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“Full spectrum dominance” 14 July 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, The Battle for New Orleans.

Image: The White House via Flickr

President Barack Obama reworks his address to the nation regarding the BP oil spill with, from left, Carol Browner, assistant to the President for energy and climate change, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, and Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau, in the Outer Oval Office, June 15, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Moving right along… this is the boileroom… oh, I am sure I mean Brain Trust, that worked on the June Oval Office speech.  The speech that said it, that problem down South, would be a “trickle” in a “few days”.

Faith, Hope and Charity.  They extended all of that to BP.

Gary Brechin:

[T]he very Democratic president whom that right-wing loathed responded by opening much of the offshore U.S. to oil exploitation while promising lavish public subsidies to jumpstart a renaissance of nuclear energy.

Bold new technology, he assured his countrymen, had made both energy sources safe as banks. Safe as the risk-taking investment banks that had just gone down, perhaps.

The petroleum industry had, for decades, made wastelands of the Niger River Delta, the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Ecuadorian jungles, and more, but as long as the oil kept flowing, few in the developed world cared. And then they had to.

Turning to Prayer

President Barack Obama gave his first Oval Office address, invoking the spirit and know-how with which Americans had won World War II and landed men on the moon, then wound up asking for prayer. Americans prayed, but the oil kept coming in with the dying pelicans and porpoises.

President Obama had, after all, staffed his administration with bright but blinkered technocrats who, as critic Chris Hedges remarked, “mistake the art of manipulation with knowledge.”

Obama’s Nobel Prize-winning Energy Secretary — who had earlier brokered a lucrative marriage of BP and the University of California to develop genetically altered biofuels without mentioning the dangers entailed — announced a “dream team” of the nation’s best and brightest scientists and engineers to devise a solution to the gusher, and then Secretary Steven Chu went mute.

If BP and the government could not contain the blowout they could try to control the flow of information about it.


Ever more umbilically dependent upon machines and the fossil fuel-derived energy that drives them, they live with a young technocrat in the White House who promised change but who — bereft of any vision of how the earth’s resources could be more equitably distributed and its technology more wisely used — delivered instead the status quo.

As the lethal cloud spreads unchecked in the sea, few yet understand that a dead ocean means dead land.

…  As the worsening news from the Gulf becomes chronic, it retreats into the inner pages of dying newspapers, displaced from the front page by the World Cup and Tiger Woods’s comeback.

That much of life could be ending on Planet Earth would be a bummer for many, and very bad for business. The lights must never go out, wrote Auden at the outbreak of World War II, the music must always play.

Tho I’d say Tiger is not having much of a come back. Other than that….

Oh yes, that “full spectrum dominance…” idea:

[B]ut the money had not run out for the military whose budgets engorged on the conviction that the U.S. could, should, and, indeed, must police the planet like a frontier sheriff patrolling an unruly mining camp.

Reagan’s successors and disciples called that military fantasy “full spectrum dominance.” At the start of the Twenty-first Century, Congress unstintingly funded foreign wars while further slashing taxes and starving domestic programs.

The emaciated “beast” of public services at the core of democratic governance not so much slouched as staggered and gasped toward its terminus, its mangy hide stretched taut over brittle ribs.

Freed of constraining regulation and barriers, the world economy morphed into a hybrid pawn shop and casino, its winners luring suckers into the pool with promises of ever-increasing prosperity. Few alive remembered the year 1929 and what followed. Then, in 2008, the house came down.  …

“Hyrid pawn shop and casino”.  Yes, that’s us.  And “winners luring  suckers ino the pool”, that’s us too… “Frontier sheriff patrolling…”, that too…

With a “God Bless America” band-aid for all.



1. marisacat - 14 July 2010

Afghan attacks kill 8 US troops in 24 hours

By KAY JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Kay Johnson, Associated Press Writer – 30 mins ago

KABUL, Afghanistan – American forces suffered a deadly 24 hours in Afghanistan, with eight troops killed in attacks including an audacious Taliban raid on a police compound in the key southern city of Kandahar, officials said Wednesday.

The U.S. and its coalition allies have warned that violence and troop casualties are likely to mount this summer as thousands of new forces fan out across southern insurgent strongholds in a bid to turn around the nearly 9-year-long war.

However, a top U.S. commander in the south said Wednesday that the new operation should start reducing violence in coming months.

So far in July, 45 coalition troops have died in Afghanistan, 33 of them Americans, continuing the upward trend of the previous month, which was war’s deadliest for the NATO-led force, with 103 international soldiers killed. …

And you have to love this (blaming hashish)… I would expect more and more of this, insurgency in the so called ranks of Afghanis. And why would anyone be shocked

On Tuesday in Helmand, Britain’s forces suffered a blow when an Afghan soldier partnered with them turned against his unit, killing three British troops, including the company commander, before fleeing. The Taliban later announced the man had surrendered to the insurgents and was in “a safe place.”

Afghan Gen. Ghulam Farook Parwani identified the soldier Wednesday as Talib Hussein, age 22 or 23, a Hazara minority Shiite Muslim from the eastern province of Ghazni.

The soldier’s identity deepened the mystery of his motive, since the Hazara were persecuted by the Taliban when the hard-liners ruled Afghanistan during 1996-2001 with their extreme interpretation of Islamic law. Taliban are mostly of ethnic Pashtun Sunni Muslims who see Shiites as doctrinally impure.

Parwani said Hussein was recruited into the Afghan army only about eight or nine months previously. He said initial investigations indicate Hussein was a habitual hashish smoker.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 July 2010

yup, stoners ALWAYS go on killing sprees. I love how the fake “explanations” run across cultures.

2. catnip - 14 July 2010

No Nobel prize-winning Chu guy in that pic?

Obama’s Nobel Prize-winning Energy Secretary — who had earlier brokered a lucrative marriage of BP and the University of California to develop genetically altered biofuels without mentioning the dangers entailed — announced a “dream team” of the nation’s best and brightest scientists and engineers to devise a solution to the gusher, and then Secretary Steven Chu went mute.


marisacat - 14 July 2010

well apparently he is down in the Gulf…latest word is the US entities, Allen etc, say begin test… and BP is saying NO.

Good luck guys… maybe a burger, everybody togther at Hell’s Burger? (Obby’s buyin’) Oh right that did not work so good for Medvedev and Obby.

We had Boris and Natasha x 10 the next day.

Lollipops for everybody, balloons, cotton candy, lets go see the baby zoo animals.


3. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 July 2010
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The more you repress it, the more you want it

The biggest consumer of porn in the US is Utah, and hotels report increased viewing of porn during religious conventions.

More there about areas searching for “pornographic terms” …

Google ranks Pakistan No.1 in the world in searches for pornographic terms, outranking every other country in searches per person for certain sex-related content, FOXNews.com said.

Pakistan has ranked No.1 in searches per-person for “horse sex” since 2004, “donkey sex” since 2007, “rape pictures” between 2004 and 2009, “rape sex” since 2004, “child sex” between 2004 and 2007 and since 2009, “animal sex” since 2004 and “dog sex” since 2005, according to Google Trends and Google Insights, features of Google that generate data based on popular search terms.

The country has also been No.1 in searches for “sex”, “camel sex”, “rape video” and “child sex video”.

I’m sure Allah doesn’t mind.

marisacat - 14 July 2010


well Pakistan is moving right along. Good to know. Maybe we can promote fundie and aberrational Muslims from Pakistan marrying Mormons from Utah.


Madman in the Marketplace - 14 July 2010

well, they already have attitudes toward women in common, so there is that going for them …

marisacat - 14 July 2010

I see it as marriages made in HEAVEN.

😈 … 👿

brinn - 15 July 2010

LOL! Mcat, madman — thanks for that exchange! made my day!

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 July 2010
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marisacat - 14 July 2010

wow… more pictures in the thread, the one with the Pope is a hoot!!

lodown 05:57 PM

Invite a friend to comment

Wow! Her head is like…like a mullet and a bouffant had a baby.


Madman in the Marketplace - 14 July 2010

they have great threads at Jezebel.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 July 2010

Be nice if this actually does happen more:

The Other Place To Have An Abortion

Plenty of doctors are willing to offer abortions but reluctant to go through what Phelps does, so they’re going a compromise route: offering abortions as part of their family practices, having been trained by relatively recent university residency and training fellowships. (A big chunk of their funding comes from Warren Buffett’s now-deceased wife, Susan Thompson Buffett, and then Buffett himself. Thompson Buffett once told Charlie Rose, “Warren feels that women all over the world get shortchanged. That’s why he’s so pro-choice.” Thanks, Warren!) They don’t broadly advertise themselves as abortion providers, and many of them stick to early-term procedures.

Although it’s important to note that rates of abortion access have still not improved overall, there are some glimmers of hope here. The takeaway:

If the young doctors succeed at making abortion mainstream and respected within medicine, abortion could move from clinics to doctor’s offices and hospitals. And if that happened, would the politics surrounding it finally change? Would protesters stand outside a hospital or a primary-care clinic or a group practice that treats all kinds of patients?

We are a long way from that point, if it ever comes; many of the providers Bazelon interviewed declined to give their real or full names, for obvious reasons, and some of the resistance goes beyond Operation Rescue and inside the office. There is a disturbing moment where a Catholic nurse inherited by a young ob-gyn in Rochester, NY is describing the compromise they reached on abortions — which includes her referring patients to discredited, lie-promoting crisis pregnancy centers, possibly without the doctor’s knowledge.

marisacat - 14 July 2010

Hire atheists. Of course peopel like the Catholic nurse should recuse from the job, based on conscience. All these tidy laws made just for them!! Protect their reptilian religio brains.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 July 2010

atheists are the fastest growing “faith” group in the country, supposedly. I really wish this country would grow out of this prehistoric bullshit.

ms_xeno - 14 July 2010

I was just indulging my customary masochism by reading some fucking stupid resident local LJ troll announcing that it’s okay for the Salvation Army to have homophobic hiring practices because after all LGBT orgs wouldn’t hire ultra-religious homophobes, either.

Then some other moral genius demanded to know why everyone who dislikes SA’s policies isn’t doing something to help the poor, like, RIGHT NOW!!


This is why I don’t keep blunt instruments anywhere in the house.

marisacat - 15 July 2010

ugh here they do soemtimes help people (first a prayer tho!), but the real scam the SA runs is cheap labor. Very very cheap labor. Aside from everythign else…

.. and hello! ms_xeno!! how is the garden? And the kitties?

ms_xeno - 15 July 2010

Hey, the Salvation Army can and will do whatever it wants to. I was mostly disgusted with the troll’s contention that obviously a queer-focused org that didn’t want Fundies working for them is naturally the same as a charitable Xtian org that didn’t want queer folks working for them.

Yup. Because being queer in the U.S. is exactly like being Christian– all those built-in institutional and cultural privileges and the like. And we all know that being queer qualifies one for tax exemption– just like the churches get!


(save me from clueless “progressive” local morons. Somebody. Anybody.)

Both garden and cats are doing remarkably well considering my woeful level of energy. The Sid is dining noisily on the remains of a yogurt container even as we speak.

It’s good to see you all again. 🙂

marisacat - 15 July 2010

that obviously a queer-focused org that didn’t want Fundies working for them is naturally the same as a charitable Xtian org that didn’t want queer folks working for them.

yeah I agree… I imagine the recent case rising out of San Francisco that made it to the SCOTUS has exacerbated reactions from christian orgs… because that was the argument from the on campus xtian org tha wanted to discriminate against gays and still be a recognised and funded, using tax payer funds via the University…. I am sure they were very shocked when the SCOTUS ruled fo the school. The club can form, people have rights, but if they want to be recognised, and funded and using public funded space like other clubs, then they cannot discriminate.

The fundie club thought it could discrimate and have the various perks of an official club, and their basis was they are opposed to gays as atenet of their faith.

Sorta like the damned burqa, consdiered to be an act of faith.

When neither are…

ms_xeno - 15 July 2010

P.S. – I did finally update my own LJ, but it’s dead horse that’s really kicking ass right now.

marisacat - 15 July 2010

Great blog, thanks for posting…

Murder is murder no matter which way you slice it. – Dead Horse

One reason these wars are and should be declared Religious Wars… as much as religion was the battle in Northern Ireland. Sure it was, and a cover for plain old geo political war for hegemony….

Different wars, all at once for different factions… I am so entertained lately to read the flap over the 13 storey mosque a few hundred feet from Ground Zero.

And yeah Obby. sadly I DO think Reagan was a terrible and tho drawn out long term, a deadly choice. The problem is, despite some good ideas domestically (on energy, and at the time we needed to begin major changes) Jimmeh was no better. And I deeply regret my votes for him.

There never was a choice,is what I am saying…

brinn - 15 July 2010

Yeah, it would. Only I am not holding my damn breath:
I would love to hear moiv’s take on this

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 July 2010

I have a friend who loves FNL … I’ll be curious to hear from her how the episode was.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 July 2010


I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by brevity, over-connectedness, emotionally starving for attention, dragging themselves through virtual communities at 3 am, surrounded by stale pizza and neglected dreams, looking for angry meaning, any meaning, same hat wearing hipsters burning for shared and skeptical approval from the holographic projected dynamo in the technology of the era, who weak connections and recession wounded and directionless, sat up, micro-conversing in the supernatural darkness of Wi-Fi-enabled cafes, floating across the tops of cities, contemplating techno, who bared their brains to the black void of new media and the thought leaders and so called experts who passed through community colleges with radiant, prank playing eyes, hallucinating Seattle- and Tarantino-like settings among pop scholars of war and change, …

and etc.

lucid - 15 July 2010

ugh! That could describe me… sad.

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 July 2010

you and me both

9. marisacat - 14 July 2010

hmmm McClatchy:

[A]llen said drilling experts will be trying to determine whether pressure can be maintained without an effect on the wellbore and its casing. If pressure drops, that signals there’s a potential weakness in the well and that oil and gas could be escaping elsewhere. They want the pressure to remain constant.

If it continues to remain stable after 48 hours, that’s when they’ll decide whether to move forward with activating the containment cap, Allen said.

What they learn from the integrity testing about the condition of the well will help inform how they proceed with the relief wells, which are nearing completion. The pressure readings, for example, will help them determine what kind of drilling mud to use.

Until recently, BP officials and the government have not publicized that they may be able to shut off the well in this way — a deliberate decision, said BP’s senior vice president, Kent Wells.

They had always thought they might be able to kill the well using the stack that currently is funneling much of the oil to the surface for processing. But they lacked confidence until they had done additional engineering and scientific analysis, Wells said Wednesday afternoon in a technical briefing with reporters.

“We had to continue to do a lot of the analysis we did to give ourselves the confidence that we could actually pull it off,” Wells said. “We chose not to talk about it a lot until we had confidence — because otherwise, we’d be talking about something that may or may not be possible.” ….

Read more: Link

10. marisacat - 15 July 2010

[T]he test involves closing valves on a new tight-fitting cap to increase pressure in the well, so that BP can assess the rest of the well’s condition.

But by Thursday morning, the live video of the rig showed oil was still billowing from the top of the tap. A BP spokesman said the company had found a leak on the line attached to one of the valves, and that they were repairing it before moving forward.


11. marisacat - 15 July 2010

Argentina is more progressive than we………….. and battled back the Holy Roman church as well…

Argentina legalizes gay marriage in historic vote

By MICHAEL WARREN (AP) – 48 minutes ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina legalized same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America give gays and lesbians all the legal rights that marriage brings to heterosexual couples.

After a marathon debate that lasted more than 16 hours, the vote was 33 in favor, 27 against and 3 abstentions in Argentina’s Senate. Since the lower house already approved the bill and President Cristina Fernandez is a strong supporter, it now becomes the law of the land.

The bill passed despite a concerted campaign by the Roman Catholic Church and evangelical groups, which drew 60,000 people to a march on Congress earlier this week.

They make Obby and his precious lecturing born againess (Look! Palin is over there! Don’t notice Obby and his silly religion), all the fundies, most of the Republicans, all of the Mormons, Catholics and assorted other cohorts… look so petty.

Same-sex civil unions have been legalized in Uruguay, Buenos Aires and some states in Mexico and Brazil. Mexico City has legalized gay marriage. Colombia’s Constitutional Court granted same-sex couples inheritance rights and allowed them to add their partners to health insurance plans.

But Argentina now becomes the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, granting gays and lesbians all the same rights and responsibilities that heterosexuals have. These include many more rights than civil unions, including adopting children and inheriting wealth. The proposed law broadly declares that “marriage provides for the same requisites and effects independent of whether the contracting parties are of the same or different sex.”

“Nearly every political and social figure has spoken out in favor of marriage equality for everyone,” said Maria Rachid, president of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals. “Argentina, from today forward, is a more just country for all families.”

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 July 2010

I saw some fantastic ads supporting that measure on You Tube the other day … fantastic, very well done ads. VERY matter of fact.

marisacat - 15 July 2010

I say, go to Argentina and get married. Geesh, even Hawai’i couldn’t manage it… and you know they need the biz.

CSTAR - 15 July 2010

Argentina has very nice places to live to suit any temperament: Large, medium, and small urban centers, rural, desert, forest you name it.

I am surprised though that the church didn’t organize some mass excommunication, execution, burning, whatever. I am also surprised Argentina led Brazil, which I think in many ways is more progressive.

But hopefully, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay will follow.

The vise-grip of the church may finally be loosening in the Iberian world.

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marisacat - 15 July 2010

still the minor fixer he always was. Necromancer too, I would say… Or, that was how i saw his fake religionism (no no the Democrats said! He is modern, for science, pro choice etc! he is!! look at Palin Over There, she is the religion nut!)

To our dismay, the Obama administration just announced it will exclude abortion coverage in the temporary health-insurance pools that will transition us into the new health-care system.

I am outraged that such a decision would come from a pro-choice president that we helped elect.

Yes boxes of Kleenex to NARAL… in fact to most of the wimmens orgs. esp the leadership..

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14. marisacat - 15 July 2010

Don’t make me laugh TOO hard:

A Danish politician has suggested paying immigrants half the current minimum wage. The idea has gone down well with center-right parties, but it’s opposed by the left — and the far right. Right-wing populists fear low wages for immigrants could take jobs away from “regular Danes.”

The debate over integration is shrill in Denmark. The small country repeatedly makes international headlines on the issue. The current coalition government of conservatives and right-wing liberals has already introduced Europe’s toughest immigration law. The far-right Danish People’s Party constantly agitates against the nation’s 450,000 immigrants. And in 2006, the crisis over the Muhammad cartoons spilled over from Denmark to the rest of the world. [wasn’t that fun? -Mcat]

At the same time, Denmark produces many new innovative ideas — social workers who help Muslim women learn to ride bicycles, the first integration law in Europe, associations of liberal Muslims. …

Seems fraught with danger.

As a side issue tho, look a the proposed rate would be… and consider our min wage (7 something iirc, tho SF has a supposed rate of 13 smething)

His idea is that migrants should work for around 50 krone an hour (around €6.50 or $8.40) instead of the current minimum hourly wage of around 100 krone. There is no official legal minimum wage in Denmark, but pay is regulated by a series of wage agreements negotiated by labor unions.

via Spiegel

marisacat - 16 July 2010


FRESNO, Calif. – Federal prosecutions of immigrants soared to new levels this spring, as the Obama administration continued an aggressive enforcement strategy championed under President George W. Bush, according to a new study released Thursday.

The 4,145 cases referred to federal prosecutors in March and April was the largest number for any two-month stretch since the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was created five years ago, the Syracuse University-based Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse found. They ranged from misdemeanor illegal entry to prosecutions of immigrants with criminal records.

Department of Homeland Security figures show that the number of illegal immigrants in the country has fallen in recent years. As of January 2009, an estimated 10.8 million people were in the country illegally, 1 million less than the 2007 peak, according to DHS.

At the same time, deportations have been increasing, climbing from 185,944 in 2007 to 387,790 last year.

brinn - 16 July 2010

My goddaughter’s boyfriend has a hearing coming in the fall…he’s been in the country since he was 7, but his family has never bothered with the whole legalization process, not even for him and his sibs, he happens now to be “a legal adult” — they hauled his ass of to detention in San Antone, but get this: his parents were able to get him out until the deportation hearing, date of which has not yet been set….

I am of about 7 minds about this whole thing…our system is just totally FUCKED!

brinn - 16 July 2010

Oh, and, how in the hell do they keep accurate #s for illegal immigrant anyway!? This is something I have never understood. I mean, if you can count them, then why the hell can’t you a) get them legal and/or b) send them home?! makes no damn sense at all.

marisacat - 16 July 2010

Well I think a lot of business, Chamber of Commerce, etc., is fine with how things are…

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2010

just another way to keep people off-balance and at each others’ throats.

marisacat - 16 July 2010

It is a complete and utter mess. And the Democrats continue to mouth old out of date pieties that just tick people off… things that may have been true in the past but no longer hold…

Are the parents legal in the instance you mentioned? I certainly don’t think families should be split up, this really bothers me…

Again, it’s a complete mess…

brinn - 19 July 2010

No the parents aren’t legal — I kinda dig the idea of the Dream Act, because how can hold a kid responsible for being brought here AS A KID and not getting “papers” — oops you turned 18, now your ass is a criminal….makes no damn sense. ‘Course said boyfriend coulda helped himself out by not getting arrested in the first place (for something related to imm. status…)

It’s a huge mess.

15. marisacat - 16 July 2010


Did you know that the reason for a second dip, or a downward drift or poor new jobs numbers (personally I just thought things got WORSE) is all about Greece?

Yes, we were clipping right along, recovering, adding “hundreds of thousnds of jobs a month” til Greece hit.

So said Barney Frank, on Charlie Rose…


PS… Not to worry! He just topped himself:

He claimed that he, like “elderly in my district” is “on Medicare“.

Thsi was part of explaining that people are awakening that all the boogey men promised to arrive with Health Care Reform Insurance Giveaway are lies.

Barney, man of the people.

marisacat - 16 July 2010

am having a lot of computer problems (tho obviously I got on, finally)… not sure what it is.. so will leave this up all day… and if things smooth out, put up a new pic and thread later tonight.

ts - 16 July 2010

Barney Frank is a fucking idiot. There, I said it.

marisacat - 16 July 2010

well… I had had CR on, with the sound low (I cannot stand to listen to BF… he jsut sounds like a screaming shoe salesman or soemthing), I was reading on the computer and had opera blasting… when I heard a caller to the local talk radio say something about how relieved she was, everything was working, Barney F on CR had said… etc., Greece… and so on.

So I caught it on a repeat.

Meanwhile Roubini says welcome to the second of the double dip…

And so on.

ts - 16 July 2010

I’m not really sold on the “double dip” scenario. I’d have to wait and see if business operating profits start to decline, temporary employment starts to fall, and layoffs increase. We haven’t seen any of those start to happen.

Instead, I just think we got the normal inventory rebuild we get at the beginning of every recovery, but now that the rebuild is ending we’re falling back to the growth rate of spending, which is going to be very slow until people dig themselves out of the huge hole the housing bust and recession put them in. It might be awhile.

If the Federal Government really does cut spending by a lot, then all bets are off. But the 1937-1938 cuts were to a budget and overall attitude towards government spending that doesn’t exist today, even in the GOP. I doubt the GOP could even get 1% of the budget chopped, much less the 5-7% of the mid-thirties. Plus that pre-supposes that the stimulus actually stimulated the economy, which it pretty plainly didn’t do. All it did was keep the economy from failing a little worse than it did.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2010

I don’t know about that … a lot of the “profits” are likely cost cutting, replacing permanent employees w/ “contractors” and getting thus getting rid of benefits costs. I’m not sure there ever was much “growth”.

brinn - 16 July 2010

Sorry, WTF!? It’s all Greece’s fault!? Well, that a new one…in this century at least. I agree with ts — idiot.

And he’s on Medicare!? Well, fuck him.

marisacat - 16 July 2010

Well we know he’s not on Medicare.. not with the excellent coverage given to Congress for small amounts, I thnk they pay 79.00/mo for most packages…

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2010

gawd he’s pathetic

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Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2010
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The Big O tries to throw people on food stamps under the bus

Well, not really. To clarify, if you’re on food stamps, you’re pretty much under the bus already. What Obama really wanted to do was back up, and then drive the bus over you again. David Obey as quoted in the Washington Independent:

[OBEY] We were told we have to offset every damn dime of [Race To The Top*] new teacher spending]. Well, it ain’t easy to find offsets, and with all due respect to the administration their first suggestion for offsets was to cut food stamps. Now they were careful not to make an official budget request, because they didn’t want to take the political heat for it, but that was the first trial balloon they sent down here. … Their line of argument was, well, the cost of food relative to what we thought it would be has come down, so people on food stamps are getting a pretty good deal in comparison to what we thought they were going to get.


Seriously, fucking DLCC and etc who keep sending out emails about how scary the Republicans are (and asking for money, ‘natch) … WHAT IS THE FUCKING DIFFERENCE?

marisacat - 16 July 2010

And let’s remember he ran on, used his mother having been on Food Stamps.

And ya know, how’s that vote going for those who voted for him. Many don’t care, rationalise, ignore, feel he “must” do certain things…

Hard to imagine more pathetic pathetos…

marisacat - 16 July 2010

Their line of argument was, well, the cost of food relative to what we thought it would be has come down, so people on food stamps are getting a pretty good deal

omigod.. in what universe has food come down? It has not. If I ever have the strength to call either the Boxer office or the Pelosi office, I have a list of basics that has gone up t Safeway, in addition to other costs.

Because dear Obby eliminated the COLA for SS recipients fr this year AND NEXT.

My problem is when I get angry, my voice box shuts and I am truly left sputtering…

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 July 2010

it’s so fucking hateful, especially when they’re running on the whole “we’re better than the evil corp-loving Reps” line of bullshit.

brinn - 17 July 2010

Well, what really takes the cake here (aside, of course from the utter audacity to say that folsk on food stamps “have a pretty good deal”) is that most teachers anyone might bother to talk with will tell you that “Race to the Top” spending on merit pay based solely on test scores and other arbitary statistics that have nothing to do with EDUCATING kids, is the hugest pile of steaming shit they’ve been served in quite a while — as based on how much shit teachers have had to eat over the past 15 years, they should know.

God I hate this motherfucking country.

marisacat - 17 July 2010

It’s a nightmare… And that horrible Spellings has said all along she likes whatshisname, Arne, from Chicago. Sure she does, two peas.

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How “Grassroots” Is Obama’s Organizing for America?

Legendary organizer Marshall Ganz gave his view of O.F.A. to the New Republic: “It’s much more an instrument of mobilizing the bottom to serve the top than organizing the bottom to participate in shaping the direction of the top.” The magazine also had this from techPresident.com editor Micah Sifry, who said Obama supporters “were basically asked to wait, that someone else was going to decide what was going to happen, and, in the meantime, please buy this mug.”

marisacat - 16 July 2010

There was a telling line, if anyone cared to read it, way way way down at the bottom of a round up piece at the NYT during the GE…. one of his campaign finance people, some creature who never crawled out of Chicago, said one challenge as to keep the little people believing and donating.


One of the few entertainments I have had in the past few days… was Nancy, who of course is a very tough pol, boldly including Mother Michelle on who she expects, of the WH slag crew, to get their ass out there and campaign for the November elections.

So entertaining. Michelle barely got her ass out there for her HUSBAND’s run. Once again, fixers. Hubby did small jobs and the pay and perks rolled in.

Hill and Bill are utterly horrible people, but they are politicians.

20. marisacat - 16 July 2010



………………………. 😯

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