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Mid week 4 August 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Just a pic, La Louche searching out political angst…  and there is plenty of it…


I am going to trade on the postings of catnip, who put up three links right at the end of the last thread:

I see a dkos diarist picked up the CPunch Sherrod story. And, of course, they’re calling him a troll.

Robert Fisk: Israel-Lebanon tensions flare after skirmish leaves four dead

and, last… when I first saw this one I thought it was The Onion….

Obama Drops 2009 Pledge to Withdraw Combat Troops From Iraq

And remember, Geithner says “Welcome to the Recession Recovery” via NYT

What more can go wrong?  I will say I have scarcely ever known a slow news month for August, whatever the professional news people, lanquishing at beach houses cheek by jowl to the elites, say…

Stuff keeps happening…



1. marisacat - 4 August 2010

hmm I sw that Scheer at Truth Dig weighed in on nuptuals on the Hudson…. and it is better than I had expected.

I had been making jokes offline that she married into the Russian Jewish mob and will hardly notice considering the stock she comes from… snicker.

Scheisse in the rose bouquet!, I was not far off…

By Robert Scheer

Out of respect for privacy, even concerning famous people, I wasn’t going to write about the marriage of Chelsea Clinton to a Goldman Sachs alum and budding hedge-fund hustler with the resources to buy a $4 million loft so soon after graduating from Stanford. Hopefully Marc Mezvinsky won’t follow in the footsteps of his financier father, “Fast-Talkin’ Eddie,” as they called him back in Iowa, a former Democratic House member who just completed a five-year federal sentence for dozens of fraud felonies.

Anyway, Chelsea also worked at a hedge fund, her mother dabbled in banking shenanigans in her Whitewater days and father Bill’s radical deregulation made it a lot easier for financial plunderers to stay on the right side of the law. So the Clintons and the Mezvinskys have a lot in common. I hope their children will do better, and I was going to simply wish them well until I read Tina Brown’s paean to power, “Why America Needed Chelsea’s Wedding,” in the trend-chasing Daily Beast, which she edits.

It was then that I realized that the revival of the Clinton legacy was on in earnest. [BINGO – Mcat[

Brown, a prominent Brit import, is an expert on refurbishing tarnished royalty, as she demonstrated with her gushing tribute to the Clinton wedding as “a happy throwback to the carefree 1990s.” So carefree that no one of importance, certainly not in the Clinton White House, took serious stock of the collapse of hedge funds like Long-Term Capital Management, a harbinger of disasters to come. …snip…

BooHooHooMan - 4 August 2010

She shoulda married a Catholic. heh.

Gawd… Tina Brown’s paean to power, “Why America Needed Chelsea’s Wedding,” Oh I know, Tina.. Especially after the whole Tommy Lee , Pamela Anderson, and boating thing. Or Al and Tipper. And J Edwards and Riehl.

It brings a tear to MY eye, I tell ya. A reminder of more wholesome times. I mean other than the Obama’s now of course, always spending time together an’at…

When Chelsea’s parents got married, there were plenty of role models, you know. Ted and Joan Kennedy, for instance. People knew back then, like Bill you know, you could really build on that monogamous bliss. From guys like Prince Charles to Woody Allen.
Of course the marital “glove” didn’t “fit” for everybody.
Good Times.

Personally, I think its a rollout for a Celebrity Fuck Network prior to a Goldman IPO.

marisacat - 4 August 2010

When SI Newhouse moved Miss Tina over from VF, I wrote them and said, How can you destroy, at one fell swoop, TWO magazines I love? The New Yorker (before it was just an UWS Dem party mouthpiece) AND Vanity Fair.

She also moved the mag into the Red for the first time in its life.

Bitch, as I used to call her. Hey: PARTY bitch.


Speaking of role models, how about Old Joe, keeping whatshername, Sunset Blvd in the same house with Rose and the kids? The hapless Irish faces trooping down to breakfast and there she was digging into the cornflakes.

Not htat it matters, not that they don’t all deserve each other…

BooHooHooMan - 4 August 2010

Wasn’t Joe.
Couldn’t ‘ave been Joe. Someone that looked like him.
In his sweat drenched silk pajamas and horn rimmed glasses.
Happens all the time.
Life was different then, people left their doors open, Bugsy Siegel notwithstanding.
Besides, Rose would have said something, othwerwise it would have taught denial of involvement to her childrenssssss.
And Gosh by golly, scoody oot di doo ~ the man had character.
He Reformed Wall Street.
Just like he did for bootlegging and the movie business.

2. marisacat - 4 August 2010

So little left to say. Except the nutz in office keep churning it out.

Via Mike Allen http://www.politico.com :

–POLITICO’s Ben White reports in “Morning Money” that his in-box blew up over Secretary Geithner’s N.Y. Times Op-Ed on Tuesday, “Welcome to the Recovery.” http://nyti.ms/bwHPPN

Ben reports that Treasury didn’t pick the headline. (Cue Dan Bartlett choking on his cornflakes.) In fact, Treasury wanted “The Case for the American Economy” and viewed The Times’ choice as sarcastic. Nevertheless, Ben reports:

“All of the messages, from conservative bankers to liberal bloggers, roasted Geithner for what complainants described as his premature declaration of victory over the recession at a time when many are still suffering and the jobless rate stagnates near 10 percent.” One reader wrote: “More than one person has said to me today, ‘Doesn’t “Welcome to the Recovery” sound like “Mission Accomplished”’?”

–Ben’s “Treasury Mindmeld”:

“Confidence is a huge factor right now. So it makes perfect sense to try and get business people and consumers feeling better so they create more jobs and spend more. Cheerleading is no sin, especially when another big stimulus is simply not going to happen.”

so.. that thing in the Times was CHEER LEADING? Please b advised, it failed.


In other news Obby spending his birthday in Chicago, Baby Fat Hunter on Malaga, at a Mallorca hotel… with one daughter. The trip required SIXTY ROOMS in the ***** star hotel.

We are well into cartoon and joke land.

BooHooHooMan - 4 August 2010

The Times? Cheerleading?

U.S. Finds Most Oil From Spill Poses Little Additional Risk
Nearly 36,000 tons of oily debris had been collected from shorelines through Sunday. Above, near the shore in Port Fourchon, La.

Only about 26 percent of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak is still in the water or onshore, and most of it is diluted and breaking down rapidly, officials say.

Good thing Harmon’s Hubby bought Newsweek.
Still got that goin for us. Cartoon and Joke land indeed.

About the only upside I see is that people don’t read about how employed, secured, maybe not so much, but invested, and insured, their broke, dominated, disinformed, ripped and ripped off again selves are…

Oh. And that reminder to ratify it all with a vote and playing “by the rules” so you can get………………stuff.

And BTW, Rangel’s BFF’s in Jersey ….ended up going to CR’s 80th and saw Aretha, BUT Got the last few summer things out of the house < — like Charlie, I suppose

marisacat - 4 August 2010

When times get tough the tough head for a high roller district with a few friends. And a kid as chaperone. (oh I am projecting wildly. Sure….)

Worth a few laughs. (Maybe Chels and Marc are on the other side of the hotel)

BooHooHooMan - 4 August 2010

With the kid as cover .. Well good luck to Gibbsie, that 4th rate mouthpiece with a 5th rate staff . Tough shit fellas, back in the old days en France, Louis and Marie’s flacks had their problems, too.
Wait till the bitch says “Let them eat cake.”

marisacat - 4 August 2010

Oh Gibbs is the worst of gutter operatives. Lipless out of Alabama.

catnip - 4 August 2010

“Confidence is a huge factor right now.

Yes, Virginia, it really is all just a big con game.

3. catnip - 4 August 2010
marisacat - 4 August 2010

now I read it was a firecracker.

marisacat - 4 August 2010

Or, we could call it STATIC KILL


catnip - 4 August 2010

That’s the “official” line from Iran’s state media.

Is that a firecracker in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

marisacat - 4 August 2010

Hey Static Kill. Sounds like a job for Viagra!!

ts - 5 August 2010

Maybe they’re gonna pump 100,000 pounds of dryer sheets down there?

marisacat - 5 August 2010

the whole thing feels precarious, esp as just Tuesday, this was all delayed due to “leaks” apparently from the sea floor near the well. Not scuttle but, but reported by major media…

We are forced into an experiment…

4. lucid - 4 August 2010

Re: Dkos thread… I just can’t read ’em anymore. It’s like an orchestra of nails on chalkboard. Hurts the eyes.

marisacat - 4 August 2010

ugh I can guess what it is…

I am waiting for the Righties to pick apart the Wilkins story – or the Sherrod story… . Watch the pro Ob forces decide what to say…….. (snicker, if anything)

We shall see….

5. catnip - 4 August 2010

Brrreaking: Prop 8 struck down.

ms_xeno - 4 August 2010

Congrats to CA for being more evolved than us losers up north. :/

marisacat - 4 August 2010

yeah but so fr we got there via one federal judge… tho the supposition now is that when it goes to the Ninth Cir, they will reverse (they caved late in 2008 or early 09…) and agree with Vaughn Walker…

He did write some tough lines… One report i heard said he found 88 points of fact. INCLUDING that Prop 8 was an effort to elevate hetero sexual marriage as some moral good… and that people with religious bias about this are HARMFUL.


6. marisacat - 4 August 2010

hmm Prop 8 overturned, word just in.. from here it goes to Ninth Circuit (automatic appeal from the Catholics, Mormons and assorted worshippers- they have asked Judge Walker to keep the ban in place while they appeal).. and then to SCOTUS.

catnip - 4 August 2010

Religious fundamentalists’ heads exploding.

Film at 11.

marisacat - 4 August 2010

brains on the roadside!

catnip - 4 August 2010

Grey matter clogging the sewers. (What little they have of it.)

marisacat - 4 August 2010

let them eat crucifixes!

lucid - 4 August 2010

I think their grey matter is actually brown matter…

marisacat - 4 August 2010

The County Clerk’s office is being beseiged …. people are showing up for marriage licenses! They are at least letting poeple fill out the applications…


Madman in the Marketplace - 4 August 2010

I’ll take the little happy glimmers that come along. Good news, and the excerpts I’ve heard and read from the judge’s ruling are fantastic.

In a stunning decision this afternoon, finding California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative banning gay marriage unconstitutional, Walker trod heavily on the path Kennedy has blazed on gay rights: “[I]t would demean a married couple were it to be said marriage is simply about the right to have sexual intercourse,” quotes Walker. “‘[M]oral disapproval, without any other asserted state interest,’ has never been a rational basis for legislation,” cites Walker. “Animus towards gays and lesbians or simply a belief that a relationship between a man and a woman is inherently better than a relationship between two men or two women, this belief is not a proper basis on which to legislate,” Walker notes …

7. marisacat - 4 August 2010

He and his are just so fucking WORDY.

[A]sked for White House reaction to Wednesday’s ruling, spokesman Ben Labolt pointed out that President Barack Obama has publicly opposed the same-sex marriage ban “because it is divisive and discriminatory.” However, he said the President “will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans.”

Nevertheless, Obama has also publicly opposed same-sex marriage, and a White House aide said the president’s position has not changed.

“He supports civil unions, doesn’t personally support gay marriage though he supports repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, and has opposed divisive and discriminatory initiatives like Prop. 8 in other states,” said the official, who asked not to be named.

In his ruling, Walker repeatedly argued in his decision that banning same-sex marriage amounted to sex discrimination because some individuals are denied the right to marry others based solely on their gender. ….

Read more: Link to Politico

catnip - 4 August 2010

The Great Waffler.

marisacat - 4 August 2010


ms_xeno - 5 August 2010

LGBT folks in the U.S. really must like being debased, though. They put up with this shit from their “friends” again and again. Oh, love us! Please love us! Save us from Scary Sarah! Whiiiiiiiiiine!

Like Labor, and Environmentalists, and… and… ad nauseum…

marisacat - 5 August 2010

You’ll get a kick out of this…. back during the election, the GE, a local news show here took a camera crew out to the Castro and they asked an assortment (mostly guys as I recall) to view a clip of Sarah P in one of the debates answer with her view of gays, SS Marriage and so on… and they said, yeah well sure, we get that she is against it… and a couple noticed that she was softening the blows, almost being sweet…

THEN the nooz crew played Biden and Obama clips…. Obama from the MTV, and a few other places where he said things like “marriage is a man and a woman, God is in the mix”… and other variations of ”No never not on my watch!”

and the gay boys’ mouths dropped open. NO, they said… we are shocked, they said! I did not know he said that.. He said that? He did?

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 August 2010

Maybe he needs to call some homophobic black preachers to remind him of what he “thinks”.

marisacat - 4 August 2010

Joshua DuBois, head of ReligioGruppenSnacken can help him out.

I forget what they call that faith based goo in the West Wing.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 August 2010

Years of bitching and attacking and cutting funding really has reduced PBS and NPR to crap.

NPR is a faith-based organization

I blame Barbara Bradley Hagerty — or at least, she is the face of religious inanity at NPR. She has a new piece up titled Christian Academics Cite Hostility On Campus, and does she have any evidence for this claim? None at all. Actually, she has evidence contradicting the claim.

There are two parts to the story. The first is someone who is fast becoming a usual suspect, Elaine Howard Ecklund, the person who studied faith among academics and was surprisingly surprised to discover that, golly gee whiz, nearly half go to church! This is a fact that is only news if you’ve bought into the biased view that academics are a monolithic bunch who are not only all atheists, but are also all communists, hippies, and Democrats. How the fact that a very significant minority of academics are religious argues that Christianity is oppressed on campus is a mystery.

So she moves on to pointing out that most of the religious academics are quiet about it; there’s a serious shortage of proselytizing evangelicals on the faculty. This, too, is a mystery to Ecklund, but shouldn’t be. Academics tend to be smart people. Evangelical/Charismatic/Fundamentalist religions are stupid. Figure it out.

Ecklund is also annoying because she is constantly harping on her thesis that higher education doesn’t erode faith, when the proper way to look at her data is to notice that more than half are freethinkers.

9. marisacat - 5 August 2010

Oh what fun… Guiliani’s kid arrested for petty theft, shoplifting about a hundred bucks of make up… so the story goes.

And Guiliani asks for privacy for a private matter.


marisacat - 5 August 2010

Apparently it was at Sephora in NYC…. and she is 20.

“My daughter I love very much,” Giuliani said. “I have great respect for her, and I’m really proud of her. And I don’t comment on children because I want to give them the maximum degree of privacy. I think children in situations like this deserve to have the maximum degree of privacy. And the best way to preserve that is, except to point out that you love them and care about them and you’re very, very proud of them, just don’t comment about it.”

more by Rudy Giuliani – 3 hours ago – CNN (59 occurrences)

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 August 2010

Too bad Mr. law and order wasn’t so understanding for the children of other parents in NYC … especially for children of color.

marisacat - 5 August 2010

yup just what I thought…

10. marisacat - 5 August 2010

well if black children are all fat… then why worry. Baby Fat Hunter has an agenda. Don’t they all….

IIRC there were quotes around from Obey that Dems IMMEDIATELY came up with cutting Food Stamps to “find money”.


“Surprising even themselves, Democrats broke through Republican lines … [with] twin 61-38 Senate votes … [for] a long-sought fiscal aid bill intended to avert layoffs of state workers and public school teachers this fall.

… Maine Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe joined in support of the $26.1 billion measure after Democrats agreed to pay for the costs with cuts from their own priorities, including food stamps for the poor.” – David Rogers http://bit.ly/cvQ6OH

Why don’t we jsut make a partnership of Collins and Snowe Their Majesties, The Pretzelnettes

11. catnip - 5 August 2010

Don’t blame me. I’m a fucking Canadian.

12. matiee - 5 August 2010

Israel: the new haven for international crime:

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry says four surgeons and four others have been arrested for taking part in a scheme to recruit organ donors from former Soviet countries and transplant the organs into wealthy foreigners.

The head of the ministry’s department on human trafficking, Yuriy Kucher, says the scheme was headed by an Israeli citizen who was arrested last month.


Bet Newsweek has never had a story on the selling human body parts. Guess the access to Palestinian body parts have have dryed up.

13. ts - 5 August 2010

More from the Alan Blinder files, of Blinder and Zandi bipartisan hackdom “we saved the economy” fame…

Taleb calls out Alan Blinder for questionable ethics

Here’s the trigger: last year at Davos, Blinder interrupts Taleb’s conversation with a third party to pitch a savings product, one that allows high net worth individuals to arb FDIC insurance regs by allowing them to put funds in a single account, which would then be split up among banks so that the investor would circumvent regulations that limit FDIC insurance (then $100,000 per account).

Now it’s already a bit unseemly for a former Fed vice chairman to be peddling investment products personally, particularly since, per Taleb:

….it would allow the super-rich to scam taxpayers by getting free government sponsored insurance. Yes, scam taxpayers. Legally. With the help of former civil servants who have an insider edge.

I blurted out: “isn’t this unethical?” I was told in response, “We have plenty of former regulators on the staff,” implying that what was legal was ethical.

14. ts - 5 August 2010

Yves is pumping out a bunch of good stuff lately. In addition to linking to an MJ article about how Fannie and Freddie are sponsoring mortgage fraud, Marshall Auerback hits all the high notes

A disproportionate amount of the stimulus program has been enjoyed by those who least need it. We would like to see the Obama Administration at least begin to make the case that fiscal stimulus, whether via tax cuts or direct public investment, is still required to generate more demand and employment. They should not concede anything in this area to the politically insincere GOP, which never met a tax break for the top 2% of the population that they didn’t like.

There might well be very good reasons, on grounds of social equity, to minimize the income gap between the rich and the poor, but Geithner and Obama are not making the case for the elimination of the tax breaks on these grounds. Rather, they continue to do so on the basis that this is the “fiscally responsible” thing to do. This is also consistent with the President’s odd championing of a “bipartisan commission” to study entitlement “reform”, where the focus appears to be on cutting Medicare and Social Security — in effect gutting the Democrats most substantial social legacy of 20th century.

marisacat - 5 August 2010

We would like to see the Obama Administration at least begin to make the case that fiscal stimulus, whether via tax cuts or direct public investment, is still required to generate more demand and employment.

well if only… there actually was a pretty nice old Wall St guy on with Rose last night… Bernard Swartz of BLS Investment (iirc) who was nearly begging, he used the word petition, the ObamaNauts to please god dammit, work on jobs. And infrastructure.

Or we are gonna crash … (he also added too many old barnacles from past administrations in the Obby merry-go-round)

I just don’t see that Obby and Summers and Geithner are on that track. Jobs I mean…

15. ts - 5 August 2010

Strange, I’m putting the end italics tag at the end, but it seems to be jumping up a paragraph when I copy and paste stuff in

marisacat - 5 August 2010

ugh sometimes with WP you have to use the open italics HTML at the start of each new graph or sentence following a space – a line of space i mean….

I just close it once, to save myself the bother…

16. ts - 5 August 2010

Oh, and I can’t let this vomitous piece slide

I’m certainly not a big supporter of sadists that cut women’s noses off, but parading them in front of millions of subscribers with the lede: “What happens if we leave Afghanistan.” is the work of the mentally sick. No surprise that it was from Time Magazine, then. Let’s justify our collective atrocity with their singular one.

I got some news for you: it was happening before we went in…with our support. It happened with our fucking puppet government in charge, for g-d’s sake. Even the f-ing article admits this.

Even in the absence of a government run by the Taliban, Afghan women suffer from religious extremism, although they have enjoyed a great deal of progress. Thousands of girls’ schools have opened since the fall of the Taliban, and women are active in the Parliament and the aid community, where an estimated half a billion dollars in international assistance is now destined for gender-equality programs.

marisacat - 5 August 2010

hmm cannot remember who ti was, Angry Arab reported it… and it may have been Nir Rosen… but a study was conducted and there has been MORE ”honor” related killings and violence since we invaded.

Violence begets……………… and it ain’t daisy chains it begets…

17. marisacat - 5 August 2010

And speaking of Our Foundling… and the Vaughn Walker ruling

[H]e’s got to show his cards,” said Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage. “Do you support one San Francisco judge in imposing his view of marriage on the rest of the country or not?… Anyone who just looks at this from an objective point of view realizes the president’s position is untenable.”

The White House issued a terse statement on the ruling that didn’t endorse or reject the judge’s conclusions.

“The President has spoken out in opposition to Proposition 8 because it is divisive and discriminatory. He will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans,” spokesman Ben LaBolt said.

The official statement didn’t reiterate Obama’s opposition to gay marriage, but a spokesman said his position on that issue was unchanged.

“He supports civil unions, doesn’t personally support gay marriage though he supports repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, and has opposed divisive and discriminatory initiatives like Prop. 8 in other states,” said the Obama aide, who asked not to be named.

…. snipwhippy

Oh it is all so hush hush. Mush mush. Slush slush. Etc.

18. marisacat - 5 August 2010

Whitney at CPunch:

[T]he economy is slipping fast into deflation, but there’s still time to act. The bond market is telling us that the economy needs more fiscal stimulus. The labor market is telling us that the economy needs more fiscal stimulus. The housing market s telling us that the economy needs more fiscal stimulus. Manufacturing, consumer spending, consumer credit and bank lending are all telling us that the economy needs more fiscal stimulus. Every sector and data-point is telling us the economy needs more fiscal stimulus.

But congress, the White House, and the myriad far-right think tanks and foundations won’t budge. They want debt consolidation, austerity measures, structural adjustment and belt-tightening. “That is what the market demands”, they opine. …snip…

19. marisacat - 5 August 2010



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