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HA! 16 July 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.

Actually Ha ha ha ha…  I stopped in at Iran Cartoon.. to see what was up… and they had one gallery of a cartoon competition to depict the car and related issues (as we sink into the fossil goo) but this one reminded me of Dear Leader.  Our Dear Leader, that is.



Another one, for fun…


And, as I am pulling this little cartoon post together, films of the tanker explosion on I-75 are on. Wow is all I can say — we had a much much smaller one here a few months ago.. an accident in the early hours of the morning… but a smaller fire and the damage, while dramatic and extensive was more contained and was on a feeder freeway in the East Bay… This on I-75 has that old apocalyptic aroma.



1. marisacat - 16 July 2009

Waaaaa! Waaaaaaaaaaa! A Blooo Dog bit me!… Mama, make him stop!

This is the exact problem we’ve been warning about. Democrats will kill health care reform. It’s the damn Blue Dogs, led by Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR):

Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross, who has been negotiating the legislation on behalf of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition, went a step further, telling reporters Wednesday that he has enough votes at this point to defeat the bill when it comes up for a vote in the Energy and Commerce Committee unless drastic changes are made.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) promised to work with Ross and others before he brings the bill up for a vote.

“We’re going to have to work together,” Waxman told a group of reporters asking about the Ross threat.

How sick is that? Ross said he’d defeat the signature issue of the Democratic Party and Barack Obama. How very GOP of him, really. And, he is counting on all the Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to vote with him to defeat the bill. snip

😆 shocked, every time.

AlanSmithee - 16 July 2009

The pwoggie blogs have been moaning about this endlessly. Mo’Betta Bowers in particular.

marisacat - 16 July 2009

Too cute by half… he laboriously counts out the Bloooooooo Dogs (52)… but forgets there are the New Democrats. Same deal… and not all the members are the same. There is some crossover in the two lists, but not completely.

And he misses, neatly, that the Congressional Black Caucus are total corporate hacks. ALL OF THEM. Maybe a murmur here and there, but easily and quickly shut down with payola. I doubt there is anything different in the Hispanic Caucus…

And the Progressive Caucus is face down in the bird bath, in 6 feet of snow. Pretty much. Frozen to death.

And then there is La Nan.

2. catnip - 16 July 2009
marisacat - 16 July 2009

I fell asleep during the morning session… Last I remember Kyl was questioning hr.

3. marisacat - 16 July 2009
4. marisacat - 16 July 2009

It’s so simple it’s funny! Taibbi with Amy:

AMY GOODMAN: How might Goldman Sachs profit off global warming?

MATT TAIBBI: Well, Goldman Sachs is positioned in a number of different ways. They are a part owner of the Chicago Climate Exchange, which is where the carbon credits will be traded if this legislation goes through. They’re also heavily invested in a number of companies that deal in carbon credits. And again, this is another kind of commodities market, like the oil commodities market, which exploded last summer and is exploding again now. And Goldman and banks like Morgan Stanley are poised to make an enormous amount of money if these carbon credits end up getting traded.

marisacat - 16 July 2009


AMY GOODMAN: How much money did Goldman Sachs pay in taxes in 2008?

MATT TAIBBI: They paid $14 million in taxes last year, which is an effective tax rate of about one percent, which means that they paid in taxes about a third of what CEO Lloyd Blankfein actually made in compensation last year. And that sounds like an amazing number. And if you—their excuse for why that is is because they had changes in their so-called geographic earnings mix, which basically means that they moved all their revenues to foreign countries, where the tax rates were lower. And so, Goldman, which was, again, the beneficiary of massive subsidies during the bailouts, you know, paid really just a pittance in taxes last year.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2009

I’m sure glad we bailed them (and some of their creditors) out.

5. marisacat - 16 July 2009

From an anonymous columnist at BAR:

[“A]frica is not the crude caricature of a continent at war,” Obama said, yet the son of Africa continues to push for the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) –- the same policy of militarization we rejected under Bush.

Why did his administration boost funding –- from $8.3 million in 2009 to $25.6 million in 2010 –- for sale of weapons to some of the same corrupt countries he avoided on his trip? The figure seems meager, but $25.6 million can put at least 25,000 M16 rifles in the hands of some of the corrupt countries. Also, according to Washington, D.C.-based African Security Research Project, the U.S. military is training several African countries including Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, and Ethiopia, under a program called International Military Education and Training (IMET). Obama has also proposed new IMET programs in Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, and Zimbabwe.

Because he has African blood, we were afraid to tell him that it takes more than a couple of brief visits to Africa to understand the continent. We agreed with him that, “Yes, a colonial map that made little sense helped to breed conflict.” But we failed to explain to him that many of the Africans who bring up colonialism do not do so to blame the West. That we have never denied that in Africa corruption exists in endemic proportions; that we mention colonialism for the sake of practicality; that we want the West to understand that a continent brutalized and looted for centuries cannot turn around in 50 years.…snip…

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2009
7. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2009
catnip - 16 July 2009

That definitely deserves a “HA!”

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2009
marisacat - 16 July 2009

I see there is widespread misunderstanding of the latest Roubini Dr Doom column at Forbes. Americablog bought the cnbc drivel. ”Dr Doom Says End in Sight”… or some such.

Roubini says he still sees Doom!… 😉 (I just rebooted and don’t hve the Forbes page open or I’d link)

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2009

Apparently CNBC spent the whole day telling everyone that the Bears had admitted they were wrong and happy days are here again.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2009

Max Keiser: “Goldman Sachs Are Scum”

Wow. And that’s just the beginning of the rant.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2009

Nation Descends Into Chaos As Throat Infection Throws Off Obama’s Cadence

WASHINGTON—Looting, fires, and mass rioting swept across the nation today when a mild throat infection threw off President Barack Obama’s normally reassuring and confident speech cadence, sources in every major city reported.

“My fellow [cough] Americans, please [cough] remain calm,” Obama said during a nationally televised emergency address to the nation that caused the Dow Jones to plunge 50 points with every cough, sniffle, or wheeze. “Now is not the time for [cough]…everything’s [cough]. Stop it.”

Without the president’s fluid, almost poetic tone to reassure them, the American people have abandoned all semblance of law and order and descended into a nationwide panic, burning buildings to the ground, disobeying police, and relinquishing all hope for the future.

“Run for your lives! The president no longer has a masterful yet unpretentious command of the English language!” citizens from coast to coast were heard to cry as they abandoned their jobs, homes, and families to forage in the woods for their very survival. “Without Obama’s ability to turn even the most dire news into an uplifting and irresistibly quotable rhetorical gem, we’ll never make it. All is lost! Nothing awaits now but utter darkness.”

marisacat - 16 July 2009

The Onion just keeps on doing it…

catnip - 16 July 2009


11. marisacat - 16 July 2009

Another shoot out in broad daylight….. we had one over in Oakland/San Pablo… but think only the shooter/suspect was killed. And the one in DC

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (July 16) – A running gunfight that erupted during a police stakeout of two armed robbery suspects ended Thursday morning with two suspects dead and five officers shot, two of them critically.

The shootout began in the street about 5 a.m. and ended when SWAT officers fought their way into an apartment where the man and woman had taken cover at about 6:45 a.m. The officers were met by shotgun blasts that ripped through the apartment building’s walls and doors. …

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2009

Health legislation might bar some from public insurance

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and leading Democrats have stressed that people who like their employer-sponsored insurance would be able to keep it under a health care overhaul. They haven’t emphasized the flip side, however: that people who don’t like their coverage might have to keep it.

Under the main Democratic health bills that are being debated in Congress, many people with job-based insurance could find it difficult to impossible to switch to health plans on a new insurance exchange, even if those plans were cheaper or offered better coverage. The restrictions would extend to any government-run plan.

The provisions could change, and there are a few exceptions: Workers would be allowed to buy insurance through the exchange if their job-based coverage gobbled up too much of their incomes or was too skimpy. Also, under the proposal by Democrats in the House of Representatives, people could get insurance through the exchange if they paid their entire premiums, a cost that would be prohibitive for many.

Democratic lawmakers and administration officials say the restrictions are crucial to maintaining a strong employer-based insurance system, which covers 158 million Americans.

13. brinn - 16 July 2009

What we end up with here is going to be one huge clusterfuck for EVERYone except the private insurance companies and the pols who lick their balls.

FUCK the “strong employer-based system” — really. The restrictions are to make sure that the pool in the public “option” (even though it WON’T be an option for most of us) stays small enough so that it is bound to fail…

damn. I hate these people.

It’s gonna make Medicare Part D look like clarity essentialized ….

marisacat - 16 July 2009

FUCK the “strong employer-based system” — really.

Really really.

well… from what I have read for several years, all of this is only happening as corp after corp has signaled they wanna be let out of having ot offer medical coverage – not only to the retired who were promised it, but to the currently on staff as well – as part of the package. Thus kindness and mercy appeared on cue from DC. And dripped from Ob’s fingertips.

Oh yea I agree, this will make Part D seem sane.

I heard Obstreperous hedge that the system won’t be online anyway til 2013 (re elect!) so “no way will the primary care system be overwhelmed”.

As we are all scheduled for massive de-whelming. Or hyper-whelming. Or just whelming.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2009

well said

14. marisacat - 16 July 2009


Indonesia! (Is this a message to our Indonesian Pretzel?)

Bombing American hotels.. news flash on KGO radio… will hunt for a link…

Full text VOA:

Explosions Reported in Two Jakarta Hotels
By VOA News
17 July 2009

Police in Indonesia say explosions have gone off at two U.S.-linked hotels in Jakarta, and initial reports describe them as bomb blasts.

The explosions apparently targeted the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in the Indonesian capital.

News-agency reports indicate one of the blasts heavily damaged the facade of the Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta’s Kuningan district.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

marisacat - 16 July 2009

Google News round up links.

No Americans killed ! All that matters!

15. NYCO - 16 July 2009

He speaks at NAACP

President Obama delivered a fiery sermon to black America on Thursday night, warning black parents that they must accept their own responsibilities by “putting away the Xbox and putting our kids to bed at a reasonable hour,” and telling black children that growing up poor is no reason to get bad grades. “No one has written your destiny for you,” he said, directing his remarks to “all the other Barack Obamas out there” who might one day grow up to be president. “Your destiny is in your hands, and don’t you forget that. That’s what we have to teach all of our children! No excuses! No excuses!”

Poor kids have Xboxes?

He was one part politician and one part black preacher as he spoke in lilting cadences, his voice quiet at times, thundering at others, in unusually personal terms. At one point, when his audience shouted back at him, repeating his words, he threw back his head and laughed, saying, “I’ve got an amen corner back there.”

Mr. Obama spoke directly about his own upbringing, crediting his mother (who was white) with setting him straight, and departing from his prepared text to talk about how his life might have turned out had she not. “When I drive through Harlem and I drive through the South Side of Chicago and I see young men on the corners,” he said, “I say there but for the grace of God go I.”

We wanted a messiah. We got Coz.

marisacat - 16 July 2009

he’s tiresome.

catnip - 16 July 2009

Wait…so his mom…was God?

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2009

Constitutional Interpretation and Reliance on the Law of Other Nations: Property Rights Version

I came across the following passage that will no doubt surprise many, as it did me. The passage comes from a 1998 case that addressed a somewhat novel issue concerning the meaning of the Takings Clause. As far as I know, no one has brought this passage into the more general debate, which typically focuses on recent cases involving the death penalty. Note that among other countries, the Court cites the law of Finland. I will provide the passage, then the reference and the Justices who endorsed this reasoning:

Retroactivity is generally disfavored in the law, in accordance with “fundamental notions of justice” that have been recognized throughout history.” . . . . A similar principle abounds in the laws of other nations. See, e.g., Gustavson Drilling (1964) Ltd. v. Minister of National Revenue, 66 D.L.R. 3d 449, 462 (Can. 1975) (discussing rule that statutes should not be construed in a manner that would impair existing property rights); The French Civil Code, Preliminary Title, art. 2, p. 2 (“Legislation only provides for the future; it has no retroactive effect”) (J. Crabb trans., rev. ed. 1995); Aarnio, Statutory Interpretation in Finland 151, in Interpreting Statutes: A Comparative Study (D. MacCormick & R. Summers eds. 1991) (discussing prohibition against retroactive legislation). “Retroactive legislation,” we have explained, “presents problems of unfairness that are more serious than those posed by prospective legislation, be-cause it can deprive citizens of legitimate expectations and upset settled transactions.” General Motors Corp. v. Romein, 503 U.S. 181, 191, 117 L. Ed. 2d 328, 112 S. Ct. 1105 (1992).

This is from an opinion written by Justice O’Connor and joined by Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justices Scalia and Thomas. The case is EASTERN ENTERPRISES v. APFEL,
524 U.S. 498 (1998).

catnip - 16 July 2009

But that doesn’t count because those are Republican judges. 😉

17. marisacat - 16 July 2009

First things first…. Pope forgives and embraces JK Rowling… (and Harry Potter).

Gosh, so relieved.

catnip - 16 July 2009

I won’t rest until he embraces SpongeBob.

brinn - 17 July 2009



18. catnip - 16 July 2009

Fuck. They just showed a Billy Mays commercial on my teevee. Can’t they let the man (and more importantly – me) RIP??

NYCO - 17 July 2009

There was a NYT story about that recently. They are letting TV stations continue to air the ads that were already paid for by the product companies. The family is pleased and says that’s what Billy would have wanted. I’m sure somebody’s making money somewhere.

19. catnip - 16 July 2009

More news from His Popeyness’ house:

The Vatican wakes up to the wisdom of Oscar Wilde

The Catholic Church has found an unlikely pin-up in the homosexual writer

With his outrageous wit, clear disdain for figures of authority and openly homosexual lifestyle, Oscar Wilde is an unlikely pin-up for the Catholic Church. Persecuted and imprisoned for his sexuality, gay rights campaigners have long idolised the 19th century writer as one of their own.

But the Vatican, it seems, is equally enamoured of Ireland’s greatest wit. In a glowing review of a new study of Wilde by the Italian writer Paolo Gulisano, L’Osservatore Romano – the Vatican’s official newspaper – praises the Irish playwright for being “an aesthete and a lover of the ephemeral”.

Scant attention is paid to Wilde’s well-publicised relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas and the ensuing sodomy trial which sentenced him to two years’ hard labour in Reading prison. Instead the paper’s review eulogises Wilde for his “lucid analysis of the modern world” and his eventual conversion to Catholicism as he lay on his death bed.

Labelling Wilde as “one of the personalities of the 19th century who most lucidly analysed the modern world in its disturbing as well as its positive aspects”, L’Osservatore’s writers say a different side of Wilde’s life must be taken into account.

“[He was] not just a non-conformist who loved to shock the conservative society of Victorian England,” the paper writes, “[he was also] a man who behind a mask of amorality asked himself what was just and what was mistaken, what was true and what was false.”

The Vatican’s image of Wilde-the-aesthetic-moralist is a far cry from the playwright’s more usual depiction as a flamboyant and robust homosexual who delighted in outrage and scandalising Victorian society…

20. BooHooHooMan - 16 July 2009
marisacat - 16 July 2009

so… is the Jersey machine gonna pull it out for Corzine.. or does he go down?

BooHooHooMan - 16 July 2009

I think he’s toast. Even if Christie wasn’t “pulling away” from Corzine as Quinnipiac says , Daggert will hurt Corzine . Unemployment is 15% in Southern Jersey Counties.. Godd Luck!

July 14, 2009 – Christie Up 12 In New Jersey, A Step Ahead On Boardwalk, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Approval At 60 Percent Among Likely Voters

Republican challenger Christopher Christie is pulling away from Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine and now holds a 53 – 41 percent lead among likely voters in the New Jersey Governor’s race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 50 – 40 percent lead for the former federal prosecutor in a June 10 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

In a three-way matchup among likely voters, Christie leads Gov. Corzine 47 – 38 percent, with 8 percent for independent candidate Christopher Daggett.

WaPo on the fluff

“We’re proud that Barack Obama is our president, right?” Corzine shouted to a crowd of partisans gathered at an outdoor arena waving blue and white “Jesus and Lazarus” placards on Thursday.

Okay, so they were “Obama and Corzine” signs –
I couldn’t help myself.

Anyways WaPo Picked up on Daggert, too, and ( a first time I think) Indy qualifying for $$$$..

Another variable in the race is the presence of independent candidate Christopher Daggett, who was a top environmental official under a former Republican governor. Daggett recently surprised local politics watchers by raising about $300,000, enough to qualify for state matching funds. That would give Daggett $1 million to spend, and he will be allowed to participate in debates.

BooHooHooMan - 16 July 2009

Daggett is another tool / Old Money Spoiler
– Kean protege
– Worked for Wm Simon and Partners

I can’t see the R’s going outside their tent and voting for him in enough numbers for a Corzine Win – enough to make up for Soft D’s and true Independents who HATE Corzine no matter how much a Suck Christie is.

Oh the games of the perma-rich….

catnip - 16 July 2009

My eyes…they burn.

BooHooHooMan - 16 July 2009

In related news..

Obama urges ‘new black mindset’

President Proposes “Howdy Doodifying” Black America
Suggests African Americans Emulate Mindless White Youngsters Who Support Servile President and Goldman Sachs Chairs-Turned-Politicos

marisacat - 17 July 2009

I thought he sounded like an idiot at the NAACP.

catnip - 17 July 2009

President Proposes “Howdy Doodifying” Black America

Stop that! lol

21. marisacat - 16 July 2009

What was that about “we’ve banned torture” again… ? hmmm ?

I’d say he is a TYPICAL PRETZEL!

Administration Bridles at Bar on Contractors

By Karen DeYoung
Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Obama administration has objected to a provision in the 2010 defense funding bill currently before the Senate that would bar the military’s use of contractors to interrogate detainees.

The provision, strongly backed by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), describes interrogations as an “inherently governmental function” that “cannot be transferred to contractor personnel.” It would give the Defense Department one year from the bill’s enactment to ensure that the military had the resources to comply with it.

A White House policy statement yesterday signaled “many areas of agreement” with the bill that emerged from Levin’s committee late last month but said the administration has “serious concerns” about some provisions. The statement repeated Obama’s threat to veto the $680 billion bill unless $1.75 billion to fund an additional seven F-22 fighter aircraft is removed.

Obama and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates “are as serious as a heart attack on this,” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

catnip - 17 July 2009

“are as serious as a heart attack on this,”

She misspelled water board.

22. marisacat - 17 July 2009

Not a fan of Ellen Goodman OR Sotomayor.. but this from her column on the hearings… does get to it:

The would-be first Latina justice faces a committee with only two women members in order to get confirmed by a Senate with only 17 women for a seat on a court with only one woman. And yet Sotomayor has to prove that she isn’t biased.


And this from the column:

I am, of course, charmed to see conservatives decrying gender differences as un-American since they long used differences to justify women’s second-class status. Better they should turn their wrath on talk show host G. Gordon Liddy, who said of Sotomayor: “Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s menstruating.”

Or as NYCO said here once, electoral democracy really has nto worked out for women. I’d add, not just for women, either.

23. marisacat - 17 July 2009

I think this needs investigation.. why wasn’t Gawd (or Ganswein) there with a pillow for the wrist. Before it hit the ground.

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

The Pope Undergoes Surgery After Breaking His Wrist in a Fall, the Vatican Confirms [7:34 a.m. ET]

catnip - 17 July 2009

He was rushing to shake hands with SpongeBob, right? Please say it’s so.

BooHooHooMan - 17 July 2009

Surgery? For a boo-boo’d up wrist?
Suffered in a fall?

For a guy who’s supposed to be infallible?
{chortle, chortle}

marisacat - 17 July 2009

on vaca too.

24. marisacat - 17 July 2009

NYT magazine… had an abbreviated (“edited” and “condensed”) interview with Justice Ruth Ginsburg last Sunday… it is popping around for a couple of reasons… but this was in the last segment of the interview, which is several questions and answers on abortion…

Q: Let me ask you about the fight you waged for the courts to understand that pregnancy discrimination is a form of sex discrimination.

JUSTICE GINSBURG: I wrote about it a number of times. I litigated Captain Struck’s case about reproductive choice. [In 1972, Ginsburg represented Capt. Susan Struck, who became pregnant during her service in the Air Force. At the time, the Air Force automatically discharged any woman who became pregnant and told Captain Struck that she should have an abortion if she wanted to keep her job. The government changed the regulation before the Supreme Court could decide the case.] If the court could have seen Susan Struck’s case — this was the U.S. government, a U.S. Air Force post, offering abortions, in 1971, two years before Roe.

Q: And suggesting an abortion as the solution to Struck’s problem.

JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes. Not only that, but it was available to her on the base.

Gotta lvoe how hypocritical this country is.

25. marisacat - 17 July 2009

Gosh even with round the clock Xtian mentoring these guys have problems. Mrs Pickering, however, is suing the Mistress. Alienation of affection.

[L]eisha Pickering alleges that Creekmore Byrd’s”extramarital relationship” with Chip Pickering began again while he “was a United States Congressman prior to and while living in the well known C Street Complex in Washington, D.C.”

Chip Pickering, like Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, have lived in a Christian fellowship home on C Street Both Ensign and Sanford have been the subjects of adultery scandals in recent weeks. Ensign had an eight-month affair with a former campaign aide, Cindy Hampton, and he resigned his leadership post after admitting to the relationship. Sanford secretly left the United States to met his Argentine mistress, setting off a national furor over his disappearance. …

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0709/25067.html#ixzz0LWFsdFyL

26. catnip - 17 July 2009

Creekmore Byrd’s

Is that somebody’s name??

Sounds like another chapter of Christian Fratboys From Hell.

catnip - 17 July 2009

Oh…”Creekmore-Byrd” is her last name. Alrighty then…

27. marisacat - 17 July 2009

Meet the Press: HHS Sec. Sebelius, Senate Minority Leader McConnell. Roundtable with WSJ’s Paul Gigot, NY Times/CNBC’s John Harwood, NPR’s Michele Norris, Richard Wolffe.

Fox News Sunday: Orszag, Sen. Gregg, Buzz Aldrin. Roundtable with Kristol, Krauthammer, NPR’s Mara Liasson, NPR’s Juan Williams.

Face the Nation: Sen. Hatch, Rep. Rangel, RNC Chair Steele.

State of the Union: Orszag, Sens. Leahy and Sessions, Rev. Jesse Jackson.

28. catnip - 17 July 2009

Read this in my local paper:

A Canadian is just an unarmed American with health care. 😉

BooHooHooMan - 17 July 2009

Many of whom know Santa personally.
And can have their own pet Moose.
Which is why boys and girls, in addition to all that cool stuff including healthcare and better environmental policies- when it comes time for us to Duck and Cover here in the United States, it’s perfectly okay to go up to Canada and push those spoiled little Canadian children out from under THEIR desks so we can Duck and Cover up there…
They’re our neighbors, afterall…


catnip - 17 July 2009

We don’t have desks. We have zambonis.

marisacat - 17 July 2009

i so want a new threat assessment scale… it did not get repeated [much] but in the first reports it would be ”re done”, it was said it would have more gradations. then silencio… i am guessing somebody with real power in this country laughed really loudly.

29. catnip - 17 July 2009

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas will be on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher this friday (yes, the show is back live), along with fellow guests Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana, Anna Deavere Smith, and Jason Alexander.

And me without HBO. Darn 😛

30. marisacat - 17 July 2009

Mama! Mama! Daddy spoke! what do we do now!?

In White House statement Friday afternoon, president touts progress, but pushes hard for more.

Sends signals to everyone, including this key one:

“Health care must be deficit neutral over the next decade — and I mean it.”

“Those betting against this happening this year … are mistaken.”

Doesn’t repeat August deadline.

Via Halperin’ The Page, who links to an AP report.

catnip - 17 July 2009


We all know it’s coming.

31. marisacat - 17 July 2009



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