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Blood ‘n guts… 26 May 2010

Posted by marisacat in Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.

La Louche… on the lam.

What wretched escapades we are up to, looking over the news. Nothing but bloodletting.

How soon do we acquire Jamaica? Will we offer a Prime USDA Choice Viceroy position to a favored son of Jamaica, Colin Powell?

Seems as likely as anything else…




1. diane - 27 May 2010

…’deeed ..it …do……..

2. marisacat - 27 May 2010

hmm I read he has not held an actual scheduled East Room type of Press Conference since JULY last year.

On two occasions since has taken a smatter of questions.

NTIM…………. 😯

I say someone should sew a diamond encrusted crown to hsi ass.

The administration in search of an active verb. Or two.

THE ORCHESTRA — AP’s Ben Feller and Julie Pace:

‘Even as the White House insists it has been engaged in halting the crisis since it began, Obama is raising his public profile in an attempt to show he is in command. He has been pounded not just by Republican critics but by Democrats as well … Televised images of oil gushing from a broken underwater pipe have sent frustration levels soaring toward the BP oil giant and now the government …

Polls shows that public attitude about Obama’s handling of the Gulf incident is turning worse. … Obama is also expected to take questions from a White House press corps that itself has grown frustrated by the shrinking number of presidential news conferences. He held 12 full blown news conferences last year. He has held two so far this year, and none since the oil spill began.’

3. marisacat - 27 May 2010

Of course the most important thing is that the story, whatever it is or is not, holds for the day… BP gets a stock surge and Obby gets a “positive” day.

Business Insider/Clusterstock boys:

More good news coming out of the BP camp is sending the stock soaring pre-market. The oil has been stopped, says the Coast Guard according to the LA Times. snip


It’s not a done deal yet.

The whole thing could still give, once pressure is re-established BP needs to pump cement into the hole to entomb the oil. So we’re not out of the woods just yet, but we may be getting there.

The flow is over. Or it’s not. Or it could break… or it won’t. And there is the cement stage… Or… Or… Or….

But……………………. it’s over.

Just keep the headlines coming.

marisacat - 27 May 2010

Oh noes. That was fast:

UPDATE: BP Denies Significant Improvement In Oil Leak, Stock Still Surging

Joe Weisenthal | May 27, 2010, 9:03 AM | 582 | 2


A tweet from BP denied improvement in the leak: “Top kill” operations continued over the night & are ongoing. There are no significant events to report at this time.

The tweet was sent at 8:43 a.m., precisely when the LA Times published its article.


More good news coming out of the BP camp is sending the stock soaring pre-market. The oil has been stopped, says the Coast Guard according to the LA Times.

It’s not a done deal yet.snip

Hold the horses. Hold everything!

4. marisacat - 27 May 2010

Apparently a BP executive is expected to take the Fifth today, in testimony before congress.

Sounds like a mob member to me!

5. catnip - 27 May 2010

North Korea on brink of war-Is this distracting Obama from oil spill?
by murrayewv

305 comments (305 new)

Oh they’re desperate…

6. catnip - 27 May 2010

Kudos to Helen Thomas for asking Obamalama about getting out of Afghanistan and telling him not to use “Bushisms” like we have to get them over there so they don’t get us here…. Go Helen.

marisacat - 27 May 2010

hey against all expectations, Jackie Calmes scores too…

catnip - 27 May 2010

Which Q was that? About the firing/resignation?

catnip - 27 May 2010

And what about all of those unused land leases? He seems to have forgotten about those when he insists that they have to drill offshore.

catnip - 27 May 2010

I agree with Gergen on CNN who said that he seemed uncomfortable. He seemed to fumble around a lot.

marisacat - 27 May 2010

yeah that one… esp because he fumbled…

he really is deflated. it’s hard out there for a pretzel.

7. brinn - 27 May 2010

YAY ME!!! Er, I am done with my student teaching assignment and have been recommended for certification! Yippie!

Now all I have to do is finish all of the coursework, study for and pass various and sundry exams (at $120 a pop), put together various hoop jumping type paperworky things, work 2 (or more?) jobs, take care of kidlets (out of school starting next Wed.), and come up with the remaning $1600 for the program….oh! and look for a job (like for after the certification takes place kind of thing…)

OOOOH, and have I mentioned that I have not turned on the AC yet?! At first it was ’cause I couldn’t really afford it, then when kid the elder was sick as a dog last weekend, it was becaue all it blew was hot air…..

Yes, I AM babbling. Thanks for listening…I’ll get back to all the rest of my “to do” after I have spent the rest of this particular day congratulating myself! 8)

hugs to all!

catnip - 27 May 2010

Wow. What a mixed bag. Congrats and hang in there.

diane - 27 May 2010

congrats, and hugs back!

marisacat - 27 May 2010

hi dear………

BooHooHooMan - 27 May 2010

Niiice, Brinn!
I joke about “portfolio”- and hope it’s obviously the joke that it is –
so I know well the series of one thing after another.
I’ve come to live by a few rules..
1. Take those ups when you get em. Jeezis. In this system?
2. Don’t let the bastards get ya down.
3. Mostly, they’re ALL BASTARDS. 😆 😉
(I’m trying to sell it as a sunny self improvement series but I can’t get the backing)

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2010


8. diane - 27 May 2010
9. diane - 27 May 2010

A crow family in the neighborhood just lost their perches when some trees they favored had to be taken down, and they seem to be taking up temporary residence in the near vicinity of my bedroom window…..

This morning I think I witnessed the Caw, vocalizing lessen. Baby, was sounding kind of like a duck, and every time baby sounded off, Ma, or perhaps Pa, appeared to be patiently influencing with the, no dear, it’s CAW, response ……

BooHooHooMan - 27 May 2010

So Pa’s with the Navy?

diane - 27 May 2010

thanks for that news hon, hadn’t been aware of that ugly one

and, like you, I most certainly do believe that evil does exist, how many more examples do we really need?

marisacat - 27 May 2010

oh that is so great…

diane - 27 May 2010

..it was a very sweet moment that I really loved …

Heather-Rose Ryan - 27 May 2010

Crows are great. And they seem to have quite a versatile language. Several weeks ago when we here in northern NH had a spell of nice warm weather, everything was merrily blooming, and we thought spring was pretty much under way, I was awakened early in the morning by one of our neighborhood crows repeatedly uttering a strange call that can only be described as both mournful and outraged. I looked out the window to see what was up, and saw that the countryside was covered with more than an inch of snow. I guess it was Crow language for “WTF!! You have GOT to be kidding me!!”

diane - 27 May 2010

badassss indeed ….will get back on that one, cuz I gotta run ……….

diane - 27 May 2010

I have a wonderful old National Geographic bird book which has a great chapter on the Corvidae family, which includes Crows, Ravens, Jays. It notes that they’re amazingly smart, and excellent mimics, the crows and the ravens being even better than the jays at it. There’s a priceless picture of a pet crow , waking up the little boy who took care of it by lifting the sheet off of him while he was asleep in bed, the crow had learned to call out the boy’s name.

As a child I remember a gas station we stopped at on a trip in Illinois, and the family that owned it, kept an enormous Raven that they’d taught to speak, and more recently at an old apartment, I started mimicking a Scrub Jay out of my apartment window, and we made a habit out of back and forthing on a frequent basis (haven’t a clue how badly I was screwing up the corvid language, but the Jay was quite sweet in obliging my gibberish).

marisacat - 27 May 2010

I had a white dove, a banded bird that maybe was someone’s pet, come knock on my window when I lived on Russian Hill… I heard tapping on my bedroom window… which in a stretch someone could have gotten to the little roof over the main entrance and then the little roof being right outside my window… so with my mother on the phone I gingerly pulled back the drapes… to see this white dove using her beak to rap on the window… She came for months and I bought seed and would sprinkle it out on the now quite handy little roof… enough so it sprouted and I had little tufts of grassy stuff poking up thru the tiles…

I finally made ti all the way thru the local documetnary on The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill… I always shut it off when he has to move off the hill…

Of course in LIBERAL San Francisco, ti is now ILLEGAL to feed the wild parrots.

diane - 28 May 2010

What a wonderful experience. I love to listen to the cooing of the Mourning Doves so common here.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 28 May 2010

Last year I met a fellow in Connecticut who raised a baby crow when he was a kid. When she was an adult he let her back into the wild. She didn’t want to go at first but then finally did. Later on, she came back to his house to visit, bringing young birds that must have been her new family. Lovely story!

10. marisacat - 27 May 2010

KGO, the local talk radio here, spending an hour on the presser (just about to start, 3:05 – 4 PM) and first up is the flub on Birnbaum departure.


marisacat - 27 May 2010

I am just catching up to the news, Lehrer is on… apparently Birnbaum testified yesterday before congress… and pouf! Overnight, gone.

But not noticed by pretzel.

have to love it.

diane - 27 May 2010

….. speaking of which, can you recommend any hardcopy biography’s on Lehrer, hon, if there are any?

marisacat - 27 May 2010

no I can’t… I can’t imagine plowing thru a bio on Lehrer… frankly. He strikes me as one more long term propaganda mouth put in place so long ago.

Basically he is an old marine, which they downplay on pBS, or did before we re-entered the world of decades long wars.

diane - 27 May 2010

yeah hon, …thought so, ………YET, …he has been near a sole resounding HOST….for …”PROGRESSIVES” …..for what seems like FOREVER …….now.

diane - 27 May 2010

(along with the statuesque BROOKS, ….and that …..squat fuck DEFENDER OF PROGRESSIVES …who’s NAME, I NEVER COULD REMEMBER …….(fancy that……?))

diane - 27 May 2010

(with his beady, mean, and angry appearing, peepers …which seem to be glued open ….for eternity)

diane - 27 May 2010

not nary a wink ………….ever ……

marisacat - 27 May 2010

Well McNeil left… I think it’s an easy gig for Lehrer, he’ll be doing it years after he actually dies.

diane - 27 May 2010

yuppers ………

Heather-Rose Ryan - 27 May 2010

Lehrer does write humorous novels, which is good. The world needs more of them. I read one a few years ago – forget the title, and the content (maybe something to do with a bus?). But while I was reading it, it was mildly enjoyable.

I once read a novel by Macneil, too. That one was entitled “Breaking News” and appeared to be a roman a clef. It was rather fun trying to guess whom the various characters were intended to portray – the cutthroat network exec, the dedicated but aging journalist being pushed out by the ambitious young bimbo, and so forth. But other than that, it was stilted and oddly pretentious. And not an ounce of humor in it.

That was one thing I admired about Wm. F. Buckley: he wrote a few decent trashy spy novels which didn’t take themselves too seriously.

marisacat - 27 May 2010

MacNeil was/is a big opera buff….

I ahve seen interior shots of the house Lehrer has in WV, which tho not my taste is very beautiful, of the colonial era…

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2010

Birnbaum who? /Barry>

11. BooHooHooMan - 27 May 2010

Uh oh a diary critical ofCHEVRON on DK

Chaos at Chevron Shareholder Meeting
by bob zimway

Reporting on activists use of proxies to stir things up at the shareholder meeting…

Amazing, only one dick so far coming in with the mudpack.

Pick on Chevron for Ecuodor all you want (1+ / 0-)

but there is more chaos in a normal kindergarten classroom that there was in Houston yesterday. Hyperbole in the title much?

What would Bulworth do?

by Progrocks on Thu May 27, 2010 at 01:50:16 PM PDT

people were yelling (6+ / 0-)

and the police were called, which no doubt made the place erupt even more. where did you attend kindergarten? 😉

Things are symbols of themselves. Chogyam Trungpa

by bob zimway on Thu May 27, 2010 at 02:11:06 PM PDT

LOL. MARKOS prolly called the cops..
That Fraud Moulitsas, AND that faux lib new media con, “Blogads”, taking all that dirty ad money for all those years. By which, of course, I mean ~ the DNC, Chucks DSCC and Rahm’s DCCC. LOL.
Oh yeh , I almost forgot – AND CHEVRON.
They took BP money too, IIRC.

I’m out…

12. marisacat - 27 May 2010

Just up at Wapo, fwiw

BP: ‘Top kill’ fails to stop flow so far

By Joel Achenbach and David A. Fahrenthold
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 27, 2010; 6:39 PM

An attempt at a “top kill” on the leaking gulf oil well has failed to stop the oil billowing out — at least so far, a BP official said Thursday afternoon. The official said BP would try again later tonight.


He said that company officials believed the two efforts had probably made some progress.

“I think some people believe it has. Some people believe it’s less obvious it has,” Suttles said. “What we do believe we’ve done is successfully pumped some mud, some of this drilling mud, into this wellbore.”

But, Suttles said, oil was still coming out, despite these efforts: “What we do know is that we have not yet stopped the flow.”

well… as long as they TRIIIED, it’s all good.

The report also says Birnbaum was to testify again Thursday.

Oh well…

13. marisacat - 27 May 2010

A caller to KGo who’s been going down to the Gulf as a volunteer every year since Katrina, mentioned this Anderson Cooper show of yesterday.


jindal, Nungasser – president of Plaquemines parish, Carville…

JAMES CARVILLE, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: The thing that struck me was just the utter silence. There was nothing there. There was nobody today — there was no fishing going on because everything has been closed.

There were no scientists. There were no people cleaning up. There were no Coast Guard boat. It was nothing. It was just like — and I think that — I don’t know why, but it was just stunning. It would be like you were in Antarctica. And in this — at this time of year is a prime fishing time. So, you would see that.

But you would have — I would have thought that there would be government contractors or some motion out there. But there was nothing. It was — it was silence.

I think one thing that will haunt Obby is that he fell in with BP, he did not facilitate access for SCIENTISTS… this comes out over and over… and early on, days ago, Carville called him out for not calling in Scripps scientists, Woods Hole people, etc.

Hope Obby was not counting on votes from the Gulf.

diane - 27 May 2010

re the transcript, love that preface:

…..the cleanup effort that only seems to be going on where the cameras are rolling. That’s what people here tell us they are witnessing. It’s what we saw today, cleanup photo- ops and off-camera neglect, or worse…..

marisacat - 27 May 2010

Carville still at it… bet Obby would like to take a “junk shot” at Carville

On with Campbell Brown:

[C]arville also suggested President Obama is being ill-advised in his handling of the crisis. “I know I’m not a Harvard law… guy, professor of law at the University of Chicago. People down here know what they’re seeing. It seems the President is madder at his critics than he is at BP.”

Carville also expressed frustration at the controversy surrounding the Minerals Management Service, whose director, Elizabeth Birnbaum, was fired Thursday according to two CNN sources.

“I really do take real issue here and I’d like to know from the Secretary of the Interior (Ken Salazar) what was going on, because we knew this was a corrupt thing,” said Carville. Referring to an Inspector General’s report suggesting a corrupt relationship between MMS employees and the oil industry, Carville described the findings as “One of the most devastating things ever. Why this place wasn’t fumigated, cleaned out? I don’t know.” …snip…

14. diane - 27 May 2010
15. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2010

not sure this will work … footage from ABC News in the gulf w/ Cousteau’s grandson, in SCUBA hazmat suits:

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2010

nope, link didn’t work. Here:

‘This is a nightmare’

marisacat - 27 May 2010

oh thank you fro that… someone was on a segment about 3 weeks ago screaming for Cousteau to be brought in with his equipment.

And it was great that ABC sent scuba divers down a few days ago, I noticed scientists sat up, they had some real imaging for a change… like when BP finally did put the break on a stream, suddenly scientists knew a LOT more.

[hope Obby was not planning on Gulf votes]

marisacat - 27 May 2010

oh I see ti is ABC, the first set they sent down were sort of “no name” divers (with cameras), so maybe they sent Cousteau down next… thanks again…

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2010

the footage is pretty stunning.

marisacat - 27 May 2010

I’ll take a look… as perhaps I had a little blow out preventer fail in the brain, I may have completely blanked on hearing the name Cousteau when I caught the ABC scuba film… and i have seen it several times….

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2010
18. catnip - 27 May 2010

Speaking of Carville and crows, Chuck Todd was crowing like a blooming idiot on Tweety’s show about how he hoped Obama’s presser moment about his daughter would “calm” Carville down because he was actually showing his non-geek emotional side. Clearly, Todd was almost in tears. Kind of funny but when I’ve seen Carville & Matalin on CNN – HE is tougher on Obamalama than she is most times. And she can be such a nasty, nasty person when she wants to be.

Oh – and the firing wasn’t the only thing Obamalama didn’t know about during the press conference – BP has paused the top kill operation for hours by the time Obamalama showed his face but O acted like everything was on course when he was speaking. Not a word about that. He clearly doesn’t know WTF is going on.

catnip - 27 May 2010

The other thing I heard mentioned – and I can’t remember by who tonite – was a reminder that O and Biden went to the memorial for the dead miners but didn’t bother to show up for the dead rig workers.

Where is Biden anyway? Hiding out on Cheney’s bunker?

marisacat - 27 May 2010

I am wondering if Obby even sent anyone to the service for the rig workers.

He really is a putz.

marisacat - 27 May 2010

too busy shaving and taking q and a with first daughter [one of them anyway]

19. catnip - 27 May 2010

From the Department of Good Luck With That: U.N. Official Set to Ask U.S. to End C.I.A. Drone Strikes

20. catnip - 27 May 2010

And another thing I caught during the press conference:

Obama: So let’s take the example of Governor Jindal’s barrier islands idea. When I met with him when I was down there two weeks ago, I said I will make sure that our team immediately reviews this idea, that the Army Corps of Engineers is looking at the feasibility of it; and if they think — if they tell me that this is the best approach to dealing with this problem, then we’re going to move quickly to execute. If they have a disagreement with Governor Jindal’s experts as to whether this would be effective or not, whether it was going to be cost-effective given the other things that needed to be done, then we’ll sit down and try to figure that out.

You have BP saying they’ll pay whatever it costs and you have Obama worried about the budget? What’s wrong with this picture?

marisacat - 27 May 2010

I ahve seen so many excuses used for delaying, ignoring the whole idea of sand berms or any sort of breakwater building. BUILD THEM! I have read that a couple of small land bridges got built at the mouths of estuaries, to try to keep oil oout…

One magazine that takes money from BP tried to say (as others did and i think this excuse got used officially as well) that for environmental reasons it could not be done.

I see that as just using an excuse adn blaming/hiding behind genuine environmental concerns (as Audubon magazine did… ) for not building them.

21. marisacat - 28 May 2010



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