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The kitty did it… 8 August 2009

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.

Photo found here… photog:  http://www.swilliamshaw.com/

Too funny… Man says kitty down loaded kiddie porn.

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 7) — Florida investigators say a man accused of downloading child pornography is blaming his cat.

Keith Griffin of Jensen Beach is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after detectives found more than 1,000 images on his home computer.

According to a sheriff’s report Friday, Griffin told investigators that his cat jumped on the computer keyboard while he was downloading music.

He said he had left the room and found “strange things” on his computer when he returned.

Griffin is being held on $250,000 bond in the Martin County jail. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

If kitty did it, it would be a picture of the more than thousand lb marlin snagged the other day… NOT children.  Night shots, the fresh fish all but breathing at the famous Tokyo fish market.  Shots of chickens strutting about in the yard, cat drool on the computer screen.  Paw marks in the dried drool………..  And so on.

Must be the most desperate defense ever floated!

I have to say tho, when I googled for images of “big fat kitty”… I got more than a few shots of female … display,  shall we say…



1. marisacat - 8 August 2009

Roubini has a piece up on countries / regions, holding on or doing well in the Big Global Downturn.

In some cases it is a mixed bag:


The Philippines’ stalwart consumers saved the economy from the recessions that plagued its more export-dependent neighbors. Remittances proved surprisingly resilient despite the global economic slowdown as Filipino laborers, especially professional or skilled workers, continued to find strong demand overseas. This was partly due to the government’s diligence in forging new hiring agreements with several countries. Unperturbed remittance growth shielded domestic demand from high unemployment rates at home, which is obscured by the country’s very loose definition of employment. In the meantime, however, dependence on external demand for Filipino labor denotes a lack of progress in developing the local economy. Apart from land grabs by Persian Gulf countries, the Philippines has attracted little foreign investment of the kind needed to create jobs and lift Filipinos out of the poverty that afflicts a third of the country’s 90 million people. (For more, see Philippines 2009 Growth Outlook: A Recession-less Bright Spot in Asia?)

2. marisacat - 8 August 2009

HA! Enduring associations… I guess!

War crimes unto the nations

“Two South African organizations have called for 70 South Africans to be prosecuted for involvement in war crimes allegedly committed by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in December and January.”

Posted by As’ad at 8:49 AM

An extra tidbit from the JPost article:

[S]ome 70 South Africans are listed in the affidavit for prosecution as they had served in the Israeli army. Their names are withheld due to the fact that they are suspects. It is unclear if these people served in the IDF during Cast Lead and whether they retain their South African citizenship.

South African law forbids its citizens from serving in a foreign military; however there is some leeway for those who hold dual citizenship. According to a source in the South African Ministry of Defense, thousands of South Africans legally serve in armies all over the world as dual citizens. …

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 August 2009

The Israelis and the SA right go way back, Israel helped the aparteid gov’t build their nukes, which they quickly dismantled once it became clear the blacks were gonna win.

3. marisacat - 8 August 2009

Somehow related to the post above… 😆

I notice the text calls it a “traction device”. He lives in Jeddah, which prohibits the import of this sort of… er…… uh… device, so the company making it insists it is a “US government certified medical device”. A medical device to be encrusted with diamonds, rubies and delivered by armored car.

4. marisacat - 8 August 2009

Sky’s the limit! Green shoots everywhere! We’re back! If our lenders say so!!!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner formally requested that Congress raise the $12.1 trillion statutory debt limit on Friday, saying that it could be breached as early as mid-October.

“It is critically important that Congress act before the limit is reached so that citizens and investors here and around the world can remain confident that the United States will always meet its obligations,” Geithner said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that was obtained by Reuters.

A Treasury spokeswoman declined to comment on the letter.

Treasury officials earlier this week said that the debt limit, last raised in February when the $787 billion economic stimulus legislation was passed, would be hit sometime in the October-December quarter. Geithner’s letter said the breach could be two weeks into that period, just as the 2010 fiscal year is getting underway. …

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 August 2009
6. catnip - 8 August 2009

Holy shit. I’d better check my pc’s files to see what my cats have been up to!

7. catnip - 8 August 2009

Can I get a haha?

Progressive activists are “f^cking stupid”? Hey Rahm, kiss my f^cking uninsured ass

This is too much.

Rahm Emanuel, the man who dismissed the 50-state strategy that led to the political revolution that the 1994 Republicans could only dream about and the Democratic leader who made it his priority to nurse a petty grudge against the man who pioneered the grassroots internet campaign instrumental in Democrats gaining control of the House, Senate and Presidency, recently held a meeting to slam Democratic activists for pressuring the legislators who are holding up healthcare reform, calling their ads are “fucking stupid”.

First it was Geithner swearing. Now Rahm. Tsk tsk. And cussing out the so-called progressives? Mon dieu! Who could have predicted that??

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 August 2009

fuck Rahm.

8. catnip - 8 August 2009

Whack-A-Kitty. lol 😀

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 August 2009
catnip - 9 August 2009

I’ll see your cuties and raise you a Whack-a-Kitty 2. 🙂

catnip - 9 August 2009

oops…forgot the url: link

9. marisacat - 8 August 2009

Tapper has a post up on the Big PhRMA deal

[T]hey blessed the deal,” Tauzin told the Times. “As far we are concerned, that is a done deal. It’s up to the White House and Senator Baucus to follow through.”

On Wednesday, Messina seemed to confirm this deal, emailing the Times: “The president encouraged this approach. He wanted to bring all the parties to the table to discuss health insurance reform.”

But after the Times story appeared, some Democrats on the Hill expressed disappointment that the White House and Senate Finance Committee had made this deal with the lobbying group without consulting them, eliminating a way to help pay for the health care reform legislation and save money for the government.

Now the White House seems to be distancing itself from the notion it entered into any deal.

“The White House, Senate Finance Committee and PhRMA agreed that PhRMA would contribute $80 billion to lower costs as part of the health insurance reform legislation that the President expects to sign this year,” Linda Douglass, the communications director of the White House Office of Health Reform, told ABC News Saturday.

Asked if the deal precludes the government engaging in direct negotiations for the Medicare prescription drug benefit, Douglass said “that issue was not discussed” during the White House negotiations with PhRMA.

The Times reported today several Senate Democrats said that “in a private meeting, White House officials had told them there was no such deal, sowing yet more confusion…” And White House officials told the Times that Messina “had not intended to confirm that the deal ruled out price negotiations.”

But Messina was not the only one who seemed to confirm the deal.

On Friday, before the White House officially backed off the notion of a deal, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs seemed to confirm the deal, telling CNN’s Ed Henry during the briefing, “we feel like $80 billion is — is an appropriate amount. And I think the — I don’t have the statistic in front of me, but I think the House bill has $85 billion in it, so I would argue that we’re all in the same ball park.”

Henry said, “there is a deal that you won’t squeeze any more?”

Said Gibbs: “Well, I hate to blow our cover here, but we announced it publicly.”

“But there had been some reports saying you privately told Democratic senators that there is no such deal,” Henry said.

“I don’t know where that’s coming from,” Gibbs said. “I don’t what that’s being based on.”

The confusion is complicated even further by the fact that in June, reporter Tommy Christopher, now with Mediaite, asked if the deal with PhRMA included a promise to not pursue Medicare negotiating prices with the pharmaceutical industry.

Gibbs’ initial response: “Well, look, again, the structure of part of that agreement was to use a portion of that $80 billion to pay up to — for the pharmaceutical industry to pay up to 50 percent of the cost for a name brand drug for a senior that falls between the point at which Medicare Part D stops providing help, and when catastrophic coverage — I think it is $6,500, a little bit more than $6,500 — level kicks in. So filling in that — what’s commonly known as — ironically, in health care — the doughnut hole, about — that up to 50 percent of the name brand — the price for that name brand drug would be paid for, and I think that provides a hefty discount that will bear appreciable benefits for seniors all over the country.”

10. BooHooHooMan - 8 August 2009

Speaking of Kiddy Porn…

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Join President Clinton in Pittsburgh
by terminal3

Sat Aug 08, 2009 at 03:31:23 PM PDT

(From the diaries. Susan)

This news was way too cool to wait until Monday to share, so apologies up front for the Saturday night post.


Changing tone now…
What DLC?
Triangulating Bank Deregulating Welfare Mom Bashing Pentagon Blowing Congressional Majority Losing Sack of Shit?
NAW! That was a different Bill Clinton!

Well, we are thrilled to announce that President Bill Clinton will join us in Pittsburgh to help kick off our fourth annual convention on Thursday night.

So if you’re not registered yet you really don’t want to miss this.

No, No. Really. Really I DO want to miss” it”.
And All his predictable slobber about how “despite their differences” (HA!)
both He an Arlen and He and Sestak “worked together” and how they’re BOTH great guys and all and how “when he had the privilege” and all , and then he hits on your SO.

Here’s the link to get that taken are of

At a time when we’re all working together to make sure we get the change we voted for,


President Clinton’s message is spot-on. After all, holding our leaders accountable is one of the things bloggers and activists do best.


Over the past seven years, you’ve played big a huge role in transforming electoral politics.

Power Structure quite intact.
Medium and messenger’s “Change” mantra aside…

I hope you’ll join me in Pittsburgh as we shift our focus from electoral politics to governance.

WHOPPING LIE. YEP! Handing out Cabinet appointments at table 5!
Cue “Disappointed Office Seeker”! LOL.

We’re on the ground here in Pittsburgh right now putting the final touches on everything and we’re excited to have everyone out in a few days.

We’re on the Ground.
I can only imagine…
Having fought our way through a tip dispute at the Valet Parking, commandeered Otis Elevator Equipment in-country , a few of our valiant insurgents (posing as lobotomized but Chatty-thru-the-drool political hobbyists) skillfully then used Elise as a Battering Ram to open the mini-bar , then MacGuyvered open some Scotch with Adam B’s Alfred E Neuman teeth.

11. marisacat - 8 August 2009

Too cute. Especially as this is a discussion of spilling blood.

Brennan, the WH top counterterrorism official gave a speech last week at CSIS… I hunted around for reports of it after I caught a snippet on the news… but the reports were lousy, they took little corners of the speech, a line or two… so here is the transcript.

[F]aced with this clear threat, President Obama has articulated a clear policy—to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and its allies. That is our mission, and the President described it in no uncertain terms in his Inaugural when he said, “Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.” And to win this war against al Qaeda, the administration continues to be unrelenting, using every tool in our toolbox and every arrow in our quiver.

As part of the President’s new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. forces are pushing the Taliban out of key population areas in Afghanistan so we can prevent the return of al Qaeda to that country.

And through strong law enforcement investigations and successful prosecutions of terrorists and their supporters, we and our allies are disrupting and deterring future terrorist attacks here and abroad.

I would add one personal observation. Over the past six months we have presented President Obama with a number of actions and initiatives against al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Not only has he approved these operations, he has encouraged us to be even more aggressive, even more proactive, and even more innovative, to seek out new ways and new opportunities for taking down these terrorists before they can kill more innocent men, women, and children. [again… who are we killing? —Mcat]

To this end, the President is devoting new resources, investing in new capabilities, approving new actions, and adapting our policies across the board.

He is confronting what he has identified as the most immediate and extreme threat to global security—the possibility that terrorists will obtain and use a nuclear weapon. [Condi’s “mushroom cloud” — Mcat] That is why he has taken a number of critical steps: leading the effort for a stronger global nonproliferation regime; launching an international effort to secure the world’s vulnerable nuclear material in four years; and hosting a Global Nuclear Summit next year. The risk of just one terrorist with just one nuclear weapon is a risk we simply cannot afford to take.

To ensure our military has the new capabilities and technologies its needs for this fight, he accelerated the increase in the size of the Army and the Marines, has approved another increase in the size of the Army, is expanding our Special Forces, and is increasing the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets our troops need in Afghanistan. snip

I see a headline over at Anti-War, the Raimondo site, about NATO looking at 40 years in Afghanistan. Or AfPak…

Sounds a bout right.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 August 2009
13. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 August 2009


Rep. Bob Inglis (R) of South Carolina isn’t exactly a moderate — he has one of the more conservative voting records in the House. When he held a town-hall meeting in his district on Thursday, Inglis’ constituents were probably pleased to hear about his opposition to health care reform.

But the crowd turned ugly when Inglis suggested it’d be a good idea to “turn the TV off” and stop listening to Glenn Beck. “Turn that television off when he comes on,” the conservative congressman said. “Let me tell you why. You want to know why? He’s trading on fear.” The fearful audience responded with relentless boos for their far-right representative.

marisacat - 8 August 2009

Not to worry! Doug Shoen, Democratic consultant and one who counseled Bill C after the Big Loss of 94, has an op piece out advising Ob to Move to the Center Right Immediately [or Die]. Specific instructions.

It was Shoen who did a piece in early spring of 2008 telling Ob to put on the flag pin. 8 days later I noticed he did… and he has never taken it off …

I suggest a tattoo in place, so he is never caught nekkid. So to speak.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 August 2009

they’ve got just one game plan, don’t they?

this country is held hostage by morons.

14. marisacat - 8 August 2009

Well Ob did say when asked, that abortion issues are “not a priority”.

Despite mounting threats to the clinic–and potentially to the life–of Nebraska Dr. Leroy Carhart, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has removed the federal marshals earlier charged with protecting him.

Dr. Carhart lost his federal marshal protection two weeks ago, much to the alarm of pro-choice leaders, leaving him vulnerable at a time when anti-choice violence has been escalating across the country, and when Carhart himself has been openly targeted by groups such as Operation Rescue, which is calling for protests at his clinic later this month. In addition, members of the Army of God, an organization that promotes the use of violence against providers of abortion care, and glorifies those who commit acts of murder, are also targetting Dr. Carhart.

Women’s rights and health groups are now working strenuously to ensure that the DOJ restores protection by federal marshals for Dr. Carhart and to urge the DOJ and the FBI to investigate Tiller’s murder and other strategies used by these groups as part of a pattern of domestic terrorism. ….

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 August 2009
16. BooHooHooMan - 9 August 2009

President Obama is so smart, don’cha know…

Al jazeera– re Pakistan

When respondents were asked what they consider to be the biggest threat to the nation of Pakistan, 11 per cent of the population identified the Taliban fighters, who have been blamed for scores of deadly bomb attacks across the country in recent years.

Another 18 per cent said that they believe that the greatest threat came from neighbouring India, which has fought three wars with Pakistan since partition in 1947.

But an overwhelming number, 59 per cent of respondents, said the greatest threat to Pakistan right now is, in fact, the US, a donor of considerable amounts of military and development aid.

He HAS A PLAN for Pakistan don’cha know…

Respondents were even more fractured when asked for their views on how the country should be led.

By far, the largest percentage would opt for Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party, as leader. At least 38 per cent backed him to run Pakistan.

Last month, the Pakistani supreme court quashed Sharif’s conviction on charges of hijacking, opening the way for him to run for political office again.

Zardari ‘unpopular’

Zardari, the widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, received only nine per cent support, while Reza Gilani, Pakistan’s prime minister, had the backing of 13 per cent.

Not. Lookin. Good..
I’m out… I have a blip from a while back floating around …re a DK FP havin’ them some Neutered Roots Fanboy Crush for Bill Clinton..

Anyways™, Happy Hopey Changie New.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 August 2009
marisacat - 9 August 2009

As I saw it it was a bi partisan effort, once Sharpton went after her for repeating “nigger” from a Puerto Rican in conversation.

It was over.

Hail Gillibrand. Which NY Mag, Horowitz (or maybe it was NYO) seems to feel free to indicate is owned, wholly, by Schumer.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 August 2009

I think Tasini is still running against her.

marisacat - 9 August 2009

til he stops licking stamps for envelopes and endorses her. what a ”perennial” he is.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 August 2009

Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?

Well, of course it is Barbara, but it’s getting worse …

IT’S too bad so many people are falling into poverty at a time when it’s almost illegal to be poor. You won’t be arrested for shopping in a Dollar Store, but if you are truly, deeply, in-the-streets poor, you’re well advised not to engage in any of the biological necessities of life — like sitting, sleeping, lying down or loitering. City officials boast that there is nothing discriminatory about the ordinances that afflict the destitute, most of which go back to the dawn of gentrification in the ’80s and ’90s. “If you’re lying on a sidewalk, whether you’re homeless or a millionaire, you’re in violation of the ordinance,” a city attorney in St. Petersburg, Fla., said in June, echoing Anatole France’s immortal observation that “the law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges.”

In defiance of all reason and compassion, the criminalization of poverty has actually been intensifying as the recession generates ever more poverty. So concludes a new study from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, which found that the number of ordinances against the publicly poor has been rising since 2006, along with ticketing and arrests for more “neutral” infractions like jaywalking, littering or carrying an open container of alcohol.

The report lists America’s 10 “meanest” cities — the largest of which are Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco — but new contestants are springing up every day. The City Council in Grand Junction, Colo., has been considering a ban on begging, and at the end of June, Tempe, Ariz., carried out a four-day crackdown on the indigent. How do you know when someone is indigent? As a Las Vegas statute puts it, “An indigent person is a person whom a reasonable ordinary person would believe to be entitled to apply for or receive” public assistance.

That could be me before the blow-drying and eyeliner, and it’s definitely Al Szekely at any time of day. A grizzled 62-year-old, he inhabits a wheelchair and is often found on G Street in Washington — the city that is ultimately responsible for the bullet he took in the spine in Fu Bai, Vietnam, in 1972. He had been enjoying the luxury of an indoor bed until last December, when the police swept through the shelter in the middle of the night looking for men with outstanding warrants.

It turned out that Mr. Szekely, who is an ordained minister and does not drink, do drugs or curse in front of ladies, did indeed have a warrant — for not appearing in court to face a charge of “criminal trespassing” (for sleeping on a sidewalk in a Washington suburb). So he was dragged out of the shelter and put in jail. “Can you imagine?” asked Eric Sheptock, the homeless advocate (himself a shelter resident) who introduced me to Mr. Szekely. “They arrested a homeless man in a shelter for being homeless.”

The viciousness of the official animus toward the indigent can be breathtaking. A few years ago, a group called Food Not Bombs started handing out free vegan food to hungry people in public parks around the nation. A number of cities, led by Las Vegas, passed ordinances forbidding the sharing of food with the indigent in public places, and several members of the group were arrested. A federal judge just overturned the anti-sharing law in Orlando, Fla., but the city is appealing. And now Middletown, Conn., is cracking down on food sharing.

If poverty tends to criminalize people, it is also true that criminalization inexorably impoverishes them. Scott Lovell, another homeless man I interviewed in Washington, earned his record by committing a significant crime — by participating in the armed robbery of a steakhouse when he was 15. Although Mr. Lovell dresses and speaks more like a summer tourist from Ohio than a felon, his criminal record has made it extremely difficult for him to find a job.

marisacat - 9 August 2009

The report lists America’s 10 “meanest” cities — the largest of which are Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco

You know us, liberally mean.

19. marisacat - 9 August 2009

just a thread…..


………………….. 😯 ……………………

20. catnip - 9 August 2009

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