Love to know… 27 July 2009Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
Parakeets on a bird feeder in a London garden. Around 90% of the UK’s population of wild parakeets are believed to live in the London area. It is feared that the parakeets, which nest in holes and crevices in trees, may displace British species such as woodpeckers and starlings [Phil Cole/Getty Images]
Love to know.. what the one on the right is saying… Maybe: Margaret! Who do you think you are? I wanted that corn kernel, I know there are thousands in the feeder but I wanted that ONE!… what do you think you are, a princess?
These pictures of wild parakeets visiting garden feeders (and it may be one garden where the pics are taken, for all I know) are popping up in the UK photo galleries.
Beats the nattering of pols. Which will only get worse as we slide on the grease into an election season. No, no!, say it is not so!
UPDATE, 5:14 on the Pacific Ocean
Not sure who asked this as I took it from the WH released transcript that Political Wire carries.. but so fucking mealy mouthed.
Q Robert, following up with the President on health care last week in the news conference, he was asked about the negotiations on C-SPAN and he said — his response in part was that —
MR. GIBBS: Are you pitching this for CNN or — (laughter) —
Q Well, I was hoping that maybe we could talk about that after this briefing. (Laughter.) But in all seriousness, at the news conference, the President’s response on C-SPAN was that the sort of opening ceremonies of the debate were on C-SPAN when you had some of the players — but that’s not really what the President promised. In August, in Virginia, I think it was, he had a campaign event and he said, “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table” — have doctors, nurses, hospitals, insurance companies, drug companies, you get the idea. He went on further. What went wrong?
MR. GIBBS: Well, Ed, I appreciate that we’ve done a postmortem now that the entire process is over, but given the earlier questions we’ve got a long way to go —
Q It’s not a postmortem; it’s from the opening ceremonies until now. There’s been a lot of negotiations and it has not been the way the President promised.
MR. GIBBS: Well, I can’t speak for the committee process on Capitol Hill. I’m sure you’ve got calls in —
Q But it’s the President of the United States, this is his initiative and he made this promise as a candidate. Why does he not follow through?
MR. GIBBS: The President feels very comfortable with the amount of transparency that we’ve had. The President feels — we’ve done any number of events on this. We’ve shown who’s been in here to talk to the White House. And I wouldn’t shut the door on something happening further.
Q Okay, last thing on this is — which is — he was also asked, as part of that question about the health care executives and lobbyists who were at the White House, about the records of that. And he noted accurately that it had been released shortly before the news conference. Why did it take a group like CREW, the watchdog group, to complain about this for you to release the names of those people, when you talk about transparency?
The President — you put out a schedule every night saying the President is having these meetings tomorrow. Why were those meetings not released in real-time during this debate, as it was played out?
MR. GIBBS: Ed, I’ll let you in on a little secret: Everything that we do at the White House isn’t on the daily guidance.
Q Okay. But this is a big debate that the President, as a candidate, said it’s going to be open and transparent. We didn’t set the standard. The President set the standard. He said —
MR. GIBBS: I feel like you should swear me in.
Q Well, because you keep kind of pushing it off with a joke or something. I’m trying to get a serious question. He made this promise.
MR. GIBBS: Right. Again, Ed, the President feels very comfortable with his level of transparency, which is why you have those names.
Mush. In a bowl with a spoon