jump to navigation

Wednesday 13 January 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

The Soap Opera. Dong Ba Market, Hue. A moment in a busy day [Lizzy Freundel/Flickr]

… everything stops for the soap opera.




1. marisacat - 13 January 2010

CNN International:

The earthquake’s power matched that of several nuclear bombs, said Roger Searle, a professor of geophysics in the Earth Sciences Department at Durham University in England. He said the combination of its magnitude and geographical shallowness made it particularly dangerous ….

BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2010

Hardly any words for such a total disaster…in every sense
….as SOUTHCOM moves in to capitalize

[U.S.] Military Preps for Broader Haiti Relief Mission

are among their press offers….

I see Pat Slobbertson has weighed in.

Cue escalation of US Naval Operations trolling Venezuelan waters across the the Southern Caribbean…
Well. All I can say if there is a God……
God forbid Tonkinesque cries of foul and craven calls for War on Venezuela.

We know how this works, having so many recent examples of it :
“Relief efforts” are commandeered by U.S. Military and subverted to American Imperial aims.

Splinters and shards is the more accurate description of what we cynically call ‘relief” and visit upon the forsaken.

marisacat - 13 January 2010

Just call it one more invasion.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2010

Gay Teen Worried He Might Be Christian

LOUISVILLE, KY—At first glance, high school senior Lucas Faber, 18, seems like any ordinary gay teen. He’s a member of his school’s swing choir, enjoys shopping at the mall, and has sex with other males his age. But lately, a growing worry has begun to plague this young gay man. A gnawing feeling that, deep down, he may be a fundamentalist, right-wing Christian.

“I don’t know what’s happening to me,” Faber admitted to reporters Monday. “It’s like I get these weird urges sometimes, and suddenly I’m tempted to go behind my friends’ backs and attend a megachurch service, or censor books in the school library in some way. Even just the thought of organizing a CD-burning turns me on.”

Added Faber, “I feel so confused.”

The openly gay teen, who came out to his parents at age 14 and has had a steady boyfriend for the past seven months, said he first began to suspect he might be different last year, when he started feeling an odd stirring within himself every time he passed a church. The more conservative the church, Faber claimed, the stronger his desire was to enter it.

“It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore,” the frightened teenager said. “Keeping this secret obsession with radical right-wing dogma hidden away from my parents, teachers, and schoolmates is tearing me apart.”

According to Faber, his first experience with evangelical Christianity was not all that different from other gays his age.

“Sure, I looked at the Book of Leviticus once or twice—everybody has,” Faber said. “We all experiment a little bit with that stuff when we’re growing up. But I was just a kid. I didn’t think it meant anything.”

Faber’s instinct was to deny these early emotions. But recently, the Louisville teen admitted, the feelings have grown stronger, making him wonder more and more what life as a born-again right-wing fundamentalist would be like.

“The other week, I was this close to picketing in front of an abortion clinic,” the mortified teenager said, his eyes welling up with tears. “I know it’s wrong, but I wanted so badly to do it anyway. I even made one of those signs with photos of dead fetuses and hid it in my closet. I felt so ashamed, yet, at the same time, it was all strangely titillating.”

marisacat - 13 January 2010

I’d say “titillating” is the key word.

Apt assessment of enjoying all that weird theocratic authoritarianism. I eman, what else is it? Nto love and caring for fellow humans

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2010

it’s funny how the Onion and Daily Show often get to the heart of this stuff better than the “real” media.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2010

Haiti’s real deal with the devil

Summary: Haiti was forced to pay France for its freedom. When they couldn’t afford the ransom, France (and other countries, including the United States) helpfully offered high-interest loans. By 1900, 80% of Haiti’s annual budget went to paying off its “reparation” debt. They didn’t make the last payment until 1947. Just 10 years later, dictator François Duvalier took over the country and promptly bankrupted it, taking out more high-interest loans to pay for his corrupt lifestyle. The Duvalier family, with the blind-eye financial assistance of Western countries, killed 10s of thousands of Haitians, until the Haitian people overthrew them in 1986. Today, Haiti is still paying off the debt of an oppressive dictator no one would help them get rid of for 30 years.

The rest of the world refuses to forgive this debt.

So, in a way, maybe Robertson is right. Haiti is caught in a deal with the devil, and the devil is us.

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2010

Tiny Revolution offers and excerpt from a Heritage Foundation report:

Shock Doctrine for Haiti

Amidst the Suffering, Crisis in Haiti Offers Opportunities to the U.S.

In addition to providing immediate humanitarian assistance, the U.S. response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti earthquake offers opportunities to re-shape Haiti’s long-dysfunctional government and economy as well as to improve the public image of the United States in the region…

While on the ground in Haiti, the U.S. military can also interrupt the nightly flights of cocaine to Haiti and the Dominican Republic from the Venezuelan coast and counter the ongoing efforts of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to destabilize the island of Hispaniola. This U.S. military presence, which should also include a large contingent of U.S. Coast Guard assets, can also prevent any large-scale movement by Haitians to take to the sea in rickety watercraft to try to enter the U.S. illegally.

Meanwhile, the U.S. must be prepared to insist that the Haiti government work closely with the U.S. to insure that corruption does not infect the humanitarian assistance flowing to Haiti. Long-term reforms for Haitian democracy and its economy are also badly overdue.

One of the first pictures I saw of aid being loaded for Haiti this morning were of workers in Venezuela.

BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2010

Definitely. Considering the USSOUTHCOM communiques cranked out, you’d think they were Médecins Sans Frontières.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2010

MIA: “F*** New York Times!!!!!!” (GRAPHIC IMAGE)

Sri Lanka topped a recent NY Times list of ’31 Places To Go In 2010,’ but one of the country’s most famous natives doesn’t agree.

“FUCK NEW YORK TIMES! DO YOU THINK YOU NEED TO GO HERE ON VACATION?” MIA tweeted, with a photo of a pile of mangled bodies (graphic and seen below).

“ONCE AGAIN FUCK NEW YORK TIMES !!!!!!!!! GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT,” the singer continued along with the gruesome photo below.

A bloody civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the insurgent group Tamil Tigers technically ended in May when the Tigers admitted defeat after 25 years. MIA’s father, a Tamil tiger, spent much of MIA’s childhood in hiding from the Sri Lankan army. In 1986, MIA, her mother, brother and sister moved to London where they were housed as refugees.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2010
BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2010

True, he’s a shit, but the issue isn’t working for Coakley to close the deal. Just isn’t. She over-reached in the debate – totally unprepped as he emphasized he voted for the Bill with the “conscientious objector” lingo out.
And then he trotted out his two 20 something daughters to paint her as desperate and lying…Of course – THEY”RE ALL LYING –

I think she’ll be lucky to win by 5 now after the Meehan video gets further traction…

What were they thinking last night?
A “Washington Lobbyist” funded dinner?…
InsCo and Med Pharma Lobbyists at that?

IN Washington no less?…Dumb as hell…

Why they would put her anywhere inside the Beltway at this point, let alone to pick up checks is beyond me…Unless on her end it was to scream/beg/plead Schumer for more $$$.
Which it’s pretty clear it was…You come to US, Martha.
Don’t want to risk too much being seen with you, Dear.

My pedestrian take anyways.

Wonkette has the full length video which is even more desperate of Meehan in the last minute than the cropped clip of the knockdown itself..

IMO, Wonkette ‘s chitty chat style is perfect for this stuff:

In a burst of violence the likes of which this planet has not seen ANYWHERE since at least the Kenneth Gladney/Union Thugs Incident, a Thug working with the Martha Coakley senatorial campaign MAULED Weekly Standard writer John McCormack in cold blood last night in Washington D.C. Why was Martha Coakley in Washington D.C. last night, less than a week before her extremely vital and surprisingly close Massachusetts special election? Probably something to do with her WORST CAMPAIGN EVER tactical losing strategy.

Thing is… Meehan is no ordinary campaign “volunteer”. He’s a fixture of a fixer, but of the increasingly marginalized Massachusetts variety once living large at the DSCC.

Claw , scratch, bite, etc..
More snark from Wonkette on it..

The fundraiser was at faux-good Capitol Hill establishment Sonoma, for those of you keeping score, whatever that means. They pride themselves on having lotsa wine!
Maybe Obama should campaign for this Coakley, what with his entire agenda on the line and all.

The GOP will have a field day with it.
Very bad optics.

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2010

they are incredibly dumb and clumsy

marisacat - 13 January 2010

Rush is goading Ob and Knob (Biden) to get on up to Boston and save her.

I have no idea if the Dems pull it out or what, but there also seems to be bi partisan agreement she is a poor campaigner… hardly around, nto working that hard, etc. I read some reports that she is not even hoarse. If they try at all toward the end they get hoarse.

I am not saying it was anything new but from what I saw as soon as the Dems felt they would win in 2006 they delcared themselves (and did so very publicly) Open For Bu$ine$$. Pay us, tell us what to do and consdier it done.

And I would guess that until a few weeks ago the Dems thought they could jsut run her and she’d win…

Taegen Goddard at Poltical Wire had all the latest polling from MA and said she is dropping across the board.

6. BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2010

The things we could do if we weren’t a wicked nation.

Instead, we’re likely to pour milspec’d tarmacs over the dead.

7. catnip - 13 January 2010

President Obama is my hero today (Updated)
by beachmom

553 comments (553 new)

Why? Because he did what any country’s leader should?

Now before anyone says this should be expected, and is the normal response of a White House, I have one word for you: Katrina. President Bush, in fact, behaved in the exact opposite way from President Obama.

Once again, “better than Bush” doesn’t seem to be much of a measurement, n’est-ce pas?

marisacat - 13 January 2010

I think it was Al Shuman over at SMBIVA in a post today, that says people will get over their angst and vote for Ob again (and he is right) even tho about all they are left with is some defense that at least eh speaks in full sentences.


Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2010

after all,






vote for hitler/stalin/pol pot/idi amin/bush 3?!?!?!?!

what are you, some kind of hairy-legged feminazi hippie nihilist purist?


8. BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2010

Oh my Gaahd.

The Haitian tennis maintenance guy I’ll always remember
by maialee


Destined to be a classic in Bourgeois Literature.

I don’t which is more bizarre: how the author quickly lays claim to his upper echelon club-employee status,

For several years, I worked in the fitness center at a country club in Palm Beach County, Florida.

or how he waxes on about the friendly helpful sorts who you just know by the guy’s tone that he would just love to give a nice pat for their fine, ‘Merika luvin’, nappy headed souls…

Incidentally, it’s not unusual for a Haitian to work several full-time jobs. I saw other employees working minimum-wage jobs at various places in the area. They would greet me cheerfully, with none of that nervous pride that so many Americans would display in such circumstances. They were just happy to be working, earning money, presumably saving up to have their families and/or friends and/or extended families smuggled out of that hopeless, desperate country.


catnip - 13 January 2010

American exceptionalism is on full display in that “hero” diary’s comments. You’d think no other country in the world is doing anything to help Haiti. Hoo-ah and all that.

marisacat - 13 January 2010

From a round up piece:

Doctors Without borders says ALL hospitals in Haiti’s Port au Prince area have either collapsed or been abandoned.

9. catnip - 13 January 2010
marisacat - 13 January 2010

the whole thing is hilarious. From one report I read, when she was asked abuotit today, sh claimed not to know anything. EXCEPT the AP took a photo of her there, next to Meehan with McCormack flat on the ground, his feet extended toward her….

Can this crew find the gun, in order to shoot crooked?

BooHooHooMan - 14 January 2010

Welp . The GOP didn’t take long…
Drudge and pals… They got the goods on Meehan…

Obama Appointee

The Broadcasting Board of Governors oversees federal news operations like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.

I’m not certain attacking reporters who ask politicians challenging questions is the best qualification to provide an objective news voice to oppressed parts of the world. I would hope that our Broadcasting Board of Governors could at least agree that reporters should be free from political assaults.

Our Mr. Meehan has some explaining to do. His Senate confirmation hearing should be a hoot.

Update: A top GOP Senate Aide had this to say in response to this article: “The President should pull his nomination unless he thinks the BBG should be led by a guy now best known for suppressing the freedom of the press.”

He’ll be off the Coakley’s campaign . Poor Martha. Haiti or now Haiti she won’t be insulated from the GOP closing adverts…Maybe they’ll just bunker her down till Election Day…

As for Meehan, he’s toast for an Admin job now.
Gibbsie AxelRahm will pull the nom and hope nobody notices the Admin aspect to it – and most won’t given the disaster in Haiti. And it won’t matter by the time they are getting eaten alive with evrybody Left and Right hating the HC”R” , not to mention the distinct possibility probability that the Haiti disaster becomes Ob’s Katrina by Manifest Destined Proxy… Ah well, ya wanna throw the head back and play Leader of the Free World™:
so deliver already.

…And that’s the upside of this ironic thuggish tale set against the backdrop of Democratic invincibility.. And should be just about where this news cycle is in 10 days: Obama and his Player Administration, their soaring rhetoric seen through for their very shallow returns to earth.

Should be quite the two step… Ob, our Second in a Row
Pre-emptive Warmongering President stressing Internationalized disaster relief .. So I suppose the pic and the time for Ob standing in front of the Superman Statue is OVER. Maybe we’ll send this version to Haiti .

marisacat - 14 January 2010

yes hwen I read he was a nom to the Braodcast Bd of Governors… I just laughed.

Call it over.

The occupying army has won. I mean, how long is it since “Democrat” was just the alternate.. Reoublican is the default.

And frankly neither really exists. They are all the same.

marisacat - 14 January 2010

Speaking of Ob’s “rhetoric” IOZ has a good post today (meaning Wednesday) slamming Ob and his historic rhetoricity. Or whatever that speechmaking switch is when he turns it on. Shuman too at SMBIVA… and iirc TinyRvolution hit a good one too.

One year anniversary.

And the knives are out.

Did you see that NYDN photoshopped a slightly louche pic of Ob… on their FP. Gave him a black eye.

marisacat - 14 January 2010

This is not the IOZ post I was thinking of… (that one sits right below this one)… but I see he stayed on the same theme (progressive slobber-a-tion) and painted iwth a wild broad brush.

Well, off to brew a big mug of lapsang………………. why sleep. The world is just so damned perfect.

10. catnip - 13 January 2010

That was quick. Bubba has an editorial in the WaPo: What we can do to help Haiti, now and beyond

BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2010

That money laundering gigolo is asking for cash to his foundation.
Which, by the way , is the only one which WaPo provides a link-thru in the article …

That fucker, in one of the many ego stroking teething rings he’s been provided, has done NOTHING as “Special Envoy to Haiti”.

Who knows.
If Coakley loses maybe Bill can hire Senate refugees with the money…

catnip - 13 January 2010

That money laundering gigolo is asking for cash to his foundation.

You noticed that too, did you? 😉

Speaking of refugees, I caught just a bit of Tweety’s show (I think it was) asking about how the US might now handle a possible flood of Haitian refugees. In the meantime, 2 of our country’s opposition party leaders were on the teevee today wondering how we might be able to speed up the process of welcoming those refugees here. Two totally different reactions.

marisacat - 13 January 2010

I just read that the Canadian mil has arrived in Haiti…………………….

catnip - 13 January 2010

They’re sending in an assessment team/DART team and I saw a report yesterday about 2 Navy ships heading out there tomorrow with about 500 sailors who should be there by Monday with supplies and “light engineering” stuff – chainsaws, generators, food, water etc..

11. catnip - 13 January 2010
12. catnip - 13 January 2010
13. catnip - 13 January 2010

Obama wants record $708B for military next year

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of a record $708 billion for the Defense Department next year…

Right. But you guys can’t afford single payer health care, apparently.

lucid - 14 January 2010

We can’t afford a cut rate price on a Ford from a junkyard at this point.

14. catnip - 13 January 2010

BAR: Freedom Rider: Harold Ford Returns (with a pic of him as a lawn jockey)

catnip - 13 January 2010

Harold Ford never missed an opportunity to score political points by throwing black people under the bus. On election day in 2006, Ford made a last minute campaign swing to the Little Rebel Club, wearing a hunting cap a la Elmer Fudd, hugging rednecks and worshipping an enormous Confederate flag. He was the precursor to the smarter and savvier Barack Obama, whose every utterance and action was excused by black voters because his election was seen as being more important than the well being of an entire race of people.


marisacat - 13 January 2010

Ford made a last minute campaign swing to the Little Rebel Club, wearing a hunting cap a la Elmer Fudd, hugging rednecks and worshipping an enormous Confederate flag.

For a long time BAR kept a photo, taken of him at the club, standing in front of a Confederate Flag… on their FP. They should put it back up.

15. lucid - 14 January 2010

Start of a poem I can’t finish yet…

A crack in the world
Where our hind sides
Slaughter Creole pigs
Pretty white faces
Change their money.

16. lucid - 14 January 2010

This is terrible… as if you already didn’t know… And good grief! The media is treating it like Survivor Haiti!

17. lucid - 14 January 2010

I just reread the poem I posted the other night… I get it now. Despite meter issues, I think it’s kind of cool… anywho –

who ever knows how that goes…

18. marisacat - 14 January 2010

You know us, always helping.

Carry on carrying on……………….

[I]n 2006 elections, the Haitian masses voted in longtime Aristide ally René Préval as president. But Préval has been a weak figure who collaborated with U.S. plans for the country and failed to address the growing social crisis.

In fact, the U.S., UN and other imperial powers effectively bypassed the Préval government and instead poured money into NGOs. “Haiti now has the highest per capita presence of NGOs in the world,” says Yves Engler. The Préval government has become a political fig leaf, behind which the real decisions are made by the imperial powers, and implemented through their chosen international NGOs.

* * *

THE REAL state power isn’t the Préval government, but the U.S.-backed United Nations occupation. Under Brazilian leadership, UN forces have protected the rich and collaborated with–or turned a blind eye to–right-wing death squads who terrorize supporters of Aristide and his Lavalas Party.

The occupiers have done nothing to address the poverty, wrecked infrastructure and massive deforestation that have exacerbated the effects of a series of natural disasters–severe hurricanes in 2004 and 2008, and now the Port-au-Prince earthquake.

Instead, they merely police a social catastrophe, and in so doing, have committed the normal crimes characteristic of all police forces. As Dan Beeton wrote in NACLA Report on the Americas, “The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), which began its mission in June 2004, has been marred by scandals of killings, rape, and other violence by its troops almost since it began.” ….

19. catnip - 14 January 2010
BooHooHooMan - 14 January 2010

Well… 🙄
I can’t blame Levin of Michigan for his desire for revenge.
Afterall, Turnabout is fair play, no?.

So I SAY we panty Levin up, fly him in on a commercial airliner,
and he can light his dick on fire.
Knock yourself out , Carl…. Go get ’em there, bud. 😉

catnip - 14 January 2010

Boxers or briefs? That is the question.

marisacat - 14 January 2010

.. all i ask is that they don’t photograph them. OR Levin IN them.


20. marisacat - 14 January 2010



……………… 🙄 ……….

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: