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Oh to be iridescent… 21 January 2010

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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British Wildlife series, The Guardian – Hidden Britain category: Neil Bygrave, Emperor Dragonfly.

“While on an outing for macro flower photography, I noticed this beautiful insect perched on a lily pad. Luckily I’d brought my “butterfly/dragonfly gear” just in case, the longer working distance proving its worth here and by lying on the pond edge I managed to get this image.”      [Neil Bygrave/BWPA]

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Send back the Egg Foo Yung!  Decline the Sichuan hot sauce!  Refuse the Peking Duck!

No fortune cookies either!  No Jasmine tea!

This gave me a laugh:

The US today threw down the gauntlet to China over its internet censorship of its citizens in a hard-hitting speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She urged China to investigate cyber attacks that led Google to threaten to pull out of the country – and challenged Beijing to publish its findings.

“Countries that restrict free access to information or violate the basic rights of internet users risk walling themselves off from the progress of the next century,” she said, adding that the US and China “have different views on this issue, and we intend to address those differences candidly and consistently”.

She condemned internet censorship as an attack on freedom of expression and said: “No nation, no group, no individual should stay buried in the rubble of oppression.”  snip

Buried in the rubble of oppression   ?  oh— kay, Hillary.

We will be eating a lot of Google Nation Vanilla Ice Cream, I guess.  Lie back and think of Hillary’s face…

As long as I can still order Sweet and Sour Prawns, I don’t care what the governments do………… especially with each other

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1. marisacat - 21 January 2010

Moving right along:

The US is to send another 4,000 troops to Haiti to assist the earthquake relief effort in its third troop surge to the devastated country.

The move, which will increase the number of US troops involved in the huge aid effort to 16,000, will mean diverting Marines who were to be deployed in the Gulf and Africa.

The surge will comprise a three-ship unit of 1,700 sailors and 2,300 Marines, the US Defence Department announced today, joining the 12,000 troops already there.

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group will significantly increase the ability to quickly provide aid, the US Navy said in a statement. ….

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I see tht the 5/4 on campaign “free speech” decision was the bloc…. Kennedy plus Roberts, Alito, Scalia and Thomas.

We are blessed!

2. BooHooHooMan - 21 January 2010

Sweet and Sour Prawns.

I recommend Edwards Carolina Shrimp Company.
Hell, I did before. Now with EVEN MORE Succulence™.
So I should be right up there in need of Idiot Relief.

Its like Mamma used to say,
Gad, Bimmy , you’re SUCH a dumbass.
😆

marisacat - 21 January 2010

Ambinder said the Edwards camp (which would be the maid and cook.. maybe?) sent out a blast fax on his going to Haiti. Which could simply have not been done.

Go prvately, do whatever. Shut up.

marisacat - 21 January 2010

… an some don’t shut up… this made me laugh:

Interesting: NBC News files formal complaint with White House over constant granting of Obama interviews to George Stephanopoulos and ABC News.

Via The Plum Line in his round up of links at the end. http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/

BooHooHooMan - 21 January 2010

He must be bracing for a bigger hit aside from the campaign money aspect of it, a snoozer for most people…
Sorry to rubberneck on this so…BUT 🙄

“I am Quinn’s father,” the 56-year-old former North Carolina senator said in a statement. “It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me.”

“Deny”? Oh John, how ……..politic.

Young said in an excerpt of an ABC interview released Thursday that Edwards asked him to arrange a fake paternity test.

“Get a doctor to fake the DNA results,” Young quoted the candidate as saying. “And he asked me … to steal a diaper from the baby so he could secretly do a DNA test to find out if this (was) indeed his child.”he could secretly do a DNA test to find out if this (was) indeed his child.”

– via HuffPo

Gad the Lying and Hopefully One Day peddling carries on to the bitter end, too. Couple questons here…
I Haven’t the foggiest, but aside from the Campaign Finance investigation, aren’t his actions there criminal? Conspiracy to commit fraud? I mean the guy is trying to beat her and the child out of money and any legal rights the child may have as an heir, no?
Weren’t they in court before they settled? And if they were before the court..even though it was a civil/family case (no pun, truly) doesn’t that make it attempted conspiracy or fraud? …Att least on his part regardless of whether Young actually bought off a doctor or not?? More importantly, Where is Marcy Wheeler, Jeralyn , and Llorens Sar NOW?

Seriously,
He is emphasizing that he has “resolved” the support arrangements – another lie, no? – Aren’t support terms modifiable according to the child’s well being over time? How can he say that unless he gave up parental rights? Alternatively, how can he play involved Daddy now, if he bargained away responsibility for a lump sum?

“Resolved” , my ass.
The wordsmithing seems he is anticipating some type of conspiracy or fraud charges related to the paternity coverup itself . In addition to, and far more ugly……than the campaign money thing.
He is sooo trying to wrap this up as “unfortunate” Presidential Fever .
What’s he gonna say next? It was “Silly Season” in politics?

marisacat - 21 January 2010

I don’t recall that she went to court over the support arrangments… so what ever there is is private. She should take it to court, imo. Get a judgement.

And I don’t know the laws of NC, but in CA that child has an automatic interest in the will. It is VERY hard to disinherit a actual or adopted progeny… I realise everyoe is relatively young now, but that would matter later. But i know nothing of NC inheritance laws.

3. catnip - 21 January 2010

Today’s episode of Cry me a fucking river…

marisacat - 21 January 2010

Oh I am sure they are in pain for The Beloved…

4. marisacat - 21 January 2010

L’Osservatore Romano (via Times Online ) hearts Bono… fortunately the thread pretty well trashes him.

[“B]efore becoming a prophet and king of Israel, David had gone through a lot: he went into exile and in the end went into a cavern where he came to terms with God. And that is where the soap opera gets interesting: David composes his first blues,” says Bono, once an evangelical, and member of the Christian band Shalom, but now said to take a looser grasp on Church. ….

5. BooHooHooMan - 21 January 2010

One more…a prediction…

After Johnny Steal the Pampers goes to trial ….
We will find out he even tried to hire the unhinged
cross country drivin’ / NASA diapered hit-woman / astronaut.

Just followin the trend lines here.

{Derivatives traders are advised to consult with catnip before investing.}

catnip - 21 January 2010

That little diaper ploy is some ridiculous shit! (pun intended)

marisacat - 21 January 2010

These people are looney. Personally I hope, just to put a steel and concrete lid on them, that the sex tape turns up. Hopefully that will drive them to full radio silence.

6. marisacat - 21 January 2010

hmm well ti is Paul Craig Roberts.. who I sometimes find to be some sort of fish monger inthe desert ( former rightie who likes what an easy market the so called Left is, etc)… but he picks up on the Sunstein thing:

[O]ne Obama appointee, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, advocates that the U.S. government create a cadre of covert agents to infiltrate anti-war groups and groups opposed to U.S.government policies in order to provoke them into actions or statements for which they can be discredited and even arrested.

Sunstein defines those who criticize the government’s increasingly lawless behavior as “extremists,” which, to the general public, sounds much like “terrorists.” In essence, Sunstein wants to generalize the F.B.I.’s practice of infiltrating dissidents and organizing them around a “terrorist plot” in order to arrest them. That this proposal comes from a Harvard Law School professor demonstrates the collapse of respect for law among American law professors themselves, ranging from John Yoo at Berkeley, the advocate of torture, to Sunstein at Harvard, a totalitarian who advocates war on the First Amendment.

The U.S. Department of State has taken up Sunstein’s idea. Last month Eva Golinger reported in the Swiss newspaper, Zeit-Fragen, that the State Department plans to organize youth in “Twitter Revolutions” to destabilize countries and bring about regime change in order to achieve more American puppet states, such as the ones in Egypt, Jordan, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Ukraine, Georgia, the Baltic states, Britain, and Western and Eastern Europe. snip

7. catnip - 21 January 2010

Another Praying While Flying incident:

A US Airways flight was diverted to Philadelphia after a young Jewish man’s prayer items triggered a bomb scare, Philadelphia police said.

The incident arose when the man used a phylactery, a small black box Orthodox Jews strap to their head as part of their rituals, police said.

The man was not arrested and the plane landed without incident.

8. catnip - 21 January 2010

So this is why Obamalama announced his bank buster measures today.

Goldman Sachs, the world’s most powerful investment bank, has begun distributing more than $16bn (£9.9bn) in pay and bonuses to its staff, in a move that it characterised yesterday as “restraint”.

The cash is its employees’ cut of $45bn (£27.7bn) in revenues that the company enjoyed in 2009, a year after the financial system was bailed out by governments around the world and pump-primed with cheap money from central banks.
[…]
The President’s intervention came on the day Goldman Sachs reported its financial results for last year. The figures showed a doubling in revenues and profits that beat the previous record set on the eve of the crash in 2007. The White House press conference announcing the new clampdown began while investors and analysts were still listening in to a results presentation by Goldman managers. “We planned ours first,” said the chief financial officer, David Viniar, when analysts grumbled about the clash.

Trying to head off even more bad WH press…

9. catnip - 21 January 2010

Air America is toast.

10. BooHooHooMan - 22 January 2010

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” cries “Uncle”?

Given “the question” begged in the last graf.?
More whiplash…
again from E. Bummy,
the NYT’s Orgasm Girl from the first Mission Accomplished

Gates Says Taliban Must Take Legitimate Afghan Role

By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Published: January 22, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The United States recognizes that the Taliban are now part of the political fabric of Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here on Friday, but they must be prepared to play a legitimate role before they can reconcile with the Afghan government.
{Yeh, either THAT, or, you know, They Over-run us. 😯
seein as how Obama’s surge is working out so well. And All™
🙄 Leverage?! Weez Gots Leverage!! – BHHM}

That means, Mr. Gates said, that the Taliban must participate in elections, not oppose education and not assassinate local officials. “The question is whether the Taliban at some point in this process is ready to help build a 21st century Afghanistan or whether they still just want to kill people,” Mr. Gates said.

Oh, cue a few days about how Pragmatic Ob is.
Practically Ending the Wars, and all: “Ooo he is so smart™ “,
So smarrrtt™ to have re-upped Gates…. as the Pwogs , oh
Oh Oh ~think they’re gonna come~ while embracing their inner Kissinger.

Rich, no? “”That means, Mr. Gates said, that the Taliban must participate in elections, not oppose education and not assassinate local officials. “” Yes, that would be nice.
It’s worked out so well in the U.S.

marisacat - 22 January 2010

I was listening to a caller tonight (or last night by now!) to the local Dem related call in radio… who flat out said Ob must get rid of Gates.

I just laughed and rolled my eyes. Miscalculation, on the part of the hapless caller, as to WHO IS ACTUALLY IN CHARGE.

BooHooHooMan - 22 January 2010

Nothin to do with us GETTING OUT, but I think that old Bush Cheney hand Gates and the current crop of Hawk retainers underneath, Petraeus, MchChrystal etc… are going to make some well timed exits – ..and again with the whiplash, jawboning about how they told this middling lawyer of a President that they
A. asked for more troops , yet
B. ~Sigh~followed the Pretzels inchoate Lead

They are just going to fuck Barry in his own willing ass.

This is all assuming* the NeoCons don’t pull their Final Solution: the Glory Seeking Crusade for the Ages by pulling the trigger on Iran and others, outside of that,
I figure Petraeus and McChrystal have to be looking to cash in soon..
If given to their normal “sustainable” War whacked POV, I think there are going to be some well timed jumps wholly irrespective of Ob’s say-so, let alone any Policy shift..Which should have them gone before Ob is trying to explain it all for re-election and introducing us to the next crop of Pentagon goons.

* But these are fucked up , insatiable people.
So the other possibility IS all engulfing World War.
Iran, Venezuala, Africa.
Israel and their tithing financiers are certainly game, as they’d make a twofer killing: the money, always the money, while behind the cannon fodder’d US lines, they’d liquidate Gaza AND the West Bank.
A three-and four-fer considering it would tamp down class consciousness in the U.S. while cementing the American mules to the Bloody ( albeit unjustifiable) Struggle right as the Holocaust fades from view. If it even registers on the radare of this next coming of Age generation…

We would be destroyed by it, but I am long since past ascribing intelligence to our Elites. I imagine foreign intelligence services are tracking index futures against the timing of the sabre rattling, and with any luck “our” thieves are just getting in those last few scores on the futures markets like they”ve been doing for years…
But What happens when they crap out ?

marisacat - 22 January 2010

…are going to make some well timed exits

oh yeah… but not because Ob, manna from heaven no longer…decides. Anymore than bush was the individual who ”fired” rumsfeld two days after 2006 congressional shift.

etc….

😆

catnip - 22 January 2010

What a joke. Gates thinks he’s their daddy and if he yells louder they’ll roll over and listen to him? Authoritarian nonsense.

Smells like desperation.

11. marisacat - 22 January 2010

hmmm well maybe………….. might explain the reports that Geithner is badmouthing the move t Volcker (however long it lasts), back home on Wall St. Wapo

IF anything we read is at all troooo… 😆

[T]hursday morning at the White House, it seemed as if the two men had swapped places. A beaming Volcker stood at Obama’s right as the president endorsed his proposal and branded it the “Volcker Rule.” Geithner stood farther away, compelled to accommodate a stance he once considered less effective than his own.

The moment was the product of Volcker’s persistence and a desire by the White House to impose sharper checks on the financial industry than Geithner had been advocating, according to some government sources and political analysts. It was Obama’s most visible break yet from the reform philosophy that Geithner and his allies had been promoting earlier. …

12. BooHooHooMan - 22 January 2010

Obama’s War. Obama’s DOJ.

Vote for Change!
Oh we’re getting “Change” all right…at an ever brisk pace.
Could it be any more apparent now?

Panel backs indefinite detention

Findings represent first time the administration has clarified how many detainees it considers too dangerous to release but unprosecutable.

We are such an utter done in mess, a dope sick country destined for crawling on the floor in our own Kafka-esque penitentiary.

too dangerous to release but unprosecutable.

marisacat - 22 January 2010

Not my baby! Couldn’t be!

ts - 22 January 2010

It’s like four consecutive 90 degree changes.

marisacat - 22 January 2010

on that note:

[S]ay this for the President and his political advisors. It didn’t take long for the message from Massachusetts to sink in, that voters across the board deem Obama a dud and creature of the banks. All the same, I don’t think we can have much confidence in the Senate to leap to the left with quite the same alacrity. That may be Obama’s secret thought, too. Only a few days ago chairman of the Senate Banking Committee Chris Dodd, securely stowed in Wall Street’s pocket and on his way to a profitable lobbying perch when he soon returns to private life, was expressing doubts about even considering legislation of this nature.

This being America, the U.S. Supreme Court returned fire that same Thursday with its Citizens United v. FEC decision striking down ancient laws and precedents and giving corporations their First Amendment rights to have nine fingers on the nation’s political windpipe instead of eight – which was the status quo ante which editorialists bizarrely lament as a Golden Age of electoral probity, only now destroyed by Chief Justice Roberts and his black-hat gang of judicial activists. There’s doleful talk of a “return to the era of the Robber Barons”. I thought we had Barons’ Homecoming a generation ago, though Citizens United v FEC does, even more brazenly than usual, blare the message that in America corporations rule and that the Supreme Court is their errand boy.

Can Obama recover the initiative? This leap sideways in the direction of the left comes eleven months behind schedule, and politics is an unforgiving time-keeper. He should have been holding that Friday press conference last February, when he still had favorable winds in his sails. Instead he wasted most of the year destroying all prospects for decent health reform. The best we can hope for now is rejection by the House of the Senate’s bill, with the whole awful package dumped in the shredder. Maybe the White House should try some new imaginative approach, like combining preventive health care with airline security. All people going through the TSA’s full body scans would get, gratis, a full diagnostic printout, from teeth to tumors and the right to free consultations at health clinics run by the Department of Homeland Security. …

Love the last line………………….

It’s cockburn and it rides at the top…………………… http://counterpunch.org/

13. marisacat - 22 January 2010

there’ll be a lot of stammering… 😆

SUNDAY SO FAR: Robert Gibbs goes on ‘Fox News Sunday.’ (!) … ‘Face the Nation’ has Sens. Durbin and McCain, and Rep. Anthony Weiner … ‘Meet the Press’ has Valerie Jarrett and Sen. McConnell … CNN ‘State of the Union’ has David Axelrod and DSCC Chairman Menendez … ‘This Week’ also has Axe.

14. marisacat - 22 January 2010

i see that George Clooney’s We are all The Haitians, or whatever he is calling it, will raise fund tnight for the ‘Bush Clinton Gang Bang on Haiti AGAIN’, fund.

I say, let’s raise funds for the Q of England to donate to Haiti. Let’s go Big Imperial. Then she can send it to Bush and CLinton who can distribute it to THEIR FRIENDS.

marisacat - 22 January 2010

Gah…

Just in case I disappear…

Having what appears to be connectivity problems.. again and still. Not sure if it is me (things were fine yesterday) or the storms that are blowing thru here…

8:49 am PT Friday

marisacat - 22 January 2010

9:32 am

Ok I seem to be back! But just in case i have continuing problems…. and disappear.

I was about to go prep a chick for the oven… but Rush is going to answer Abe Foxman in a few mins. I cannot miss that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

catnip - 22 January 2010

Banner headline on CBC here: The Stars Align for Haiti

15. ts - 22 January 2010

And in the continuing story of the Obama administration’s epic journey to end up in the same place they started…

“Detainees Will Still Be Held, but Not Tried, Official Says”

ts - 22 January 2010

Why does it seem like the high level official is always Bartleby?

16. marisacat - 22 January 2010

Yes yes yes… and the fine people at Skadden Arps have the peoples’ best interests at heart… yesyes…

New money will flow into campaigns this year as a result of Thursday’s Supreme Court decision, but will the impact be as dramatic as all the hyperventilating in Washington suggests?

Experts say probably not.

“It’s time for everybody to calm down,” said Ken Gross, a campaign finance expert at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, who, like other lawyers in the field, thinks the possible repercussions of the decision have been exaggerated. …

Not that I care, part of the logn slog of destruction.

Read more: LINK

catnip - 22 January 2010

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

I don’t know why – but I wanted to add “Fromage” to that list of names when I read it.

ts - 22 January 2010

My read was that it wouldn’t change corporate donations, but it would mean more $$$ for the advertisers, and plenty of appeals to argue for the lawyers.

ts - 22 January 2010

I mean, nobody listened to the people before, and they won’t listen to us tomorrow, so has anything changed?

17. catnip - 22 January 2010

Gallup: In U.S., Majority Favors Suspending Work on Healthcare Bill

Looks like the bloom is off that rose – I mean, ‘stinkweed’.

catnip - 22 January 2010
marisacat - 22 January 2010

Stern has made that threat before… he said even before Kerry lost. LOL And he said it on FOX.

😆

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 January 2010

or maybe corpse flower?

catnip - 22 January 2010

Eww. That’s pleasant!

marisacat - 22 January 2010

we have one of those too, here at the Arboretum….

18. catnip - 22 January 2010

lol

Obama has suspicious number of letter-writing fans named ‘Ellie Light’

Ellie Light sure gets around.

In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers.Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper’s circulation area.

“It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything,” said a letter from alleged Philadelphian Ellie Light, that was published in the Jan. 19 edition of The Philadelphia Daily News.

A letter from Light in the Jan. 20 edition of the San Francisco Examiner concluded with an identical sentence, but with an address for Light all the way across the country in Daly City, California.

Variations of Light’s letter ran in Ohio’s Mansfield News Journal on Jan. 13, with Light claiming an address in Mansfield; in New Mexico’s Ruidoso News on Jan. 12, claiming an address in Three Rivers; in South Carolina’s The Sun News on Jan. 18, claiming an address in Myrtle Beach; and in the Daily News Leader of Staunton, Virginia on Jan. 15, claiming an address in Waynesboro. Her publications list includes other papers in Ohio, West Virginia, Maine, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania and California, all claiming separate addresses.

19. marisacat - 22 January 2010

LOL When you are down, LIE DOWN… I mean how esle to characterise this advisory:

Dodd: Dems might need a month off from reform – Live Pulse: Dodd:

Dems might need a month off from reform

January 22, 2010

Categories:Senate .Dodd: Dems might need a month off from reform
Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd said today that Democrats may need to take more than a month off from the health care debate to regroup, saying it is up to President Obama to lead the way.

Dodd is the first congressional Democratic leader to suggest such an extended break, signaling that Democrats’ may be much further from a workable endgame strategy than they have suggested in the days since Republican Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate seat and ended the Democrats’ 60-vote majority.

The comments are sure to raise questions about whether Democrats are giving up on reform. A month-long break would almost certainly kill any momentum health reform has left, making it that much harder to pass.

“Maybe we do need to take this time — look, it didn’t work, this process — and say ‘Look, I want all of us to take a month,’” Dodd said. “It isn’t as if you’ll have nothing to do around here. There’s a lot of other issues that could fill up the time of the Congress while we sat down and see if there wasn’t some way to resolve these differences and come up with a health care bill.”

And, Dodd said, it’s going to take presidential leadership to get it done.

“It’s going to take that kind of leadership maybe to invite all of us … (to) take a breather for a month, six weeks and quietly go back and say, ‘Look, the door’s open again it has been open. Do you got some ideas on how we can get this right?'” Dodd said. …

catnip - 22 January 2010

Do you got some ideas on how we can get this right?’” Dodd said. …

Yeah. I gots some ideas, Chris. Learn 5th grade English.

20. marisacat - 22 January 2010

noooo

LINK

………….. 😯


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