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Works for me… 18 January 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans, WAR!.

Simpsons stained glass artworks by Joseph Cavalieri:

“Il Momento Della Morte (The Moment of Death) was the first piece that I created, and it is now hanging in the office of John Frink, one of the writers of the show,” said 49-year-old Joseph. “He had heard about my artworks during the research for the 20th anniversary edition and flew straight into New York, drove to my studio in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and paid me £1,800 for the work.

He enjoyed the fact that I had used Bart and Lisa to represent the downfall of American power and not another icon like Uncle Sam”      [JOSEPH CAVALIERI/ BARCROFT USA]




1. catnip - 18 January 2010

My cat, Joey, passed away tonite. She was 17. The vet said it was probably heart failure. She died on the way there. 😦

catnip - 18 January 2010

And I just found out that my daughter gave birth to my 4th grandchild today – a healthy boy.

wu ming - 18 January 2010


marisacat - 18 January 2010

oh catnip.. I am so sorry…

a hug and kiss for Joey… and for you.

catnip - 18 January 2010

Thank you.

BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

I’m sad to hear that, catnip.

I’m sure happy to hear of the health of your daughter and new grandson, tho.


Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2010

sorry for your loss hon.

catnip - 19 January 2010

Thanks, guys.

brinn - 19 January 2010

oh, catnip, sorry to hear about kitty! May there be much catnip and fuzzy playthings in the next life!

Congrats on the new grandherb tho!! #4 — just wow!


2. marisacat - 18 January 2010

gah. UK Times

[A]id agencies and donor countries accused the US military of giving its own aircraft priority. Outside the airport, aid and rescue workers protested that nobody seemed to be in charge as looting and lawlessness rose sharply on the streets of Port-au-Prince.

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) complained that it had had five aircraft carrying medical supplies and doctors diverted to the Dominican Republic since Saturday, and that the earliest landing slot it could secure at Port-au-Prince for a relief aircraft supposed to leave today was January 26.

MSF said that the US military, which is running Port-au-Prince’s airport, had skewed priorities and it declared: “Priority must be given immediately to planes carrying life-saving equipment and medical personnel.” Forty per cent of incoming flights since last Tuesday have been military.

Alain Joyandet, the French Co-operation Minister, called on the UN to investigate America’s dominant role in the relief effort and protested: “This is about helping Haiti, not occupying it.”

Aid officials in Haiti complained of the lack of co-ordination between the UN, the US and aid agencies and were enraged when the airport was closed on Saturday so that Mrs Clinton could visit.

“I don’t really know who’s in charge,” said Benoît Leduc, MSF’s operations manager in the capital.

Even some of the promised aid was illusory. The European Union pledged ¤429 million in aid yesterday. All but ¤40 million was from funding already earmarked for the country, however, and more than ¤90 million of the first emergency tranche was cash already pledged by individual member states.

Bill Clinton, the newly appointed UN special envoy for Haiti, arrived in Port-au-Prince with his daughter Chelsea and made his own contribution by unloading water at the airport, but a few miles away in the capital penniless, homeless Haitians were desperate with thirst and hunger. …

And I must say he was like a disengaged nothing, unloading water.

marisacat - 18 January 2010

Janet Nap says above all else, stay on the island. Myself I think some slow genocide is taking place. But you know, let’s not get all emotional. And all.

[T]he homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, appealed to Haitians to remain at home.

“Please: If any Haitians are watching, there may be an impulse to leave the island and to come here,” she said. “This is a very dangerous crossing. Lives are lost every time people try to make this crossing. Please do not have us divert our necessary rescue and relief efforts that are going into Haiti by trying to leave at this point.” …

Don’t confuse Janet Nap and all the others, any more than they are already confused.

BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

Jesus Christ.
What they needed – past tense- was every aircraft carrier , transport plane, hospital ship, and helicopter the DoD HAS. It’s not like we have’nt been paying for THAT HARDWARE for years. FFS. One thing the Military CAN do is AIRLIFT. Fucknut Security Freaks!
Who’s was going to shoot them down?!

What they need now…. is THE SAME THING.
Too bad its 6 days and a good several 100,000 people late.
As for civilian medical personnel? You can’t even get out of THE US. Go figure when the Security Fucknuts are running DOMESTIC travel like its El Al .
After crawling on a week, there’s now a clusterfuck of nurses and OR staff piling up in Miami..
With a dribble of cases for the talent in place.
If only the NWO was DOA.

I checked into this five days ago.
I hate to say it, but outside of that tarmac or cameras reach,
people devastated in Haiti will be lucky to see crop dusters come in to knock down the proverbial plague. Not the first time, BTW.

marisacat - 19 January 2010

it is very horrifying.

BTW Michelle says to text “Haiti” and “90999”!!

3. marisacat - 18 January 2010


[M]enendez learned that the race was tightening about a week and a half ago, when independent pollsters returned results showing the race much tighter than Democratic polls had been portraying. He acted quickly — unleashing more than $2.5 million into the race, including $1.4 million in television ads in the past week alone, according to sources familiar with the effort.

The DSCC also dispatched senior staff to take tighter control of the Coakley campaign, bolster her get-out-the-vote efforts, improve her fundraising and enhance coordination between the White House and the campaign. As a result, the tone of her ads and her stump speech were sharpened in an attempt to define Brown in the minds of the voters as a far-right Republican out of touch with the state’s mainstream voters.

“Look, we’re never in place of a campaign; a candidate has to run their own race,” Menendez told POLITICO. “When the alarm bells went off, we sprung into action.”

Emanuel has told his confidants that those bells rang too late — and that both Menendez and Lake, who declined to be interviewed, should have been moving sooner. ….

Read more: LINK

marisacat - 18 January 2010


[B]ut the White House itself is facing a barrage of criticism among Democrats, with many saying that Obama has let the GOP frame the issues — particularly health care — in the minds of many independent voters, including those who elected Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey in the fall.

“We lost independents in Virginia, we lost independents in New Jersey and we’re losing independents in Massachusetts,” said one Democratic campaign strategist.

“The only thing those three states have in common is Obama.”

wu ming - 18 January 2010

well, that and lousy, half-assed, uninspired centrist party hacks for candidates.

marisacat - 19 January 2010

But there are so many of them!! And generally they stay so long…. funny how that happens. OVer and over again.

I am hoping, just for the flip-their-asses-out-the-door antics, that a slew of the creeps, pro wars, anti women, anti abortion shits that Rahm and Bill C have been recruiting for years WASH OUT INTO THE GUTTER.

I mean, this is the party that all but publicly fellated John Edwards. Who had not even, as a trial lawyer mind you!, been to a god damned convention til 2000. Another one iwth a spotty record of voting, no real interest in supporting candidates previous to deciding to peacock into a senate seat….. and did nto deliver his OWN DISTRICT in the GE in 2004.

I mean let’s get real…. Not even starting in on Ob. A shoe horned in minor fixer. Bad as the hypnotic pre orgasmics were, worse was the utter lunacy that anyone thought Hillary “would be better”.

There is no better.

It can and will get worse because NO ONE IS IN CHARGE of antyhing.

I am just glad I don’t wish it were otherwise anymore. I can throw cow patties at them all.

I mean the game is thin ice.

wu ming - 19 January 2010

will be interesting to see if people punish all incumbants, or just democrats. if only there was a way for all of them to lose.

ts - 19 January 2010

I think they knew they were toast in November. It’s funny seeing them run around completely unprepared to lose it in January. On Kennedy’s seat!

marisacat - 19 January 2010

I don’t know… they missed a lot of steps.. including early polling apparently. IF one believes what one reads.

Myself, I think a lot of Dems, elected and others, are relieved. They are officially off the hook now, they can descend into their crafted stories of defeat. It may have been a strategic surrender… soemthing they are good at.

marisacat - 19 January 2010

close to a concession… via tapper

While he refused to answer most questions about the close Massachusetts Senate race, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today acknowledged that President Obama “was both surprised and frustrated” with how hotly contested the Bay State special election has become.

Gibbs said he would wait until tomorrow to discuss the results of the election, but said the president was “not pleased” with how much the Democratic candidate, attorney general Martha Coakley, is struggling.

He said the White House didn’t need a special election to note the “tremendous amount of upset and anger” among voters about “where we are economically… In many ways we’re here because of that upset and anger.”

— jpt

BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

Good thing Obama didn’t turn out like that! 😉

4. marisacat - 19 January 2010

Wow… from one of the many Poliico articles…

(A telling statistic: Brown has made 66 campaign stops since the primary, while Coakley has made only 19, as of Sunday.)

marisacat - 19 January 2010

I m reading around The Corner, many posts on the Brown race…. and one of the posters is reminding people that MASS is the ONLY state McGovern won.


I had pushed that from my brain.

5. ts - 19 January 2010

The headline on the NY Times “Military begins air drops in Haiti”. I had to read closely before I realized they were dropping food.

marisacat - 19 January 2010

Apparently they started yesterday, after Gates saying they would not.

Dropping food would create “riots”.

marisacat - 19 January 2010

Seems clear to me that “Rescue Haiti” is being run from the Pentagon, DOD, Gates. Brutal pacification. At the start of the C-punch article are quotes from Alexander Hamilton and Jose Marti….

I think the 200 + years has been utter hatred that the people dared to revolt.

Perhaps it is too harsh but it appears as if those in charge think that a few thousand more Haitians dead would make it easier to control the situation. USA Today has reported, “Rescuers pulled a dehydrated but otherwise uninjured woman from the ruins of a luxury hotel in the Haitian capital early Sunday, drawing applause from onlookers who have seen little to cheer as the body count continued to rise from Tuesday’s earthquake.”

They expect Haitians to remain patient, without food or water or aid to rescue their friends and relatives. Haitians are not even informed as to what to expect or when.

Some US tv channels have begun broadcasting about vodou burials. The US mass media has turned the whole tragedy into another narcissistic story about how Americans handle disasters. Thus, Hillary at one end, and Bill on the other travel going to Haiti to see for themselves! [5] As if such voyages have inherently curative powers!

Ironically, US and NATO can quickly deliver death from the air, but, apparently won’t unleash their technology and resources to quickly save lives. United Nations tanks have been sent to different locations throughout what remains of the city, particularly the poorer neighborhoods such as Cité Soleil. [6] A poor substitute for food and water.

In Afghanistan drones fire at will with no one at the Pentagon expressing minimal concern, yet, in the Haitian case dropping food and water has been avoided “for fear of riots.” Apparently no one has figured that people will riot because of the absence of drinking water or food; unless they have to go without either for enough time so that the Haitians experience a Caribbean version of the final solution. …

marisacat - 19 January 2010

I snagged this from a thread at Lenin:

It’s a blockade – CARICOM was refused entry to Haiti:

THE CARIBBEAN Community’s emergency aid mission to Haiti, comprising Heads of Government and leading technical officials, failed to secure permission Friday to land at that devasted country’s aiport, now under the control of the United States.

Consequently, the Caricom ‘assessment mission’, that was to determine priority humanitarian needs resulting from the mind-boggling earthquake disaster of Haiti last Tuesday, had to travel back from Jamaica to their respective home destinations..

On Friday afternoon the US State Department confirmed signing two ‘Memoranda of Understanding’ with the Government of Haiti that made ‘official that the United Stateas is in charge of all inbound and outbound flights and aid off-loading…’

Further, according to the agreements signed, US medical personnel ‘now have the authority to operate on Haitian citizens and otherwise render medical assistance without having to wait for licences from Haiti’s government…’
Prior to the US taking control of Haiti’s airport, a batch of some 30 Cuban doctors had left Havana, following Wednesday’s earthquake, to join more than 300 of their colleagues who have been working there for more than a year.

Last evening the frustration suffered by the Caricom mission to get landing permission was expected to be raised in a scheduled meeting at Jamaica’s Norman Manley International Airport with US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton.

Asked whether the difficuties encountered by the Caricom mission may be related to reports that US authorities were not anxious to facilitate landing of aircraft from Cuba and Venezuela, Prime Minister Golding said he could ‘only hope that there is no truth to such immature thinking in the face of the horrific scale of Haiti’s tragedy…’

LINK to Trinidad Express

2 days ago, 2:12:25 AM

marisacat - 19 January 2010

From a comment from lenin/Richard Seymour:

[N]ow, having withheld and obstructed aid, they are sending in the IMF to impose a loan with conditions that demand a wage freeze: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/notion/517494/what_haiti_is_owed I am willing to bet that the next step will be to ‘offer’ investment on similar terms – privatize, break labour rights, lock up ‘gang leaders’, transfer private and public assets to favoured corporate investors, etc. …

From what I have read the offer of aid from IMF, 100 gabillion (if indeed Haitians would ever see any of that) is directly tied to the demanded wage freeze.

6. catnip - 19 January 2010

Jesus Guns

Crusade? What crusade?

7. BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

John Edwards Now Most Unpopular Figure Anywhere, Anytime, Says Polling Firm

That’s what’s great about America. …
You know, you can start out in life as a mill worker’s son and en up outstripping ( whoops, no pun intended ,but what the hell) .. you can end up outstripping, say, Vlad the Impaler (whoops again!) for
worst fuck EVER..

marisacat - 19 January 2010

Mais NON!

And here he ws NATIONAL Father of the Year in 2007. (I think Mickey Kaus let me in on that one, but hey mighta been NE OR NYPost!!)

I did not know such a dumb hting existed… and it surely proved right there and then that unless popping out progeny you deny is a qualification… it does not need to exist.

BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

FOTY… 😆 Foty Edwards. Foty NextPretzel.

Foty Fuckin Fuhgetaboutit. Foty Fuckin Lucky To End Up With Cardboard Trousers Before its Through..

marisacat - 19 January 2010

Somehow, wtihout remaking the model, he redefined cad.

8. BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

MSNBC (online) has this pic of Nate Silver accompanying their story
Frustrations boiling over in Massachusetts

Start splainin, boy.
I soo glad I’ve no cable tonight…

marisacat - 19 January 2010

Is his Bar Mitzvah coming up soon? (I took a look)

9. brinn - 19 January 2010

Hey all!

Son the elder broke his femur on the 9th, so I’ve been a bit outta pocket (er, my mind?) of late — miss you much!

Good news is:

He came through surgery fine
We got out of 72 hours in the hospital without contracting some stupid ass flesh-eating bacteria (did I mention that I hate hospitals!?)
The thing they thought was a bone cyst is maybe (we’ll be keeping an eye on it) just a weak spot in the bone
We aren’t in Haiti
He may end up with a stronger femur than before he broke it
I have NO, NONE, doubts that I did the right thing by getting away from the soon-to-be-ex-spouse (no, he had nothing to do with the child’s broken bone)

marisacat - 19 January 2010


Take care… gld the boy came thru OK… what a relief!

brinn - 19 January 2010

Thanks so much, Marisa! It’s been a week of sleep depravation and trying to deal with kid the younger…his new thing is “you’re meaner than a sandwich”. *sigh* I guess it depends on what kind of snadwich?

marisacat - 19 January 2010

Meaner than a sandwich! That’s a new one, to me anywwy….

BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

That is good about your eldest, Brinn.

did I mention that I hate hospitals!?

..and you wouldn’t be sane if you didn’t..
and your so right about nosocomial infections especially with ortho

as for the younger… no words of wisdom , here.
I got nothin from my toolbag other than the ole
“Why when WE were younger™….. ” 😉
Yeh, they didn’t buy it up here, either.

Of course now with their networking capabilities, I think young people get together , collaborate among themselves , and figure out the best ways to mess with our heads. I knew I was in trouble when I found a text to my kid’s wizmo that said: LOL YR Da D Z Teh StuPd.

marisacat - 19 January 2010

I am kind of relieved I can read the hierglyphs. Maybe I will survive the atomic blast.

It all means something……….. doesn’t it? No?

brinn - 19 January 2010

dunno, Mcat, it may….anyone figures it out lemme know, yeah? 😉

BooHooHooMan - 20 January 2010

Hell I can’t spell or tell the difference between the words “their” or “there” half the time when I’m tryin to speak for myself… So Gad knows what these creatures under 30 are saying.

I just assume they’re a security threat and proceed to fart like a skunk if surrounded.

brinn - 19 January 2010

LOL! BHHM!! The younger is 6, so no texting yet, thought let me think…
YR M3NR DN a SndWitch?? Hell I don’t know, never sent a text in my life — though it is rather amusing that the young one now says “I need my URINAL!!” when he needs to pee — that must go over real well at school! 8)

BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

Well then , you know what ya need to do.
And the solution here is obvious.
This is what you get that young man for his birthday.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2010

I’m glad to hear he’s going to be okay.

brinn - 19 January 2010

So far so good, Madman! Thanks!

catnip - 19 January 2010

A broken femur? Major ouch there. Glad he’s pulling through.

If ‘meaner than a sandwich’ is the worse the little one can come up with, I’d say you’re doing pretty good. 🙂

Added bonus: he sounds quite creative.

10. marisacat - 19 January 2010

MSF on Lehrer sayss 5 of their planes have been denied landing.

11. BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

Matthews is on with Menino in an Irish pub in Bastahn.
Hizzoner sounds lit up.
A few of the old boilermakers before going on camera.

Oh – and Chuck Todd amidst his handwavey deflection…
tsard to say™ many factors™ … Gad Chucksteak went out of his way to shield Ob.

CT did Let SLIP that Coakley was light for $$$.
qualified with the “So says her peeps.”
He quickly covered it with an incredulous “c’mon she was a frontrunner how could it be so? ” without exploring the dynamic behind it… I SAY Schumer and Rahm let her die on the vine.
So there! LOL. N-T-I-M LOL.

I raised an eyebrow tho over the squibs put out a few days ago that Maaaartha’s signs were “being stolen”, the stories about intimidation etc…and noticed the cloned stories on the BBB’s putting a good face on MC visibility — > plenty of signs, plenty of people honking and thumbs up driving by, etc…

So you just knew where this was headed..

So I sees myslef early this morn a piece on the Globe.
It had a nifty interactive form where voters could report in from precincts; as the day progressed.

And you could read what others were saying in a thread as they came in. The astroturf factor aside, it was low AM turnout but I was really struck by number of comments saying they weren’t seeing signage.
A clear “sign” that money was pinched and the street money to get the heelers to put them up was a no show.

I saw the Globe had this other article.

For Coakley, ominous sign

Blue Hill Avenue runs like a vein through the city.

It stretches for 4 miles, from River Street in Mattapan to Dudley Street in Roxbury, and a little more than a year ago there was an Obama sign on every block. There were Obama signs in Mattapan barber shops, in the windows of the apartment buildings opposite Franklin Field and Franklin Park, in the restaurants of Grove Hall, in the bodegas near Jermaine Goffigan Park.

Fourteen months ago, there was a buzz on Blue Hill Ave. and the streets that run off it like caterpillar legs. This is the heart of the biggest minority community in the state, and the energy generated by the prospect of Barack Obama becoming president was palpable.

Yesterday, I drove the length of Blue Hill Ave. and counted exactly two Martha Coakley signs.…,{Snip}

The Globe piece then quickly shifted and tended to the tenderizing:
Not a Reflection on Ob, No Sir.

If Martha Coakley loses today, it won’t be because she didn’t put up enough signs on Blue Hill Ave. It’ll be because she failed to convince enough of the people who put up the Obama signs on Blue Hill Ave. and a lot of other avenues across Massachusetts that Obama’s ability to get anything done depends on her winning the election.

Martha? — > Tires, Bus.
Bus? Tires? Meet Martha.
Now that you all are aquainted…

marisacat - 19 January 2010

CT did Let SLIP that Coakley was light for $$$.
qualified with the “So says her peeps.”

Celinda Lake has been talking about that. They had no money for tracking polls, for one thing. CL says Coakley had cash in the primary but not in the GE.

I think there is a good cahnce this was a strategic fall, on SOMEONE’s part.

It so lets the Dems off the hook, back in the ocean, they can do the “we TRIIIED” dance.

As in:

I SAY Schumer and Rahm let her die on the vine.

catnip - 19 January 2010

There were reports last week that Brown was raising a cool million a day.

BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

Why its always a “cool” such and such amount of money?
You know?
I mean ~ it’s never room temperature.

{ Die Andy Rooney, DIE! }

catnip - 19 January 2010

Doesn’t everybody keep their money in the freezer?

*innocent look*

BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

Polls have closed in MA.

Anybody Network call it yet? No TV Here.. Just delayed web segments…

catnip - 19 January 2010

VERY early:

Brown 52%
Coakley 47%

BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

29% reporting now

Caaaatnip! Come on down on the Price is Right!

Listen, if this holds, I say we take the Canadian out to Vegas! 😆

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2010
13. marisacat - 19 January 2010

I am seeing film o haitians getting into boats of all sizes… our local news.

What does HLS plan, to shoot them from watchtowers in So FL???

And it seems what Rendell went in for was to scoop up 53 orphans. They flew out with him today.

Ultimate triage… what a nightmare.

BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

:puke: Rendell was interviewed by Mrs. Greenspan..

I can just imagine that Leviathan Rendell down in Haiti demanding children for his PR ops

Give me Behbies! Behbies for my close-up!

Some other interesting dynamics behind the Pittsburgh charity behind that orphanage story too..Rendell desperately needs to bank goodwill given a number of trials coming up in Jersey AND PA this year.. Rendell had Hillary give him State Department clearance to get in and out quick…

marisacat - 19 January 2010

It appeared on our LOCAL news… and the story had a bit of a smell to it. Like several stories melded together and shoved out.

Supposedly the orgphanage went online to publicise their plight…. and, so the news rport went, they will to to a hospital then to group homes BUT somehow all have homes waiting.. in US, Canada and Spain.

I guess it could be real. Who the hell knows.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 January 2010

Virginia Shooting: Multiple Fatalities After Gunman Opens Fire

APPOMATTOX, Va. — A lone shooter was responsible for multiple deaths and injuries Tuesday and more than 100 law enforcement officials had him circled in woods where they believe he is hiding, state police said.

Police did not release the exact number of dead and injured and could not say what sparked the violence.

The gunman also fired at a sheriff’s deputy and a state police helicopter, which had to land with a ruptured fuel tank after one or more rounds struck it, said police spokeswoman Corrine Geller, said. No police were injured.

“We believe we have the male suspect confined in a wooded area,” Geller said.

15. BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010

70% of the vote in:

52 – 47

Catnip, do you prefer the blackjack tables or poker?
And what do we need to get you for your room?

😆 😆 😆

16. marisacat - 19 January 2010

hmm New………


……….. 😯

17. BooHooHooMan - 19 January 2010


Republican Wins U.S. Senate Seat in Massachusetts
By JEFF ZELENY 15 minutes ago

Martha Coakley has conceded the Senate race to Scott Brown in a stunning victory in Massachusetts that will erode the Democratic supermajority in the Senate.

Martha? Pavement.
Bus? Tires? Ready?
Driver? You may start the engine.

LOL. Gad they got the hook out for her quick….

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