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heat wave 28 August 2009

Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast, Divertissements, San Francisco.

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Just a few days ago I mentioned to someone our old overcast, foggy summers had returned to us, after three years of relentless heat waves and endless fires…

Obviously I was overheard in Hades. They shipped in 95 degree days, even in San Francisco (the fires came first, dotted all over the state).  I had barely stopped speaking of our cool days………….



1. BooHooHooMan - 29 August 2009
2. BooHooHooMan - 29 August 2009

O come on. It’ll be Fun.
I’m thinkin
“Kenyan American Keynotes Catholic Insurance Salesman’s Convention.”
(Hoyer Made to Feel at Home in Token Scandanavian Role.)

marisacat - 29 August 2009


– We’re ALL articulate!

– The Seal of Office is MINE!

– We ALL take lobbyist/corporate/special interest/bankster/PhRMA money!

– We are ALL sell outs!

– We ALL lie!

– Don’t call us and we won’t call you!


It must be a hundred fucking degrees, overnight! Not a breath of air either… gah.

catnip - 29 August 2009
BooHooHooMan - 29 August 2009

I lost a bundle in an IPO to make Solar Hand Fans.
I backed a design where, unexpectedly, it focused light so well in moving the air, that the Thermal Blast ignited a few of the unfortunate consumers in the Test Group.

Ah well. Live and learn. Unless you were in the Test Group that is. LOL.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009

Biden: “Wow, Obama’s really got a nice ass.”

3. marisacat - 29 August 2009

woo. Quite the dicey dish on Ted.… which seems to be all over and surfaced on the Diane Rehm show with Katty Kay sitting in…

via Ed Klein, a Teddy friend AND a very nasty operative, with no particular side was my take. AND the long time editor of Parade Magazine, the national Sunday supplement that was (still is, if it stil matters) in all the Sunday newspapers. Something that entered 72 million homes would only be in the hands of an operative. Foreign editor at Newsweek, an editor of NYT magazine and author of a hit piece on Hillary for the 2008 cycle…

May they all claw each other to death. I’d love to watch…

BooHooHooMan - 29 August 2009

I don’t doubt for a second there isn’t all sorts of A/V of a slobbering drunk, naked fuckin Ted in the vaults. All sorts of vid from the erect to flaccid.

But Klien had no particular side ?
Only in the sense that he was Zionista.
Klein was a Mossad retainer.
A CIA Retainer.
A DOD retainer
AND an IDF retainer….LOL. …FFS. “Parade”.

As are his other cohorts on “If Israel Loast the War”, (c 1969)…

Robert Littell. The Newspeakweek fluffer who “wrote” Shimon Perez book. The reviews are a hoot.
Henry is a gem, among others.

And Chesnoff? The USN&WR Klein collab?
Klein With the unattributed joke? LOL.
Old as Abrahamic dirt. Same M.O by Chessnoff last February In HuffPo.
When he went after Roger Hold On There About Iran Cohen.
So HuffPo it was. Whereever Liberals might, ~ Might Gather . LOL …The very guys I riff on when I do my
…”It reminds me of the one about…”

I suppose with Dead Ted we can move more fully into Hispanic Panic.
Definitely so WRT the Folks who gave us Simon Bolivar, Che, Fidel, Zappatta and Hugo… Not to mention Torquemada.
IMO, It’s what a lot of this shit is about…..The War on Drugs.
The War on Immigration. The War on Voter “Fraud”…”Illegals” ..

“Those” “them” that’s who,- not precisely the you know who who(s).
. The efforts to cage Hispanic Pols quickly and prop up “Leading Liberal Voices” like Markos…The Gay Games…It’s so beat. Not surprising Richardson’s bribery had a soft landing..

marisacat - 29 August 2009

well aside from Israel…

Author of several slobbery Kennedy books and the “Truth about Hillary”… which geesh even FOX would nto promote. (this is not an endorsement of Hillary). I would guess his “sides” were Camelot and Israel.

Matzoh with a brogue?

4. BooHooHooMan - 29 August 2009

Turf Alert at DK

GBCFOX 2: “Rahm wants an attack” ON US! Scheuer does it AGAIN! WTF!?!
by MinistryOfTruth
Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 09:00:58 PM PDT

AGAIN! On Fox, and AGAIN, with Micheal Scheuer!

With a co branded clip by Media Matters showing Scheur on Glenn Beck . Wacka Wacka!

What is not noted is Scheuer, SAAISA (Such As All Imperial Shits Are)…

Scheuer sided with Mearsheimer and Walt following the initial release of their work, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

{Via NPR}

April 21, 2006

When two prominent American professors published their research on the U.S. relationship with Israel, their conclusions set off a firestorm of debate.

John Mearsheimer, at the University of Chicago, and Stephen Walt, at Harvard, published their latest research on a Harvard Web site and in abbreviated form in the London Review of Books last month. The paper, titled “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” is an extensive work, and the uproar it ignited hasn’t stopped.

The key points of the paper can be summarized thus: U.S. support for Israel has been unwavering, but it is sometimes inconsistent with American interests.

The professors ask: Why has the United States been willing to set aside its own security to advance the interests of another state? Their answer is what they call “the unmatched power of the Israel lobby.”

The authors state the lobby includes Americans in the Clinton administration, more in the Bush administration, along with Christian evangelicals, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, even editors at prominent American newspapers.

Charges of Bigotry and Sloppy Research

A chorus of critics have charged that the research is filled with sloppy scholarship and outright bigotry. Eliot Cohen, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, says the article was anti-Semitic. “That’s a controversial assertion that I’ll stand by,” he says.

For Cohen, the paper was an attack on American Jews.

“This was not an article about what America’s policy should be in the Middle East. What it was, was fundamentally an attack on the loyalty of American Jews,” Cohen says. He aired his opinions in The Washington Post.

“I resent it bitterly,” he says, “because I’ve got a son who’s a soldier in Baghdad dodging bombs for our country. To have anybody impugn my loyalty is just outrageous.”

Harvard University and the University Of Chicago support Mearsheimer and Walt’s right to publish. It’s a classic case of academic freedom, say university officials, although Harvard’s Kennedy School removed its logo from the essay’s cover page online.

The Kennedy School invited Harvard faculty to comment on the paper. Among the many responses was a fiery 40-page critique by law professor Alan Dershowitz that compared the study to The Protocols of Zion, a historic anti-Semitic slur.

But there have been more substantive debates about some of the paper’s most controversial claims. On terrorism, the authors write that “the U.S. has a terrorism problem in good part because it is so closely allied with Israel.” And on Iraq, they argue that “pressure from Israel and the Lobby was not the only factor behind the decision to attack Iraq in March 2003, but it was critical.”

Scheur has been on the Shit List Ever since…

But Michael Scheuer says that Mearsheimer and Walt are basically right. A former senior official at the Central Intelligence Agency, Scheuer is now a terrorism analyst for CBS News. On an antiwar Web site, Scheuer wrote that every government tries to influence public opinion. Mearsheimer and Walt, Scheuer says, have described one of the most successful campaigns in the United States.

“They should be credited for the courage they have had to actually present a paper on the subject,” Scheuer says. “I hope they move on and do the Saudi lobby, which is probably more dangerous to the United States than the Israeli lobby.”

Scheuer enjoyed brief accolades during L’affaire Plame.
Crunch. as. The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round

marisacat - 29 August 2009

The Kennedy School invited Harvard faculty to comment on the paper. Among the many responses was a fiery 40-page critique by law professor Alan Dershowitz that compared the study to The Protocols of Zion, a historic anti-Semitic slur.

you know … hwen the dicey network of blood sucking organ sellers emerged a few weeks ago… i wondered at the time… did the rabbis not think, it nearly fulfills some of the more odious aspects of the old Protocols slurs.

marisacat - 29 August 2009

I like Sheuer… even if sometimes I disagree with him. I first heard him way back, shen he would appear in shadow. He spoke about bin laden and I sat right up… he made the first sense I had heard.

Later when he went public, I knew it had been him I had heard, you cannot hide those chipmunk cheeks, not even in darkness.

5. marisacat - 29 August 2009

oh gawd. Hours ago during the Mass in Boston… I fell asleep… woke a bit ago with the calm assurance I had missed it. (And missed most of a hideously hot day)

Nope, they are at Arlington now, in the fading day light.

Please !! Get him under the ground!

6. Intermittent Bystander - 29 August 2009

Some of the LED traffic signs on the Mass Pike around Boston today said, “Thanks, Ted, from the People of Massachusetts.” That satisfied my state funeral needs quite nicely.

Cool (there and) here, and rained all day. The air has smelled of September for a couple of days now; the staghorn sumacs are beginning to show the first signs of rust.

Sorry to hear you got hit with the heat.

marisacat - 29 August 2009

be interesting to watch the machinations for that senate seat…

7. marisacat - 29 August 2009

HA! I used to have a big “NO” in a ddition to the checked box when organ donation was a slot on Cal ID… and a big, signed and notarised note in my bag, inside a shocking pink envelope, “no organ donation” no nothing of any kind….. LOL.. now, thanks be to Jesus, no one would want my parts.


But the employee was persistent and eventually gave her a form to sign. He told her that if she consented to skin removal, she would be helping pediatric burn victims who needed transplants. Krat signed the form. “It was as if I had been hypnotized,” she says.

But now Krat, a mother of two young girls, has learned from SPIEGEL that the Ukrainian company in question sends the body parts to a German company, Tutogen Medical GmbH, which in turn apparently supplies large numbers of such parts to the American tissue market.

In addition to strips of skin, tendons, bones and cartilage are removed from the bodies. “This shocks me,” says Krat. “If I had known that so much is cut out, I would never have given my consent.” . . . . .

Doesn’t even touch on parents of deceased newborns who, I have read, agree to ‘organ donation’ at a very high rate… and have later found their innocent babe’s skin is used for things they would not have agreed to…

8. catnip - 29 August 2009

Diversion: Looking out through gilded windows.

9. marisacat - 29 August 2009

hmm totally blown out of the water by the recovery kidnap case in Cali is this dicey mess (full text, BBC):

A murder investigation is under way in the US state of Georgia following the discovery of seven bodies in a mobile home, police say.

The bodies were found shortly after 0800 (1200 GMT) at New Hope Plantation trailer park in Brunswick.

Police said two critically injured people were found at the scene and taken to hospital in Savannah 60 miles (97km) away.

Local reports said those injured were two children.

The town of Brunswick is about 240 miles (380km) south-east of the state capital, Atlanta.

Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said it was worst such incident he had dealt with in 25 years of police work.

“We have never had such an incident with so many victims,” he said. “It is not a scene that I would want anybody to see.”

He said a family member had alerted police but declined to say how the victims had died.

Some of those killed had been tentatively identified, he added, but he would not release names or ages.

By early Saturday evening, four of the seven bodies had been removed from the crime scene.

10. catnip - 29 August 2009
11. catnip - 29 August 2009

US offered ‘millions’ to keep bomber in UK

Scottish ministers went ahead with the controversial decision to send the Lockerbie bomber back to Libya despite an American offer to bankroll his “house arrest” in the UK, it emerged yesterday.

US officials had “very reluctantly” backed a proposal to move Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi from Greenock Prison into some kind of high-security accommodation elsewhere in Scotland, senior government sources on both sides of the Atlantic confirmed. But the Americans had only consented to the option in a desperate attempt to deter the Scottish Executive from releasing Megrahi on compassionate grounds – due to his terminal prostate cancer – and sending him home to die.

They also made it clear that the US would be willing to contribute millions of dollars to a complicated house arrest operation that would have demanded round-the-clock security to keep the prisoner under guard and protect him from attack.

Doesn’t that constitute political interference in another country’s justice system? Is that allowed by (domestic/international) law?

12. catnip - 29 August 2009

Legal case against God dismissed

A US judge has thrown out a case against God, ruling that because the defendant has no address, legal papers cannot be served.

The suit was launched by Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers, who said he might appeal against the ruling.

He sought a permanent injunction to prevent the “death, destruction and terrorisation” caused by God.

Judge Marlon Polk said in his ruling that a plaintiff must have access to the defendant for a case to proceed.

“Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice,” Judge Polk wrote in his ruling.

Mr Chambers cannot refile the suit but may appeal.

‘God knows everything’

Mr Chambers sued God last year. He said God had threatened him and the people of Nebraska and had inflicted “widespread death, destruction and terrorisation of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants”.

He said he would carefully consider Judge Polk’s ruling before deciding whether to appeal.

The court, Mr Chambers said, had acknowledged the existence of God and “a consequence of that acknowledgement is a recognition of God’s omniscience”.

“Since God knows everything,” he reasoned, “God has notice of this lawsuit.”

Mr Chambers, a state senator for 38 years, said he filed the suit to make the point that “anyone can sue anyone else, even God”.

God, of no fixed address, commenting on the outcome simply said, “Ha!”

marisacat - 29 August 2009

God said, Don’t call me and I won’t call you!

13. wu ming - 30 August 2009

i’ll see your heat wave, and raise you a 106 degree “dry heat.”

that being said, it’s been a fairly cool summer in the valley, in a relative sense.

marisacat - 30 August 2009

Hi wu ming!…

a breeze came up late last evening… which saved me. I hope it holds…

wu ming - 30 August 2009

it did! those wonderful breezes blow your guys’ air over here at night, it’s what makes living in this part of the valley possible; any further north or south and it never cools down.

14. catnip - 30 August 2009

Liz Cheney on This Week: “Waterboarding isn’t torture.”

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009

It’s mid-September here in SW Wisconsin. Certainly doesn’t feel like August. I think it got down into the low 50s last night.

I’ll try to send some of the cool back your way.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009

I admit to being surprised, but most of the panel on This Week ganged up on Liz Cheney.

catnip - 30 August 2009

I just turned on the teevee in the middle of that and was glad to see that she couldn’t get a word in edgewise. She’s had her 15 minutes of fame defending her prick of a father. She’s done.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009

yup, the weasles felt safe attacking her.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to threat against Obama

A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty to threatening to assassinate Barack Obama in January, but said he was just trying to get word out about the apocalypse.

Forty-two-year-old Steven Joseph Christopher told U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate on Friday that he is the second coming of Christ, and wanted people to know that much of the world will be destroyed in 2012.

18. marisacat - 30 August 2009


[W]omen have long played a strong role in Camorra crime families, muscling, sometimes murdering, their way to the top. Their influence stretches back as far as the 1950s when a pregnant former beauty queen dubbed “Pupetta” (Little Doll) shot dead the man who had ordered a hit on her husband, and allegedly settled into a life of crime.

Now, as the state steps up its war against the Camorra, rounding up scores of mobsters, the women are taking over from their men.

“There is a growing number of women who hold executive roles in the Camorra,” General Gaetano Maruccia, commander of the Carabinieri paramilitary police in the Naples area, said. “They are either widows [of mob bosses] or wives of husbands who have been put in prison. They hold the reins.” . . .

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009
catnip - 30 August 2009


Over at the Big Orange Denial Factory, Bill Moyers has suddenly become a “Naderite”.

20. catnip - 30 August 2009

Ooo…lots of hostility in the comments to this diary: Leaving the USA…

Although the diarist, after one LONG narrative, still announces that they’re going to pay US taxes (thus not actually emigrating anywhere)…

This ‘you asshole, stay and fight’ attitude is quite comical considering that the country is made up of immigrants (besides the First Nations people) who left their countries of origin to find a better life. I guess if you’re a yank, you’re not supposed to leave the US in search of something better because you owe your country for some strange reason even when it’s become an unbearable place to live.

America – the be all and end all. Ramen.

marisacat - 30 August 2009

there has always been strong animosity toward anyone posting that they are leaving or even exploring the possibilities of leaving in threads at Dkos…

If I had had children I would have tried to leave a long time ago… even in the early part of this decade I sat down and tried to figure out, if I sold everything, absolutely everything, where could I go…

People have a perfect right to try ot figure out where life might make sense.

catnip - 30 August 2009

I think it depends on who you are. I remember when Plutonium Page was flying off to the Netherlands to be with her husband and don’t recall one unkind word about that. And there are other kossacks (even in that thread) who live abroad who aren’t getting hammered for their choices like the diarist is.

I think the belief that Obamalama is going to change everything if you just click your heels together and wait when so many of them know but can’t admit that the hypocrisy displayed so far stinks to high heaven is fueling a lot of this so-called patriotism.

marisacat - 30 August 2009

yeah but she was an OPERATIVE, imo… there are indications she worked as some sort of trouble making operative while she volunteered full time for Dean in NH. Talk about elevating sheer ignorance.

She and that twit she married had such a silly elevated place at Dkos. And they sold their “romance”. Further they participated in a lot of the Liberal Drinking or Liberal mindfucking or whatever else that joint promulgated.

catnip - 30 August 2009

Yup. And that’s why she was given a free pass. No calling her a traitor. Not bloody likely.

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009
22. catnip - 30 August 2009

NBC’s Today Show has hired Jenna Bush. Mon dieu. Can’t all of these various neocon offspring just go away?

23. catnip - 30 August 2009
24. catnip - 30 August 2009

SHERMAN FREDERICK: Enough is enough, Harry – Stop the childish bullying

This newspaper traces its roots to before Las Vegas was Las Vegas.

We’ve seen cattle ranches give way to railroads. We chronicled the construction of Hoover Dam. We reported on the first day of legalized gambling. The first hospital. The first school. The first church. We survived the mob, Howard Hughes, the Great Depression, several recessions, two world wars, dozens of news competitors and any number of two-bit politicians who couldn’t stand scrutiny, much less criticism.

We’re still here doing what we do for the people of Las Vegas and Nevada. So, let me assure you, if we weathered all of that, we can damn sure outlast the bully threats of Sen. Harry Reid.

On Wednesday, before he addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Reid joined the chamber’s board members for a meet-‘n’-greet and a photo. One of the last in line was the Review-Journal’s director of advertising, Bob Brown, a hard-working Nevadan who toils every day on behalf of advertisers. He has nothing to do with news coverage or the opinion pages of the Review-Journal.

Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: “I hope you go out of business.”

Later, in his public speech, Reid said he wanted to let everyone know that he wants the Review-Journal to continue selling advertising because the Las Vegas Sun is delivered inside the Review-Journal.

Such behavior cannot go unchallenged.

You could call Reid’s remark ugly and be right. It certainly was boorish. Asinine? That goes without saying.

But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down.

etc etc

Ouch. lol

marisacat - 30 August 2009

HA! I hope they go after Reid with pitchforks. Republicans or not, who cares by now. He is a sick truculent stupid old man. No reason to care about him. Sick hack.

25. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009

Pope says it’s all our fault

The Pope has become an environmentalist, and he has figured out who is causing all our ecological difficulties: the atheists.

Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, has a pithy reply.

This is rich coming from the leader of an organisation that has plundered the world to enrich itself. As he sits in his golden palaces, surrounded by unimaginable luxury and material wealth, he lectures the rest of us about restraint and greed. We have nothing to learn about environmentalism from this hypocrite.

marisacat - 30 August 2009

the pope needs to become acquainted with a hot poker.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009


marisacat - 30 August 2009

that made me laugh!

26. marisacat - 30 August 2009

Haahahahaha… Tiny Revolution on “dem scumbaggery” as evidenced by Daschle.

NY TIMES: It has been reported that you’re a paid adviser to the insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, which opposes your belief that health care reform needs to have a public option. Why do you work with them?

DASCHLE: On the left there are those who say that you should never talk to people who differ with you on a high-profile issue. My question to the left would be, whom would they advise these insurance companies talk to? Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin? That’s the alternative. They can talk to Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, or they can talk to me. . . .

And that is not fiction, that is a real answer, in a NYT interview.

We are so blessed!

catnip - 30 August 2009

Nice strawman.

He’s like the insurance companies’ security blanket in the WH. They can sleep peacefully.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009

The left should advise those blood-sucking vampires to start finding new business plans.

What an asshole.

BooHooHooMan - 31 August 2009

Well Daschle is NOT a Lobbyist. Obama said so.
Then again Daschle is not exactly a taxpayer either..BUT

Anyyyyyways…Technically, Daschle is more of a
{think Dennis Hopper describing Brando/”Col Kurtz” in Apaocalypse}

Therapist to the Insurance Lobby.
This way they have somebody to talk to…
Work out their issues…LOL. At $4 Million a year.

27. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2009
28. marisacat - 30 August 2009

hmm a hard slap back at all the soft slop being slung over Kennedy… mostly on the trucker issue, but a little on airline deregulation.

29. catnip - 30 August 2009

It’s just all a bunch of bullshit, isn’t it?

Cheney says cooperation with CIA probe “will depend”

On what? Whether he gets to shoot everybody in the face first?

marisacat - 30 August 2009

oh if only teddy were alive!!

Since he has been presented to us as the o n l y one who could get things done.

we are bereft!

30. marisacat - 31 August 2009



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