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Transparency 2 May 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans.

Two brown pelicans and a flock of seagulls rest on the shore of Ship Island as a boom line floats just offshore in Gulfport, Miss. Several hundred yards of boom line has been set up on the north side of the island to try and contain the oncoming oil spill

Two brown pelicans and a flock of seagulls rest on the shore of Ship Island as a boom line floats just offshore in Gulfport, Miss. Several hundred yards of boom line has been set up on the north side of the island to try and contain the oncoming oil spill      [AP]

Some truth from Sky Truth dot org – their Saturday May 1 posting:

Dr. Ian MacDonald at FSU just produced a new spill-size estimate based on the US Coast Guard aerial overflight map of the oil slick on April 28, 2010.

The bottom line: that map implies that on April 28, there was a total of 8.9 million gallons floating on the surface of the Gulf.

That implies a minimum average flow rate of slightly more than 1 million gallons of oil (26,000 barrels) per day from the leaking well on the seafloor. Since we’re now in Day 11 of the spill, which began with a blowout and explosion on April 20, we estimate that by the end of the today 12.2 million gallons of oil, at a minimum, have been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

The oft-quoted official estimate for the Exxon Valdez spill is 11 million gallons, although some think that is the lower limit of the likely range. It appears that we’ve just set a very sad new record.   …snip…

There is a bit of back and forth in the comments … with some commentary that Sky Truth is frustrated as the CG does not reveal how they reach their numbers and projections.

My wild guess, what comes from the government, publicly released, is ASStral projection. Pulled from the collective ass of the government.

Wouldn’t want to touch any of that with a 20 ft pole.


Madman posted the link to Tiny Revolution in the last thread, but it is so good, special and loving – and most certainly presidential… will carry it forward..

Master of Ceremonies!  and of the “sharpest quips”…

OBAMA: Jonas brothers are here, they’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I’m joking?

He’ll be appearing most nights, and days, for the next few years.  Catch the act, be there or be square!

Remember:  he loves us back!




1. marisacat - 2 May 2010

Not to belabor the whole thing, but I also read this am that the hurricane season starts in two weeks.

I’ve not landed on any projections for what sort of season they expect… but…….

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 May 2010

Forecast Team at Colorado State University Predicts Above-Average 2010 Hurricane Season

FORT COLLINS – The Colorado State University forecast team predicts an above-average 2010 Atlantic basin hurricane season based on the premise that El Nino conditions will dissipate by this summer and that anomalously warm tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures will persist.

The team predicts 15 named storms to form in the Atlantic basin between June 1 and Nov. 30 with eight expected to be hurricanes and four developing into major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.

Long-term averages are 9.6 named storms, 5.9 hurricanes and 2.3 major hurricanes per year.

“We expect current moderate El Nino conditions to transition to neutral conditions by this year’s hurricane season,” said Phil Klotzbach, lead forecaster on the CSU Hurricane Forecast Team. “The dissipating El Nino, along with the expected anomalously warm Atlantic ocean sea surface temperatures, will lead to favorable dynamic and thermodynamic conditions for hurricane formation and intensification.”

The 2010 forecast marks 27 years of hurricane forecasting at Colorado State, led by William Gray. The hurricane forecast team makes its predictions based on 58 years of historical data.

“Based on our latest forecast, the probability of a major hurricane making landfall along the U.S. coastline is 69 percent compared with the last-century average of 52 percent,” Gray said. “While patterns may change before the start of hurricane season, we believe current conditions warrant concern for an above-average season.”

brinn - 3 May 2010


I’ll expect the oil in my drinking water (i.e., the Edwards Aquifer) sometime about mid-July….

‘course, fi these a-holes have their way, they’ll have set the whole Gulf on fir by then, so I won’t be able to breathe anyway!

marisacat - 3 May 2010

Tennesee flooding and 2 million wihtout potable water in the Boston area kind of fell to nothing.

I AM wondering when Obby is going to make jokes about the ‘Great New Recipe for Gulf Vinaigrette’… or some such juvenile blather.

2. marisacat - 2 May 2010

welll… who knows… and supposedly the Pakistani Taliban have taken credit. Cue the full invasion! We cannot let this pass!

Times Square car bomb: police investigate South Park link

Police in New York are investigating whether a car bomb in Times Square was targeted at the makers of South Park over a controversial depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 May 2010

some Archbishop gave a blessing to the Coast or something this morning, so I suppose the Baby Jeebus will start sucking up the crude with a straw or something.

marisacat - 2 May 2010

It was pretty amusing ot hear the frantic suggestions for easy clean up and easy capping of the flow on KGO last night with the old guy engineer (listener call ins, I mean)… I’d been hearing the suggestons for a few days, same ones, esp the idea that a flotilla of big ships with huge empty gullets and big vacuums can jsut move in and suck the oil up.

First off, the dreamy boats with big vacuums don’t exist. What a hoot! And if they did, any “vacuum” approache sucks up tons of water and very little oil.

It is a real mess with no easy solution, tho I see the BP guy was still offering the “dome” theory this am…. They got it going (building the damned thing), should be finsihed in 9 days or so then we get to live thru the robotic games again.

Good luck.

I kinda doubt Jesus, baby or other wise, can do better.

brinn - 3 May 2010

Yeah, well, I have to wonder where Pat Robertson is now, eh? This is the oil companies’ wrath of god and shit? No? Hello? Pat? Billy? Anyone?

4. diane - 2 May 2010

the endless soundtrack in DC:

In short,
there’s simply not,
a more congenial spot ….
for Happy Ever Aftering….
than here,………..
in Camelot…

(from Lerner/Loewe Broadway production of Camelot, opening date, at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on December 3, 1960, after engagements in Toronto, Canada, and Boston.)

marisacat - 2 May 2010

I was just reading that “liberals” are all in a lather over “salacious” lies in some new TV movie on “The Kennedys” (also title of the misbegotten endeavor).

Geesh, I doubt they had to dig much to find whatever was of use.

diane - 2 May 2010

did they discuss the non stop wire tap of Martin Luther King to prevent the revelation of the affair with the fine “Soviet spy”?

marisacat - 2 May 2010

well Moyers ignores that he was part of all of that as well………………


diane - 2 May 2010

snax galore………

5. diane - 2 May 2010

from the last thread, Marisa:

I read a list of his biggest hits at Politico this am.. and that one REALLY stands out. He calls out celebrities, JUVENILE ones… he employs the use of his daughters (again) and he jokes about war and death. Michelle must have involuntarily waved her arms to salute him.

He cares about youth so much, have yet to see what should have been his resounding scorn about the Judges in PA, and their, as yet I believe, unpunished benefactors who took/gave money to lock up innocent youth. Matter of fact, considering just how nasty that truly was, I certainly saw absolutely no Media outcry (outside one moment), and see none of them concerned; concerned that, it looks like the benefactor detention facilities,who bribed the judges, are still in operation, and doing fine, thank you very much.

did they discuss the non stop wire tap of Martin Luther King to prevent the revelation of the affair with the fine “Soviet spy”?

diane - 2 May 2010

did they discuss the non stop wire tap of Martin Luther King to prevent the revelation of the affair with the fine “Soviet spy”?

wasn’t meant to be part of that last comment, but it certainly is worth repeating.

diane - 2 May 2010

And, Obama, Dronemaster Puppet, what of the youth pictured here?:

Middle Eastern children, who likely haven’t “chosen” any faith…..

after all, they are only children.

diane - 2 May 2010

Pondering on it,……what exactly does The Middle East really mean,…on this circular planet we live on….? I mean, outside of humans we despise?

Oh MY!…….Middle East appears to be an acronym for Necessary Target of the Moment, which could mean just about any group of humans that a handful want to bury.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 May 2010

Call the PR Whambulance!!

BP Exec: Who Could Have Known? It’s Not Our Rig! Etc. IT’S NOT OUR FAULT!

TAPPER: Your initial filing to the government, to the Mineral Management Service for 2009 before you drilled on this spot made this assessment, quote, “An accidental oil spill could cause impact to the beaches. However, due to the distance to shore, 48 miles, and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected. BP Exploration and Production Incorporated has the capability to respond to the maximum extent practicable to a worst-case discharge,” which you estimated at 300,000 gallons. It’s less than that, it’s estimated to be 210,000, and yet BP does not seem to have the capability to respond. How can the public trust BP’s assessments of risk and how can the public trust anything you guys say?

MCKAY: Well, I think we are responding very, very aggressively. As you may know, we had a response planned, filed for the drilling of this well that incorporates various capability around the Gulf Coast. That spill response plan was activated as soon as this event occurred. It has been extremely aggressive. It will continue to be extremely aggressive, and I believe the response — this is, you know, we must understand, this is — this is a very low likelihood but very high impact response — sorry, incident — and the response is matching that incident.

TAPPER: I just have a couple more questions. Just a few months ago, a BP executive protested proposed new safety regulations for oil rigs, writing to the government that quote, “while BP is supportive of companies having a system in place to reduce risks, accidents, injuries and spills, we are not supportive of extensive proscriptive regulations.” Will BP continue to fight and lobby against safety regulations?

MCKAY: Well, I would characterize the letter you’re talking about slightly differently. That letter was in response to the government’s request for input on safety regulations that the MMS was looking at. The rest of the letter actually recommends improvements and specific recommendations around safety regulations should they choose to change them. So we’re not fighting anything about safety. Safety is the number one priority. We’re going to figure out what happened here, and that is going to help the MMS and help ourselves and help the industry get safer, so we’re not fighting anything about safety.

TAPPER: All right, last question, Mr. McKay. You had several fail/safe mechanisms on this rig, and they all failed. Since you don’t yet know what caused this accident, will you stop all operations until you know? How can the American people trust that there won’t be another explosion at another BP facility?

MCKAY: Well, we’re working in conjunction with the government on understanding everything we can understand as quickly as we can. We’re not going to do anything that we think is unsafe. We’re doing extra tests on various pieces of equipment to make absolutely sure they will work in the condition they’re intended to work in.

We won’t do any work if we don’t think it can be carried out safely and without impact. But we are working very closely with the government in trying to understand this and see if there should be any changes quickly.

marisacat - 2 May 2010

As the CG Rear Admiral said, “our partner” referring to BP:

Well, we’re working in conjunction with the government on understanding everything we can understand as quickly as we can.

And this, expect a Blue Ribbon committe with oil execs and drillers serving on it, along with elected oil patch guys, Dems this time:

We won’t do any work if we don’t think it can be carried out safely and without impact. But we are working very closely with the government in trying to understand this and see if there should be any changes quickly.

marisacat - 2 May 2010

Obby said, while in Venice LA I guess… that this is an “unprecedented” environmental disaster.

I think next is “historic”.


Actually he said: potentially unprecedented. Don’t miss the nuance.

marisacat - 2 May 2010

hmm there is a suspicious shower of namby pamby pieces about the day in SELA, both BP CEO and Obby stuff, in the UK papers… everything is undercontrol, they are working hard… nobody in the Gulf is mad at them, they know this a rough reality. And paint the fishermen and oystermen, crabbers as just thrilled that BP will pay the captain of boats 1200.00 a day. Like this is some huge windfall for commercial fishermen. It’s not…


Slobber… but then there is this in The Sun. I’d say they are really worried they have a months long big gusher. And no solutions.

Coast Guard commander Thad Allen confirmed officials may blow dams to boost the flow of rivers into Alabama’s Mobile Bay, which then enters the Gulf.

It is hoped the swell of water would push the 1.6million-gallon slick away from land and that currents would stop it returning.

Mr Allen said: “I think they’re willing to listen to anything.” snip

Read more: The Sun: Dam buster to avert oil disaster as traditional methods could take three months. Etc.

diane - 2 May 2010

The Sun’s,myView piece, to the right of the main article, by Steve Hawkes, Business Editor, re BP facing a fight to salvage its reputation, is interesting:

…. The firm had just begun to put the 2005 blast at its Texas City refinery behind it, with fifteen killed and spending cuts blamed…..

…“spending cuts blamed”…

Fucking Priceless, …… only a too big to fail, MULTINATIONAL, could blame needless deaths at their own workplaces onspending cuts which they, themselves made the decision to make.

marisacat - 2 May 2010

The Boxall piece just below it is good…. tho. It would not cut and paste for me… so I googled around to find more of his comments… found an expanded version at the NZ Scoop site… he is at Southampton in the UK so his comments mostly appear in the Commonwealth areas… CN, UK, AUS etc…

diane - 3 May 2010

That piece was good, never got to it as I got so pissed off at the one above it.

And that picture of the turtle is really gut wrenching.

Now there’s talk of the as yet unhighlighted fumes, and hurricane season. In light of everything going on, the bits I’ve read and photos I’ve seen of Obama yucking it up and joking about droning, make me ill.

marisacat - 3 May 2010

well I am sure he is idealistic about the drones.

It sounded yesterday as tho the turtles are getting hit first… more than usually are washing up dead… 20 on one stretch of beach alone… in MS think it was, Pas Christian. The turtles themselves were not oily, so until they do autopsies, they think they ingested oily fish or died of the fumes.

Thad Allen seems to have given up spewing the PR and both Reuters and WSJ have him at some Navy conflab saying best case, it will be the three months for the relief well…

Yesterday the BP guy was pushing hard that the “containment boxes” which I think is the same thing as the “dome” theory, would work. 74 ton concrete covers to trap the oil then be siphoned to the surface and into a ship.

Maybe Thad Allen is not buying that anymore.

marisacat - 3 May 2010

hmm The Telegraph has not seemed like a fan of BP thru this… btw, I read the other day that BP is the UK’s largest corporation. Whoops.

It increasingly looks like BP and its regulators were too confident that the supposedly failsafe blowout preventer (BOP) would seal the well in the event of catastrophe. True, this is the last in a chain of emergency stops. But implausible events happen more often than you might think. Perhaps that explains why insurers would not cover this risk.

Contingency planning for the BOP’s unprecedented failure was inadequate. A steel dome to be dropped on the well was only partly constructed and is weeks from being deployed in what will be its first test in deep water. Miles of booms have proved incapable of containing oil in the face of waves higher than a few feet.

One expert yesterday said, there is not enough boom on earth for this mess, even if it worked.

diane - 3 May 2010

Jeralyn, at Talk Left, has a post on the appeal for the sadist likely hand selected from Pennsylvania’s (sigh) Greene, State Correctional Institution, aptly titled:

Abu Ghraib: Prison Guard From Hell Gets Appeal Heard Today

PeterG, in a response, provides further detail on exactly what type of scum Graner really is:

Graner as a Pennsylvania prison guard

….The guard lifted up the metal flap covering the crack through which could be seen the slim features of the inmate – a middle-aged black man – talking to him. Then, as soon as he’d finished, and without a single word, the guard tossed the entire contents of his coffee cup into the prisoner’s face and slammed the slot shut as the scalded inmate screamed in agony…..

just too too bad, and way too typical, that Rumsfeld and the rest, all of them, aren’t there in prison with with him.

diane - 3 May 2010

oops, sorry, didn’t clear the respond to window, that was meant as a separate comment.

marisacat - 3 May 2010

Yeah AG was presented as some anomaly… but it was not.

Someone in that prison, served 22 years, was absolutely cleared thru DNA of the charges (rape and whatever else, I forget now) came forward to speak about Graner. He got one hearing on cables and one on C-Span (I googled at the time and found no others)… He said Graner went to Iraq wanting to do harm, was verbally explicit before he left, while as a guard at that prison.

Tho I also think Graner was recruited for the prison horrors, for the night duty, once he was there, as was the small woman, his GF. (Forget her name.) And others.

Culling occurs at all levels. Not just nursery school.

diane - 3 May 2010

Someone in that prison, served 22 years, was absolutely cleared

Looks like PeterG represented him; that person, Nick Yarris, is who Peter is quoting in the above post:

…The guard lifted up the metal flap…

(hugs to PeterG……………..)

diane - 3 May 2010

Not sure, what it is about Pennsylvania, but there’s a lot of sadism going on among people who are given power that can easily be abused (too close to DC?), as witnessed by this incident. I vividly recall, from years ago, working in a downtown Pittsburgh Department Store, when some asshole came in and deliberately threw clothing all over the place…when I got in his face, he replied (not paraphrasing much):

‘I take shit all day long at work, so when I get off work, I’m going to give it to someone else…[generally a female, or some other “wuss’’ (I hate that fucking word)]’

marisacat - 3 May 2010

Honestly I think it is everywhere…

Pelican Bay, a maximum security prison out here has NEVER in 25+ years been out from under Federal law suit, some restrictive mandate, or being under Federal observation. It was built as a new, top institution, the SHUE system of centralised guard stations, prisoners locked up 24 hours, around the clock, a weekly shower, etc.

And n a thousand ways, life has degraded in California. I think it was all planned thru the decades, but what do I know.

Land of the fruits and the nuts. And the violent whack jobs. I have kind of given up.

Retail, depending wehre one works, ends up being available for abuse.

diane - 3 May 2010

well, I would certainly agree, that sadism is alive and well in California, where else would they choose to have a shadow government, perfect location, Defense Industry USA ……

Of course not to say that there aren’t those contending for the prize, or near equaling it, as in Texas, Virginia etc. (lots of water, particularly Ocean front, always helps….)

marisacat - 3 May 2010

well if you want a shadow government built of DEFENSE industries and related, VA is a hot spot. So is MD.

diane - 3 May 2010

yup, would never live in VA, MD or DE…

I have family in CA…..

brinn - 3 May 2010

YO! Dickhead! Aggressive does not equal EFFECTIVE, which is all we really care about, ya know?

Yeesh. These fucking guys!

brinn - 3 May 2010

Oh, goddes, diane! WP made that look like I was responding to YOU!

I wasn’t and would most likely NEVER be calling you a dickhead!

That was all for that McKay guy!!

diane - 3 May 2010

Oh honey, pleeeease, I knew you weren’t responding to me…..the last thing anyone would call me, is a penis head, circumsized (spelling?), or otherwise. Though I can be a real ass………..


brinn - 3 May 2010

Oh, well yes, me too — very large and round, even! LOL

Thanks, D.!

diane - 3 May 2010

cool, we’re boat mates!

I’m jumpin the fucker if it gets too bleak, don’t care too much for flowing blood…

otherwise, I’m hangin round, hopin justice, instead of JUSTUS will someday be served up.


7. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 May 2010

Being Rude To The Deficit Hawks

I worked at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) for 6 ½ years. During this time, the credibility of my work and that of my colleagues was often impugned by describing EPI as “labor backed.” This was partially true, we got 20-25 percent of our funding from unions. However, the clear implication of this identification was that our ties to labor called our integrity into question in a way that large amounts of corporate tied money did not affect the integrity of other think tanks.

I am reminded of this because I was at the Peter G. Peterson’s Foundation deficit fest this morning. I left as Peter Peterson took the stage with Robert Rubin. The hypocrisy around this sight was more than I could bear. Actually, I left because I had work to do, but this sight was still pretty painful.

Peter Peterson and Robert Rubin are both enormously wealthy men. (They joked about dividing their lunch tab based on their net worth.) They are lecturing the country on the need to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits for retirees who have a tiny fraction of their wealth. Many of the victims of the cuts that they would push are people who are already struggling.

This would be difficult to accept in any case, especially since there are ways to get the long-term deficit down to size that don’t involve nailing middle income and/or poor people. However, it would be hard to find two people who have benefited more from taxpayer handouts than these two individuals.

Peter Peterson has been the recipient of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars through the fund manager’s tax break. This tax break, which is also known as the “carried interest tax deduction” allows managers of hedge and equity funds to pay tax on their earnings at the 15 percent capital gains tax rate, instead of having it taxed as normal income. As a result, Peterson paid a lower tax rate on much of his earnings than tens of millions of people working as school teachers, fire fighters, and other middle income jobs.

Peterson not only collected the money himself, he came to Washington in 2007 to lobby Congress when it debated ending the tax break. He apparently wanted to make sure that his friends would still be able to benefit from this tax break even after he had retired.

After setting the country on a course for the current crisis with the policies he pushed as Treasury Secretary, Robert Rubin went to work as a top executive at Citigroup. In this capacity, he earned $110 million before leaving the company in the middle of its 2008 meltdown. As we know, Citigroup was one of the major actors in the housing boom. It produced hundreds of billions of dollars worth of mortgage backed securities.

marisacat - 2 May 2010

Well… there doesn’t seem to be any outcry allowed in the media about an “unprecedented” TWO YEAR witholding of the annual COLA for SS….

Which is just the beginning I am sure.

Good Obby, good doggie.

diane - 2 May 2010


Funkier than a Mosquito’s Tweeter

8. BooHooHooMan - 3 May 2010

Oh just pis*** yourselves.

The b******t ‘Obama’s Katrina’ non-stop memo (W/ Video)
by blackwaterdog

Which set off 3 to 400 clapping monkeys in response

One sensible sort showed up…

If it wasn’t for “angry gorilla outrage” and … (0+ / 0-)

… pretty pictures, what else would this diarist have?

However, there is no denying the response was slow. Especially in light of the fact that less than 3 weeks before the explosion, not only did Obama call for more offshore drilling, he said the oil rigs were safe.

That will resonate.

by ThAnswr on Sun May 02, 2010 at 05:39:36 PM PDT

And was met promptly by this Ignoramus tapping out the Full Moron:

Unfortunately it wasn’t clear (2+ / 0-)

how horrible

this disaster would be until some days into it. I wish the feds had gotten involved right away, but hindsight is 20/20. Unlike Katrina, when we knew ahead of time that there would be huge problems.

I refuse to represent my political beliefs using numbers. It isn’t accurate, nor is it helpful. But I’m around a -10 on both scales.

by AoT on Sun May 02, 2010 at 05:46:26 PM PDT

Can somebody tell me what disaster isn’t horrible?

Vote for OUR Disastrous President!
– Now with “Not so Horrible” Disasters
– MORE sheep sheered lambswool to pad the Shock
– and – Wait for it ™ – 100% More AWE.

marisacat - 3 May 2010

I noticed that Jindal had to ask, by formal letter, of Gates to call up the NG… now I remember that was the big battle that whatshername, the D governor of LA had with W… I was no big fan of hers but she was right on that point. 3 days before Katrina was due to hit, the WH was pressuring her to sign away a governor’s rght to call up the NG. She fought back.

But apparently it is all moot now. Either they got what they wanted from all governors — or some… or they have imposed restrictions on calling up the state NGs …based on the country being at war.

I think the Feds are scared of insurrection. Whether they should be or not ….

marisacat - 3 May 2010

I still say, if yu support Obster, go volunteer for the wars.

I read somewhere today there are ongoing conversations that we must ramp up the mil, it is not enough to “be prepared for 2 wars”. We must be ready for many.

Not a new concept I am sure. but with Pretzel Jelly-in-the-Knees-for-more-drone-wars in office…

marisacat - 3 May 2010

somebody is nervous.

Mobile Press Democrat:

BP told to stop circulating settlement agreements with coastal Alabamians

By George Talbot

May 02, 2010, 8:49PM

Alabama Attorney General Troy King said tonight that he has told representatives of BP Plc. that they should stop circulating settlement agreements among coastal Alabamians.

The agreements, King said, essentially require that people give up the right to sue in exchange for payment of up to $5,000.

King said BP’s efforts were particularly strong in Bayou La Batre.

The attorney general said he is prohibited from giving legal advice to private citizens, but added that “people need to proceed with caution and understand the ramifications before signing something like that.


BP had distributed a contract to fishermen it was hiring that waived their right to sue BP and required confidentiality and other items, sparking protests in Louisiana and elsewhere. …..

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 May 2010


9. BooHooHooMan - 3 May 2010

Welp. That dead fella Mehsud? …
Who Oblama, Drones & Co. claimed to have killed last week?
” No really we got him this time!”
That vaunted corpse that OZ has called a “much killed man”. LOL.

He’s the dude on video THIS week taunting Obbie over the Times Square firecracker incident…

Which means. the were lying then – and if the dude isn’t an avatar, – in his vid OR our Pressers to begin with –
they’re lying still…given that the US Gameboy Pols and the US Gameboy Military just bloody techno death murdered and covered up yet other set of ne’er to be named souls the wiped off the face of the Earth.

marisacat - 3 May 2010

I laughed really hard when I caught a report during the night… Killed and killed and killed. Then killed again.

diane - 3 May 2010

The Al K duh killers, may go down in history, as the “serial killers” who’ve only killed one person,

…then again, even that, ….. is questionable.

10. BooHooHooMan - 3 May 2010

…*they* were. lying …* they* wiped

11. BooHooHooMan - 3 May 2010

On the vids of Mehsud , WhOOPS!
Hey AP…Try not to underscore the..

They underscore the patchy nature of intelligence gathering from the remote, isolated Pakistani tribal regions where Taliban, al-Qaida and other militant groups have congregated.

In the clips, both apparently dated in April, Mehsud promises attacks on major U.S. cities, but officials have played down any Taliban links to the scare in Times Square.

One of the videos, broadcast on Pakistani television, shows Mehsud sitting in between two masked, armed men. In the background is a banner featuring crossed swords and an Arabic verse.

Speaking in Pashto, but with English subtitles, Mehsud assures viewers he was not killed in a missile strike or any other way, referring to specific reports of his death as lies and propaganda.

“(Praised be to God), on the 4th day of April 2010, I give good news to the Muslim (world) about being alive and healthy,” Mehsud says in the nearly 9 minute clip.

At which point, donning a kilt in the vid, he then went on to perform a remarkably gifted traditional Highlands Clog Dance.
Which , one’s opinions of the art ,form itself or Mehsud OR the Talibani… ALL THAT aside….is really not to bad for a dead guy.

12. catnip - 3 May 2010

White male sought in N.Y. bomb scare

NEW YORK – New York police Monday hunted a middle-aged white man caught on video tape near a car bomb in Times Square that sparked a new terror alert even though officials were skeptical of an al-Qaida link.

The man in his 40s was caught on a security camera shedding a shirt in warm weather near the bomb car Saturday just before the alert was raised and police cleared thousands of tourists from the packed theater district, officials said.
Video showed the man whom New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called a “person of interest” and city police chief Raymond Kelly said was acting in a “furtive” manner as he hurried away from the scene.

Obviously a middle-aged, white, Muslim guy….

marisacat - 3 May 2010

I saw the vid. Is it furtive to STOP while surrounded by security cameras, remove your shirt, with your suitcase on wheels beside you… then with shirt off, continue on your way with your suitcase?

I don’t think “furtive” is the word.

I notice some outlets are pushing, still, the Pakistani Taliban aspect, despite even the NYC police saying there was absolutely zero evidence other than som group claiming responsibility.

catnip - 3 May 2010

I thought “furtive” was an interesting word choice too.

ts - 3 May 2010

It’s a typo. They meant to say “fartive”.

marisacat - 3 May 2010

there you go……….. much closer to what they meant to say.

13. catnip - 3 May 2010

Gibbs at his presser: “I don’t believe the president has spoken to anybody at BP.”

Are you kidding me??

marisacat - 3 May 2010

oh what unmitigated BULLSHIT.

14. ts - 3 May 2010

And I thought Bush looking under his podium for WMD’s was funny!

We have a new winnar!

Thank you and make sure try the veal.

marisacat - 3 May 2010

Gawker has reported that the Daily Show writers assisted Obby with his jokes.

brinn - 3 May 2010

If that is true, I may have to give up my Daily Show fix — that predator drone thing was SERIOUSLY UNFUNNY.

marisacat - 3 May 2010

it was disgusting. But then I found last years ‘yuk it up’ event with Obby terrible as well.

diane - 3 May 2010

so very true,

and yeah, we thought shrub bragging about proclaiming DEATH for Carla Faye Tucker (if that spelling is wrong, apologies, I know ya’ll get my gist) was HIDEOUS…………..

diane - 3 May 2010

oops, guess that was Karla

for those who lost my point, shrub pardoned Henry Lee Lukas, a short while thereafter…..

(careful Clusty.com, the CMU site linked to above, was initially funded by Homeland Security, from the looks of thangs, and I search it often, yet carefully, because I like the categorizing), but, then again, most likely, so was Google, before them)

diane - 3 May 2010

and…well yeah, of course, CMU (Carnegie Mellon University, of Pittsburgh PA (Pittsburgh being the prior domicile of choice of the MULTINATIONAL CORPS[E]), has a cute little nest right next to the Googleplex, you can see the sign heading towards San Francisco on Highway 101 from Saint Ho (San Jose, CA) Silicon Valley…….

15. marisacat - 3 May 2010

Hedges…. as I said, support Obby?, go volunteer for the war effort.

“Within a matter of months, and certainly within a year, the United States will have upwards of 220,000 to 250,000 U.S. government-funded personnel occupying Afghanistan, a far cry from the 70,000 U.S. soldiers that those Americans who pay attention understand the United States has in Afghanistan,” Scahill said.

“This is a country where the president’s national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, said there are less than 100 al-Qaida operatives who have no ability to strike at the United States. That was the stated rationale and reasoning for being in Afghanistan. It was to hunt down those responsible for 9/11.” snip

16. marisacat - 3 May 2010

wow, what is next? Blue Ribbon Committee mulling? Then congressional hearings?

US mulls requiring remote shutoffs for oil rigs — Reuters

17. marisacat - 3 May 2010

Oh, goddes, diane! WP made that look like I was responding to YOU!

I wasn’t and would most likely NEVER be calling you a dickhead!

That was all for that McKay guy!!

[brinn comment]


Ooops sorry brinn… the replies probably want fubar… snafu… etc.

brinn - 3 May 2010

It’s all good here, MCat, no worries — one little cul de sac of sanity!

YAY! 😉

marisacat - 3 May 2010

oh thanks brinn… 😉

18. marisacat - 3 May 2010



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