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bas-relief 6 September 2009

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.

3 September 2009, Nuremberg, Germany: Female Indian baby rhinoceros Seto Paitala, meaning ‘white foot’ in Nepalese, was born in the zoo at Nuremberg last week, and stands next to her mother, Purana [Timm Schamberger/AFP/Getty Images]

… much sweeter pic than the last…



1. catnip - 6 September 2009

Glad you started a new thread with a new pic. My eyes, they burn.

Checking things out behind the scenes to confirm that he (Houle, not the rhino) is really banned. (Oooo, that sounds mysterious, doesn’t it? I should work for TMZ).

marisacat - 6 September 2009

I think unconsciously I went for the baby rhino (been seeing a couple of pics this week of her and liked this one) as she is as far as something pale, boiled and ugly as one can get.


2. catnip - 6 September 2009

The latest posturing. Germany seeks Afghan raid answers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for an urgent investigation into an airstrike in northern Afghanistan, amid tension about who was to blame.

In an announcement with UK PM Gordon Brown, she also said a major summit on Afghanistan should be held this year.

Reports have suggested that civilians were among the dozens of victims of Friday’s German-ordered raid.

Ms Merkel said if any civilians died in the Kunduz province strike, she would “naturally deeply regret that”.

The British and German leaders said the meeting should focus on helping Afghanistan take on more responsibility.

I know an easy way to do that: leave.

Regrets, my ass.

3. catnip - 6 September 2009

Speaking of Merkel: German conservatives turn to the cult of Matron Merkel

There is no name, just the smiling, matronly face of Angela Merkel. With a confident stateswoman-like air she looks down benevolently from giant posters plastered across Berlin. Overnight they have turned Germany’s capital into a sort of Teutonic Pyongyang.

The slogans that accompany the flattering images of Germany’s first woman Chancellor are also reminiscent of an era when political leaders relied on a personality cult to strengthen their hold on power. “We have the power” insists one. “A new togetherness” promises another.

Apparently bereft of vote-winning policies and with less than three weeks to go before Germany’s September 27 general election, Mrs Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats have now shifted into top gear with a new campaign which focuses entirely on their best and possibly only asset; Mrs Merkel herself.

As a sequel to the placards, German television will tonight begin screening party political broadcasts detailing 54-year-old Mrs Merkel’s rise from humble Protestant pastor’s daughter raised in Communist East Germany to that of one of her country’s most popular post-war Chancellors. Party policy is kept deliberately vacuous. “We can do it – all of us together!” is the pay-off line Mrs Merkel uses to rally viewers at the end do each slot.

Gee. That sounds familiar.

4. marisacat - 6 September 2009


“I know there is great value associated in this town with the straight right jab and the occasional knee to the groin,” said David Axelrod, a senior Obama adviser. “He’ll throw the jab when he sees it, when he feels it’s necessary. But he’s not likely to throw the knee.”

I am on page 2, but the big Doom! piece in the Wapo is really funny.

Who knew.

marisacat - 6 September 2009

Lamentations over at Americablog… Aravosis put a thread up on the Wapo article.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

jeebus they’re stupid

5. marisacat - 7 September 2009

hmmm Glenn is not done (and why would he be done):

The American people stood up and demanded answers. Instead of providing them, the Administration had Jones resign under cover of darkness. I continue to be amazed by the power of everyday Americans to initiate change in our government through honest questioning, and judging by the other radicals in the administration, I expect that questioning to continue for the foreseeable future. …

Ben Smith says he sees the hand of this guy behind some of or at least the Glenn Beck end of the coordination.

Guess the Dems are off playing that famous chess game that is so far ahead of the rest of us …

6. marisacat - 7 September 2009
7. catnip - 7 September 2009

The Van Jones Saga: White Liberals Need to Keep Their Eye on the Prize When Racism Comes a Knockin’

I’ve been disappointed by white liberals and progressives’ unwillingness and incompetence combating racism for 20 years. The inaction of large green groups in Van Jones’ resignation is yet another example.

The NAACP, Equal Justice Society and Color of Change explicitly supported Van Jones before his resignation. On the white side, Treehugger, Grist and a few other small white organizations did. But the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, and NRDC, who together must represent more than $100 million of mostly liberal and progressive foundations, big donors, and individual contributors money, were MIA. These groups either took a dive because the attacks on Van were racist, or they incompetently let the right set the terms of debate before entering. Either way America deserves better greens.

Here’s today’s Color Line Question: are there organized white liberals that can be trusted to maintain their commitment to their issue when the right attacks with racist wedges? I appreciate white fellow travelers, like Tim Wise, and small white anti-racist organizations like Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, on the racial justice path. But they seem to have no influence on larger white groups like the Sierra Club, NOW, Common Cause, Moveon, and other staples of the white left. To be clear, I’m not discussing whether white groups will take on issues of people of color, as I’m setting the bar much lower–can organized white liberals keep their eye on THEIR prize when the right’s racism comes a calling?

It’s been easy for progressives to attack President Obama for not defending Van–but do they really expect Obama to be out in front of the white left? It seems hypocritical to attack the White House for being spineless without attacking NRDC, Sierra Club, EDF and Greeenpeace for being spineless as well.


Do they seriously want to go there?

marisacat - 7 September 2009

well imo those are large, old, rich (to one degree or another) orgs…

Without getting into what VJ was or was not, the game over and over is that the official, elected, affiliates of, the Democratic Party will ALWAYS denounce, ignore, fail to defend The Left (again not getting into what VJ was, etc) in order to placate the Right.

From waht I see, on the Right, there is occasional fielding of some slight negative remarks about the extreme Right or factions… usually raised for reasons of short term need… about it. For instance, very oddly, just before Tiller was shot and killed, The Corner, out of the fucking blue, had a small boatload of critical comments about Randy (forget his last name) of Operation Rescue.

Out of the blue………… very odd.

On a related note the LAT has a piece today on polling on how Ob is losing numbers with white Dems. Frankly I did not know what to make of it… will pull up the link again and post..

catnip - 7 September 2009

a comment:

I think that this is a fine piece that states the issues clearly. Race is the elephant in the room any time people of color and white people attempt to unite. Your assessment of white liberals is absolutely correct. I lived through the entire period you refer too. I used the term phony. However, and I speak for a tiny minority of white people (who can no more change their paint job than black people). This group is totally in sync with leaders of color. I, for example, signed every petition Color of Change sent me, and I will continue to do so. However, remarks like these are distracting to the real issues. Your concluding lines are salient. They bring out the fact that white exceptionalism, supremacy and power are as alive and well as ever. I am confident that we have leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Now we must stand with our President, and support him, not criticize him. White liberals, I say to you,start reading and listening and try to see the world through the eyes of people of color.

Rev. Jeremy Tobin, O. Praem.
NAACP, MS Immigrant Rights Alliance, ACLU, Prevention of the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Coalition, Mississippi

marisacat - 7 September 2009

…Now we must stand with our President, and support him, not criticize him. White liberals, I say to you, start reading and listening and try to see the world through the eyes of people of color.

I am physically worn out being TOLD to care about poor Ob and his needs. Again, they dropped him on us like some foundling we were to protect. WHO FUCKING CARES? Which has nothing at all to do with empathy with a minority group.

There is a comment running around from Rangel (will find and post) that opposition to Ob’s health care is an emotional and biased response. He, for whatever reason, does not use “racism”.

I am so done.

catnip - 7 September 2009

White liberals, I say to you,start reading and listening and try to see the world through the eyes of people of color.

Shifting the blame. AAs have their “post-racial” black president who refuses to act in their specific interests so now it’s the fault of “white liberals”. Those same “white liberals” who helped to get him elected and who’ve towed that “no criticism” line ever since.

Once again, as with the Gates incident, cries of racism are being applied to a situation with a black person (Van Jones) where the situation just isn’t that clear cut. Both cases have been used as a jumping-off point for the conversation when racism is not the central issue and in which both men had some responsibility for what the outcome was.

And if the good reverend hasn’t yet figured out that Obama will throw anyone under the bus when it’s politically expedient, he needs to wake up.

As for Obama’s governance:

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2009

Rahm’s Okay. David’s Good.
Nobody bashin Schumer…what the problem?

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, and NRDC, who together must represent more than $100 million of mostly liberal and progressive foundations, big donors, and individual contributors money, were MIA.

The big money is exactly why. Little to nothing to do with racism, but rather running as far and fast away from, as Marisa says, The Left. Dirty hippies, black radicals, hairy legged feminists and etc … all to be avoided when currying favor from the Dem Party.

8. catnip - 7 September 2009

Pre-release of Obama’s school speech.

catnip - 7 September 2009

Ironic thing about the wingnuts who oppose Obama’s speechifying to their children is that they’d have no problem with his saying this to public school students:

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

marisacat - 7 September 2009

It’s been noted that when JFK addressed the nation… about missiles (supposed) 90 miles off shore in Big Dangerous Cuba… he did not feel the need to end his address with God Lub You and God Lub America… etc.

9. marisacat - 7 September 2009

This is the LAT

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

do they ever ask those white voters exactly why they’re dropping support, or do they just assume that it’s for all the right-leaning reasons?

I know a lot of white liberals who’re mad and losing faith because he’s a fucking wimp, he moved right, he’s refusing to consider single-payer and etc.

Nope, we’re all winger racists, I guess.

marisacat - 7 September 2009

Well the assumption is so easy… and easy on Ob. I mean, it could not be HIM, could it.

wu ming - 8 September 2009

this is a familiar game plan. in CA, they can’t force us to rubber-stamp their wretched budget scam initiatives, so they simply ascribe defeat as proof that californians don;t want to pay any taxes (because we voted against something that would freeze spending).

actual voter opinion is irrelevant. establish the narrative, and convince congresscritters it’s the truth (which is easy enough, since they’re all such insulated bastards). viola, democracy without the irritation of an uppity demos.

wu ming - 8 September 2009

d’oh, viola = voila

marisacat - 8 September 2009

that is always the refrain, even with the votes last election in protest against Arnold… “they don’t want to pay taxes”… when I think we are 6th in the nation for state taxes, of various sorts.

Prop 13 was and is a travesty, but we do pay taxes in thsi state.

PS… I mistype it as “viola” all the time. I think it works, in a sense!

marisacat - 7 September 2009

The Rangel comment was in the LAT piece on polling and supposed loss of white support…

One black congressman, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), was quoted last week alleging that opposition to Obama’s healthcare policies was “a bias, a prejudice, an emotional feeling.”

“Some Americans have not gotten over the fact that Obama is president of the United States. They go to sleep wondering, ‘How did this happen?’ ” Rangel said, according to the New York Post.

10. marisacat - 7 September 2009

BTW I noticed that David Gregory used “fired” when speaking to… gosh think it was Gibbs. And while Gibbs papered over, he did not deny it.

I wonder if there was a tussle in the WH.


So wish I drank. Could drink.

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2009

And NOT fired says Axelrod ::

Gibbs you take the Old Honky beat,
I’ll pander to the poodles myself….

Of course, VAN will handle the Bros….
everybody know their role?

11. marisacat - 7 September 2009

Actually rereading the LAT I see it is a Pew Research poll… which is one I do pay a little attention to. Hmm will see if I can find the internals.

Among white Democrats, Obama’s job approval rating has dropped 11 points since his 100-days mark in April, according to surveys by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. It has dropped by 9 points among white independents and whites over 50, and by 12 points among white women — all groups that will be targeted by both parties in next year’s midterm elections.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

David Corn (“liberal”) talking about how Obama has to stand up to the Left as CNN fills time before Teh One gives his Labor Day speech.

Such a robust “debate” we have here.

marisacat - 7 September 2009

ahahahah. So predictable.

catnip - 7 September 2009

ANOTHER speech? Arghhh…

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic

13. catnip - 7 September 2009

The SFGate

Often, an administration will send a representative to the Sunday morning TV talk shows to defend an embattled appointee. But none came Sunday. On ABC’s “This Week,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs only thanked Jones “for his service to the country” and said that Obama does not agree with his views.

14. catnip - 7 September 2009

Clean up in aisle 4! dkos reactions to the text of Obamalama’s school speech.

Why does he always make me cry. (4+ / 0-)

I’m a grown man. I’m in my office at work. And I’m sitting here thinking back and wishing I’d had someone say those things to me when I was a kid.

by AntonBursch on Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 11:15:14 AM MDT

Somebody want to explain to me (9+ / 0-)

why I am sitting here crying as I read this speech ?

I must be dreaming…

by murphy on Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 10:58:04 AM MDT

OMG! OMG! OMG! (0+ / 0-)

Can we get him to do this on a yearly basis?

by Only Needs a Beat on Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 11:23:44 AM MDT

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2009

@#% AhfFuck with the crying again.
..could you imagine driving anywhere with those little fuckers in the back seat?!?

Whatever happened to kids who. like. ya know..
throw shit around every once in a while?.
And we’re stuck with these lumps.

Where’s Alec Baldwin when you need him? Oh that’s right -he’s bluggng over at HuffPo. Put that little fucker out of the car, too.

catnip - 7 September 2009

Sooner or later they’ll figure out that they’re crying under the bus with all of the other castoffs.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

The first 5 minutes is thanking people.

Joke about how men think they can grill. Ha ha heh.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

Teddy shoutout!


Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

thanking labor for fighting and dying in the past, I guess to build up to asking them to sit down and shut up and settle for the crumbs he can get them now.

marisacat - 7 September 2009

Solis was kind of disjointed this am.. think I caught two of her appearances.

……………. gah.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

I missed her speech … I was on the phone.

I wish I was missing this one. What a steaming pile of empty promises.

marisacat - 7 September 2009

I think a lot of that is just to get the over 55 crowd in some soft reminiscing mode. Ther was an extravagant pro union push overnight at KGO… think it was Saturday night. No facts no reality, just soft drool. It was kind of pathetic.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

he’s reminiscing about the campaign and the Lily Ledbetter act.

Jeez, this is such an empty pile you’d figure he was in the seventh year of an eight year term.

marisacat - 7 September 2009

flat affect. he’s gone flat. Not that there was much puffiness ever… but still….

16. catnip - 7 September 2009

The latest thuggery..

Charity says US troops stormed Afghan hospital

KABUL (AP) — The U.S. military faced more criticism in Afghanistan on Monday as a charity accused American soldiers of storming through a provincial hospital, breaking down doors and tying up staff and visitors in a hunt for insurgents.

Fange said U.S. troops kicked in doors, tied up four hospital guards and two people visiting hospitalized relatives, and forced patients out of beds during their search late Wednesday night.

They also barged into the women’s wards, he said, adding that strange men entering rooms where women are in beds is a serious insult to the local Muslim culture and word of it could turn the community against international troops.

When they left two hours later, the soldiers ordered hospital staff to inform coalition forces if any wounded insurgents were admitted, and the military would decide if they could be treated, he said.

The staff refused. Fange said informing on patients would be an ethical breach, put the staff at risk and make the hospital a target. He demanded guarantees the military would not enter hospitals without permission in future.

“If the international military forces are not respecting the sanctity of health facilities, then there is no reason for the Taliban to do it either,” he said. “Then these clinics and hospitals would become military targets.”

marisacat - 7 September 2009

just what we did in cities towns and villages in Iraq…. where we blocked entrances and put snipers on the rooves across frm the hospitals…

17. BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2009

I need a drool Softener.


on Moshe Swartz Mo Betta Management , so says Moshe at CRS.

FAS’ Attergood called it “a detailed and fairly nuanced spotlight on the role of defense contractors there”.

Cursory Shit on a Pie Chart. With a Mo Betta Management Filling.
Simply Baked and Rebaked at New Record Highs.
Mo Betta from Moshe. Top to Bottom in Key Roles. Top to Bottom.

18. moiv - 7 September 2009

Happy Labor Day, all. 🙂

Brad Friedman is up at HuffPost with some dish from the no-longer-gagged Sibel Edmonds.

It has now been over a week since the video tape and transcript from the remarkable 8/8/09 deposition of former FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was publicly released. Previously, the Bush Administration invoked the so-called “state secrets privilege” in order to gag Edmonds, in attempting to keep such information from becoming public.


Even as many of these allegations had been previously corroborated to varying extents, by a number of official government reports, documents and independent media outlets (largely overseas), not a single major mainstream media outlet in the U.S. has picked up on Edmonds’ startling claims since her deposition has been made fully available.


In this first break-down article, we’ll look at the answers given by Edmonds during her deposition in regard to bribery and blackmail of current and former members of the U.S. Congress, including Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Dan Burton (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), Tom Lantos (D-CA, deceased) and an unnamed, currently-serving, married Democratic Congresswoman said to have been video-taped in a Lesbian affair by Turkish agents for blackmail purposes.

And there’s more where that came from …

marisacat - 7 September 2009

currently-serving, married Democratic Congresswoman said to have been video-taped in a Lesbian affair by Turkish agents for blackmail purposes.

Well… it’s a twist on the routine!

(sorry you wre stuck in Mod Pod!)

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2009

Let’s see the Royal Canadian Mounted Police top THAT.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009


marisacat - 7 September 2009

Q: All right. So if I were to say that — if I were a Congress person and I’m taking money from the Turkish government either directly or indirectly, would it be a fair statement that I’m taking money from a government that has engaged in policies and practices that cost American lives?

A: Correct.

pretty simple!

marisacat - 7 September 2009

so… I am guessing all of Ob’s promises about declaring “Armenian Genocide” at the hands of the Ottoman empire might get vomited up again?

IF US media will pick up on this…BIG IF

marisacat - 7 September 2009

reading the Bradblog thread… a comemnter mentions that Wayne Madsen has identified the congresswoman…

Google madsen+democratic+congresswoman+turkey+lesbian

You can see pretty quickly who it is.

catnip - 7 September 2009

Arlen Specter?



BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2009

Schakowsky for 500, Wink.

I didn’t know the hub had got 5 months House Arrest in 2006 for check kiting….100 K through his Chi Pwog group.

Interesting. I came across something else about her recently….I’ll have to dig it up…

marisacat - 7 September 2009

iirc she is a big Catholic.

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2009

She is now.

Welcome Aboard! LOL.

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2009

it was this…

I noticed a
A Don’t Go There shot from Hasbara Boy on DK put over to the Poodles at FDL for their Dem Skeletons in the Closet initiative …

Gasp! God forbid they found a Lesbian in the Closet in and a convicted Hubby compromised by financial vulnerabilities under house arrest in Chicago! Touchy.

Very touchy about FDL callouts on Dem Money and the FDL poodles poking into Lobbyists…. The FDL crowd is now loathed by the Jew Crew on DK…. why I don’t know…Like Mamma said about the meatloaf and vegetables …it all goes to the same place.

marisacat - 7 September 2009

So.. what is FDL up to.. cuz they are going to be part of the cyclical corral the voters game in a few months.

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2009

Yeh it’s all shit….Like Wheeler… who has moved on from the “Prosecution” beat…
What? No Prosecutions? Well then..okay… how about a Special Prosecutory type dude to Review if Perhaps there SHOULD be another Special Prosecutor to RE Investigate who MIGHT THEN proceed With a case…

There is also the possibility that they actually believe they are making a diff…

IMO it’s the slow wind down from web visibility and a draw –all towards HuffPo…no one other than Markos gets MSM visibility from DK….they’re just trying to stay in the game…grab an appearence here or there for Hamster and Mousie…maintain their position as one of the premier marginally relevant…

marisacat - 7 September 2009

ugh emptywheel… I remember her at the first memorial conflab of Dkos flesh.. dedicating her life to do whatever all because Iran Contra slipped beneath the water. Her voice shook, she was so exercised over all that…. slippage.

Yeah it did, but not without GREAT HELP from the Clinton administraton.

marisacat - 7 September 2009

nu post…


………………. 😯 …………………

catnip - 7 September 2009

There was very little response to Edmonds testimony at the Big O where diaries by lukery about her case usually end up on the wreck list. That one didn’t.

19. catnip - 7 September 2009

Fallout from nuclear tests leads to health crisis

HONOLULU – Pius Henry fears his adopted government will kill him, that the United States won’t live up to a health care obligation to people from Pacific islands where it tested nuclear bombs.

Henry, a diabetic from the Marshall Islands, has received free dialysis treatments three times a week for years, but the cash-strapped state of Hawaii has threatened to cut off him and others to save money.


20. catnip - 7 September 2009
21. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009
22. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

This can’t lead to anything good:

Wall Street Pursues Profit in Bundles of Life Insurance

After the mortgage business imploded last year, Wall Street investment banks began searching for another big idea to make money. They think they may have found one.

The bankers plan to buy “life settlements,” life insurance policies that ill and elderly people sell for cash — $400,000 for a $1 million policy, say, depending on the life expectancy of the insured person. Then they plan to “securitize” these policies, in Wall Street jargon, by packaging hundreds or thousands together into bonds. They will then resell those bonds to investors, like big pension funds, who will receive the payouts when people with the insurance die.

The earlier the policyholder dies, the bigger the return — though if people live longer than expected, investors could get poor returns or even lose money.

Either way, Wall Street would profit by pocketing sizable fees for creating the bonds, reselling them and subsequently trading them. But some who have studied life settlements warn that insurers might have to raise premiums in the short term if they end up having to pay out more death claims than they had anticipated.

marisacat - 7 September 2009

god. what does it all mean.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2009

profits down? Time to create and inflate a new bubble using a “financial product” that nobody understands.

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