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worthy endeavor… 2 September 2009

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

Cocoa Beach, Florida, US: A man reads his paper after feeding the birds
[Michael R Brown/Florida Today/AP]

I think the bird is reading the paper too…




1. marisacat - 2 September 2009

well… it gave me a laugh… and I snagged it in full…

Glenn Greenwald Refuses to Disavow Pseudonymous Blogger IOZ’s Statements that Joe Klein Is a Scat-Loving Donkey-Show Promoter

Yeah, okay, Glenn, but I am more interested in what you don’t say. Specifically, you nowhere indicate that it would be wrong to murder Joe Klein, dress him in lacy pantyhose, shove a balloon full of heroin up his hairy ass, drape his neck with an Anthrocon event pass, and dump his body in the Tidal Pool. I’ve read your post fully three times through, and thoroughly, and you simply do not mention that Joe Klein is not a truck-stop trough-dwelling pisspig cockslave bottomboy whose mother was a carp and whose father wore house dresses. So, boo to you, and stuff. Obviously you belong to the lunatic fringe, since you are so eager to smear your opponents with this hateful rhetoric.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2009


catnip - 2 September 2009


2 opposable thumbs up

marisacat - 2 September 2009

speaking of eine klein…. 😆

link to Tiny Revolution

2. marisacat - 2 September 2009

Right on schedule, via The Page:

14,000 “trigger pullers” expected to replace support forces in the country.

Overall troop levels will remain unaffected.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2009

and who knows how many mercs.

3. marisacat - 2 September 2009

One after the other they line up to whine… Wonder what it all means.

September 02, 2009
Categories: White House

Darfur advocates’ ‘chins on the floor’

Dave Eggers and John Prendergast write on CNN.com to voice the rising disappointment from Darfur advocates who backed Obama’s campaign stance:

We have been part of an extraordinary social phenomenon over the past four years surrounding Darfur: the development of a genuine anti-genocide people’s movement. It’s succeeded in cultivating a number of true champions in the political sphere, led by three former senators: Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Barack Obama.

Now that Obama, Biden and Clinton are in office, and another fierce anti-genocide advocate, Susan Rice, is in as ambassador to the United Nations, we felt there finally would be a consequence for the perpetrators of the genocide, the regime officials in Khartoum, Sudan.

But rather than the kind of tough actions the these top officials had all advocated in their previous jobs and on the campaign trail, President Obama’s Sudan envoy instead began to articulate a friendly, incentives-first message that even Sudan’s president, an indicted war criminal, publicly welcomed. Our chins hit the floor in disbelief, because our chins had nowhere else to go.

By Ben Smith 12:24 PM
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4. marisacat - 2 September 2009


I don’t care… I am happy Hoyer had such a rough evening.

And I don’t blame people, either side, bussed in by unions, bussed in by Armey groups… whoever!, however! they got there… being upset about this sort of rigamarole:

[T]he result was a volatile mix of anxious and edgy people, most of whom waited in line for up to three hours to enter the school after waiting a month for a chance to speak to their congressman.

Nerves were quickly worn raw after introductory remarks from the moderator, a 25-minute speech by Hoyer and individual introductions and remarks from five additional panelists that took up a total of 45 minutes.

Hoyer entered to a thunderous mix of applause and boos as competing interests fought to make their voices heard the loudest.

The crowd remained in relative order during Hoyer’s remarks, interrupting on only a few occasions with various boos and cheers in response to hot-button phrases such as “end of life care,” “illegal immigrants” and “pubic option.”

But, at the conclusion of Hoyer’s planned speech, when five panelists were introduced and asked to give their own remarks, the crowd turned on its congressman, erupting angrily at having to continue to wait for their chance to ask questions.

“We don’t want to hear this!,” a man’s voice rose above the crowd. “Get to the questions!”

A chant of “We want questions! We want questions!” soon broke out, despite pleas from the moderator to set a better example for the children in attendance. . . . . . . . . . . snip

Not that it matters, mattered or will matter.

5. marisacat - 2 September 2009

HA! I see, glancing over at the McClathcy headlines, that Sanford says “God is on my side”

Has he checked with his rich wife? ‘Cuz she thinks god is with HER.

CSTAR - 2 September 2009

God is hedging his bets, maybe?

catnip - 2 September 2009

God runs a hedge fund?

BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2009

Not for long if he’s behind Bidet Seats International.

{okay I’m done }

CSTAR - 2 September 2009

It’s technically a Ponzi scheme.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2009

Satan is offering Credit Default Swaps, or so I’ve heard.

6. catnip - 2 September 2009


If he does kick us to the curb (4+ / 0-)

It’s because we’ve earned his disrespect.

Over these last several months we failed epically to broaden support for the PO with the general public and the less progressive elements within our party.

by Urizen on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 10:39:02 AM MDT

LOL!!! (40+ / 0-)

We are not worthy.

“Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed”

My God, he is not Jesus.

Nor is he Stalin who blamed the people for failing communism.

“We’re just not good enough for Barack.” Give me a fucking break.

Infantile thinking.

They “prefer an America where parents will lie awake at night worried if they can afford health care their children need.”

by TomP on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 10:42:49 AM MDT

Self-flagellation cleanup in aisle 4!

(There’s a cute Obama/Koolaid pic further down the thread which, amazingly, hasn’t been TRed into oblivion yet.)

BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2009

LOL. And just to show a coupla things..

1. The Risen Christ is with us.

2. That any low grade moron can pass the Bar in DC…

Here ya go, Urizen. We’ve failed Obama! (1+ / 0-)

Recommended by:

As to the fate of a government option plan to compete with private insurance, Axelrod suggested the controversial concept is gone but not forgotten: “The spirit that led him to support a public option is still very much at play here and so you know he wants competition. He wants choice. ”

Give me a fucking break.

Cheney tortured people To get false confessions To fraudulently justify Invasion of Iraq!

by dclawyer06 on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 12:04:56 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

He is with us …In SPIRIT!

BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2009

David Axelrod. Rabbi or Porn Star?
I muse, you decide.

catnip - 2 September 2009

Tough call…what with that moustache and all…

CSTAR - 2 September 2009


7. marisacat - 2 September 2009

So shocked to b in Casablanca!

Teddy’s 1971 letter to the Catholic League (or to a member who contacted him for a letter detailing his position, to be precise) on his opposition to “abortion on demand”.

[“W]hile the deep concern of a woman bearing an unwanted child merits consideration and sympathy, it is my personal feeling that the legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life,” Kennedy wrote on Aug. 3, 1971 . . .

“Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which much be recognized–the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old,” wrote Kennedy.

“On the question of the individual’s freedom of choice there are easily available birth control methods and information which women may employ to prevent or postpone pregnancy,” Kennedy wrote. “But once life has begun, no matter what stage of growth, it is my belief that termination should not be decided merely by desire.” snip

8. BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2009

Oh dear. Oh me, Oh my.
{looking for fainting couch}

Stating to get some legs on WaPo.
Such an indelicate choice of words , no?

Obama fund-raiser faces new U.S. fraud allegation

By Grant McCool
Wednesday, September 2, 2009; 3:00 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats who was charged last week with defrauding Citigroup Inc also defrauded other banks, U.S. prosecutors said.

Why…it couldn’t …how…he…who…

“Nemazee repaid his fraudulent loan from Citibank with approximately $74 million that he obtained by defrauding yet another bank,” the letter by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

NO! It…. he… who…

“Furthermore, the Government learned last week that the defendant had defrauded yet another financial institution (Bank No. 3) by obtaining multiple lines of credit on the basis of similar false and fraudulent information.”

The letter did not identify the second and third banks and said Nemazee’s total outstanding loans to the third bank exceed $100 million.

100 Million Hope-Mo-Lians?!??!??? Whoahhhhhh dude.

Nemazee’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Nemazee is listed as having been among the top “bundlers” of contributions to Obama’s presidential campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org, a website maintained by a nonpartisan research group, the Center for Responsive Politics.

He was a national finance chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and a supporter of Sen. John Kerry’s run for the White House in 2004.

The prosecutor’s letter, dated Tuesday, was in response to a written request from Nemazee’s lawyer, Marc Mukasey, for a hearing to address freezing of Nemazee’s accounts by banks and prosecutors.

Mukasey’s letter said the government had frozen two of Nemazee’s accounts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. It said JPMorgan Chase froze his securities account at Brean Murray, Carret & Co. It said Bank of America Corp froze his funds and those of his children.

None of the three institutions were mentioned in last week’s criminal complaint.

Surely none of those banks FAILED recently? Hmm? No? Crickets?
Thankfully none of OUR good people were corrupted by this.

What?!??! They…who …howsa….di…..NOOOOO!

“With his accounts secretly and summarily frozen, and no access to his office, he is unable to retrieve personal information such as phone numbers, account numbers and addresses,” Mukasey’s letter said. It said these were critical to meet the needs of his family and to hire defense counsel, and that Nemazee’s constitutional rights were in danger of being violated.

Nemazee typically donates more than $100,000 annually to Democratic political candidates, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer, and sits on the board of the Iranian American Political Action Committee.

He faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine that could reach $1 million or more on the one charge.

{Edits for HTML- BHHM}

catnip - 2 September 2009

“Nemazee repaid his fraudulent loan from Citibank with approximately $74 million that he obtained by defrauding yet another bank,” the letter by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.


But but but…I thought Obamalama cleaned up banking regulations. Oh, that’s right. He didn’t.

9. BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2009

And now for a Dailykos Exclusive-


We Must Trust Obama to do What is Best for Us.
by jeihesser
Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 02:53:51 PM PDT

…turning towards camera,
with WTF We Are in LaLa Land Now look.. Blink ..Blink}

catnip - 2 September 2009

What’s funny about the reaction over there is that they’re completely oblivious to how that fawning matches exactly what they’ve been doing since he started running. See: Rodgers, Al and related comments. I rest my case.

catnip - 2 September 2009

And just in case the jury needs more evidence. (That one almost made me poke my eyes out with a straw).

marisacat - 2 September 2009

sippy cups for all!

10. marisacat - 2 September 2009

uh I believe uh uh on that day uh that it is going to very uh clear uh where the president uh uh wants us to go.

Axelrod. Referring to the address Obster will give to the congress.


11. catnip - 2 September 2009

My favourite response to the jiggling kossacks today. In this thread:

responsibility (18+ / 0-)

The handwringers need to explain to me how Obama is solely responsible for HCR.


“The buck stops with me.”
-Barack Obama

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” – Eckhart Tolle

by catnip on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 01:41:58 PM MDT

What have you done since the election to assist (5+ / 0-)

in the enactment of our agenda? What constructive measures have you taken to ensure that Healthcare Reform is passed?

I like President Obama. I think I understand his vision for the country and I’m all in.

by Blogvirgin on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 01:53:01 PM MDT

I’m a Canadian – so…nothing n/t (3+ / 0-)

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” – Eckhart Tolle

by catnip on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 02:33:16 PM MDT


marisacat - 2 September 2009

oh that made me chuckle… they are back to that old routine, So how soon will you become a Precinct Captain? and help work for ______________ Which DHinMI started… and his thugs picked up.

As if one must be fully immersed (and on payola, imo) to be able to contribute or have opinions.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2009

“I’m Canadian, I already have healthcare.”


12. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2009

wow, this is just fucking nuts

marisacat - 2 September 2009

well Hannity said San Francisco should be bombed. I guess for our WPA remnants. Or our hippies. Or our gays… or our blonde party girls… or or or or or or… We are so commie you know!

I have forgotten if any of Diego Rivera’s work survived at Rockefeller Center…

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2009

I vaguely remember that Rockefellar hated it and had it removed. Most of the art is Art Deco representations of biblical imagery, and the sword/plowshare thing he pointed at before going to the statue at the UN actually has one of the Old Testament verses that use the “beat swords into plowshares” line.

Why does Glen Beck hate the merciless nasty desert God?

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2009

So, my curiosity was killing me, and I didn’t trust my memory, so I looked it up:

In 1933, Rivera began his work. The painting, Man at the Crossroads, was to depict the social, political, industrial, and scientific possibilities of the twentieth century. In the painting, Rivera included a scene of a giant May Day demonstration of workers marching with red banners with the clear portrait of Lenin leading the demonstration.

Rockefeller showed his concern over Rivera including a portrait of the Russian revolutionary leader in his mural. Nelson Rockefeller told Rivera that while the portrait was beautifully painted, it might easily offend a great many people. He asked the painter to remove Lenin’s face and substitute it with some unknown man. Rivera’s assistants told him that if he removed the head of Lenin, they would go on strike. Rivera agreed with his assistants and told Rockefeller that Lenin’s head would stay but that he would be glad to add the head of some great American leader, such as Lincoln, to another section of the mural.

As both sides could not reach an agreement, he was ordered to stop and the painting was covered and destroyed in February of 1934. That same year, Rivera used the money from the Rockefellers to create a mural for the Independent Labor Institute that had Lenin as its central figure.

Rivera was still determined to complete a version of his Rockefeller mural, but in a different place. His new version of the painting, entitled Man, Controller of the Universe, was done in Mexico City upon his return. The painting included both Lenin and Leon Trotsky.

catnip - 2 September 2009


That guy he pointed out as being Lenin in that mural looks a lot like Joe Klein to me! 😀

catnip - 2 September 2009

And, as for his rant against “progressive” (i.e. “commie”) propaganda through the arts, I’ll bet you 5 bucks he’s never heard of the Congress for Cultural Freedom.

13. BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2009

LOL. Wherein Heads Fucking Explode.

Please Steal Money For Our Party.
by Robert Davies

Now I saw Hunter’s piece recently…wherein he said if The Public Option failed it would be enough for him to bail on the Party. Which would be a great loss. But why leave ?

Especially at a time when the Party needs US so…..

To steal money.

The Dude then Brings Up Nemazzee and Schumer. LOL.

catnip - 2 September 2009

lol…that was enjoyable.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2009

A Radical Solution to End the Drug War: Legalize Everything

One cop straight out of The Wire crunches the numbers with Esquire.com’s political columnist to discover that America’s prohibition of narcotics may be costing more lives than Mexico’s — and nearly enough dollars for universal health care. So why not repeal our drug laws? Because cops are making money off them, too.

marisacat - 2 September 2009

We have a new top cop… and they purposefully went outside to bring him in for the first time EVER… last stop Chief in Mesa AZ… but also was a cop of some rank, in LA, So Cal for 10 or so years. Cuban extraction.. and still has a hint of accent.

First thing he does is take a tour of the city and his opening comments, a couple of weeks ago… why my goodness he commented he saw a drug deal in the open in the Tenderloin. Today, he held a presser and first priority is cleaning up drug sales etc in the Tenderloin.

We are so blessed!

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2009


I’ve been getting phone calls from some folks in DC with some ugly stories about how the Democrats have systematically sandbagged the progressive opposition, with the White House pulling strings and levering the funding for various nonprofit groups in order to prevent them from airing ads attacking the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. I suspect in the end this is going to be the main story of the health care reform effort, how the Democrats (and some progressive groups) sold out their constituents in exchange for financial contributions from the relevant industries. But at the same time, you can’t discount the role certain media outlets are playing in all of this. Nobody is ordering Maria Bartiromo to lobby to keep poor people from having access to the kind of excellent health care she is fortunate enough to have been given by CNBC, for being so good at flattering Wall Street pirates on air (and off, according to some folks I know at certain banks). She just does it because that’s who she is naturally. I just don’t know how these people sleep at night — it baffles me.

16. catnip - 2 September 2009

A perfect summary of a perfect clusterfuck:

The orifice (30+ / 0-)

of this administration has different messages coming out of different sides.


Reminds me of the Sebelius weekend.

They are. They aren’t. They might. They support it. He supports the spirit of it. No, it’s triggers. Scratch that — it’s co-ops. Wrong, it’s 50 different pilot programs.

It’s important. It’s critical. It’s a sliver. There are other more important things.

We don’t have the votes. We do have the votes. We can’t pass it through the House without it.

It’s bipartisan. It’s the Dems going it alone. It’s cloture. It’s reconciliation. It’s not.

It’s the Senate Finance bill. It’s the Senate HELP bill. It’s one of the House bills. It’s HR676. It’s the gang of six.

Sink Specter!

by joanneleon on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 09:24:12 PM MDT

17. catnip - 2 September 2009

I have been abducted by aliens, says Japan’s first lady

She sounds fun:

Move over Michelle, watch your backs, Carla and Sarah. There’s a new kid on the first lady block, and she looks like upstaging the lot of you.

Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japan’s Prime Minister-elect, Yukio Hatoyama, is a lifestyle guru, a macrobiotics enthusiast, an author of cookery books, a retired actress, a divorcee, and a fearless clothes horse for garments of her own creation, including a skirt made from Hawaiian coffee sacks. But there is more, much more. She has travelled to the planet Venus. And she was once abducted by aliens.

The 62-year-old also knew Tom Cruise in a former incarnation – when he was Japanese – and is now looking forward to making a Hollywood movie with him. “I believe he’d get it if I said to him, ‘Long time no see’, when we meet,” she said in a recent interview. But it is her claim in a book entitled “Very Strange Things I’ve Encountered” that she was abducted by aliens while she slept one night 20 years ago, that has suddenly drawn attention following last Sunday’s poll.

“While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus,” she explains in the tome she published last year. “It was a very beautiful place, and it was very green.”

Oh c’mon now. Everybody knows that Venus is orange. Sheesh.

CSTAR - 2 September 2009

Also eats the sun

“I also eat the sun,” Hatoyama said on the program, looking up with her eyes closed, raising her arms high as if she was tearing pieces off an imaginary sun. “Like this, hum, hum, hum. It gives me enormous energy.”

marisacat - 3 September 2009

I hope she goes to the next hoedown of Leadership Flesh, G 20 or whatever. No matter she will be more entertaining. And interesting.

18. marisacat - 3 September 2009

How fucking appropriate… since he is no Socialist, certainly NO Communist, capital “c” or other wise… but is a fucking conservative.

WASHINGTON — As President Obama prepares to decide whether to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the political climate appears increasingly challenging for him, leaving him in the awkward position of relying on the Republican Party, and not his own, for support. . . . .

Who knows who his “party” is. Some conservative congealed mass, would be my guess. Good mix of the bi partisan fucking Catholic cabal in the deal as well.

marisacat - 3 September 2009

bit more:

[“I] and the American people cannot tolerate more troops without some commitment about when this perceived occupation will end,” Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, said Wednesday in an interview. He said he had been to 60 town hall meetings in his state so far this year. During the first half of the year, he said, there were no comments about Afghanistan or Iraq. But in the past two months, that has changed, with more people focused on troop losses in Afghanistan.

Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of international relations and history at Boston University, said, “There was a time, back in 2003 and 2004, when it was possible to drum up popular support for the war by attaching to the argument claims that the United States of America was eliminating evil and advancing democracy and women’s rights. [and now, since we were not and are not doing that… the story is shredded! – Mcat]

“But this is many years later, with the economy in shambles, 5,000 American soldiers dead in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those notions are no longer as compelling as they might have been. War exhaustion sets in,” said Professor Bacevich, author of “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.” . . . . . . . . .

19. marisacat - 3 September 2009

As NYCO said at the time of the ”Office of the President Elect seal” business, WHO ARE these stupid white boys behind Obama?

‘cuz there is a difference between “an address” that is little more than positive generalities, bromides and pieties… AND seeking some ridiculous mass mobilisaton of CHILDREN to assist in a political gambit. Or play. Or venture. Or operation. Etc..


President Obama’s plan to inspire the nation’s schoolchildren with a video address next week erupted into controversy Wednesday, forcing the White House to pull out its eraser and rewrite a government recommendation that teachers nationwide assign students a paper on how to “help the president,” the Washington Times reported.

Presidential aides acknowledged the White House helped the U.S. Education Department craft the proposal, which immediately was met by fierce criticism from Republicans and conservative organizations who accused Obama of trying to politicize the education system.

White House aides said the language was an honest misunderstanding in what was supposed to be a inspirational, pro-education message to America’s youths.

Among the activities the government initially suggested for prekindergarten to sixth-grade students: that they “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.”

Another task recommended for students immediately after listening to the speech: to engage in a discussion about what “the president wants us to do.”

Click here to continue reading at the Washington Times.

catnip - 3 September 2009

Cave #178.

20. catnip - 3 September 2009


Don’t Send Michael Bolton CDs to Iraq

by Kris Alexander
Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 11:39:51 PM MDT

When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best to Iraq and Afghanistan…

…don’t send Michael Bolton.

Hello from sunny Baghdad, the cradle of civilization. The other day I noticed a diary from “Meteor Blades” talking about Netroots for the Troops putting together care packages to Iraq and Afghanistan—good on him for doing it, but I found some flaws in the approach. I shot him a note, but haven’t heard anything back so I thought I’d put up a quick post on care packages.

I work in the International Zone (the formerly the Green Zone) in Baghdad. And while it sucks being away from home (My daughter turned one and took her first steps last month while I was here.), we live a life of relative comfort. We really don’t want for anything, and are light years away from what our brothers in the mountains of Afghanistan are doing.

The other day we got a care package from home which consisted mostly of melted hard “grandma” candy, some spam, some plastic combs (have you seen our haircuts?), and…wait for it…a Michael Bolton CD. Yes, that no-talent ass clown made it all the way here. Oh and there were drink mix packets, lots of drink mix packets.

We all greatly appreciated the effort and thought that went into the package, but the end result was more sophomoric [my emphasis – ungrateful bastard! 😉 -catnip] than patriotic. The combs went to the bald guys, and the Michael Bolton CD made its rounds around the office until it was finally destroyed, violently. God knows what happened to the spam.

And the drink packets? They went into the big ass pile of drink packets next to the fridge. I have seen various incarnations of the big ass pile of drink mix packets throughout Iraq. Some advisors that I work with out at Taji built a giant pyramid of the ninety or so boxes of various drink mixes that they’ve received in care packages. They took a group photo in front of their creation. It was a big day.

He goes on to point out the flaws in MB’s little list of recommendations.


marisacat - 3 September 2009

ugh. There was a push on at the law firm I was at to amass packages for GW 1. think iirc I contributed ball point pens, in plastic shrink wraps… but as I recall the shipping costs were immense. Hundreds of dollars.

21. catnip - 3 September 2009
BooHooHooMan - 3 September 2009

The perfect place for it to happen tho.
Doctors, Case Management , and Insurance types on one side…
Nurses Technical staff and patients on the other…
Talk about access and convenience!

— > Imagine the cost savings < — if we could coordinate the drivebys and berzerkers to do their thing by appointment at these events.. ya know ..a little consideration and planning out of the street gang and whackjob community would go a long way. Merck, Pfizer, and U.S Surgical could set up kiosks to give away free pens, coloring books etc. . Maybe a guest appearence by the home team Pro Athletes…

This is America ya know.
Why miss the opportunities in this Disaster in The Making?
Have we ever?

22. marisacat - 3 September 2009

It’s hard out there for minor fixers transplanted from Chicago.

Pretty funny read a certain way. Madman popped me the link…

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009

he’s such an eager junior associate trying to make partner …

23. marisacat - 3 September 2009

Klein says Ob has to quit with the rookie mistakes.


24. marisacat - 3 September 2009

hmm Proof that it CAN get worse. And just did.

Meet the Press: David Axelrod

This Week: Gibbs, Daschle, Bob Dole, Reps. Pence, Waters ; roundtable with Matthew Dowd, Katrina vanden Heuvel, David Sanger, George Will.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009

they could have added Hoyer and Kerry.

25. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009
26. BooHooHooMan - 3 September 2009

Line In The Sand Drawn:
House Liberals Give Obama The Business
by sluggahjells


Givin’ Ob “The Business”???
WTF?? Who’s in this Fuckin Movie?
Spencer Tracy? James Cagney? Mickey Rooney? LOL.

catnip - 3 September 2009
27. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009

Bailout bank execs compensated nicely

The 20 financial firms that have received the most bailout money from the government have, in the three years through 2008, awarded their top five executives pay packages worth a combined $3.2 billion, according to a study released Wednesday by the Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal think tank.

The report, titled “America’s Bailout Barons,” found CEOs at those financial institutions that received a government handout received compensation averaging $13.8 million – 37 percent higher than the $10.1 million average for executives at Standard & Poor’s 500 companies last year.

The report suggests the increase in wages comes on the backs of workers. It found that the top 20 recipients of bailout aid have laid off more than 160,000 employees combined since Jan. 1, 2008. The $3.2 billion payout that has gone to the top five executives of these 20 companies over the past three years would bankroll 66 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits for 160,000 workers, based on the average unemployment benefit payment of $299.49 a week, according to the study.

“Unfortunately, despite this new and broad consensus over the dangers inherent in excessive executive remuneration, the denizens of our nation’s executive suites still go about their business with the same visions of compensation sugarplums that danced in their heads before last September,” the report’s authors note.

28. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009

There Are Really Two Questions: 1) Which Side are the Democrats on? and 2) Which Side are the Labor Unions on?

Trumka, quoting from a famous Florence Reece mineworkers song made popular by Paul Robeson and Pete Seeger, said that going forward, Democrats will have to make it clear to labor “Which side are you on?”

But really, that’s only half the question. Reece, in her song, was asking that question of workers themselves. And indeed, the reason Democrats have become such traitors to working class interests in recent decades is that the labor movement itself has not answered Reece’s question resolutely or honestly.

The hard reality is that, despite years of betrayal by Democratic politicians and by the Democratic Party, labor unions have continued year after year to answer the call to rally their ever diminishing members during campaign seasons to go door to door doing the hard work of rallying voters for ever more treacherous candidates, and to do massive “get-out-the-vote” campaigns on Election Day, as they did this past November to assure the election of solid Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress and the election of President Barack Obama. Labor has also donated princely sums collected from members to Democratic candidates and to the Democratic National Committee.

And just as predictably, Congressional Democrats, and the new president, have been betraying their labor base. After vowing to pass the Employee Free Choice Act this year, which as written would have ended years of weakening of labor’s right to organize unions by ending the cumbersome requirement for “secret ballot” elections to establish union representation, in favor of just obtaining signed cards supporting a union from a majority of workers, Obama and the Democrats in Congress caved in to pressure from the business lobby, and trashed the bill. If it passes at all in its present form (which is pretty iffy), it will leave secret ballot elections in place—a process which managements have long ago figured out how to delay endlessly, and to subvert, to the point that it is now next to impossible to unionize new workplaces.

It’s fine to say, as Trumka is doing, that labor will no longer support politicians who sell-out labor on its issues, but what good is that really, if those politicians simply replace labor with more money from business interests? It doesn’t help things that once the sell-outs get elected, instead of attacking their betrayals, labor gets sucked into compromises. Just look at health care “reform.” For decades, the labor movement has advocated a single-payer approach, yet when President Obama and the Democrats began putting together a health “reform” package this spring, most of organized labor started backing the pathetic “public option” plan, buying into Obama’s pre-emptive compromise approach. Now health care reform appears to be pretty much a dead letter. The same thing is happening to labor law reform, with labor caving in and backing a weakened version of the EFCA.

The only way to really make Democrats stop these kinds of betrayals is for labor to decide “which side it is on” and to actively oppose those who sell labor out.

Trumka, as head of the AFL-CIO, is in a position to make a fundamental change in labor’s relationship with the Democratic Party. He should announce plans to encourage the formation of a new labor party, which would run its own candidates for office in key districts. Labor, uniquely, is in a position to do this. It has the money and the numbers to be able to easily get on the ballot in every state even by as early as next year.

marisacat - 3 September 2009

Labor has also donated princely sums collected from members to Democratic candidates and to the Democratic National Committee.

…and will go on doing it. If NAFTA and CAFTA were not big murderous slaps to Labor – as well as labor (North AND South of the border) – I don’t know what was. The union leaders always say they will do this or that. And then they do what benefits the Partay

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009

yup, they’re not quick learners, and I don’t see them getting any smarter.

marisacat - 3 September 2009

well.. they are collaborators.

29. catnip - 3 September 2009

I am seriously considering making (46+ / 0-)

bumperstickers that say God Bless Pelosi.

The Kennedy Legacy, Dedicated to Preserving Democratic Ideals

by Bluejoy on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 05:12:48 PM MDT

Not exactly an economic stimulus move. lol

30. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009

The owner of a great WI microbrewery, New Glarus Brewing Co. (brewers of the awesome Spotted Cow Ale), explains on their FAQ change why she supports universal healthcare:

Q: Why does New Glarus Brewing Co. support Universal Healthcare? A: Deb is a supporter of Universal Healthcare because she knows what it’s like to be poor. And not the kind of poor that you might have to buy a Gateway computer instead of the new imac, or the kind of poor in which you have to choose to buy Gap instead of Louis Vuitton, or even the kind of poor that you might just have to wait for these items to go on sale before buying them… I mean the kind of poor that makes you choose between eating and getting medicine for an ear-infection. The kind of poor that only allows you to buy second-hand clothes on sale. And it’s not because she doesn’t work hard. She is one of the hardest working women I know, which is probably the reason that she was the first woman to start and run a brewery in the US. The reason that she supports universal health care is because she believes, and knows, that despite how hard you work, a lot of what you have access to (be it health care, food, education, and the like) depends a lot on who you were born to.

Either your parents have enough money to feed you every day or they send you to work after school at 16 to help pay the bills. Either your parents have enough money to pay for your health care, or they don’t eat (or eat mac & cheese) for a few months to cover the cost of your antibiotics from the bug you picked up at school. Many don’t know what this is like, and have had a great many opportunities shown to them. That is one of the greatest gifts that a person can get. However, for those out there who aren’t as fortunate, universal healthcare could mean the difference between eating and not, being sick or not, and dying or not. And no one wants to see their taxes go up. But (I would hope) no one wants to see a sick kid not get help because his parents can’t afford it either. I don’t speak for Deb, but I do speak to her love of people, regardless of stature, education, or inheritance. The reason she supports this is to help people.

New Glarus Brewing Co. already gives their employees healthcare coverage, because we realize how important it is. We believe that it is the responsibility of companies to provide care for the employees who may very well spend their entire lives helping to make that business successful, and paying for healthcare is a very small price to pay in the grand scheme of things.

marisacat - 3 September 2009

Quite the contrast to Whole Foods Prince…

31. Revisionist - 3 September 2009

y’all i’m kind of loaded and grieving. i did a major faux pas tonite. My dog of 15 years passed today – its ok; he only had months at best and it went down the way I had always envisioned and I didnt have to do the needle. So my mom comes over. we’re talking and i say that what will be the worst is trying to sleep without him since he was the last/first thing i have seen for 15 years. Then it flashed in my head, well yeah, i guess you could relate with daddy being dead all. She cried herself to sleep for like 2 years after his death. Anyway. The real reason I am posting is that my other dog is kind of freaked. I am not sure how to deal him. Any tips?

marisacat - 3 September 2009

stay with your dog… good that a long weekend is coming up. About the only “help” I can think of. They really do grieve… esp if your living dog accepted the other dog as “leader”… which even cats do…

I was a quiet wreck for months after Baby died. I did not know what to do without her… frankly. There were foods I bought and cooked and ate, as Baby liked them…

I am so sorry your dog died Revisionist.

Revisionist - 3 September 2009

thx… i am glad that it went down the way it did. at least there is one death in my life i can say that about. i just wonder if i am upsetting the the other dog or he has figured out whats up of totally confused. Yeah the living dog was definately the beta. He wasnt a follower but he knew his place in the pecking order.

As a side note….i dont mean to sound like a dkos post but with out Obama and the Dems my benefits would have run out a few months back and I would have had to have put the dog asleep earlier instead of getting the treatment that allowed him to die peacefully at home.

marisacat - 3 September 2009

well oddly ti came out that Bush and HIS cronies and the Congress had instituted two extensions that I was completely unaware of.

Not sure what some Californians whose benefits run out end of this week will do. Tens of thousands it is… Wait while congress is on vaca apparently. They constitute the group that went on benefits 79 weeks ago. With three extensions, one under Ob.. two under Bush.

[This is nto an endorsement of Bush.]

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009

I’m sorry to hear of your loss, but glad for you that you got to say goodbye.

Revisionist - 3 September 2009


marisacat - 3 September 2009

I know it is not a good time to mention this if unemployed… but when I realised a long time ago that a cat I had was slightly depressed… I had run home unexpectedly during the day and found this excitable half Siamese flaked out wide awake and somewhat distressed looking on the LR sofa… uncharacteristic behavior… I decided to get her a bird. A parakeet I kept on top of the fridge in the kitchen.. but I realise unemployed not a good time get a puppy, for the bereft dog to “lead”.. but maybe something to keep in mind for later.

Baby was in a kind of bored state a few years ago… a friend in the dot com housing crunch needed a place to stay to get out of a marriage so I said, gather up the cat and come here for a few months… she had an older neutered male cat. Baby semi fell in love. He ignored her but she satisfied herself with looking at him with love glazed eyes.

it does pass the time for them…

catnip - 3 September 2009

Yeah, They get lonely when their buddies die. I lost a 9 yr old cat to a pancreatic tumour 10 yrs ago and my other cat was a bit depressed – looking around the house for her. Got a kitten from my daughter and although the 2 aren’t BFFs, they keep each other company.

Condolences, Revisionist.

Revisionist - 3 September 2009

thx…it wasnt a shock or anything and i have had a year to prepare. I hit the acceptance stage before it happened and we had a great outing sunday. I am lucky that he went while he was still active and I didnt have to deal with a prolonged or dibillitaing illness. Its was all very Dark Victory .

Revisionist - 3 September 2009

I had meant to get a “bridge” dog a few years back for exactly when this time came but then my cycle of lay offs started and it was never a good time. my dog had been in a bored state most of the past year after he lost hearing in another ear. he couldnt hear all the goings on so he missed stuff like the mail man or the refriderator opening. I think he thought no one was talking to him any more. Thats when his age just caught up with him.

But as kinda like Catnip said below my dogs were never outwardly buddies . But my deceased dog totally changed when I got the second one. He used to be spastic when I would get in from work (or nywhere for that matter) but after beta dog he was way more chilled. Thats my concern is that the living dog has never been alone more than 3-4 hours. This may sound funny but I think he has abandonment issues. He bounced around who knows where before I got him at the SPCA. I always think he thinks Im gonna ditch him

marisacat - 3 September 2009

Thats my concern is that the living dog has never been alone more than 3-4 hours. This may sound funny but I think he has abandonment issues. He bounced around who knows where before I got him at the SPCA. I always think he thinks Im gonna ditch him

I don’t think that sounds odd at all… his issues or that now he is alone, physically alone at home when you are at work… it does matter.

I understand about putting off a second or third pet frm financial / stability issues. It took months after Baby died for me to face that was my last cat. Not only do I not have the physical resiliency to care for a pet (and I am spooked a bit as Baby required quite a bit of medical care in her life as well as sheer attention, waif issues) and for the last 5 – 6 years of her life I needed to hire a tech from the vet to pill her (ugh 10.00 per pilling and sometimes she was on 45 days of pills) and carry her to and from vet visits… but the sheer cost of “basic” pet care would be too much for me. Baby’s last “big” check up with blood panel and teeth cleaning was 550.00. I was able to take her to that, and pick her up as well.. no added cost for a tech to provide colportage and pilling.

32. catnip - 3 September 2009

Gee. Do you think there’s some obvious political maneuvering going on here?

Obama picks Punke to be U.S. ambassador to WTO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama intends to nominate Michael Punke to be U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization, the White House said on Thursday.

The nomination, which must be approved by the Senate, fills a key slot on Obama’s trade team as long-running world trade talks are showing renewed signs of life.

Punke would take over from long-time U.S. trade diplomat Peter Allgeier, who has stepped down as ambassador to the WTO after several years in Geneva, where day-to-day negotiations in the long-running Doha round of world trade talks take place.

Punke was a senior policy adviser in the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in the mid-1990s after a two-year stint in the White House under former President Bill Clinton.

He began his government career in 1991 as international trade counsel to Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat who is currently chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

33. marisacat - 3 September 2009

It can always get worse. I sure do not know what the Dems see in Klobuchar.. but it seems clear they will push her.. I find her to b a dull knife. maybe all handle no knife.

AND: Axelrod, Guiliani, FORD, Brokaw and Friedman. Holy Fuck!

Meet the Press: David Axelrod, Rudy Giuliani, Harold Ford, Tom Brokaw, Tom Friedman.

This Week: Gibbs, Daschle, Bob Dole, Reps. Pence, Waters ; roundtable with Matthew Dowd, Katrina vanden Heuvel, David Sanger, George Will.

State of the Union: Gov. Pawlenty, Sen. Klobuchar.

34. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009
35. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009
36. marisacat - 3 September 2009

I’ll believe the Democrats benignly want to “get things done” when they get smart enough to stop giving the right, religious right, conservative right and reactionary right (and others) goddamned fucking SCRIPTS

Republican strategist Rich Galen said he didn’t have a problem with Obama reaching out to school children because “he is everybody’s president. But you have to be very careful that it is not seen as literally propaganda. The original idea to have them write letters about how to help the president crossed the line and the White House realized that.”

But Democratic strategist Chris Lehane said the protest against the presidential speech “shows at some level how desperate the right is to find an issue to challenge Obama on…They have gotten some traction on health care, but the mere fact that they have jumped on this reflects that this is a party without a voice. Are they going to run in the mid-terms on a ‘Presidents shouldn’t talk to kids’ platform?” . . . . .

May the operatives claw each other to death.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26744.html#ixzz0Q6Uk4YbI

Why is BECK a lump of excremental material, passed off as human flesh, doing SO WELL?

Obama’s speech to students was first announced late last month but criticism grew this week, as conservative commentators including Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin said Obama was trying to improperly influence the students. Beck even urged parents to take their children out of school on Tuesday to protest Obama’s speech.

37. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2009

Divorce Rate in Gay Marriage-Legal MA Drops To Pre-WWII Level

Provisional data from 2008 indicates that the Massachusetts divorce rate has dropped from 2.3 per thousand in 2007 down to about 2.0 per thousand for 2008. What does that mean ? To get a sense of perspective consider that the last time the US national divorce rate was 2.0 per thousand (people) was 1940. You read that correctly. The Massachusetts divorce rate is now at about where the US divorce rate was the year before the United States entered World War Two.

Back in summer 2006, after more than a year of poring over accumulating data I reported what was, to my mind, a foregone conclusion; after two years of legal gay marriage, the Bay State still boasted the lowest divorce rate of any state in the nation. That was notable in light of the absurdly histrionic claims made by leaders on the Christian right that legal gay marriage in Massachusetts would be an “apocalypse” that would destroy the institution of marriage and lead to the destruction of Western Civilization or even the Earth itself.


38. marisacat - 3 September 2009

new thred…

blame the heat that it took forever!


…………….. 🙄 …………….

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