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Time and the river… 4 February 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, uganda.

Satellite eye on Earth: February 2010 This image shows the lower 45km of the Tsauchab River. The river bed is seen jutting into the sea of red dunes near Namibia’s hyper-arid coast. Because of the present arid climate, few people have ever seen the Tsauchab River with flowing water. In times past, however, the Tsauchab appears to have reached the Atlantic coast, another 55km further west    [ISS/NASA]

From a gallery at the Guardian


so… is this doubling down on jesus… or jesusing up? Draped in the skin of jesus…



Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama appeals for a return to “civility” in politics. “You can question my policies without questioning my faith — or for that fact, my citizenship,” he says, a reference to those who insist Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii.

“We may disagree about the best way to reform our health care system, but surely we can agree no one ought to go broke when they get sick,” he says. “We may disagree about gay marriage, but we can agree it’s unconscionable to target gays and lesbians.”

Speaking on the subject of prayer, Obama says it can “touch our hearts with humility.” Fusing that topic with his broader theme of civility, he quotes Martin Luther King Jr.: “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” And he quotes former President Lincoln: “We are not enemies, but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

Progress, Obama says, is stunted when “we demonize opponents,” and arrives when “we look into the eyes of another and see the face of God.”

Obama ends his remarks traditionally, saying, “God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”

The beginning of Obama’s remarks after the jump …

OBAMA’S ADDRESS — Obama begins by saying he is “deeply blessed” for being married to his wife, Michelle. He continues by saying that all Americans – “of all faiths and no faith” – “share a recognition, one as old as time, that a willingness to believe, an openness to grace, a commitment to prayer can bring sustenance to our lives.”

Obama praises the outpouring of support for Haiti, but he says that “spirit” is too rare. “We become numb to the day-to-day crises” that plague the country, like hunger and inadequate health care, he says, and instead focus on “contests for power.”

“In this tower of Babel, we lose the sound of God’s voice,” he says.

Despite this wistful note, Obama cautions not to “over-romanticize the past.” But, he says, Americans have a “sense” that “something’s broken.”

“Those of us in Washington aren’t serving the people as well as we should,” he says. “At times it seems like we’re unable to listen to one another.”

Obama takes aim at an “erosion of civility” that “poisons the well of public opinion” and “makes politics an all-or-nothing sport.” 

“In reality, neither side has a monopoly on truth,” Obama says.

What ever it is, it DRIPS. Oozes and congeals.

BTW, Biden and wif, Obama wif… Tebow (seated at the head table with Pretzel and Wif – along with Orrin Hatch AND a rep from Ohio Right to Life that Bill C and Rahm pulled out all the stops for in 2006) and Sanford (not at the head table!  whew!) were at the National Prayer Breakfast as well. Last I heard the Ugandan who wanted to criminalise and execute gays (by law) was slated to join in the Jesus Fest.

He begged, asked, pleaded, groveled – it’s being reported he raised it as a joke.. GMAFB!… that his citizenship be left alone. Is he crazy? To reinforce that scheisse? I guess so….

OK!  He’s a crazy Jesus Freak.  Makes sense to me, based on the evidence!

Hallelujah!   Pass the gravy.  And the slop bucket.


Tapper’s report with a couple additional quotes (if anyone can stand it!).  We are blessed…

Americablog links to the NYT and Huffpo, articles with some updated tidbits on The Family, sponsor since ’54 of The National Prayer Breakfast.  Apparently they are closely aligned with the movement to outlaw homosexuality under penalty of death in Uganda, members of The Family are in Uganda working to enact the law…



1. ts - 4 February 2010

It just blows my mind that going back, certainly to 1994 if not farther, that this is how the GOP wins elections. So you’re going to plead with the opposition party, which in this day and age of filthy lucre is getting a lot less of it, to stop doing what has worked to win elections and instead compromise (read capitulate) to this Kenyan national?

marisacat - 4 February 2010

Well he could be Indonesian. Depends on who will claim him. Apparently the visit to Indonesia coming up in March will “retrace his childhood” there.

Please, spare us.

ts - 4 February 2010

Kenyan, Indonesian, he could be Martian to these people. Let them drink tea.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

Wins more than elections.. this gave me a laugh (just a grab from the FP of Google News):

Brown to get Kennedy’s office space

CNN – Dana Bash – ‎34 minutes ago‎

The decision to give Scott Brown the office of the late Ted Kennedy was a matter of convenience, sources told CNN. Interim Sen. Paul Kirk, D-Massachusetts, occupied the office after Kennedy’s death …

brinn - 4 February 2010

When it comes to our farce of a government, what ISN’T a “matter of convenience”?!

I am so glad, for my sake, not theirs, that I no longer live 19 miles outside of DC…..

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

wow, how many more senior Senators did they let him jump past?

The Dems should just all walk up to the podium, one after the other, and slit their own throats. Sell the parts to some organ trafficker … I’m sure Schumer can make some calls to buddies in Brooklyn to set it up.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

I just heard katie Couric say that iwth the addition of whatshisname from MA, the R “now have the numbers to filibuster the Democratic agenda TO DEATH“.

Love the fatal finality of those words.

Soemone fire them, I’d rather live under the ogres than the paid henchmen of the ogres.

2. ts - 4 February 2010

NYC and related parties are trying for a settlement for damages from the 9/11 first responders.

I don’t know, a trial would be quite the show. You’ve been using them as a political prop for nine years, and now they’re sick and you’re going to stiff them.

brinn - 4 February 2010

Right on, ts! And I’m not sure we’ve been introduced properly…or perhaps we know each other as other handles?

In any case, “hi!” — I’m brinn!

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

gee, I hope they don’t settle … the discovery process could reveal all kinds of interesting things.

3. mattes - 4 February 2010

Cry me a river…..hahaha:

Goldman Sachs Staff Buying Guns ‘To Defend Themselves Against Public Uprising’


marisacat - 4 February 2010

A better headline:

The Self Declared Masters of the Universe Claim to b Under Seige – and Will Fight to the Death of the First Receptionist Inside the Locked Doors. [After that the MofU will run to the men’s room]

They’d probably call Obster to get out the National Guard. Surround their offices… lob bombs. Aerial defense! Maybe the remnants left in the combined NY, NJ and CONN NG would be enough. And of course Ob will defend them with all he has (which is nothing).

mattes - 4 February 2010

OK….Cometman popped my bubble:

Goldman Sachs bankers aren’t packing heat after all.

brinn - 4 February 2010

What a bunch of fucking assholes — I’m betting they don’t have many offices here in Texas. Shit, I’d pay good money to see a gaggle of financial weenies go up against an unemployed Texan housewife who just lost her house! LOL!

mattes - 4 February 2010


And if things keep going, the way they’re going….gated communities with ex-Blackwater commandos guarding their doors ain’t goin to help a bit.

4. ts - 4 February 2010

Interesting that Cuomo is bringing charges in NY against BofA CEO Ken Lewis and CFO Joe Price. State charges probably mean that threats by Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke will be left out of the testimony. But who knows? I’d love to see them called to testify in an actual court case.

brinn - 4 February 2010

Well, they’re private citizens now aren’t they? Oh, wait, wishful thinking on Bernanke….

5. marisacat - 4 February 2010

HA! Sully regrets not chronicling the Fall of the Edwardses (or, for him JE)

[S]o why did I let it go? My first reason is my leeriness of investigating people’s sex lives. I had my own ransacked a decade ago and it was a brutalizing experience. The exposure of such intimate thing coarsens our discourse, violates human dignity and should, in my view, be done only if massive hypocrisy is on the table and the person is more than just a minor public figure. That’s why I’ve long opposed outing people.

So I steered clear out of this sensitivity. I barely covered the Tiger Woods stuff for those reasons, and even came to defend Clinton in the end because of the callousness and fanaticism of Ken Starr. But there was something else at work here in the case of Edwards, I suspect. …


Didn’t stop him standing in Palin’s birth canal. And demanding medical documents.

Or is his tenderness, think about this, only for the male appendage?

I guess so.

Frankly thru the elction I was MUCH MORE WORRIED about the craven born again that was headed for the WH than about any of the “others”.

brinn - 4 February 2010

OMFG, Mcat!! “standing in Palin’s birth canal” — that one will keep me going into the weekend!


marisacat - 4 February 2010

Frankly he acted like some rejected Son of Palin. Cast out of the birth canal and still whining about it!

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

well, he does have the “retarded” thing in common.

Off to hand in my sensitive liberal membership card.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

Made me laugh til I was coughing…very funny!

(Turn in the card!)

catnip - 4 February 2010

What a joke!

should, in my view, be done only if massive hypocrisy is on the table and the person is more than just a minor public figure.

Minor? A VP candidate is “minor”? I guess if it’s a man, it is. Right, Sully?

And “outing” him? Is Johnny gay now?

marisacat - 4 February 2010

I htink htere is another, very much untold story from 2004… Johnny Mill Worker Son fell apart on the campaign trail. Long periods he was MIA. Not in the national press and not avaialble for local interviews either. He’d breeze thru a town… and out of it like the proverbial bat/hell. St E took up the slack… or as I used to say, can’t win with ONE working the campaign trail out of 4.

catnip - 4 February 2010

Maybe he was in Argentina with Sanford.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

hmm hiking the Applachian trail. It is not getting played up, but no question by now, Reille was just the latest (nto that I care where they put their plumbing)

6. ts - 4 February 2010

Taibbi’s take on Retard-gate

“One of the more interesting features of modern America is this mania people have for flipping over the usages of certain words. This thing with Rahm Emanuel is a perfect example. His outburst is now going to become a national news story because Sarah Palin took offense at the word “retarded,” as opposed to the reason it should be making news — the notion of Rahm Emanuel, a White House official, telling progressive activist groups not to run ads against Democrats, and those groups actually listening. The latter story is a billion times more shameful and obnoxious, but instead of any furor there, we’re going to have to get another soap opera over somebody using a naughty word.”

marisacat - 4 February 2010

hamsher expects to make her bones on the silliness….

7. marisacat - 4 February 2010

Dow down


yikes last I looked it was down 200……………….. Nose dive! hit the brakes………… unless you are in a Toyota!!

catnip - 4 February 2010

unless you are in a Toyota!!


marisacat - 4 February 2010

I just read today that the “remedy” to be applied will only work in cars that use keys… if it is push button you are in trouble. Takes longer to turn the car off or, I guess, get it into neutral.

I don’t drive but I did learn on a stick shift… way back

catnip - 4 February 2010

I find driving standards annoying.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

yeah I hated the rulz…… 😉

mattes - 4 February 2010


8. catnip - 4 February 2010

Heard a news blip that you had a 6.0 earthquake in/near N California…

marisacat - 4 February 2010

a ways north and the epicenter was out, under water, they are saying it was felt as far “south as Sonoma” which is north of me… I did nto feel it here… it was a 6 however……….. so………

marisacat - 4 February 2010

when I was poking around.. I noticed there was a near 5 down around Baja on Feb 1…

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits off the Northern California coast near Eureka [Updated]

February 4, 2010 | 1:25 pm

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California on Thursday, near the Humboldt County area hit by last month’s 6.5 temblor.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but the quake was felt over a large swath of the region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake hit at about 12:20 p.m. approximately 50 miles northwest of Eureka. Officials were checking for structural damage, including examining buildings that were damaged in the Jan. 9 quake.

The January quake caused more than $30 million in damage and resulted in the planned demolition of at least one building.

On Twitter, some residents said they felt a sharp jolt, but they added that it did not feel as strong as the January quake.

[Updated at 1:40 p.m.: The Eureka Times-Standard reported Thursday’s quake occurred in roughly the same area as last month’s quake and appears to be an aftershock. It quoted emergency personnel as saying they doubted there would be major damage from this quake.]

— Shelby Grad

catnip - 4 February 2010

As long as things aren’t shaking in your house!

marisacat - 4 February 2010

No I did not feel it… I did feel a East Bay one a few weeks ago, it was pretty small but Ihappened to be standing in the bathroom (surveying the clutter on the counters) and felt it…………..

We had largish small quakes in the run up to Loma Prieta, the “big” one of ’89…………… in the high 5s, close enought that it affected the tall bldg I worked in downtown. The lights shut down.

9. marisacat - 4 February 2010


LAT … so would this be the audacity of hope?

Toyota resumes sales of vehicles cited in recalls

The automaker last month temporarily stopped selling eight models — including its popular Camry and Corolla — saying that gas pedals can become stuck and cause sudden acceleration. …

More and more out here it sounds like it is an electronic panel or software problems… And Wozniak was not the first to raise that… but it happens on his Prius.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

Farther down in the article:

Investigators plan to look at whether the electronic systems in Toyota’s autos could cause the problem, something Toyota officials refuted in their call with investors Thursday.

“There has not been any fact that have been confirmed that certain unintended acceleration are caused by electronics total control system,” said Takuo Sasaki, Toyota’s managing officer, ….

marisacat - 4 February 2010

whoops… they just issued a recall of the Prius. USA and Japan

Hope dashed!

{so to speak!)

10. marisacat - 4 February 2010

hahahahah I see the DOW closed at 10002.- –

So they hit the brakes just in time! Apparently in a Ford!

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

Progress, Obama says, is stunted when “we demonize opponents,” and arrives when “we look into the eyes of another and see the face of God.”

Like when a Predator drone’s camera gazes into the eyes of the family of an “enemy” and ruthlessly slaughters his wives, children and extended family, like THAT Mr. Peace Prize.


marisacat - 4 February 2010

he dripped…………

catnip - 4 February 2010

he oozed…

ts - 4 February 2010

he fell down.

CSTAR - 4 February 2010

That face resembles Benny.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010
13. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

On the claimed “war exception” to the Constitution

As The Washington Times’ Eli Lake reports, Adm. Dennis Blair was asked about this program at a Congressional hearing yesterday and he acknowledged its existence:

The U.S. intelligence community policy on killing American citizens who have joined al Qaeda requires first obtaining high-level government approval, a senior official disclosed to Congress on Wednesday.

Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair said in each case a decision to use lethal force against a U.S. citizen must get special permission. . . .

He also said there are criteria that must be met to authorize the killing of a U.S. citizen that include “whether that American is involved in a group that is trying to attack us, whether that American is a threat to other Americans. Those are the factors involved.”

Although Blair emphasized that it requires “special permission” before an American citizen can be placed on the assassination list, consider from whom that “permission” is obtained: the President, or someone else under his authority within the Executive Branch. There are no outside checks or limits at all on how these “factors” are weighed. In last week’s post, I wrote about all the reasons why it’s so dangerous — as well as both legally and Consitutionally dubious — to allow the President to kill American citizens not on an active battlefield during combat, but while they are sleeping, sitting with their families in their home, walking on the street, etc. That’s basically giving the President the power to impose death sentences on his own citizens without any charges or trial. Who could possibly support that?

But even if you’re someone who does want the President to have the power to order American citizens killed without a trial by decreeing that they are Terrorists (and it’s worth remembering that if you advocate that power, it’s going to be vested in all Presidents, not just the ones who are as Nice, Good, Kind-Hearted and Trustworthy as Barack Obama), shouldn’t there at least be some judicial approval required? Do we really want the President to be able to make this decision unilaterally and without outside checks? Remember when many Democrats were horrified (or at least when they purported to be) at the idea that Bush was merely eavesdropping on American citizens without judicial approval? Shouldn’t we be at least as concerned about the President’s being able to assassinate Americans without judicial oversight? That seems much more Draconian to me.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

I noticed even Hoekstra was amazed at how far “‘Denny’ to the Pretzel!” Blair went in open session.

Ob administration burnishing those kill on sight nat sec creds.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

can’t wait to take out a dirty hippie or two.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

Can you imagine all the little libs if this was Cheney before the house? Or Hadley? Or other Bushiters…

One thing that Zinn wrote in a not-strong-enough short deconstruct of Ob shortly before he died (I don’t ahve the link handy but it is at The Nation) was that Ob is a mediocre president and right now, that is very dangerous.


Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

we’re in such deep trouble.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

Obama: I’m ready to listen and be transparent on HCR…. if you’re a Republican

Single-payer was off the menu during Daschle’s “listening tour,” citizens get arrested for uttering “single-payer” in Baucus’s hearings, Obama’s own doctor is refused a chance to speak at at “town hall” meeting, and those C-SPAN hearings never happened (though a secret deal with Big Pharma did).

Meanwhile, “progressive” elites, through their own opaque and HCAN’t-friendly process, made the meaningless “public option” the One True Health Care Agenda.

At least the fucking Republicans will get transparency. Thank goodness someone in this country will get some!

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010
16. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

COLORADO SPRINGS — This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won’t pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

“I guess we’re going to find out what the tolerance level is for people,” said businessman Chuck Fowler, who is helping lead a private task force brainstorming for city budget fixes. “It’s a new day.”

Some residents are less sanguine, arguing that cuts to bus services, drug enforcement and treatment and job development are attacks on basic needs for the working class.

“How are people supposed to live? We’re not a ‘Mayberry R.F.D.’ anymore,” said Addy Hansen, a criminal justice student who has spoken out about safety cuts. “We’re the second-largest city, and growing, in Colorado. We’re in trouble. We’re in big trouble.”

Be careful what you agitate for.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won’t pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

“I guess we’re going to find out what the tolerance level is for people,” said businessman Chuck Fowler, who is helping lead a private task force brainstorming for city budget fixes. “It’s a new day.”

hmm Don’t move to Co Springs… THAT is a nightmare. It is a preview to shutting down.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

oh another thing… their RE values just fell thru the ground. Whatever was left of those values.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

They’ll get their Objectivist Ayn Rand paradise … I’ll enjoy watching them kill each other with butter knives.

marisacat - 4 February 2010

Well, time for the Holy Christians of Colorado Springs to step up…………………………………

. Yeah right! They won’t.

ts - 4 February 2010

they all got tax exemptions…nonprofits

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010

but I thought profit was holy and non-profit was socialist and evil ….

… I’m so confused.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010
18. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 February 2010
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19. marisacat - 4 February 2010

hmmm I guess the market may fall tomorrow as well.

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) – The annual revision of US employment to be issued tomorrow, February 5, will show that the US labor market was even worse off than was known during the deepest stretch of the recession when it shed 824,000 jobs from April 2008 to March 2009, reports Bloomberg.

This would make it the worst 12-month period for the American worker in 18 years. ….

20. marisacat - 4 February 2010



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