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Giant Snacks Division… 15 May 2010

Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans.
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Conny Sandland was puzzled when evidence suggested leaves on the mango tree in her garden in Kuala Lumpur were being eaten. She said: 'The mystery went on for a number of days before I spotted a flicker of movement on a leaf. I was startled when I looked closer as there was a caterpillar almost completely blending into the pattern of the leaf. I believe it is the caterpillar of the Common Baron butterfly'

Can you see the caterpillar on this leaf? Look closely. Conny Sandland was puzzled when evidence suggested leaves on the mango tree in her garden in Kuala Lumpur were being eaten. She said: “The mystery went on for a number of days before I spotted a flicker of movement on a leaf. I was startled when I looked closer as there was a caterpillar almost completely blending into the pattern of the leaf. I believe it is the caterpillar of the Common Baron butterfly”

Picture: CONNY SANDLAND / REX FEATURES 

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yup we’re way past snicker snax

Top Hat, promised for late, in the dark of night, days ago, then for Tuesday, then for Wednesday, was discarded today… They seem to be selling inserting that pipeline into the riser.  [Good luck!]  Those worker bees, the Robotic Clean-up-the-Fuck-Up Maids… are so busy!  I feel for them, the only entity in this mess not to blame.  Just plugging along, taking orders.

Or, they are selling a new dispersant they say they got permission to use… is there a ”NO” in the gubmit lexicon for BP and Halliburton and Transocean?

And you know, the junk and spunk remedy.  Special junk and spunk.

Maybe the Mars missions will go better.  Frankly I was shocked Atlantis made it one piece this morning (we are on a roll, kind of worrying).  It must be the Creationist Hand of Jesus…. all those blessings that are showering down on America… and her fields of modified grain.

On The Angry Ob, The Fury of Ob… Ob Ripped Them (did read that! probably was HuffWuffPo!).   Here is a Rose Garden quote riding around Wapo (excuse me!  from The New Yorker!)…  I am quaking so I know BP is….

“I have to say though I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle”

That’ll do it!  The power!  The majesty!  The Force (be with you!).  He ate his Wheaties…

I wish there were better amusements in the zoo…

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1. marisacat - 15 May 2010

FWIW… I see Greenwald pops up…

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); roundtable with Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter, the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, Republican strategist Mike Murphy and Democratic strategist Bob Shrum

ABC’s ‘This Week’: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL); roundtable with ABC’s George Will, the New York Times’ Helene Cooper, Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald, former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig and former Bush White House Counselor Ed Gillespie

CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ); roundtable with CBS’ Jan Crawford and The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny.

‘Fox News Sunday’: Former First Lady Laura Bush (from Dallas); former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, FORTUNE’s Nina Easton; the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s ‘State of the Union’: Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA); Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA); Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT).

C-SPAN: ‘Newsmakers’ (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), questioned by Dow Jones Newswire’s Victoria McGrane and Thomson Reuters’ Kevin Drawbaugh … ‘The Communicators’ (6:30pm ET Saturday): Homeland Security Deputy Undersecretary of National Protection Philip Reitinger, questioned by the Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima … ‘Q&A’ (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Historian and author Joyce Appleby (‘The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism’).

diane - 15 May 2010

I actually broke down recently and bought a small digital tv for special occasions, along with digital rabbit ears. While I can pick up about 15 or more stations without paying for cable, I can’t get ABC, despite the fact that the signal is from the same towers as other stations.

marisacat - 15 May 2010

The whole digital thing suffers… in that the boychicks knew every last tiny detail about analog. But we are in a fog over digital.

I get 37 stations… but have the most trouble with NBC, all three of their channels. I soehow think it is because they braodcast from San Jose, to a San Bruno tower, then to the Twin Peaks tower. I am in a straight line to the TP tower… so I have no idea why there are problems. I have found that adjusting the TV itself as wel as the ears is important.

I briefly considered a roof antenna, but aside from paying fo rit be installed, then worrying about wind, they also need to be periodocally cleaned.

So I will go on suffering…

BTW…rescanning channels is very important. I do that every few days…………..

diane - 15 May 2010

I use it so infrequently, that I pull the plug after watching, so yeah, I always have to rescan. One thing the lovely $Green $Spokes Peeps never address is why, every single appliance seems to be sucking up electricity 24/7, my frackin printer continually adjusts itself while “off,” so I pull the plug on that after using also, which then of course requires another exasperating tweak to bring it back in sync with my puter.

diane - 15 May 2010

and yeah,

one toxin filled BOIL, the FCC Act of 1996 ..

emergency frequencies my ass……………

diane - 15 May 2010

Five things we still don’t know about the market plunge

On Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to find out what happened May 6 to send the Dow Jones industrial average diving nearly 1,000 points in a matter of minutes.

Here’s what we learned: There was no one and nothing to blame. We were led to believe that everyone and everything was doing its job and that the market crash was an effect of too much efficiency.

The truth of what happened will remain buried among records of billions of Thursday trades. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, unable to publicly explain the cause, chose a “kill them all and let God sort them out” approach, canceling thousands of trades. To solve the issue, the exchanges will use the same approach, imposing circuit breakers on everyone. The theme of the hearings was unsatisfying: All for one, and one for all.

Giant Snack snip

marisacat - 15 May 2010

it’s all good! even when it isn’t.

diane - 15 May 2010

yeah, a real, cornflakes, Tony THE TIGEEERRRRRR GOODFEST.

ts - 17 May 2010

Hell, THEY don’t even know what they’re trading…

diane - 17 May 2010

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2. marisacat - 15 May 2010

From the Telegraph no less..

State officials are angry that federal regulators gave the company permission to try out new chemical techniques to break up and hold back the growing tide of oil.

Despite registering concerns about the potential implications for the environment, marine life and human health, Governor Bobby Jindal’s administration was cut out of deliberations over the use of dispersants that break up the oil, as the Environmental Protection Agency granted BP permission to release large quantities underwater.

“We don’t have any data or evidence behind the use of these chemicals in the water. We’re now basically using one of the richest ecosysystems in the world as a laboratory,” complained Alan Levine, the head of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals.

Tony Hayward, BP’s chief executive officer, told WAFB Channel 9 news station that the chemical has undergone “lots of testing” and is biodegradable. “We believe it’s a very effective way of containing this spill until such time as we can eliminate the leak,” he added.
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… and then:

More than 100 seismic surveys and 300 drilling permits have been issued under Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s watch without the prior environmental consideration that is required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, according to the Centre for Biological Diversity. The legislation protects marine life such as whales and dolphins by making it inherent on oil companies to prove that they have taken measures to minimise the environmental impact of drilling and other activities. snip

3. catnip - 15 May 2010

I think they should stuff some of those oil execs into the pipe down there to clog it up. That would seem to fit the “junk shot” protocol.

marisacat - 15 May 2010

visions of oil exec spunk come to mind.

Whatever finsihes off the oil execs needs to be considered.

diane - 15 May 2010

Why not stuff Congress down there two, the Senate first …. why not the entirety of the Political Shits in DC …………..

marisacat - 15 May 2010

there you go……….. really Giant Snacks Div.

diane - 15 May 2010

CONAGRA hon …

(oopsy, and careful with that popcorn!)

4. diane - 15 May 2010

If anyone has any contacts at small, worthwhile non-profits, they may want to pass this info on:

Thousands of Non-Profits May Lose Tax-ExemptionCharities Reporting Less Than $25K Annually Face Paying Taxes on Donations if They Don’t Turn in an IRS Form by Monday

(AP) More than 200,000 small nonprofits across the nation are days away from losing their tax-exempt status because they haven’t filed a new form with the Internal Revenue Service.

Many of these groups already operate on razor-thin budgets and some worry an unexpected tax bill could force organizations to close.

“The nonprofits in your backyards, some of them are going to be gone,” said Suzanne Coffman, a spokeswoman for GuideStar, which tracks data on nonprofits.

It’s most likely the nonprofits aren’t aware of the Monday deadline that only applies to groups that report $25,000 or less in income, excluding churches. Those organizations may not find out until Jan. 1, 2011, when they’re notified they have to pay taxes on donations they thought were exempt. And it could be months before their nonprofit status is restored.

Congress required the form, called a 990-N, when it amended the tax code three years ago and groups with a fiscal year ending Dec. 31 had until Monday to meet the deadline.

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diane - 15 May 2010

I took a very quick glance at the IRS.gov data which seems to imply that a company could get away with two more years of non-filing CAREFUL ….file the form on Monday, if you can, would be my two cents …….

diane - 15 May 2010

should’ve bolded this:

….the IRS.gov data … seems to imply that a company could get away with two more years of non-filing CAREFUL ….file the form on Monday, if you can….

5. marisacat - 15 May 2010

They all “bring it on”. Got onto this via Angry Arab…. Sirota in Salon. And Sirota is hardly worth anything lately… but………………….

[T]hough we don’t like to call it mass murder, the U.S. government’s undeclared drone war in Pakistan is devolving into just that. As noted by a former counterinsurgency advisor to Gen. David Petraeus and a former Army officer in Afghanistan, the operation has become a haphazard massacre.

“Press reports suggest that over the last three years drone strikes have killed about 14 terrorist leaders,” David Kilcullen and Andrew Exum wrote in 2009. “But, according to Pakistani sources, they have also killed some 700 civilians. This is 50 civilians for every militant killed.”

Making matters worse, Gen. Stanley McChrystal has, indeed, told journalists that in Afghanistan, U.S. troops have “shot an amazing number of people” and “none has proven to have been a real threat.”

Meanwhile, President Obama used his internationally televised speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner to jest about drone warfare — and the assembled Washington glitterati did, in fact, reward him with approving laughs.
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Titter titter…

diane - 15 May 2010

shot an amazing number of people”

…kinda speechless here …….as if he were still a child …playing toy soldiers from his bedroom (which opens into the main hallway), with his siblings; with their bedrooms, opening up onto that same hallway …………………..

6. marisacat - 15 May 2010

Speaking of the IRS and Giant Snacks… I read lst night that the number 2 annual take – second only to IRS … cash delivered to the US Treasury is……….

drum roll…


the MMS, Mineral Management Services of the Dept of Interior.

Time to play some honky tonk music … better than a drum roll.

diane - 15 May 2010

tarbabies for all!

7. marisacat - 15 May 2010

Everybody takes a kick at Jon Meacham… and he is so deserving!!

Delish.

8. BooHooHooMan - 15 May 2010

Scientists Find Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Under the Gulf
By JUSTIN GILLIS
Published: May 15, 2010

Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico,

including one…

One? Whew.

.. as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots.

The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.

10 miles long. 30 ft wide. 300 feet THICK.

Oh lets just get it over with. How about one surface wave – 30 feet wide ,
or, hell, 30 Feet TALL in this veritable rapture scenario –
oh, say just an inch thick….
.
on over 36000 mile of coastline.

Or, a New Oil Equator! You can Spread it around, man!
Can ya live with that? No?
How about just a half inch on the surface?
Think of it as a nice carpet 30 foot wide.
on over 72 THOUSAND miles of coastline. Ya’ll good?
Or, if you prefer the sea based OilCo circumnavigation –
they circumnavigate everything else- how about the Tropics of Capricorn AND Cancer? We can arrange that, too. BOTH are available for coating ’round the old orb in the 1/2 inch black. With plenty of the new cocktail sauce left over for everybody’s shrimp.
If there are, ya know, like, shrimp left. And , like, maybe, people.
>>> One plume, we’re talkin.

Speaking of deadly math. Aren’t there some calculating groups out there dedicated to executing Oil Company Executives and Politicians?
Oh that’s right. The Pentagon and CIA.
Alas, they only do that in other people’s countries.
Not to mention the conflict of interest . ….and all.

marisacat - 15 May 2010

welp. I’d say Obby has political problems.

Meanwhile the Gulf States have a life – and death – problem.

BooHooHooMan - 15 May 2010

Oh I’m sorry.

I did indeed run my morbid math off a 30 ft. width scenario .
I blush in embarrassment. 😳 I was wrong.
I am far to rosy. The 30 ft width is indeed 3 miles.
So you can just multiply everything by 5000 .
Or go with a 3 mile high Wave. Or a 5000 loop d loop of the globe. But we may be better occupied presently with kissing our asses goodbye.
Who knows? Maybe they could concentrate it in a 300 foot thick slab over 30 square miles.
Like around the Mall in DC. Or Wall Street.

Sorry. Eternal Flame of optimism…. and oil ..and all.

marisacat - 15 May 2010

sky truth says it is bigger, than it was on the 13th… and that is just what photographs, on the surface. And they say they have detected what might be a small unrelated leak at a near by rig. hmm

diane - 15 May 2010

whats your snit now, BoBooBooHooMan?

they said:

plumes

sounds like gigantic rainbow blossoms to me ….

you worry too much ……!

BooHooHooMan - 15 May 2010

😉

Aw, Hell, you’re right. Besides, we’ll prolly die laughing on the snicker snacks long before anything else kills us.

Blagojevich subpoenas Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

I guess they let Still – Grounded – in – His – Room JJ Jr
morse code out some proof of life communique with the outside world after receiving the Blago subpoena for trial..

The statement was lawyered up gooooood.

“Of course, I will comply with this compulsory order of the court and testify at trial, if necessary,” Jackson said in a statement released to POLITICO. “If and when I am called, I will tell the truth and say under oath what I’ve said again and again since this shocking scandal first broke. I did nothing wrong and never authorized or engaged in any scheme related to the then-vacant Senate seat.”

Which of course they’ll fight.
Back to your room, Jr.
BAD Candyass Son of a Once Great Man.
And NO Harold Ford Jr CAN’T come over. Etc.

But let’s pass on The Shrimp…
and top this Blago blibber blabber off with a fine
Carmel Popcorn congealing fuckball, shall we?
It’s perfect with Roast Donk. LOL –

Blagojevich’s defense team has been on a subpoena spree of late: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have received subpoenas. U.S. District Judge James Zagel ruled last month that the former governor’s lawyers could not compel testimony from Obama.

{Snip Whippy Dang Doodle Roo}

“If I can bring [Obama’s] chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, in to testify … if I can bring Valerie Jarrett, a top staffer to President Obama in to testify, if I can bring Congressman Jackson, Sen. Durbin, Sen. Reid, Sen. [Robert] Menendez (D-N.J.) and a whole series of other people — in fact, every single person I talked to about the Senate seat, then I can clear my name … and fairness and justice will prevail,” Blagojevich said at the time. Blagojevich was hoping to get testimony to fight impeachment proceedings in the Illinois Legislature. He was unsuccessful in his effort to present a defense with those witnesses and ultimately removed from office.

All I can say is, GO BLAGO!. You Fucking Crook, Ya! 😆

Not a lawyer here, but whether the guy actually grabs these Admin legs or not for witness stand testimony or not, I hope the fight is further publicized , nasty, and as politically corrosive to Obbie and the Vichy that the networks will allow. LOL.
Of course, Blago and Attys are prolly shopping a deal…

marisacat - 15 May 2010

sick twit (that would be JJ junioretta)

diane - 15 May 2010

it’s been officially adopted in San Francisco

of course it’s been officially adopted in Cali, likely DIFI and hubby, REGENT, NAMASTE Blum, along with the Gavster, Tiger Ass Schultz and wifey Charlotte Mailllard, whomever the fuck else, Schultz in emerald green taffetta gown, and Didi Butter Queen Wilesy, I Fuck You NaziEgger, Wilster The Ascot Brown, et al, officiated,……………….with an art, Cuban cigars w/smokee tent, and spirits din din at 50k a pop.

diane - 15 May 2010

shit, that was meant to be attached to comment 9.

sorry.

marisacat - 16 May 2010

just read to the bottom of the NYT piece.. very depressing read.

9. diane - 15 May 2010

Ugh,.….fuckers:

CIVIL LIBERTIES AND HEALTH OF HIV-POSITIVE PEOPLE UNDER ASSAULT

“The approach to prevention and treatment of HIV in the U.S. has undergone a radical and dangerous shift over the past few months,” writes POZ magazine founder Sean Strub (left) in a must-read article on his brand-new blog for POZ, adding: “When important public health officials announce publicly that they seek to put everyone with HIV on treatment, it is cause for concern and ethically unacceptable without informed consent.” This eye-opening, hard-hitting exposé, entitled “Medical Ethics and the Rights of People With HIV Under Assault,” demonstrates just why the new drive to make anti-AIDS drugs for all the central weapon in AIDS prevention is so dangerous, and who is promoting it. “Neither the state of the science or government guidelines support antiretroviral treatment for every person with HIV, but advocates, public health officials and pharmaceutical companies are promoting the idea.”

The current crop of AIDS-fighting drugs has seriously toxic effects on the majority of those who take them. As Sean points out, “The longer people with HIV take the drugs, the more we learn about toxicities and side effects. Fat redistribution causing facial and bodily disfigurement, including what is known as ‘protease paunch’, ‘buffalo hump’ and ‘chipmunk cheeks’; dramatically increased risk of heart attacks and stroke; bone demineralization causing increased fracture risk; premature aging; kidney failure; all these are risks of antiretroviral HIV treatments.”

That’s why a program to prematurely make all the HIV-positive take these drugs, even when they don’t need them as yet, endangers their health in very serious ways. Yet the most powerful AIDS official in the country, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, is pushing this new treatment-as-prevention policy, and it’s been officially adopted in San Francisco. Big Pharma is pushing the dangerous new policy because it’s “a boon to pharmaceutical companies looking to increase their potential markets,” and these companies are funding the education programs for doctors designed to keep them “up-to-date” on AIDS.

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10. marisacat - 15 May 2010

Wapo

[T]here is beauty in the lightless deep as well. Fan corals, lacylike doilies, form gardens on the seafloor and on sunken ships. The deep is full of crabs, sponges, sea anemones. Sharks hunt in the dark depths, as do sperm whales that feed on giant squid. The sperm whales have formed a year-round colony near the mouth of the Mississippi River, and have been known to rub themselves on oil pipes just like grizzlies rubbing against pine trees.

This is the unseen world imperiled by the uncapped oil well a mile below the surface of the gulf. The millions of gallons of crude, and the introduction of chemicals to disperse it, have thrown this underwater ecosystem into chaos, and scientists have no answer to the question of how this unintended and uncontrolled experiment in marine biology and chemistry will ultimately play out.

The leaking gulf well, drilled by the now-sunken rig Deepwater Horizon, has cast a light on a part of the planet usually out of sight, out of mind, below the horizon, and beyond our ken. The well is surrounded by a complex ecosystem that only in recent years has been explored by scientists. Between the uncapped well and the surface is a mile of water that riots with life, and now contains a vast cloud of oil, gas and chemical dispersants and long, dense columns of clotted crude.

“Everybody fixates on the picture of the cormorant or the bird flailing around all covered with oil, and while that’s obviously sad to see, no one should assume there’s not similar things occurring in the open ocean,” said Andy Bowen, an oceanographer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. “It’s not like the open ocean is irrelevant.” snip

11. catnip - 15 May 2010

What’s this sidestepping by Adam B about? He’s worried about damaging his professional credibility? Kind of late for that.

Oh – and Send Money Now!!

marisacat - 15 May 2010

Do operatives have professional cred? I guess some do………………

BooHooHooMan - 15 May 2010

Two Words on Adam and Primary Day. Mogen David.
Adam B and every other politically dependent Hebrew in a 500 mile radius of the city will be working out of Shlomo Greenblatt’s box van in North Philly handing out complimentary little bottles of Mogen David in the hood along with Specter’s campaign literature. It’s actually in the ancient texts. Okay, so I jest. But Adam is a stone LIAR. He has his nose so far up Rendell and Specter’s ass, when they shit, their turds are embossed with Adam’s babyfat-happy-fuckface.
Nothing to be alarmed by.
They’re wholly edible, and totally Kosher, mind you. 😆

Oh That is a scream. What a skewered little piglet.

Is the diarist voting for Sestak on Tuesday? (1+ / 0-)

I hope you don’t mind me asking, but I’m curious.

by gooderservice on Sat May 15, 2010 at 03:03:47 PM PDT

*
I appreciate your asking (2+ / 0-)

And rather than ignore the question for coming late in the diary, I’ll tell you what I can: for professional reasons, I have chosen not to get engaged publicly in this race. It’s not that I’m working for one of the campaigns or anything, but I’m just not someone who can speak objectively about my preferences here.

Support Orange to Blue Candidates 2010

by Adam B on Sat May 15, 2010 at 03:09:46 PM PDT

😆 Shorter Adam.
Sorry man, votin for the Switcharoo Jew, that’s Who. LMAO.
Cozen OConnor and the other firm he’s with are two of the biggest Law Firm tithers to Specter and Rendell have been for years. Bonehead, is a skank fraud. …like all lawyers living on the White Collar Welfare teat via similarly lawyerly, similarly skank… Pols.

marisacat - 15 May 2010

you knw it was how fucking SUBVERSIVE the Dkos operatives were and are, that got to me. A cabal.

BooHooHooMan - 16 May 2010

in the compliant little shock Administrators kind of way.
BUT …
utterly lacking in sexy underground camaraderie or a cool hideout.
LOL. They do try and make up for it with doilies, coasters, and matching ashtrays for the plastic encased people melting on the plastic encased upholstery.

Crash the Gates! To, ya know, BE INSIDE.
(The Gatehouse.)

catnip - 16 May 2010

Looks like Specter will be toast – ya think?

BooHooHooMan - 16 May 2010

I don’t see it.
A Demotivated Donk base…..leaves the machine.
I still think Sestak’s run is fluff.
“Arlen won a Tough fight” “Joe fought a good fight”
“That’s what Democracy and Real Democrats are all about”
You know, That Shit. Build Arlen’s street cred.
To cast Arlen – LOL – Arlen! as the underdog, the challenger, the anti Establishment candi – (guffaw!) …
heading into the GE.
They Gotta do something to stoke the Dim vote…
Gotta do do something to compete with the attraction of Pee-Wee Soccer this Fall. Ever watch 5 year olds insufferably kneeclub each other up and down the field for 3 hours without scoring? A little drama and they might sway Indy’s.

Plus the R, – all but a set up to knock down in the GE – {hedgefunder wackaloon Catholic} …The R in PA – the way these things work – will all of a sudden have an ad run an saying their guy is so ProLife he will personally inseminate every woman in PA.

Specter it is by a nose in the Primary.
Then again, maybe Adam B Really IS working for Sestak.
So ya know….Specter by 20. LOL.

12. marisacat - 16 May 2010

A giant among men.

You KNOW we are in deep whoo whoo when Biden “knew all along”… appears to have known everything. All along. All of it…. yup.

Scary!! As long as the gift that gives will keep talking… at least some amusement around.

[I] think we do” have a real problem here, the Vice President said. “We’ve had a real problem with that for a long time.”

Mr. Biden said for his entire career in the Senate he’d been one of the “main guys opposing drilling. Under the last administration they sort of threw away the key.”

The vice president said he doesn’t “have a problem with drilling if they have incredibly heavy oversight. But it just wasn’t happening.”

So, he continued, “when President Obama announced that he would go for limited drilling it was conditioned upon the fact that there be real serious oversight. And we’re finding out that the oversight was as bad as I thought it was in my career as a senator.”

Asked what the vice president meant by seeming to suggest the Obama administration is just now finding out the MMS oversight is “a real problem” – 16 months after taking office – the White House responded with press releases detailing how Interior Secretary Salazar has been instituting reforms of MMS since being sworn in in January 2009, including a new ethics review and ending the royalty-in-kind program.
snip

snicker.

BooHooHooMan - 16 May 2010

fuckin Joe… I couldn’t imagine working in the West Wing with that garrulous moron wandering around in a jockstrap, dress shoes and socks. And for me that’s a Big Fuckin Deal, considering at birth that my parents wanted to NAME ME Garrulous Moron. 😆

Okay, so maybe I CAN imagine Biden walking around the West Wing in a jockstrap, dress shoes and socks. LOL.

marisacat - 16 May 2010

Tapper nicknamed him Loquacioius Hen during the election. Ran a numbered series on his gaffes, bloopers, brain breaks, whatever anyone calls them. Fortunately he is a mean old Irish shit who will drool nasty revealing commetns for years. I did so enjoy his ‘out of school’ running commernts on Kerry.

Lesseee… Gore elevated Lieberman and hell, they did not even “win”. The Dems, operating thru Obbby, have now fully elevated Biden.

Good luck to them all.

13. diane - 16 May 2010

We don’t need no stinking laws and we don’t have to explain why – ongoing (though previously declared as having been hastily shut down once an investigation began), illegal spy network managed by Lockheed, with a web of private subcontractors working under Lockheed, still going strong in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Not to worry though, all is under control, no need to ask why an illegal, rogue operation, ultimately used to track and kill people suspected of being militants, hasn’t been shut down:

…the program “remains under investigation by multiple offices within the defence department,” so it would be inappropriate to answer specific questions about who approved the operation or why it continues

diane - 16 May 2010

cute little 2008 piece which involves a branch belonging to one of those Lockheed subcontrators, International Media Ventures (IMV) (nice ‘skill sets’) :

After Wall Street and Square Mile, Dealmaker debuts in Dubai

Dealmaker, a hugely popular US and European business and lifestyle magazine, dedicated to the trail-blazing, ‘working wealthy’ in the world of business and finance, makes its Middle East debut in Dubai on 28 September.

snip

Dealmaker Middle East is being brought to life by International Media Ventures FZ LLC (IMV), a Dubai Media City domiciled entity that will be publishing various DoubleDown Media titles in the MENA region. IMV has gained approval from the UAE National Media Council to publish several of Doubledown Media’s titles, including Dealmaker Middle East.

Dealmaker targets a readership of capital markets professionals at the cutting edge of the financial sector, buying, selling and merging companies across borders and in all industry sectors: truly the people oiling the wheels of international capital and creating wealth not just for themselves, but for nations.

The typical reader will be the modern CEO who has grown his company through strategic acquisition and divestiture; or the investment banker who is making the deals that take companies public or private; or the lawyer and advisor broking the deal; or the institutional investor with the masterplan to grow his company’s returns through the public markets.

snip

marisacat - 16 May 2010

honestly I am waiting for some of that frantic building in Dubai… to not sit idle which plenty does, but to fall to the ground.

marisacat - 16 May 2010

I was just reading that………. or a collapsed version of it in an email. Quel shock, huh? they can investigate it … as it goes merrily on its way……..

diane - 16 May 2010

as it goes merrily on its way……..

no worries, they’re bring it to halt at the end of May…

no, really

14. diane - 16 May 2010

another from the Sunday Funnies, could read it with some jumbo snax:

Billions wasted on swine flu pandemic that never came – How did the World Health Organisation get its prediction of a 7.5 million death toll so wrong?

….

The WHO faces two main charges. The first is that between the first cases of H1N1 being reported in March and the declaration of a full, phase 6 pandemic by its director-general, Dr Margaret Chan, in June, the organisation changed its definition of a pandemic. Critics say the old definition required that a virus result in “enormous numbers of deaths and illness”. The new definition applies only if the virus is new, if it spreads easily between people, and if the population has little or no immunity to it. A bug that causes a mild case of the sniffles could qualify.

A spokesman for the organisation insists there has been no change at all – that the old definition was an error on a single web page about bird flu, the last great influenza scare. But Peter Doshi, a doctoral candidate at MIT whose thesis is on science, politics and influenza policy, argued in a paper in the British Medical Journal in September that the old definition had been widely applied by the WHO since at least 2003.

The second charge, prominently made by Dr Wolfgang Wodarg, the former head of health at the Council of Europe, is that the WHO is unduly influenced by the drugs industry, which stood to make a fortune from selling anti-virals and vaccines. The Swiss giant Novartis, for example, saw its profits jump by nearly a third in the first quarter of this year to $2.95bn, much of it from delivering swine flu vaccines ordered last year. Debate rages over allegations that some experts who recommended the pandemic be declared, have links to drugs companies, although this has been denied. But critics note that it’s hard to become an expert in the field without having some funding from big pharmaceutical companies.

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diane - 16 May 2010

billions wasted

well…okay I’ve had a bit of the rot gut, and now, I am obsevvively (well you got what the word meant …) repeating the point, and adding my own blather:

billions wasted

with a few modifications, the drunk bitch finds neccessary:

1. Wasted is in the eyes of the those who lost the money, and doesn’t take into consideration those who received those billions….

2. When will we the eternal spenders on dreams of keeping the human species alive and as considerate as we can muster up to be with one another, …..hear the truth about exactly whose pockets those wasted billions went into ….and, exactly, WHY they would do that, when they likely have more than they could ever spend?

no worries though ….WHO …will inform us, when they are ensured that we are ready for their ‘wisdom.’

15. marisacat - 16 May 2010

Sure to work:

The “junk shot” will also include KNOTTED ROPE. Old tires, golf balls and …….. knotted rope.

catnip - 16 May 2010

That’s where crocheters would come in handy…and unemployed sailors, I guess.

BooHooHooMan - 16 May 2010

Pretzel Makers obviously. Contortionists.
Hmm. That could be streamlined.

But golfballs and rope…..
Could they make do with ball gags and leather?

Fuck, send the Obbie Admin and the whole Hill out.
Everybody in a get up.
Screaming the same obscenity at each other:
Collar It You Oil Gobbling Pig!

16. BooHooHooMan - 16 May 2010

Hey. I hust heard.

Laura Bush supports Elena Kagan

So. Even the wives 🙄
of the Post Ivy Rest on Their Laurels Society luv Kagan.

MRS.. Vacuous Shrub , perhaps, if she could expound…

Well George and I would love to host the chubby little JAP.
And her hair.Which is cute. And Here on the ranch we have overalls you know, just like they did on those socialist Kibbutzs they had in ISRAEL, and Elena would be just perfect in…well , like that scene where Dorothy wakes up in the Wizard of Oz and those people are there , in overalls and that cute, that cute hair and….

17. diane - 16 May 2010

Detroit Police Say 7-Year-Old Shot in Home SearchDetroit police say 7-year-old girl fatally shot when officer’s weapon fired during home search

A sleeping 7-year-old girl was shot and killed when an officer’s gun went off while Detroit police were searching a duplex for a suspect in the slaying of a teenager, a police official said.

Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee said at a news conference Sunday that Aiyana Jones was hit in the neck by a single bullet and died at a hospital. Police said the girl was sleeping on a couch when she was shot.

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Godbee said officers with the department’s Special Response Team set off a flash grenade as they entered the apartment with their guns drawn about 12:40 a.m. Sunday with a warrant to look for a suspect in the Friday slaying of a 17-year-old boy.

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“They came into my house with a flash grenade and a bullet,” Jones said. “They say my mother resisted them, that she tried to take an officer’s gun. My mother had never been in handcuffs in her life. They killed my baby, and I want someone to tell the truth.”

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marisacat - 16 May 2010

last week dogs this week children………

Lvoe the name, Godbee.

diane - 16 May 2010

‘poetic’

18. catnip - 16 May 2010

Robert Fisk has an update on the assassination in Dubai.

19. diane - 16 May 2010
20. diane - 16 May 2010

Lookee over there >>>>>>>>>>>> an ugly puppy!!!!!!!
Sounds like an idea drummed up by MoveOn.organ:

All the president’s emails: Hillary Clinton, David Cameron, David Axelrod

In a unique experiment in democratic transparency, Barack Obama – a BlackBerry owner, and the first American president to use email while in office – has agreed to copy G2 in on his otherwise highly confidential electronic communications. Each week, we present a selection from recent days:

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To: Nigel Sheinwald, UK Ambassador to the US
Subject: Hague

We found him in the street outside the bar at the Hay-Adams Hotel, and we’ve taken him to Georgetown University Hospital. Some kind of drinking contest with Joe Biden, apparently, but he couldn’t take it. Not even American beer. You need to come and get him.

Thanks, Barack

marisacat - 16 May 2010

I can see a lot of them are:

For FSake Would Somebody Walk Bo? When I agreed to take in some damned dog (did I ever say we needed a DOG? I did not!) to placate Teddy, I had no plans to walk the thing.

diane - 16 May 2010

quick someone email the Whitehouse laundry how to take dog piss out of the shark skinned suits of Bo’s shitlist……….

diane - 16 May 2010

…well…yes, that was …..a badass suit , …… Emmanuel…………………………

marisacat - 16 May 2010

I am thinking Barney the WH dog under W is emailing Bo…

I thought Barney justified his existence… (and then some) the day at the ranch when he walked out to the press with W and Cheney Condie and whoever else… and then walked behind W to the grassy area, turned sideways so no one could miss what he was doing… and took a nice Barney poop on the lawn.

Good show! The Dog Wins!

diane - 16 May 2010

I think he likely copied Ma Bab’s Christmas by Thomas Kinkade pupster (much better mannered than those leeches in that NO stadium HAVING THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES!) also, …or is it dead now?

21. diane - 16 May 2010

Apropos of a kind of lazy day …

whatever happened to Al Rodgers at the orange?

must say I was really saddened (that word will have to do) to see him tout an NY nightspot,

named “predator,” or a variation of that, which included the exact word,

“predator”

?

diane - 16 May 2010

then again, maybe I was so shell shocked at the time that I misread the intent of his comment ……… that is, unfortunately, always a possibility, ….. when a person loses their bearings inexplicably………..

marisacat - 16 May 2010

I thought Al Rodgers lost his mind a few years ago. Became a predictable booster and mini thug, as needed. Tho I have not paid attention to Orangeland in years, but for links here or sent to me………

diane - 16 May 2010

I haven’t paid any attention either, though certain ‘posters’ pop up in my head from time to time, and it just popped up how disoriented and sad I felt when I saw that comment of his ….

diane - 16 May 2010

(a pre-ObamaFest comment in late 2005-2006 I believe …and certainly not to say that no one ever felt disoriented or saddened, by any comments I’ve made)

22. marisacat - 16 May 2010

Sky Truth

Sunday, May 16, 2010

BP / Gulf Oil Spill – Video of Main Leak Supports SkyTruth Estimates – Nearly 30 Million Gallons Spilled So Far

By now everyone has seen this video, released on May 12 by BP, that is reportedly showing the main leak from the damaged well as a result of the fatal Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, fire and ongoing spill:

…snip…

Multiple scientists have reviewed this video; their estimates of the flow range from 840,000 gallons (20,000 barrels) per day to as much as 2.9 million gallons (70,000 barrels) per day. Add another 15-20% to those estimates for the secondary leak, and it’s clear that SkyTruth’s early alarm back on April 27 — that the spill is actually much worse than the official BP and government estimates — was valid, and conservative. By May 1 we had exceeded the official estimate of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster (about 11 million gallons); and by our count, at a rate of at least 1.1 million gallons (26,500 barrels) per day, we’re closing in on 28.9 million gallons (689,000 barrels) spilled so far (it’s Day 26 since the blowout began).
…snip…

Loads fo links embedded…

diane - 16 May 2010

WRAPUP 7-BP reports limited success in containing oil spill

Sun May 16, 2010 9:35pm EDT

HOUSTON/GALLIANO, La., May 16 (Reuters) – Energy giant BP reported a limited success at containing the oil that is gushing unabated into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday….

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Not all of the oil was being trapped, however. Wells said it was too early to say how much had been siphoned.

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marisacat - 16 May 2010

A commenter from NO, at Sky Truth said that the tube effort had a big early hiccup… two robotics photographing the tube being manipulated into place.. well the little overworked robots had an accident, crashed into each other and knocked the tube out. But BP, to the Rescue! they got it back in!!

We are so blessed.

diane - 16 May 2010

now, now…….

oil is NATURAL to the ocean atmosphere………

as is asbestos on land………………………

and we all no (and “know”) ginormous, concentrated abundance is better than balance, don’t we?

23. diane - 16 May 2010

wake the frack up BoBooHooHooMan …your shift whistle blew awhile back …no bathroom break for you peon!

diane - 16 May 2010

I wanna hear you rag on those obscenely powerful Pennsylvanians, whom, despite their wealth, pay a mere pittance towards civilization………….

diane - 16 May 2010

and…when they do pay that mere pittance towards civilization, …it is accompanied with such an obscene SNORT OF CONTEMPT ……………

diane - 16 May 2010

Pennsylvanian Judges SOLD CHILDREN TO PRIVATE DETENTION/PRISON FACILITIES

though, they were clearly held high enough IN THE ECONOMIC ‘COMMUNITY’ to become judges of humanity …..

perhaps we’d better think it out again ……….

diane - 16 May 2010

Sorry BooHooHooMan, but since you’re so familiar with the East Coast crew I was trying to conjure you onto your keyboard,……rather selfish and stupid of me, ….no offense meant, and I certainly don’t think you are a peon.

24. marisacat - 17 May 2010

Neue….

LINK

………………… 😯


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