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Weekend… 12 September 2009

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.

British photographer Martin Pugh has been named the Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Martin’s Horsehead Nebula, which also won the Deep Space category, was taken with a 12.5” diameter Richey-Chrétien telescope and CCD camera mounted in his garden shed in Canberra, Australia. Martin, originally from Dudley in the Midlands, acquired the picture over 14 nights with a total exposure time of 19 hours [from an Astronomy photography gallery at the Telegraph]

… as the earthly narrative keeps cranking it out…



1. marisacat - 12 September 2009

Keep ’em laughing.

I saw that Megan McCardle of the effable Atlantic has a post up on how the uninsured went from 46 mil, or so, to 30 mil in one of Obam’s many speeches. The famous get on board the Health Train Express one… (We are speeched to death)…

She quotes a passage from Orszag at WH.gov.

Here is where I laughed:

To be conservative, the President thus stated that “more than 30 million American citizens” cannot get coverage.


2. marisacat - 12 September 2009

hmm we have lightning and rolling thunder. I slipped out to put a couple of Netflix envelopes out for the mail person to collect tomorrow and thought I saw a camera flash on the street…

A little odd at 3 am…

Then in the kitchen to make toast and cofee… flashes thru the big kitchen window, which is at the back of the house, off the street. But then I heard a clap of thunder.

Now we have successive rolling thunder.

If only we could get the rain.

marisacat - 12 September 2009

well the rain came… showers, downpour. My poor plants are thankful.

I threw open windows for the fresh air, but it is still muggy and warm.

And a lot of the city, several neighborhoods, lost electricity. Thankfully not where I am.

3. marisacat - 12 September 2009

Into the wild blue yonder…

just happened to catch the end of PBS’s Lehrer where they often list the dead in the 2 wars..

Long list tonight… several staff sargeants, a captain, one from Micronesia…

On and on it goes.

4. marisacat - 12 September 2009

WSJ publishes an open letter from Judea Pearl, father of Daniel Pearl, to the AG.

Lovely, a call to endless War on Terror, forever and ever. Pretty much in the name of the Martyrs.

5. marisacat - 12 September 2009

OK… to o much thunder.. it rolled over my house, for over a minute… and shook the windows.

……….. but the lights are on.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2009

glad you’re getting some rain. We could use some too … it’s been a very dry summer, and unseasonably cool.

marisacat - 12 September 2009

We’re supposed to hve rain thru tomorrow… I hope so. Evrything is dusty… and the rain will tamp some of that down…

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2009

wouldn’t it have been nice if CNN had paid as much attention to the massive anti-war protests?

marisacat - 12 September 2009

well my take on that, neither party green lighted extensive coverage. Here, both sides see some strange dividend, pertaining to rousing the so called base. Democrats are stuck on some bizarre idea of civility and R take the offensive. WIth the Democrats CLEARING THE WAY FOR THEM.

But I think of the 1 and a quarter million who rallied for choice in 2004, including many religious groups. The Dems gave a fucking shit. They prattled soft noises, and I recall the MEN at Dkos led off patting heads on the FP of Orange Bubble. I esp remember ths scheisse that Dana H slobbed out. Kagro X, DemFromCT etc. Meaningless.

It is all mist. Pity.

7. BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2009

What if the shooter is demi-Left?
Ya never know.

Cops say he took down an Operation Rescue whack evidently took out some “Mr. Slate” too – a guy who ran the local gravel pit. Well. That’s some pissed off Fred Flintstone.

Says he missed whacking a Real Estate agent who was also a target.

marisacat - 12 September 2009

who knows…. but a list of three different people, at least three that they are telling us about, 2 hits one miss… well Pro Life will TRY for martyr of the year……….. but it will be limited to their PR.

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2009

The NYT has it , too with the photo of the suspect.

Leaders of anti-abortion groups said they knew of no other instance in which a person protesting against abortion had been killed.

Welp™. Like the football greats will tell ya:
There’s a first for everything.
“Do one for the Gipper” and all that.

The guy seemed quite specific in his targets.
Frankly, Helluva shot too , doing it from a moving car. Not your garden variety random berzerker who then sets off on the School Grounds or roams through the Office Complex…
Seems to me the guy was pretty specific with his intent.
Then wigged out.

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2009

Other links I saw at the Miami Herald–

up after the Tiller murder–

• “Justifiable homicide defense eyed in Roeder’s case.”

and Ob’s speech at Notre Dame

• “Obama urges civility in abortion debate”
• “The loaded debate on abortion”

Maybe the shooter who took out the Operation Rescue kook just tired of workaday life as a credit serf, only to come home to his ReFi’d abode and got sick of seein the Fetus Porn Frother all around town….
In other words,
he could be Regular Joe.

marisacat - 12 September 2009

oh ”civility” is such a fucking dodge. It’s jsut censorship by other means.

8. catnip - 12 September 2009

It’s all like a bad, repetitive nightmare. There’s Obamalama on CNN again talking about his “fired-up” trip to SC. He needs new stories.

At this point, after reading and listening to all of the health care so-called reform info, I still have no idea exactly what the hell he stands for beyond pandering to the corporations.

9. marisacat - 12 September 2009

If it is Saturday, it must be MN…if it is Monday, it must be NYC. So? God rests on Sunday? hmm he probably pencils in Bo.

Obama to deliver major speech on the economy in NYC Monday one year after Lehman Brothers collapsed and started the financial crisis.

10. marisacat - 12 September 2009

SC money food fight

Wilson breaks a million today, Miller broke a million yesterday.

Send money! Make a politician happy!

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2009

Real Time New Rules: Grow a Set and Stand Up for the 70% of Americans Who Aren’t Crazy

Maher: The Democrats just never learn. Americans don’t really care which side of an issue you’re on as long as you don’t act like p#&$ies. When Van Jones called the Republicans assholes, he was actually paying them a compliment. He was. He was talking about how they can get things done even when they’re the minority as opposed to the Democrats who can’t seem to get anything done even when they control both houses of Congress, the Presidency and Bruce Springsteen.

You know I love Obama’s civility, his desire to work with his enemies… he’s positively Christ-like. In college he was probably the guy at the dorm parties who made sure the stoners shared their pot with the jocks.

But we don’t need that guy now. We need an asshole. Mr. President, there are some people who are never going to like you. That’s why they voted for the old guy and Carrie’s mom.

You’re not going to win them over. Stand up for the 70% of Americans who aren’t crazy.

marisacat - 12 September 2009

Of course I subscribe to a different number. M A Y B E there are 20 or 30 or 50 million who are NOT insane.

And I sure don’t put the Obs and Knobs in there. They are in this for the RIDE. With a cash pay off at the end.

12. marisacat - 12 September 2009

I fell into a rerun of Brancaccio and NOW… Guess where the docs make housecalls…as part of the medical care system. Rwanda.

I am sure we can find a way to call that “tribal” and “backward”.

So clear they need democracy. And civility. Monitored elections. And of course more war for resources.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2009

“You Lie!”

Now let’s get technical. What I got from the speech was that Obama will force everyone to become a paying customer of a private health insurer (as opposed to paying the government). In the olden days, the government would tax you and pass on the loot to the robber barons. So 20th century! Obama wants to cut the middle man and have the taxpayer fork their money over to the robber barons directly. Or else. It’s brilliant. (We could save Detroit by requiring every US citizen to buy a Ford or GM vehicle.) Health insurance stocks soared after the speech, which says all you need to know about it.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2009

it’s a one-two punch over at Tiny Revolutions:

We are swimming in an ocean of lies. My esteemed colleague Harry Frankfurt calls it bullshit, but he’s too kind. When Obama promised he’d fight “the lobbies” and Geithner now works overtime to keep bonus caps off the agenda at the next G20 meeting, does that mean Obama was bullshitting us? No, that would be insulting him. He was lying.

Everything’s a lie. You turn on the radio and hear commercials (lies), then some guy tells you we’re making progress in Afghanistan (lies). Then you’re stuck at the airport and the PA system tells you your plane is only an hour late (lies). The president, of course, is the liar-in-chief. He tells you Afghanistan is a war of necessity (lies) and it is part of the American character to care for one another (funny lie that one). Obama said that, without your trillions of dollars to Wall Street, the world would come to an end. We now know it was a lie. Elizabeth Warren (bless her soul) says that the world of Wall Street would have come to an end but everyone else would have been basically fine. Not long ago, another president assured us that Saddam had WMDs, etc, etc.

The issue, as Kant said, is not the falsehood but the intention behind it. You can lie for someone’s good and that can be fine, as in telling a terminally ill patient that she’ll be OK. (I know, Kant would not have approved but let’s leave the great man alone.) Politicians lie for their own interests, however. They’re the dental hygienist and the public is their floss: the means to their ends.


I think Kant has a point, which we forget at our own peril. Some will say: well, the way the game is played, a president must lie in order to get things done. So, yes, Obama’s speech was full of lies — “We’re all in this together… (well, except for the bankers and their million-dollar bonuses that I just approved).” — but if that gets the job done, what’s the big deal? The big deal is that a democracy entirely based on lies does not get the job done. (Proof: look all around you. QED.) Those who accept the lies as the price to pay are exactly where the liars want them to be. If you act as a lapdog, don’t be surprised if you’re treated like one.

marisacat - 12 September 2009

We could save Detroit by requiring every US citizen to buy a Ford or GM vehicle.

Or as Saturday Night Live said last season, Can we get a shot of Michelle at the wheel of a GM car?

No? (since it did not come to pass) hmm I wonder why not.


14. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2009


American liberals are so easily yanked. It really doesn’t take much. And in Obama’s hands, their acquiescence is reliably assured, regardless of any “doubts” or “concerns” they might express. A brief tour of the libosphere bears this out, from Huffington Post to Daily Kos to The Nation and all points in between. All President Verbiage needs to do is pour out the purty words, and libs fall to their knees, lapping it up.

Health care “reform” is of course a sick joke. The corporate stranglehold on medical care and pharmaceuticals is so tight, so vast, so unrelenting, that it would require an executive coup of sorts to loosen it, much less break it. Obama has no intention of doing anything of this kind. Status quo you can believe in.

marisacat - 12 September 2009

they should distribute dog collars.

marisacat - 12 September 2009

😆 … 🙄 …. 😯 …


[I]f he also hoped to sway a few Republicans, there were no converts in sight. But for one day at least, the sprawling and fractious Democratic coalition — from Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California, co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, to conservative Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana — was lining up behind the president and sounding for the first time in months like a health care deal was a realistic possibility. ‘He clearly had an impact on our side of the aisle,’ Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said, adding that Obama ‘righted a ship that had been listing.’ The sharpest change came among liberal Democrats, who just the day before the speech were still issuing grim threats about voting no on any bill that didn’t include a public health insurance option. But that antagonistic tone all but disappeared in the aftermath of Obama’s address.” . . . . . .

15. marisacat - 12 September 2009

Meet the Press: Sens. Durbin, Cornyn, Howard Dean, Gingrich

This Week: Sebelius, Gov. Pawlenty, Sens. Rockefeller, Landrieu

Face the Nation: Axelrod, Sen. Snowe

State of the Union: Gibbs, Rep. Cantor, Sens. Collins, Shaheen

Fox News Sunday: Sens. Conrad, Hatch

16. catnip - 12 September 2009

What a train wreck of a wreck diary by clammyc. And his tip jar is ironically titled “suckers”.

CSI: Bloggerville…at it again…

17. marisacat - 12 September 2009

😆 And the NYT gives Ob a nice out. He just could not “foresee” the forces at work. Or that the “public option” would become so important.

Libs will buy it.

WASHINGTON — It was just one line in a campaign manifesto, and it hardly seemed the most significant or contentious. As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama said he would “establish a new public insurance program” alongside private health care plans.

That proposal took on a life of its own, but it now appears to be dying, a victim of an ineffectual White House strategy, the president’s failure to argue passionately for the “public option” and all-out opposition by the insurance industry and much of the health care industry.

In the campaign, Mr. Obama said the public plan would compete with private insurers on the price and quality of care, thus benefiting consumers. What Mr. Obama did not foresee is that, to some people on the right and the left, it would become the most important issue in the debate over health care, touching off a battle over the role of government in one of the nation’s biggest, fastest-growing industries. . . . . .

And they quote Shakowsky… who, if she is dangling in some bind over a sex tape, is pretty useless for much of anything at this point.

Then in April, Representative Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois, said insurers were right to fear that a public plan could “put the private insurance industry out of business.”

That might happen because of “the superiority of the public health care option,” said Ms. Schakowsky, one of 86 co-sponsors of a bill to establish a single-payer system. . . . . .

catnip - 12 September 2009

Jeebus. The NYT story about hummus wraps looks like it has more meat than that piece of crap article.

18. catnip - 12 September 2009
19. catnip - 12 September 2009

Bizarre: French unease at telecom suicides

French Labour Minister Xavier Darcos is to meet the head of the country’s main telecommunications company to discuss a number of suicides among its staff.

Twenty-three employees of France Telecom have killed themselves since the beginning of 2008.

Unions blame tough management methods at the multinational, which was privatised in 1998.

But France Telecom says the rate of suicides is statistically not unusual for a company with a 100,000 workforce.

According to the World Health Organization, France had an annual suicide rate of 26.4 for 100,000 men in 2008. The rate for women was 9.2 suicides per 100,000.

The latest suicide occurred on Friday, when a 32-year-old woman leapt to her death at a France Telecom office in Paris.

On Wednesday, a 49-year-old man in Troyes, east of Paris, plunged a knife into his own stomach during a meeting in which he had been told he was being transferred.

He is being treated in hospital.

marisacat - 12 September 2009

jumping…knives. The French are notorious pill lovers (and I sympathise!). Lots easier ways to go… tho when life uncurls its grip… people take any route.

20. marisacat - 12 September 2009



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