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Cue the survivor anthem 10 July 2010

Posted by marisacat in Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans.

This is Kevin, a baby kestrel who broke his  leg after falling from his nest in St Albans

This is Kevin, a baby kestrel who broke his leg after falling from his nest in St Albans. Nurses at St Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital, in Buckinghamshire, have used metal pins to fix the 4 week old bird’s leg and expect him to make a full recovery. He will live in the hospital’s aviary before his released back into the wild. Picture: Jeff Moore

Have to have a soft spot for any country that uses the words:  St Tiggywinkles…. whose rescues sometimes turn up in the various wildlife galleries at the Telegraph…


A snip from Joe Bageant:

Under God, with fees and compound interest for all

From the outset, capitalism was always about the theft of the people’s sustenance. It was bound to lead to the ultimate theft — the final looting of the source of their sustenance — nature. Now that capitalism has eaten its own seed corn, the show is just about over, with the nastiest scenes yet to play out around water, carbon energy (or anything that expends energy), soil and oxygen. For the near future however, it will continue to play out around money.

As the economy slowly implodes, money will become more volatile stuff than it already is. The value and availability of money is sure to fluctuate wildly. Most people don’t have the luxury of escaping the money economy, so they will be held hostage and milked hard again by the same people who just drained them in the bailouts. As usual, the government will be right there to see that everybody plays by the rules. Those who have always benefited by capitalism’s rules will benefit more. That cadre of “money professionals” which holds captive the nation’s money supply, and runs things according to the rules of money, can never lose money. It writes the rules. And rewrites them when it suits the money elite’s interests. Capitalism, the Christian god, democracy, the Constitution.

It’s all one ball of wax, one set of rules in the American national psyche. Thus, the money masters behind the curtain will write The New Rules, the new tablets of supreme law, and call them Reform. There will be rejoicing that “the will of the people” has once again moved upon the land, and that the democracy’s scripture has once again been delivered by the unseen hand of God.




1. marisacat - 10 July 2010

It can always get worse…

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs; roundtable with New York Times columnist David Brooks, former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), former RNC Chairman and Bush White House Counselor Ed Gillespie and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

ABC’s “This Week”: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod; Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA); roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, the National Review’s Reihan Salam and the National Journal’s Ron Brownstein

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Attorney General Eric Holder

“Fox News Sunday”: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod; Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ); Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s “State of the Union”: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod; Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ); Gulf Victims Compensation Administrator Kenneth Feinberg

C-SPAN: “Newsmakers” (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), questioned by Politico’s Jake Sherman and AP’s Suzanne Gamboa … “The Communicators” (6:30pm ET Saturday): Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler; Cable Europe President Manuel Kohnstamm … “Q&A” (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 July 2010

that roundtable on This Week is especially hacktastic this week.

marisacat - 10 July 2010

I did notice Maddow on MTP, however….

yes I thought the over all was so very awful………. awfuller.

Luis Gutierrez sometimes speaks up… then again it is all meaningless..

ts - 11 July 2010

Wait, they call the CSPAN gig “The Communicators”? Not very high standards that one.

2. BooHooHooMan - 10 July 2010

Great Pic. And without doing my typically tiresome metaphorical meander, I’ll only say, how come the human raptors never seem worse for the wear?

marisacat - 10 July 2010

The little kestral has … oh, I don’t know… Guts? Grit?

The humans just morph and morph… constantly drawn and re-drawn… cartoon characters.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 July 2010

for some reason, my first thought when I saw the picture was “strike a pose!”

marisacat - 10 July 2010

and sub text:

Wanna try that again? Think you can finish me off, shoving me out of the ol’ nest?

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 July 2010

yes! Tough little bugger.

3. BooHooHooMan - 10 July 2010

LLLLOL. Not to be outdone by Glenn Beck U.
Neutered Poodle Rooters Convention Scholarships Announced.

Community power! DFA NN10 scholarships
by Meteor Blades
Sat Jul 10, 2010 at 03:00:05 PM PDT

Kid Oakland (Paul Delahunty) decided in 2007 that there had been a hole in the first Yearly Kos, the political blogosphere conference that became Netroots Nation in 2008. There just hadn’t been enough regional and ethnic diversity at YK2006. So he and his partners, Democracy for America activist Vicki Cosgrove and Howie Klein of Blue America raised cash and in-kind contributions to ensure that 10 individuals who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford going to Chicago for YK2007 got some assistance. They eventually obtained enough contributions to send 17.

Paul, Howie and Vicki’s efforts catalyzed Democracy for America to formalize the fund-raising process for 2008, providing scholarships that cover an all-access pass to the conference and hotel accommodations,

plus a few select meals.


Forty people received DFA scholarship awards for Netroots Nation 2009 in Pittsburgh. This year, thanks to contributions from individuals and the National Council of La Raza and America’s Voice, DFA was able to award scholarships to 62 people from 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Big News. DP PARTY HACK ORGS send people for FREE.
(Some restrictions on select meals apply) 😆

catnip - 10 July 2010

Select meals a l’orange? Kraft dinner?

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 July 2010

I would think they’d be serving crow, since they’re all so wrong so often.

BooHooHooMan - 10 July 2010

Oh I have more than a few crow dinners available.
But I find that with a little halothane, I’m able to carry on prognosticating all the same. LOL.

Anyways, I think this might go in the whopper file:

Oil leak could be fully contained by early next week
by Jed Lewison
Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 12:47:09 PM PDT

Finally, a bit of optimistic news from the Gulf:

BP will place a tighter-fitting cap on its gushing Gulf of Mexico well that could start capturing all of the oil being released as soon as Monday evening, National Incident Commander Thad Allen said this morning.

BP will begin the process of removing the existing cap, which has been on the well for about a month, on Saturday.

Finally?? A bit of “optimistic news”? If incontinent BP spin and sunshine up the ass Ob Hopium was packed into that well, they’d have a new continent surface in its place…

G’Night all.

marisacat - 10 July 2010

well… for hours now the oil flows unabated… and will for however long. Cap to cap…….. what a joke.

In Obby’s speech, weeks ago!, he foolishly said, “in a few days it will be a trickle”. I cannot believe he handed the R a line like that one. Think of the ads if this goes really really terminally endlessly badly.

4. marisacat - 10 July 2010

umpteenth wave of funeral lillies….

Local PBS, KQED is running a three parter on the magnificence, the greatness, the political fitness (with commentary also from dear dead Teddy) of George Shultz……….

Starts Monday.

Merely the culmination of a 40 year slide into RW/corporate/Slob Liberal grease pots…

5. marisacat - 10 July 2010

Idly casting my fishing lure.. to see if any winger sites, conservative sites are nattering on about dear Derek, nephew of dear Clarence… being tasered [and punched and beaten] while

mentally ill,

a black man – esp in the South, shouldn’t the Northerers being getting off here? On a righteous rage?,

in a form of detention — let’s nto be too particular, any hospital in NO taking the mentally ill is just a prison, last I heard there were something like 40 beds in NO for the mentally compromised — and


wanting to leave.

But …so far… silencio

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 July 2010

the kind of snide undercurrent I’ve picked up on it is, “well, this is the kind of America his brother wants, so …”

marisacat - 10 July 2010

oh I agree with that… I doubt Clarence really cares what happens to Derek. Show of concern, let it die. If Derek dies, well, don’t worry be happy.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 July 2010

What Ginsburg Actually Said About Abortion Rights

If the court were to change its mind, “there won’t be any real change for anyone in this audience or any daughters of anyone in this audience,” Ginsburg said. “The only women who would be truly affected are poor women. Because even at the time before Roe, women who wanted abortions could have a safe, legal abortion…Women could travel from one state to another and didn’t have to go to Japan or Cuba…Whatever the court may do, it’s only the poor women who will suffer. When people realize that, maybe they will have a different attitude.”

marisacat - 10 July 2010

When people realize that, maybe they will have a different attitude.”

gah. she seems short sighted. still holding out all that crappy, lousy, ‘we’re not down the drain’, hope.

I am so fuckign sick of them all.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 July 2010

people HATE the poor, for fear they’ll BECOME one of them … people in that class don’t realize how thoroughly most people are terrified of ending up ground under the machine, and instead of facing it they project worthlessness and that they “deserve” it onto poor people, especially women.

marisacat - 10 July 2010

well I was remembering the SC case of the 13 year old who was (imo) criminally assaulted at school by the authorities… for suspicion of having, of all thngs but in a “no tolerance” rule book, Ibuprofen. Which she did not have. Nor heroin, nor nuclear weapons. Nor the launching pad keyboard for global droning… and so on.

Her panties were searched. And Ginsberg elucidated some commentary about how violative this is of a 13 year old. Alito and others of course could nto see even that…

But they all seemed to miss that it was simple criminal and (imo) sexual assault.

Then again, in a public school, you have no rights.


So fuckign sick of them all.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 July 2010

always the crocodile tears once the fix is in:

Like few other policy giants of his generation, Mr. Volcker has been a pivotal figure in the regulatory universe for decades, and as he looks back at his long, storied career he confesses to some regrets, in particular for failing to speak out more forcefully about the dangers of a seismic wave of financial deregulation that began in the 1970s and reached full force in the late 1990s.

marisacat - 10 July 2010

Got his.

8. catnip - 11 July 2010

Nausea for breakfast: Gibbs on Meet the Press. Flip over to This Week and it’s Axelrod. The WH should just do infomercials.

marisacat - 11 July 2010

Axelrod doing really badly…

I catch MTP on the repeat later… (if I am awake… 8) )

9. marisacat - 11 July 2010

Don’t look at me… I didn’t vote for him.

short version via People Mag….

–L.A. Times lead story, “Scientists want more from Obama:

Many say he’s failed to follow through on promises to prevent political meddling,” By Tom Hamburger and Kim Geiger:

“[I]nterviews with several scientists … as well as reviews of e-mails … show a wide range of complaints during the Obama presidency:

In Florida, water-quality experts reported government interference with efforts to assess damage to the Everglades stemming from development projects. … In Alaska, some oil and gas exploration decisions given preliminary approval under Bush moved forward under Obama, critics said, despite previously presented evidence of environmental harm.

The most immediate case of politics allegedly trumping science, some government and outside environmental experts said, was the decision to fight the gulf oil spill with huge quantities of potentially toxic chemical dispersants …

And the Union of Concerned Scientists, a Washington-based organization, said it had received complaints from scientists in key agencies about the difficulty of speaking out publicly.”


So… elections matter? They keep saying they do.

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 July 2010

Feingold wants us to believe they do as he makes another fake ‘stand’:

Wisconsin’s Russ Feingold is expected to be the only Senate Democrat voting against the hotly debated financial reforms backed by President Barack Obama when they are put to a final vote in the coming days.

Feingold’s stand has made it more difficult for his party to muster the 60 Senate votes it needs to pass what is a huge priority for the White House and frustrated some progressive groups who are his natural allies.

His position on the issue is unique in the 100-member Senate.

All the measure’s other opponents in that body are Republicans. Feingold is the only senator opposing the bill from the progressive side of the debate and the only one who is arguing that the new regulations are so timid and easy on Wall Street that passage would do more harm than good.

“It doesn’t do the job, and I’m not going to be part of basically defrauding the American people into thinking it does,” said Feingold in an interview that underscored his pointed differences with his own party on a reform package intended to prevent a repeat of the catastrophic financial meltdown of 2008.

Heather Booth, director of a huge left-of-center coalition pushing for passage, told a radio talk show June 30 that Feingold was effectively “standing with Wall Street and against Main Street” by voting no.

In the interview, Feingold leveled the same charge against some of the bill’s supporters.

“The most progressive elements know this is a bad bill,” Feingold said. He described some of the bill’s progressive backers as “pseudo-progressives,” late-comers to the issue or groups financed by powerful interests who want to “paper over the real problems in order to say they’ve solved it. They are not trying to get at the core issues.”

Despite some good things in the bill, Feingold said, it fails to fix the most important problems: Financial institutions that are “too big to fail” and the breakdown of old boundaries between different entities such as commercial banks and investment houses. The third-term senator is not alone in those criticisms; a number of analysts have made similar arguments.

But other Senate Democrats dissatisfied with the bill have concluded it’s the best they are going to get. Only one, Maria Cantwell of Washington, joined Feingold in opposing its initial Senate passage in May. But Cantwell is now supporting the bill after new enforcement language was added on derivative trading.

“Sen. Cantwell actually functioned quite differently from Sen. Feingold,” Booth, a leader of the liberal coalition supporting the bill, Americans for Financial Reform, told Baltimore talk radio host Marc Steiner at the end of June.

“We think she has provided real leadership and was deeply engaged and wasn’t just doing arm-chair philosophizing about what might be in a bill,” said Booth, whose organization includes a who’s who of labor, consumer and liberal advocacy groups.

marisacat - 11 July 2010

“pseudo progressives”??????

To be blunt, all “progressives” really do is keep moving forward. Even if the motion is fake.

I remember once back in Orange Drip, Marie smacked down “a gilas girl” ho was endlessly nattering on (all she ever did) about how being progressive was so much better than “liberal”. and Marie reminded her that Urban ReDevelopement, which has a brutal history, is classic progressive political policy.

I noticed that agg just shut up and drifted away…

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 July 2010

yup … all fake, both Russ and Cantwell and the so-called ‘advocacy’ groups.

Boy, did I feel sorry for Maddow having to sit at that table this morning … surrounded by very dull, unimaginative men all pushing the same ideas. Why the hell does ANYBODY care what that idiot H. Ford Jr. thinks?

Of course, every time Maddow got a head of steam up Malibu Ken would interrupt and change the topic.

marisacat - 11 July 2010

I’ll catch MTP on the rerun… the only fun on TW was that Jake seemed exasperated with Axelrod… he raised his voice a few times, esp over the Berwick recess appointment….

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 July 2010

Twain in His Own Words, At Last

Twain’s opposition to incipient imperialism and American military intervention in Cuba and the Philippines, for example, were well known even in his own time. But the uncensored autobiography makes it clear that those feelings ran very deep and includes remarks that, if made today in the context of Iraq or Afghanistan, would probably lead the right wing to question the patriotism of this most American of American writers.

In a passage removed by Paine, Twain excoriates “the iniquitous Cuban-Spanish War” and Gen. Leonard Wood’s “mephitic record” as governor general in Havana. In writing about an attack on a tribal group in the Philippines, Twain refers to American troops as “our uniformed assassins” and describes their killing of “six hundred helpless and weaponless savages” as “a long and happy picnic with nothing to do but sit in comfort and fire the Golden Rule into those people down there and imagine letters to write home to the admiring families, and pile glory upon glory.”

How little things change …

11. mattes - 11 July 2010

Will Chelsea Clinton Convert? Jews Wonder — and Ponder the Implications

Religion is an issue as well, as it often is: Chelsea, 30, is the daughter of a social justice Methodist (Hillary) and a Bible-quoting Southern Baptist (Bill), and Mezvinsky, 32, was raised in Conservative Judaism, a major Jewish movement that discourages intermarriage and forbids rabbis to officiate at — or even attend — interfaith weddings in which the non-Jewish spouse does not convert.


I just don’t know anymore.

Maybe I should convert. Life would be much easier.

marisacat - 11 July 2010

I think adult religious conversion is the silliest thing. It has never made sense to me… and good luck if he is a practicing Orthodox Jew.

12. mattes - 11 July 2010

Sanity, and solution:

“Israelis and Palestinians cannot bilaterally negotiate peace,” said Daniel Levy, senior research fellow and co-director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation. “They tried for many years, often under more propitious circumstances and failed. The jury is in — there is no Israeli-Palestinian directly negotiated peace deal to be had — only an externally driven set of parameters, (U.S.-led) guidelines, or the United Nations Security Council. In fact, peace is partly the wrong framing — the ’67 occupation needs to be brought to an end— whether it’s an end-of-conflict peace deal or not. Better to focus discussions with Israel on what needs to happen for them to end the ’67 occupation, than create a bizarre false symmetry between an occupying power and a stateless, occupied people whose national movement is split and the branch you are talking to faces major challenges to its credibility.”


13. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 July 2010

Our hostess linked to the new Bageant the other day, I finally got around to reading this, thought this section was great:

Such is the triumph of the money economy that nothing can be valued by any other measure, despite that nobody knows what money is worth at all these days. This is due in part to the international finance jerk-off, in which the world’s governments print truckloads of worthless money, so they can loan it out. The idea here is that incoming repayment in some other, more valuable, currency will cover their own bad paper. In turn, the debtor nations print their own bogus money to repay the loans. So you have institutions loaning money they do not have to institutions unable to repay the loans. All this is based on the bullshit theory that tangible wealth is being created by the world’s financial institutions, through interest on the debt. Money making money.

As my friend, physicist and political activist George Salzman writes,

“Everyone in these ‘professional’ institutions dealing in money lives a fundamentally dishonest life. Never mind ‘regulating’ interest rates,” he says. “We must do away with interest, with the very idea of ‘money making money’. We must recognize that what is termed ‘Western Civilization’ is in fact an anti-civilization, a global social structure of death and destruction. However, the charade of ever-increasing debt can be kept up only as long as the public remains ignorant. Once ecological limits have been reached the capitalist political game is up.”

marisacat - 11 July 2010

I also liked the passage when he talked about nature and the dismissal of what is bsically green slobber… I had a hard time picking a section…

His writings since he has relocated, at least part of the year, to Mexico are very fatalistic. I’ve enjoyed them….

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 July 2010

I think they’ve gotten tighter and more focused.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 July 2010

ACLU Makes Walgreens Sell Men Emergency Contraceptives

The ACLU says it found out Walgreens stores in Texas and Mississippi refused to sell emergency contraceptives to men, then pressured the pharmacy to order those locations to fall in line with corporate policy and let the men have their morning-after pills.

marisacat - 11 July 2010

😆 Maybe Texas and Mississippi could rejoin the non existant Union of the states… Frankly I am usrprised it was limited to just those two states…

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 July 2010

I was surprised, too.

Dumbest comment:

The drug isn’t something a man would ever take. What if a 30 year old guy is buying it for his 13 year old victim? I’m sorry, but given that this is a drug and it’s intended for use only by adult women, I think the woman in question should be present, if for no other reason that the pharmacist might need to give specific info regarding the drug.

This isn’t like buying aspirin or something.

marisacat - 11 July 2010

This isn’t like buying aspirin or something.

… but it should be… 😉

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 July 2010

I think the dumbasses think it’s poison or something.

15. marisacat - 11 July 2010

Happy happy happy … slap happy. I read the dmaned thing weighs 40 tons… it ought to do something…

White House Confident BP’s Latest Effort Will Help Contain Gulf Oil Spill

Voice of America – ‎1 hour ago‎

Capping stack BOP will attach to well bore to be able to stop oil flow and divert to vessels. This capping stack has been under construction for approximately two months at the Cameron facility in Berwick, Louisiana A senior adviser to US President …

16. marisacat - 12 July 2010



……………….. 😯

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