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Relaxed… 21 April 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

A lazy lion takes a cat nap in Hamburg Zoo, Germany

A lazy lion takes a cat nap in Hamburg Zoo, Germany

Hump day…




1. marisacat - 21 April 2010

It never ends.

Via Tiny Revolution:

Since the SEC filed suit against Goldman Sachs for fraud on Friday, the media has produced over 5,000 articles about it.

Through superhuman effort, they managed not to mention in any of them that John Paulson, the hedge fund manager at whose behest Goldman acted, hired Alan Greenspan soon after the events in the fraud complaint. ….

2. marisacat - 21 April 2010

Angry Arab:

This is Obama for you

“President Barack Obama has said on the Jewish state’s 62nd anniversary that the United States shares an “unbreakable bond” with Israel and he was confident the relationship “will only be strengthened” into the future.” (thanks Sarah)

Posted by As’ad at 9:42 AM



[O]bviously, Obama’s policy toward Israel is manifestly similar to the policy of every preceding President, which is to stand resolutely and irrationally behind our little Miami Beach East no matter what it does.

Bibi Netanyahu’s crime wasn’t that he traduced some substantive American policy, newly formulated by a pro-Palestinian Americna government. It was lèse majesté. He spoke out of turn. He failed to adhere to the protocols. Obama’s comportment, carriage, and every utterance reveal him to be a man of exteme vanity. He’s pissed that some little pipsqueak governor of an American protectorate minutely deviated from the approved line.


3. BooHooHooMan - 21 April 2010

Obama: No litmus test for court

Before meeting with lawmakers, Obama says similar view on abortion is not a prerequisite.

Well that’s a RELIEF! Maybe the Retrograde, Paternalistic Con Lawyer Pol POV With the Bit of Kansas Bible Belt And Chi Town Holy Rollerism Thrown In POV That Would Sell Roe Down The River Faster Than A Consult With Clergy Could Violate Mind Body and Soul Alike shouldn’t ..ya know..factor in.

As Mcat says to No Choice / No Prob sorts of another variety….those exceptionally Dem expectant sorts still carrying Dems to full term…
How’s THAT VOTE Workin Out For Ya?

Well despite the sonagrams , the early warning signs, I would just add congratulations to Dem Moms and Dads on the arrival of , ya know, Flipper.

Close! Better Luck Next Time!

brinn - 21 April 2010

LOL! Flipper! Nice, BHHM!

BooHooHooMan - 21 April 2010

I have my brief moments briefly. Glad you liked it.
Was thinkin of using “Shamu”. Flipper just seemed to work better.
The compact slippery morphology, the smile. The nod to Kerry. LOL.
Now if I could just get past the homonymic misspellings and the whole brevity thing.. :wink:.. I could THEN concentrate on being one of the great mediocre / self styled pot shot artistes on the web!
No illusions here, brinn. LOL.

BooHooHooMan - 21 April 2010
brinn - 21 April 2010

Yep, I got it, it was the better choice and, for what it’s worth, brevity or no, the imagery evoked at the end was worth it for me! I always read what you write and quote and misspell….I’m only an English teacher at work!

As to the Pope Confronting Nude…..YIKES!

You deserve all the illusions you’re willing to entertain, BHHM! LOL!

4. BooHooHooMan - 21 April 2010

Like the whole HC”R” Scam…
The predictable collusion and vote trading to get that fraudulent initiative (written, bought and paid for by Fraudsters) – to get that fraudulent Finanzilla ‘Reform’ Bill …THRU

GOP changes its tone on bill

Key Senate Republicans back away from sharp criticism, express optimism for a bipartisan deal.

Brady Dennis and Shailagh Murray

Cue Historicistest slobber in the MSM – and parroted by the Bloginis

{Not since FDR!}
{As Great!}
{As Radical!}

As IF.
As WHEN the PTB UniParty passes this in a few.
On cue. As this summer’s mid-term Hill hucksters …
ALL head out for the stump.

5. BooHooHooMan - 21 April 2010

And here I thought first thing the PTB did in the morning was read Markos Moulitsas…

Oh where to begin with NYTthis NYT puff piece ON…
Wait for it… Mike Allen of Politico? 😯

Before he goes to sleep, between 11 and midnight, Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, typically checks in by e-mail with the same reporter: Mike Allen of Politico, who is also the first reporter Pfeiffer corresponds with after he wakes up at 4:20. A hyperactive former Eagle Scout, Allen will have been up for hours, if he ever went to bed. Whether or not he did is one of the many little mysteries that surround him.

What clever 40-ish treatment for a 40-ish closet queen.
The purportedly New Walter Winchell.
But c’mon, tell me the Tools Never Sleep’s difference* between the NYT piece and the Michael Musto puff piece last week in the NYO? The decor?
*With apologies to Musto.

His bedroom has curtains that block out the morning light, as Musto generally attends five to six events a night, usually coming home around 2:30 a.m. He owes his stamina to good habits–“I don’t drink or do drugs, as I need to have a clear head in the morning to write about what happened.” Around the bedroom are various portraits: a 1980s-style portrait of himself by Romero Britto, and another on a laminated tabletop (“It doesn’t have legs; otherwise, I would love to eat on a painting of myself”) by Anthony Zito. When he travels for his column, he visits places with a pecularly American sense of aesthetics–Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Atlantic City. “I love the casino culture, especially as I don’t gamble. I like the shows, the buffet tables and the glitz.”

I figure let’s just sit back and watch everything congeal .

The NYT on -Gay- Mike. I mean Straight Mike,
Straight Mike for the MIC.

Is it the Since early 2007, Allen’s “data points,” as he calls the items in Playbook, have become the cheat sheet of record for a time-starved city in which the power-and-information hierarchy has been upended. It is also a daily totem for those who deride Washington as a clubby little town where Usual Suspects talk to the same Usual Suspects in a feedback loop of gamesmanship, trivia, conventional wisdom and personality cults.

Allen refers to his readership as “the Playbook community.” He appeared wounded one morning in March when I suggested to him that his esoteric chronicle may reinforce a conceit that Washington is a closed conclave. No, no, he protested. Playbook is open, intimate. No one even edits it before it goes out, he said, which adds to his “human connection” to “the community.” Political insiderdom — or the illusion thereof — has moved from Georgetown salons or cordoned-off security zones to a mass e-mail list administrated by a never-married 45-year-old grind known as Mikey.

How is it SOoo different from another chatty NYT piece on Chatty Mike ..

“He juussst gets it!” shouted a man in a tangerine tank suit over the din of a Lady Gaga song in a nightclub in Chelsea late one Tuesday night. Mr. Musto, standing in a corner near the D.J., seemed as popular as the Lady herself.

A towering dandy dressed in red-and-white polka dots came over to tell him how much he liked his column. Another man, his face veiled in metal mesh, wanted to slip Mr. Musto a CD he recorded. Later the columnist was air-kissed by someone with a birdcage on his head.

“I couldn’t leave the house like that,” said Mr. Musto, who shuttles around town on a bicycle, a strap snug around his ankle so his pants leg doesn’t get caught in the chain. “I’d have to change in the cab.”

To an outsider it might all seem a little strange. But Mr. Musto, who is 54, defies the definition of a modern-day celebrity gossip. He doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account. In 2008, he started a blog, but he is primarily a word-on-paper guy; his second book of columns, “Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back,” will be released next month.

All this makes him a bit of a throwback.

Yep. Just watchin it all congeal with my imaginary friend here,
Travis Bickle. LOL.

Why I even found a pic of Musto, Mike Allen, and Markos.
Markos is on the Left, of course, and Allen on the Right.

marisacat - 21 April 2010

he was a better reporter when he was with the Wapo. Now he jsut seems to be elevated fluff.

catnip - 21 April 2010

Before he goes to sleep, between 11 and midnight, Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, typically checks in by e-mail with the same reporter: Mike Allen of Politico,

Oh, how cute! Maybe they should get bunkbeds.

marisacat - 21 April 2010

Sully is gonna feel slighted.

Boo hoo.

ts - 21 April 2010

I imagine they are texting each other like bored 16-year old girls.

“UC Gibbs today OMFG!”
“I no! No wai”

marisacat - 21 April 2010

I think you re right……………

catnip - 21 April 2010

Why I even found a pic of Musto, Mike Allen, and Markos.
Markos is on the Left, of course, and Allen on the Right.


That was scary funny.

6. catnip - 21 April 2010


Voters disapprove 79 – 14 percent of the Supreme Court’s January ruling removing limits on the amount corporations and unions could spend attacking or boosting political candidates, with consistently strong opposition across the political spectrum.

Tea Party members disapprove 85 – 10 percent of Obama, while liberals approve 77 – 15 percent, as do moderates, 54 – 34 percent. Conservatives disapprove 76 – 18 percent. Men disapprove 50 – 41 percent while women approve 47 – 43 percent. White voters disapprove 55 – 35 percent while black voters approve 92 – 6 percent.


marisacat - 21 April 2010

One nation. Under God.

Whether the underling is a Bush or an Ob… is the FUN part.

Divide those masses. Choke those collars.


7. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2010
marisacat - 21 April 2010

Apparently South Park is in a bit of hot water as well. OR so it seems… I guess they dared show Muhammed in a bear suit.

marisacat - 21 April 2010

oh what a hoot!

Going with the spirit of the first comment, Right! They should have depicted Jesus as a baby on the cross being fellated.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2010

good thread. Did you catch this link to more ‘Does Jesus Have a Role’ images?

marisacat - 21 April 2010

No..I got deflected from the thread (putting together an online order), thanks for that… I still hve the page open so will go back… 8)

CSTAR - 22 April 2010

Why oh why do people still believe in this stuff?

Luis Malagon felt blessed when he, his wife and their daughter were offered $11,000 a month to work at a new religious social service agency being planned in Brooklyn. He quit his job as a building inspector in South Carolina in February, put his house up for sale and borrowed money to move to Sunset Park.

Settling into a cramped apartment, they waited for the project to begin on March 1. When it did not, they said, they were summoned to daylong religious services presided over by its leader, the Rev. Isidro Bolaños, who offered harangues and excuses.

Today, the Malagons are out of work, money and time. The paychecks they had been assured were in the mail never arrived, putting them on the verge of eviction. Their New York sojourn has gone from blessing to curse, and they are moving to a relative’s apartment in Florida.

marisacat - 22 April 2010

if nothing else the 11K a month should have been a tip off.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2010
marisacat - 21 April 2010

mosquitos, gnats… fruitflies… etc.

marisacat - 22 April 2010

Speaking of gnats… UNFUCKING BELIEVABLE. I think the concept of “congealing fuckball”, ”may they all bite each other to death”, etc., just maxed out.

Aravosis on Markos and Glenn Beck.

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2010

Atop HUGEFONTPO, there’s more news of the
“Have some jello, honey” variety.

Obama On Wall Street To Pitch Reform,
Counter The ‘Furious Efforts’ Of Lobbyists

😆 Serious Coverage for serious people.

More Entertainment…Osmond Autopsy.. Nude ‘Hills’..
Gosselin Sex, Drama.. Housewife In Love.. Kardashian Bikini

* | Brad Pitt

Wait till Beck gets a hold of Arianna, the
Osmond Autopsying Communist Nazi Sex Bitch.

marisacat - 22 April 2010

Sherer in TIME says that NOW Wall St comes begging to DC.

oh sure. Like ………… that complete halt in settlement building in Jerusalem. Etc.

catnip - 22 April 2010


diane - 22 April 2010

Serious Coverage for serious people

Oh my, almost spit the Mickey’s all over the substitute keyboard contraption…

what? it’s Green Day isn’t it?

9. catnip - 22 April 2010

Obamalama thinks your country’s financial system is “the envy of the world”? Really?

10. NYCO - 22 April 2010

Obama speaks on need to regulate Wall Street… stock market doesn’t take much notice. Gee, guess they’re scared or something (NOT) with the CEO of Goldman Sachs sitting right there.

Also, I mentioned “beguinage” in the other thread. This was a lay sisterhood who essentially formed religious communes of widowed and otherwise economically abandoned women in medieval times, which attracted women who might otherwise have tried to get into nunneries but didn’t want to be shut-in. Sometimes got in trouble for being a wee bit too uppity.


NYCO - 22 April 2010

Actually, this is a more informative link:


BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2010

Anything for widowers?

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2010

Hell maybe a condo conversion at least.
For the irrascible sorts given to the cloistered life. A condovent.
And for foodies?
A condiment, of course.

diane - 22 April 2010

thanks much for that, NYCO!

I was looking at an old Webster’s, and the only description was:

A ballroom dance based on a native dance of Martinique and St. Lucia

hadn’t bothered to look at the much newer, doorstop Webster’s, which coincides with your comment; as I loved the dance theme, and went with that …


11. BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2010

Why do I get the feeling Ob will be passing up
THIS opportunity to speak?

DK: Breaking: Blagojevich seeks to subpoena POTUS

Which was pinched off the Chicago Sun :
Blagojevich seeks to subpoena OBAMA

How unprofeff of the CST, tho. Not using the BREAKING and, ah,
using the Impy’s name and all. LOL.

Oh but the CHANGE, you know.
Surely Obama won’t invoke Executive privilege like Shrub and Bill before him. 😉

catnip - 22 April 2010

“President Obama has direct knowledge to allegations made in the indictment. In addition, President Obama’s public statements contradict other witness statements,
specifically those made by labor union official and Senate Candidate B (Valerie Jarrett).

I don’t remember the details. What’s that about?

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2010

Well , this HP piece is a good place for refreshments!

Now , its typical the intro…
As a part of the ongoing circus that is Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial…

But the refutation of every. lurid. detail. is worth it.
The Friendly Convo to Blago from Rahm. Friendly Convo.
Yah, You know, from Rahm,
The Naked Finger Jabber in the Shower Guy.
Merely chatting with Blogo over Ob’s seat.

And then there’s JJ Jr. Fuckin CRICKETS from that motherfucker this last year. LOL. And Jarret. And Rezko. Lordy . The BO Peeps need this like steaming piles of sheep shit placed on every doorstep for mid term GOTV.

Oh it’s gonna be good this year. Blago’s trial. Hank Morris in NY, too. The NJDP money laundering with Orthodox Rebbes and that small matter of the global human organ trafficking. But unlike the Hank Morris case in NY (he’ll score a plea) or the Rabbis and the NJ cases, the ones with Shitstank veritably wafting thru the DSCC ducts and Schumer’s and Menendez offices as well, ..with Blago, they simply don’t have the leverage over Fitzgerald that they do with their WHOLLY owned US Attorney’s in NY in NJ. Tis True, sissy slap outcomes will come down for most if not all.

Still, the entertainment value should be good.
I’m stocking up on those plastic lobster bibs.

Maybe a slicker and a popcorn bowl windshield..
And with all props to Mcat here 😉 –
for when the flop sweat, slobber , and political horseflesh really starts to fly.

marisacat - 22 April 2010

Maybe a slicker and a popcorn bowl windshield..

There’s a plan!

12. BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2010

Not bad for HuffPo….their afternoon header now..

Obama In New York: ‘Join Us’ … FDR: ‘I Welcome Their Hatred’

…..Obama’s call for a more cooperative relationship stands in sharp contrast to another presidential address to financial executives in New York a few years removed from a financial crisis.

“We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace — business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in a 1936 speech. “They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today.

“They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.”


But those criticisms weren’t heard Thursday afternoon at Cooper Union. Instead, Obama praised the bill, arguing that if it’s not passed, the country will have failed to learn the lessons from this most recent disaster.

Typical. From the very dull, very formulaic speechifying….

[I]t is essential that we learn the lessons of this crisis, so we don’t doom ourselves to repeat it. And make no mistake, that is exactly what will happen if we allow this moment to pass – an outcome that is unacceptable to me and to the American people,” Obama said in his prepared remarks.

Jeesus Fuck. Right from the
Semi Idignant with a Little Hopey Speech Template for Word.
Just fill in the blancks between “””It is essential ….must learn…doomed to repeat”…and of course..unacceptable.

Shahien Nasiripour of HuffPo noted other sailent points in his piece, illustrating them quite decently, tho not specifically with the the discredited name and scorn that Third Way NeoLiberilaism deserves.

“And these changes have the added benefit of creating incentives within the industry to ensure that no one company can ever threaten to bring down the whole economy. To that end, the bill would also enact what’s known as the Volcker Rule: which places some limits on the size of banks and the kinds of risks that banking institutions can take,” Obama said.

The Volcker Rule, while in the bill, isn’t really enacted in full. The bill instead calls for a study to be conducted on the rule, after which regulators would implement some version of it. It could end up being toothless.

Also, the bill doesn’t force megabanks to break up, nor does it explicitly place any caps on size.

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2010

😆 * Indignant… 🙄

catnip - 22 April 2010

Harry’s desperate to be re-elected:

POLITICO Breaking News:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he wouldn’t put off a vote on a Wall Street reform bill to give Democrats and Republicans more time to reach a compromise – but instead plans to go ahead with the first procedural vote at 5:15 p.m. Monday. “The games of stalling are over,” Reid said, referring to the Republicans.

catnip - 22 April 2010

I thought it was funny that Politico had to add “referring to the Republicans”.

catnip - 22 April 2010

I’m sure it will be a “sternly worded” bill.

marisacat - 22 April 2010


TAPPER: On financial regulatory reform, would the bill being considered in the Senate or the one that passed the House — would either of them have prevented the alleged fraud that the SEC is currently suing Goldman over?

GIBBS: I would — I would direct you to the SEC and where they figure — and where they’ve decided their case is. I think — I think not the least of which broader — in broader terms of financial reform, let’s take the issue that the president has talked about in terms of derivatives. Bringing that type of activity out of the shadows into an exchange, something that’s monitored and regulated — look, I think in many ways, as these are complicated — as the financial system is — has a series of very complicated instruments, in many ways reform is simple in the premise of having it brought out of the dark and into the light, having that measure of transparency and regulation is a fairly simple concept in moving important reforms forward. So I don’t doubt that there are a host of things in the legislation that — that would have — would have changed people’s behavior from several years ago.

marisacat - 22 April 2010

I see elsewhere that Obby quoted TIME from 1933, to do with bank reform.


13. marisacat - 22 April 2010

Snicker snacks… and gheys and wimmens will be voting for him in 2012…………….

Back in February, five days after the President promised in his State of the Union that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ would be repealed this year, Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina had a meeting with most, but not all, of the gay groups and told them that DADT was not going to be repealed this year.

I believe this may have been the same meeting that Messina lectured the gay groups on the fact that we were a nation involved in two wars, so they shouldn’t expect DADT to be repealed – which was unfortunately a GOP talking point.

What did those in attendance do? It’s not clear they did much of anything. After that meeting, the Human Rights Campaign continued to defend the President, claiming that he had a plan to repeal DADT this year, and that the plan was on track – even after the number two man in the White House told them “no”.

full text of Aravosis… who links back to the Advocate story… which is so dry and dull. It lurches into evenhandedness.

14. marisacat - 22 April 2010



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