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Saturday 23 January 2010

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Bangkok, Thailand: A black-shouldered kite that was seized by environmental crime police along with other rare species. These birds of prey are found in Australia and southern Africa and are listed as a threatened species    [Sakchai Lalit/AP]

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1. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 January 2010
marisacat - 23 January 2010

I would simply die of a heart attack.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 January 2010

I get nervous at the top of a tall flight of stairs.

2. BooHooHooMan - 23 January 2010

They are trotting out David Fluff
with more bumper stickers to tape on the Kleenex over the gaping head wound I suppose.

He and Axelrod must have loved Being There , no? Or might as well have Jerzy Kosinski’s classic as their playbook as their whole tight lipped management of the Chancey Gardner You Can Believe In campaign HAD to be of few revealing words…

Apropos of the repo zit…Specifically on Ob and the new Populist shtick being prepared for him…
the righty Bevan at RCP is, well, righty here.. except for his take on the “partisan” nature of the HC Bill ( They ALL wanted that giveaway, the posturing aside)

Obama’s Cross of Arugula

So today we got a glimpse of the new, populist Obama. He feels our pain. He will fight for us until his very last breath (even if he’s fighting to pass policies the public doesn’t like, apparently). He is going to get every dime of our money back from those evil banks on Wall Street (even though most have already paid back what they owe.)

The White House seems to think a pivot to populism will help the President politically. But it probably won’t. Here’s why: Obama isn’t a “man of the people.” Never has been. That isn’t the image he ran on during the campaign, and it isn’t why people voted for him. Even more to the point, it certainly wasn’t how he governed during his first year in office.

Obama ran as a thoughtful, cool-headed, competent intellectual who was going to bring both parties together to develop and implement solutions to America’s most serious problems.

But – and here’s the rub – after a year of bailing out Wall Street and car makers, passing a stimulus that didn’t produce any tangible results for Main Street (i.e. jobs), and focusing most of his energy in pushing a partisan health care bill through Congress using backroom deals with industries and individual Democratic Senators, huge swaths of the country have lost confidence in Obama.

They’ve lost confidence in his agenda, and they are no longer sold on the idea that he can deliver on his promise to produce bipartisan solutions to America’s problems.

So a change in Obama’s style is unlikely to suddenly alter public perceptions about the President or his agenda. Nor is new rhetoric likely to put him back “in touch” with the public after a year of becoming detached from them – something he admitted in his interview with George Stephanopoulos earlier this week.

One of the things that was most likable about Barack Obama during the campaign was that he seemed exceedingly comfortable in his own skin. He was the smooth Constitutional Law professor from an elite university who projected a sense of knowledge, competence, and analytic pragmatism married to the lofty, eloquent rhetoric of hope. Put differently, candidate Obama was above running a populist campaign – which is why he struggled so mightily against Hillary Clinton with blue collar folks who cling to their God and guns.

Politicians try to reinvent themselves all the time, and some find success. But it only works if there’s some credibility behind the shift – some truth in advertising, if you will. That’s why its’ hard to see the public buying into Obama’s impersonation of William Jennings Bryan. It’s simply not who he is.

Bevans is right, but it’s such a bogus Around We Go cycle: the whole Limo Lib Redux followed by Quail Hunters.
They’re all lying sacks of shit.

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The above is BHHM’s comment from end of the last thread……..;)

marisacat - 23 January 2010

I don’t think he CAN alter his “style”. H eonly has two or so. Few for a pol… esp one at the [cough choke strangle] top.

marisacat - 23 January 2010

omigod!

The blonde jihadis are coming!!!!!!! They are EN ROUTE! Run for the hills!!!!!!!!!!!

This rides at the top of the UK Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ :

Al-Qaeda’s female suicide bombers to attack West

Al-Qaeda terror cells in Yemen have trained female suicide bombers with non-Arab appearances to launch an onslaught.

marisacat - 23 January 2010

Geesh. I read the whole thing. What a travesty.

[T]error experts within the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, a unit of MI5, now believe that an attack against the UK is “highly likely”.

US law enforcement agents have been told to be on the lookout for female suicide bombers who may attempt to enter the country.

At least two are believed to be connected to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula which dispatched underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab who tried unsuccessfully to bring down a transatlantic airliner over Detroit.

Richard Clarke, a former chief White House counter terrorism adviser, said: “They have trained women.

“There are others who are still out there who have been trained and who are clean skins – that means people who we do not have a record of, people who may not look like al-Qaeda terrorists, who may not be Arabs, and may not be men.”

Security sources said that it was “inevitable” that al-Qaeda would eventually turn to using women with a western appearance to carry out suicide attacks.

Officials said that airliners and all forms of transport could be targeted as well as sports stadiums, ports and power stations. …

I still want to see a photo of Mutallab father with the son version.

catnip - 23 January 2010

“clean skins”?

Sheesh.

marisacat - 23 January 2010

Beware!! FP of hte Wapo /AP

Plane diverted to Denver airport

Unscheduled landing occurs after passenger tries to open door aboard flight from D.C. to Las Vegas.

Associated Press | 10:46 p.m. ET

catnip - 23 January 2010

Got lost on the way to the bathroom?

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 January 2010
4. catnip - 23 January 2010

Coming up on Sunday Kos ….

* Dante Atkins will explore the silver lining that Democrats now have in the wake of Coakley’s loss, should they dare to use it.

marisacat - 23 January 2010

He’ll need to move over: Plufffffff is going to review the entire party apparatus, head to toe. Tip to turn. And review all races at all levels. McMahon says “the captain of the ship is comin back”.

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😆 and then some.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 January 2010
6. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 January 2010

JIBBER AND JABBER

Christopher Hitchens: I don’t think there’s any possible mistaking that message. It confirms to me something I’ve long thought and hate saying, but I’ve always thought that deep down, Americans do not want to be covered. They just don’t want national health…
Hugh Hewitt: Do you expect…
CH: …you know what I think, honestly, Hugh? I sometimes think Americans want to live dangerously. They think this wouldn’t be America if you had health coverage.
HH: Oh, it could be…
CH: You and your children should be at risk. It’s funny, but it’s there somewhere.
HH: It could be leftover of pioneer days…
CH: Well, it may even be they’re doing that, but not that anyone remembers what the Hell that was like, and think what it was like before dentistry, and to go to some of the states where there aren’t any dentists, and see what people look like.
HH: Well, go to Haiti.
CH: I mean, it seems to me an absolutely nightmarish delusion, but I think it’s very widespread. Somehow, they feel they’d rather not have it if it comes at the price of single payer, or any simulacrum of it.
HH: And, they also might believe that it’s bankrupting, that it is a complete disaster for the economy.
CH: No, no, that’s not it. That’s not it.
HH: I don’t want to debate. I don’t want to quarrel, but I could debate you on that.

ts - 23 January 2010

Chris is on the short road to a liver transplant. Too late to go back to NHS…But I’m sure he likes to live dangerously.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 24 January 2010

I think Hitchens may be right. Similarly, I have observed that many normal everyday Americans have an overweening admiration for the wealthy and “upper class”, up to and including European royalty. I have never been able to figure that out.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 January 2010

I think he’s right, too. He’s an idiot on the Iraq War due to his irrational belief that Islam is more dangerous than the other superstitions he hates, but he seems to get this.

Americans like that this country chews people up and spits them out … they think that what success they manage to have proves them to be “stronger” and “tougher” and “good”.

marisacat - 24 January 2010

hey heather!

Yeah I agree too… on this and a very few other things (Kissinger Mother Theresa… and one other I cannot think of..) he is right.

CSTAR - 24 January 2010

God.

marisacat - 24 January 2010

oh yeah! How COULD I forget?

7. BooHooHooMan - 23 January 2010

LOL. More Chipmunk!

I’m From Massachusetts, and I Blame the Daily Kos

Markos MAMZ Moulitsas needs to get more Involved!

Poll

I would like to see added functionality to the Daily Kos – so that people in a state or region can talk local issues and organize together.
____ No, not necessary
____ Yes, we need it. Markos, where are you???

VERY funny, in it’s cluelessness:
“”Elitism?…Psshaw! – If she engaged the low info knuckleheads..”
It’s HARD, so hard! What to do, What to do?
You gotta give this moron something for originality tho, being the only voice in the Milky Way suggesting that the missing ingredient for Martha was Markos Moulitsas…

It is hard to defend a candidate who can’t defend herself without resorting, at the end, with an avalanche of negative ads – so many, and with such a shrill and grating tone, that I couldn’t even listen to them.

And the accusation of elitism?She made herself open to this attack by her unwillingness to engage with the people – apart from Hillary Clinton Democrats. If she had made an effort to engage with the low-information knuckleheads supporting Brown, she probably would have encountered a lot of unhinged invective – something that she could have turned to her benefit if she had run a proactive campaign – but as it was, she couldn’t bother. If you are going to take the low road, you better be willing to get dirty.

Oh honey bun.
Markos was absolutely manicured hands and pedicured footsies INVOLVED. As were the state boxcar blogs in the pushoversphere. Brown’s beefcake reminders were a daily event.
Not to mention all their spun, sliced and diced ASTROTURFED polls.

I even seen MAMZ on the Tee Vee, I did,
with Kieth Olberman, even.…. Soooo –
The knuckleheads VOTERS of Massachusetts didn’t NOTICE?

catnip - 23 January 2010

But the other problem is right HERE, at the DAILY KOS. Why is it that I can’t connect with other progressives in my geographic area via the Daily Kos? If porn sites can figure out that I live in Massachusetts, and place a banner ad at the top of a page for “LOCAL BOSTON SWINGERS!” then why can’t THE DAILY KOS offer a button that allows me to see what other MA Kossacks are writing, and give me a way to share ideas with them and organize politically? Is this so impossible? If all politics are local, then THE DAILY KOS exists in a political vacuum called the blogosphere.

lol…political pr0n coming right up!

marisacat - 23 January 2010

hook up bar!

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 January 2010
9. BooHooHooMan - 23 January 2010

Axelrod: Obama’s ‘feeling feisty’

Fortunately, formerly feeble forays to find the Fiesty Factor are finally
Forward Ho!

😯

GMAFB

BooHooHooMan - 23 January 2010

What I really wanna know is
What Fickle Finger of Fate brought us these Fucks??

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 January 2010

Taibbi:

Obviously this is good news, but what I find irritating about it is that the government only starts listening to its voters once the more corrupt option turns out to be untenable. They are making these moves out of necessity now, and that’s great — but it’s too bad they had to drive us right to the edge of the cliff before they thought about backing up.

There are rumors all over the place that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is about gone, and I’ve even heard some gossip indicating that Rahm Emanuel might have to start watching his back. Hey, whatever works. Obama, as is his nature I think, tried to take the fork in the road all year, making nice to his base while actually delivering to his money people, not realizing the two were perpetually in conflict. His failure to make a clear choice, or rather to make the right choice, is what has doomed him everywhere politically.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 January 2010
12. BooHooHooMan - 23 January 2010

Asia Times.

Bubble bursts on Iran nuclear options
By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

NEW YORK – A much-anticipated meeting of the “Iran Six” nations at the weekend to discuss the next steps for sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program ended without any progress.

The New York meeting’s failure to reach a decision has been blamed on China, which sent a low-level representative in an open gesture to oppose new sanctions on Iran. It bursts the bubble of unity among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – who, along with Germany, constitute the “Iran Six”.

The stage is now set for non-UN sanctions by the United States, which, along with Israel, has proposed “crippling sanctions” ….

Well , the Russian state owned news service, RIA Novosti, is providing a little more cover for the sloppy Uncle Sam and his messed up date..

Iran Six opt for dialogue over threats

saying the group as a whole is “opting for ” diplomacy .

marisacat - 23 January 2010

“opt”… such a nebulous word. Opt for war. Opt out. Opt in…………. etc.

marisacat - 24 January 2010

Opt out?

Brangelina splitting. Except! Perez Hilton says ……….. they are not. Stay tuned!

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 January 2010

Lambert’s take on Plouffe’e return:

What are they gonna do? Steal some more caucuses?

14. catnip - 24 January 2010

Good news for those of us addicted to Coke (a-Cola): ‘I survived by drinking Coca-Cola’; Man (in Haiti) rescued after 11 days

Things really do go better with Coke™!

The man, identified as Wismond Exantus, 25, moved and spoke as he was brought onto the street, carried by French firefighters, to a round of applause for the French and smaller U.S. and Greek rescue teams.

“I feel good,” said Exantus. “I survived by drinking Coca-Cola. I drank Coca-Cola every day, and I ate some little tiny things.”

15. catnip - 24 January 2010

Canada’s man in Tehran was a CIA spy

Ken Taylor, the Canadian diplomat celebrated 30 years ago for hiding U.S. embassy personnel during the Iranian revolution, actively spied for the Americans and helped them plan an armed incursion into the country.

Mr. Taylor, ambassador in Iran from 1977 to 1980, became “the de facto CIA station chief” in Tehran after the U.S. embassy was seized by students on Nov. 4, 1979, and 63 Americans, including the four-member Central Intelligence Agency contingent, were taken hostage.

You just never know who’s who.

marisacat - 24 January 2010

oh that is so interesting………………

16. catnip - 24 January 2010

re: Sunday shows – Peggy Noonan is a nauseatingly gushing bonehead, isn’t she? Sheesh.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 January 2010

sadly, people listen to her.

17. mattes - 24 January 2010

Only for the truly bored:

Karmafish vs Media Blades:

http://www.freespeechzoneblog.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=5578

18. marisacat - 24 January 2010

Obama Moves to Centralize Control Over Party Strategy

Yes? I thought that happened a year ago… ? And no mention of the estimable Mr Kaine, and I read all.the.way.to.the.bottom.

I am guessing his middle brow self is out, but not his middle brow sort.

“The process often overwhelmed the substance,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “We need to find ways to try to rise above the maneuvering.”

19. marisacat - 24 January 2010

neue thread……..

LINK

………… 😯


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