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Sunday 12 July 2009

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

Qalqilya, West Bank: Palestinian ruling Fatah supporters, chant slogans during a ceremony to commemorate members of the Palestinian security killed in May during a shootout with members of Hamas [Muhammed Muheisen/AP]


Doyle McManus of the LAT is a remarkably mediocre reporter and commentator – or whatever it is that he is – so when he calls an end to “Obamania”, well, who knows… However this latest jaunt did seem… gosh, FLAT.  As a pancake.  With no syrup.

Barack Obama has fallen back to Earth.

When he ran for president, Obama said his election would be “the moment the rise of the oceans began to slow.” And when he made his first big foreign trip in April, he was hailed by adoring crowds — and almost-as-adoring politicians — in Britain, Germany, France and the Czech Republic.

But last week, in Russia and Italy, Obamania was little more than a pleasant memory. Yes, his international polling numbers are still high, but the president encountered hardly any adulation in the streets of Moscow or anywhere else. Instead, Russian strongman Vladimir Putin reportedly gave him a tongue-lashing over a two-hour breakfast, and the tent-bound refugees from Italy’s April earthquake mostly wanted to know whether he could rebuild their homes. (“Yes, we camp,” their banner said, pointedly.)

And the oceans are still rising too. At the Group of 8 summit, the developing countries said no to a timetable to stop global warming, the reason for the waters’ rise.

That’s not to say the trip was a bust; it wasn’t. But it was far from a triumph, and that’s a new experience for Obama’s foreign policy team.  snipwhippy

Oh I don’t know if it is so “new”, we’ve had a lot of smoke and mirrors for 6 months.  Maybe for a year and half.  Maybe forever.  To be blunt.

Instead, Russian strongman Vladimir Putin reportedly gave him a tongue-lashing over a two-hour breakfast…

I did read that Putin had asked Obama to dinner on his second night in Russia.. and Ob begged off claiming he ”needed family time” (W T Fucking Fuck?)… suggesting breakfast, instead, and that Putin is more of an afternoon and evening person than a morning person.  For those hard decisions of State, anyway.  Murder, War, Oppression, Peer Conferencing –  and the like.

Apparently, he looked grumpy as all hell the next am.  Clutching a coffee cup.

Oh the great men and their daily toilette.

I caught Nikita’s granddaughter, Nina Khrushcheva, in several comment spots after the Only Begotten Son’s departure from Russia… where, from a combination of lack of adoring or, in fact, much TV coverage inside Russia (his speech was not televised) of Obama’s visit, the population seemed rather unconcerned about him.  Diagnosis: They must be psychotic, we should assume.  At the least pathological. This gave rise to us (some of us) hinting the Russians are racist (more dx).  Who are we to call anyone racist?  Not denying objective observation is allowed anyone, but, Jesus, get real.

Along the way she observed that Russians found him to be “preaching” and they are less ideologues about politics than they are realists.

Works for me… would that some of that could spread.



1. marisacat - 12 July 2009

hmmm I actually read his opinion piece in the Wapo. Gah. And the comments… some of them, anyway…

Basically defensive on the criticism of Stumble Bill… and he nattered on about strengthening the community college system. I caught that … but here is the third comment from the top:

Outofluck wrote:

I would welcome the chance for retraining to get new job skills. I thought I had a good profession, as a law librarian, but apparently that opportunity has evaporated in the Philadelphia region. I spoke to the graduate program at Drexel, my alma mater, and got a lot of comments about re-tooling, but I could not see that spending high levels of money required for new coursework would allow any better success in this particular industry. Instead, I’m looking at associate’s degrees that will allow me to have more stable employment. Oh, and I’m moving away from the miserable “women’s” professions that pay horribly.

7/12/2009 5:48:33 PM
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2. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 July 2009

Long weekend of godbothering by Teh One while I was offline, I see. How long until he admits he’s converted?

Michelle should be ashamed of herself, agreeing to that getup.

marisacat - 12 July 2009

I think he should wear the mantilla next time… and walk 2 steps behind.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 July 2009

Why the #$%! Do We Swear? For Pain Relief

Bad language could be good for you, a new study shows. For the first time, psychologists have found that swearing may serve an important function in relieving pain.

The study, published today in the journal NeuroReport, measured how long college students could keep their hands immersed in cold water. During the chilly exercise, they could repeat an expletive of their choice or chant a neutral word. When swearing, the 67 student volunteers reported less pain and on average endured about 40 seconds longer.

Although cursing is notoriously decried in the public debate, researchers are now beginning to question the idea that the phenomenon is all bad. “Swearing is such a common response to pain that there has to be an underlying reason why we do it,” says psychologist Richard Stephens of Keele University in England, who led the study. And indeed, the findings point to one possible benefit: “I would advise people, if they hurt themselves, to swear,” he adds.

How swearing achieves its physical effects is unclear, but the researchers speculate that brain circuitry linked to emotion is involved. Earlier studies have shown that unlike normal language, which relies on the outer few millimeters in the left hemisphere of the brain, expletives hinge on evolutionarily ancient structures buried deep inside the right half.

catnip - 13 July 2009

Well that’s damn good news. 😉

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 July 2009
5. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 July 2009


Here’s a fish tale Newt Gingrich hopes everyone soon forgets.

The House speaker went down to a New Hampshire river yesterday with a horde of reporters in tow some say to test the waters for a possible presidential bid to chat up some anglers.

But Gingrich had hardly waved hello when a feisty fisherman named Tim Kipp ruined the Republican’s photo opportunity.

“Your politics are some of the meanest politics I have ever heard,” Kipp shouted as he stood waist-deep in the Androscoggin River. “You make Calvin Coolidge look like a liberal.”

Gingrich appeared stunned, but recovered slightly and told Kipp: “Despite our political differences, good luck today.”

But Kipp was just warming up.

“This guy is the most meanspirited, vicious politician we have seen in a long, long time,” Kipp told the reporters.

“The water we are fishing in right now will be destroyed by his policies.”

Every politician from both parties should be greeted like this.

marisacat - 12 July 2009

raise a cup of whatever to Kipp!

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 July 2009
7. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 July 2009
8. marisacat - 13 July 2009

His pick for Surgeon General. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_surgeon_general

Benjamin became the first black woman and the youngest doctor elected to the American Medical Association’s board. She also received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 1998, and Pope Benedict XVI awarded her the distinguished service medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.

moiv - 13 July 2009

After speaking with a colleague in Alabama tonight, I’m feeling pretty OK about Benjamin. Whatever her stance on reproductive rights might be, my friend’s eyewitness post-Katrina reports convince me that DOCTOR Benjamin earned her medal from Pope Benny the hard way.

She is someone who truly understands human suffering, and who has undergone a considerable amount of suffering herself in order to alleviate it.

But time will tell.

9. AlanSmithee - 13 July 2009

As it turns out, Obama is good at something after all. Political payoffs. The pwoggie blogs finally have something to brag about.

catnip - 13 July 2009

Blasphemy! He’s a Washington outsider!

10. BooHooHooMan - 13 July 2009

Of course he did.

Judge Delays Hearing on Swiss Bank Secrecy

By David S. Hilzenrath

A federal judge today agreed to delay a hearing in a U.S. government challenge to Swiss bank secrecy, giving the Justice Department and the Swiss government about three weeks to negotiate a settlement.

—-> The U.S. government had been scheduled to square off today – < —– {RFLMAO} against Switzerland’s largest bank over an IRS demand that the bank — UBS — turn over information about thousands of Americans suspected of using secret Swiss accounts to evade taxes.

Stepping back from a legal and diplomatic showdown, the U.S. government joined UBS and the Swiss government yesterday in asking a federal court in Miami to postpone the hearing so they can continue settlement talks.

And of course Obama’s DOJ blinked.
Reveal all those U.S pols in onthe war booty, market manipulation, tax doging, etc?
Name EVERYBODY in this methodically engineered self inflicted Financial Holocaust?

BooHooHooMan - 13 July 2009

tax *dodging

11. BooHooHooMan - 13 July 2009

Hoo, man

Sentencing Looming, Dreier Asks For No More than 12 1/2 Years

Dear Judge Rakoff,

Please consider this letter in connection with my sentencing on July 13, 2009.

I know of course that no words can diminish the harm I have caused to so many people. Those who were victimized by my bogus loans lost millions of dollars. Clients of my law firm lost escrow funds they entrusted to me. The attorneys and staff at my firm who put their faith in me lost their jobs. My friends and colleagues have been tainted by their association with me. And the families of all these people have no doubt shared in the suffering — as has my own family. My children have lost the father they knew, as well as their good name and the happiness they deserve. I have betrayed the people I care about most, and I suffer from the shame and self-loathing and regret with which I will always have to live.

After law school I spent 20 years in several prominent law firms, first as an associate, then as a partner. I performed well, but I was achieving less satisfaction and recognition than I expected. Colleagues of mine and certainly clients of mine were doing much better financially and seemingly enjoying more status. By my mid-forties, I felt crushed by a sense of underachievement.

So I started my own firm in 1996 . . .

I had planned poorly, however, for the expenses. . . I was funding the firm partially with advances from some clients but primarily through “factors” who charged exorbitant fees and interest and were highly intrusive in monitoring the firm’s accounts. By 2001 I was deeply in debt.

In January 2002, my wife sued for divorce. . .

All this left me feeling overwhelmed — by my debt, by a disappointing career, by a failed marriage. And so, incomprehensibly, in 2002 I started stealing. . . . [S]oon I stumbled upon the brazen idea of arranging fictitious loans from hedge funds, ostensibly to [Solow] and diverting the loan proceeds to myself.

As I sit here today, I can’t remember or imagine why I didn’t stop myself. It all seems so obviously deplorable now. I recall only that I was desperate for some measure of the success that I felt had eluded me. I felt that my law firm was my last chance to make a mark for myself, and I was fearful of seeing it fail. . . . I lost my perspective and moral grounding, and really, in a sense, I just lost my mind.

At the beginning, I spent most of the money on growing the law firm. . . . But as time went on, I was more and more self-indulgent. I bought extravagant things — a beach house, an apartment, a boat, expensive art. Obviously, other men suffer through divorce and “mid-life crisis” and manage not to steal. And other people grow their business without resorting to crime. I just wasn’t in control of myself.

. . . [W]ithout ever actually planning to, I found myself running a massive Ponzi scheme with no apparent way out.

EVERYBODY “plans poorly for expenses” and then just “stumbles upon” in a lawyerly way the idea of running a half billion dollar Ponzi scheme arranging fictitious loans from Hedge Funds these days. No PROBLEM!

We shouldn’t have even prosecuted your poor ass!

BooHooHooMan - 13 July 2009

The Fucker is looking at the possibility of getting out when he’s
Of course he could have coupled his offer to do 12 and half years with a Prommisory Note to do the other 196 and a half years if he didn’t behave in the slammer..
.Not a Lawyer here, just Tryyyying to be helpful LOL

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 July 2009

House cats know what they want and how to get it from you

Anyone who has ever had cats knows how difficult it can be to get them to do anything they don’t already want to do. But it seems that the house cats themselves have had distinctly less trouble getting humans to do their bidding, according to a report published in the July 14th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication.

The rather crafty felines motivate people to fill their food dishes by sending something of a mixed signal: an urgent cry or meowing sound embedded within an otherwise pleasant purr. The result is a call that humans generally find annoyingly difficult to ignore.

“The embedding of a cry within a call that we normally associate with contentment is quite a subtle means of eliciting a response,” said Karen McComb of the University of Sussex. “Solicitation purring is probably more acceptable to humans than overt meowing, which is likely to get cats ejected from the bedroom.” She suggests that this form of cat communication sends a subliminal sort of message, tapping into an inherent sensitivity that humans and other mammals have to cues relevant in the context of nurturing their offspring.

13. NYCO - 13 July 2009


Obama’s teleprompter breaks in mid-speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama had just started a spirited defense of his economic stimulus plan on Monday when one of his teleprompter screens came loose, crashed to the floor and shattered into pieces.

The gadget’s fall surprised Obama, who uses a teleprompter during most speeches and even brief remarks. The glass plate displaying his speech hit the floor in the auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, a massive building within the White House compound.

“Oh, goodness,” Obama said. “Sorry about that, guys.”

At first I thought this was an Onion story.

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 July 2009

did a youngster in the back of the room cry out: “mommy, the One-and-Only-Raisin-in-the-Sun King is NAKED!”???

catnip - 13 July 2009

a spirited defense of his economic stimulus plan on Monday when one of his teleprompter screens came loose, crashed to the floor and shattered into pieces.

Gee, if I was a religious person, my first guess would be…

14. catnip - 13 July 2009

(Little bastards.) Cats ‘exploit’ humans by purring

But but but…they’re so CUTE when they purr.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 July 2009

Taking Shorter Showers Doesn’t Cut It: Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change

Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?

Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.

Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.

catnip - 13 July 2009

Gandhi disagrees: Be the change you want to see…

Seriously though, the author starts out with several strawmen and goes on to act as if what he’s writing about (the personal vs anti-corporate action) is some sort of revelation.

BooHooHooMan - 13 July 2009

Decent piece in IMO
these 2 grafs are from the author’s close
beginning with what in my view is the thrust –

The third problem is that it accepts capitalism’s redefinition of us from citizens to consumers. By accepting this redefinition, we reduce our potential forms of resistance to consuming and not consuming. Citizens have a much wider range of available resistance tactics, including voting, not voting, running for office, pamphleting, boycotting, organizing, lobbying, protesting, and, when a government becomes destructive of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we have the right to alter or abolish it.


The good news is that there are other options. We can follow the examples of brave activists who lived through the difficult times I mentioned—Nazi Germany, Tsarist Russia, antebellum United States—who did far more than manifest a form of moral purity; they actively opposed the injustices that surrounded them. We can follow the example of those who remembered that the role of an activist is not to navigate systems of oppressive power with as much integrity as possible, but rather to confront and take down those systems.

Speaking of activism, I peeped the most unusual thing –
a decent diary on that dope Moulitsa’s faux activist site:

Cindy Sheehan: Peace Movement Coopted by Democratic Party
by lysias
Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 02:15:44 PM PDT

Core Truth uttered on dailykos
– not your rudimentary Bush Cheney Baaad Bad Bad…
FOLLOWED OF COURSE by the predictable moronic commentary and beat down.

Idjits. The one drag about a bloody revolution would be having to shoot all those ninkompoops. A little dark humor, only half joking tho…

catnip - 13 July 2009

They’re scared of their own shadows over there. And I mean that in a Carl Jung kind of way too.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 July 2009
BooHooHooMan - 13 July 2009

The wall, the uniforms, and guns, as minor impediment.
How exquisitely Fascist of them.

Surely the Israeli’s and Israeli corporate sponsors shouldn’t mine the next time their world class women’s tennis athletes are banned .
Why, they can just return serve from Tel Aviv.
Should go over well in swimming too…

And the hideous use of sports as distraction
The “Masses are Asses” power and money scam as old as dirt .

17. moiv - 13 July 2009

Tim Ryan says Democrats for Life is a “fringe group” — because they kicked him out.

Upset by what is sees as U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan abandoning his pro-life position, Democrats For Life of America removed the congressman from its national advisory board.

“DFLA gave Congressman Ryan ample opportunities to prove he’s committed to protecting life, but he has turned his back on the community at every turn,” said Kristen Day, the Washington, D.C.-based pro-life organization’s executive director.

Ryan of Niles, D-17th, insists he’s still a strong pro-life advocate, but grew frustrated with Democrats For Life of America and other pro-life groups that refuse to accept contraceptives as an option to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

“We’re working in Congress with groups that agree with preventative options while [the DFLA] is getting left behind,” Ryan said. “I can’t figure out for the life of me how to stop pregnancies without contraception. Don’t be mad at me for wanting to solve the problem.”

Ryan said he tried to convince officials with Democrats For Life of America, which he referred to today as a “fringe group,” that the use of contraception is needed as part of any plan to reduce unintended pregnancies but that failed.

“They asked me to leave; I got booted,” said Ryan, who was on the group’s national advisory board for about four years.

18. marisacat - 13 July 2009



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