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Bears 29 October 2009

Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.

San Diego Zoo Bear [photo from this site]

Obama on Dover fly in.

Asked by a reporter if his visit to Dover Air Force Base would impact his decision on the war in Afghanistan, POTUS replied:

“It was a sobering reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices that our young men and women in uniform are engaging in every single day, not only our troops but their families as well.”

“And obviously,” he said, “the burden that our troops and our families bear in any war time sit is going to bear on how I see these conflicts. And it’s something that I think about each and every day.”

hmm… Better script writers needed.  However, probably plenty good enough for the general population.



1. marisacat - 29 October 2009

Obama sends letter to 300K new VA voters, Obama voters in 2008, on behalf of Creigh Deeds. Seems a little chancey.

2. catnip - 29 October 2009

Asked by a reporter if his visit to Dover Air Force Base would impact his decision on the war in Afghanistan, POTUS replied:

Shorter version: “No.”

3. marisacat - 29 October 2009


TAPPER: Robert, is it the opinion of this White House — has it been conveyed by this White House to Senate Democrats that the trigger mechanism for the public option would be a better way to get to 60 votes than the opt-in provision?

GIBBS: The President, when Senate Democrats were here last week, the President listened to what their strategy was for moving health care forward.

TAPPER: Robert, did he convey to them, one way or another, what he thought would be a more likely way to get the bill passed?

GIBBS: We listened to what their thoughts were there in the Senate and wanted to hear their strategy.

TAPPER: Seriously, you’re not — okay, so you listened, but the President didn’t convey any —

GIBBS: Not that I’m aware of, no.


I’ll say it again, a little trained service monkey could do the job. A selection of responses on manual hold-up-in-the-air signs… wouldn’t matter which one the little monkey chose at which point, either.

Remember, one of the campaign mantras, “he listens”.

catnip - 29 October 2009

Listenin’ is hard werk.

4. marisacat - 29 October 2009

hmmm From Sully. I would suggest he hold his breath, pray to the Catholic statuette of Jesus AND to Reagan and to M Thatcher… AND to Obama… and it will come true.

Ruby slippers would help too.

29 Oct 2009 02:58 pm

In Maine, Obama Could Make The Difference

Check out the neck-and-neck referendum poll in Maine. A poll this close indicates a loss for marriage equality. Now check out Obama’s 67 percent favorables in the state. He has a chance to help.

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5. catnip - 29 October 2009

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marisacat - 29 October 2009

I haven’t looked at hsi ad prices for years… I do remember the last time i looked TPM charged more than Dkos. And I thought both were ridiculous. But what do I know.

6. marisacat - 29 October 2009

hmm i had not been to Daily Dish/Sully for a while,so I wandered thru.

Lordy so confused. He says the LBO :: M&A moves from Benny are to gather in all the old queens (his words). Under one roof.

hmm I still say, it is just counting heads. With an added benefit of being able to make… ah… er… penetrations into areas of Africa where Anglican / Episcopal were holding off Catholics. Benny wants more African priests, churches and congregations.

My guess would be if Benny could he’d merge (more than he has) with the worst of the rural witch doctors in Africa.

Go for it.

(He does mention that he thinks there soon will be women bishops in the Anglican/Etc church… and this will speed the moves to Holy Roman Empire.)

7. marisacat - 29 October 2009

hmm I am hearing (KGO afternoon show) the so called “Public Option”, should it come to pass, will run 10K a year (or so) for the ever discussed “family of 4”.


8. marisacat - 29 October 2009

A slice on the Detroit raids… could be looking pretty thin on the ground.

[B]ut local Muslims told FBI officials at the meeting today that the criminal complaint reveals a case involving undercover informants who pushed Abdullah and his followers to deal in stolen fur coats, laptop computers and a couple of other minor crimes.

“This was petty stuff,” said El-Amin. “A bunch of petty thieves”

And so, El-Amin said he wondered why the federal authorities continued the investigation for more than two years.

“Why didn’t they stop it earlier before it got to this point?” El-Amin said. The informants “came to a place where people are not getting social security, unemployment. They had nothing.”

The criminal complaint alleges that Abdullah and others were involved in the purchase and selling of stolen fur coats and laptop computers, among other goods, that were provided by undercover informants.

One of the undercover informants was a former follower of Abdullah with a criminal past, according to the complaint.

The issue of undercover informants has been a source of contention over the past year between Muslim Americans and the FBI.

FBI officials have said they do not target people based on their religion.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 October 2009

The pic up top inspired me:

Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009

Aww, Lyle is such a gallant gent. Free lunches for bears!

Hey, MiTM – I saw the Playing for Change band live in concert a week or so ago, and they were absolutely brilliant. (No, catnip, this has nothing to do with Obamaluv – it’s a touring ensemble of international street musicians who were featured in the now-famous video project.) They’re headed west and north next, and I notice they’ll be stopping in Milwaukee. Clarence Bekker (of Suriname/Amsterdam/Barcelona) and Titi Tsira (of South Africa), in particular, were just riveting. Tour schedule here: http://www.playingforchange.com/band

marisacat - 30 October 2009

oh that is connected to the people who did the music documentary on ‘Stand By Me”… I loved that (reminds me to list it at Netflix!).

I recognise GrandPapa Elliot from NO, LA

Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009

Grandpa was great, too. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the live event, but it was the real thing – an incredible, high-energy show – with no multimedia filler whatsoever. The musicians and singers were all outstanding individually, and together, they just soared.

Here’s a vid with Clarence Bekker and Grandpa Elliott (and a smaller, slightly different line-up than the current tour band), doing “A Change is Gonna Come” last April at one of their first live concerts in NO. (It was some kind of Starbucks event, apparently, and I gather that they and Norman Lear have now gotten involved in some media distribution aspect or other. But I don’t even care.) All of the artists just radiated with talent, soul, and joy, and the entire hall was blown away again and again. 🙂

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2009

I saw they were coming, unfortunately I’m not gonna be able to go.

10. marisacat - 29 October 2009



Meet the Press: David Plouffe, Treasury Sec Geithner

Face the Nation: David Axelrod, Sen. Lieberman

State of the Union: House Minority Leader Boehner

Fox News Sunday: Rush Limbaugh, Carl Cameron, Major Garrett

11. catnip - 30 October 2009
12. catnip - 30 October 2009

Dozens in Congress under ethics inquiry (aka When Crickets Chirp in the so-called Progressive Community)

13. marisacat - 30 October 2009

On and on it goes……………………….

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Coast Guard crews are trying to figure out how much bunker fuel has spilled into San Francisco Bay during the transfer of the substance onto a Panamanian registered cargo ship at Anchorage Nine.

Video from Sky 4 shows booms in the water trying to prevent the spread of the fuel from the Dubai Star which already stretches at least a mile into the Bay.

Coast Guard spokesman Erik Swanson tells KRON 4’s James Fletcher there are no reports of a collision between the two vessels. Investigators are still trying to discover the exact source of the fuel.

Swanson says authorities learned about the leak at about 6:48 Friday morning. Helicopters and surface ships are helping in the response.

Anchorage Number Nine is located south of the Bay Bridge and across from Candlestick Point. It’s unclear what effect the spill is having on wildlife in the area.

14. catnip - 30 October 2009

Colombia and US sign bases deal

The United States and Colombia have signed a deal giving the US military access to seven Colombian bases.

Both the US and Colombia have previously stressed their aim is to use the bases to combat drug trafficking and rebels.

The prospect of the deal had caused alarm among some of Colombia’s neighbours, who object to an increased US military presence.

Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela have all recently expressed concern.

In a statement, Colombia’s foreign ministry said the agreement was “based on the principles of total respect for sovereign equality, territorial integrity and not intervening in the internal affairs of other states”, reported Reuters news agency.

On Tuesday Colombian Defence Minister Gabriel Silva insisted the agreement did not constitute a major new development but simply a continuation of US-Colombian co-operation.

He said it was supported by the majority of Colombians who, he said, wanted more security.

“The agreement has no geopolitical or strategic connotation, other than being more effective in the fight against drug trafficking,” he said.

Sure…mmm hmmm…

15. catnip - 30 October 2009
Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009

As long as they’re selling guns and ammo, might as well work both sides of the trade. Are they gonna build (Eternal) Home and (Memorial) Garden Centers to handle the new product line, or will they just stack them one aisle over from the Rubbermaid bins?

I liked the line from the funeral director about Wal-Mart lacking the human touch. But hey, just flip that “Greeter” nametag, and a designated “Griever” can be arranged. Since most of those are impoverished seniors, they probably have plenty of experience coping with the recently bereaved.

16. marisacat - 30 October 2009

Get a grip honey. He’s tossed you all the bones he plans to…. (and, may I say, GOOD LUCK! Keep clapping!)

Obama to end HIV travel ban today

by John Aravosis (DC) on 10/30/2009 11:33:00 AM

This is great news, and the president deserves our thanks. This has been a good week, with the signing of the hate crimes bill and now lifting the HIV travel ban. Remember, however, all the pressure it took from the grassroots to get us to this point. It’s been a not-so-good year in gay community/President Obama relations. Let’s hope that the next three years we don’t have to be equally vigilant in order to get the President’s really big promises – ENDA, and the repeal of DADT and DOMA – fulfilled.

http://www.americablog.com/ (it is down a couple)


I got treated to very distasteful bucket of luv for Nancy this am… None other than Pete Stark (who is in the pocket of health care industries and has been for a long long time) slobbering for Nancy… what a “great job” she did (on what else? HC)… ‘cuz, remember now, she has to “juggle her bishop and all those people who want abortions paid for”.

SO if John Aravosis and Sully think, that with the Democrats actively fellating the Catholic Church (from head to foot) they will get much more (nor will women)… then double good luck.

And Buona Fortuna. With a splash of Holy Water. Or some drenching effluvia.

catnip - 30 October 2009

Let’s hope that the next three years we don’t have to be equally vigilant…

He’s obviously learned nothing…nada…about Obamalama “The Listener”™

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2009

they want to be fooled.

17. catnip - 30 October 2009
Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009

Jeepers. The victim quoted sounded amazingly reasonable, considering. If the unknown perp is really a random kicker, she’s inaugurating new chapters in the annals of “rage disorders.”

18. marisacat - 30 October 2009

Fleshing it out (literally)

Meet the Press: Geithner, David Plouffe. Roundtable: Jon Krakauer, Jim Miklaszewski, Andrea Mitchell
*Airs 8 am ET in NYC due to marathon

Face the Nation: David Axelrod, Sen. Lieberman

This Week: Valerie Jarrett. Roundtable: Ron Brownstein, Dee Dee Myers, Ed Gillespie, Rev. Sharpton, George Will

Fox News Sunday: Limbaugh, Fox’s Carl Cameron, Major Garrett. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams

State of the Union: Rep. Boehner, Gov. Barbour

19. Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009

This item is a couple of days old, but just in case you missed it out there, Marisa, I thought you’d enjoy knowing that one of your Gubbernator’s veto memos made it to the political blog of the Albany Times-Union. That Ahnuld is such a card!

marisacat - 30 October 2009

Apparently the chances of that letter configuration leading off so many lines is 1 in several million/billion/trillion/gazookillion…..

Thanks for that I had not followed any links to see the actual memo.

The back ground is that Arnold came a couple weeks ago, to speak to a local Democratic, heavily gay, club. He was intro’d by Willie Brown. But he got boo’d and cat called (and strangely for him he looked quite uncomfortable) and Ammiano, who used to be a city Supervisor here, but won an election to represent in Sacto not too long ago, yelled out

Kiss my gay ass!

Funnily enough when Arnold surfaced in the early oughts… and a story came out that in the late 90s he and his has systematically bought up all the film tape around from Gold’s Gym in the 70s…. apparently at the old Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach the cameras were on round the clock. Better viewing thru chemicals. Or something. Apparently a ton of raunch, sex, naked display, whatever was on those old tapes.

And, as a gay friend said to me, Arnold was likely just into “flesh”… anything that moved. In that Roman, gladiator way he’s got.

Fun in the sun.

Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009

I was impressed that the T-U included the graphic with red-outlined blow-up.

Yes, I’d heard that about Arnie snapping up the Gold’s Gym tapes. Suspect he’s got any number of reasons to secure episodic video of extreme body-worship.

marisacat - 30 October 2009

well… and you just know no matter how they canvassed, how much money, they did not get all the film.

catnip - 31 October 2009

lol…that’s priceless.

20. Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009

One of the most practical (as in common-sensible) and succinct e-mail forwards I’ve ever received . . . it concerns swine flu prevention:

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat and eyes. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t under estimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at using a Neti pot, but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton swabs dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C. *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Pass this on to your e-list; you never know who might pay attention to it – and avoid the flu because of it.

For what it’s worth!

marisacat - 30 October 2009

Thanks for that Ib…………. I use the little bottles of nasal spray, a saline solution.. it helps a lot.


AND, … but…. the CDC says ”too few are seeking vaccine”.

And I wonder, how do they know?

San Francisco, for one, just got it’s initial supply in yesterday. Available at Public Health depts from 4 -7.

So how does CDC know anything.

21. marisacat - 30 October 2009

Gavin Newsom has dropped out of the Cali gubernatorial scam game.

One speculation is that with new wif (from a very very rich family) new baby… he does nto need the old scandals (inside City Hall romance, at least one big one) to come up again. Or other rumors, I would guess.

And no money was coming in……… ooops.

marisacat - 30 October 2009

hmmm apparently the union money is flowing to Jerry, who has not declared…

and as of now, Gavin got all of 5k from union coffers.


22. Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009
Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009

Thought it sad, too, that the hybrids were soon separated from their mixed-species parents. Would have been interesting to see a study about if and how each bear type attempted to school the young ‘uns.

marisacat - 30 October 2009

it should have been left how it would be in the wild…

23. marisacat - 30 October 2009


Insult to injury… word came down today that the Bay Bridge tolls will go up.

When people can use it again, of course.


Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2009

until it collapses.

marisacat - 30 October 2009

hmm we’ll see what happens. I am hoping for another non lethal “accident” of something weighing 5000 lbs falling…

Maybe then they really DO something.

Otherwise we just limp along, til smacked to death by falling roadway.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2009

like everything else in this society, I doubt anything real will happen until a catastrophic failure.

Man, I’m so damned pessimistic about everything.

marisacat - 30 October 2009

well raising the tolls on the Broken Bay Bridge may reinforce some peoples’ already stated reactions that they don’t trust the entities speaking to us about it…. AND they plan to really raise the tolls for trucks, up to 10.00 “per axle”.

Trucks are kind of stuck.. no options, not really. Come in from the Northern areas using a central route, or toward the coast from the inland, gotta use the most direct, time efficient bridge to reach the coast. One of which is the biggest, the BBB – Broken Bay Bridge.

24. marisacat - 30 October 2009

the general area of the oil spill from the Dubai Star… a couple miles south of the broken Bay Bridge… has been declared a “security zone”.

Normally half asleep media found that interesting.

Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009

Ugh. Hope it’s not too bad and they really have “secured” the spill zone.

25. Intermittent Bystander - 30 October 2009

I think I’m tripping the mod fantastic. . . .

NYT’s Bay Blog is reporting the spill at 2 miles by 200 yards, with an estimate from Newsom’s office of 800 gallons. Hope the numbers won’t follow the exponentially increasing patterns of previous leak-outs. . . .

marisacat - 30 October 2009

so far there are strong comparisons. Somehow (maybe they were copied) a local TV channel has the earliest assessment from the CG at 5 gallons. CG disputes that means anything as it was “internal”.


It happened at 6:45 am… CG got to the spill at 9:50…

on and on it goes.

I cheerfully admit I did not know there were refueling spots inside the Bay, the Dubai Star was docked at one, south of the Broken Bay Bridge… gee that strikes me as effing dumb. — AND I am reminded that one of the excuses for the Cosco Busan post leak mess is that there had never been staging, planning, training for a big leak INSIDE the Bay!

marisacat - 30 October 2009

I think I’m tripping the mod fantastic. . . .

sorry! 😳

I had fallen sound asleep…

26. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2009
marisacat - 30 October 2009

… and Viagra…


27. marisacat - 30 October 2009

neue hoo hooo….


………………… 😯 ……………..

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