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Papieren, bitte? 16 July 2010

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

A polar bear rolls around next to the National Geographic Explorer in Svalbard, Norway. The female bear swam and crossed more than a kilometre of ice to get to the vessel, which was stopped and shut down in fast ice on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago, Norway. The bear showed intense curiosity as she went from stem to stern of the ship, returning to the bow to stand up against the hull itself...

A polar bear stands up against the hull of the National Geographic Explorer in Svalbard, Norway. The female bear swam and crossed more than a kilometre of ice to get to the vessel, which was stopped and shut down in fast ice on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago, Norway. The bear showed intense curiosity as she went from stem to stern of the ship, returning to the bow to stand up against the hull itself    [MICHAEL NOLAN / SPECIALIST STOCK / BARCROFT MEDIA]

At least that is what I hope she is saying:  I am Customs and Immigration, and we take a lean and sharp view of tourists, eco or otherwise.  Papers!  You bizarre bi-peds have papers?

I landed on the picture in the Telegraph’s Animals of the Week, but she has her own gallery… AND they have a gallery of amazing, unknown sea creatures under the Great Barrier Reef. The first one, alone, in the gallery is incredible… a deep sea amphipod crustacean…


Beats the land locked news.  As horror after horror unfolds.




1. CSTAR - 16 July 2010

Go away!

(The bear seems to say)

2. marisacat - 17 July 2010

fwiw… or not worth, more likely… 😆

–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), DSCC Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), NRCC Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and DCCC Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

–ABC’s “This Week”: Vice President Joe Biden; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, the Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page; former Bush White House Communications Director Nicolle Wallace and former Clinton White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers

–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and former Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ); NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and National Tea Party Federation’s David Webb

— “Fox News Sunday”: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA); Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC); roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, FORTUNE’s Nina Easton, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams; “Power Player of the Week”: National Bass Guide Service’s Steve Chaconas

–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD); Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D-New Orleans)

–C-SPAN: “Newsmakers” (10 a.m. ET / 6 p.m. ET Sunday): NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), questioned by NPR’s Ken Rudin and Roll Call’s John McArdle … “The Communicators” (6:30 p.m. ET Saturday): Fox Television attorney Carter Phillips and Patrick Trueman, who filed a legal brief for the Family Research Council, questioned by POLITICO’s Kim Hart … “Q & A” (8 p.m. ET / 11 p.m. ET Sunday): Robert Service, author of “Trotsky” … Special Campaign 2010 coverage: AZ-SEN Debate (6:30 p.m. ET Sunday): Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), former Rep. J.D. Hayworth and Tea Party activist Jim Deakin.

marisacat - 17 July 2010

hmmm sooo bad that there is not a single “worst” one…

tho I’d say FTN, with NAACP’s Jealous and TeaWhatever’s Webb as they both fake it, is possibly the worst….


Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2010

it all looks pretty dismal.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2010

One Million Americans To Lose Their Homes. Where Will They Go And How Will They Live?

I was in the neighborhood pizza restaurant last night, and several of the diners were talking about unemployment extensions. Like most people, they’re confused about the difference between next week’s vote on unemployment extension, and Tier 5 benefits — which Congress won’t touch. They’re hoping “someone will do something,” because the alternative is too unthinkable.

The staff is worried, too. The pizza cook is an accountant with three kids who can’t find anything above minimum wage. “When I’ve gotten an interview, I’m going up against people with ten years’ experience and MBAs — for jobs that pay $10 an hour,” he told me. “I just don’t know what I’m going to do.”

And the delivery guy, a former IT programmer, is worried sick about his wife, who has COPD and internal bleeding they can’t locate. They’ve been going to the local federally-funded public health center. “The doctors there are good, but they get a little antsy when you need a specialist,” he said. “My unemployment runs out in September, and she’s the only steady paycheck coming into the house.”

He told me he has this idea for an invention, that when he was working, he invested $1000 in getting designs made. But now? “I need another ten thousand to move forward, and there’s no way in hell I can ever afford that without a job,” he said.

He paused. “Let alone a house. I just don’t know what we’re gonna do.”

And in stark contrast to the burdens carried by these decent, hard-working people, Americans who got the education and prepared themselves to be self-sufficient, stand the just plain mean denizens of Beck Nation. A friend of mine was looking in a store yesterday and told the owner she wouldn’t be buying anything just yet because she was unemployed. The woman snapped, started wagging a finger in her face and told her she “shouldn’t be here, you should be out looking for a job!”

“Practically snarling at me,” my friend told me. “Can you imagine?” Yes, I can.

ts - 17 July 2010
ts - 17 July 2010

This is a $34 billion bill. Peanuts. It’s not about money. It’s about saying FU to the Democrats and the poor, and not necessarily in that order.

marisacat - 17 July 2010

I don’t believe there is a real push from the WH to get ths done. Nor has the senate ever appeared overly anxious to be timely and efficient with such a desperate need. More than once they let it go for weeks as they vacationed, went home, did other things.. etc.

From the NYT article:

She had used up 79 weeks of benefits but was expecting an additional 20 weeks under the extended federal program.

ugh I had thought the possibility of full extensions t 99 weeks was still available… but that as of right now, people are cut off at 99… and 99 will be the cut off even when the senate does get its fat overpaid ass around to this…

ts - 17 July 2010

Oh, I absolutely agree. The pretzel’s whole purpose is to be the “ratchet” (SMBIVA) that lower’s the standards of what social safety net we should expect (eventually none).

marisacat - 17 July 2010

Well, the other thing is that money goes directly into the economy. As I have said for years about welfare, straight into the economy. LOL It does not go to offshore banks… No PO Box in the Cayman Islands…

But you know, cutting the COLA of Soc Sec recipients was only a savings of 13 billion, but they (and Obby) were happy to do it.

ts - 17 July 2010

That really is the best (and only) stimulus that works. “Investing” in infrastructure or whatnot doesn’t provide any returns, all it does is pay businesses through the government instead of the private sector. Cash payments for government debt is a 100% immediate GDP boost. People spend that shit with the quickness.

The “debt bomb” situation is a canard. Governments can and do monetize and/or abrogate their debts throughout history. The only difference is the banksters would take the haircut and not the poor. That’s why the pretzel will have none of it.

marisacat - 17 July 2010

agree, the whole debt fiction (we have one, I mean the using of it) is a wall they have built. They stop there, point and do no more. The wall is their excuse. Same with “pay go”, and so on…

marisacat - 17 July 2010

It does amaze me, the way in which Americans, more than Europeans or Latins, feel they can openly lecture to people they absolutely do not know… I don’t mean jsut have an opinion, but to lecture to someone’s face.

I trace some of it to the societal sense of what is a “sin”. Drinking, smoking, laziness, etc. These, in America, are not behavior, or choices or demeanors, but SINS.

ts - 17 July 2010

I’m really surprised there aren’t more face punchings going on.

ms_xeno - 17 July 2010

The shopkeeper will get her own show on FOX any day now…

marisacat - 17 July 2010

I agree…

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2010
catnip - 18 July 2010


5. ms_xeno - 17 July 2010

I expect that the Gummint will just reinstitute the draft for everyone who runs out Unemployment. Hell, it’s the logical extension of suckering the desperate into chin-deep college debt, than offering them a stint in the Guard and an all-expense paid tour of the Mid-East when they can’t pay that shit off.

marisacat - 17 July 2010

See lovely downtown Tehran, from a bomber flyover….

6. marisacat - 17 July 2010

hmm For years I said, “the last communication from America will be an advertisement”… but I think that is out of date.

It’s going to be blood spray, blood splatter.

Car bomb in Mexican drug war changes ground rules


CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — The first successful car bombing by a drug cartel brings a new dimension of terror to a Mexican border region already shocked by random street battles, bodies dangling from bridges and highway checkpoints mounted by heavily armed criminals.

The attack, seemingly lifted from an al-Qaida playbook, demonstrated once again that the cartels are a step ahead of both an already guarded public and federal police, who have recently taken over command from the military of the battle against traffickers in Ciudad Juarez, a city across the border from El Paso, Texas.

“It’s a lot like Iraq,” said Claudio Arjon, who owns a restaurant near the scene of the attack and was surveying the damage from behind police lines Saturday morning. “Now, things are very different. It’s very different. It’s very ugly.” ….

“seemingly from an al Qaida notebook…”

HA! …when ti is us making war on the border….

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2010
8. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2010


When Umberger was arrested in his rectory on Wednesday he confessed to the police that he’s “sexually attracted to boys and young men and searched the Internet for images of 12- to 15-year-olds.” A spokesperson for the diocese told the Winona Daily News, “What’s happening right now is a shock.”

To them and them alone.

Gee, maybe church officials would’ve taken action sooner if Umberger had been caught following little girls into a women’s restroom and attempting to ordain them.

marisacat - 17 July 2010

if Umberger had been caught following little girls into a women’s restroom and attempting to ordain them.

oh snicker…

If only he had jsut said ’15 year olds”… he would have fit itno the church’s preferred fiction… these are all twisted homosexuals who just want sex with teens.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2010

Pleas Evolve for Conscientious Objector Status

WASHINGTON — Answering the G.I. Rights Hotline for the last 11 years, J. E. McNeil has counseled thousands of soldiers who want to become conscientious objectors and get out of the service.

But when the House of Representatives voted May 27 to allow the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, paving the way for gay men and lesbians in the military to be open about their sexual orientation, Ms. McNeil got a hot-line call that raised a new issue: the caller said he considered homosexuality an abomination and wanted to be a conscientious objector because he could not serve in the military alongside gay soldiers.

“I told him I wasn’t trying to criticize, but he was already serving with gays, since there’s lots of gays in the military now,” said Ms. McNeil, the executive director of the Center on Conscience & War, a nonprofit group that supports conscientious objectors. “He said, ‘Yes, but now if they come out, they can be forced out. But if homosexuality is actually allowed, I will be housed with somebody who’s sexually attracted to me.’

Always interesting to see how some men react to being on the receiving end of the “male gaze”, especially since they are so often the very guys who have no problem imposing their interest on nearby women.

marisacat - 17 July 2010

I can just imagine some of what is being entered on the FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND (they amit to that number, at least) questionaires the Pentagon sent out into the various war zones and mil bases.

Yes little gheys, put your faith in Obby. He’ll do right by you.


ms_xeno - 17 July 2010

What gets me even more than that: you have tools like Dan Savage proclaiming that we have the right to bomb Iraq because they’re filthy homophobes and yadda yadda yadda. Yeah, and the people who drop the bombs represent one of the most homophobic institutions in the good ol’ USA. Great, Dan. Just great. Stick to your tasteless jokes about how ugly female genitalia is, okay?

Sort of like would-be “champions of women” who get all upset about “rape rooms” under Sadaam and pay no heed to the staggering amount of rape that happens every day in the goddamn Army.

marisacat - 17 July 2010


(kiss the kitties!!)

ms_xeno - 18 July 2010

They were actually sitting side-by-side a little while ago, in the same window. w/o any cussing and brawling.

I knew it was too good to last. =^..^=

marisacat - 18 July 2010

awww.. kiss and hug them for me…

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2010
marisacat - 17 July 2010

oh, but what will happen to his favorability ratings? they are in the tank.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 July 2010

people won’t be happy to know that he didn’t try to warm her globes?


marisacat - 17 July 2010

Too funny!

I think he has been slammed whammed and bammed.

Gonna have to be happy with multiple houses and a couple hundred mil…

11. marisacat - 18 July 2010

yada yada yada yada yada yada applause yada yada yada yada applause yada yada


Biggest problem: too many black kids are too fat. And she went on and on and on and on and on and on and then some.

Applause [that is th old cya crowd at NAACP flapping their hands].

I did not read to the end see if she invoked Thurgood… or that UWS bore, Kagan…

😳 she did:

It is why Thurgood Marshall fought so hard to ensure that children like Linda Brown, and children like my daughters and your sons and daughters, would never again know the cruel inequality of separate but equal.

And so on.

ms_xeno - 18 July 2010

I’m trying to remember which malcontent block uses the acronym “WIBDI?” Or “AIBDI?”

“What If Bush Did It?” or “And If Bush Did It?”

This is the kind of shit that at least a few Progs would complain about, if it came from Mrs. Bush or Mrs. McCain. Though I hesitate to say that it would be more than a few, given how much obnoxious and ignorant as fuck fat-hatred there is to see all across the political spectrum, all over the internet.

As usual, so much tactful avoidance of anything but pious homilies about PERSONAL CHOICE and TRADITIONAL FAMILY VALUES. Nothing about corporate hegemony, nothing about Americans being overworked to the point of death, or having no work at all.

What an asshole. This is the kind of shite Bill Cosby got hammered for when he did it, but now everyone in Progland’s alllllll hunky-dory with it, even though it’s just the same old Right-wing, smug, reactionary bullshit, spewed from a new mouth.


marisacat - 18 July 2010

Not enough people hammered Cosby, as I saw it most bought in… disgustingly. Fell out with his very first foray… looked up the entire text and nearly fell over when I read he raised issues of black boys of EIGHT raping …

Nothing like taking a sick, old, deadly stereotype and running with it.

But then I hadn’t cared for Cosby for many years… I thought he was a tiresome fat old fool.

Anyway, her foray to the NAACP was part of a whole, I had not heard about her speech til last night, then, looking it up, I see she made it before they took that dumb vote on the dumb Tea baggers.

Vying for irrrelevancy while being treated as relevant… the lot of them.

12. marisacat - 18 July 2010

Not that it is news

[L]ast month, some Ecuadorian indigenous leaders visited the Gulf Coast to show solidarity with another indigenous people, the Houma of Louisiana. A joint group then took a boat tour through bayous where the Houma have fished for generations. Mariana Jimenez, from Ecuador’s Amazon, reached over the side of the boat into gray water, grasping a handful of once-verdant marsh grass. It drooped lifelessly in her hand, leaving dark brown blotches of crude oil on her palm. “I see it,” she said. “It’s just like Ecuador. They talk about all the technology they have, but when there’s a situation like this, where’s the technology?”

“I think all of this is a terrible contamination for the Houma people,” commented Humberto Piaguaje. “It’s a cultural contamination. Their fishing and shrimping that was their livelihood is ending now. They need to be asking BP for compensation for the next generation.”

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 July 2010

Killing for Fun

Successful professionals enjoy their work. The Obama administration has picked a successful and happy warrior in Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis to head the US Central Command. The command includes all US forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, the entire Middle East and Central Asia. Mattis has gloated that it is “fun to shoot some people” and “have a plan to kill everybody you meet”.

Killing is the key to success in military actions. Killing enough insurgents by invading and occupying US forces enables the winners to subdue and subjugate the survivors. The real winners in the Middle East are the US based corporations who seek to exploit the resources of energy and mineral rich countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. Also the corporate war profiteers of the defense industry are making out like bandits. They furnish the killing tools, the hired mercenaries and other wasteful and expensive materials, equipment and supplies for our never-ending wars-on-terror.

Mattis has a strong resume in the military killing business. He was a lieutenant colonel in the US invasion of Iraq in 1991, directed the Marines in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, headed the US assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 and helped design the siege that destroyed the city and killed thousands of Iraqi civilians. Mattis also commanded the initial troops that went into Afghanistan in 2001.

Describing his feelings about the people in Afghanistan, General Mattis said, “… It’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

Author Thomas Ricks wrote that Mattis told his troops to, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

During Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, Mattis reportedly told his troops, “It’s the mission of every Marine in the battalion to send one dead Iraqi home to Mama.”

ts - 18 July 2010

Anyone who has seen Full Metal Jacket knows that Marines are programmed to kill. Anyone that has read Smedley Butler knows that “War is a racket”. What surprises me is that people still treat this as if it is newly revealed knowledge. By this time, any Americans that care should be withdrawing their support any way they can.

marisacat - 18 July 2010

Most people who read Smedley Butler miss the point, or at least the point of his writings in the 30s, about the war that is coming.

LOL… gives me a laugh… he’s talking bout what became WW2… the war most peope love to love.

Not that Smedley did nto include them all… ”getting” the point when he was dropped offshore of Nicaragua at 19.

14. marisacat - 18 July 2010

Other reports call it a methane seep….

Full text from Bloomberg:

Thad Allen, the U.S. official in charge of the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, ordered BP Plc to prepare for reopening the company’s Macondo well after a “seep” was detected.

Allen said a “seep” was found “a distance” from the well and anomalies had been observed at the well head, in a letter sent today to BP Chief Managing Director Bob Dudley that was posted on a government website about the spill.

“I direct you to provide me a written procedure for opening the choke valve as quickly as possible without damaging the well should hydrocarbon seepage near the well head be confirmed,” Allen wrote.

Three days of tests on the capped well showed no signs that would prompt BP to reopen the well, Doug Suttles, chief operating officer for exploration and production for BP, said earlier today in a conference call from Houston.

brinn - 19 July 2010

Oh, well, as long as it’s only methane…goddess know that we’re all mightily immune to THAT (probabaly have already developed our own AmPeop mutation…) seeing how much of spews forth from the maws of politicians, local and national, on a daily basis….

15. marisacat - 18 July 2010

hmm well if i were charitable I would call it dumb and slow. But nyceve (long time habitue of Orange Lie and regular poster on so called health care issues – I thought she regularly missed the point, frankly) got a lot of strokes across the years, for, imo, being a propagandist.

NOW she says, because she feels betrayed by Obby the Hobby Horse… that it is OK to criticise him. (thanks dear)

She even says it is “not disloyal”. (more thanks dear)

I say she got on that hobby horse, long ago, and rode it, before and since Obby.

I am so tired of thse people.

From nyceve to Mother Michelle.

This morning the New York Times is reporting in an article entitled Insurers Push Plans Limiting Patient Choice of Doctors, that insurers are going to offer cheaper plans which will dramatically reduce our ability to see the doctor or use the hospital of our choosing.

Most of us who are privileged to still be insured already cope with restricted choice from being enrolled in a PPO (Preferred Provider Organization), with huge deductibles and out-of-pocket costs if we go outside the network of physicians and hospitals. I gather from reading the Times, that in an effort to control costs, we are facing even more punishing restrictions.

So, how much worse is your insurance going to get? Apparently a lot worse.

This is not what Obama promised or campaigned on. Remember, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”? Well what he didn’t say, sure you can keep your doctor, if you can pay for your doctor. …

16. marisacat - 19 July 2010



………………. 😯

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