.

And catnip, Please stay on the mend, ‘k?

catnip - 7 May 2009

Just got that call back from Environmental Health and she thinks it was probably a norovirus because I’d been out and about the 3 days before among various groups of people. I’ll have to follow up with my dr. Glad the worst of it is over. Thanks for the good wishes.

marisacat - 7 May 2009

oh I am so sorry!

The only thing I ever had like that was some sort of stomach flue. Down and out for 3 days and weak, which was sort of frightening, for several days. When I went back to work, I could not push the big revolving door at the entrance to our building.

Take care and lie low…

Thanks for the link… off to read… 😉

23. BooHooHooMan - 7 May 2009

My first thought when I saw this-

Ex-Democratic Fundraiser Pleads Guilty in N.Y.


Norman Hsu…:roll: ….this time…

marisacat - 7 May 2009

I noticed someone got hair dye to him in jail. Dark black hair in court.


24. marisacat - 7 May 2009

Good Luck! (full text) How many czars is it now… ?

Senate approves Seattle police chief as drug czar


WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved the nomination of Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as the national drug czar.

Kerlikowske, a 36-year law enforcement veteran, has said he will take a balanced, science-based approach to the job of director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The position is commonly known as the drug czar. The Senate approved his nomination, 91-1, on Thursday.

The 59-year-old Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW’-skee) said he will help develop a strategy to address drug-related violence along the Mexican border. While he and other officials would work to reduce the international drug supply, the biggest contribution the United States can make is to reduce demand for illicit drugs, Kerlikowske said.

25. marisacat - 7 May 2009



………………. 😯 ………………

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