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Thief in the night… 21 July 2010

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


Photograph from Garden Tenders Blog

In a thread over at corrente is a lovely recipe, said to be from Alice B Toklas (and it does sound like recipes from her Flavors and Aromas cook book, which I have)…

I would love to have chickens, by which I mean keep laying hens.. and of course I cannot, but I do have eggs… 😉  And butter.

For the present I content myself with a large poster on the fridge door, exotic chickens, 4 of them, in what is all but a fashion lay-out, exotic of feather, headress and plumage, proud in stance… fully the equal of a Paris cat-walk.

Scrambled eggs a la Toklas

By ohio on Wed, 07/21/2010 – 9:48pm

Alice B., that is.

In a saucepan melt 1-2 Tb for each egg (or as much as you can stand). Add salt and pepper to taste. Break eggs in a bowl so no shells get in and add to melted butter one at a time. Whip egg until blended before adding next egg.

Fresher eggs and butter, the better. The trick is in the whipping them together over gentle heat. It ends up kinda fluffy.




1. marisacat - 21 July 2010

ms_xeno posted this, at the end of the last thread, so carrying forward:

Here’s that promised bit article:

ZOMFG!!11 If you don’t vote Obama, the terrorists KKK wins! Bawwwwww!!11


Yeah, whatever. Aren’t they already running the USDA? Might as well make it official, right?

2. marisacat - 21 July 2010

Basically, we’ve had an experiment forced on us…

[N]obody really knows. And all the attempts at skimming and sucking and corralling the oil may retrieve or burn off only a small fraction of the crude that poured out. And all the miles of boom and other barriers stretched along the shores and inlets may prove impotent against oil infiltrating subsurface. And the creatures not swaddled in oily muck could survive this initial assault, while their offspring prove sterile or unable to thrive in an environment stunted by dilute but ubiquitous oil. And a few especially susceptible species might dwindle away, breaking the food chains that others rely on. Or the microbes accustomed to dining on the natural seeps of oil from the floor of the Gulf might delight in expanding their numbers to consume this sudden bounty from the well gone rogue, and they will soon cleanse the water. Or the animals and plants from neighboring sectors of the Gulf not afflicted could quickly move in to restore the losses. Or the well could explode again, opening a channel for the presumed billions of barrels of crude still in the reservoir to vomit into the water and finish wrecking everything.

Nobody really knows. snip

3. marisacat - 22 July 2010

Watching Geithner on with Rose.. about the only thing of interest is I think he is on valium. they slowed him down…


He says the bill is “strong”. So we know what we know: weak weak weak watered down lobbyist bill.

4. lucid - 22 July 2010

“Everyone agrees that small businesses are job creators and the engine which drives the American economy. I am dumbfounded that this Administration is doing all it can to make it more difficult for businesses to succeed rather than doing all it can to help them grow.”

Yeah, except, asshole, metal speculation puts many businesses, like one of my primary clients on the verge of bankruptcy.Fucking $1250 gold? Are you kidding me?1?

$20 silver?!?

Do I need to give you a really depressing chart of gold sales from when gold was $400 to gold sales as $1250 and show you how gold sales have become non-existent? Do I need to show you the margin reductions in silver just to keep a company going? An American company, based in NYC, who manufactures in NYC and prides itself on that?

None of these people could give a fuck. GREAT! Gold went to $1,300! selll! Oh, it went to $1,180! BUY!

FUCK you

FUCK everything you are.

Fuck the glittered toilet paper with which you wipe your ass.

Hey… can I get a job? No, seriously dude, I need a job, and you fucked me out of my last one, because you made yet another sector of jobs where I live disappear. So really, can I get a job?

marisacat - 22 July 2010

It is so endlessly rigged……… right left and center.

ms_xeno - 22 July 2010

LOL. “Glittered toilet paper.”

I’ll remember that one next time the temp overlords are playing whack-a-mole with my timecard. It’s already happened four times in the last five weeks. >:

marisacat - 22 July 2010

Good line… as we trudge thru sludge.


5. ts - 22 July 2010

Banks paid $1.58 billion in excessive bonuses

With the financial system on the verge of collapse in late 2008, a group of troubled banks doled out more than $2 billion in bonuses and other payments to their highest earners. Now, the federal authority on banker pay says that nearly 80 percent of that sum was unmerited.

Even so, Mr. Feinberg has very limited power to reclaim any money. He can use his status as President Obama’s point man on pay to jawbone the companies into reimbursing the government, but he has no legal authority to claw back excessive payouts.

I always wonder why they even bother to write articles along these lines. “Blatant fraud going on…Administration can’t do shit.” I can really only take nine or ten of these a day before I stop reading their paper.

ts - 22 July 2010

I guess because 8 more years of “Blatant fraud going on…Administration won’t do shit.” is so much worse. Oh, and Tea Partyers raping your children Ooga Booga Booga!

marisacat - 22 July 2010

Anything to avoid a look at Ob/Admnistration…

catnip - 22 July 2010

Now, the federal authority on banker pay says that nearly 80 percent of that sum was unmerited.

I am shocked. Shocked!

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 July 2010

We’re getting very nasty storms here in SE WI tonight. A big sinkhole opened up in a major intersection, several of the major arteries are flooded. I’ve had brief power outages … I shut the computer down for a while when the lightning was really hitting hard and fast. I had several very close strikes nearby, setting off car alarms. Tornados reported in the ‘burbs. Over six inches of rain reported in very short amounts of time.

catnip - 22 July 2010

Wow. Stay safe!

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 July 2010

we’re in a calm period now … supposed to be more later and tomorrow.

marisacat - 22 July 2010

oh madman, be safe!

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 July 2010

Pic of sinkhole swallowing an Escalade. That’s a VERY busy intersection in the city. A really good pizza place burned down at that same corner last year, and the aftermath as they put it out and cleaned up the mess snarled traffic for days.

marisacat - 23 July 2010

If it’s nto sinkholes, it’s the side of the sandy cliff returning to the ocean… if not that, then massive trees falling.

Snarling traffic tho… that’s a bitch. And I bet repair will take a good while.

7. catnip - 22 July 2010


Missing white girl in DC: Cheryl Cook, Ag Dept Undersecretary
Last seen calling Shirley Sherrod to demand her resignation. No reward offered.

marisacat - 22 July 2010

oh she is the one who made that stupid panicky call to Sherrod on the road…

8. catnip - 22 July 2010
9. catnip - 22 July 2010

House Panel Will Try Rangel in Ethics Cases


MSNBC played a clip of Luke Russert asking Rangel if he was worried about his job. He attacked little Luke and MSNBC for asking the question.

catnip - 22 July 2010

Rangel: “It doesn’t sound like NBC asking these dumb questions.”

Translation: “I thought your network was in the tank for us.”

BooHooHooMan - 22 July 2010

Oh Cholly was rattled.
Genu-whine rattled, and not from Baby Pumpkinhead’s asking.
If I had to guess (or predict) (same thing!) (HA!) … I think he’s out.
WaPo noted Ragel’s statement that he looks forward to the September House Ethics Trial. Sure he does. He’s takin shit from Punkinhead McGee now.

Rangel, 80, said he welcomed the opportunity to respond to the allegations. “At long last, sunshine has pierced through this cloud that has been over my head for more than two years,” he said when asked about the panel’s decision.

Riiiiiight. Welp, Wangel doesn’t seem to be too much diggin playin the Dozens like he used to. Now that it’s about his dozens. and dozens. and dozens of deals that include bank fraud on top of the politically smaller potatoes tax evasion. ( Oops!™ Sorry!™ an “oversight”™ ) Just the fact that he was being asked, his whole carriage IMO read “You Little Shit. The Presumptuousness!

Gone is the smile and mask, stripped of his Chair..
the only thing he has left is the loyalty of his “good friends”, The Gentleman HardyHarHarHar and the Gentlewoman FuckYouCharlieWeHaveOurOwnAssesToThinkAbout.
😆 Honor among thieves, he stayed too long, AND he most definitely will LOSE a House ethics trial (talk about oxymoronic) ..so….cue
“for the good of the Party”™ “Korean War HEERO”™ and “after a Lifetime of Service”™ .

And intonations of lynching™™™ , by surrogates anyways, and Rangel himself, ex officio certainly. All that said, I hope he stays. LOL.
Scratch Claw™ and all…

marisacat - 22 July 2010

Well the Dems sure don’t trot himout to intone anymore… one big fat savings.

A few years ago, 2003 or 4 – which ever year was a big anniversary of the Selma march, crossing the Pettus bridge… I found a long quote from Rangel that blew me away.

He had been sent down to march, as a young Democratic party black. Now, he was not wet behind the ears, this was nto his first trip out of some cosseted middle class Harlem upbringing, he had served some years before in Korea, in the newly (a few years before) desegregated Army.

So, not a baby. Everybody gets to be very young, a product of their parents’ home, etc. But he was over 30…

In current comments he recalled how his feet hurt on the march and that he did not understand what it was all about.

Lordy. Goodnight and Good Luck.

Good bye Charlie.. I hope he goes.

BooHooHooMan - 23 July 2010

Sounds like he was getting his street cred ticket punched then, and later pandering in one of the New Post Racial Eras we’ve had since the whites first floated, “You have corn, tobacco, and hemp, eh?”
He also was a great beneficiary of the Demo / CC machine tools in NY.
A classic move with a straddler, acceptable to Catholic and Jewish DP / NY Labor bosses as much if not moreso than his ability to straddle Black and Spanish Harlem…

Oh think it should be nighty night for Charlie too.
But just after a little more television. 😉

marisacat - 23 July 2010

Sounds like he was getting his street cred ticket punched then


and time for it to end.

10. catnip - 22 July 2010
marisacat - 22 July 2010

thanks ‘nip….

BooHooHooMan - 23 July 2010

You, Madame, certainly demolished Olberman and the Obamabots
in one fell swoop. LOL. Gawd, that DK piece you cited is utterly embarrassing. I figure that ridiculous “blackwaterdog” is some in-house sockpuppet, serving up the daily online meal equivalent of all ya can eat marshmallow circus peanuts. Why… I don’t fuckin know….

I really liked your development of Klein’s piece, your commentary and conclusion on the making of the political consumer, (Buy More and Better Dems comes to mind) and where it morally and politically , like it’s inherent economic component, leads: to bankruptcy.

catnip - 23 July 2010


11. marisacat - 23 July 2010

laugh laugh laugh… via Mike Allen…


Firedoglake’s Gregg Levine blogs a training session, “Covering Congress:

The Art of Insider Citizen Reporting”: “Being on the Hill, getting noticed by staffers and members is important. [the art of shilling! — Mcat]

Counterpoint to lobbyists from private firms. Lobbyists pay ‘line sitters’ – folks that are paid by lobbyists up to $1K just to hold a space, sometimes overnight, so the lobbyists can get front row seats. FDL go involved in exposing this during the healthcare reform hearings. You can now watch Cap Hill online. Most committees now livestream, but there is no standard format or way to find them. Main St. Insider is trying to standardize and provide one stop shop for this info.” http://bit.ly/aWEcxR “Day 1 impressions” http://bit.ly/9hr8bb

Get involved! Watch the dullest of the dull be dullards! Help us figure out how to find the streams! Affect your world! Learn how to start a fire and survive outdoors overnight! (Uniform, cookies and juice provided.)

12. marisacat - 23 July 2010

hmmm Willie Brown is on local am news saying he thinks an additional play-in in the Sherrod story (without exonerating the WH or Dear Obby) is the GA USDA, that Sheryle Sherrod has been a thorn in their side for a long time, and they jumped at the chance to be rid of her…

And we sure have not been let in as to what calls Vilsack made to whom in GA or the Ag dept down there to ask about her.

As even the next to useless Donna Brazile said, had the WH GOOGLED “Sheryl Sherrod” they would have known this was a crock.

I still say Breitbart and his various and sundry partners are dancing for joy… and Obby is so nervous it is hilarious.

13. BooHooHooMan - 23 July 2010

Daniel Schorr died. I bet he goes with the Ed Murrow obituary.

marisacat - 23 July 2010

I cheerfully admit I got very tired of the Schorr brothers.


BooHooHooMan - 23 July 2010

This succinct piece noted well Schorr’s recent packaging of I/P during the BiBi visit on NPR., IOW: Sigh™, need mobetta™…. negotiations™.
The whole “elder statesmen” of journo’s thing is a joke..IIRC he, like Broder, added to the pile burying Helen. When in Rome, etc…just another well paid masseur to gore in the end.

14. catnip - 23 July 2010

Rick Sanchez: “Liberal bloggers gather in Vegas – and they’re angry at the white house.”

Sure, sure they are…

Send Money Now!!

BooHooHooMan - 23 July 2010

Yep! Hoo Doggy! Nothin like bein in Las Vegas
where it’s a 108 FUCKIN DEGREES and hittin a 111 tommorow and Sunday! Oh ya be sure to attend Pastor Dans revival and pray the AC holds up in the rented Vegas blog bunker.

I see Bloghole “Hunter”is there and recently wrote a laughably entitled piece Leaving (for) Las Vegas.
(Sotto voce).
Of All Ya Can Eat Orange Marshmellow Circus Peanuts™.
So Hunter S. wannabe, so Thompsonesque edgy, the guy wrote, no!- declared, no! MANIFESTO’d! – rest assured- that he was THRU with the Party without the Public Option …LAST YEAR.
Can’t I has Just one more circus peanut, pleez? 😆

15. catnip - 23 July 2010

Is Obama Planning a Plan B for Warren?

President Barack Obama said today that he hadn’t made a decision about whether to name Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, as director off the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. But he did say that, no matter what, she’d play some role in getting the agency up and running. In an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, it almost seemed like he was promising people she’d have “some” job, just not “the” job.

“I have the highest regard for Elizabeth,” Obama said on the program. “We have not made a decision about who we’re going to appoint yet. But here’s my guarantee, is that Elizabeth is going to be working with me, working with Tim Geithner, the Treasury secretary, to help in thinking about how do we make this consumer agency as effective as possible, looking out for consumers. She is going to be actively involved in that process.”

Make room under that bus!

marisacat - 23 July 2010

“I have the highest regard for Elizabeth,”

oh that sounds like a no… to EW, which is a yes to Timmy…

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 July 2010

he’s such a fucking piece of shit. Fucking toady.

16. catnip - 23 July 2010

With Dems like these…

Those who came to this country in recent decades from Asia, Latin America and Africa did not suffer discrimination from our government, and in fact have frequently been the beneficiaries of special government programs. The same cannot be said of many hard-working white Americans, including those whose roots in America go back more than 200 years.

Jim Webb.

catnip - 23 July 2010


Forty years ago, as the United States experienced the civil rights movement, the supposed monolith of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant dominance served as the whipping post for almost every debate about power and status in America. After a full generation of such debate, WASP elites have fallen by the wayside and a plethora of government-enforced diversity policies have marginalized many white workers. The time has come to cease the false arguments and allow every American the benefit of a fair chance at the future.

Tell me he did not just say that…


BooHooHooMan - 23 July 2010

Imagine the WASP Elite March on Washington. Just for the hors d’oevres and the Jazz Combo at the Lincoln Memorial alone!
(Marching gear available thru Brooks Brothers and Talbots.)

marisacat - 23 July 2010

It’ll be the whitest jazz possible… horn trios a la Pete Fontaine at the Fairmont in NO…

Sure won’t be jazz and blues from some hot little Mississippi Delta joint iwht a corrugated tin roof…

catnip - 23 July 2010

They could turn the mall into Northern Ireland and let the WASPs and Catholics fight it out.

Where have all the WASP elites gone?

Long time passing…

marisacat - 23 July 2010

I have to read the whole of it, we might finally be getting the Real Mr Webb.

But i htink he is just getting the words out there, to end Affrimative Action. A mess of a program, but without it, many companies will never or hardly ever hire non whites. Well … amend that: unless brougt in under H1b visas and severely underpaid.


catnip - 23 July 2010

But affirmative action programs also help other minorities: gays, disabled etc. and there are certainly white people in those populations. He seems to have forgotten that.

And he’s going to get pounded for his headline, “..the myth of white privilege”.


marisacat - 23 July 2010

well he is just looking at from a race based view. Which is his obsession… I don’t think gays get too much help, one reason they want to pass ENDA, a sorta partial kinda mebbe weak bill to end discrimination for gays (some gays, transgendered got left at the bus stop), at the Fed level.

catnip - 23 July 2010

No doubt. But to me it seems he’s saying, “Okay, you black folks got your help. Time to step aside because white folks need it too.” Which is just as ridiculous as saying that women should just shut up because they’re now on some equal footing with those “elites” as well. And we all know about the pay disparity that still exists.

I get the underlying message but it doesn’t work in a less than perfect world.

Then again, he’s parroting Obama’s sentiments – the guy who seems to believe that everyone ought to be handled by government the same way when it comes to receiving help (and which is just another display of his appeasing personality).

marisacat - 23 July 2010

He wants to go back, basically. I plowed all thru his site back in 2006 I guess it was, when he ran, imo he is an imperialist and white supremacist. NO question.

I question a lot of the social engineering of the past 50 years, aside from Civil Rights, de-segregation and so on… but he is coming at it from what really IS a racist standpoint.

There is a perfectly valid argument to make that Affirmative Action needed to be written differently… a broader based law… but it is what it is. And it has created a lot of division, which is one reason I think t as devised in the ways it was…

But those are not the arguments he makes…

marisacat - 23 July 2010

This from the man who actually said if he had not brought his Vietnamese wife to the US she would have ended up a “snaggle toothed” used-up woman.


catnip - 23 July 2010

Yup, isn’t he a shrieking misogynist from way back?

But he looked good in combat boots so the netroots supported him.

marisacat - 23 July 2010

He said he opposed Iraq War – and the liberals, online and off, swallowed it… what he did not add was he thinks we should save all our energies and plan for war with China, 20 years down the road.

17. marisacat - 23 July 2010



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