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I feel like the one in the middle… 29 July 2009

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Four snowy owl hatchlings sit in a basket at Geiselwind leisure park in Germany [EPA]

A little under the weather here, tho buoyed by a soft rain that fell in the city last night, a somewhat rare event for us in the summertime…  I will let the hatchlings in Geiselwind carry the day….




1. marisacat - 29 July 2009



Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 29, 2009

Statement from the President on Health Insurance Reform Efforts in Congress

“I want to thank the members of both the Senate and House of Representatives for continuing their work on health reform to provide more stability and security for Americans who have insurance, and quality, affordable coverage for those who don’t. I’m especially grateful that so many members, including some Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee, are working so hard to find common ground. Those efforts are extraordinarily constructive in strengthening this legislation and bringing down its cost.”

common ground = losing ground

2. catnip - 29 July 2009
marisacat - 29 July 2009

I think I read they are (so to speak) related thru the Inch of Niall. Or Nine Inch Nail. Or Naill of Inch. 😆 Maybe they can all compare familial heraldry over the beers. Can this get more drawn out?

Then again I also read that PBS has put a stop to more of his DNA shows till he better substantiates the science, or his use of the science…. Whoops.

Maybe they, PBS corporate backers, could jsut look a little closer over all.

catnip - 29 July 2009

Well, let’s hope they all get sloshed at the WH and end up sleeping together in Lincoln’s bedroom…or something.

Madman in the Marketplace - 29 July 2009


I thought that was going to be a link to the Onion.

3. catnip - 29 July 2009

Sully has a tantrum:

On The Birthers

So many readers are furious that I have dared to ask the president to show the original copy of his birth certificate. The reason for demanding it is the same reason for demanding basic medical records proving Sarah Palin is the biological mother of Trig.

Because it would make it go away and it’s easily done.

I’m tired of these public officials believing they have some right to privacy. They don’t. It’s the price of public office. If you don’t like it, don’t be president. And for goodness’ sake, don’t run for president on a platform of transparency.

marisacat - 29 July 2009

what an odd thing to surface on. He’s used Iran and all sorts of issues to mask having to comment on Obster issues. And helpfully was on sabbatical, as they called it, for weeks.

BUT I certainly have ntoiced that, cued from somehwere, all of the “lib dem” Blahgs and mouthpieces are spending a lot of time and column space on Birthering.

Josh Marhsall last Friday had one of the longest pieces he has ever written at the site, on his main page. I did nto bother to read it.

Did they think that mess would blow Cambridge off the map?

catnip - 29 July 2009

The other thing that they’re not looking at is the NJ/NY corruption story – at least not at dkos and certainly not in the kind of detail they would be if the culprits had been mostly Repub and non-Jewish. Very telling, afaic.

4. marisacat - 29 July 2009

On and on it goes:

[T]he new version of the bill would allow for states to set up health care co-ops, which the Senate has advanced as an alternative to the controversial government-sponsored health care plans advanced in the House. The House bill still includes a so-called “public” health care option, but liberals are concerned that the co-ops create a backdoor for states and insurers to avoid using the public insurance option.

“No way we’re voting for a bill that’s got this stuff in it,” said California Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a leader of the Progressive Caucus. …

Link to Politico

catnip - 29 July 2009

“co-op” sounds awfully commie. I’m just sayin’…

ms_xeno - 29 July 2009

I letter the signs once a week for our co-op. We always run out of the red markers and the black markers first.


5. marisacat - 29 July 2009

All the way to page 3 of the headlining articfe at Politico on the health care 000ps I mean INSURANCE REFORM bill… is this:

If Republicans involved in the talks can hold off on completing a deal until after the recess, the chances of actually reaching one could diminish significantly.


link to politico

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 July 2009

So apparently old people believe that the Nigerian Candidate, after he destroys the gov’t, economy and makes us commies, is going to walk up to elderly people and give them a choice between a bullet in the head or a dry cleaning bag held over their heads with a rubber band … to save money on his healthcare plan, which is still supposed to cost more than all the money ever spent in like forever ….

Never seizes to amaze me that the donks lose over and over to made up crap.

catnip - 29 July 2009

give them a choice between a bullet in the head or a dry cleaning bag held over their heads with a rubber band … to save money on his healthcare plan,

Their organs are worth $$$. And, apparently, that’s kosher.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 July 2009

fucking wimps piddling in their tighty whities:

US border station scraps sign that says “United States” because terrorists might attack it

Four years ago, when the federal General Services Administration unveiled its plans for a new border-crossing station here in northeastern New York State, the design was presented as part of the agency’s campaign to raise the dismal standards of government architecture. Even many in the famously fractious architectural community celebrated the complex — particularly its main building, emblazoned with glossy yellow, 21-foot-high letters spelling “United States” — as a rare project the government could point to with pride…

Yet three weeks ago, less than a month after the station opened, workers began prying the big yellow letters off the building’s facade on orders from Customs and Border Protection. The plan is to dismantle the rest of the sign this week…

“There were security concerns,” said Kelly Ivahnenko, a spokeswoman for the customs agency. “The sign could be a huge target and attract undue attention. Anything that would place our officers at risk we need to avoid.”

Then Ivahnenko curled up in a fetal position and started to suck her thumb, eyes wild with fear.

marisacat - 29 July 2009

“The sign could be a huge target and attract undue attention. Anything that would place our officers at risk we need to avoid.”

Well…. Achtung! to you too sweetie.

8. catnip - 29 July 2009

Hughley doesn’t believe the Gates incident was a case of racial profiling, and thought it wouldn’t have escalated if the professor had known one of his neighbors had called the police. He also doesn’t think it will be a lasting issue.

“If Al Sharpton ain’t marching, then it ain’t a big deal,” he said.


9. ms_xeno - 29 July 2009

…Never seizes to amaze me that the donks lose over and over to made up crap….

They haven’t lost anything Madman. Nobody’s rushing to threaten their incumbencies over this, or take away their taxpayer-funded care.

SMBIVA has been pretty cogent on that over the last few days, though Paine seems to be heavily into the half-a-loaf-is-better theory on the Donks’ plan. I might agree with him, if the half-loaf wasn’t full of ground glass and other highly problematic additives.

End of story on that.

In other news: It’s hotter than fuck here, and I’m temping in a fucking warehouse. No lie. At least they splurged and turned all the fans on this week.

Madman in the Marketplace - 29 July 2009

well, good point … though one would think it would get boring being the Judy to the Republican Punch all the time.

ms_xeno - 29 July 2009


Well, it bores me for sure. That’s why I gave up politics and took up carving statues of recently deceased pop stars out of butter.

I bought a special refrigerated Hummer for this purpose. It was marked down.

marisacat - 29 July 2009

That’s why I gave up politics and took up carving statues of recently deceased pop stars out of butter.

for some reason that made me laugh.. so hard i projected bits of a heath bar i was chewing a bite of .. out into the near stratosphere… 😆

ms_xeno - 30 July 2009

Ah, it didn’t make the news in these parts? The big summer festival in Iowa was supposed to have a “Moonwalk” butter carving featuring you-know-who, but it was apparently nixed due to “public outcry.”

I heard this while kibbitzing a trivia contest at a local bar a few days ago. mr_xeno won a box of toffee-coated popcorn, two Simpsons pins, some bubble gum shaped like characters from Spongebob, and a poster featuring Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.* I was so proud of him. [beams]

*Not a paid endorsement.

marisacat - 29 July 2009

weather in Portland and Seattle made the national evening snooze.

meanwhile we have had one of our traditional mostly cool, plenty of fog and overcast summers. After several years of sweating thru 3 week heatwaves that few would admit were actually happening – and the wild fires that came with it.

Go figure.

moiv - 29 July 2009

Hard as it might be to believe, I don’t listen to KGO at night just to let the dulcet tones of Ray Taliaferro lull me to sleep. The real draw is the weather report. In the dark with the AC running, I tell myself that it really is 56 degrees outside — although right now it’s almost springlike, only 82.

ms_xeno - 30 July 2009


marisacat - 29 July 2009

Speaking os SMBIVA.. I esp loved the one of the not so happy fortunes of those who worked directly for Oblander to push him into office. Pretty damned tragic, except so many are suffering

10. ms_xeno - 29 July 2009

Mcat, I picked up a giant cheap-ass chocolate bar at some remainder store on my way home today. By the time I got the damn thing home. (40 min. trip) it had literally liquified inside the shopping bag. Through some miracle, the wrapping didn’t break or burst. I lifted it from the bag with a metal spatula and slid into the fridge.

Butterscotch overcame her usual fear of the electric fan when she figured out that it does more than make loud noises. 😀

catnip - 29 July 2009


Good to hear you rescued your chocolat and that cooler heads prevailed. 😉

ms_xeno - 30 July 2009

Indeed. Sorry for the pronoun trouble there. I did not actually get in the fridge with the chocolate, but it did make a miraculous recovery, I’m sure. 😀

11. marisacat - 29 July 2009

jsut caught a sniggle of Napolitano on with Charlie as I was surfing along. she seems anesthetised. Or somnolent. Or cauterised. Or soemthing. Not awake, aware and with us, frankly.

moiv - 29 July 2009

She was on with Maher the other night via remote video, and I noticed the same thing. Not so much somnolent then as cauterized, perhaps … at any rate, highly strained, to the point that I could almost ‘feel’ her muscle tension. She seemed to be gripping the table or desk, and leaning forward into the camera. And the voice was so tight it was nearly monotone.

Of course, if I’d had to recite the script they gave her, I’d likely not have done half as well. Lock the jaw and enunciate clearly when you say “inside the Homeland.”

marisacat - 29 July 2009

it was so evident… painful too. And Charlie just followed her to greater somnolence.

What a fucking mess we are in. She may never have been a winner but I do remember when she seemed alive. Geesh.

12. marisacat - 29 July 2009


John Caruso via Tiny Revolution on Cambridge Events.

# Until now, I never realized so many people in this society had such powerful ESP—you know, the kind that allows them to make unequivocal assertions about the innermost thoughts and intentions of people they’ve read about via second- and third hand accounts in sketchy news stories. It’s a little scary to discover we’re surrounded by psychics.

And finally: from now on, I’ll take Henry Gates’ attributions of racism every bit as seriously as I do Abe Foxman’s attributions of anti-Semitism.

13. marisacat - 29 July 2009

In my dreamier moments I get images of a long sprawl of wild and crazy queer queens in all manner of dress, undress, make up, no make up, running after Obama with pitchforks, lightning bolts, spears of fire, etc. It does make me smile…

Via Americablog… I hope they and Sullification are not tooooo surprised.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) had an amendment to the Defense Appropriations that would have prevented funding any DADT investigation. That’s the kind of procedural tactic Republicans have used for years to stop funding of programs they didn’t like. For years, Republicans blocked federal funding of DC’s domestic partnerships and needle exchange. I’m not sure if this was the best approach, but, sometimes, the only way to make progress is to use (or abuse) the appropriations process.

But, a funny (or not so funny) thing happened on the way to the Appropriations bill mark-up. In his own words, Hastings was pressured by the White House and others to drop his amendment.

There is no White House strategy to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Still. …

maybe they should picket the WH, carry signs and banners of Rahm in a tutu…. there are pics of him in ballet drag. Be creative. I’d be using those youthful pics of Only Begotten Son, the ones that were locked away in a bank vault til the election was over. There is a whiff of gigolo about them… 😆 I sure don’t think they were hidden just because he was photographed iwth a cigarette, all those years ago…

14. BooHooHooMan - 29 July 2009

LOL. Okay – who wrote it?
Who hopped over the fence and took a dump on their lawn?

The Democratic Party Sucks? What You Say?!?!
by Bear Report

Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 07:40:09 PM PDT

So the comically tragic situation surrounding the fucking health care mess is making a lot of people upset. It’s making a lot of people say things like “damnit” and “piss” and “fuck” and “pissfuck”. Some people are trying to find silver linings with the situation, that the Blue Dogs didn’t win that much, that this reform will help us some way. It won’t. Some people are surprised at how the Democrats have pussified their way through this whole process. They shouldn’t be.

* Bear Report’s diary :: ::

The Democratic Party is beholden to the same corporate interests as the Republican Party. They’re just a little gentler to us about it – or actually, they’re probably worse because they have the balls to lie to get us to vote for them. It doesn’t matter if the Dems have 60 votes, 70 votes, 80 votes in the senate. They could have a 434-1 majority in the house with only Michelle Bachmann with a little “R” by her name.

And it wouldn’t matter.

No matter what who is in Washington, anytime any bill more significant than renaming a post office in honor of whatever local politician died from cancer last week, you will hear one sound emanating from Washington. It’s a giant sucking sound. No, it’s not the sound of money being sucked out of your wallet, or freedoms being sucked right out of the constitution.

It’s the sound of a million dicks being sucked at once.

It makes no sense to say “Congress” and “Business Interests”. They are one in the fucking same. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a Republican or a Democrat. This website is supposed to be for people of more liberal leanings, and guess what? Unless Sanders or Kucinich is your congressman, the person that you elected to put into office doesn’t represent you in the slightest. All they represent is the effort to take money out of your pocket and funnel it up, up, upwards, all to the untaxed, unregulated one percent. We are a center left country, and I truly believe this, but we are stuck with far right leadership.

There aren’t 50 “Blue Dogs”.
They are all Blue Dogs

Well now. Rather snippy. LOL
Make room at the table….

marisacat - 29 July 2009

Bang the drum… someone won:

It doesn’t matter if the Dems have 60 votes, 70 votes, 80 votes in the senate. They could have a 434-1 majority in the house with only Michelle Bachmann with a little “R” by her name.

And it wouldn’t matter.

ms_xeno - 30 July 2009

Amended for clarity:

“…and it wouldn’t matter, until mid-terms when we alllllll go back to throwing our arms around these sociopathic twerpface collaborators and saying, ‘Don’t be afraid, li’l Democwat! We noble Pwoggies shall again save you from the eviiiiiiil Right Wingers! (And all those Left-leaning challengers, who are really working for Right Wingers!) We will!! Here, have some more votes and all the pennies I could dig up from inside the couch! Me LOVES youuuuuu!!”

catnip - 29 July 2009

Yikes! Popcorn a la mode for that one.

15. lucid - 29 July 2009

So I was perusing the Notre Dame student manual tonight [don’t ask…] and came across this gem:

Because a genuine and complete expression of love through sex requires a commitment to a total living and sharing together of two persons in marriage, the University believes that sexual union should occur only in marriage. Students found in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary suspension or permanent dismissal.

Unless of course you are a priest taking advantage of a ‘confused’ young man…

marisacat - 29 July 2009

why do I think that the believers of God Is In The Mix, like Ob and, I would guess, Snob… did not wait. For the Holy Threesome.

How much more drawn out can the religious loons make it.
lemme outta here!

16. lucid - 29 July 2009

I always knew this was the policy. My dad was a chairman of a department there [and one wonders why I didn’t go there to get a free education]. But that was two decades ago – and it hasn’t changed? Really? In 2009 they still kick you out for fucking?

marisacat - 29 July 2009

I bet God jumps into bed with anyone, at anytime. License or not…………..

How bizarre.

lucid - 29 July 2009

Well, if one really believes in god, apparently it fucks everything that moves… in all senses… what other possible interpretation of Genesis is there?

marisacat - 29 July 2009

yeah agree…

Gawd is probably some permutation mutation of Arnold in the old Terminator persona.

LOL I remember calling a gay friend when Arnold popped up for the Recall.. and I said, so?… as stories were around of the 24 hour filming in the old Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach… and my friend said, oh I am sure he fucked anything that moved. Male, Female, over age, under age. Whatever.

That’d be Gawd.

17. lucid - 29 July 2009

And more:

Undergraduate residence halls will set their visitation hours within the following limits: visiting hours for guests of the opposite sex are not to begin before 9 a.m. on any day and are not to extend beyond 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and midnight on Sunday through Thursday nights. Overnight parietal violations are considered serious violations, and students who commit such violations shall be subject to disciplinary suspension or permanent dismissal.

So not is there only no fucking… but snuggling is against the law!

catnip - 30 July 2009

and the counting of the holy hand grenade shall be…

18. marisacat - 29 July 2009

Holder: “You can disagree with me but when you start to call me dishonest, then you have a fight with me.”

Did we ask? If Holder was or was not? Did we say?

But it sure popped up………

catnip - 30 July 2009

Well, let’s hope he gets loaded and drops into the suds summit to beat someone up.

19. catnip - 30 July 2009

ms_x…41C yesterday in your neck of the woods?? Merde.

In other news, today is National Cheesecake Day and I plan to celebrate.

BooHooHooMan - 30 July 2009

Oh shit now the Celsius from the Canadian tryin to force those
Canady/Canadytemps on us. LOL


I’ll have you know I am only TWICE the moron in real life when using the Celsius Blogger to Meatspace Conversion formula.
Wait- that can’t be right…{double checking}
Son of a gun…It IS. I’m a Total Asshole in Celsius. AND FAHREHEIT.

BooHooHooMan - 30 July 2009

Not to mention the Spelling of Fahrenheit.

catnip - 30 July 2009

All your temperatures are belong to us.

BooHooHooMan - 30 July 2009

Luv ya, truly, you know that…

BooHooHooMan - 30 July 2009

But I still can’t help but thinking you guys are somehow chiseling us with that Celsius thing. A few degrees here, a few degrees there…LOL

(Okay I’m done.)

20. catnip - 30 July 2009

Are Liberal Netroots Groups Helping Obama Fail?

…We need activist leaders who have a clearer idea of who Obama is. He’s not one of us. He’s one of them — a politician bent on placating corporate interests. We knew all we needed to know about his current worldview from all the corporatists he put in top jobs.

And from the fact that he felt the need — six weeks into his administration, after the middle-class bailed out Wall Street — to call up the New York Times and assure the world that his policies were not socialist but were “entirely consistent with free market principles.” At a time the corporate greedsters and free-market ideologues had been exposed as having threatened the economic well-being of the world, they weren’t the ones on the defensive. They weren’t doing the apologizing. Obama was on the defensive; he was apologizing to them!

When Democratic leaders start borrowing right wing rhetoric, we know our activism has not been strong or progressive enough. At the AARP townhall Tuesday, Obama described a public option as “controversial, I understand people are worried about that.” He went on to assure his audience that “nobody is talking about . . . government-run health care” or “a Canadian-style plan.” At one point, he further assured seniors that no “bureaucratic law in Washington” would interfere in their healthcare decisions — seeming to adopt the faux-populism of anti-government rightists. Yet he seems incapable of anti-corporate populism, even with despised industries like Wall Street and health insurance.

I have huge respect for the smart young activists who built up the Netroots, unleashing all sorts of progressive possibilities for our country. But I’m bothered by their often ineffectual, Beltway-originated, halfway demands.

marisacat - 30 July 2009

sorry this got stuck in Moderation… out now!

21. BooHooHooMan - 30 July 2009

LMAO. Markos’ Stunt Double

Baby face Mayor of Hoboken Peter Cammarano to resign Fri.

So says Corzine at least.

LOL. The motherfucker was in office a little more than THREE WEEKS.

I’d like to see him NOT Resign. Not yet-
Fuhhhck ….milk it , baby….

I hope he Blago-fies the sitchomolation a bit ,
just fucks Corzine, that hapless tool …
and Ob’s political “juice” along with it.
It’d be nice to show the whole rotted mess for what it is…

My guess on CammIranAscam is he’ll go…. laughably done via the templated “noble” gesture::

“for the Good ______(Pilagees- “People” “Citizens”, etc)
of ________” (fill in pillaged entity)
“who deserve a full time……….” .(Pillager’s Official Cover)

which, incidentally , NO.
No they don’t.
They deserve Anarchy.
As does the rest of the people in this state. Frankly we need a clean break from the Donklephant Partisans Cons. Immediately.

marisacat - 30 July 2009


Was Hoboken ever not corrupt I wonder.

22. marisacat - 30 July 2009

Obama says it is “jes folks” havin’ a beer tonight.

I am not being silly, nor offensive…. he’s been dropping “g”s madly, for weeks, and it was “jes”.

Please, wear alligator cow boy boots tonight and a bolo tie. PUHLEEZE.

23. marisacat - 30 July 2009

“But nor…”

Looking at the long-term fiscal crisis and then watching Washington carry on as normal can provoke cynicism and depression. It shouldn’t. Obama is steering this very big ocean liner in a very rough gale inch by inch in a more positive direction. It’s not my job to cheer-lead this; but nor is it my role to constantly deride it for its limitations and failures. Criticize? Yes. Deride? No. I’m still with him. I want him to succeed.

Sully. Back on the big ocean liner. And the reader email he is responding to is a doozy.

The reader states, using 1890s and 1920s era engagements as examples, that we have had uglier war involvements… Oh please, our wars are racist wars. They are ALL bad. bad bad bad bad.

Reader, in part:

[T]hree reasons: First, it’s probably not true that US society has entered into some kind of end-stage moral decrepitude. The political elite has been more corrupt, the people at large more hateful, our foreign entanglements uglier (consider the 1890s, or 1920s), and we have bounced back. We have been freer than we are, less free, and less free after being freer. …

Save me. From the beer swillin’ folks and the pundits and readers.

24. BooHooHooMan - 30 July 2009

Earthy. Straightforward. Unaffected.
Along those lines…

Either John Kerry has a message grounding problem…

Who Lost the Earth?
John Kerry
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Posted: July 30, 2009 04:25 PM

…or Kerry is so distraught by his irrelevance that he has entered
Martian Wormlike Creatures Living in My Neighbor’s Navel Have Apparently Absconded With The Planet Territory.

Competent Political Advise for John Forbes Kerry Heinz?

Just Don’t say ANYTHING, John…Just, just….Just DON”T.
Eat a pickle or something. You can do that, can’t ya John?

BooHooHooMan - 30 July 2009

And the joke is he prolly didn’t write it himself.
Senator Aloof Doof Extraordinaire.

marisacat - 30 July 2009

Kerry has too many problems. Waaay too many.

25. marisacat - 30 July 2009

gnu post


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