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Wing and a prayer… 12 May 2010

Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, The Battle for New Orleans.
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BROWN PELICAN     MARY O’DONNELL – FILE – Sun Herald

WASHINGTON — A long-awaited energy and climate bill to be made public on Wednesday would allow states directly affected by offshore drilling to veto drilling plans of nearby states if they can show significant negative impacts from an accident.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., also would allow coastal states to opt out of drilling being allowed up to 75 miles from their shores — a concession to lawmakers concerned about offshore drilling in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Oh! I trust them. Don’t you?

If ever there was a crew to offer a blood transfusion to someone slowly ex-sanguinating…. pass a law in the bright light of day providing the blood, promise the blood from a parade stand with local high school bands playing, and then, in the dark of night, withdraw it… it is legislators.

Or, they just pop out some fangs and drink the blood themselves.  At a lobbyist paid party.

Always a scam and a scheme.

The bill, to be called the American Power Act, is a chance for Congress to show it can still address major issues  [sounds weak to me! -Mcat], while also creating American jobs, strengthening national security and protecting the environment, Kerry said.

He cited an “unprecedented” coalition of bill supporters, ranging from environmentalists to business leaders and military officials. Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, which represents U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, is expected to join Kerry and Lieberman for Wednesday’s announcement, suggesting [but that is all!  -Mcat] the industry group’s support.

Anything, to get a climate version of the health screw.

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1. marisacat - 12 May 2010

oh too funny.. headline at Politico:

“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” on Kagan?

The mush for brains Democrats so deserve this mess they made. I think we have a summer of extreme comedy coming up.

2. CSTAR - 12 May 2010

It looks like she was endorsed, in a way, by Elliot Spitzer. Isn’t that like passing a litmus test?

marisacat - 12 May 2010

I thought that was pretty funny… I happened to catch Spitzer on whatever show he made the endorse on. He has also stepped up to say She Is Not Now, Nor Has She Ever Been A Lesbian. “Guys” he knew dated her.

I suppose this can get dumber.

3. marisacat - 12 May 2010

It’s a hurry-up-of-a-screw… but we promise you’ll like it!!

May 12, 2010

John Kerry, co-sponsor of the climate bill being introduced today, makes the case on Grist for political urgency:

[T]his may be the last and certainly the best chance for the Senate to act, especially with the fact that I think the next Senate — given a 2012 presidential campaign added to the dynamic and a lot of new senators — is going to be less likely than this one to find a path to the 60 votes needed for passage. So we’ve got to get it done this year.

The details of the American Power Act are here.

Posted by Ben Smith 02:40 PM

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/

4. marisacat - 12 May 2010

hmm don’t you feel all warm and fuzzy when Dolan, Catholic Uber Uber of NYC, calls them “my” children?

From the too famously Catholic NRO The Corner:

Reviving the Catholic Schools [Robert Costa]

New York City’s Catholic schools are in trouble. Archbishop Dolan is determined to change that:

“Two-thirds of my kids are in public schools,” Dolan says. “So as a community leader, I want strong government schools and rejoice in the fact that they’re getting better. One of the reasons they’re getting better is because we have a strong private school system in the state of New York, the strongest part being our Catholic schools, which keep a monopoly from forming. We all know that a monopoly rarely works, is inefficient, and becomes bloated.”

Read the rest here.

05/12 12:09 PM

5. diane - 12 May 2010

US: Revoke Guantanamo Ban on Four Journalists – Pentagon’s Action Further Discredits Military Commissions

May 12, 2010

(Washington, DC) – The US Defense Department’s decision to ban four journalists from covering military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay contradicts the Obama administration’s pledge of greater transparency and further discredits the commissions, Human Rights Watch and other organizations said in a letter to the Department of Defense today.

The banned journalists are Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald, Michelle Shephard of the Toronto Star, Paul Koring of the Globe and Mail, and Steven Edwards of Canwest News Service.

snip

marisacat - 12 May 2010

promises promises… I did run a post more than once about Ob, featuring a big bottle of Arpege.

diane - 12 May 2010

Mon Péché

ha

;0)

6. ts - 12 May 2010

What? They weren’t discredited enough already?

Let our people go…to the show trials!

7. diane - 12 May 2010

Six-year-old Cuffed at N.O. East School, RSD Now Investigating

….Ja’Briel Weston was handcuffed to a desk and had his feet cuffed….

8. ts - 12 May 2010
ts - 12 May 2010

Bad link…I’ll try to find the right one…

ts - 12 May 2010

This one is better. Doesn’t have video though.

ts - 12 May 2010

Ritholz’s link.

It goes to Yahoo’s tech ticker. Barry thinks Fannie and Freddie will spend $400 billion or more on this “backdoor bailout”.

diane - 12 May 2010

thanks!

…huge piles of money seem to circulate silently around both firms….

9. catnip - 12 May 2010

Elena Kagan White House “Interview” Riles Reporters

The White House today posted on its website a video allowing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to speak “in her own words” about her personal history and perspective.

In the interview, conducted by a White House staffer who produces videos for the administration, Kagan discusses her childhood, parents and professional career. At one point she jokes that people get confused between her job as solicitor general arguing cases before the Supreme Court and the surgeon general, who puts “the labels on the cigarette packages.”

While the White House seems to believe the American people deserve to hear from Kagan, it has not made her available to reporters. That prompted some consternation at today’s White House briefing.

“It appears that Solicitor General Kagan did an interview yesterday right after the president’s announcement,” said a reporter. “You’ve now posted that on the White House Web site. Who did the interview? And can I have one?”

“I think it’s — I think it’s on the website if you want to see it,” responded Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Soon after, the reporter can be heard saying, an edge in her voice, “So a White House staffer interviewing her.”

Gibbs says yes, and the reporter asks if Kagan would like to do another interview.

“She has — she’s not told me that, no,” replied Gibbs, prompting the reporter to respond, “Tell her we’re deeply frustrated.”

Authoritarian bastards.

marisacat - 12 May 2010

I am glad the reporter used “frustrated” becuase that is one of the WH Obby words that is getting spread about… He is “frustrated” over DADT and he is “frustrated” over the Gulf.

Maybe someone could get him a porn vid.

brinn - 13 May 2010

LOL!!!

They could all do with some good porn — and maybe a pack or two of cigs after — as a fellow addict, I’d rather See Barry smoking like a damned chimmney and making actual considered policy decisions than being so nicotine deprived that he’s becoming FRUSTRATED and encouraging me to “take time to be a dad today”!

Yo, B! How do you think the rest of us feel, eh?

marisacat - 13 May 2010

oh I don’t care that he smokes… it is the hypocrisy of it all. Like MO and her obesity campaign. WIth rising applications for Food Stamps… and increasing loss of organised recreation (forget actual sports) in the grade schools. last year MSNBC reported that 73% of grade schools had cut recreation. Much higher than even I expected.

Or ya know they could cut corn subsidies.

10. marisacat - 13 May 2010

Pam Martens at Cpunch

[C]umulatively, mom and pop investors lost many millions of dollars on their stop loss orders from this free fall on May 6. Only those trades occurring between 2:40 and 3 pm that were 60 percent or more away from the market are being cancelled. That means the losses in Procter & Gamble and dozens of other stocks are real losses for those who got stopped out and real profits for those on the other side of the trade.

Over my 21 years on Wall Street, I never saw anything as remotely so suspicious as the trading activity on May 6 or as nonresponsive as the SEC’s investigation to date.

To be continued…

11. Heather-Rose Ryan - 13 May 2010
marisacat - 13 May 2010

I was just about to post a cut from the Politico expansion, it is owrse even than the partial birth whcih both Wapo and NYT have worked hard to manufactue consent on… it was all tactical, you know, nothing more. AND successful the argument goes……

SO glad I did not vote for these cruel shits.

And, imo which I held before the exposure of her memos, she is nothing but a party operative. Or DLC operative… Which is what Roberts is as well (for the RNC). He played a part in Miami in 2000.

[A] 1998 memo shows that Kagan was among advisers encouraging Clinton to deny Medicare funding for abortions in cases in which a woman’s health was at risk — in part to avoid a messy battle with Republicans.

At the time, Medicare rules covered abortion only when the mother’s life was in danger, and women’s groups and the Department of Health and Human Services wanted to expand the coverage.

Choosing to cover only cases of rape incest and danger to a woman’s life “may expose us to criticism about noncoverage of extremely sympathetic cases involving vulnerable and disabled women,” the memo to Clinton from domestic policy chief Bruce Reed and White House counsel Charles Ruff read. “This option will anger women’s groups which would prefer us to provide Medicare coverage of the widest possible range of abortions, even if doing so would provoke the Republicans to enact contrary legislation.”

“DPC (Bruce, Chris [Jennings] and Elena) and OMB support [the stricter option] because (1) it is most consistent with this administration’s prior practice on government funding of abortions, and (2) it stands the best chance of avoiding a high-profile legislative battle … that we are unlikely to win,” the memo said. A left-handed check mark shows Clinton took the advice.

Reed, who is now director of a deficit-control panel appointed by President Barack Obama, declined a request for comment.

“It was a tough call to make because some of the cases were very sad,” involving women who had been raped in mental institutions, said Jennings, Clinton’s top health care adviser. “But some of the issues were not just a question of what lines you draw, but what would happen on the Hill with a Republican Congress, what kinds of things would attract a reaction that’s actually worse.” snip>

Read more: Link to Politico

AND so far the Politico report leaves out (I am on page 1) but the original AP report did state, that at the time DOJ and the OLC felt the proposed restrictions from the WH were UNCONSTITUTIONAL (the “PBA” ban I mean… ).

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 May 2010

fuck Barry and the whole bunch of them.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

yes, all Dem party operatives, the lot of them.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 13 May 2010

I agree. In a way, the Democrats are worse than the Republicans because they pretend to be “progressive” and are anything but. They are merely party hacks with their hands out constantly.

brinn - 13 May 2010

all a dem what ain’t us!

😉

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 May 2010

Galbraith: The danger posed by the deficit ‘is zero’

EK: Then why are the bulk of your colleagues so worried about this?

JG: Let’s push a bit deeper on the CBO forecasts. They publish a baseline set of projections. One of those projections holds the economy will return to a normal high-employment level with low inflation over the next 10 years. If true, that would be wonderful news. Go down a few lines and they also have the short-term interest rate going up to 5 percent. It’s that short-term interest rate combined with that low inflation rate that allows them to generate, quite mechanically, these enormous future deficit forecasts. And those forecasts are driven partially by the assumption that health-care costs will rise forever at a faster rate than everything else and by interest payments on the debt will hit 20 or 25 percent of GDP.

At this point, the whole thing is completely incoherent. You cannot write checks to 20 percent to anybody without that money entering the economy and increasing employment and inflation. And if it does that, then debt-to-GDP has to be lower, because inflation figures into how much debt we have. These numbers need to come together in a coherent story, and the CBO’s forecast does not give us a coherent story. So everything that is said that is based on the CBO’s baseline is, strictly speaking, nonsense.

EK: But couldn’t there be a space between the CBO being totally correct and the debt not being a problem? It seems certain, for instance, that health-care costs will continue to rise faster than other sectors of the economy.

JG: No, it’s not reasonable. Share of health-care cost would rise as part of total GDP and the inflation would rise to be nearer to what the rate of health-care inflation is. And if health care does get that expensive, and we’re paying 30 percent of GDP while everyone else is paying 12 percent, we could buy Paris and all the doctors and just move our elderly there.

EK: But putting inflation aside, the gap between spending and revenues won’t have other ill effects?

JG: Is there any terrible consequence because we haven’t prefunded the defense budget? No. There’s only one budget and one borrowing authority and all that matters is what that authority pays. Say I’m the federal government and I wish to pay you, Ezra Klein, a billion dollars to build an aircraft carrier. I put money in your bank account for that. Did the Federal Reserve look into that? Did the IRS sign off on it? Government does not need money to spend just as a bowling alley does not run out of points.

What people worry about is that the federal government won’t be able to sell bonds. But there can never be a problem for the federal government selling bonds. It goes the other way. The government’s spending creates the bank’s demand for bonds, because they want a higher return on the money that the government is putting into the economy. My father said this process is so simple that the mind recoils from it.

EK: What are the policy implications of this view?

JG: It says that we should be focusing on real problems and not fake ones. We have serious problems. Unemployment is at 10 percent. if we got busy and worked out things for the unemployed to do, we’d be much better off. And we can certainly afford it. We have an impending energy crisis and a climate crisis. We could spend a generation fixing those problems in a way that would rebuild our country, too. On the tax side, what you want to do is reverse the burden on working people. Since the beginning of the crisis, I’ve supported a payroll tax holiday so everyone gets an increase in their after-tax earnings so they can pay down their mortgages, which would be a good thing. You also want to encourage rich people to recycle their money, which is why I support the estate tax, which has accounted for an enormous number of our great universities and nonprofits and philanthropic organizations. That’s one difference between us and Europe.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

we are so shock doctrined. to death (soon to come). I also read recently an analysis, loaded with chill and no hype that Cali’s is about 1.5% of our GDP. And a summation that our budget and deficit problems are political and little else.

But you notice that under our shocked doctrine, the response to every thing is “There is NO MONEY (you idiot for asking)!”

wu ming - 13 May 2010

and they’re about to turn the screws tighter again in CA pretty soon. been nearly a decade of breathless shock doctrine BS now, from the natural gas market ripoff in winter of 2000-2001, and then the enron electricity stuff i the following spring.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

yeah they are all waiting breathlessly for Arnold to tell us how poor we are, on Friday.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 May 2010

priorities, priorities:

Pope decries abortion, same-sex marriage at Fatima

FATIMA, Portugal — Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday called abortion and same-sex marriage some of the most “insidious and dangerous” threats facing the world today, asserting key church teachings as he tried to move beyond the clerical abuse scandal.

Benedict made the comments to Catholic social workers, health providers and others after celebrating Mass before an estimated 400,000 people in Fatima. The central Portuguese farming town is one of the most important shrines in Christianity, where three shepherd children reported having visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday called abortion and same-sex marriage some of the most “insidious and dangerous” threats ….

As if that has much to do with three children, who in all likelihood were hungry…

brinn - 13 May 2010

goddess! Won’t someone please save us us from the horrors of organized religion!?

Heather-Rose Ryan - 13 May 2010

Did you note the Pope’s phrase later on in the article – about how being anti-abortion and anti-divorce is a crucial part of building the “civilization of life”???

So forcing women to give birth against their will, and forcing people to stay married when they don’t want to, is somehow CIVILIZED???????

It’s astounding to me.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

No condoms… so civilised.

14. diane - 13 May 2010

The Supreme Court? Is This Why We Vote For Democrats?

Wed, 05/12/2010 – 11:12 — Bruce A. Dixon

”….

It’s time for everybody to face the fact that the gifted black man in the White House has not been kidnapped by corporations. He’s not being muzzled by mysterious forces, and he’s not waiting for some public or secret signal from on high or down low to start looking out for the interests of ordinary people. The black man in the White House today has more in common with the last two or three or ten white men in that White House than he’s ever had with the interests of ordinary people. His differences with some of them, with Clinton, Reagan and the Bushes, are more nuance than substance.

Historically, the last three Democratic presidents all came after Republicans. Democratic presidents, for some reason, do not succeed other Democrats,. They never leave small-d democratic legacies upon which to build. What the last three Democrats in the White House have done is continue and extend the work of their Republican predecessors after those Republicans have become too unpopular to do it themselves.

Carter came in just after the end of the Vietnam war. He did what Nixon and Ford could not have done, committing the US to military intervention anywhere in the world that oil supplies were at stake, and began the enormous US military buildup in the Middle East. After Bush failed twice to get NAFTA through Congress, Bill Clinton made it his top priority, along with expanding the war on drugs” initiated under Reagan and Bush. For every two black men in prison when Clinton took office, there were three when he left. Barack Obama has banned the phrase “global war on terror” while he continues policies of torture, kidnapping and secret imprisonment, policies by the way, which Kagan endorses. While the financial crisis did break in the final days of the Bush administration, Barack Obama has shoveled upwards of $23 trillion in public funds into the pockets of Wall Street speculators

snip

diane - 13 May 2010

shit, had meant to bold this:

Carter came in just after the end of the Vietnam war. He did what Nixon and Ford could not have done, committing the US to military intervention anywhere in the world that oil supplies were at stake, and began the enormous US military buildup in the Middle East…..

diane - 13 May 2010

“heh,” … jus’ a little changin o’ the guard ?

or mere peanuts, beer, and overfilled bladders?

marisacat - 13 May 2010

Sounds like a beer summit to me! On the West lawn. Or the South lawn…. or somewehre near a portico.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

It’s time for everybody to face the fact that the gifted black man in the White House has not been kidnapped by corporations. He’s not being muzzled by mysterious forces, and he’s not waiting for some public or secret signal from on high or down low to start looking out for the interests of ordinary people.

well you know how it goes, if white liberals faced this, much less Democratic party blacks of a certain stripe, then they would have to stop luving him.

And that would make them sad. And lonely. And they would have to face a few things.

brinn - 13 May 2010

If only they’d remember this until November….

*sigh*

marisacat - 13 May 2010

well every failure peels off a few. But there are new voters coming up all the time. And I think loss of Congress, by now, for this bunch as much as for the rank and file, is strategic. They don wanna lead. IMO Obby is pretty much a whiner. And it is so much more fun whining is you don’t have power.

Etc.

I do love tho that over and over he cannot save the ass of anyone running. Good idea to decide (last I heard) to leave it at dumbfuck ads for Arlen and not go into PA. But really, Obby, who is less lvoed than his PR claims, cannot save anyone’s seat.

I M P O T E N T.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

oh PS, here is a giggle… he and Mama Michelle couldn’t save Newsweek either. No matter how many times Meacham put them on the covers.

diane - 13 May 2010

my personal experience with a number of “african american peeps”, I hold in high regard, those with much heart though, never “MADE IT;” who certainly gave up on PARTIES, quite some time ago, has been, yeah right, carry on fuckers …………………

diane - 13 May 2010

and …they are certainly sometimes prone to take a stance they themselves heartbreakingly know, in their gut, is full of shit, when someone talks about Obama, because they lived under all the much more white fuckers, before him …nonetheless

There lies an enormous problem, therefore, before us, such a marvelous ………….

TROJAN HORSE

marisacat - 13 May 2010

I have to say bluntly, they need to get over it. Much as the whtie liberals need to stop iwth the fiction that Obby is the outcome of 50 years of soemthing or other, that they “won” somehow, even as so much is being lost..

I don’t see either stopping tho. they are quite comfy where they are.

diane - 13 May 2010

but Marisa, I don’t really believe anyone is really comfy, where they are..

If folks were actually comfy, it would seem they wouldn’t be striving for the ghastly …they would already be satisfied?

maybe that’s my fucked up mind?

marisacat - 13 May 2010

too damned comfy with the fictions. And they won’t be letting go. Same with the wimmens. I expect Now NARAL PPFA etc to roll out with some version of Oh we wish she were a feminist, whatever that means! but oops she is a Dem party policy operative a DLC baby now all grown up! but ooops … but! ooops! you know Obby is the best we will be GIVEN, so we will shut up and fuckign swallow.

And so on. Same with gays … and on and on.

If they get truly un comfy they might fucking stop playing along. And voting for born agains.

diane - 13 May 2010

I do get your point

but I’ll still say that “Comfortable”, is really not the reality that they reside in.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

“comfy” and not wanting to move or get out of the easy chair is, however. Another problem, from the point of view of any sort of political movement, is both parties have finessed co-opting the groups… identifying those who can be bought off, elevating them. and being very successful at that.

I go to a local SF site, Petrelis files, run by a local gay activist who is not tied to either party… he regularly follows the activities and compensation of the so called “gay leaders”. He has spent the last couple fo weeks, over and over, thru FOIA applications, following gay leadership going to the ObRama WH, even for intimate bowling nights, not just larger receptions.

Very clear what is happening. If people continue to INVEST in the two parties and in the chosen leaders, status quo of an ever worsening type is the norm.

And Jesus fuck, blacks need to REALLY get outside the churches. Same as whites and browns and filipinos and so on.

Good luck is all I can say.

15. diane - 13 May 2010

gonna get ready to go help my mom make some meatloaf, and watch old Twilight Zone epsiodes….

anyone have any suggestions, for us to add something new to the loaf?

(and please shove that hideous ORANGE BEAST “TROLL” RECIPES” out of your heads ….alas…I sure long for the day …I can laugh about that experience….)

we’ve so far got potential (between the two of us, obviously, there’s at least, one argument):

ground meat
onion
crumbs
egg
milk
tomato paste (arguing with the milk)
celery
cornflakes
salt
pepper
garlic
oregano
sweet basil
fennel

Heather-Rose Ryan - 13 May 2010

I have had great success with fresh chives instead of onion, and red wine as the liquid. Minced shallots are nice too. I have never put tomato paste in meat loaf, but always glaze the top with ketchup. If you can find garlic ketchup, that’s a treat.

diane - 13 May 2010

fresh chives instead of onion…

alas, …they don’t grow in CALI, like they do East of the Mississippi ……..

…like wonderful weeds …,

though the fennel does ………………..

diane - 13 May 2010

ha!

and the red wine

‘cheap’

though it may be,

is on hand

and will likely be

tossed into our salad…

as a much better subsitute ….

for the

“Red wine vinegar”

isn’t that vinegar rather redundant?

kinda like ..

“Chai Tea”

Heather-Rose Ryan - 13 May 2010

Bon appetit 🙂

Heather-Rose Ryan - 13 May 2010

Really? I didn’t know that chives weren’t a West Coast phenomenon. Yes, here in New England they do grow like wonderful aromatic and tasty weeds! A beautiful thing about them is that they are the first little green sprouts in the spring. And even when they get snowed and sleeted upon when winter makes its last couple of stands, they keep coming back good as new.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

hmm they do grow out here… but maybe not where diane is… we have so many parts and pieces topographically.

Safeway has fresh cut chives in their ”organic” vegetable section… and it is at some Farmer’s Markets.

ts - 13 May 2010

if you don’t want to add the red wine you can have it on the side. i recommend charles shaw shiraz at $1.99 a bottle (trader joes). just don’t read politico or you might polish off two bottles and forget about putting the meatloaf in the oven.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

that made me laugh!!

16. diane - 13 May 2010

blacks need to REALLY get outside the churches….

well, we differ there, I don’t believe the actual darker skinned folks are placing any faith in those, man conjured, institutions

I think they are just trying to survive, like you and I.

and how would you and I know anyway, since neither the NEWSPAERS ….

and CERTAINLY NOT THE INTERNET, …..reflect anything darker skinned folks, at large, are thinking?

marisacat - 13 May 2010

IMO Obby is not a believer, in any sort of godliness, but he sure likes the AUTHORITY of the hideous churches. And the endless elevation of a cartoon Martin, further ensconces the hideous preacher man. That is just reality.

Even Cone, who I actually CAN stand, he is miles above the likes of Rev WRight of Trinity (Wright claims Cone, but I see Wright as an absolute perversion of what Cone is good at, a broad view), admits, black churches got busy with so called Liberation Theology as they saw themselves losing rumps in the pews due to all the secular movements rising from the 60s. Boy that had to be stopped.

I did nto say “darker skinned” were alone in this. Witness Sully, absolute nutcase for Catholicism. With such huge motehr issues he stood in Palin’s birth canal, and is still standing there, in fact. In his infinite wisdom he parses abortion. And motehrhood.

”My” rights, not anyone else’s rights. God forbid rights be tied together to an expansion of the human spirit.

Yes God forbid that … liberation sans kneeling.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

oh please, I reserve the right to comment as I see fit.

diane - 13 May 2010

well, and I’m really glad that you do comment as you feel fit …and that you’ve allowed me to ….

in that regard, this website is the only place that, I’ve found myself free to comment what I’ve been thinking, in the long run.

17. marisacat - 13 May 2010

From the comments at Sky Truth

COLORADO BOB said…

John –

Amateur Video Of Gulf Oil Slick – Worse Than BP Admits

Video is from Alabama resident John Wathen as a volunteer pilot flew him over the area where the oil rig sank.

current.com / amateur vid

May 12, 2010 4:07 PM

There is also some back and forth in the thread about the vid that BP has released, supposedly of the main uncapped free flowing break.

You’d think the least this shitty/sh*tty government could do is get some actual INFORMATION flowing.

As they fake interview their soft ball girlchick for the court.

yes right.

brinn - 13 May 2010

As I told one of my students today who was interested in what happened to places like Haiti and Cuba that had earthquakes and how they recovered: our media has a severe case of ADD…

marisacat - 13 May 2010

well not only that, but for all intents and purposes we are running Haiti… and would prefer much be left unsaid. Like the wars….

Heather-Rose Ryan - 13 May 2010

So true. “Move along, nothing to see here….”

18. BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2010

I, for one,
applaud the Gay Activist Bowling Nights at the White House.

I mean, ~ who wouldn’t trade their civil rights for a commemorative bowling shirt and further repression?
Throw in a pair of shoes? Shiiiit. No?
Any backwash from the Beer Summit available?

::
So. Kagan. Not much to work with here.
NPR – National Poked Retinas – 😯 …had a piece his morn..
Obbie doing the dumbass sports jocularity thing- Sonya is a Chi Fan Elena a Mets fan
..ah – WHO GIVES A FUCK?!? Anyways.
..followed by the Upset Liberal Scholars nearly jawboned me into narcolepsy and a 30 car pileup before concluding – what else-
No, They Don’t In Fact Oppose Her Confirmation. LOL. And those motherfuckers don’t even get a bowling shirt out of the deal.

::

Some Predics. Specter in the – ah – “comeback”.
I think the polls are off. Way to low sampling sizes. And wholly missing machine deals,the Born Again ritual for Arlen and turnout..(The Dem Gov Primary is a blowout for Onorato) They’ll do Onoratos Confirmation and Arlens Baptism the same day. How convenient. I hope they have Stella’s ravioli back at the house. LOL.

So Yeh. I’m thinkin’ we’ll see Specter yet again in those Election Day Candidate at the Voting Booth photo ops making merry with the marble mouthed interview. True, with a stake quite literally driven through his heart though appearing none worse for the wear. Don’t be shocked, It happens every 6 years here. Oh I think the show will indeed go on, Arlen making light of his veritable heart kabob, perhaps introducing the team of consulting phrenologists palpating several new cranial tumor protuberances on his skull for the cameras. In other words, a twofer: showcasing his win along with the kind of Healthcare we all can look forward to.

::

…And the D’s lose Murtha’s old seat.

::

Now there IS one other possibility I haven’t covered. A Sestak Win.
Don’t see it happening, CGAS as there’s popcorn either way,
but it sure would make for great TV Election Night.
–> Rendell and Arlen personally going over to Sestaks hotel.
Rendell brandishing a gun to hold off security while Arlen devours Sestak’s inner organs and proceeds to inhabit his body. 😆

marisacat - 13 May 2010

“I Bowled with ObamaBoi”

“have you ever Bowled Hawai’ian by way of Chicago by way of Indonesia with a Pretzel?”

The jokes write themselves…

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2010

LOL.
For the men they really should have especially phallic duckpins.
Or make them use their own.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

my new snicker name for MO is Popeye. As in eat your spinach and then the whole arm fixation.

Have t find a way to laugh thru this horrible mess. I await the return of the ogres. ugh.

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2010

.my new snicker name for MO is Popeye. As in eat your spinach …and then the whole arm fixation. – marisacat

😆 ~ uckukyukyuk!
LMAO.

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2010

Michele Obama.

Popeye.

“..the whole arm fixation…”.Just sayin. 😆

Jeezis Chrifte. Give that Lady a pipe, a hat, a couple of tats, and kids everywhere are gonna be all fucked up . LOL.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

I saw Attytood had a big snicker post up of Arlen sclerotically thanking Republican groups. At the PA J-J Dinner.

he’s been making those slips from minute one. Read from the R script for so long… and now he is OLD.

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2010

I won’t believe he’s gone till I see the body. 😉
It really is such laughingstock.
The “Pwwwwogressive” “challenger” for the D’s is from the Pentagon.
The R is Catholic Loon / Private Bankster.

Oh yes. Step right up, folks. Be sure to vote.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

Choice!! As long as there is a CHOICE!! Democracy is preserved! In ptomaine under aspic!!

ts - 13 May 2010

there was an old joke that we had a choice between the conservative democratic candidate, the liberal republican candidate and the centrist independent.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

8)

yeah pretty much… with a side of salmonella with all of them.

19. catnip - 13 May 2010
20. marisacat - 13 May 2010

hmm MacDonald participates in threads at Sky Truth…

NYT

[B]ut scientists and environmental groups are raising sharp questions about that estimate, declaring that the leak must be far larger. They also criticize BP for refusing to use well-known scientific techniques that would give a more precise figure.

The criticism escalated on Thursday, a day after the release of a video that showed a huge black plume of oil gushing from the broken well at a seemingly high rate. BP has repeatedly claimed that measuring the plume would be impossible.

The figure of 5,000 barrels a day was hastily produced by government scientists in Seattle. It appears to have been calculated using a method that is specifically not recommended for major oil spills.

Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University who is an expert in the analysis of oil slicks, said he had made his own rough calculations using satellite imagery. They suggested that the leak could “easily be four or five times” the government estimate, he said.

“The government has a responsibility to get good numbers,” Dr. MacDonald said. “If it’s beyond their technical capability, the whole world is ready to help them.”

Scientists said that the size of the spill was directly related to the amount of damage it would do in the ocean and onshore, and that calculating it accurately was important for that reason.
snip

ST estimated some days ago that the spill was in the range of 18,000,000 gallons, or 7 mil beyond Exxon Valdez.

[Y]et for decades, specialists have used a technique that is almost tailor-made for the problem. With undersea gear that resembles the ultrasound machines in medical offices, they measure the flow rate from hot-water vents on the ocean floor. Scientists said that such equipment could be tuned to allow for accurate measurement of oil and gas flowing from the well.

Richard Camilli and Andy Bowen, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, who have routinely made such measurements, spoke extensively to BP last week, Mr. Bowen said. They were poised to fly to the gulf to conduct volume measurements.

But they were contacted late in the week and told not to come, at around the time BP decided to lower a large metal container to try to capture the leak. That maneuver failed. They have not been invited again.

“The government and BP are calling the shots, so I will have to respect their judgment,” Dr. Camilli said. snip

Obby and Salazar dun laid down and died…

catnip - 13 May 2010

Yup. It’s one massive cover up. (Although, ironically, the cover ups like the dome by BP are not working.)

marisacat - 13 May 2010

wonder if Intrade is taking bets.

catnip - 13 May 2010

Meanwhile, BP is trying to convince Canadians that it shouldn’t have to drill relief wells alongside of offshore wells in the arctic. Too expensive!

marisacat - 13 May 2010

it is almost funny…

try it! we may get away with it! [their motto]

catnip - 13 May 2010

They act like we don’t know WTF is happening in the gulf. The minority Con gov’t would let them get away with that BS if they could since they’re beholden to Big Oil in a big way but that’s not going to happen now. Not a chance.

marisacat - 13 May 2010

well it is obvious from how little they hide their disdain for response to the situation…

They are in charge.

One evening news covered the supply ship that luckily was beside the off shore rig as it blew up. I am guessing without them saving 115 men, more would have died. The entire crew of the supply ship worked to rescue them. And obviously they were on the scene, no delay getting there.

21. marisacat - 13 May 2010

nu……………….

LINK

…………… 😯

22. BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2010

I hate watching kids eat their own turds.

Ambiguous Chris Bower’s up to the minute inconclusive conclusion on the Dem Specter v Sestak PA Primary:

There is talk about this being anti-incumbent year, rather than just a pro-Republican year.. Well, there is no possible better test of that thesis than this primary. Arlen Specter is the ultimate incumbent, but the people of Pennsylvania don’t much like him anymore. If the establishment, including Organizing for America, can pull this off for him anyway, then maybe this is just a pro-Republican, pro-conservative year, and not an anti-incumbent one.

Shorter Doof Bowers equivocation following a piece in which he actually used the word “thesis”: It’s just like, ~ sucky~ , ya know?

Sounds weak. Not a whole lot of confidence in their Act Blue Scamdidate, Sestak.
Welp. AA shepherds will staying home without incentive. As will every other non union Dem constituency group. And regarding the Union rounders, if there’s one “rule” they live by it’s this:
You don’t “wound the King”.
And that “King” right now is Specter in several respects.
– Dirt on every pol in the country , the knobby small potatoes in the Philly Dem machine of no matter, they have been in his (and Rendell’s) bag for years.

– One mobilized group in a low turnout election that will turn out reliably in his favor, the Jewish Dem vote. Statewide. A one point advantage Specter, minimum in swing vote in the total primary ballot.

And, most importantly in a thoroughly corrupt system, MONEY.

MONEH. Plenty of the luscious green, the street money to coax the street corner *riff raff* in.
[ If you’re gonna be jonesin’ for skag in Philly next week ,
Tuesday is your best bet to be dopesick.
Near a polling place for efficiency’s sake, thank you.
Enjoy your nod courtesy of your MIC Overlords. ]
😉

I think the whole thing is a sandbag operation, Arlen to emerge from the “tough fight” (yak.). The other aspect of this is the slam dunk being given to a Pittsburgher / Allegheny County guy (Onorato) for the Gov nod in the Dem primary. The Philly machine gave the Westerner an absolute pass in the primary. Something only Rendell or Specter could do. So What’s that about? –> The regional partisans out Pittsburgh way have been brokered into Arlen’s camp. A plowed field in the Gov primary, Easter money from Ed and Arlens tithing Corp Law firms, promises of support and everlasting life for the GE. 😆 – -> They – Ed /Arlen /Philly – they’ll fuck Onorato later in a swap with the R’s : Arlen keeps his Sen seat the R get the Gov manse for their boy Corbett, the State AG. They’ve only been doing this shit for the last 50 years and the 50 before that. Something that none of the 400 respondent polls are going to pick up. BTW, it only seems like I’ve been writing this for 50 years. LOL.

So cue “historicest” “comeback” “evah”. Etc.

And The reality of the Murtha replacement? The Special Elec? The WH posse could care less if what’s his name the Dem aspirant loses. Its a DNC campaign operations center to milk as many rural Southwestern PA / Fall in Liners for Specter as they can.
The Big Dawg and every other slobbering fool will be out there touting , laughably, some congealing “Change’ “Experience” as ….Arlen.. With all the workable dexterity one manages to dressplooge together one big cover band clusterfuck of Bowie doing Hendrix doing “Changes” if Hendrix ‘Experience” was that of a glam rocker. LOL. Sounds like a plan! Should be awesome this Fall!.

But they really could care less about losing that House seat.
…because if Specter loses the Dem Primary?
After Obbie endorsed him? LOL. Oh Lordy.
I’d so love to be wrong about how I see this breaking.


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