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Look where they live… 8 May 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2004 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.
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  Peacocks are displayed for sale on a street in Kabul Picture: AFP/GETTY

Peacocks are displayed for sale on a street in Kabul Picture: AFP/GETTY

Look where they live:  Kabul… get the peacocks – and the penhens too – flak jackets and helmets!  Of course they will very probably go into a walled estate,  a retreat more or less evocative of a Western Orientalist’s dreams, in a protected part of the greater area around Kabul.

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Sort of a throwback thought here… At the Inauguration in Jan 2005, I noticed particularly that both Laura Bush and Doro, W’s sister, wore winter white suits… in the viewing box for the parade and kept them on thru some of the early evening appearances.  Neither especially struck me as winter white sorts for Washington in January… and I wondered idly as I sifted cat sand boxes – always a good place and time to think about pols and their familias – was this some sort of signal to fundie religious groups.  Wearing white as a sign of purity or cleansing or humility (such as the tedious religious subscribe, at all, to cough strangle choke humility) when a great honor is bestowed, for instance re-election?

I have no idea, really… and I put no time into it…  It did remind me of a friend in Los Angeles who told me in the year preceding Spielberg’s Academy Award win for Schindler’s List, he and Kate Capshaw lived very low to the ground…  They were not seen at the flashiest of parties or openings, no extravagant make-up nor jewels… she was practically in a babushka according to my friend… and it was to conform to, to submit to a visible regimen of humility before a great honor (or doing what it takes to win, I would say!).  An honor that of course had required many millions to die in order for the honor to be available..

Anyway, back to LB…  within a few days of Inauguration there was some Laura Bush function that was on C-Span… and boy, it was clear, she was being re-introduced to us as some sort of, all but, Mother of the Nation.  Her extra special mission was GANGS.  Lordy.

Gee… no thanks. Plus, last we ever heard of that bullshit.

In the same vein, MO is out and about.  Remember, the smile reflex can defeat the gag reflex.  So they tell me.

[M]rs. Obama was asked about her own time being separated from her husband while on the campaign trial.  The first lady said she does not compare her experience with that of military spouses in any way.

“While I was away from my husband during the time of the campaign, he wasn’t at war.  He would come home on the weekends,” she said.  “What I do know is that when you’re married to someone who feels a call to serve, you’re a part of that service as well.

My husband’s willingness to sacrifice means that I stand behind him, stand next to him, stand with him in sacrifice as well. The women and men that I’ve met who are serving along side their spouses feel the same way.”

Such a shame we have royalised the office… and annoint the inhabitants – saving a little annointing oil for the one standing behind.

So that from their Great Sacrificial Heights they can lecture us.

It really is boring.

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UPDATE, 4:19 am Saturday…

One thing, as we fling ourselves into the inferno, it photographs amazingly, beautifully, in a terrible way.

Towering Palm Trees explode as flames jump across state highway 154 early Friday morning in Santa Barbara, bringing the fire dangerously close to heavily populated areas. (Keith D. Cullom / AP)

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1. marisacat - 9 May 2009

hmm Angry Arab:

Obama War

“The Pakistani army’s assault against Islamic militants in Buner, in northwest Pakistan, is flattening villages, killing civilians and sending thousands of farmers and villagers fleeing from their homes, residents escaping the fighting said Monday.”

Posted by As’ad at 6:47 AM

As’ad links to McClatchy.. but I noticed overnight, The Guardian is using “a million” to describe the displaced in Swat. US media seems to move between a quarter and a half million.

catnip - 9 May 2009

Not to worry. Obamalama is heading over to Egypt to calm (or maybe part) the waters. That’s about as close as he wants to be to Pakistan right now.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 May 2009

he hate to wait for them to finish killing off the swine before it was safe to visit, no doubt.

Is it 2012 yet?

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 May 2009

ooops … “hate” = “had”

Arcturus - 9 May 2009

just a guess, but the 1 mil might be an aggregate – iirc there were estimates of 500,000 displaced last summer in Bajaur – add another half mil from more recently from Swat, Buner, etc

2. wu ming - 9 May 2009

beautiful pictures of fire there, as awful as fire is.

oh, just to retract something i said about 2 threads back, i had totally forgotten what month it was (being currently absorbed with summer research/travel plans), i was thinking we were well into the summer already. wildfires in the hills of socal might be par for the course, but not fires in the first week of may. doesn’t bode well for the rest of the fire season either.

i really hope this thing stays out of the flats.

marisacat - 9 May 2009

well the standard answer, it seems, is the “two year drought”… but I also read it was very hot prior to the fire down there.. 90s and into 100 once the fire hit (aside from the heat of the fire). First day of the fire ti was 99 in Santa Inez, nr SB

AND it has not been discussed the pst few days but there were anecdotal reports that people reported hearing gun shots around the time the fire broke out…

3. catnip - 9 May 2009

What’s wrong with this picture??

NYC Starts Charging Rent at Homeless Shelters

Intermittent Bystander - 9 May 2009

Residents could be expected to pay up to half their earnings.

Some shelter residents say the new rule will ruin their chances of saving enough money to get an apartment.

Some shelter residents were expected to spoon-feed journalists with statements of simple, head-smackingly obvious truth.

catnip - 9 May 2009

It takes a certain level of meanness on Bloomberg’s part to suddenly start implementing this old law in the midst of this recession. Maybe he should be forced to live in a shelter on minimum wage for a while to see what it’s really like.

Intermittent Bystander - 9 May 2009

Intoxication Warning: When devising appropriate “community service” sentences for rich, morally hazardous politicans, please do not drive or operate heavy machinery.

marisacat - 9 May 2009

It should be illegal. EVEN government subsidised housing, ”the projects” and similar, only charges a third of income.

Anyway if they are charging ”rent” for a bed in “homeless shelters” I wonder if issues of liability begin to enter. They pay for shelter and a contract is entered into…

4. Intermittent Bystander - 9 May 2009

Peacocks and pomegranates.

The tribal elders agreed to finish poppy cultivation and switch to growing pomegranates throughout the entire Nangarhar Province by next year, making the region of 1.3 million inhabitants opium poppy free for the first time in a hundred years. The elders told Brett that their decision was based not only on a desire to maintain a level of stability, but because he was the first person who had ever come to them as just an ordinary man rather than a member of a foreign government or a military advisor, someone who simply wanted to see positive change.

Intermittent Bystander - 9 May 2009

I see someone in the comments to that November 08 post included this link to a story and photos of pomegranate trees at the Huntington Shakespeare Garden.

5. Intermittent Bystander - 9 May 2009

Glad you beat the noromonster, catnip.

Perhaps you’ll enjoy the double-headed irony of this: [New York] State sends flu call jobs to Canada. Newfoundland-based firm staffs hotline for Department of Health.

catnip - 9 May 2009

Why does Canada hate America? 😉

As for the noromonster, my roomie wants to take me out for brunch tomorrow but I don’t know if I’m still contagious – or if I am at all, for that matter.

Intermittent Bystander - 9 May 2009

or if I am at all, for that matter.

Existential dilemma!

catnip - 9 May 2009

Story of my life. 😉

6. Arcturus - 9 May 2009

White Phosphorous burns 8 y/o Afghan girl – NATO tries to blame Taliban

“The kids called out to me that I was burning but the explosion was so strong that for a moment I was deaf and couldn’t hear anything,” her father, Aziz Rahman, told Reuters.

“And then my wife screamed ‘the kids are burning’ and she was also burning,” he added, his face clouding over at the memory.

7. diane - 9 May 2009

Always nice to know ……….that for some among us ……..it needz be “scientific”……..”intellectual”………….AND…..”poetic”….(oximoron alert goin on much?),…. (sans the frightening tooo hard to put in words ….deadliness …….going on for folks whose only crime is scavenging left overs to qualify for being allowed to have…..a …………place …where they were…not scorned…for having been born…….) ….…….that certainly is ………getting a tad bit tired…….

Just saying……………………………

…some…..poetic……:

….the very thought of you……………….and I forget to do,…those …little ordinary things…that everyone ought to do………………………..

as sung by Billie Holiday…….and composed by R. Noble

8. Arcturus - 9 May 2009

Haitian ‘democracy’

Not only has the majority party been banned by the current administration, but voting locations are hard to locate. Under Aristide, churches, schools, hospitals, and community centers in all neighborhoods were polling places, but as of Saturday, polling locations were not publicly known. In fact, Haitians reported having to call a number to find out where to vote. In a country where over 50% of the population is illiterate, the simple step of forcing voters to read a document to find the correct phone number effectively disenfranchises much of the population. Furthermore, MINUSTAH [the UN’s occupying ‘peacekeeping’ force] made voting even more difficult by banning downtown Port-au-Prince traffic as of 9pm Friday night.
. . .
As of Monday, April 20, 2009, ,b>reports from Haiti suggest a 10% voter turn out (with estimates as low as 3%) for these elections. Compared to the 89% that voted for Aristide in 1990, the message is clear: this “selection” is not representative of the popular sectors.
. . .
Meanwhile, political prisoners continue to languish without much hope of seeing a judge (in violation of Haiti’s constitution), despite claims to the contrary by the ruling government. On Thursday, April 16th, a U.S. human rights and labor delegation visited political prisoner Ronald Dauphin in the national penitentiary. Aristide supporter Dauphin has been incarcerated for five years now without charges or trial. The delegation included two U.S. medical professionals—one of whom was a nurse for thirty-five years. These professionals concluded that Dauphin is gravely ill and is in imminent danger of dying in prison unless he obtains outside medical treatment.

While Dauphin fought for his life in the prison, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated in a three-hour visit of Haiti, driving to and from her airplane in an air-conditioned limo. She had nothing to say about the elections, the political prisoners, and the lack of substantial democracy in a country long dominated by machinations of U.S. elites.

Regardless of Sunday’s results our delegation makes four observations: 1) the majority political party will have been excluded based upon an invented pretext; 2) polling methods appeal to the literate, educated minority; 3) threats of violence against those speaking out against the election exist; and, 4) by not intervening or addressing these flagrant attacks against democracy, MINUSTAH has done nothing to uphold the UN agreement for human rights and democracy This passivity suggests MINUSTAH operates in Haiti as a stabilizing force, thus allowing a non-representative government to rule the people.

9. diane - 9 May 2009

16 (as it last appeared)

in..other words………..the physical planet earth………will not last forever as it stands today……..there is another realm…where things pass to……..just a personal opinion….but….who …knows…certainly not me………if that is the reality…and …well……..if a mentality was murderous..(overpowering its peers BECAUSE IT FELT IT COULD! …and IT would HONOR NO PLEAS OTHERWISE…..)…..those that live by the sword are destined…to die by it

10. diane - 9 May 2009

….you go to my head…………………and you linger like a haunting refrain……..and i find you spinning round in my brain………………like the bubbles in a glass of champagne………….

you go to my head with a smile that makes my temperature rise…………..

as sung by ms day and written/composed by H. Gillespie and J.E. Coots

11. diane - 9 May 2009

…no…I haven’t forgotten ..Night and Day …and Cole Porter,….marisa…….ahhh but for some moisture for those sequoia sempervirens roots……..so fragile….yet overwhelmingly tall and ….duh …overwhelming…….and LOOKOUT…..fire….is what happens to germinate those particular …seeds..of those ancient conifers…………..

12. diane - 9 May 2009

….;0)…and..as we all have, ….or …will,…… come to realize…..”ms day,”….and all those who wrote the music…and put together those sweet …loving..notes….will

live forever………….

(ohhhh snuffy…so very …..special…….;0)……….)

13. diane - 9 May 2009

..well…….have a high time in italy with clooney and bono, lucid (all seeing…with no……..not even a pretense of irony?….alll hankies..and so very weeping I, LUCID,…had to speard (oopss, spread……………………….quite like a virus……….) the GNUS – that y’all ARE FIRED…….)….gasp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how very crass of me……….

certainly…I’ll…learn my place sometime………………………………………………

14. diane - 9 May 2009

…pardoneeee emmmm waaaaaaaaa….I tend tooo be so sappy…in a world that is ooooooooooh so much moooooor advanced and matured..sans spirit…Who….needs empathy…and retrospect…and human muddeling (so as not to falsely condem)………when such is so very passe…and ignorent…in the face of SUCH TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE?

who needs humans? so why don’t those who imply/proclaim (,b>lucid) that thought, kill themselves??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

marisacat - 9 May 2009

Don’t worry diane. We’ve been promised “empathy” on the SCOTUS. i am sure it will be enuf.

15. diane - 9 May 2009

…..goin to boil the water for some java hon……………..

:0)

16. diane - 9 May 2009

…oh dear….i do hope…i haven’t ruined some saint’s day at the shore……

mercy…………………..

17. diane - 9 May 2009

…..hmmmm….donkeytale….(and yes all who are familiar somehow instinctively ..know where to find him)…..tempts me to do an east coast version…cept….i never differentied brands much till I had the….[no comment here]……to witness living in the Cali…nonetheless,…I do remember the white Mateus with the swan on the bottle..(which i much prized to stick a candle into…cuz i luvs ugly ducklings)…not as tasty as the red Mateus………..and puking out the Boones Farm Apple Wine after the earlier spaghetti dinner…………….

well duh initially it was like suckin on one of those lime green teeth breaking sour apple thingy candies..(jolly rancher??? or sumpin?..)…

any who….to be serious..life is complex

sometimes……we just love the socks off of someone..

the next second

..would sooooooo love to jam a well aimed knee up their groin..soz they’d be speakin falsetto..forever into the tomorrow of tommorrows….or sumpin similiar

18. marisacat - 9 May 2009

Most Santa Barbara fire evacuations lifted

By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON, Associated Press Writer

Saturday, May 9, 2009

(05-09) 16:16 PDT Santa Barbara, Calif. (AP) —

Thousands of evacuees began going home Saturday as a blanket of cool, moist air flowing in from the Pacific Ocean tamed a wind-driven wildfire that burned 80 homes along the outskirts of town during the week. …

Notorious local winds known as “sundowners” sweeping from inland and down the face of the mountains hurled the fire into outlying neighborhoods Wednesday afternoon, causing most of the destruction, and again late Thursday and early Friday.

A predicted sundowner failed to materialize Friday night and the normal flow of ocean air pushed ashore a dense marine layer that didn’t let the sun peek through until nearly midday. Officials had said an onshore flow would not only raise humidity levels but blow the fire away from developed areas on the foothills of the mountain range.

19. diane - 9 May 2009

….yes heart/liver/some invisible thing splattered all over my sleeves……face …..life………………what have,……..what have you,…..now what?

fuck you very much ..may well be cute and slick,….but it really doesn’t get it…..at the end of the day………………………

does it?

20. diane - 9 May 2009

…thinking about Joan Didion’s piece in Slouching Towards Bethelem re the sundowners….and someone lit afire in a vehicle during…such………..

then the mind burps to Truman Capote, WATER…and Hand Carved Coffins……

well…the java…has brewed…care for a cup?

21. diane - 9 May 2009

…just another reason, among millions of others, to believe the internet certainly won’t solve our problems: Madman, has apparently posted two comments, showing as having been posted, yet, the comments are not showing on my puter, despite two “refreshes” at 10:27 EDT..of course…if Madman were speaking to human beings directly……well, unless they were deaf………..OHHHHH but look over there ……….let’s TWITTTERRRRRR….so neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..

what the fuck is everyone drinking?…and NOOOO, thank you very much (?)

but I want none of it…………………..10:36 PM EDT 05/09/09

22. diane - 9 May 2009

….okay…it is now 10:47 EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME……and still….no comment showing from Madman…….., though it was posted at least ten minutes ago (see my last post around 10:46EDT)….who will feel bad about whith no control over it whatsover……..? ….duhhhhhh…….hmmm rather easy to slime folks isn’t it…..DSEEEEEEEEEEEE?

It appears though that the powers that be, want all communications over the web………………..weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllllllllllll…hruuuumph….I certainly hope Madman’s communication wasn’t an emergency alert……………………

oooooooooopsy if it was,

blushy faced emoticon here

(no I’m not mocking marisa asshole!)

23. diane - 9 May 2009

okay….(yes I am anal)…it is now 10:58 PDT and Madman’s comments still aren’t showing, 22 minutes later, yet things are so very progressive…..NANO FUCKING SECONDS ON LINE…..good luck MOFO…with your electrocuted MED RECORDS….hmmmmmm perhaps ya should asked the doc to call your doc…since as long as many of us remember there have been phone numbers to dial a REAL HUMAN BEING IN CASE OF EMERGENCY……

why you’re truly nothiiiing but a pack of cards………………………….., said simpleton alice………………

marisacat - 9 May 2009

Madman has a couple of comments up the thread.

Give it up for a while diane. Take a break.

24. diane - 9 May 2009

….and that’s not to mention at least two…kind of light hearted comments I made prior to Madman’s, that have yet to appear….seriously y’all..is the web your rapture???????????????????????

HOW VERY FUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it is now11:11PM EDT still none of Madman’s, or my earlier posts are showing…………………..

that is Progress?

(of course I’ve taken screen pics ;0) )

or I’m the FOOL here?

marisacat - 9 May 2009

diane you are going to have to hang your paranoia somewhere else.

This is a tiny little blog. Give it a rest – the thread is overwhelmed..

25. diane - 9 May 2009

……I can’t give it up hon……………….., those upthread comments, aren’t the ones I’ve been refering to, as you well know…..and I’ve made it clear as a bell that I don’t believe it’s your fault…so why the push back hon?

;0(

marisacat - 9 May 2009

that’s it diane.

I asked you to take a rest, take a break, take it elsewhere. I am weary of the predictability of your states of mind or spasms or whatever. I ahve sympathy, but it wore out.

Taking it out of your hands

26. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 May 2009

those upthread comments were all I posted tonight. I really have nothing to add tonight … other than the one comment and the following typing correction (they show as #3&4 above).

I have no bone to pick with you, and frankly I’m so tired of the various exhortations from various religious perspectives to believe this or that in a country as brutal and hateful as this one to believe all of it to be kinda besides the point, and I’m typing this even though I’m not quite sure what your stream-of-consciousness things above meant.

No one is out to get you, no one. Half the time, I can’t figure out what you’re even trying to say.

27. diane - 9 May 2009

on you babe………………;0)

28. marisacat - 9 May 2009

nu post…

LINK

……………. 🙄 ………………..

29. diane - 9 May 2009

Lying through your fucking teeth ? mm? my screen pic shows two Madman comments between mine which are not showing currently between my comments on my computer, nor in the screen pics of it, and unless I live in another universe…you are both ltying for some reason…and I can actually prove it….what evahs………………

penlan - 10 May 2009

Time to maybe lay off the booze a bit Diane? At least that is how it appears to me.


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