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Along for the ride… 17 May 2010

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

An Emperor Moth hitching a ride on an African Elephant  in the Kruger National Park

The Colours of Southern Africa: the wildlife photography of Hannes Lochner – An Emperor Moth hitching a ride on an African Elephant in the Kruger National Park

The little moth looks a bit battered, but definitely hanging in there…




1. marisacat - 17 May 2010

AP has an update (“more plumes than they can count”).

Meanwhile, Ken and Janet are on it! Not sleeping, not resting. No shut eye. Nosireee.

and so on….

[T]he first chance to choke off the flow for good should come in about a week. Engineers plan to shoot heavy mud into the crippled blowout preventer on top of the well, then permanently entomb the leak in concrete. If that doesn’t work, crews also can shoot golf balls and knotted rope into the nooks and crannies of the device to plug it, Wells said.

The final choice to end the leak is a relief well, but it is more than two months from completion.

Top officials in President Barack Obama’s administration cautioned that the tube “is not a solution.”

“We will not rest until BP permanently seals the wellhead, the spill is cleaned up, and the communities and natural resources of the Gulf Coast are restored and made whole,” Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a joint statement.

catnip - 17 May 2010

“We will not rest…”

Such an overused cliche. Meanwhile, they’re out golfing. I guess as long as they don’t nap, they’re supposed to be believable.

ts - 17 May 2010

It just means they’re going to keep cashing those paychecks indefinitely.

diane - 17 May 2010


Al Gore has agreed to allow that his new Montecito Estate purchase be sacrifised to plug up the enormous leaking thing no prick appears able to plug up.

Word has it that his neighbour, the Poprah, is fuming as to what effect it’s going to have on her neighboring Real Estate (as opposed to False Estate) …Dr Pill, her long time confident, will be on NBC news at 6:00 to discuss the implications on mankind, with an extra segment on how he saved Britney Spears…………..

2. marisacat - 17 May 2010

Jeremy Scahill has a short report up at The Nation on the “black jail” inside Bagram…. apparently none other than Ambinder at The Atlantic has broken that it is run by the DIA.

If the news is released thru such a sycophantic suck up as Ambinder, then the DIA is happy to have it known.

Such as it is.

diane - 17 May 2010

The lovely new and ‘refreshing’ transparency,

that’s right you are all fucked

technology has, at last, superceded the need for your fealty.

and yeah, we are, ugly murderous fuckers

diane - 17 May 2010

well, just my small take …..

about our current/historic, “benefators,”

and I don’t

care for aluminum hats,

never wore one in my life.

diane - 17 May 2010


3. marisacat - 17 May 2010

A Jew I guess they don’t want…

BBC, ‘Renowned US scholar Noam Chomsky has been denied entry to the West Bank by Israeli immigration officials.’

4. lucid - 17 May 2010

Re Diane’s comment last thread on the new ‘drug ’em all’ recommendations…

I wonder if Sean Strub recognizes the irony of founding a magazine dependent almost solely upon pharmaceutical ad money and which has had the editorial policy since its inception of censoring any frank, scientific debate about the existence of HIV – or treatments for AIDS that aren’t pharmaceutically based… Something tells me, no.

diane - 17 May 2010

I admit to not vetting Strub, and it’s highly unfortunate that vetting appears to be required for almost everything one reads these days, with not near enough time to thoroughly vet, before commenting.

What resonated with the piece for me, was the fact that the Pharma companies have been provably forceful in promoting their untested, and many times destructive solution pills upon society at large, via their political associates. I’m curious as to your response, since to my recollect, you’ve been fairly vocal about false medications, and what I got out of the piece was that the writer (despite apparently, his Pharma connections, which I wasn’t aware of) was definitely not representing Big Pharma.

lucid - 17 May 2010

What’s even worse about ‘HIV’ meds is that none of them has ever been tested against a true control. You should check out Lauritsen’s Poison by Prescription. He got a hold of most of the records from the original AZT trials in 1987 and it was a disaster of a trial that ended up being suspended before completion – and yet every drug regimen is now tested against not a true control, but an AZT control… And of course, the efficacity is measured is through ‘surrogate markets’ [i.e. t-cell counts and ‘viral load’, both of which have been proven in orthodox literature to have no effect on clinical health] rather than clinical health.

Ah, the lovely world of pharma!

marisacat - 17 May 2010

we’re screweedddd.

lucid - 17 May 2010

I remember when I first got into the whole HIV controversy that I was shocked to hear directly from countless people who had been on the regimens at one time or another that as their clinical health grossly deteriorated, their doctors would be telling them that they’d ‘live forever’ because their surrogate markers were responding so well to the medication… Of course, now in the west a full 60% of all classified ‘AIDS’ deaths occur from liver failure. Hmm… go figure.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

too many doctrs have too many problems to be treating people, aside from everything else that happens… Over the years I have known (thru their daughters) three women with brain cancers, who, almost as a last resort, went down to Stanford medical … all three had treatment, all three were told their tumors were “shrinking” (families rejoice, dancing in the street, they figure at least a chunk of time has been given to them) and all three were dead very very soon, as in 2 – 4 weeks.

On and on it goes… where it ends…………..

diane - 17 May 2010

My mind just hopped to the DOD money contributed to Medical Institutions (for example the Manhattan Project sponsoring plutonium injections into unwitting guinea pig patients, which I believe the University of California System was entrenched in, to my recollect), for ‘experimentation,’ which society, at large, is unaware of.

lucid - 17 May 2010

If I recall correctly the CDC emerged out of the DOD, so the current state of ‘public health’ management in the US should not surprise… This also ties in nicely with the ‘epidemic’ scares we’ve been having every 3 or 4 years as well…

diane - 17 May 2010

There was an interesting theory in a book I believe was titled “Contract on America,” (not to be confused with the swamp newt thing), about the Mafia legitimizing ‘itself’ into the Pharma Industry, I take it that was, at least partially, correct. The author pretty much gave away his copyright in the preface to the book, which addressed the predominant United States assassinations in the sixties.

diane - 17 May 2010

wasn’t familiar with his site, though the premise of the piece resonated with me, which was why I put it out there.

I made a longer response, which hasn’t posted yet.

lucid - 17 May 2010

It’s a good sentiment indeed – I just found it kind of funny coming from the founder of POZ…

diane - 17 May 2010

well, I’m glad that you agree that perhaps it was a valid point (“good sentiment”), since I’m the one who posted it, as you pointed out, and my intent was not harm.

diane - 17 May 2010

which hasn’t posted yet.

it’s posted now.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

Sorry, i was sound asleep til about 2:40… took me a while to catch up… 😳

diane - 17 May 2010

no need for ‘pologies ……….

and sadly validated to know that my sleeping schedule isn’t the only one all over the map.

by the way, the Emporer Moth, looks, almost exactly, like a luna moth, at first glimpse hon………..

not sure what that means if anything. Had the fascinating experience, years ago, to go into the bathroom late at night, as a child, and see a luna moth resting on the outside of the bathroom window…..


marisacat - 17 May 2010

ugh my sleep cycle is completely destroyed… not that it matters much. Because of the “stealing” frm the anabolic / catabolic cycles, I rely on the middle of the night surge of what in sleep is healing energy, in order to get things done. Plus I like the night, the city is quieter, the neighborhood even.

I have a very dark hallway in the house, and without much debate, painted it a barely off-white color called “Night Moth” abut 10 years ago…

diane - 17 May 2010

you’re reminding me of my momma …

a rather complex ….. night person ………

a while back, she took in a young homeless woman that her church discarded…………….

and when my brothers and I expressed a tad of concern about the original jailhouse shirt the young woman chose to display to my mom (likely for a test) my mom gave us a response analogous to the middle finger



5. marisacat - 17 May 2010

hmm the off shore drilling guy at MMS has “retired”.

Carry on!!

6. catnip - 17 May 2010

Last minute spidey-sense prediction: Sestak by 3% but then he’ll lose in the general..

/end arachnid-like moment which was granted while literally shoveling cow shit in my new garden this morning.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

And….Toomey pulls it out by the length of his snout!

Long live the king!

marisacat - 17 May 2010

new garden… what will you be planting?

catnip - 17 May 2010

veggies: potatoes, onions, cucumbers, peas, carrots, garlic, lettuce, radishes, maybe broccoli, corn, sunflowers, sweet peas, rhubarb

I was out a couple of very local greenhouses (within a couple of miles) on the weekend to check out which flowers I can get that I won’t kill. I’ll pick up a few at the end of the month since we’re probably in for another quick winter-type storm this month. I won’t plant a lot of flowers – too expensive and they don’t like me much.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

o mi goodness!!! very impressive…………

btw we are having a late rain… for a couple of days at least…

BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010

catnip, would you be willing to risk a half eaten shirt that Sestak won’t win by 3? An odd request I know, but I’m trying my hand at the hedge markets here, see, and if Specter loses, I said I’d send a half eaten shirt to a seasoned political observer who shall not be named. LOL. Something summery,pastel maybe.

I still think Specter pulls it out. But if I can persuade on the 3 percent margin deal, and Specter loses by less than three, I wouldn’t be out the shirt..you would*… could* ( see options below!) LOL. Of course I could lose my shirt, well, TWO Half eaten shirts, technically, if Specter loses by 3 or more. And then there’d be my stellar reputation to rehabilitate tho. LMAO.
It’s exciting tho, isn’t it?! Gambling like this!
Tho I prolly should disclose…
I’ve further derived the contract 100 fold,
tying it to a big Caroline Kennedy comeback in “012. LOL.

* Anyways, Thing is, YOU could prollly sell the contract to some loaded Canadian Pension fund up there, hell hedge it further , flip it on some unsuspecting consortium of silk worms and and garden weevils and the silkies can make the shirt, then the weevils eat it. The main thing is – WE BOTH can PROFIT, Catnip!
So let me know. This opportunity won’t last long! 😀

marisacat - 17 May 2010

I just found out, by watching Ruth Reichl’s food show on PBS, that in some places they eat (or drink) a tea made from silk worm…………………….. poo.

Poo tea (I know!, the jokes write themselves)

Live and learn.

And………. eat your tea shirt along the way…….. 😉

I dunno I am far away, but I kind of think Specter’s days are over. Besides Bob Shieffer says the WH is “steeling itself” for a Specter loss. Kind of sounds like they want it?

So hard to tell with competing shits all groveling for the vote.

catnip - 17 May 2010

hmmm…half-eaten? lol

I have no idea if I’m right but I think my meager spidey-sensed based track record is pretty good.

Looks like a contest between Happy-Talk Guy Sestak and Grumpy-Talk Guy Specter. I kind of think Obama and the machine’s endorsement just might be the kiss of death for Arlen but you know I haven’t followed it like you have. Just reporting the spidey-senses – although they could have been adversely effected by Perfum du Manure… 😉

BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010

– Oh shit – 😯
The two of you got Specter hittin the bricks.
Methinks the shirt drawer is gonna be a little light here, yep a little drafty here in the Jersey midriff this summer.
I should move quickly into the Kettle Corn and Cotton Candy sector as a further hedge.

LOL. If Specter loses …oh Lordy. Cue Rendell. Which reminds me about diversifying into rubber. ( the slobber proof raincoat market)

But Is it possible? Might it be?
That Specter…could actually get..voted out?

Dear Jesus my Personal Lord and Saviour, I REPENT of my sins!
And I promise I’LL NEVER DO ANYTHING BAD for the rest of my life!

Some food for thought. If he loses.
Especially if he somehow managed to lose BIG (* again , a primary here*) with the advantages of incumbency , the money, Rendell’s Patronage grip, and an accord with the Pittsburgh Allegheney County D’s….
—–> Arlen to SCOTUS anyone?
If he goes down in the primary in PA– it’d be from the only tertiary kind of chess they play. Connivance.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

oh and Obby personally called into the Af American minister breakfast! Let’s not forget! (you just know they have not washed their blessed ears since hearing him)

The vultures will be circling. I’d say it might finally be time to cue the prayer circles.

BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010

Oh go ahead, laugh. 😆 If Specter loses the Rapture is nigh.
And here I won’t even have a fuckin to wear. 😆

7. marisacat - 17 May 2010

dun de dun dun. The congealing fuckball in PA.

Good luck to them all.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

hmm fucking deadly… on page 2 I’d say it is a MASSIVE congealing fuckball. Covered in tar balls too.

[A]nd in the high-stakes special House election to replace the late Rep. John P. Murtha, the president has only been seen in Republican ads tying him to the Democratic nominee.

It was not this president but rather Bill Clinton who was dispatched to Johnstown Sunday in an attempt to rally support for Mark Critz, the Democratic candidate.

That Obama cannot appear in a heavily Democratic and unionized district that he only narrowly lost to John McCain in 2008 illustrates his declining fortunes.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

tho I don’t know how one would REALLY describe the Murtha district. He was hardly a liberal Dem.


May they all bite each other to death.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

More snicker snax… and Politico getting in a groove that could last………. for a couple of years.

Still, the president’s dismal political scorecard to date and his aides’ tendency to preemptively point fingers at candidates or committees has raised the volume of the grumbling from his fellow Democrats who are worried about this November.

“It’s always everybody else’s fault,” lamented one Democratic congressional official, recalling past blame-assigning and preparing for the fall-out from a Specter loss.

Another senior congressional official recalled that in the aftermath of the Massachusetts loss, the White House made a show of explaining how Obama had asked his former campaign manager, David Plouffe, to oversee the 2010 effort.

“Well, where the hell is David Plouffe?” complained this official, noting that his presence hadn’t been felt on the Hill in the months since he was purportedly being brought back in. “I thought he was being brought in to calm everybody down.”

Actually, Plouffe was last seen Monday leading the administration’s closing efforts on Specter’s behalf – via a blast email touting the senator.

Read more: Politico link

BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010

Obbie”s dismal political scorecard indeed.
I think all , shall we say, relevant persons…
have him in SYFPH/ Don’t Touch ANYTHING mode while they go about chopping up briefcases of cash and unspent “stimulus” money.
“bout it, IMO. I think there are so many false narratives surrounding how PA Sen is going down. From Sestaks “surge” down to the “crucial importance” of the rank and file AA in Philly.
It’s about buying the vote oh I’m sorry “Election Day Workers” who , after they vote, can also hire anybody and everybody they know , who after they vote, can hire…and so forth… And Specter will have support out of Pittsburgh. Other than Rasmussen, Quinnipiac has the latest thing resmbling a qualified sampling. Close to a thousand of LV, i.e., Likely Voters. Quinnipiac has Sestak by 1.
Quinnipiac 5/12 – 5/16
951 LV
Sestak 42
Specter 41
Sestak +1

Then the MoE…soooo. , IMO. any narrative or inference that Sestak is wrapping it up is more likely for his marginal imaginary friend types to flake off. NEITHER, BTW, have any real relationship to the Dem R&F in PA, especially outside metro Philly. Specter’s people will show up. All the Philly management class sorts , the candy ass Dem in the Philly burbs that have been voting for him – hello- through thick and thin when he was a REPUBLICAN. So it’s the case of whose Primary window shoppers would pass on by if it looks like the joint is turning off the lights:: ergo, Sestak interlopers on both “done deal” counts.
Specters people will show up. They’ll buy the rest. I mean… hire.
I really would be surprised if Specter loses, NTIM,
it truly… is… “chose your Elitist Shit”, but considering the D voters POV, that they’d ever get around to “rejecting” anything spoon fed them. But therein is the rub. Sestak is spoonfull , too.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

…have him in SYFPH/ Don’t Touch ANYTHING mode while they go about chopping up briefcases of cash and unspent “stimulus” money.

yeah……… I got a few chuckles out of the People Ooops 😳 I mean POLITICO piece.


And watching Politico hone its tone, shall we say.

BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010

LOL. People Politico…
And The Imperial Record. “All The Hues That’s Fit”..to DECIPHER.
And the Georgetown Shopper.

Starts my day.
Before all the (snicker) gravitas on HuffPo, DK, and TPM.
Which inexplicably round back to the first three. Or each other.
Or Beck, Limbaugh, & O Reilly. Not everybody has the level level of sophistication of Markos, Oleberman and Maddows audience tho.
Thank Shlogg.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

I figure more to fall. Seems to be the season…………………. reverse mistletoe, sorta…


catnip - 17 May 2010

Will PlouffeMan save the day? That is the question. hehe

marisacat - 17 May 2010

I think he is running around the whirled, advising hopefuls of the conservative to very conservative persuasion… and makin’ tons more than the DC3 or DSCC or DNC or individual candidates can pay him.

Well worn path…………

8. marisacat - 17 May 2010

whoopsie. [AG] Blumenthal in CT – and hoping to replace Dodd – misrepresented his Vietnam service – even to Viet vets….. Apparently been doing it for some time.

STRIKE another one OUT.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

From the NYT, which I guess broke the story. Geesh, seems to have taken years.

[T]here was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records. [oh that sounds like…………….. Cheney!! Plus it is rarely mentioned, but Kerry got several as well. His last attempt to spend a year in Paris was …. oops turned down! snicker! – Mcat]

The deferments allowed Mr. Blumenthal to complete his studies at Harvard; pursue a graduate fellowship in England; serve as a special assistant to The Washington Post’s publisher, Katharine Graham; and ultimately take a job in the Nixon White House.

In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he landed a coveted spot in the Marine Reserve, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. He joined a unit in Washington that conducted drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive.

Somebody does not like Blumenthal….

BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010

Blumenthal in CT ….misrepresented his Vietnam service
STRIKE another one OUT.

You really can be ruthless sometimes, mcat. 😆

So the Democratic Jewish guy’s out. 😆

marisacat - 17 May 2010


I think the question is how many seats lost in Nov. Both houses.

lucid - 17 May 2010

Regardless of how many go down, what I’m more curious about is how many absolute lunatic fringe wingers make it in. Even if the D’s hold, I think the population of the butterfly net worthy in government will reach laughable proportions.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

honestly I don’t think it matters… so much fucking handmaiden, holding hands, kissing in the closet bullshit going on. For decades.

It is certainly arguable there is a difference between Scalia and Thomas (wanted to incarcerate juveniles for life for any old felony or jaywalking… ) and the current Little Miss up for consideration… but NOT ENOUGH.

then thre is the asshole born again in the plantation house.

We are living inside a joke.

lucid - 17 May 2010

I dunno, maybe it’s just the cynic in me wanting to see just how stupid people can be – wanting to find the metric to finally prove that my crazy kitties are smarter and better than the lot of them 😉

marisacat - 17 May 2010

well the kitties are smarter… and better…

My guess is it is going t get very bizarre.

9. BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010

{ A little clammy, 😉 }
{ Perusing Wal Mart offerings in Summer Men’s ware }
{Crossing fingers for Buy One Get One Free just in case}

10. lucid - 17 May 2010

So, where is HRH when you need her… System Noise needs a new band name. We’ve decided to brave a new beginning, but are renaming ourselves…


marisacat - 17 May 2010

she dropped in the other day… as memos rolled forth from Little Miss’ years in the Clinton WH.

lucid - 17 May 2010

Oh, btw – site of the band I joined recently…

The first youtubes are from the first show we played a couple or weeks ago…

marisacat - 17 May 2010

oops dear, link failed…………………………….

lucid - 17 May 2010
marisacat - 17 May 2010

yes thanks!

11. diane - 17 May 2010

Well if Specter loses, he can always join up with his old benefactors at Blank Rome, and assist in candidate grooming. Speaking of Blank Rome, I wonder what Dickie Santorum has been up to lately?

12. BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010

Well NYPD Goon Bernie Kerik’s day kinda sucked.
..goin to the Slammer and all…
Pretty clear where his future’s headed. A Radio Show in Four Years.

lucid - 17 May 2010

Saw that on NY1 tonight… indignant til the end.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

I wish all of Guiliani’s goons would fall. But we won’t be so lucky.

diane - 17 May 2010

They’ve probably formed another LLC to ‘clean’ up in the Gulf.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

oh I could really see that…

Big red white and blue banners: Open for Business!! Cash drop off, use the handy door slot!!

Don’t come looking for us to DO any clean up, we are in the cash cleaning biz!!

diane - 17 May 2010

indeed. I’m searching now, as it’s probably a likelhood, I’m sure he’d fit in just fine with the LAW and political thugs in New Orleans.

(the Actor Musician Cop Molester Siegal just popped up in my mind, though I think that’s another LA locale)

diane - 17 May 2010

Here we are, the Ghoul’s latest searchable ‘endeavor’:

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is an international law firm with 470 lawyers in Texas, New York, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Seattle, Dubai, Kazakhstan, and London. We serve Fortune 500 companies, major financial institutions, leading private investment funds, governmental entities and individuals concentrated in the energy, technology and financial services sectors worldwide.

Well, we were correct on the subject, but picked the wrong Gulf:


Bracewell delivers sophisticated legal, regulatory and transactional guidance to clients engaged in the exploration, production, and delivery of traditional and alternative fuels, throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe and the Caspian region.”

13. BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010


ROFLMAO. You gotta see the web layout. for the full effect.

Specter’s accomplishments in the Senate:

* Senator Specter has visited Israel 25 times.

* Direct Aid to Israel. During his time in the Senate Specter has voted for aid to Israel in the amount of $81.6 billion, consisting of $28.8 billion in economic aid — including $1.3 billion to resettle Jewish refugees — and $52.8 billion in military aid.

* Energy Cooperation. Senator Specter cosponsored the United States-Israel Energy Cooperation Act of 2007 to encourage collaboration on research, development, and commercialization of renewable energy.

* Palestinian Authority Must Renounce Terrorism.Senator Specter introduced a resolution urging Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to officially renounce calls for Israel’s destruction, renounce terrorism against Israel, and commit to a political solution.

* Prosecuting Terrorists. Senator Specter authored and introduced the Terrorist Prosecution Act which enables the U.S. government to prosecute terrorists who kill Americans abroad.

* Remember the Holocaust. Senator Specter secured a $1 million grant for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, established by Steven Spielberg. The Foundation videotapes and catalogues the eyewitness testimonials of Holocaust survivors.

Jews for Specter in the News:
Democrat Specter Reaches Out to His Jewish Base

Posted on 05/06/2010 @ 03:46 PM

Based on conversations with several participants, most have already decided to favor their fellow Jewish Philadelphian.

Pennsylvania Jews are known as politically savvy, said Philadelphia lawyer and Democratic activist Mark Aronchick. “You can’t go to synagogue on Saturday without having a 45-minute conversation over Kiddush on the latest in local politics.” To Aronchik, who has been involved in Pennsylvania politics for decades, the community’s choice in this primary race is clear: “Jewish voters have an overwhelming sense of confidence and clarity on where he stands.”

And Specter seems to have confidence in his Jewish voters.

When addressing them at the May 2 forum, he went into great detail, describing his Jewish upbringing and choosing to focus much of his presentation on the issue of Israel. Responding to a question from the audience, he attacked his rival’s decision to participate at a meeting sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that critics have accused of accommodating antisemitic views. “Sestak showed a lack of experience and sensitivity,” Specter said accusingly, later adding that “in the DNA” of the Jewish people, “we have memory of the pogroms.”

Read Full Post

My money’s with the ‘brews. Of course so is everybody else’s.

This via JJohn Baer a teacher/coach in the 70’s turned well known polscribe in PA roosting at the Philadelphia Daily News…, knows plenty, far more than the pulled punches left undelivered in print… ….not surprising , then, the journo futzing with the “On any given day in America” narrative…

Baer: Pa. may go its own way in primary

TOMORROW, WE LEARN something about our politics.

The primary election, in addition to setting the table for November, provides answers to questions about whether Pennsylvania is part of the electoral change that seems to be sweeping America – or not. No two elections, even in the same cycle in the same state, are alike. But the national trend is pro-proletariat,


…. out with the old/in with the new and anti-Democratic Party, all reflective of voter agitation with present political leadership. A few elections here test the trend.

If, for example, we remain a state where campaigns are won by candidates with the most money, party support and on-the-ground organization, then Arlen Specter, Pat Toomey, Tom Corbett and Dan Onorato win.

If, however, change is really in the air, we’ll see different results.

The only “change” I smell in the air is a rise in methane, not that I give an extra shit living in Jersey, we’ll clean up selling corndogs when those escaping BP from the Gulf Coast meet New Englanders here fleeing Catnip’s Canadian cow manure wafting down from the North.

Baer knows the rigged deal. But won’t say.

Every traditional yardstick says Specter prevails. But Sestak benefits greatly from evident voter unhappiness with longtime incumbents and the oddity of Specter running as a Democrat after a career in the GOP.

The election is all about Specter, but the outcome will also answer a question about Democratic Party organization: Can it do better in Pennsylvania than it has done recently in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia?

Crickets in PGH it seems for Sestak. a very thin rally in a (postage stamp sized) neighborhood park near his campaign office. One of few instate..

I went to the Scranton Paper.
Their lede,
“Police standoff ends as false alarm; no woman with gun inside. An apt metaphor for the faux high drama of this race.

The Big Dawg has been engaged up by ole ScrantoCaseyBidenHillary’sGranPappyCabin way…for the Scranton Mayor in – get this – robocalling for His ScrantoMayoriness’zr’s State Senate seat run.

This time around, if you got 20 votes, and you’re running in a primary for Dog Catcher in PA you can get a cookout in the backyard with Matt Damon and Steven Spielberg for Arlen Specter. 😆 — > “Change in the Air.”

14. BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010

By the way the guy quoted on the Specter website above?

Philadelphia Lawyer..
Democratic “activist.
Mark Aronchick.
All Arlen. All Jew. All the Time.

Adam Bonehead Buddy. U Chi, too.

Adam: {squeek squeek}
For professional reasons I’d rather not say who I’m supporting…

GMAFB, the Switcharoo Jew that’s Who.

15. BooHooHooMan - 17 May 2010

…with Patrick Murphy…

An an owner in Rendell Farms enjoying his Congressional Horse-flesh.

marisacat - 17 May 2010

iirc PMurphy was a beloved of the Dkos set…

BooHooHooMan - 18 May 2010

He was indeed.
A Fightin Dem. Fight Fight Fight! Like Arlen. {snerk}
They love ’em.

Night all. It’s raining here and in PA from PGH to Philly.
Supposed to rain tomorrow too
They say rain in PA is bad for ya.
OTOH, so is embalming fluid in the vasculature and flaming cash logs sticking out of every asshole out and about on Election Day.
Hasn’t stopped him yet.
And it doesn’t seem to bother people all that much, either

Ah yes,
the traditional Election day mealtime in Philly,

Oh thanks for picking up the milk, hon.
What’s — is that? – Honey?
It looks like you have a flaming cash log sticking out of your ass…
We’re supposed to vote today, right?


marisacat - 18 May 2010

that made me laugh… 😉

16. marisacat - 18 May 2010

Tarballs ranging in size from tennis balls to softballs have arrived at Key West…

Off to be tested! See if they belong to BP.

marisacat - 18 May 2010

Speaking of TARBALLS… and tarbabies.. and just sticky stuff…

Apparently Al Gore was the closing speaker at some series down at the Panetta Center (in Monterey) last night…. Oooo ahhh gasp…

and he said……..

that BP has been conducting a cover up of the amount of the spill and has denied experts and others access to measure the spill.

I am gobsmacked. Never occurred to me.

Thanks Al.

For all you hve done.

17. marisacat - 18 May 2010

Mirabile dictu…

Well, well. We need to revise our stereotypes. Greeks work more hours per worker than Germans, and German households are more indebted than Greek households:

And as the blogger adds, “And then there is Ireland”. The Celtic Tiger was a house cat. It seems.

18. marisacat - 18 May 2010



……………………. 😯

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