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Theirs dead, ours orphaned 17 October 2009

Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, The Battle for New Orleans, U.S. Senate, WAR!.

Two young kestrels and a barn owl share a nesting box in Boston, Lincs, after both mothers picked the wooden box as the ideal site to bring up young [MASONS NEWS SERVICE]

Or, so I posted once long ago at Orange Mess.  Here is a dicey wrinkle.  Seems ”ours” are attempting suicide.  I would think “theirs” are suiciding… and by that I don’t mean our heinous tellings of suicide bombers, every telling of which is supposed to spur on the wars, as we react in horror to their atrocities.

And he’ll go on giving speeches.  Emphatically promising.  I think when he announces the troop increase to Afghanistan, he should be a little honest and tell us, we are “staying the course”.


UPDATE, 12:05 pm on the Pacific Ocean

hmm I read the AP report yesterday on Obama in New Orleans… and this comment did leap out.  Google helpfully framed it for me, all blockquoted and linked.  Thanks Google.  Perhaps they noticed as well.

response to a question from Bordenave about the former Charity hospital, which once provided indigent care and was a main training hospital, Obama replied that he wished he “could just write a check” but “we’ve got to go through procedures.”

more by Barack Obama – 19 hours ago – The Associated Press (134 occurrences)

Here, however, is worse. Tho not shocking, Obama never ”got” what happened in New Orleans. Long ago, in his brief time in the US senate, he took his lead on New Orleans from Clinton and Bush 1… As I recall, he even flew into New Orleans once on AF1 with Bush 2. He also said that nothing about the aftermath was about race (in a speech later removed from his senate web site).

It was always about race, and everything else too.

This criticism is from Ambinder of The Atlantic, who, if accidentally poked will, like Chatty Cathy, begin to recite Democratic apologia, lies and promises.

Seems Peace Prize really bombed in NOLA.

Rethink 1: Obama Doesn’t Get Katrina?

It wasn’t so much the brief duration of President Obama’s trip to New Orleans that riled the Katrina-smarties — the folks who’ve spent the past several years obsessing, healthily, about the destruction of an American city. It was that, when he spoke there, he got his facts wrong. And he got his facts wrong to such an extent that he convinced folks like Harry Shearer that Obama has no idea what really happened during Katrina.

How could this possibly be? Everyone knows that happened during Hurricane Katrina. It hit New Orleans, causing massive flooding, and the government’s anemic response compounded the disaster.

Shearer quotes Obama:

“Katrina may have swept through this city, but it did not destroy this community, and that is because of you, the people of New Orleans. It has now been just over 4 years since that terrible storm struck your shores. And the days after it did, this nation and all the world were witness to the fact that the damage from Katrina was not caused just by a disaster of nature but also by a breakdown of government. That the government wasn’t adequately prepared and we didn’t adequately respond.

Shearer responds:

The government wasn’t adequately prepared and we didn’t adequately respond” echoes Obama’s campaign rhetoric about the aftermath of the disaster; his other remarks display a glaring, and for such an intellectually voracious and insightful man, quite possibly knowing ignorance of how we got here.

Typically, having mis- or non-diagnosed the problem, he came with no solution, no pledge (aside from the vaporous “build stronger” without reference to build what, how, by whom) to take the steps only the federal government, under strong leadership from a committed chief executive, can take to prevent the disaster from recurring.

Staying the course.



1. marisacat - 17 October 2009

whoops. I guess Rahm and Valerie and Axelrod can all joke and say at least in our [losing] Olympic bid the on the ground problems aren’t shooting down helicopters.

2. BooHooHooMan - 17 October 2009

Jeezis…Ambinder What mush.
Could he be any more Passive Aggressive?

President Obama’s trip to New Orleans that riled the Katrina-smarties — the folks who’ve spent the past several years obsessing, healthily, about the destruction of an American city.

Pick one, Pasive or Aggre— – nah, just go with Passive there, Marc.
Leave the Hostility to people who’ll actually USE IT.

Oh my fuckin word…

Eh, not really. Katrina didn’t sweep through Orleans Parish. It hit Mississippi with the east side of its eye, with its most devastating force. It wasn’t really a disaster of nature — the city’s levees were supposed …..

Can you fuckin believe that shit??
The Ted Baxter meteoroligical word~smithereening?

Thanks for tonight’s piece and the REALITY fix.

marisacat - 17 October 2009

yeah I think Ambinder is all raised pinkies or something. Weak.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 October 2009
marisacat - 17 October 2009

oh thanks for that … I just read that charges will be filed. Dad and “others”. Talk about straining the tie lines.

marisacat - 17 October 2009

reptilian shadow governments.


well I’d go for reptilian brain human shadow governments. That works for me.

marisacat - 17 October 2009

hmm an ex gf surfaces too

NICEVILLE — A Niceville woman who said she is a former girlfriend of Richard Heene — the father of 6-year-old “balloon boy” Falcon Heene — believes that Thursday’s incident was a hoax.

Millions were relieved by the breaking news that the boy — believed to be floating 7,000 feet in the Colorado air in a homemade helium balloon — was in his garage attic hiding. But Tina Gaza said she’s sure it was a stunt pulled by her former live-in boyfriend of five years.

“I don’t put it past him,” Gaza said. “And now he thinks he’s a scientist. I really believe he staged it all.”

Gaza said she and Heene met in 1992 at a nightclub in Washington, D.C., and, after beginning a relationship, they moved to Los Angeles where Gaza said Heene was set on making himself a star.

“He wanted to be in show business,” she said. “He went and got headshots as soon as we got there. Then he started selling ‘Offensive Driving.’ ” . . . . .

BooHooHooMan - 17 October 2009

The whole thing is dipshit hilarious to me.
All I wanna know,…I mean ~ as an American, is:
How can I cash in? LOL.
I have crazy ideas. How come HE”S on TV? LOL.

Punk’d on a National Level,
Now we can move on to the next phase:
Demanding Capital Punishment. On TV.
While the Banksters and War Criminals go Free.
What a country.

marisacat - 17 October 2009

oh I agree… public execution for petty crimes, misdemeanors and low level felonies. Presents and gifts for the banksters and the pols.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 October 2009

The NYT tries to calm the natives:

All This Anger Against the Rich May Be Unhealthy

The vehemence in these e-mail messages made me wonder why so many people were furious at those who had more than they did. And why are the rich shouldering the blame for a collective run of bad decision-making? After all, many of the rich got there through hard work. And plenty of not-so-rich people bought homes, cars and electronics they could not afford and then defaulted on the debt, contributing to the crash last year.

THE ANGRY RICH For the wealthy, their public image is a secondary concern since so many of them seek to live anonymously.

“They feel mischaracterized,” Mr. LaMothe said. “They know the time and effort they contribute. They fund scholarships and all the things they do routinely, and then to be characterized as not doing their fair share begins to wear on them.”

From the outside, the wealthy seem to be one big money-minting group. But how they came upon their wealth differs greatly. And those who did not make their fortunes in finance seem just as angry as everyone else about what Wall Street has wrought.

“They want the problem to be fixed for their own personal benefit but also for the broader benefit of the community,” Mr. Woodson said. “They tie their wealth interests to the broader health of the economy.”

Mr. Clarfeld, who manages $3 billion largely for financial services executives, takes exception to lumping all of Wall Street together. He said his clients felt that they had worked hard and honestly for their money and were now being unjustly judged alongside those who did not.

He is counseling clients to live their lives largely as they’ve done in the past, though in a slightly toned-down form. Mr. Clarfeld said he had taken his own advice to heart. He bought his dream car, a Jaguar XKR, before the market crash but then felt uncomfortable about it. “I didn’t like the way it made me feel but not enough that I was going to get rid of the car,” he said. So he made light of it with a vanity plate to recall better times: “PRE LEHM.”

The mind boggles.

marisacat - 17 October 2009

“They feel mischaracterized,” Mr. LaMothe said. “They know the time and effort they contribute. They fund scholarships and all the things they do routinely, and then to be characterized as not doing their fair share begins to wear on them.”

oh that is just plain funny.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 October 2009

Pretty amazing, ain’t it?

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 October 2009
6. BooHooHooMan - 17 October 2009

Obama unveils White Presidential Clone to Science Class students.
Deployed as White House Chaff for Upcoming Sellouts,
Design Adheres to “Principles”, Obama claims.

( Pic above is actually Arne Duncan accompanying Politico’s lede..Union dissatisfaction on the Edumacation Front …seems they done been left behind…)

BooHooHooMan - 17 October 2009

And just in time…

the BIG Kerfluffle Now…I am SHOCKED

FP of WaPo

Small Group Working Privately on Health Bill

Select senators and White House officials set to finalize legislation behind closed doors, in contrast with Obama’s earlier call for open negotiations.

And Balloon Boy Sized Font as The lede at HuffPo:

Campaign Promise Of Transparency Abandoned
Three Senators Are Holding Private Negotiations To Shape The Future Of Health Care

Big Pic at HuffPo of Dodd, Baucus and saggy Man Tiities, Harry Reid…
A Man Titty Triumvirate!

BooHooHooMan - 17 October 2009

I don’t speak Itallian, but I suppose
Reid is the flappo du titty flappo or some such…

I’m out.

marisacat - 18 October 2009

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) sits at the head of a wooden table at his office as he and Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) work to merge two competing versions of health-care legislation into one bill. The three men will be joined by top aides as well as by members of President Obama’s health-care team, led by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. The sessions started on Wednesday and could be completed this week.

I don’t think we should worry tho! Media tells me, as do BLAHGS and BLAHGSNOTS, that Dodd is a LIBERAL.

No need to fret. (What is his approval rating? 18% or something…)

Once this thing gets going people will know what the Dems made sure it did not swing into action til AFTER 2012 re-elect.

7. marisacat - 18 October 2009


Several Iran Revolutionary Guard commanders have been killed in an attack in the volatile south-east of the country, state media says.

For more details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

8. marisacat - 18 October 2009

I am listening to the overnight host at KGO (who actually is the most “liberal” there, such as it is).. she has Max Blumenthal on… (he appears half asleep)… but she raised the OFfice of Faith Based Initiatives under Bush (he is pushing his new book on Conservative Gomorrah, or some slop) and my she was surprised to hear the office is still going full steam, under


9. marisacat - 18 October 2009

Wapo has a story up on the Iranian generals killed in a suicide bomb:

Revolutionary Guard commanders killed in Iran bomb

The Associated Press
Sunday, October 18, 2009; 8:03 AM

TEHRAN, Iran — A suicide bomber killed five senior commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guard and at least 26 others in an area of southeastern Iran that has been at the center of a simmering Sunni insurgency, state media reported.

The official IRNA news agency said the dead included the deputy commander of the Guard’s ground force, Gen. Noor Ali Shooshtari, as well as a chief provincial Guard commander for the area, Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh. The other dead were Guard members or local tribal leaders. More than two dozen others were wounded, state radio reported.

The commanders were on their way to a meeting with local tribal leaders in the Pishin district near Iran’s border with Pakistan when an attacker with explosives around his waist blew himself up, IRNA said. The explosion occurred at the entrance of a sports complex where the meeting was to be held. . . . . . .

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 October 2009

How Moody’s sold its ratings — and sold out investors

WASHINGTON — As the housing market collapsed in late 2007, Moody’s Investors Service, whose investment ratings were widely trusted, responded by purging analysts and executives who warned of trouble and promoting those who helped Wall Street plunge the country into its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

A McClatchy investigation has found that Moody’s punished executives who questioned why the company was risking its reputation by putting its profits ahead of providing trustworthy ratings for investment offerings.

Instead, Moody’s promoted executives who headed its “structured finance” division, which assisted Wall Street in packaging loans into securities for sale to investors. It also stacked its compliance department with the people who awarded the highest ratings to pools of mortgages that soon were downgraded to junk. Such products have another name now: “toxic assets.”

Clarkson rose to the top in August 2007, just as the subprime crisis was claiming its first victims. Soon afterward, a number of analysts and compliance officials who’d raised concerns about the soundness of the ratings process were purged and replaced with people from structured finance.

“The CEO is from a structured finance background, most of the people in the leadership were from a structured finance background, and it was putting their people in the right places,” said Eric Kolchinsky, a managing director in Moody’s structured finance division from January 2007 to November 2007, when he was purged, he said, for questioning some of the ratings. “If they were serious about compliance, they wouldn’t have done that, because it isn’t about having friends in the right places, but doing the right job.”

Another mid-level Moody’s executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, recalls being horrified by the purge.

“It is just something unthinkable, putting business people in the compliance department. It’s not acceptable. I was very upset, frustrated,” the executive said. “I think they corrupted the compliance department.”

11. marisacat - 18 October 2009

Lordy. Rove and Chris Wallace just demolished McAuliffe on FOX… over the nit wit battle that Obama has picked with FOx News.

At the end, Macker tried to close out with a rally cry for Deeds and Corzine and Rove whipped out a sheet with a June quote from Mac that “Deeds cannot win, he is for higher taxes” from the Richmond papers …

Good luck.

marisacat - 18 October 2009


I see Axelrod says Fox is not news. Ok. So then, by default, MSNBC and CNN ARE Nooooz? Fer sure?

I’m in danger of snickering to death

marisacat - 18 October 2009

From the article… I see Rahm is doing really well here. Tutus to the war front!

“It’s not so much a conflict with Fox News,” Emanuel told John King. “I suppose the way to look at it and the way … the president looks at it, we look at it is: It’s not a news organization so much as it has a perspective. And that’s a different take. And more importantly, is not have the CNNs and the others in the world basically be led in following Fox, as if what they’re trying to do is a legitimate news organization …

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 October 2009

the donks are just so outclassed.

YOu can’t win if you don’t believe in anything.

marisacat - 18 October 2009

yeah… stand for nothing, fall for anything. GROVEL for anything.

The funniest part of The Macker was several times he said, as if implying the WH was implicitly present thru him, that he spoke with the WH prior to the appearance.

It was falling down funny in a sense.

In a related way, somehow… I am listening to cuts from the old Midnight Special shows, from the early 70s… an appearance by Carlin… stating that, if you have just one M&M left, he counters you have an “M”.

Delivery is all… so small almost nothing, and still brilliant.

Poor Dems.

12. marisacat - 18 October 2009

hmm. and uh oh.

NYT doesn’t find the Ob contra Fox seemly. Nor esp winnable.

[O]n the official White House Web site, a blog called Reality Check provides a running tally of transgressions by Fox News. It ends with this: “For even more Fox lies, check out the latest ‘Truth-O-Meter’ feature from Politifact that debunks a false claim about a White House staffer that continues to be repeated by Glenn Beck and others on the network.”

People who work in political communications have pointed out that it is a principle of power dynamics to “punch up ” – that is, to take on bigger foes, not smaller ones. A blog on the White House Web site that uses a “truth-o-meter” against a particular cable news network would not seem to qualify. As it is, Reality Check sounds a bit like the blog of some unemployed guy living in his parents’ basement, not an official communiqué from Pennsylvania Avenue. . . . . .

Shuold be interesting to watch the trajectory of this checkers game

And yes, the righties are laughing.

marisacat - 18 October 2009

gnu… 😉


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