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Mission creep… 20 July 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Border Issues, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco, The Battle for New Orleans, WAR!.

A vinca flower floats in brown, oily sludge in a canal behind a home just off Lake Pontchartrain near Slidell, Louisiana     [Chuck Cook/AP]

But it’s capped now and little things like sludge in Lake Pontchartrain, which lies to the North of NO btw, will be dealt with soon.

Sooner than soon.


The local talk radio tonight, in so liberal San Francisco, is pushing a real war with Mexico,  as in, ‘go in and clean up that problem’, a shooting war with Mexico. Or, at least the North of Mexico.  (Little wars always promise to stay that way, I guess…)

WE can’t have that on our border.

That should work… take care of all those pesky problems.

Sean Penn is on with Charlie Rose… and did manage to say an interesting thing or two about Haiti… but all goodness lies with Pretzel Clinton, and “the First Lady”, by which he means Mother Michelle. Clinton really got everyone on board, and MM will see to the education.

I think she is so busy hunting for baby fat that she has no time. Meanwhile the babies are being thrown out, bath water or no…

And, Haiti suffers as “there is no Warren Buffett there”.

Vote the party! Early and often! Then, take the only rational next step:   lie face down in very wet mud and breathe deeply.



1. catnip - 20 July 2010

Just flipped on CNN and caught some of the Shirley Sherrod interview. Another Obamalama appointee thrown under the bus. They also interviewed the wife of the farmer (and the man isn’t dead, contrary to news reports) and she stood up for Sherrod.

Is it time for yet another “national conversation” about race? How about a beer summit? snort

The underside of that bus is pretty damn crowded.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

a lot o us are under the bus…. I guess if I can find her I can ask dead white granny what she thinks of him.

BooHooHooMan - 20 July 2010

The underside of that bus is pretty damn crowded. – catnip

Could be used as a beach skimmer. Just sayin.
Always tryin to help. 😉 😆

I’m doing the garden recovery thing too here, catnip..
(No hail {{ 😥 }} but parched after being away for a week.)

catnip - 20 July 2010

I didn’t know you were a gardener. Just another reason we shouldn’t have called off the engagement. 😉

My garden’s trying to bounce back and I had to replant peas and cucumbers. I’ve been blasting “I Will Survive” on outdoor speakers to provide some encouragement. 🙂

marisacat - 20 July 2010

the cats need to learn the joys of the short hoe. Little work gloves, garden boots… sun hats.

I can see it!!

catnip - 20 July 2010

lol… their “work” consists of adding compost in the form of poop. And then they nap.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

hey! they gave!

marisacat - 20 July 2010

read te AJC piece, thanks for posting that… much mroe context than elsewehre.

Poor woman, sounds liek a sacrificial lamb, at this point.

catnip - 20 July 2010

They’re awfully quick when it comes to turfing some people. Geithner, Summers, Gates et al – those who really deserve to be punted into obscurity? Not so much.

brinn - 20 July 2010

It is crazy-making. Can we come live with catnip?

catnip - 20 July 2010

Sure! Bring a tent. There’s lot’s of room. Must like ducks.

CSTAR - 20 July 2010

The underside of that bus

Public transportation stimulus?

catnip - 20 July 2010

Could be. At this rate, they’re going to need to buy several more buses.

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2010

I didn’t even learn until later in the day that the video is from the ’80s, and she wasn’t even working for Ag when she said it … over 20 years ago!

they’re so pathetic.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

CBS evening news is going to report on it… Couric just mentioned it in the tease..

Let me get this straight.. Obby has now, from on high, had a woman fired for a muddled story from 24 years ago… and all to do, then and NOW, with race.

I say Obby takes his marching orders from Breitbart. Pretty much. (this is one of Breitbart’s best days. Ever)

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2010

the really amazing thing was Breitbart, interviewed uncritically on NPR, managed to claim HE is some kind of brave truth teller, as NPR tied the Sherrod story to the trumped up New Black Panther “story”

Conservatives argue the episode fits a pattern of protecting the Obama administration from embarrassing stories, such as the ACORN tapes or the incendiary beliefs of the president’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

“These stories kept building, building, building in this undermedia,” argues Andrew Breitbart, who runs a network of conservative blogs. “You can call it Fox News; you can call it Breitbart sites; you can call it the Drudge Report; you can call it whatever you like — but this undermedia builds up stories.”

Oh, and NPR also points out in the story about Sherrod that her father was murdered by the Klan.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

well… My guess is that Sherrod is not reinstated. And if this is all about convoluted retribution, pencil on Ob Administration.

They SO sweat the crap from the wingers. It really is one of their big stressors… AND they would be lost without it. Pathetic is not even starting to describe it….

(Oh look! Palin made up a word!! I’ll bet it is really her daughter’s word!!!!!)

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2010

don’t forget about Lindsey Lohan.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

Yes so useful… (Look! Over there!)

2. marisacat - 20 July 2010

Gah the poor Sherrod woman… she is being used as mini sound bite around the top of the hour news out here.

What a huge shame.

catnip - 20 July 2010

CNN video of their interview with her today.

catnip - 20 July 2010

Rick Sanchez is interviewing the farmer couple and they’re staunchly defending her.

Heckuva job, Obama.

Sanchez: “The WH is denying that they played any part in this.”

Sherrod: “I was told this (the call for the resignation) came from the WH.”

What a clusterfuck.


catnip - 20 July 2010

Now Roland Martin is making as ass out of himself on CNN trying to defend his knee-jerk reaction.

Sherrod: “I cannot listen to more of this because he is dead wrong.”

“I don’t want to get into an argument with him because he’s clearly from a different world.”

Holy fuck. 😆

marisacat - 20 July 2010

oh I am glad it is getting some exposition… Good!!

3. brinn - 20 July 2010

This whole thing is just so mind-numbingly stupid. I just have nothing else to say.

4. catnip - 20 July 2010

Question (1+ / 0-)

So if Breitbart splices together footage of the President saying he kicks white people’s puppies, will Obama fire himself?

by furiousxxgeorge on Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 12:43:59 PM MDT


5. catnip - 20 July 2010

The NAACP is saying now that is was “snookered” and I just caught the end of Breibart on CNN blaming the firing on Vilsack. It’s win/win for the wingnuts.

catnip - 20 July 2010

Oh – and I read that Glenn Beck is defending Sherrod on his show tonite. I just don’t have enough popcorn for all of this.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2010

Federal hate crime charges filed in Katrina shooting of African-Americans

A former New Orleans resident was charged Thursday with federal hate crimes for his alleged role in a racially motivated shooting of three black men in the days after Hurricane Katrina.



Roland J. Bourgeois Jr., 47, is accused of plotting to defend his Algiers Point neighborhood “from outsiders” including African-Americans, constructing barricades on public streets and using racial epithets to describe black people, according to the five-count indictment.

At one point, Bourgeois allegedly said, “Anything coming up this street darker than a paper bag is getting shot.”

The indictment charges Bourgeois with doing just that when three black males walked through the neighborhood toward a makeshift Coast Guard evacuation center on Sept. 1. Bourgeois fired a shotgun at the trio, felling Donnell Herrington and wounding Herrington’s two companions near the corner of Pelican Avenue and Vallette Street, according to the indictment.

Later, Bourgeois plucked Herrington’s bloodied baseball cap from the ground and proudly displayed it to others, boasting that he “got one” and had shot a “looter, ” according to a witness.

Bourgeois, who denied any knowledge of the incident to federal agents, is also accused of coercing an eyewitness to the shooting to lie to investigators.

You’d think they’d be publicizing this.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

I really think, in all the wrong ways, Ob lives for the white vote.

This case was so egregious (and imo must stand in for many not prosecuted) that they had to bring it.

I am interested to see what DOJ comes up with in the Oscar Grant BART shooting out here, they are investigating both Mehserle, the BART cop shooter AND another Bart cop there that night, Peroni.

We shall see…

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2010

they’re being so damned quiet about these cases … the Obama DOJ seems almost embarrassed to have to bring the cases. They’ve charged the cops on the bridge, too.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

Yes the cops on the Danziger Bridge… gah. They SHOULD shout that one from the rooftops… imo too few cops are snared but they are both black and white. The Blue Line.

What is worse, imo, is that the entire net is too small, I heard rhetoric in the early days following the landfall, from as far away as a fire fighter in Seattle whose audio got picked up ovr and over by local TV news here, issuing a coded call to come shoot some coon. And his audio would appear on te news for several weeks, 3 at least.

AND the stories pushed by the R and political operative owner of the Acadia Ambulance company, he ALONE devised and pushed the story of snipers on rooves shooting at his air ambulances, black snipers of course. I later found a pic of Mother Laura, who made it dwn to his company on September 2, barely 3 days into the nightmare, and was photogaphed with him in his personal office.

His audio, on camera interviews etc were run constantly on local news here…

I don’t think ti is a stretch there were hunting parties operating in NO and other places…

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2010

Dan Savage: Give The Woman Back Her Job

While getting a haircut I watched Vilsack explaining on the teevee that Sherrod had to be fired because, well, because it’s Sherrod’s fault that Breitbart could do what he did: take quotes out of context and create the impression that Sherrod is a raving anti-white bigot. Which she’s not. But, hey, she’s still to blame for Breitbart’s actions—possibly criminal (here’s hoping she sues)—because she’s the one who went and said something that could be twisted and used against her, says Vilsack.

So here’s the new rule: never say anything in public that can be made to look bad through a little selective editing or you’ll be fired.

That’s setting the bar awfully high for all future federal political appointees. If someone in the Obama administration doesn’t show some balls/ovaries and reappoint this woman to her job ASAP, it’s going to be open season on all Obama’s political appointees from here on out.

catnip - 20 July 2010

No doubt. I damn near choked when I saw Vilsack’s reaction. And the WH is standing by his decision. Weak-kneed assholes – the lot of them.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

Lackeys… lackeys … lackeys. Hired help. Minions. And at the end of the day, dumb fucks.

ms_xeno - 20 July 2010

[snerk] Oh, like Dan and his readers will do anything about the Dems’ hypocrisy other than wring their fucking hands and vote Dem again and bash everyone running on their left, of course. In a week they’ll be screaming and crying at the tops of their lungs about the Tea Party Brown Shirt Neo-Confederate threat from which we must all be saved with our ballots and all of this will be forgotten.

Dan’s outrage, like Moore’s and Sirota’s and Pollit’s and all the rest, plus a dollar, won’t even buy a cup of coffee. BFD.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2010

Ben Stein: the unemployed possess poor work habits, personalities

I know. You’re sitting there, wondering why I’m wasting precious bandwidth on trashing the dude from those commercials for free credit scores, which aren’t really free, and landed freescore.com in a heap of trouble when they were accused of misleading consumers.

Anywho. When he isn’t lending his mug for the purposes of misleading the public, Stein is an economist, atheist-basher, and had a semi-regular columnist gig at the godless New York Times.

Oh, he also hates poor people. Or rather, he thinks they’re poor, or unemployed, because they’re lazy philistines who can’t keep their shit together for the span of a job interview.


The good news is Ben has a solution! Camps!

(This brings to mind an idea I have long had: that high schools and colleges should have a course on “how to get along” and “how to do a day’s work.” This would include showing up in clean clothes, smelling well, having had a good breakfast, dressed in a businesslike way, calling the other employees “sir” or “ma’am” and not talking back. This would include a teaching of the fact that the employee is not there for amusement, but to help the employer make money and to get a job done. It would include the idea that once you are at work, you are not at play. It is an idea whose time has come.)

See, it wasn’t Wall Street engaging in shady derivatives trading and over-leveraging that led to the recession and a pandemic of unemployment. The joblessness is the fault of lazy poor people who refuse to say, “yes, sir,” and “yes, ma’am,” and generally suck at all things etiquette.

All we need to do is stick them in worker reeducation camps, let them marinate a while, and when they get out, there will be seven million shiny, new jobs waiting for them courtesy of the Employment Fairy.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

It is always interesting when a Jew uses the word “camps”.

Speaking of that mess, just finished reading this from Uri Avnery.

[R]ecently, the country witnessed a scene that looked like something from the parliament of South Korea or Japan.

On the Knesset speaker’s rostrum stood MK Haneen Zoabi of the Arab nationalist Balad faction and tried to explain why she had joined the Gaza aid flotilla that had been attacked by the Israeli navy. MK Anastasia Michaeli, a member of the Lieberman party, jumped from her seat and rushed to the rostrum, letting out blood-curdling shrieks, waving her arms, in order to remove Haneen Zoabi by force. Other members rose from their seats to help Michaeli. Near the speaker, a threatening crowd of Knesset members gathered. Only with great difficulty did the ushers succeed in saving Zoabi from bodily harm. One of the male members shouted at her, in a typical mixture of racism and sexism: “Go to Gaza and see what they will do to a 41 year old unmarried woman!”

One could not imagine a greater contrast than that between the two MKs.

While Haneen Zoabi belongs to a family whose roots in the Nazareth area go back centuries, perhaps to the time of Jesus, Anastasia Michaeli was born in (then) Leningrad. She was elected “Miss St. Petersburg” and then became a fashion model, married an Israeli, converted to Judaism, immigrated to Israel at age 24 but sticks to her very Russian first name.

She has given birth to eight children. She may be a candidate for the Israeli Sarah Palin, who, after all, was also once a beauty queen..

As far as I could make out, not a single Jewish member raised a finger to defend Zoabi during the tumult.

Zoabi is the Israeli Arab who was on the Turkish flotilla…

And now of course the Israelis, whoever they are, are making mvoes to remove citizenship (actually a kind of residency status) from Arabs living within Israel. And as Avnery points out, in the way of the world, it will nto stop there. NOW the Knesset is considering actions against ANY Israeli advocating boycott of Israel.

Good luck!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2010

You’d think Ben would remember that one of the excuses for those OTHER camps was that the Jews were placed in them were lazy parasites. “Arbeit Macht Frei” over the gates, and etc.

9. catnip - 20 July 2010

From The Department of No Shit, Sherlock, the WaPo chimes in with this brrreaking news: Firing of USDA official highlights larger political problems involving race

marisacat - 20 July 2010

that gave me a good laugh! Off to read it… no matter what ti will be worth it.

ts - 20 July 2010

they could have left off the last two words of that title and been more accurate.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

so true!

(look! Palin is over there!)

marisacat - 20 July 2010

poor pathetos:

But in Sherrod’s account, her firing was driven more by the exigencies of the news cycle — and the administration’s fear of conservative wrath. She said she was “harassed” to quit by USDA Deputy Undersecretary Cheryl Cook, who told her to “do it, because you’re going to be on ‘Glenn Beck’ tonight.” …

AND she hits the larger message, the one that government, white or black, and tired co-opted orgs, white AND black (such as NAACP) want to avoid. It is about POOR people. Which is the message that got Martin LK killed. That and his anti war message.

Sherrod added: “The administration was not interested in hearing the truth.”

A video of the full speech — which runs more than 45 minutes — shows that Sherrod was trying to make a very different point from the one her critics saw in her inelegantly worded account of the episode with farmer Roger Spooner. An examination of her own prejudice, she said, taught her that “there is no difference between us.”

“The only difference is the folks with money want to stay in power. It’s always about money, y’all,” she said. “God helped me to see that it’s not just about black people. It’s about poor people. I’ve come a long way.”

marisacat - 20 July 2010

AND she landed a last good punch. She’s right too.

Sherrod laid some of the blame on the organization that had sponsored her speech. The NAACP, she told CNN, is “the reason this happened. They got into a fight with the tea party, and this all came out as a result of it.”

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2010


marisacat - 20 July 2010

hey hey… CNN via lambert at corrente

“They harassed me,” she said. “I got three calls from the White House. At one point they asked me to pull over to the side of the road and do it because you are going to be on Glenn Beck tonight.”

How’s that vote working out?


ms_xeno - 20 July 2010

Maybe she should hit the road with VFP and Sheehan. They can call for Obama’s impeachment together.

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2010

BREAKING — painfully obvious bullshit that we’ll describe using overwrought metaphors and generous dollops of conventional wisdom!

10. ms_xeno - 20 July 2010

On a related note, a buddy of mine posted some stupid Prog link about how the upcoming election will be a choice between “The Good Guys” and “The Confederacy” or some shit like that.

More like a choice between a covey of parasites that nest in one’s lungs vs. a covey of parasites that nest in one’s liver. [rolleyes] Either way, there’s no freedom from ’em until the host finally croaks.

I’ll dig up the link Wednesday, if you all promise not to upchuck on your keyboards afterwards.

marisacat - 20 July 2010

“The Good Guys”…


Well… all it entails is Obby telling us The Story of the Light Bulb, again….. And again.

How many useless No Hope No Change makers does it take to screw in a [corkscrew, mercury laden] light bulb.

Answer: Legions! And all Dem party regulars!

catnip - 20 July 2010

With an update on Butterscotch?

I’m off to bed but I want to know how she’s doing so I’ll check in tomorrow.

marisacat - 21 July 2010

Yes tell us Cat Tails….


ms_xeno - 21 July 2010

She’s no better and no worse. And she’s eating all her food, so I guess she’ll be okay until the rescue check from MomBank arrives. 😉

11. marisacat - 21 July 2010

hmm heard quick snip of a news update, this may be dated as I had a rather disjointed day (and night) but apparently Vilsack has said he will


Sooooo big of him. He’s thinkin’ thinkin’ thinkin’.

It’s a slow struggle apparently.

marisacat - 21 July 2010

yeah… reconsidering, reviewing, under review, diverse coalition calls for, etc.,

Somebody needs to tell Obby that Breitbart and Glenn Beck just had one of their better days. They say “jump” and the WH shoots for the stratosphere. It tells people to immedately, from the road, type a resignation letter on their Blackberry.

Choke chains in full operation.

marisacat - 21 July 2010

hmm I think she hears how grudging Vilsack is being.

Sherrod not sure she would go back to Ag Dept

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and BEN EVANS (AP) – 23 minutes ago

WASHINGTON — The woman at the center of a racially tinged firestorm involving the Obama administration and the NAACP said Wednesday she doesn’t know if she’d return to her job at the Agriculture Department, even if asked.

“I am just not sure how I would be treated there,” Shirley Sherrod said in a nationally broadcast interview. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he would reconsider the department’s decision to oust Sherrod over her comments that she didn’t give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 July 2010

video of her interview on Today.

A friend of mine was wondering if she was a civil employee of the Ag Dept, rather than a political appointee. If she’s a federal employee, the forced resignation might have been improper.

marisacat - 21 July 2010

hmm I haven’t seen taht be explicit… tho Vilsack certain acts as tho he has say over her job… Just waiting for the Today show out here…

I like how straighforward she has been… nothing couched or hidden.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 July 2010

she has been pretty good.

I did a little googling after I posted that, and apparently she was a political appointee, according to HuffPo.

marisacat - 21 July 2010

NBC is calling her an appointee…. she is just coming on, her part of the segment…

ts - 21 July 2010

I think typically the director of any cabinet agency is a political appointee.

12. ts - 21 July 2010

Wow, I guess this is Obama’s way to fix the unemployment situation

Well, that and sending unemployed civilians to Afghanistan and Iraq.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 July 2010

My favorite headline about the who Sherrod debacle: Breitbart 3, Carebear 0

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 July 2010

Archdiocese Pulls Confessional From eBay, Can’t Be Used As Bar

Hirschstetten parish priest Otto Weber, who was selling the confessional, was going to use the money from the auction to pay for renovations of his church. But the listing was taken down after the confessional reached a high bid of 666.66 euros. According to the AP, a spokesman for the archdiocese told the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper that selling “objects that were used for dispensing the sacraments is not acceptable,” and that confessionals “should not be converted into saunas or bars.” The spokesman didn’t clarify whether using them for children’s play areas is forbidden or not.

marisacat - 21 July 2010

can ti be bought for a bugger room?

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 July 2010

one of the comments pointed out that a glory hole could be cut on each side.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 July 2010

Jeebus, Andrew Breitbart “feels bad” and he “feels sympathy for her” … on an interview on NBC.

He thinks he’s a victim, too.

marisacat - 21 July 2010

ugh he started out badly on ABC (stumble and stutter) but sadly he turned it around. Did far more talking than Boehlert and got the whole [dumb fuck] story from the black congressmen (Eldridge and Lewis and a couple of others) about being called names (and, etc.) during the health care gagagoogoo, got it all out again… .

And so it went.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 July 2010

he’s a creep

16. marisacat - 21 July 2010



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