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Floating 18 February 2010

Posted by marisacat in Europe, Germany, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Italy, Viva La Revolucion!.
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Silvio Berlusconi is seen among a sea of breasts on a Carnival float in Cologne [Picture: EPA]

Gallery of floats at UK Daily Telegraph

At a distance, I have been enjoying the carnival floats around Europe this year, especially the satirical ones depicting the major political figures… Witness Berlusconi above. And here.

And, they surely have picked up on that shoe salesman, car salesman grin of Obama’s.  Eek.

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1. catnip - 18 February 2010

U.N. Rejects ‘Militarization’ of Afghan Aid

KABUL, Afghanistan — Senior United Nations officials in Afghanistan on Wednesday criticized NATO forces for what one referred to as “the militarization of humanitarian aid,” and said United Nations agencies would not participate in the military’s reconstruction strategy in Marja as part of its current offensive there.

“We are not part of that process, we do not want to be part of it,” said Robert Watkins, the deputy special representative of the secretary general, at a news conference attended by other officials to announce the United Nations’ Humanitarian Action Plan for 2010. “We will not be part of that military strategy.”

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 February 2010

LOL … too little too late.

2. CSTAR - 18 February 2010

Ob as car salesman: Just noticed this Mercedes Benz ad in the NYTimes

“The audacity to reject compromise”

ts - 18 February 2010

The audacity to still have enough money to afford a Mercedes Benz.

3. mattes - 18 February 2010

Why do I think this is total bullshit?

Just as it did with mortgages in the U.S., Goldman in effect bet against the collateralized Greek debt obligations. The basic issue is the same. The thing being sold need not be understood or correctly assessed as to its value. In his recent memoir, former Goldman Chairman Hank Paulson confesses that as late as August 2006 when as the newly appointed treasury secretary he briefed George W. Bush on the impending derivatives crisis he did not even know that the packages that Goldman and others had sold were based on mortgages. “I misread the cause, and the scale, of the coming disaster,” he admits, adding, “Notably absent from my presentation was any mention of problems in housing and mortgages.” In recalling when an obviously perplexed President Bush asked him “How did this happen?” Paulson says in his memoir: “It was a humbling question for someone from the financial sector to be asked—after all, we were the ones responsible.”

They all fought hard to keep the derivative market in the dark.

A trillion dollar business, and he claims ignorance? Please…we’re dumb, but not that dumb. There the hell is the dress!!

4. marisacat - 18 February 2010

LOL One small good thing.. unless he some how dodges the sentence.

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik Gets 4 Years in Prison for Lying, Tax Fraud [11:54 a.m. ET]

For more on this and other breaking news go to ABCNews.com: http://abcnews.go.com?nwltr=bn

5. mattes - 18 February 2010

Next shoe?

Study: States must fill $1 trillion pension gap

States may be forced to reduce benefits, raise taxes or slash government services to address a $1 trillion funding shortfall in public sector retirement benefits, according to a new study that warns of even more debilitating costs if immediate action isn’t taken.

snip

The cost of the trillion-dollar shortfall, which will be paid over the coming decades, is about $8,800 for each American household. The study did not include many city, county and municipal pension plans, which are thought to have similar underfunding.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100218/ap_on_bi_ge/us_pension_shortfall_study

6. mattes - 18 February 2010

He really wants to own this?

Obama sets up deficit panel without help from Hill

Obama said “everything is on the table” as the 18-member panel gets to work.

snip

But the executive commission is a weak substitute for what the president really wanted: a panel created by Congress that could force lawmakers to consider unpopular remedies to reduce the debt, including curbing politically sensitive entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100218/ap_on_bi_ge/us_obama_deficits

Wall Street and the Fed must be salivating. Setting up for Wall Street’s next gigantic bonuses.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

including curbing politically sensitive entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.

oh yes absolutely. IMO that is one of the jobs he was assigned. Who better to slash at Democratic household gods like SS than the Black Guy. I saw that one coming.

AND they are not just talking about raising the ceiling on SS contributions while working NOR raising the retirement age by a year or two. They will be talking about slashing BENEFITS. I caught a stray comment from Hillary during the primaries.. she said she would demand that people already receiving benefits should be “grandfathered” in, that cuts would come down the line for those still working – geesh bad enough!.

I doubt either she or Ob would hold to such a kind exception. But Ob never even said anything like that.. he is SO FUCKING UP FOR GRABS.

I posted from a article in Counterpunch last week that this was coming. AND Bill C had planned [try to] to do it as well, til Monica hit.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

oh but look!! Over there! At Michelle Bachman!

February 18, 2010
Categories:2010.

Messing with Bachmann

Democrats in the midst of a concerted, running effort to call attention to the hardest-line members of the opposition, are going after Rep. Michele Bachmann in a new radio spot today, airing on a number of stations in St. Cloud.

From the script:

Wife: Did you hear what that Michele Bachmann said this time?

Husband: No, what was it?

Wife: Congresswoman Bachmann actually said we should be “weaned” off of Social Security and Medicare. She wants to privatize Social Security and replace Medicare with some kind of voucher system that won’t even cover the full cost of medical care or prescriptions.

» Continue reading Messing with Bachmann

Posted by Ben Smith 10:50 AM

mattes - 18 February 2010

Well, I guess the middle ground would be just to cut benefits!! Thank god for compromise.

7. mattes - 18 February 2010

..ops that’s “own this”.

8. brinn - 18 February 2010

So…ya’ll heard the news from Austin? It was just a week ago that I wrote:

brinn – 11 February 2010

Am reading it now….this popped out at me (emphasis mine):

“We haven’t seen anything like this before: a really deep recession combined with a really extended period, maybe as much as eight years, all told, of highly elevated unemployment,” Shierholz told me. “We’re about to see a big national experiment on stress.”

This is what worries me the most — we Americans don’t do well under our own artificially induced stress, I cannot imagine what kind of insane shit is going to happen when more and more of us start facing ACTUAL stress (re, bills, housing, health care, etc. etc.)– ’specially those who’ve never done it before…

*sigh* I wish I could be more optimistic…some days I really do! 8)

Back to reading…

Here we go…*sigh*

Even though the building that he crashed his plane into is less than 2 miles from our house and the boys’ school is in the Scofield neighborhood (where he torched his house and a cat), we’re all fine….

mattes - 18 February 2010

Ya, but I don’t see any Wall Street folk jumping out of buildings…

marisacat - 18 February 2010

well except for the laid off, they are doing fine……..

marisacat - 18 February 2010

I JUST heard that on the radio earlier today… Apparently he burned the house just last night…

will try to find a news report on it…

brinn - 18 February 2010

Actually, this morning he torched the house and the neighbor’s cat — saw the smoke from it (tho I didn’t yet know what it was) after dropping kiddos at school this a.m. I remember thinking “damn, something’s burning!” Accordring to neighbors they told the authorities after the fire: “this guy’s mad at the IRS, he dangerous, and he’s going to get his plane….”

brinn - 18 February 2010

Here:

Link to Austin Stateman

Welcome to my neighborhood! GAK!

brinn - 18 February 2010
brinn - 18 February 2010

And apparently, Mr. Stack wrote this:

LINK to the text of his online letter

Pretty articulate for a psycho, eh?

marisacat - 18 February 2010

wow that was well worth the read.. thanks for posting that…………

CSTAR - 18 February 2010

I agree.

Searching for metaphors. Skirting the precipice? The serpent’s egg?

brinn - 18 February 2010

Elaborate on the “serpent’s egg” — how does that metaphor go? (I love metaphors!)

catnip - 18 February 2010

His frustration speaks for a lot of people.

The CNN and MSNBC talking heads who are “analyzing” this rant are definitely trying to make him out as some sort of crazy person. It’s clear that he wasn’t.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

yeah absolutely not… what ever one thinks of what he did…

brinn - 18 February 2010

So right. All of this “deeply disturbed” and “mental illness” crap is getting on my nerves….newest from A-AS:
http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2010/02/18/pilot_was_in_austin_band_descr.html

Was there a deep flaw that caused him to take the stress to this level? Sure.

Was he a “crazy person”? Not so much. Or at least no more “crazy” than the rest of us. He could’ve been your neighbor, hell, he was mine.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

a caller ot the local news talk radio tried to bring him up as a indication of the frustration that is “out there” and the host almost screamed,

“But! NO!! He is just a crazy person!!!!”.

OK…. like the Dems spent days saying Hasan of Ft Hood was just another ”PTSD case”, even a special case as he had to absorb all the pain he heard from his patients. Somehow the undertone ws we were to feel sorry for someone who shot 12 people. hmmmm.

Uh no. It was not like that, sorry.

Poor Dems. Their tail wind of some years ago is on fire.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

Madman just sent me this (most blogs are blocked at his work)… but I think it may be hard to do… He stated he hated Bush… and he sure hated Austin power structure. I may have missed it, he named Bush, but I did not see that he named Ob.

Blodget’s site says that the Ob admin will use it against the tea partiers.

LINK to Clusterstock site

The FBI has apparently alreadly taken down his website.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

hmm i looked over the whole of the FP at Clusterstock…

http://www.businessinsider.com/

those thieving boychicks.. are moving hard against him. I have no problem disliking what he did (it seems at least one person is dead in the building he hit – and i am not counting out the neighbor’s cat, either!) but important to sort out the letter from the end stage act. As I see it.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

they, Clusterstock boys, have the last audio from Stack…

LINK

marisacat - 18 February 2010

Here is the google news page on reports about the plane in Austin:

Link

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 February 2010

I was worried about you guys, until Marisa emailed me that you’d posted you were okay.

brinn - 19 February 2010

Thanks M! You still have my email addy don’t you?

9. marisacat - 18 February 2010

Say “Hi” to the Pro Lifer.. recruited to the House in 2006 by Rahm and Bill C…

I hope he loses. I have long since decided I’d rather live under the ogres than the clean white gloves the ogres periodically put on to get things done. bring it on, why wait.

Posted by Ben Smith 10:41 AM

February 18, 2010
Categories:2010.

Report: Ellsworth in Indiana

Indiana’s Howey Politics reports:

Informed and reliable sources are telling Howey Politics Indiana that U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth will likely declare his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat today, and that State Rep. Trent Van Haaften of Mount Vernon is preparing to file for the 8th CD.

Posted by Ben Smith 10:36 AM

10. marisacat - 18 February 2010

It just does not end:

Parents: school used webcam to spy on our kid at home

By Jacqui Cheng | Last updated February 18, 2010 12:23 PM

School-issued laptops are becoming more and more common these days, but thanks to the action of one high school, students and parents might have second thoughts about bringing them home. The parents of a Pennsylvania high school student, Blake J. Robbins, have filed a lawsuit against his school district after discovering that school officials had allegedly been remotely accessing the laptop in order to take webcam photos of the students at home (via BoingBoing). There are a number of unanswered questions about this story, but if true, it could mean serious penalties for the Lower Merion School District. ….

11. NYCO - 18 February 2010

The alleged last manifesto of the alleged Austin tea kamikaze:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/year/2010/0218102stack1.html

While the act is crazy (and deadly, and final), the manifesto doesn’t seem all that nutty, if you ask me. Certainly he isn’t grumbling about anything that a lot of non-crazy, non-tea-party plebes haven’t already grumbled about.

NYCO - 18 February 2010

LOL. Well, I’m kind of late to THIS thread party, obviously… 🙂

marisacat - 18 February 2010

😆

Join in!

NYCO - 18 February 2010

well, all I have to add is from the collected wisdom of Stephen King: “Go out alone, and you’re a hero. Take someone with you and you’re dogpiss.”

As non-nutty as his manifesto may sound, if it’s true he took someone out with him, he is dogpiss. If he wanted to immolate himself in plane fuel why didn’t he just pour it over himself.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

I am not lauding him.

NYCO - 18 February 2010

Oh, I know you weren’t – my comment wasn’t implying that.

The thing with this guy is that he was obviously intelligent and observant, and had his finger on stuff that bothers most of us about the world today. But if you read his statement over a couple times, his account of personal situation doesn’t really add up as a martyr’s cry. For instance, WTF is this stuff about a piano as a business expense? Sounds to me like it’s just a guy who went nuts with his credit cards buying bling, then tried to claim it as a business expense, got denied and couldn’t take it. Hardly heroic.

The latest I’ve heard is that they do fear someone else is dead in the wreckage… which I do think will do enough to scare away Grandma Teabag from the worship of St. Joe of Austin.

brinn - 18 February 2010

No. No sympathy for the asshole. No matter one bit how articulate or right on some of his remarks are.

My response after reading his note:
Thank you Mr. Stack — very articulate! The accompanying actions however, not so much you fucking psycho! You have totally screwed over your wife and daughter — no life insurance will pay her a dime, and guess what!? Unless you legally divorced her ass before you went airborne, the IRS will STILL come after her — you screwed them but good, you worthless whiny shit!

AND

You own a fucking plane and at least one house and you can’t solve your problem? I have $400 to my name and guess what, 0 retirement (I spend mine on my kids), but somehow I manage not to blow shit up, and endanger 100s of people’s lives. I just wish you were still around to help accountable for you pathetic, cowardly actions. I’d kick you ass myself.

CSTAR - 18 February 2010

Despite the Business insider article, I haven’t heard (so far) anybody say Stack is a hero. But it is an example of psychological fissures that economic stress will make more apparent, individually and collectively, in mostly fascistic, destructive and self-defeating ways. It could just as well have been a tea-partier running over Mexican immigrants railing against the government.

catnip - 18 February 2010

It isn’t about having sympathy for the guy. It’s about understanding what brought him to this. Just like bin Laden and his buddies are about more than ‘they hate us for our freedoms’ – it helps to look at the causes of these actions.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

Meanwhile… Paradox at Left Coaster (which is mostly a too too too loyal Dem spot) with his “Letter from California”:

[T]he United States does not have an industrial policy for its workers and industries, heavens no, that would be the dreaded government interference in the holy free market! It’s total horseshit, of course, America has always had an industrial policy, it’s for sale, presently Finance and Banking bought it. We save and bail out banks, but not companies that keep our little people working. We’ve been watching in California, we see the screaming signs of it, the empty marshmallow platitudes of DC meaning less every day in the grinding misery of it all.

Part of which is watching desperate, destitute souls begging for food and spare change at traffic ramps and supermarket parking lots. I have lived in the Bay Area all of my life save for a term in the Navy and have only seen the begging signs and their heartbreaking owners suddenly appear in the last 5 years, before then of course there were beggars but never this consistent bedraggled small crowd of them, some of them women, which was also not seen before. Hard times, need food, one woman’s sign said at Safeway last week.

Surf’s up, snow’s good, and times are awfully hard. I keep thinking DC and Sacramento will read the signs and see the faces, but things just grind more slowly down, little people waving anything they can to warn of a State and country slipping away.

Madman alerted me to Bowles, former CofS for Bill C and endless loser for office in NC – and Simpson, former senator from WY, at the WH today with Obfuscation, to announce their dicey little deal to work hard as little beavers on Entitlements. Cutting them, that is. I caught them in a sit down with Judy Woodruff. Bi partisan fuckers is all I can say. Fatuous and self serving as all hell.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

ugh thsi thread is getting the timeline of posts all screwed uo again… so

Time to move on…

gnu

LINK

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12. marisacat - 18 February 2010

3:20 pm

WordPress was down for about an hour.. but appears to be up and running again. Not just my page, thw whole thing went down.

🙄

brinn - 18 February 2010

I was worried about that for a while there — thought I has screwed up a link or some such! 😉

13. marisacat - 18 February 2010

hmm via Sully:

18 Feb 2010 10:26 am

Obama, Off-The-Radar

Mark Knoller notes:

By my count, Pres. Obama made no public or press appearances on 4 days last week. It was the most off-the-radar week of his presidency. But the days we don’t see him are few and far between.

Since taking office, his no appearance count is 27 out of 392 days

Did they not figure on a O-Fatigue inevitabiliity?


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