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What a week… 10 October 2009

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

A rare victoria crowned pigeon hatched out of its shell last month, and is the very first of its kind to have been bred at the London zoo Photograph: Zoological Society of London

This little crew has great cartoon possibilities…




1. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 October 2009

Sarah Silverman on Maher last night, “Sell the Vatican, feed the world.”

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 October 2009

Barbara Ehrenreich: The Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

Emily Wilson: At the beginning of the book, you talk about going to be treated for breast cancer and being told to think positively. Was that what started you thinking about this?

Barbara Ehrenreich: That was my first exposure to positive thinking as an ideology. I was just astounded and dismayed by it. Here I was in a real crisis in my life, and people were trying to market pink ribbon teddy bears to me, and where I thought I would find sort of sisterly support on the Internet, I found instead the constant exhortations to be cheerful and to embrace my disease [she laughs].

EW: What is the difference between being told to try and stay upbeat and to have a good attitude and positive thinking?

BE: I think it’s a slippery slope. Once you start on how you have to face your problem with a good attitude, they start looking for justifications for that, and it became you actually get better only if you are upbeat, only if you visualize your recovery and so on.

EW: Were the doctors telling you that?

BE: The doctors don’t say much, but there are books they have written, or psychologists have, trying to get in on the breast cancer business, but to my chagrin I was often encountering it from fellow sufferers. Individual women have written books, too, like my favorite, The Gift of Cancer, and it seems to be pretty ubiquitous. I wasn’t finding any dissent, and when I tried to dissent on a message board, I was told to run, not walk, to therapy.

EW: You write a lot about how positive thinking is in all aspects of life. Do you think this is the most insidious about it — this idea of a disease being your fault?

BE: I look at it with a little bit of sociological detachment. It’s a brilliant system of social control. When bad things happen to people you say, “Well, it’s really your attitude that has to change.”

The second big place where I encountered all this was in the kind of motivational services that are offered to laid-off white-collar workers, where every networking event or seminar you get the same message about how it’s really your attitude that is going to determine if you’re going to get a job and probably has something to do with why you lost that last one.

You take people who have been really victimized, and I use that word advisedly, with cancer and with lay-offs from unaccountable corporations. And then you tell them, “Well, you just have to change the way you think.” And that’s very clever.

marisacat - 10 October 2009

I think shit canned positivism, which is some hyper rejection of reality imo, is the biggest difference between USA! USA! and the rest of the world.

“The Gift of Cancer” reminds me of some sludge book that I think was entitled, Song of Infertility.


BooHooHooMan - 10 October 2009

Well, through positive thinking, I hope to make being an insufferably antagonistic bastard into the next big thing.

I think the key is refreshments.
Refreshments..A bake sale , maybe a makeover , I don’t know.
Everything is possible now, tho ………after Obama’s Nobel.

You know, set up a little tailgate agitation at Football Games.
A few cute pumpkins and Martha Stewart myself up a banner:
“Morosity for Morons – Flambé’d Shit Cocoa – FREE!”

NYCO - 10 October 2009

I always wondered why ovarian cancer never had some flashy PR campaign like breast cancer does. That particular cottage industry was never spawned. Probably because by the time you find out you have ovarian cancer, you’ve got very little time left to sit around schmoozing with other women. And very little time left to think about your “gift.”

marisacat - 10 October 2009

prolly less recovery in ovarian…

My nickname for breast cancer, esp the whole pink campaign and so on, is the fixation with the bumps on the bumps.

NYCO - 10 October 2009

Ovarian cancer typically doesn’t get discovered until it’s at an advanced stage, so yes, recovery rates tend to be lower.

No time for pink ribbons and affirmations, for most women who have it.

I probably wouldn’t do well as a breast cancer patient; I don’t play well with cloying girly kaffeeklatsches and I’d flush the pink ribbons down the toilet. I’d probably be one of those who needed “therapy.”

marisacat - 10 October 2009

I had a scare once… thought I felt something that was not right.. so I made an appt… and when I checked in with the Reception at the doctor’s office… she asked what was the matter.. and I said I thought there might be a lump or growth or something. Oh gee fucking whiz. Everything got very hushed. Solicitude dripped.

And all I could think was:

I will NEVER SURVIVE THE DAMNED HUSH. Much less anything else…

It turned out I had some sort of impacted sweat glands (of all things)… and the prescription was soaking in very hot water to my neck. Luckily we had a deep old cast iron tub in the house. Took care of it.

NYCO - 11 October 2009

What irks me is that so little is actually known about the female reproductive system that any “irregularity” is supposed to be “immediately checked out” (ie poked, prodded, smeared, scraped, biopsied, excised, hormone-therapied, etc) Which is real fun when a woman is approaching menopause, which – contrary to the popular glossing over – does not just neatly “happen” when you turn 50.

Don’t even get me started on the latest fashions in pregnancy and birth. I can count on two hands the number of friends and co-workers who have had to endure weeks of “bed rest,” followed by Caesarian sections because their bundles of joy did not choose to emerge within a few days of the due date. I simply cannot believe how often women are being cut open these days.

marisacat - 11 October 2009

we suffer under rigid medical protocols. Across the board… it gets really tiresome. Factory floor medicine…

3. marisacat - 10 October 2009

This is progressing nicely, a few hours ago it was an attack, now an HQ is in hostage mode… and on cue I would suspect, as reading not even between the lines, the gibber drool from Washington is Let’s Make a Deal in Afghanistan and Let’s Spill Some More Blood in the Pak side of Af-Pak.

Militants are holding up to 15 soldiers hostage inside Pakistan’s army headquarters today after they and others attacked the complex earlier in the day, killing at least six soldiers.

Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas says no army or intelligence leaders are among those being held. [yes yes we all believe you!]

The militants, armed with assault rifles and grenades and wearing military uniforms, stormed the heavily guarded compound in the city of Rawalpindi.

They arrived in full camouflage kit in a white van and opened fire on checkpoint guards.

Four of the gunmen were also killed after the 45-minute gun fight, but it is believed two have managed to escape.

The attack, which happened shortly before midday local time, is the third large-scale militant attack in the country in the last week.

On Friday, 49 people were killed in a car bomb attack in the northwestern city of Peshawar and on Monday another bomb at a UN aid agency killed five in Islamabad.

The enemy gets a vote.

marisacat - 10 October 2009

hmm reading that over, it looks like the enemy will hit a fourth, and different, city in a couple of days.

4. wu ming - 10 October 2009

just a heads-up, we sent you guys a typhoon from our side of the pond that should be drenching you this week. enjoy the rain!

marisacat - 10 October 2009

hi wu ming!

Yes we have been promised a warm wet rain for this week.

Very welcome too………………… 😉 EVERYTHING is dusty and sooty.

wu ming - 10 October 2009

hope they’ve been busy little beavers on those levees over the past 4 years.

marisacat - 11 October 2009

….those levees over the past 4 years.

hmm I sort of doubt it.

And I read they are mapping out where they expect the mudslides and whatever else, following the fires of the past months, Santa Cruz and elsewhere.

5. marisacat - 10 October 2009

Oh too funny.. Zinn on the Nobel prize. hmmm ok, can we count on you Mr Zinn to oppose ObRama in 2012? Or, at least, say something of interest?

I was dismayed when I heard Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize. A shock, really, to think that a president carrying on wars in two countries and launching military action in a third country (Pakistan), would be given a peace prize. But then I recalled that Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Kissinger had all received Nobel Peace Prizes. The Nobel Committee is famous for its superficial estimates and for its susceptibility to rhetoric and empty gestures, while ignoring blatant violations of world peace.

The Nobel Peace Committee should retire, and turn over its huge funds to some international peace organization which is not awed by stardom and rhetoric, and which has some understanding of history.

6. marisacat - 10 October 2009

ugh.. I forgot this was a three day wk end… AND we are under assault. Blue Angels massing and blasting, literally over my house.

For days………………………… martial arts in the air.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 October 2009

oh, that sucks.

7. marisacat - 10 October 2009

hmm is there room for a speck of dust in the same room with Ob, Sarko and Silvio:

“I am, and not only in my own opinion, the best prime minister who could be found today,” he told a press conference. “I believe there is no one in history to whom I should feel inferior. Quite the opposite.”

The problem, he explained, was that “In absolute terms, I am the most legally persecuted man of all times, in the whole history of mankind, worldwide, because I have been subjected to more than 2,500 court hearings and I have the good luck – having worked well in the past and having accumulated an important wealth – to have been able to spend more than €200m in consultants and judges … I mean in consultants and lawyers.” . . . . .

Little Freudian slip there… tho it does not seem buying off judges has necessarily worked.

8. catnip - 10 October 2009

lol. Well, I’ve done my bit for dissent today.

Proud to have been called “un American” over at dkos.

marisacat - 10 October 2009

gosh. Can a foreigner be UN American? Or just anti American?

perhaps they are confused.

catnip - 10 October 2009

Well, yesterday she bitched at me asking why people couldn’t just congratulate Obamalama for one day for getting the prize – holding off criticism. I asked her what time today would work for her then, so I could criticize at the politically-acceptable time. Crickets. Not my problem. 😉

marisacat - 10 October 2009

oh that is funny! Good one.

9. catnip - 10 October 2009

Frank says D.C. gay rights march misses mark

WASHINGTON — Rep. Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, says he’d rather see gay rights supporters lobbying their elected officials than marching in Washington this weekend, calling the demonstration “a waste of time at best.”

Frank , in an interview with The Associated Press, said he considers such demonstrations to be “an emotional release” that does little to pressure Congress.

“The only thing they’re going to be putting pressure on is the grass,” the Massachusetts Democrat said Friday.

Barney Barney Barney…sheesh

marisacat - 10 October 2009

from what I have been reading the internal people mounting the march (one of whom is Cleve Jones), or twiddle twaddle gay pseudo tea party, whatever it is, undercut it all along. And I am sure Barney was relieved, all along.

Course I think withholding the vote is all they’d ever pay attention to.

10. catnip - 10 October 2009

New Rule: Everyone Deserves Equal Rights

New Rule: Everyone deserves equal rights. That’s why they’re called “equal” and “rights.” Tomorrow night President Obama will speak before a gay rights group, and on Sunday there will be a massive gay rally in Washington, or as I call it, the Million Mo March. Which makes this weekend the perfect time for Obama to announce he’s repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” and committing to a full-throated endorsement of gay marriage. One, because it’s the right thing to do and two, because it will throw the conservative base into such a frenzied, pants-shitting panic that they’ll drop all that BS about death panels and socialism and let us all get some actual work done.

But of course that’s not going to happen. I can tell you what the president is going to tell his audience tomorrow: How much he supports them. How much he agrees with them. And how he wishes he was President so he could help them out. But here’s the thing about being president. There isn’t a lot you can do without either Congress, Oprah or Goldman Sachs behind you. But there is one thing the president can do with the stroke of a pen: He can let gays serve openly in the military. It’s called an executive order. Harry Truman wrote one in 1948 for blacks in the military, and that was that.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” has always been bad policy that was made out of a bullshit political compromise. You know, like you’re doing now with health care.


marisacat - 10 October 2009

NO as I understand it, after Clinton’s mess, fully integrating the mil can no longer be done by EO…not that ob would even if he could.

The moment has passed.

And one thing I will give to Carter, he told Bill to do it immediately, by EO. That both he and the nation would survive.

catnip - 10 October 2009

You’re right:

Writing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law meant that no new President can eliminate the ban without first convincing a majority of Congress to go along — a far higher hurdle than Clinton faced.

Not.gonna.happen. Neither will the repeal of DOMA.

Should be yet another pathetic speech tonite loaded with lofty rhetoric that means nada.

marisacat - 10 October 2009

right.. and DOMA is the bulwark against extending federal benefits.


Tied down like a calf from the market.

11. catnip - 10 October 2009

CNN’s Situation Room is war-gaming strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities with Anthony Zinni and a WaPo editorial states “the regime that murdered her [Neda] is pursuing nuclear weapons in defiance of the international community.” They have proof of those “weapons”, do they?

Get your next war on. Flowers & candy on order.

marisacat - 10 October 2009

… and Zinni has gotten very pro-waging war. More than he used to be. He must be a personal bud of Petraeus and McChrystal.

I haven’t poked around to see who is giving him a regular paycheck in addition to the his retirement, but someone is.

12. marisacat - 10 October 2009


The most recent of posts at Petrelis Files, a local SF gay activist who is not tied to the Dem party… He’s been charting the collapse of whatever little spine the march might have had…

[Y]es, yep, yeah. Where are those scaredy-cat Democrats, and there certainly should be loud and sustained criticism this weekend, year round too, but despite agreeing with Williams’ sentiments, I doubt he and the majority of folks showing up in DC will confront Solmonese, HRC or the DNC.

How much baloney will we accept as steak from the likes of Solmonese and the hundreds of executives and staffers who occupy HRC’s plush office building on Rhode Island Avenue?

I don’t like being on my back, looking up at the underside of a bus driven by Solmonese.

13. catnip - 10 October 2009

He’s using the same argument in his speech that he’s used with AAs: everybody’s issues are your issues too. IOW, no special treatment. Just be happy with the idea that you’ll get whatever everybody else gets.

14. catnip - 10 October 2009

“I will end DADT.”

Sure. I’ll believe that when I see it.

I see 15 Dems voted against the House’s hate crimes legislation. (I”m assuming they didn’t just vote against the military spending bill it happened to be attached to.)

15. catnip - 10 October 2009
Madman in the Marketplace - 10 October 2009


“The stuff the right wing is cranking out is horrible, terrible.

Oh, GBLT folks have NO familiarity with being on the receiving end of horrible, terrible attacks! How could they POSSIBLY know how hard it is for Teh Laureate to be the target of such slings and arrows?

Geez. I sure hope no one takes that cock tease of a speech seriously.

16. marisacat - 10 October 2009

Sully. Of course the WH dispatched an atty from the DOJ to appear last month I think it was (or end of August) when he was nabbed for pot on Federal land.

He’ll blame HRC and Salmonese but he will NEVER, not really, blame Ob. He invites people to join him and Cleve Jones… but there is plenty of talk that CJ has scuttled the march, from the get go (NTIM)

He’d blame Hillary first.

Interestingly after all these years I finally looked at his famous “bareback” ad the other day. He invites bisexual three way (among many other advertisements).

How very odd of him.

marisacat - 10 October 2009

just for the record, this is his ad.

I’d be the last person to care what people do… but he is such a pompous phony pissant.

17. marisacat - 10 October 2009

Bob KerrEy lines up to tell ObRama what to do with his Nobel PP. Hoist it and bring it down on Afghanistan. SOOO predictable.

[A]fghanistan is also not Iraq. No serious leader in Kabul is asking us to leave. Instead we are being asked to withdraw by American leaders who begin their analysis with the presumption that victory is not possible. They seem to want to ensure defeat by leaving at the very moment when our military leader on the ground has laid out a coherent and compelling strategy for victory.

When it comes to foreign policy, almost nothing matters more then your friends and your enemies knowing you will keep your word and follow through on your commitments. This is the real test of presidential leadership. I hope that President Obama—soon to be a Nobel laureate—passes with flying colors.

18. marisacat - 11 October 2009

The adminstration begs for a sticker on its backside:

Call 1800 555 1212 if I am driving badly

October 09, 2009

* Barack Obama

No Nobel for proofreading

Organizing for America tonight sent out a message from President Obama on his Nobel prize under the unfortunate headline: “Not the first, but the last.”*

It was replaced in later versions by “A call to action.”

*The errant title belongs to a health care email from a month back.
Posted by Ben Smith 08:03 PM

* Organizing For America

* comments (7)
* post a comment
* permalink

Hahahahah. SNL reminded that the ELECTION was a call to action. Too.

19. catnip - 11 October 2009

Pam’s House Blend:

I have to say the money quote from the speech that made me laugh out loud was the President running down a string of accomplishments and one he referred to was how he invited the homos to the Easter Egg Roll. Yep I can take that to the bank here in NC and do something with that bit of equality. BTW, the Bushes had gay families participate in those festivities as well, the first time they just didn’t want them photographed with Laura. The second time seemed to be pretty irrelevant. Oy. Funny and sad, but it’s progress, right.

I thought that was a weird ‘look, I gave you a photo op’ moment.

Kind of mirrors his peace prize – what exactly has he done for either cause?

marisacat - 11 October 2009

Speeches and a pulse. Fortunately his immunity from being treated as a joke is falling away. That too is sad progress.

What a fucking cock up.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 October 2009

Rep. Marcy Kaptur With Some ‘Reality From Ground Zero’ on Ohio Foreclosures

MARCY KAPTUR: Let me give you a reality from ground zero in Toledo, Ohio. Our foreclosures have gone up 94 percent. A few months ago, I met with our realtors. And I said, ‘What should I know?’ They said, ‘Well, first of all, you should know the worst companies that are doing this to us.’

I said, ‘Well, give me the top one.’ They said, ‘J.P. Morgan Chase.’ I went back to Washington that night. And one of my colleagues said, ‘You want to come to dinner?’ I said, ‘Well, what is it?’ He said, ‘Well, it’s a meeting with Jamie Dimon, the head of J.P. Morgan Chase.’ I said, ‘Wow, yes. I really do.’ So, I go to this meeting in a fancy hotel, fancy dinner, and everyone is complimenting him. I mean, it was just like a love fest.

They finally got to me, and my point to ask a question. I said, ‘Well, I don’t want to speak out of turn here, Mr. Dimon.’ I said, ‘But your company is the largest forecloser in my district. And our Realtors just said to me this morning that your people don’t return phone calls.’ I said, ‘We can’t do work outs.’ And he looked at me, he said, ‘Do you know that I talk to your Governor all the time?’ He said, ‘Our company employs 10,000 people in Ohio.’

And I’m thinking, ‘What is that? A threat?’ And he said, ‘I speak to the Mayor of Columbus.’ I said, ‘Why don’t you come further north?’ I said, ‘Toledo, Cleveland, where the foreclosures are just skyrocketing.’ He said, ‘Well, we’ll have someone call you.’ And he gave me a card. And they never did. For two weeks, we tried to reach them. And finally, I was on a national news show. And I told this story. They called within ten minutes. And they said, ‘Oh, we’ll work with you. We’ll try to do some workouts in your area.’

We planned the first one after working with them for weeks and weeks and weeks. Their people never showed up. And it was a Friday. Our people had taken off work. They’d driven from all these locations to come. We kept calling J.P. Morgan Chase saying, ‘Where’s your person? Where’s your person?’ And they finally sent somebody down from Detroit by 3:00 in the afternoon. But out people had been waiting all morning and a lot of people that’s how they treat our people.

marisacat - 11 October 2009

There are still waves to come, years out even, based on mortgages written in the hot and heavy panting years… Or so we are told here in Cali.

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 October 2009

Rocky Mountain Health Plans turns down four-month-old, tells parents: “Your baby is too fat”

Alex Lange is a chubby, dimpled, healthy and happy 4-month-old.

Bernie and Kelli Lange tried to get insurance for their growing family with Rocky Mountain Health Plans when their current insurer raised their rates 40 percent after Alex was born. They filled out the paperwork and awaited approval, figuring their family is young and healthy. But the broker who was helping them find new insurance called Thursday with news that shocked them.

” ‘Your baby is too fat,’ she told me,” Bernie said.

Alex’s pre-existing condition — “obesity” — makes him a financial risk. Health insurance reform measures are trying to do away with such denials that come from a process called “underwriting.”

“If health care reform occurs, underwriting will go away. We do it because everybody else in the industry does it,” said Dr. Doug Speedie, medical director at Rocky Mountain Health Plans, the company that turned down Alex.

marisacat - 11 October 2009

oh but ObRama says Rocky Mt is one of his templates. He luvs it!

22. marisacat - 11 October 2009

Very funny…

John Harwood on NBC evening news saying because the Pretzel retains NINETY percent approval from Dems [mmm does he?]…. he regards gays and others who complain as “the far left internet fringe”… and an aide said to Harwood, that group should “get out of their pajamas and out of their parents’ basement and into the Real World”.

It all sounds so familiar. Cheney et al are aides to Ob?

Shorter Harwood on Ob: I got my peepsheeps I don’t need you freaks.

😆 …. what a scream!!!

23. marisacat - 11 October 2009



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