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In the pink 28 April 2010

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, la vie en rose.

A bee prepares for landing on a blossoming cherry tree in Taipei. [Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images]




1. marisacat - 28 April 2010

This just made me laugh…. Please accept my former seat mate at the Opera! I swear she’ll do good!

Plus, you know, she once hired me and got me a good salary.

squish………… and then some.


[L]essig, whom I like and respect, has known Kagan for 20 years. They taught at the University of Chicago Law School together. They “shared a subscription to the opera.” And when Kagan was Dean of Harvard Law School, she lured Lessig away from Stanford and hired him at Harvard, publicly praising him as “one of the most brilliant and important legal scholars of our time.” Today, Lessig returns the praise, heralding her “brilliance and strength,” insisting that she’s a steadfast “progressive,” and assuring us all “that Kagan has the right views.”

Would you like to know what’s missing from Lessig’s lengthy testimonial? A shred of evidence, specificity, and actions or statements from Kagan. In lieu of anything that a rational person could assess, he instead concedes that his “read of Kagan’s politics comes from [his] personal experience,” and simply insists that he knows what a great Justice she would be and that you would think so, too, if you knew her the way he does.

marisacat - 28 April 2010

hmm IF ONLY the old Chicago / Harvard mind meld / confreres would jsut a get a fucking hotel room, all together. And spare us their public orgasmwasm.


[A]re progressives really willing to risk having the Supreme Court move to the Right with a Kagan appointment? Are progressives really at the point where they don’t need to see any evidence of her judicial philosophy before supporting her? The fact that Barack Obama, Larry Lessig, and a bunch of Kagan’s other friends from the University of Chicago and Harvard wink with one eye and assure everyone she’s a Wonderful Progressive is going to be enough to accept her as a Supreme Court nominee?

Even in the Age of Obama, where Hope and Inspiration reign, isn’t that asking for way more evidence-free faith than anyone in the (ahem) reality-based community should be willing to vest?

Not even the Supreme Party Loyalists on the Right were willing to pledge that degree of loyalty to their President when Bush insisted that Harriet Miers would be a stalwart conservative. They insisted upon someone with an established written record so that they could assess the nominee’s approach to the law and Constitution using their own critical reasoning faculties; why would any progressive not insist on the same thing?…snip…

And take Cass Sunstein and Abner Mikva (and their spousettes) along too.

Someone seal the room shut.

marisacat - 28 April 2010

geesh reading the Greenwald article to the end is dispiriting. She sounds like a female, white Obster.

We are so skrewedddd

catnip - 28 April 2010

Adam B loves her. ‘Nuff said.

2. wu ming - 28 April 2010

the cherry blossoms really look like that too, huge and pink, although by now they’re all pretty well done blooming.

marisacat - 28 April 2010

that was from a few weeks ago… wildlife photos at the Guardian

ms_xeno - 29 April 2010

I need to take some garden pics soon. Some of my yard looks good, despite too much neglect last Summer/Fall AND some twerp who seems to amble by when I’m at work and snap the heads off the flowers. Grrrr… >:

marisacat - 29 April 2010

oh please do! And email me some when you do, if it is convenient to do, or post links here, if you put them up at LJ…

3. marisacat - 28 April 2010

Speakingof screwedddd:

San Antonio Express-News,

‘Aerial drone will fly on Texas border soon, Napolitano says,’ by Gary Martin:

‘Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate hearing Tuesday that an unmanned aerial drone will soon fly through Texas skies as drug-cartel violence continues to escalate on the U.S.-Mexico border. …

Napolitano said Texas was the last Southwest border state to receive a drone because ‘Texas airspace is more crowded.’ Napolitano … said the timeline for placing a drone in Texas remains a decision for the Federal Aviation Administration.’

via the Mike Allen am drool from Politico.

BooHooHooMan - 28 April 2010

Hell, where’s our Criminal Element Drone in Jersey??
The State where we’d need them on close to a 1:1 ratio.
Whose swarming locust like populace could use them for the morning commute, but would prolly trade them on the Black Market instead. For a freakin Porta Potty.

Christie Shuts Toilets on Free New Jersey Roads to Save Money

Pissed off. Pissed on. Hold your piss.
Pretty much all bases covered here.
In piss. Product of my environment , folks.

BooHooHooMan - 28 April 2010

The solution is pretty obvious tho,
when Christie AND the Donks eventually settle on WHICH Goombah gets the vending machine/ pay toilet racket.
THAT they’re already talkin about.
I propose little flying drones in the lavs to catch those desperate would be crapper criminals trying to slide under the stall.
Fuckers. No class, I tellz ya.

BooHooHooMan - 28 April 2010

via the Mike Allen am drool from Politico.

And speaking of Mike Alllen and ill fated restroom rendezvouz destined in one’s future…

Like a lot of reporters, Allen would much rather ask the questions than answer them. He led off with one: “What’s the most surprising thing you learned about me?”

It was what I learned about his father, I told him. Gary Allen was an icon of the far right in the 1960s and 1970s. He was affiliated with the John Birch Society and railed against the “big lies” that led to the United States’ involvement in World Wars I and II. He denounced the evils of the Trilateral Commission and “Red Teachers.” Rock’n’roll was a “Pavlovian Communist mind-control plot.” He wrote speeches for George Wallace, the segregationist governor of Alabama and presidential candidate. “Gary Allen is one of the most popular writers that John Birchites read and believe with a zeal that is nervous-making,” wrote Nicholas von Hoffman in a 1972 Washington Post column. He wrote mail-order books and pamphlets distributed through a John Birch mailing list.

None of Mike Allen’s friends seemed to know any of this about his father, or they were diverting me with other monikers (like “football coach,” which he indeed was; Gary Allen coached a Pop Warner team that included Mike, who played center, badly). In an earlier phone interview, Allen said his mother was a first-grade teacher and his dad was a “writer” and “speaker.” After I mentioned his father at breakfast, Allen flashed a sudden, teeth-clenched smile that stayed frozen as I spoke. He had described his upbringing to me as nonpolitical. And maybe it was. People who knew Gary Allen, who died of complications from diabetes in 1986, described him as quiet and introspective. “He was more outspoken in his writing,” says Dan Lungren, a Republican member of Congress, who represented Orange County back then and knew the family. Lungren, who now represents a district that includes parts of Sacramento, said that the Allens hosted a meet-and-greet at their home for one of his early campaigns.

I asked Mike Allen what it was like being his father’s son. “We have a very close family,” he said slowly. “I’m very close to all my siblings, and I’m very grateful to my parents for all the emphasis they put on education and family and sports and Scouts.” He called his father “a great dad.” How did he make his living? “I don’t know the details of it,” Allen said. He did some teaching, but Allen said he was not sure where or what age groups, whether elementary school or high school or something else. He had an office at home. “To me, he was my dad. So that’s what I knew.” He says he never read anything his father wrote.

After some fidgety minutes, I asked Allen how he became an Eagle Scout. His eyes softened and stopped blinking as much as they had been, and his voice took on the cadence of solemn recital. He uttered the Boy Scout Law: “A scout is trustworthy,” Allen proclaimed, “loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”

I asked Allen if I could talk to his siblings. He said he would consider it and maybe set up a conference call but never did. I did not press. It felt intrusive. Nor did I want to overreach for a Rosebud. “Life isn’t binary,” Allen said a few times at breakfast, in the context of whether a hot dog is a meal or a snack and later in the context of what his father was like. But I could not help being struck by the contrast between father and son.

Eagle Scout. Bircher. NOT Catholic. 😆

BooHooHooMan - 28 April 2010

“A scout is trustworthy,” Allen proclaimed, “loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”

Well not in fuckin Jersey he’s not. Load up **Dudley Do-Right on 5 or 6 cups of coffee on the expressway and he’ll be fisticuffing fathers of four year olds who themselves are beating off George Michael in the reststop over pissing rights. America, Love it or Leave it. LOL.

** {I know, catnip.
No need to draw cartoon Canadian Mounties into this romp}
Okay I’m out>

marisacat - 28 April 2010

wow… kind of surprised that made it into the NYT multi-pager lvoe fest…

diane - 28 April 2010

The drones in South Cali were noted as also arriving in early 2010 back in December, but haven’t seen any updates on that, of course not that means anything, because this linked article :

Drone aircraft will be used to nab illegal immigrants on California-Mexico border

notes that the Texas (along with, of course, Arizona) drones were already in the air when that December article was written:

Such drones are already used on the border of Texas and Arizona.

Oh, and just can’t wait till the next Katrina like incident, or anything approaching it.

marisacat - 28 April 2010

yeah I did not really buy the quote from Napolitano that Texas was ”last” due to some idea of crowded skies. Pretty sure the skies in Southern Ca are not less crowded.

They all lie, about everything. What a shock.

brinn - 28 April 2010

Oooh goody, can’t wait — the drug cartels will make the drones into either
a) a weapon against commercial airflight
b) their new mules!
c) BOTH!!

Yippie! I am sure this will be just as effective and economical as the goddesdamned “electric fence” and “video border patrol” bullshit that they’ve tried.

Borders are for suckers.

marisacat - 28 April 2010

oh that is so perfect!! It cheered me up!

thank you! [come back anytime! — 😉 ….]

brinn - 29 April 2010

Happy to be of service, dear! 😉

4. diane - 28 April 2010

Hmmm, Richard Florida, the Creator of the Creative Class… (of course, based in DC), and Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, informs us that the issue is not really residential foreclosures and loss of equity in anything, so much as that ‘America Needs to Get Over Its House Passion’

As proof he provides us with a lovely, 2006 Techpole graph ….based on Tech Pole Index from 2000…, published by the Milken Institute. (Why yes, that Den of Thieves, Milken (see bottom of linked page))

yup, must be true, especially since renters are treated with so much regard, and have such a powerful lobby in this country……Curious as to know whether Mr. Florida (oops, sorry, that would be Dr. Florida rents himself.

In another piece, which I’m dying to read, he shows us that:

Cities with large immigrant and gay populations generate higher earnings, contrary to popular belief… Versus the previously common knowledge that cities with large immigrant populations, generally have a proportionate poverty rate along with unaffordable housing and cost of living. (Oh wait, I guess he didn’t mention whose earnings he was referring to…..)

In that piece, it looks like he includes yet another excellent graph sourced:

Happiness data are from the Gallup Organization, 2009.

(Fully defined, from the Gallup Organization, equates with this survey, the Gallup-Healthways Partnership’s Well-Being Index. Warning, wabbit hole website, snicker snax galore.)

More on this fine ‘super achiever,’ Dr Richard Florida, from the Creative Class:

thought-leader,…..one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation, …………named one of Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest, …..leading Fortune 100 businesses have benefited from his global approach to problem-solving….

oh, and as if that weren’t enough, he even manages to top it off with just a touch of self-deprecating humor…..

diane - 28 April 2010

sorry, link for the second article referenced, re his proclamation that:

Cities with large immigrant and gay populations generate higher earnings, contrary to popular belief…

marisacat - 28 April 2010

Newt Gingrich long ago declared San Francisco “un-American” as we are only roughly 30% home ownership occupied. The city is largely renters.

If epople sat down and did the numbers on BUYING a home, the last 40 years (this is not your grandfather’s RE market nor mortgage era) they would run screaming for the hills. People relied on, bought into (for real!) the IRS deductions and the presumed big pay off in a few years – or twenty years.

And so on.

diane - 28 April 2010

Oh yeah I agree that the numbers are frightening, but I find his article thoroughly disingenuous, and of course looking at his bio, doesn’t help.

My experience of renting (along with many others I know), having been a renter for most of my adult life, has been bleak, to say the least. There are very few protections for renters in the US, and many times they’re punished for situations (such as energy usage), totally beyond their control.

diane - 28 April 2010

One of my personal favorites:

The proud new investor capitalist landlord (who had the nasty habit of opening locked apartment doors while tenants were dressing, instead of knocking,…after all he OWNED the building) decided he didn’t need no stinking professional to run the new pipes for the furnace, filling the basement with Natural Gas, which of course created a slight emergency situation.

marisacat - 28 April 2010

yeah … renting is not a paradise. But it si month to month. No mortgage no bank… yes a landlord…

The whole thing is a mixed bag.

5. catnip - 28 April 2010

Winter storm warning here. Argh. It never ends.

6. marisacat - 28 April 2010

wow no shit.

I dropped in on Americablog during the night and there was a post on ‘where is Palin now that an exploded off shore oil rig is massivly leaking’

Hey guys the fucking idiot born again IN THE WHITE HOUSE is the driller in chief to worry about.

Leaking Oil Rig Alarms East Coast Senator »

By Michael McAuliff

The exploded, leaking oil rig off the coast of Louisiana has people taking another look at President Obama’s plan to open drilling off the East Coast, and Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin doesn’t like what he’s seeing one little bit.

The Maryland Democrat took to the Senate floor this morning to excoriate the plan, noting that the Gulf of Mexico spill has already spread to an area larger than Rhode Island.

“This is all happening as a result of a spill and a fire from the most technologically advanced rig in the world,” Cardin said, not buying the line about how safe off-shore drilling has become.

“It underscores my concern and opposition to off-shore drilling as proposed by the President,” Cardin said.

Equipped with charts and photos, Cardin showed that 72% of the time, winds blow on shore from a site under consideration for drilling off Virginia’s coast.

“If there is a catastrophe, if there is a spill related to this site, the likelihood of reaching the shores of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, the Outerbanks, are real,” he said.

He could have easily added Long Island, which sticks out into the prevailing currents. …snip…

marisacat - 28 April 2010

ugh… just caught a nearly dead, no sign of life back and forth on lehrer…. a woman from some coastline fisheries oceans thing at UNH… and a man from NOAA.

There are no answers… none. The damned thing may leak for years. I get the impression the “control burn” is a desperation move – and they have no clue what it may do.


marisacat - 28 April 2010

welll… no problemo! I trust Janet and Ken…….. don’t you…………?

[O]n Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said they were expanding the government’s investigation of the explosion that caused the oil rig disaster. The inquiry will have subpoena power and will look into possible criminal or civil violations by the operators of the drilling rig — Transocean, a Swiss company — and by related companies.

Administration officials also met Tuesday with top executives of BP, which is required by law to pay for the cleanup. Last fall, as the federal government was weighing tougher safety and environmental rules for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, BP objected, saying its voluntary programs were successful. [and of course, they all knew Obby’s pragmatic plan to drill was coming… afaiac he is fulfilling campaign pomises, private ones ]

BP engineers have failed so far to activate a device known as a blowout preventer, a valve at the wellhead that is meant to stop oil flow in an emergency, and is the only short-term solution for capping the well.

Mr. Suttles, the chief operating officer for exploration and production at BP, defended the company’s efforts, and said the cleanup was costing $6 million a day. He said engineers had not given up on engaging the valve and were exploring other possibilities as well.

Mr. Suttles said that a plan to use a type of tent or dome to collect the oil was progressing, and was two to four weeks from being operational. On Tuesday, the company received permits to drill a relief well, which would be started half a mile from the current well site. Crews plan to drill toward the current well and then inject it with heavy fluids and concrete to seal it. That solution is experimental at this depth, however, and is months away.

Doug Helton, the incident operations coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s emergency response division, said winds would change Wednesday and start pushing the spill north and west toward the Mississippi Delta. “It is going to land eventually,” Mr. Helton said.

The prospect alarmed fisherman and ecologists along the Louisiana coast. Gov. Bobby Jindal requested that the Coast Guard set up protective booms around several wildlife refuges in the Delta.

Those delicate coastal rookeries and estuaries factor into the consideration for the surface burn. Such a burn would most likely ease the impact on wildlife.

The oceanic agency issued a guide to the burn that advised as follows:

“Based on our limited experience, birds and mammals are more capable of handling the risk of a local fire and temporary smoke plume than of handling the risk posed by a spreading oil slick. Birds flying in the plume can become disoriented, and could suffer toxic effects. This risk, however, is minimal when compared to oil coating and ingestion.”

A burn does not get rid of the oil entirely. It leaves waxy residue that can either be skimmed from the surface or sink to the bottom of the ocean

brinn - 28 April 2010

Christ on toast….when I moved to Texas in ’94 the National Seashore on the Gulf already had listed along with “tides”, “Winds” and “water temperature” a little thing I thought was a joke until I walked out on Padre during certain seasons (read; mess from rigs), called “tar ball incidence” — the indicators were:

I shit you not! Perhaps someone in the National Park Service has/had (was still allowed to?) a sense of humor, bit damned if they weren’t accurate!

Goddes help the coast of LA — it’s still fucked beyond belief in any case….

Humans: evolutionary cul de sac extrodianniare….


marisacat - 28 April 2010

we have “tar balls” here… plenty of them… and a new crop from the Cosco Busan that leaked oil, heavy weight deadly crude oil of the worst sort, into the bay just two and a half years ago…

AND we have fueling locations INSIDE the Bay, one leaked just a few months ago, also frm an “accident”.

IMO it all just waiting to fuking blow up.

marisacat - 29 April 2010

tidbit in a Lindorff piece at Cpunch

[O]il companies, including BP, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Shell and others, like Goldman traders looking at a tranch of subprime mortgages, are casting covetous eyes on the Arctic Ocean and the oil and gas that studies suggest lie under the virgin sea floor. Their plan is to drill for these hydrocarbons once the summer sea ice vanishes as a result of rising global temperatures (more about this in a future article).

Obama, as part of his opening of more coastal areas to drilling, is including areas of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, which are already ice free during summer.

But let’s think about this for a moment. Suppose there were a blowout like the one in the Gulf of Mexico at a rig drilling in the Arctic? Suppose it happened towards the end of the short summer, when the ice was about to return to cover the ocean surface? If it was a blowout that couldn’t be plugged, like the Montana blowout in the Timor Sea, or if the fail-safe system at the wellhead failed, as with the Deepwater Horizon, and if the only solution was, as with the Montana well, to drill new wells to ease the pressure on the blown well, how would this be done, once the ice moved in?

[oh that might slip the surly bonds of Obby’s “pragmatism”… mightn’t it? –Mcat]

Answer? It couldn’t be done. Murphy’s Law again. And so millions of gallons of crude oil would rise up out of the burst wellhead to spread out underneath the ice, whence it would eventually move on to destroy hundreds of miles of fragile coastline, probably killing untold numbers of species that live in the affected waters. The damage from such a completely predictable disaster wouldn’t just be staggering, like the Montana or the Deepwater Horizon blowouts, but incomprehensible! …snip…

marisacat - 29 April 2010

hmm at least one observer of the BP Gulf spill, “SkyTruth” (never heard of them), says the spill is already half the size of the Exxon Valdez spill of ’88 (11,000,000 vs the current spill they estimate at 6,000,000).

marisacat - 29 April 2010

Plaquemines parish is saying all they see is lack of coordination, no movment, slow response.. and now the heavy oil in the mix is identified as moving toward them. It reminds them of Katrina… (our pretzel! BushObby!)

No booms being placed to protect them… (Lehrer)

Seems the only question is how far into th wetlands the oil moves.

marisacat - 29 April 2010

hmmm, bettter yet! : our pretzel CLOBU.

Clinton Ob Bush.

All hail Clobu the Great.

7. marisacat - 28 April 2010
8. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2010

Love these photos: Dancers Among Us

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2010

The Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Gets a Sex Tape

Father Duarte admitted he had sexually abused both Flávio and Fabiano, but suggested his victims were wrong to come forward. “I regret that these accusations have come from people who ate at my table,” he intoned. “Just as Jesus said: ‘Those who ate my bread are those who betray me.’”

marisacat - 28 April 2010

Father Duarte admitted he had sexually abused both Flávio and Fabiano,

Maybe we could send FABulous Fabrice to him. Complete the set, so to speak.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2010

get the good Father a menage a Fab?

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2010

oops, meant that to be a reply to your reply!

11. lucid - 28 April 2010

In a faraway basement club in Manhattan tonight, there was lovely music. Music everyone should hear.

Not that it would end the idiocy of the world… but a nice respite.

One of the bands was the act I’m newly playing lead guitar with, Wounded Buffalo Theory. One of the others is my new folk/bluegrass band ‘The Sometimes Boys’ that is too young to yet have recordings, as it was our first gig… but they’ll be up in a month…

Hope you’re all well!

marisacat - 29 April 2010

Not that it would end the idiocy of the world… but a nice respite.

That si the email of a couple of weeks ago, your gig tonight? Fantastic!

When there is a bit of the music online, please post it, lucid…

brinn - 29 April 2010

Oh I second that, lucid!! Please and thanks!

12. BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2010

Grayson takes a swipe at Dem leaders

Rep. rips his party leadership for not putting him on the Armed Services Committee.

‘cuz he’s all peacenik and all…LMAO 😆 😆 😆

NAKED Opportunist. LOL. That motherfucker has talked more shit more quickly than any out of the mold , well, since OBAMA. Just LMAO.
I so hope he gets his ass beat so we don’t have to listen to his con for the next 30 years.

Guy’s no dummy, tho. Heads straight for the money, yo.

marisacat - 29 April 2010

[snicker] I see you had the same idea I did.


13. BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2010

Fuckin Jusstt. Pile. the. Shiiit. High.

Rep. Alan Grayson ripped his party leadership Tuesday for not putting him on the Armed Services Committee, according to several witnesses.

Testifying at a Rules Committee hearing on a Pentagon acquisitions bill, Grayson griped that he’s got few opportunities to influence defense policy because party leaders put him on other committees.

“People in my district know that I was involved in defense procurement for 20 years. They know that I fought war profiteers for four years before I was elected to Congress,” the first-term Florida Democrat said. “The leadership, in its wisdom, has decided to put me on the Financial Services Committee and the Science and Technology Committee. That leaves me very little opportunity to do something that is very close to my heart, which is to save money in defense procurement.”

Grayson’s office says there was no affront intended.

“Congressman Grayson WAS NOT taking a swipe at leadership,” Grayson spokesman Todd Jurkowski wrote in an e-mail. “His comments merely explained his efforts to get a defense-related amendment passed, and why he was working with the Rules Committee to do so. The congressman requested to be on Financial services and Science and Technology, and he is very happy to be serving on those committees.”

IgotBanking GiveMePentagon.

So Grayson was “..’involved’ with defense procurement for 20 years.”
AND … {wait for it AGAIN} .. he “fought War profiteers” for “FOUR years before elected to Congress”….

LOSER! 😆 Sorry Alan, the Democratic Change Agenda is looking for someone a little more ..effective. LOL. Oh the iro- knees.

BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2010

{I have an earlier one floating around setting it up..}

marisacat - 29 April 2010

verrry sorry.. both out now, one was in Mod file and one got slapped into Spam… AND THEN I slept most of the day so they lanquished…

Liberated now tho!

BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2010

Sacrebleu! 😉
Takin a Siestsa and all!
And, in the Italian,
Il vecchio Papa è raramente un bambino molestato Nazista ora!
In other words, Not a problem! 😆

marisacat - 29 April 2010

I think almost all – and likely every last one – seats in congress are pay offs… so … maybe Grayson fought the profiteers.. but maybe not.

I am pretty sure he is working hard at being an effective NATIONAL fundraiser however.

14. marisacat - 29 April 2010

oh man… BP has apprently issued an APB for “any one at all who can help with the spill”.

Out gunned by such safe drilling?

Seems so.

BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2010

No worries. The US Military is involved now.

US military readies for Mexico oil spill response

…ta protect the environment and all. Maybe they’ll nuke it.
{N.B. how they refer to it as a “Mexican” oil spill.}

What a Drownin. in. It. CLUSTERFUCK!
Along the lines of what Mcat said, I say we send out Obama and all the Democratic offshore drilling apologists FIRST.
Absorbent , cheap, expendable. What’s not to love?
But for a closer to shore blockade I’d recommend the second tier OilCo Bushites like Condi on rafts.

But landlub side, for our LAST wall of Eco Disaster defense ,
I know I’d be more comfortable with more seasoned hands onshore. Cheney with his shotgun in a wheelchair. Palin sandbagging up moose carcasses. Sheriff Joe offering to put humungo pink underwear on it Christo style. Romney offering a counter oil slick to compete.

Oh but No NO- this Ain’t no mere
George and John and Cake on the Tarmac Show.
This heya’s a bipartisan party on the coast…

Biden and the Big Dawg backslapping while downing platefuls of Haley Barbour’s BBQ Ribs. Trent Lott AND Johnny Breaux revealing they did indeed keep their own personal aircraft carriers stuffed with cash as ballast for just such an occasion. The entire Landrieu family serving juleps or Jack or whatevever the fuck you drink that goes with reallly blackened fish. Naggin , Nunn, Newt, and Napolitano.
Everybody needs to pull together.

Fuck, put em all on the Gulf Coast beaches.

..’course there’s one man to call when Gulf Coast Disaster strikes.
John Edwards.

Feel better, everyone?

diane - 29 April 2010

Feel better, everyone?

No, not just yet (though I loved the Cheney, the shotgun, and the wheelchair idea), you forget Rudy and his LLC CleanUp Team, you know, the one that did such a fantastic job on that anthrax clean up out of the building of the first victim in Florida.

marisacat - 29 April 2010

AND the Catholic Church of Lousyana (as my mother used to call it)

BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2010

The Jisms with the Chrism!

There’s Oil?!? – You say there’s OIL out there?!?

BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2010

Although I was gonna continue bustin Grayson’s shweddy balls.
I was thinkin how long before Grayson get’s in on it?

Grayson. Who clerked for Mikva in Chi, Bork AND Scalia (before SCOTUS nod) and then got his ticket further Swiss cheesed at Sargent Shriver’s firm. Put all those motherfuckers on the beach too.
Have Ahnold dig up Shrivs. Disinter Teddy as well.

Back to doggin’ Grayson. (Maybe I’ll get somethin from the Vatican)
Grayson, who got handed a 4 million dollar split – I mean on “his own” for taking on that “Top Defense Contractor” –> Haliburt? Blackwater? Nah…”Custer Battles” – Who? –
litterally the name of a throway CIA front company – over missing IPA money and contract fraud in Iraq. Jeezis H Contain the Spill Christ.
If the Vatican was smart, they’da recruited Alan at Harvard.

marisacat - 29 April 2010

ugh… NYT… no the biggest problem is the fuckign MESS and how it will last for years.. and years. And years.

Oil Spill’s Blow to BP’s Image May Eclipse Costs

New York Times – Clifford Krauss – ‎36 minutes ago‎

A high volume skimming system skimmed oil from the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, La. By CLIFFORD KRAUSS HAMMOND, La. – BP says that the offshore drilling accident that is spewing thousands of barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico could cost the …

I notice again Gulf of MEXICO…. actually gulf waters and wetlands of the 5 US southern states is more accurate.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 April 2010
diane - 29 April 2010

Now, now..

at least some of them are supposed to go get temp jobs, installing Smart Meters across this Free Nation, to permanently unemploy the previously “permanently” employed, meter readers, and jack up utility bills.

marisacat - 29 April 2010

ugh… and tons of white libs and others will simply never believe obby would do that………. or just cosily blame ”congress”

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 April 2010
marisacat - 29 April 2010

Orszag just addressed the Petersen Grp this week….


Clobu The Great!

Madman in the Marketplace - 29 April 2010

it’s all a plan

marisacat - 29 April 2010

reading the post at Corrente… I think Lambert si not 100% clear (tho he certainly did not vote for him) that Obby is a mere hireling.

OF COURSE he made use of Petersen and his group. Backers want results.

marisacat - 29 April 2010

the thread at corrente is really good… and short. I ESPECIALLY liked calling out Andy Stern for bitching and moning that people opposed to the panel are….. (wait for it!)


Stoke those fears of the big black leader taken down… form those prayer circles. Now count with me again, who has been shot in this country? But Obby of course suffers most. Most loudly.

17. diane - 29 April 2010

Emergency Appeal — Help Save The Life of Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, On Hunger Strike at CA’s Corcoran Prison
Wed, 04/28/2010 – 06:14 — Bruce A. Dixon

In the more than 40 years that former Black Panther Romaine “Chip” has been imprisoned in California he has neither complained nor drawn attention to himself. He has counseled other prisoners against violence and bitterness. But now, after an extended period of being denied communication with the outside and access to medical attention, Fitzgerald is refusing food, vowing to fast until death if he is not transferred out of the inhuman regime of solitary confinement at California’s infamous Corcoran State Prison.


We urgently request that BAR readers and friends immediately call Corcoran Prison directly at 559-992-8800, ext #5008, or fax the office of warden Raul Lopez at 559-999-4636 to save the life of Chip Fitzgerald. Please make a personal and respectful request that prisoner Romaine Fitzgerald, #B-27527 be transferred out of “administrative segregation,” into the prison’s general population, and offered access to medical care and communication.

We further request that they contact the offices of these powerful California state officials, and ask that they contact Corcoran State Prison regarding the status of Romaine Fitzgerald, #B-27527.

Call Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland CA, current chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, at 510-763-0370 between the hours of 9AM and 5PM PST.

Call Congresswoman Maxine Waters of Los Los Angeles, at 323 – 757-8900, also between the hours of 9AM and 5PM PST

diane - 29 April 2010

And on a related note:

Down Prison Road
Tuesday 27 April 2010
By David Dacon


When teachers and home-care workers rallied down below in Bakersfield on March 5, and kicked off the March for California’s Future, few had more than a vague idea of the kind of presence Tehachapi and its fellow institutions would cast over them as they walked up the San Joaquin Valley to Sacramento. They then spent 48 days in a traveling protest over the extreme budget cuts that have cost the jobs of thousands of California teachers, and threaten those of thousands of other public workers.

But while its participants may not have intended it, the March for California’s Future became a march through California’s prison towns. The explosive growth of communities based on incarceration also offers a vision of what California could become. It’s not the vision of the marchers, clearly, who want social change that makes prisons a lower priority than schools. But it is surely a vision of what life will become without that change – California’s prison future.


“We’ve seen boarded-up homes everywhere,” says Gavin Riley, describing the marchers’ journey up the valley’s prison road. “Coming into Fresno we walked through a Skid Row area where people were living in cardboard and wood shacks underneath a freeway, sleeping on the sidewalks. We’ve seen farms where the land is fallow and the trees have been allowed to die. About the only thing we’ve seen great growth in is prisons. We’ve walked by beautiful, wonderful prisons. I look at that and say, what a waste, not only of land but of people. I can’t help but think that California, a state that’s now down near the bottom in what it spends on education, is far and away the biggest spender on prisons. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to connect the dots.”

diane - 29 April 2010

re Down Prison Road

There’s a lot of California prison data in that article for anyone interested. I snipped a great deal from the excerpt.

18. catnip - 29 April 2010

Absolutely crazy weather here. No intertubes since Wed afternoon. Intermittent power outages. Looks like the front is finally moving on now. Fingers crossed.

diane - 29 April 2010

I hope you don’t lose your heat with those outages?

catnip - 29 April 2010

I haven’t even noticed because the temp is hovering around melting (luckily all of the snow dumped here is melting almost as fast as it’s fallen – which has made a huge mess of the roads though…) I’m okay. I have everything I need and don’t need to get out for anything. And my electricity just went off and on – repeatedly – with the longest stretch this morning lasting for a couple of hours. Some people in Calgary have been without power since 6 am and they’re still waiting so I can’t really complain.

It’s nuts out there.

diane - 29 April 2010

glad you’re okay!

catnip - 29 April 2010


BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2010

Yes, definitely good to hear you’re okay.

marisacat - 29 April 2010

There are 4 household cats… of course she is safe!

catnip - 29 April 2010

2 resident cats and 2 visitors (who were definitely happy to be visiting during this mess since they were getting blown away outside.) 🙂

catnip - 29 April 2010

I see Lula topped Time’s list of the “most influential” people. And admiral Mike Mullen beat Obamalama too. hehe

And no Hillary.

marisacat - 29 April 2010

oh if only Ob had gotten the Olympics for Chicago, he’d be on there, higher up!!

Gosh, Hillary… I am guessing one more year and she is out of there.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 April 2010
marisacat - 29 April 2010

lack of volunteers? I am a little surprised… that was a several days long clinic as well… and i noticed that RAM has refined some aspects of running it all…

oh what a shame!

20. marisacat - 29 April 2010



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