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Weekend… 17 July 2009

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.

A young zebra stands next to her mother at the Berlin zoo [AP]

It’s from a rather sweet Animals of the Week at the UK Telegraph, with some rather dear photos of cross species nursing and mothering (I know that gets overdone, but still…) and a man at the beach in Europe swimming and sunning (two photos) with his goose, who’s been a pet for 10 years… Parrots happy, off their perches…



1. marisacat - 17 July 2009

What a shock!

The Obama administration’s $50 billion program to curb foreclosures isn’t working, and the White House knows it.

Administration officials blame the mortgage servicers charged with carrying out the mortgage modifications and refinancing under the federal program. Many of their Democratic allies on Capitol Hill back them up, but others are criticizing the White House for fumbling the execution.

Whatever the reason, the program hasn’t stopped the rising tide of foreclosures: Experts predict that at least another 2 million homes will be lost this year, and the administration’s plan has so far reached only about 160,000 of the 3 million to 4 million homes it was supposed to protect over the next three years.

That’s bad news for the economy — and bad news for the Democrats. snip

2. marisacat - 17 July 2009

It wasn’t a coup d’etat! Just a Chiquita peel!

From Arbenz to Zelaya

Chiquita in Latin America


When the Honduran military overthrew the democratically elected government of Manuel Zelaya two weeks ago there might have been a sigh of relief in the corporate board rooms of Chiquita banana. Earlier this year the Cincinnati-based fruit company joined Dole in criticizing the government in Tegucigalpa which had raised the minimum wage by 60%.

Chiquita complained that the new regulations would cut into company profits, requiring the firm to spend more on costs than in Costa Rica: 20 cents more to produce a crate of pineapple and ten cents more to produce a crate of bananas to be exact. In all, Chiquita fretted that it would lose millions under Zelaya’s labor reforms since the company produced around 8 million crates of pineapple and 22 million crates of bananas per year. ….

3. BooHooHooMan - 17 July 2009

pinched off Drudge…

Oh Dear.

The Telegraph says

Diplomats: Iran has means to test bomb in 6 months

And Drudge Bud Brietbart reports TWO Alarming Developments-
Israeli warships rehearse for Iran attack in Red Sea:

Blah Blah Blah
Scary Scary Muslims


The The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile crashes into Wis. home

Now if THAT isn’t a sign from God ratifying the need for
The Security State.
Weiners Flying everywhere!

marisacat - 17 July 2009

Can’t we harness the wieners and aim them at Iran? From our missile shields (bases) in Eastern Yerp?

BooHooHooMan - 17 July 2009

I of course think that harnessed weiners should be entirely voluntary. But we do live in a country where Weiner Harnesses are likely , literally, to be a contract item in the Black Budget. That’s the Way It Is

BooHooHooMan - 17 July 2009
CSTAR - 17 July 2009

PapaRazzi should trade in his popemobile for the wienermobile. Selling wieners is less harmful than selling stale bread wafers.

marisacat - 17 July 2009

there you go……..

4. BooHooHooMan - 17 July 2009

HuffPo Digital Headline Plaster:

Obama Health Care Speech: Don’t Lose Heart

Why not? Think of the 😯 MONEY 😯 it’ll save.

5. BooHooHooMan - 17 July 2009
6. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2009

so, I was wondering … did Ganswein get too aggressive when Ratzi dropped the soap?

marisacat - 17 July 2009

well.. he was right behind Ratzy as he exited the hospital. All decked out in papal white, when he normally wears civvies when on vaca.

People applauded as the mini cortege walked forth, post surgery.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2009

I wonder if Versace whipped up a designer ermine sling.

catnip - 17 July 2009

Reminds me of this Reuters story: Hillary Clinton rejects notion of diminished role

blah blah blah…

Since she slipped and broke her elbow last month, Clinton has been forced out of the limelight, canceling two foreign trips and undergoing intense physical therapy.

She canceled 2 trips because she broke her elbow? Wimpette.

Just what kind of “intense” therapy is she getting that she can barely make it out the door?

BooHooHooMan - 17 July 2009

I dunno. They might make a nice Old Guy with Younger Dude internationally travelling couple….

..if it wasn’t for the brainwashing cult thing, the misogyny, the solicitation of tyrants, the concealing and consequent promotion of child abuse, rape, and psychological torture, the financial fraud on a global scale…. Other than that, – charming couple. {ugh boy}
FANTASTIC Art collection.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2009
8. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2009
9. marisacat - 17 July 2009

oh noe.

I think Gwen Ifill jsut said that Ob is going ot hold a prime time news conf Monday.

Noooooooo. Noooo say it isn’t so.

BUT/Also Jeane Cummings said they cancelled the press gaggle, I think for both today and yesterday (will check at WH.gov) as “it would just have been Gibbs getting pummeled on all the bad numbers, health care” and so on.

God help them when it gets really tough.

catnip - 18 July 2009

they cancelled the press gaggle

Run away! Run away!

When’s Obama going on holidays? In seclusion? For a few weeks?

catnip - 18 July 2009

The press conference is on Wednesday.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2009
Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2009

oops, thought this was a different picture, only just realized it’s the same one, only bigger.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 July 2009
12. catnip - 18 July 2009

What’s Next, Mr. President — Cardigans?

Barely six months into his presidency, Barack Obama seems to be driving south into that political speed trap known as Carter Country: a sad-sack landscape in which every major initiative meets not just with failure but with scorn from political allies and foes alike. According to a July 13 CBS News poll, the once-unassailable president’s approval rating now stands at 57 percent, down 11 points from April. Half of Americans think the recession will last an additional two years or more, 52 percent think Obama is trying to “accomplish too much,” and 57 percent think the country is on the “wrong track.”

Halo Polish on aisle 4!

marisacat - 18 July 2009

…57 percent think the country is on the “wrong track.”

”right track – wrong track” is one of the few measures I pay any attention to… and always mindful that what people might think is “right track” may be a universe away from what I think.


Madman in the Marketplace - 18 July 2009

too bad people didn’t listen to that Carter speech back then, at least where energy consumption is concerned. Traded it in for Ronnie Raygun fake prosperity fairy tales.

13. catnip - 18 July 2009
marisacat - 18 July 2009

but I just read that had reversed that, in terms of her family and (iirc) the doctor.

That sneaky Benny!

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 July 2009


From the thread:

Sincere question: (4+ / 0-)

Why is it politically acceptable for someone to say to a Catholic, “try Anglicanism”, without fear of anyone jumping down their throat and calling them a “hater” – but it is not politically acceptable for someone to say to a Catholic, “try atheism”?

One day posterity will remember, this strange era, these strange times, when ordinary common honesty was called courage. — Yevgeny Yevtushenko

by RandomActsOfReason on Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 01:10:58 PM PDT

And the well-considered answer?

ecause Anglicanism is basically the same thing (1+ / 0-)

The Anglican Church started (roughly) when the King of England wanted yet another annulment from the Pope and the Pope refused. The King then looked around and saw how much property and wealth the Catholic Church had. The King broke away from the Catholic Church to form the Church of England, with himself as head, taking most of their property with him.

The Anglican Church never started as a separate belief system. It was basically the Catholic Church without the Pope. That trend continues to a great extent today. Anglicans and Catholics can worship at each other’s churches and see the the same rituals and prayers. Because of this there has been a fair amount of priests going from one to another.

Technically the Anglican Church isn’t protestant. It occupies a space between Catholicism and protestantism.

The biggest difference, besides the Pope, between the two churches is that the Anglican Church gives lay people and parishioners significant control over the operation of churches, allowing them to decide financial matters, choose their priests, elect their bishops and have votes in deciding Church policy.

by Kineslaw on Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 01:46:10 PM PDT


this one is even better:

No, but (1+ / 0-)

One’s identity is often tied up in what groups you were raised in. Stepping away from one of those groups is often a painful process. Suggesting a Catholic who wants to step away from the Catholic Church try the Anglican Church is telling them of someplace that is different, but still comfortable.

It’s like telling a Republican to become an Independent if they are not comfortable in the Democratic Party yet.

by Kineslaw on Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 02:12:59 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

A regular Paris salon over there.

catnip - 18 July 2009

It wasn’t “painful” for me to leave the Catholic church. Not one bit.

14. marisacat - 18 July 2009


This Week appears to have the best line-up 🙄

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.

This Week: Preempted for British Open coverage.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 July 2009

Now watch this drive!

15. marisacat - 18 July 2009
BooHooHooMan - 18 July 2009

The surefire way a challenger should KNOW they’re toast –
When the Dem political spouse/prop shrieks

Who the FUCK hired JOE TRIPPI?!!???


marisacat - 18 July 2009

He’s such a joke. And, I would guess, a thief too… all his drivel of liberalism or the old mantras of liberalism of a certain stripe in the US … and I think all the while he is busy absconding with campaign cash. Howard was an extreme example of that… but I suspect he always does it.

BooHooHooMan - 19 July 2009

$40= million raised for Howard- Poof!
With Markos as a suckling.
And that SEC sanctioned pump and dump stock peddler –
Jerome Armstrong , too. Laughable, really, if it wasn’t so corrosive.

16. BooHooHooMan - 19 July 2009

~ AP / Via HuffPo

Taliban Video Shows a Captive US soldier ….

If so – anyone wanna rethink
our Torture Rape and Murder
As-One-Of-Those-Captive – Things – Policy NOW?

Obama, that weak piece of shit. Obama had the opportunity to make a clean break, prosecute U.S. War Criminals , and withdraw our troops from this futile war. But no. It’s about Money, and taking his orders from the War Profiteers, the Oil Lords and Monied Interests. About the only thing this Nothing of a President will be remembered for is sucking the muddy crusty balls of the Pentagon Pigs. He used his “Historic” First 100 Days to establish himself as Cheney’s Nigger in the White House.

And now, it’s Obama and HIS asinine Surge that can be “thanked” if this guy the Taliban captured in Afghanistan spends his dying moments beaten to a bloody pulp as teams of “interrogators” or “guards” set upon him, before, perhaps, impaling him and taking “trophy” photographs meant for Oo Rah circulation…

And Obama? Worst case scenario?
After the staged rallies are soon seen as fake as the Faker in Chief?
Carter Territory is too good for him…

Obama is like all the other shits- certainly from Reagan on out –
Pursuing Political Power for the Service of Money. To willingly serve —-> and be commandeered by <— Money, by the MIC.. What else is there for a shit who -, by his own admission, eschews political ideology? Another concurrent piece, perhaps even moreso in Obama than in any other politician that I've observed in my lifetime, is that his pursuit of Power is a remarkably shallow dilettante's Vanity.

At least some of the shits before Reagan had a sense of Power as a utility, and had a sense of it's price, not having attained it so cheaply…Obama , neither Leader nor Administrator, by necessity has had to fluff through his Made-for-the-Evangelical Age shtick…Inevitably, tho as neither Leader nor Administrator, when, in His Surge, he LOSES soldiers, or gathers them in parts to present the remains to their families, when he presides over the utter ruin of our economy and then LOSES the War itself… neither Saviour not The One He will be…

I’ve considered the possibility that this captured soldier in AfPak could be DOD or CIA media manipulation , disinfo, as a booster for unrestrained warfare. Doesn’t matter – we and our “targets” both are coming to grief with this escalation. And as callous as it sounds, this fellow – or one like him is suffering the terrors of warfare that we have been exporting with zeal.

As for Obama-
Charismatic . Weak. Ineffectual. Incompetent and don’t forget – CORRUPT. That’s how he – all this is going to go down.
Sadly, it’s along with the well being and lives of billions of people on the planet. And many individuals in captivity tonight….

marisacat - 19 July 2009

Sorry again!.. Spam file caught this one.. held, til I found after about an hour.


marisacat - 19 July 2009

they .. whoever is the Permanent Govermrnment, elements of the mil and the corps – ahve wide leeway for war now under Obama.

As the fake, posturing Left drowns itself, voluntarily, in the bathtub.

All so neatly done… too.

marisacat - 19 July 2009

well… the last one I can specifically recall, being captured, was in a copter crash.. “militants” swarmed forth and got one. And, again if I recall correctly, as those rescued rose in the rescue helicopter, they saw him hacked to death below. At least as was reported here in the US…

None of this is going t end well. How could it.

17. BooHooHooMan - 19 July 2009

From 2004. Five Years Ago.

Kids sodomized at Abu Ghraib, Pentagon has the videos – Hersh

Perhaps one of the best discussions that occured there.
Marisacat’s commentary is haunting .

The thing is Hersh will (4.00 / 4)
report it and it will be reported in Europe (continentalprimarily with spill to the UK, the UK suffers from Rupertism as do we)
but this needs massive release in America.

This has been known since it broke and was rumored for months beofre that.

Now the issue is, who is with us in this country, amongst those who hold the information. Hersh yes, but it takes more.

I still say, we don’t look this in the face and deal with it, we are finished as a nation.

BTW anytime the Pentagon gives up some of thier 2000 photos (which show women and children) is fine.

by Marisacat on Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 05:31:11 PM PDT

And –
On the dereliction of apologists and minimization.
That certainly has come back to haunt us, no? –

MIkeI believe you missed (4.00 / 8)
the reporting on a special “re-show and re-tell” that Lieberman, Santorum and Brownback held for the media a few weeks ago. They stated that the issue of pain and torture needed to be fully expressed and was misunderstood in reported Abu Ghraib. They showed photos and retold stories of torture under Saddam. Only our client and asset for many years.

If people finally get it about Lieberman I would be happy.

He still has his defenders here. The professional consulting class of the party continue to like him.

by Marisacat on Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 05:38:09 PM PDT

Ah well. Lieberman has a defender in the Oval Office now.
And Specter, the guy who campaigned for Santorum –
Specter now has OBAMA campaigning for Him…..
And Obama has his own Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell about Torture.

Well done, Marisa, Well done.

marisacat - 19 July 2009

Ah well. Lieberman has a defender in the Oval Office now.
And Specter, the guy who campaigned for Santorum –
Specter now has OBAMA campaigning for Him…..
And Obama has his own Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell about Torture.

The authoritarians all hang together… still.

BooHooHooMan - 19 July 2009

That HuffPo/AP piece on the US soldier held captive got me poking around archives on torture and Abu Graib
I still say, we don’t look this in the face and deal with it, we are finished as a nation.


Now the issue is, who is with us in this country,

.What a beacon, you, in ’04-

18. BooHooHooMan - 19 July 2009

comment in moderation
….on US Soldier , Torture Policy in Taliban Hands now…

marisacat - 19 July 2009

Sorry! Out now! (I was compiling my list at drugstore.com!, 😆 )

19. BooHooHooMan - 19 July 2009

How did we ever get so fucked?
From poking around the roots ..
I found this blip illustrating as well as any our demise, the utter mush that stands for credibility.
N.B. – David Waldman is the guy Markos Moulitsas touts as an “expert” blogging on Congress. I wonder if the guy can find a urinal or just pisses himself..

Learn something new every day. (none / 0)
Interesting list. I can’t recall ever even having heard of Baqubah, Ad-Dujayl or Samarra before.

Basrah and Fallujah? Sure. Baghdad? Of course. But not these other ones. Must be more of that attacks=desperation stuff. More attacks obviously means more desperation.

by David Waldman on Fri Sep 24, 2004 at 03:34:24 PM PDT

Those places have (none / 0)
have been under attack, either regular or periodic assault, all along. Last summer, 03, as well.

by Marisacat on Fri Sep 24, 2004 at 03:42:38 PM PDT

Yup (none / 0)
Baqubah in particular has been a very hot spot since alst year.


by Dancing Larry on Fri Sep 24, 2004 at 03:58:12 PM PDT

[ Parent ]
baqubah has (none / 0)
a very bad rep. two halliburton employees were killed there, and the recreational director has shrapnel in his leg.
they get mortared every day. we have lost alot of soldiers in baqubah.

Any man can stand some adversity. If you really want to know a man’s character, give him power. Abe Lincoln.

by maskling11 on Fri Sep 24, 2004 at 04:08:42 PM PDT

marisacat - 19 July 2009

Oh what a scream! Apparently the trickle Waldman feels on HIS leg is urine. Being unable to find the urinal, much less the mens’ room.

What a hoot!

20. marisacat - 19 July 2009

gnu …


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