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He came. He spoke. How long ’til he is gone? 15 June 2010

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

Austin Thomas, from Merseyside, travelled to Southern France to photograph the Camargue horses   –   Daily Mail

I see at the end he invoked Touchdown Jesus: “He is with us even in the midst of the storm”.

For his part, on ABC Stephie invoked FDR, without naming him, but alluding to the Big War and that oft repeated quote about .. you know: FEAR.

How soon til this schmoe is gone?




1. marisacat - 15 June 2010

catnip comment from the end f the last thread:

Oh my dog (and pony show):

Watch President Obama address the nation about the Gulf Coast oil spill from the Oval Office then stay tuned, because 15 minutes after the remarks, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will answer questions directly from you. Submit questions and vote the best ones to the top.

catnip - 15 June 2010

They’re using a close up of Gibbs. Yikes! That should have come with a warning.

marisacat - 15 June 2010

Gibbs grandly promised, a few hours ago as he toured the am shows… that JesusObby would return the Gulf to what was. NOT just as it was the day the Deepwater Horizon exploded, but what it was decades ago.

marisacat - 15 June 2010

slack jawed no lips creep that he s.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 June 2010
3. catnip - 15 June 2010

His speechifying is not getting good reviews at the Big Orange Chevron.

Time for a pic diary where the cheerleaders can gather in DenialLand. (It’s like DisneyLand – without the rides.)

4. catnip - 15 June 2010

Ezra Klein on Maddow – disappointed – looks like he’s going to cry.


marisacat - 15 June 2010

He lost his Daddy Lover.

where do these spineless kneeless ankleless nothings come from?

5. CSTAR - 15 June 2010

I missed the speech (took a shower instead), but I did notice this quote

“Today, as we look to the gulf, we see an entire way of life being threatened by a menacing cloud of black crude,”

Dude, this may end up planetary doomsday.

catnip - 15 June 2010

That’s racist! Or something. No, wait…

marisacat - 15 June 2010

That’s his containment policy!!

6. catnip - 15 June 2010

So, who’s going to handle this escrow account? Goldman Sachs? (snicker)

7. CSTAR - 15 June 2010
marisacat - 15 June 2010

well he has to resolve this – OR go back to sleep.

And I happen to think that Obama’s reaction to the spill has been substantively pretty reasonable. But if you’re going to give a big Oval Office speech and that’s the best you have to offer, then let’s face it: you don’t have much to offer.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 June 2010
brinn - 16 June 2010


my goddes…that story about the Marcellus Shale is simply horrifying.

We WILL extinct ourselves. i just hope we manage to leave some non-hideously mutated form of life on the planet..though I don’t even know why anymore…

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 June 2010
marisacat - 15 June 2010

And to extend her premise… a charge against Meg Whitman that is sticking out here, starting to stick, is that she shoved, literally, a [woman] subordinate around at Ebay. Catching on I think as it is recent, 2007. Not 10 or 20 years old.

I was always much more concernd that, as I put it, a “human made it thru”, than “a woman got promoted/elected/etc”..

BooHooHooMan - 15 June 2010

Whitman: Thuggin’ It for Cali.

I dunno, A certain ring to it. LOL.
Of course, I don’t know about the Goobernatorial race,
but I say Brown goes down in three rounds no holds barred. 😆
Good Luck, sports fans!

marisacat - 15 June 2010

I have no idea… she has a lot of negatives, almost none of which have been brought out. If Jerry loses, the Dems threw the election… again.

ts - 16 June 2010

The fact that Jerry is their candidate means they plan to throw the election.

marisacat - 16 June 2010

well they threw it last time. And the time before…

10. catnip - 15 June 2010

Notable that the speech was on at the same time as the Celtics/Lakers game.

11. catnip - 15 June 2010

NYT reporter defends Afghani minerals piece, lashes out at critics

The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder wrote that the story “suggest[s] a broad and deliberate information operation designed to influence public opinion on the course of the war.” Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall wrote that “the timing of the revelation is enough to raise some suspicions in my mind.” And Foreign Policy’s Blake Hounshell wrote that “there’s less to this scoop than meets the eye.”

Risen didn’t take kindly to the blogospheric criticism. “Bloggers should do their own reporting instead of sitting around in their pajamas,” Risen said.

“The thing that amazes me is that the blogosphere thinks they can deconstruct other people’s stories,” Risen told Yahoo! News during an increasingly hostile interview, which he called back to apologize for almost immediately after it ended. “Do you even know anything about me? Maybe you were still in school when I broke the NSA story, I don’t know. It was back when you were in kindergarten, I think.” (Risen and fellow Times reporter Eric Lichtblau shared a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the Bush administration’s secret wiretapping program; this reporter was 33 years old at the time.)

Risen defended the article against claims that Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was largely a matter of public knowledge prior to his story. “If it wasn’t news, then why didn’t anybody write about it?” he asked.

In fact, McClatchy Newspapers reported last year that “the region is thought to hold some of the world’s last major untapped deposits of iron, copper, gold, uranium, precious gems and other raw materials.” In February, Agence France Presse quoted Afghan president Hamid Karzai, citing a U.S. Geological Survey study, claiming that his country had $1 trillion in mineral assets. Just last month, Karzai repeated the claim at a U.S. Institute of Peace event, saying the value was between $1 trillion and $3 trillion.

“But no one picked up on it,” Risen said.

Wow. What an ass.

catnip - 15 June 2010

Minutes after making his initial angry comments about bloggers, Risen called back to apologize. “I was taken aback by some of the criticism, and didn’t sleep well last night, and was upset about it. I apologize.”

Sure – and his dog died and he lost his BFF and he just stopped sniffing glue last week and his guitar needs new strings and…

marisacat - 15 June 2010

he looked like an idiot on Lehrer… way too thrilled iwth his [fake! fake!] big break. Rather juvenile it seemed to me.

12. marisacat - 15 June 2010

McClatchy.. increasingly Panhandle communities are going it alone…

[A]nger reached a boiling point Monday in Okaloosa County, when nearly 100 locals packed into Destin City hall for an emergency meeting between the city council and county commission.

Frustrated by the lack of response from state and federal agencies, the county commission voted to give its emergency-management staff full authority to protect the county’s waterways by “whatever means necessary” — even if that means going over the heads of the Coast Guard and BP, which must sign off on protection plans.

“If it means going to jail, then as elected leaders it’s a risk we have to take,” said Okaloosa County Chairman Wayne Harris. “Now is not the time to be passive.”

The stress of mounting coastal protection efforts are shared along the more rural counties of the Panhandle.

“We’re a pretty lean operation to begin with,” said Santa Rosa County Commissioner Gordon Goodinû. “It’s definitely taking a toll on our staff, who have been out there seven days a week, working 14-hour days, and trying to keep up with the steep learning curve. If there’s a hurricane we know how to deal with that. But how do you deal with something of this magnitude?”

Upset by the lack of response from Unified Command, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties deployed a full-time delegate to represent their interests and seek answers from BP and federal officials at the command post in Mobile.<i>…snip…

Read more: Link to McClatchy

brinn - 16 June 2010

Good for them, I say!

Maybe this is finally the beginning of anarchy! 8)

13. BooHooHooMan - 15 June 2010

HuffPo FP… {The Fast Food Review?}

Obama’s National Address Panned: Short On Details,
Failed To ‘Go Big’

… lamenting burgher , lack of fries.
Shovel us anything! Something! As long as it’s BiiiiiiiiiG.
We have FONT SIZE Overhead to think of!

marisacat - 15 June 2010

That would be HuffPo wouldn’t it.. Lamentation on the absence of need for 30 pt font.

Of course they could go with …


14. catnip - 15 June 2010

Meltdown in aisle 4:

sigh, he did not say anything. (update w/video)
by icebergslim


What the hell did you WANT him to say?
by TheBlaz


I’m just angry with so many here now.
by Stephen Daugherty



marisacat - 15 June 2010

Those who love him must be stoical now. Endure. Thru the hard times.

Or what ever slobber they dish out to thmselves.

15. marisacat - 15 June 2010

Lawrence O’Donnell gets a show on MESSNBC… and Spitzer got or is getting (?)… on CNN.


16. BooHooHooMan - 16 June 2010

I see at the end he invoked Touchdown Jesus: “He is with us even in the midst of the storm”. – mcat

Shoot me now. I’m wading through the besotted pallaver.
In trying™ to build a ™higher pie™ level of mundacity, this certainly
takes the cake™™™.

Good Evening . {Really???}….our nation faces a multitude of challenges™. At home, our top priority™ is to recover and rebuild from a recession that has touched the lives™ of nearly every American. Abroad, our brave men and women™ in uniform are taking the fight™ to al Qaeda™ wherever™ it exists. ….

Cut! SnipSNiiip CUT! Oh fer fuck’s sake! 9~11?
?? –>Did your boychick speechwriters BUY this speech?
?? –>Then Text it in between Coronas and shirtless Beer Pong from trendy Old Glory in Georgetown? They DID??!??
Oh FFS, Proceed. I will try to make the snippets quick.

On April 20th, an explosion ripped through…

{Got it! Speed it up, Pokey!}

….This is until the company finishes drilling a relief well later in the summer that is expected to stop the leak completely.

Now THERE”S a Keeper.

Already, this oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.

Got it! Bad!

But make no mistake: we will™ fight™ this spill™ with everything we’ve got™ for as long it takes.™
{Rocky 4, BraveHeart, AND “Can’t quit you” from Brokeback Mountain,
if Holocaust by Oil Company tenders were a bit of the tender ranchfucking}

We will™ make™ BP pay for the damage their company has caused*.
{Oh and Erin Brockovich/ Julia Roberts version}
And we will™ do whatever’s™ necessary™
{Lawyers Bonanza defining “necessary..
rhetoric from Revenge Seeking Action Thriller of your choice}
to help™…
{SAtraight Up BULLSHIT Bonanza there}
.. the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy.

Got it! Make No mistake! Us! Not YOU. We will Fight™!
No Really, We WILL™!
BP Pays WhatEVAH™. Be sure to visit the Snack Bar.
That’s………. It?
Nope? More you say? In the Warrior get-up again? AGAIN?

Tonight I’d like to lay out for you what our battle plan™ is going forward™: …


First, the cleanup. From the very beginning of this crisis, the federal government has been in charge™ {HA!} of the largest environmental cleanup effort in our nation’s history – an effort led by Admiral Thad Allen, who has almost forty years of experience responding to disasters. …

Got it! Take it Awaaaaay, ~ THAD!

But First, SCIENCE!

Scientists and researchers are discovering clean energy technologies that will someday lead to entire new industries.

What YOU Said! C’mon Motherfucker! The NBA Finals are on!

Each of us has a part™ ….

When I was a candidate for this office, I laid out a set of principles™

So I am happy to look at other ideas and approaches from either party™™™™ – as long they seriously tackle…

….All of these approaches have merit™, and deserve a fair hearing in the months ahead.

Sure they do! EVERYTHING HAS MERIT™! Like BP bankruptcy and them Fucking Everybody to Death?! MERIT™!!
We can talk about that too!!

But the one approach I will not accept is inaction.

Oh Hee Fuckin HAW!

{looking at watch}
Can’t we wrap this up now, Reverend?
Is there a prayer or somethin?
Mcat was right, There IS!

yet, time and again, we have refused to settle for the paltry limits of conventional wisdom. Instead, what has defined us as a nation since our founding is our capacity to shape our destiny – our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how to get there. We know we’ll get there.

It is a faith in the future that sustains us as a people.

Good Luck with THAT.

It is that same faith that sustains our neighbors in the Gulf right now.

Each year, at the beginning of shrimping season, the region’s fishermen take part in a tradition that was brought to America long ago by fishing immigrants from Europe. It’s called “The Blessing of the Fleet,” and today it’s a celebration where clergy from different religions gather to say a prayer for the safety and success of the men and women who will soon head out to sea – some for weeks at a time.

The ceremony goes on in good times and in bad. It took place after Katrina, and it took place a few weeks ago – at the beginning of the most difficult season these fishermen have ever faced.

And still, they came and they prayed. For as a priest and former fisherman once said of the tradition, “The blessing is not that God has promised to remove all obstacles and dangers. The blessing is that He is with us always,” a blessing that’s granted “…even in the midst of the storm.”

The oil spill is not the last crisis America will face. This nation has known hard times before and we will surely know them again. What sees us through – what has always seen us through – is our strength, our resilience, and our unyielding faith that something better awaits us if we summon the courage to reach for it. Tonight, we pray for that courage. We pray for the people of the Gulf. And we pray that a hand may guide us through the storm towards a brighter day. Thank you, God Bless You, and may God Bless the United States of America.

He’s DONE. Ain’t no God gonna save this motherfucker.

catnip - 16 June 2010

That’s the best analysis I’ve seen all nite. 😉

marisacat - 16 June 2010

AP has a FactBox report out saying Ob inflated hope into the facts… that is the headline. First fact is that there is no proof that anyone, independent third party or no, can get sufficient amounts of money out of BP.

I stumbled onto Letterman tonight… and he and Katie Couric undercut Obby masterfully.

Mostly ignoring him and stating what needs to be done or said. And they are not even smart… etc.

BooHooHooMan - 16 June 2010

I didn’t see it live, but it really was pathetic to watch the vid and read the transcript. I do find it entertaining the prospect that Ob’s handlers, principally Rahm and Axelrod could be so deluding themselves, they think they can run to the shelter of Jeebus over this.
But what can they have their boy say?
“We’re total corporate whores? We’re all BROKERS.
We don’t DO this shit?
We’re not supposed to HAVE to, either?”

I can’t see how this guy and the markets don’t tank after this.

It’s so obvious, the vacuum, which is structural with this guy and his Presidency….and that neither he or his handlers can handle what the fuck they’re supposed to be doing. And could care less. NTIM on “caring”: At this juncture, the “we care” crap wouldn’t cut it if it were real.

But their games are so . well, unrefined.
The blaming. The hand-off to a “Czar”.
The BiPartisan Toady fondling. Do they really think Haley Barbour is going to be worth a shit on such things? I mean even with the “simmer down” to the locals? Do they really believe in stereotypical redux about Gulf Coasters or anyone else when core truths are laid bare? That fat slob Barbour will be swept away by fishermen with a million dollar notes to crack and by the gamut of regular people like there are everywhere , not by stereotypical snake handlers however many handfuls exist and are convenient in culturally conceptual shorthand. And do they think the Pentagon types are going to be their patsies? That Thad Allen is so stupid to take the fall?

Meanwhile, I think somebodies are trying to stave off the inevitable long and brutal bottom, AKA the “second dip” for the queasy. Which involves, as Roubini said recently, a brutal 2O percent lop off equities. And similar amokrunning (why not!) on the Bond market. They need time to buy flight. Fortunately, LOL, they need Ob’s help.
I frankly think that Risen Afghan gold story was chaff to maintain the dollar, equity, and bond markets, anything to prevent a rush to gold. Not that ore deposits aren’t there – hello- mountains, rock seams – and as HRH said, well known. Not that it means anything in cost to market competitiveness. Sure, I suppose if you maintain an Imperial Army defending mining positions moving Himalayan quantities of rock to get to the goods it could be the new Heroin in them thar hills.

Not that I give a shit at my wholly un-invested level. But somebodies are heavily invested in the dollar bubble machine continuing, they’d like nothing more than downward pressure on precious metals. Ironically they are many of the same people buying it. The very sorts who depend on easy money to sell lux. But on the Fi side, they have seriouly enmeshed problems with BP, credit default swaps, insurance recourse, no war with Iran, the likelihood of losing it if one did, the pressures on other industries if Oil soared with any event.

And nobody’ there to take the call at the White House ANYTIME, let alone in the middle of the night like Hillary said. Which is ironic cuz
they’re all the same people.

marisacat - 16 June 2010

Do they really believe in stereotypical redux about Gulf Coasters or anyone else when core truths are laid bare?

I completely think that Rahm and Ax AND JesusJoshuaMandela pulled out their shitty dismissal of the ‘little people, out there in the dark’.. (cue Sunset Boulevard) —- they thought they could slobber JesusFuckingChrist all over the Gufl Coasters and they would lie down.

Did not work.

So many people had a diferent reaction to that shit he pulled back as a candidate when he was here in SF… and he dropped his “clinging to their guns and religion”. The exhortation was for Coastal Democrats to snivel at the lesser people. It also was not the first time he had pulled that idiocy… (the first was worse, he added GENDER, as well as gun and religion)

What I saw was a dancing monkey. He played to the rich or wealthy (LOL the gamut) white audience in the room.

I thoughjt it was disgusting.

Before he hightailed it to SAfrica, Biden on with Charlie was disgustingly patronising about the cute little Gufl people and theirquaint ways.

SO NOW we have Bobbie Jindahl who should be nothing and nobody, taking reporters on tours of destroyed marshes and LA’s own people working to lay boom, with face masks on… boom and barges and berms and whatever else.

The South Shall Rise. Tick it off and it will.

Poor Ob. What a nothing.

marisacat - 16 June 2010

And nobody’ there to take the call at the White House ANYTIME, let alone in the middle of the night like Hillary said. Which is ironic cuz they’re all the same people.

Well they are, that was the other joke in the election.

But have you noticed the joke making the rounds?

Forget him taking the 3 am call, he doesn’t even know to PLACE the 3 am call.

brinn - 16 June 2010

I’m SOOOOOO glad I spared myself that!!

so pathetic… all of it (us?)

17. marisacat - 16 June 2010


Reading around, the Gulf press is coming own hard.. ink, TV, whatever.

The speech did nto fly.

BooHooHooMan - 16 June 2010


And on that note, a G’night to all.

18. marisacat - 16 June 2010

hmm I just heard they are rebuilding TOuchDown Jesus… but this time out of fire proof material.

marisacat - 16 June 2010

Somehow thi s is related…

Obama to make trip to Ohio on Friday

WHIO Radio – Mike Ivcic – ‎1 hour ago‎

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Ohio on Friday for an event in Columbus. A brief news release today didn’t give the reason for the visit or …

19. lucid - 16 June 2010
20. Heather-Rose Ryan - 16 June 2010
ts - 16 June 2010

I liked that, but he’s under the presumption a BP executive would know anything about “honor”. Like owners and dogs who over time resemble each other, oil executives become like the rotted scum they suck out of the dirt.

21. BooHooHooMan - 16 June 2010

This is goooood. First hand account by MJS at SMBIVA

I think Elena Kagan’s dad sued me…

Daddy was a shyster lawyer to say the least. And blows a hole in her “up from the tenement house” sackcloth story. Well at least the tenement house part of it. {chortle chortle}
And it’s getting traction too..

22. BooHooHooMan - 16 June 2010

J Street event in New York City Wed June 16 7PM
Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 04:49:46 AM PDT

This Wednesday June 6 at 7PM, the New York City JStreet Chapter is hosting a public forum entitled WHO SPEAKS FOR ME? Israel and America in the 21st Century, featuring J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami and Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. Please come.

{Snip Kinder Softer Gentler Propaganda}

Hosting a public forum, eh? “Please come.”
How Gracious.

Should we also be hearing from Arabs and Arab-Americans?
Of course! (just, that is not this particular organization or event.)

Same Pro Israel BULLSHIT, different package.
Hosting a “Public Forum”. Summer casual okay. Bring a sweater.
Just no Arabs or Palestinian sympathizers, please.
Wrap that shit with a bow.

23. marisacat - 16 June 2010

uh I think Obby just wiped out whatever small breathing space the 100 mil for “rig workers” got him:

“He’s frustrated because he cares about the small people, and we care about the small people,” Svanberg said of Obama.

“I hear comments that sometimes large oil companies are greedy companies that don’t care. But that is not the case with BP. We care about the small people.”

Should have kept Karl Henric away from the mics, much less coming out of a meeting speaking for pretzelbaby.. There is already blow back from on the street interviews down on the Gulf.

24. marisacat - 16 June 2010

new thread…


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