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weekend… 26 December 2009

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

A sunbird looks for nectar among hanging plants on a balcony. Most sunbirds feed largely on nectar. Fruit and insects are also part of the diet of some species [Wong Maye-E/AP]




1. wu ming - 26 December 2009

interesting, not related to hummingbirds but evolved to fit the same niche:


catnip - 26 December 2009

And here I thought sunbirds were cars made by Pontiac…

2. catnip - 26 December 2009

Nader’s reading list.

I didn’t know about Chris Hedges’ book. I’ll have to check that one out (while staying away from sharp objects in case I end up feeling like I need to slit my wrists over the naked horror of it all.)

3. catnip - 26 December 2009

Happy Boxing Day!

4. catnip - 26 December 2009

Shorter Adam Nagourney: Leave Obama Alone!

marisacat - 26 December 2009

The Nag. And after all of that, by the 24th Howard had caved on all fronts. In the meantime the administration issued a slap down (in a ddition to Axelrod, Jay Rockefeller and Gibbs all calling him “crazy”, using one word or another) that KGO here was happy to spread, that Dean had wanted HHS was denied – and/or that he had been “fired” from the DNC chair… etc., and this is his mixed metaphor “pay back”.

And Howard retreated… as he has done for years. Pity they are all so useless.

I prefer to eat chicken than TO BE IT.

5. catnip - 26 December 2009

New security rules here: all airline passengers flying to the US have to go through a pat-down. That should turn out well!

marisacat - 26 December 2009

they not only want the x ray machines… they want hands on.

What a joke it all is.

catnip - 26 December 2009

I’m waiting for the reaction from civil liberty groups here.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 December 2009

you still have civil liberties groups?

catnip - 26 December 2009


6. Heather-Rose Ryan - 26 December 2009

Now HERE is a cop who’s paying attention and doing his job:


Hill credited a “very alert” policeman with taking quick action after spotting what appeared to be the suspect’s vehicle driving on a west Phoenix avenue, even though the license plate differed from reports.
Officer Mike Burns pulled alongside and “saw a suspect that matched the description and thought he saw a small child,” Hill told The Associated Press.
He said the pickup sped off, and Burns gave chase and alerted the force. Officers put spike strips across the road several blocks away that punctured the suspect’s tires, causing him to crash on the roadside.
The man took off on foot but was caught and arrested a block away after a brief struggle.


marisacat - 26 December 2009

that is fantastic… and a very different ending than the little girl just found dead.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 December 2009

Some idiot reporter, on CNN during the “OMGterra!!!” hysterics, made the incredibly stupid statement that he was shocked, SHOCKED, that the hapless “bomber” was a child of wealth and privilege. Unlike the bunch that supposedly pulled off 911, engineers and children of wealthy Saudi and Yemini families. Or the group in the UK who wanted to create liquid bombs or whatever, all college educated and from middle class or wealthy families. Or the shoe bomber, another kid with an education and well-off family.

Nope, doesn’t play well with our idea of what “terrorists” should look like, doesn’t play well with the scam that EDUCATION and full-out capitalism makes people and life BETTER.

Gawd, so goddamn fucking stupid, I’m so sick of how willfully ignorant Americans insist on being.

marisacat - 26 December 2009

yeah it’s a misnomer that the Revolution, or whatever this is… is from poverty. It is all so much more complex. Osama’s number 2 Zawahiri comes from entrenched upper middle class Eqyptian professional family.

I think the basic problem with America and Americans is we have a bizarre tunnel vision… this insane concept that only we are good and right and beloved by Gawd The Almighty. Etc. It means no self examination, none. With no self examination, no examination of politics, much less deep politics.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 26 December 2009

Or Osama bin Laden himself.

Actually education and wealth DO make life better – it’s demented religiosity that’s the problem.

marisacat - 26 December 2009


Madman in the Marketplace - 26 December 2009

they are tools people can use to make life better, but don’t ipso facto lead to a better life.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 December 2009

Guatemala: Christmas Day video and audio snapshots

Watch for Marvin the Martian getting down! (around 1:45)

9. marisacat - 26 December 2009

Jesusfuckingchrist. It is never ending. And never to be undone, either.

I remember right after 9/11 they were careful about certain flights, to NYC or DC… and iirc imposed a ‘stay in your seats’ rule for the last whatever, half or hour, of the flight.

But this is insane. He detonated, or ignited, whatever he had, sitting in his seat.

Don’t fly over the damned oceans with small children.

[A]mong other steps being imposed, passengers on international flights coming to the United States will apparently have to remain in their seats for the last hour of a flight without any personal items on their laps. Overseas passengers will be restricted to only one carry-on item aboard the plane, and domestic passengers will probably face longer security lines.

The restrictions will again change the routine of air travel, which has undergone an upheaval since the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington in September 2001 and three attempts at air terrorism since then…..

Don’t, heaven forfend, need a KLEENEX in the last hour.

“Among other things,” the statement in Air Canada’s Web site read, “during the final hour of flight customers must remain seated, will not be allowed to access carry-on baggage, or have personal belongings or other items on their laps.” ….

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 December 2009

jeesus, I always have a iPod and book handy … I hate being trapped in a plane, and they keep my mind occupied.

marisacat - 26 December 2009

How could anyone fly with a baby or small child? Or an elderly person, for that matter. I would die of discomfort being so penned in, in every way. Nothing in your lap.


catnip - 26 December 2009

I know. And forget about bathroom runs. Or having the runs and needing the bathroom. Maybe they’ll all be issued catheters.

CSTAR - 26 December 2009

Forget plastics. Adult diapers.

wu ming - 26 December 2009

all i can hope is that they get this BS out of their system before i have to fly back next summer. fuck.

CSTAR - 26 December 2009

Jesus, I gotta go to the bathroom already.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 December 2009

Now CNN is surprised a well educated Nigerian would speak and understand fluent English.

It’s a former ENGLISH COLONY.

The stupid, it burns.

marisacat - 26 December 2009

IIRC he is at an engineering school in London, as well…………. there really is no hope. America does God’s Business… and no one else is human.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 26 December 2009

Wow, that’s CNN?? I wonder what the knuckledraggers on FOX are saying.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 December 2009

little difference these days, especially when there is new fear to whip up.

11. Heather-Rose Ryan - 26 December 2009

Cute article on fashion as it relates to S. Palin and FLOTUS:


“Who’s Barbie now?”

(the term FLOTUS cracks me up – it’s even better than POTUS!)

catnip - 26 December 2009

Nothing said ‘let them eat cake’ like that gold dress she wore to the state dinner.

Tone deafness: it’s what’s for dinner.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 26 December 2009

I thought that was a nice fashion choice on her part. Much better than some of the other dresses she’s worn in public.

catnip - 26 December 2009

It was pretty but being gilded in the middle of a recession…?

ms_xeno - 26 December 2009

Are you kidding? It’s a perfect metaphor.

Or would you rather have a “Leave Only Footprints” cotton T-shirt wrapped in two layers of plastic and impregnated with “organic” dioxin? I can get you one where I temp, so long as you don’t weigh more than 110 lbs. It think that’s the “XL” size.


catnip - 26 December 2009

That sounds funky. Is that XL for Barbie dolls?

ms_xeno - 26 December 2009

Barbie dolls who married Rich Orthodontist Ken.

12. catnip - 26 December 2009

It took them a long time to come around to it but finally someone has said it:

Reason Number 2: Jane Hamsher’s HR brigade has taken over the place. They’re dishonest, coordinate via twitter, and she’s a complete, unadulterated “C” word.

Mind you, I haven’t been hanging around in the hidden comments so this might not actually be the first time someone’s used the connotation…

marisacat - 26 December 2009

She and Miss Christie of West VA like to adopt an attitude that a lot on the page at their site is really not there. Nothing like leading a fake revolution from inside what passes for Harry Reid’s [cough choke strangle] War Room.

ms_xeno - 26 December 2009

“Choices” like Hamsher and Dean are all they deserve. The poor little GBCW-er will be back there within hours, or just holing up at BooBooMan’s place. Or whatever. :/

13. BooHooHooMan - 26 December 2009

Israeli Military Kills 6 Palestinians

So much for education and wealth.
Good to hear FLOTUS dress was to die for , tho.


14. BooHooHooMan - 26 December 2009

Sirota at HuffPo.

Stop the presses, says Sirota.
{ who,
— > BTW, < —
…has a new guest column and appearance on…}

LOL. The latest gull of Davida says 60! – count em! – 60!
House Pwogs have signed a letter!

It’s hilarious. David, shameless self promoter he,
(if you didn’t catch the link above to his website, it’s a scream) so luridly trying to mount Hamsher’s filly now at the ranch hand rodeo down by the veal pen.

catnip - 26 December 2009

House Pwogs have signed a letter!

Yes, but was it a sternly-worded letter?

BooHooHooMan - 26 December 2009

😆 Maybe it definitely is!

15. catnip - 26 December 2009

My PM – Helmet Hair Steve – is giving his year end interview on my teevee.

It’s either that or Shrek 2. Hmmm…

BooHooHooMan - 26 December 2009

Go with the cartoon.
Ooops , not much help there – but Good Luck either way!

catnip - 26 December 2009

It’s a choice between a big green ogre and a big grey ogre – both of whom I’ve seen before. But Shrek does have better musical numbers.

16. catnip - 26 December 2009

Ipsos Reid asked Canadians if they would “encourage any family member to run for public office because it is a noble calling.” Most Canadians polled — two out of three, or 66% — said no.

lol…only 2 out of 3?

17. marisacat - 26 December 2009

FWIW, from the UK Times:

THE son of a prominent Nigerian banker, who allegedly attempted to blow up a transatlantic flight over America, was barred from returning to Britain earlier this year.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, graduated from a university in London last year but his visa request was refused in May when he attempted to apply for a new course at a bogus college.

Abdulmutallab, described as a devout Muslim, attempted to ignite an explosive device on a plane from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day after shouting about Afghanistan.Bomb materials had apparently been sewn into his underwear, an authoritative American report said.

The incident led to increased security at UK airports and delays of up to five hours for passengers in Britain yesterday.

18. marisacat - 26 December 2009

Too too too funny. Hardly masking and the tongue in cheek is barely a cover…

catnip - 26 December 2009

Golfers writing on the website Golf.com complain of being stuck behind the president’s entourage making painfully slow progress. “He plays golf like the way he runs the Oval Office,” came one comment.


marisacat - 26 December 2009

I ssure got a laugh out of it…………………………….. 😆

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 December 2009


19. marisacat - 26 December 2009

London Independent has a very full account of the Detroit Bomber. The story is being woven together pretty fast. Everybody is on board!

I think one thing that had the admin and whatever ptb fretting, that dropped comment of Gen Jones that has been getting frequently mentioned, that there is hardly 100 Al Qaida in all of Afghanistan.

What leads and bleeds and is fueled by his father even, his connection to AQ.

BooHooHooMan - 27 December 2009

Everybody is on board!

About sums it up. Whose runnin this multi-level marketing pitch this time, anyway? Whose got the mic at this success story session?
Eric Prince’s in laws of Amway? The Levin Bros. patrons?

About the only thing that WASN’T on board that Detroit flight before it left the Netherlands was the Hague.

Better situated than Chi even, Detroit figures big in the NWO on so many levels:

The crushing of the labor movement, the largest concentration of an Arab / Muslim American community in the U.S., key land and sea trade transit with Canada in the virtual center of both countries, cheaaaaaaap real estate thanks to the combined destruction of so many efforts…Right down to ushering constraints against cash and carry small retail.

Not to mention what an OMG story can do to bolster War as the Answer for the Michigan Delegation…Frankly, in a state totally_fuckin_crushed by the NWO /GWOT, it provides cover to the Levins and Granholm as much as it does the likes of Bachman and Stupak.

I’d have an easier time believing that Rudolf, Donner, and Blitzen got sucked into those Detroit bound jet engines after Santa veered of course, duped by the son of a Nigerian Banker’s EMAIL.

Given where we’re at …..aside from guys from Langley or Benning, you could have couple of Prince’s guys in first class shouting “Fire” , doin the minor Hot Pants on some profiled poor sap who never knew what him. And the same ops backslap up a helpful genuine bystander to the cameras..

I don’t believe a word of it.

marisacat - 27 December 2009

I wish more had caught the film of the bomb hunting device, with arms and legs like a largish metal spider, stuck as it could nto go up the stairs to get in the plane.

It flailed around, trying… but no go.

I happened to catch it as a local news channel here was letting raw feed come in.

catnip - 27 December 2009

I’d have an easier time believing that Rudolf, Donner, and Blitzen got sucked into those Detroit bound jet engines after Santa veered of course, duped by the son of a Nigerian Banker’s EMAIL.

Some kossacks were getting their little hands slapped when they made comments about the Nigerian e-mail scams because this is a serious situation, damnit!. It was quite the sight.

20. marisacat - 27 December 2009




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