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Kiss the kitty 11 August 2010

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

A close up of Herbie’s face     [Jill Mead/Guardian]

oh just the silliest thing but if by chance you have a soft spot for black and white cats, a dear one, displayed in several photos, in a gallery at the Guardian… with a white hour glass on the nose and a white diamond, at each whisker patch.

Bereft of a cat, I paw at cat p0rn….


Just to keep this a political blog… 😉 I’ll toss out a tidbit from so-called Liberal Land.  That would be San Francisco.  Coming up on the local talk radio is the topic of ‘Michelle in Spain’ and who complains about her.  And here is the kicker, that people who call her “Michelle O”, I guess in evocation of or comparison to the elitism of “Jackie O” are…… wait for it, get ready….


We are so fucking lost. 

What did the tabloids say about Jefferson?  So many, too many! red haired house slaves serving at table!  What did the papers say about Mary Todd Lincoln?  All but accused her of treason, the Todd family being Southern, and being a spy.  Aside from wildly overspending her non-allowance.

Not to even get to Dolly Madison, many others, and in recent memory, Nancy Reagan, Hillary, and so on.

Our politics is very rough and tumble.  Uselessly bloodthirsty… endless sport without ever a real win, as I see it.

This whole administration and the conduct of so-called Liberals is nothing but red meat, red and dripping fresh blood, for Wingers.

[pounds head against wall]



1. catnip - 11 August 2010


As Reuters reported today, China is unveiling a $739 billion “new energy plan” which includes wind, solar and biomass as well as smart grid and distributed energy.

At the same time, Politico’s Morning Energy reported, the House of Representatives is returning this week to pass a bill that will slash $1.5 billion in renewable energy loan guarantees to help fund FMAP, a bill that will avert teacher layoffs and pay for Medicaid. Although this is an important measure, this $1.5 billion dollar cut is on top of the $2 billion dollars taken out of the renewables fund to pay for an extension to the Cash for Clunkers program. Taken together this is more than one-half of the $6 billion dollars allocated to the Energy Department for the Renewables/Transmission Loan Guarantee Program under the Recovery Act.

These rescissions put into jeopardy the green jobs that the administration have touted as part of our clean energy future and put us further behind the rest of the world.

You can bet those Bush tax cuts (food stamps for the elites!) aren’t going anywhere…

2. ts - 11 August 2010

Can’t wait to hear what Lipless has to say about that hippy…

3. marisacat - 12 August 2010

oh the charade of it all!

There was a palpable sense of frustration among some Rangel supporters with some of the pressure on him. Even the normally reserved former mayor of New York City, David Dinkins, flipped the bird to a loud heckler who was shouting “crook” to almost every African-American man who entered the hotel. …

Read more: that wretched old People magazine

4. marisacat - 12 August 2010

6.9 in central Ecuador………….. “strong but deep”, one report said.

Magnitude 6.9 quake rocks Ecuador – USGS

Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:16pm GMT

WASHINGTON Aug 12 (Reuters) – A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at 1154 GMT and was centered 87 miles (140 km) east of Ambato, at a depth of 115 miles (185 km).

The USGS initially reported the quake as 6.7 magnitude, then revised the strength to 7.2, before putting the figure at 6.9.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that a tsunami did not appear to be generated, based on historical models.

(Reporting by Vicki Allen, Editing by Frances Kerry)

5. marisacat - 12 August 2010

hmmm I guess it can all get stupider.

Hard to see how tho.

marisacat - 12 August 2010

oh here is what would be stupider, if the T shirts read:

uckFay eaTay.

brinn - 12 August 2010


Seriously, pathetic.

6. catnip - 12 August 2010
marisacat - 12 August 2010

It’s interesting that that – ears or the standing back drop to ears – is the extra, vestigial thing….

7. marisacat - 12 August 2010

oh gee. IOZ pointed me toward this Douthat column. Yikes. And when I got there I see he has been stressing manfully – and multiply – over the meaning of heterosexual marriage.

And somehow ths involves the overuse of “thick” as a modifier.

Can it get odder. I guess so.

It’s probably a classic of some sort:

What’s more, the thickness of this interplay — it’s intense complexity, which can’t be easily disaggregated into “fecundity” on the one hand, “gender differences” on the other, and so forth — arguably justifies a complex matrimonial ideal. Parsimony isn’t necessarily a virtue: The particularities of heterosexuality are very particular, and only a thick understanding of wedlock, I suspect, can hope to do the kind of important cultural work that Tushnet is describing, and push heterosexuals not only to think about their behavior within marriage, but also how their entire sexual lives fit into the marital ideal. (This thickness issue also helps explain what often sounds like tongue-tiedness and/or desperation ….

and onward slobber….

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 August 2010

Holy fucking crap … what the hell WAS that?

Maybe he should change his name to Russ “Bi-curious” Douthat.

Amazes me how much time some straight men spend worrying over the details of “gay” sex.

marisacat - 12 August 2010

and he has written [thickly] several columns and NYT blog posts on marriage just recently. I sallied thru just the one.

This is how IOZ opened his post on the mess (IOZ linked at my comment above):

Ad Homonumb

Why not start with an egregious insult? Is there anything more absurd than a moral colloquy on the ideal of heterosexual marriage conducted by a fat, sloppy virgin and a celibate Catholic dyke? It’s like getting a real estate seminar from a Phish fan who lives out of his van and a schizophrenic homeless woman who lives under a bridge. Their combined, speculative insight on the unique good produced through religiously and legally exclusive heterosexual lifetime monogamous pairbonding has all the moral and scienfitic weight of that kid in third grade who informed you with hushed, wide-eyed certainty that babies come out of moms’ butts

Years ago when Douthat was at the Atlantic, where I would occasionally read him for laughs… he did some post, quite derogatory as I recall, on women and … abortion. And, in reading it, it was pretty clear Douthat was not at all knowledgeable about what he was writing. Not at all.. at all.

The thread was an absolute scream. He was left no room to hide.

CSTAR - 12 August 2010

Tushnet? I don’t think that domain safe for viewing on public access computers.

marisacat - 12 August 2010

hilarious isn’t it?

8. catnip - 12 August 2010

he [Clinton](1+ / 0-)

is a total fuckwad, all we get is one fuckwad after another. The big differences between republicans and democrats is the democrats perfected being fuckwads into an art and the republicans perfected being fuckwads into a science.

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.” Mayer Amschel Rothschild, 1790

by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 10:36:13 AM MDT

The orange natives are restless…

marisacat - 12 August 2010

Old Macdonald had a farm load of fuckwads….


ts - 12 August 2010

You can always not vote for them, y’know.

catnip - 12 August 2010


Madman in the Marketplace - 12 August 2010

them’s BANNING words!

ts - 12 August 2010

I know. I had a big smile on my face as I wrote that!

9. ts - 12 August 2010

Krugster’s take:

I’m not saying to turn the other cheek and always say something polite as a general principle; by all means lash out at your critics, if you have something to gain by doing so. Rudeness at the proper moment can serve a purpose — as I hope I’ve demonstrated over the years. But if you vent for the sake of venting; if you alienate people you’re going to need; then you’re just being stupid.

And that, I’m afraid, is what’s going on here. Rachel Maddow isn’t going to go away, or turn all meek, because the White House Press Secretary implicitly denounced her. Even more to the point, liberal critics have an audience because they’re reflecting real concerns of real people. Those concerns need addressing, if necessary in the form of explanations of why their expectations can’t be met. Denouncing the people giving voice to those real concerns as the “professional left” is both unfair and, as I’ve said, stupid.

And both the president and, more important, the country deserve better.

The last sentence shows he’s either oblivious or approving. Gibbs had express license from the White House and the Rahmenator to say exactly what he did. If he’d done something wrong, he’d be under the bus in a half-second. They may even throw him anyway if it plays in Peoria.

They know that the odds of keeping the House in November are pretty low, so it’s time to start pointing those fingers at the appropriate scapegoats. Particularly since those goats will almost certainly wipe the spit off their face and vote for you anyway.

ts - 12 August 2010

I swear I put the end italics tag after “better.”

marisacat - 12 August 2010

don’tworry, you did… it’s just that the idiosyncracy of WP is to drop html every time the space bar, creating a nw graph, gets hit…. I get around around it by putting an open italics html at the start of each graph and a single close italics (or bold or whatever) html at the end, whre I want the html to end.

10. catnip - 12 August 2010

Khadr’s lawyer collapses on first day of terror suspect’s trial

U.S. NAVAL BASE GUANTANAMO, Cuba — Omar Khadr’s Pentagon-appointed defence attorney, army Lt.-Col. Jon Jackson, collapsed in the courtroom Thursday afternoon as he cross-examined the soldier who had shot Khadr in the 2002 firefight in Afghanistan.

Jackson asked the judge for a brief recess just before he fell to one knee and collapsed onto the floor around 3:15 p.m. He was unconscious for about 30 seconds.

He has since been taken to hospital, but his condition is not immediately known.

marisacat - 12 August 2010

could be sheer stress

catnip - 12 August 2010

No doubt.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 August 2010
catnip - 12 August 2010

I see the Dems are sending more National Guard troops to the border (1,000, I think it is) AND and unmanned drone.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 August 2010
marisacat - 12 August 2010

yeah well CFC is the people Obby kneels in front of. Dangling participle and all.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 August 2010

Pat Tillman’s Father To Army Investigator: ‘F— You… And Yours’

The Weinstein Company sent the Huffington Post two previously unseen letters written by Tillman’s father at the peak of frustration with the army’s investigation into his son’s death. The notes, penned to Brigadier General Gary M. Jones (the man spearheading the investigation) as well as the Senate Armed Services Committee (which oversaw Jones’s work), paint a picture of a man increasingly convinced that a massive conspiracy was emerging around the death of his son.

“You are a General,” Tillman’s father writes Jones after being presented with a briefing book of his findings. “There is no way a man like you, with your intelligence, education, military, experience, responsibilities (primarily for difficult situations), and rank… believes the conclusions reached in the March 31, 2005 Briefing Book. But your signature is on it. I assume, therefore, that you are part of this shameless bullshit. I embarrassed myself by treating you with respect [on] March 31, 2005. I thought your rank deserved it and anticipated something different from the new and improved investigation. I won’t act so hypocritically if we meet again.”

“In sum: Fuck you… and yours.”

marisacat - 12 August 2010

oh good for the father… I just caught a report the other day that the mother has stated although nothing has been reached, no resolution, she wants no more hearings.

Well yeah, all they are is a circle jerk.

catnip - 12 August 2010

I’m looking forward to seeing that documentary.

brinn - 13 August 2010

Sweet. The Tillmans, mom and dad both, are high quality humans.

It’s damn shame that they’ve been treated with such complete and utter disregard. Sadly, and as they are both always quick to point out, this shit happens all the time, but because of Pat Tillman’s “star status”, they actually got some modicum of interest from the AmPeep….

14. marisacat - 12 August 2010

oh FFS

India Warns It Will Block BlackBerry Traffic That It Can’t Monitor


MUMBAI, India — The Indian government said Thursday that it would block encrypted BlackBerry corporate e-mail and messenger services if wireless companies did not enable law enforcement authorities to monitor those messages by the end of the month.

The ultimatum suggested that Indian officials had reached an impasse after weeks of negotiations with Research In Motion, the Canadian company that makes and provides services for the popular hand-held devices. India would become the second country in recent weeks to restrict BlackBerry services. The United Arab Emirates announced last week that it would begin blocking services in October.

15. ts - 13 August 2010

Alabama is suing BP for causing “catastrophic harm” to the state.

There goes the $20 billion kitty. I had thought that the reserve fund was put in to prevent lawsuits, but now that AL has sued can MS, FL and LA be far behind? Not to mention the private lawsuits if the states don’t go to court.

If you didn’t sign away your rights yet you may be sitting pretty. Hell, even if you signed and didn’t get paid you may have a case.

marisacat - 13 August 2010

well… slow and long are the years to a settlement.

And BP will only be putting up 3 billion of the 20 billion by the end of this year…a structured pay out. sigh.

I am surprised AL went first, they must have a more alive and awake AG than Riley as governor.

16. catnip - 13 August 2010

Cindy Sheehan Challenges Robert Gibbs to Drug Test Duel

Today, in response to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ insensitive remarks harshly and very unprofessionally criticizing the “professional left” for principled criticism of President Obama, Cindy Sheehan had this to say from her Oakland, Ca. home:

“I want to make it very clear that I am not a hypocrite and any criticisms I have made of Obama are the exact same things I said when George Bush was president because the same foreign policies have continued, if not worsened during the tenure of the Obama administration.”

In an interview with The Hill magazine released today, Gibbs stated that critics of Obama on the left need to be “drug tested.”

“I will put my urine up against Gibbs’ any day, and in fact, will travel to Washington, DC to give him a fresh and warm sample—I actually think supporters of Obama should be tested for ‘Hopium’ in their urine, myself,” Sheehan continued. “Since Gibbs is a liar and a jerk, I will challenge him to a pee-off.”


brinn - 13 August 2010

A pee-off!! Yippie! Glad I no longer live anywhere near DC! or California for that matter….unfortunately, Texas remains uncomfortably close…just outside the city limits….

brinn - 13 August 2010

Speaking of which, I really, really, really wish they’d quit doing shit like


Though I got a call for an interview with a job with the state yesterday — pays well, is associated with the WIC program here, and, well, would be all around GRAND!

Scheduled for the 31rst! Wish me and those other 1.47 people luck! 😉

catnip - 13 August 2010

Bonne chance!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 August 2010

good luck!

marisacat - 13 August 2010

Good luck brinn!

brinn - 13 August 2010

Merci, thanks, arigatogosimas, danke, kamsimdinda, Sas efharisto poli y gracias!

Wait a minute…am I an anchor? I thought I was born here “under juristiction”….. I could be mistaken…

I know I ain’t no baby!

14th don’t fail me now!

brinn - 13 August 2010

by the by…I’m liking sections 3 4 and 5….does anyone think things through anymore?! yeah yeah I know….

Section. 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section. 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section. 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

As Pat Tillman Sr. so eloquently, and appropriately put it:

Fuck you and yours!

Ya ain’t mine! haven’t been “represented” in my entire life by your likes…..

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 August 2010


marisacat - 14 August 2010

Think? No no evidence of that, at all.

the land of gimmicks…. I stumbled around to find a news this am, fool that I am. And the first story up was Al Sharpton vs Laura Schlessinger.

Gimmick v Gimmick.

Next up, Obby declaring Freedom of Religion.

wu ming - 14 August 2010


wu ming - 14 August 2010

hrm, that was supposed to be a response to brinn.

marisacat - 14 August 2010

I don’t know where this will end up, the reply went to the wrong spot wu, as I let this thread go too long. when threads get old or there are too many “replies” to a comment (tho I ahve the default set to the max) it starts dropping the reply any old place it likes.

Usually it just drops it at the end of a thread…


brinn - 15 August 2010

Wu Ming!!!

Good to “see” you!!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 August 2010

I hope she pees on his shoes.

17. catnip - 13 August 2010
Madman in the Marketplace - 13 August 2010

spot on

18. catnip - 13 August 2010

Lifting this link from dkos because it has the video and transcript. My jaw dropped when I watched this last nite: Watch a Republican congressman go crazy

Terror Babies!! Coming soon to a nursery near you! (And you can bet they’ll be wearing those new “skinny leg” baby jeans just to fool everybody.)

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 August 2010

Reminds me of the lyrics of an old 10cc song:

Everyone’s going to be free
But they’ll have to agree to be free
They’ll have to agree to be less free than me
‘Cos I rule the world you see
So wait for the army of kiddy-winkies
And terrible tiny tots
In armoured school buses
Firing poison pea-shooters
And sinking their milk teeth into your thighs
Delapsus resurgam! when I fall I shall rise!
Wanna be a boss
I wanna be a big boss
I wanna boss the world around
I wanna be the biggest boss
that ever bossed the world around

19. marisacat - 13 August 2010

oh no…… somebody tell him not to…

Gibbs says Obby will weigh in on “religious freedom” and the mosqueria (as I call it) tonight at the Iftar celebrations.

🙄 … 😆 … maybe he can stop short of declaring someone is acting “stupidly”.

Then again, with Kaine and Gibbs buying feet to put in their own mouths, and imo all of it planned, hold on to your hat.

catnip - 13 August 2010

Beer summit!

No, wait…it being Ramadan and all…

wu ming - 14 August 2010

shisha summit. hey, it’s alliterative, and he’s already a smoker.

20. ts - 13 August 2010

Ramadan starts on 9/11 this year…cue the wharrgarbl!

catnip - 13 August 2010

It’s on already. And this headline made me do a double take: Muslims urged to ban Israeli dates during Ramadan

Not “dates” as in eHarmony (my first reaction), date “dates”…

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is here, and anti-Israel organizations are using it for their campaign against Israeli products, urging Muslims to boycott dates grown in the Jewish state. The fruit is considered an important component in breaking the daily fast, and the consumption of dates rises significantly in the Arab and Muslim world this month.

catnip - 13 August 2010

Not that I use eHarmony for dates.

Okay, I’ll stop digging…

marisacat - 13 August 2010

They can buy dates from the Coachella Valley, outside Palm Springs…………………

catnip - 13 August 2010

Date “dates” or “dates”? 😉

marisacat - 13 August 2010


dates, from date trees….. (date palms? I guess)

catnip - 13 August 2010

I don’t date palms…but I am open-minded…

21. marisacat - 13 August 2010


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs denied Friday that the Obamas’ weekend trip to the Gulf Coast was ever billed as a “vacation.”

“This was originally billed as, and continues to be billed as, highlighting the notion that a region of the country that is heavily dependent upon tourism is alive, well and open for business,” he said in his daily briefing. [could that get more awkward? –Mcat]

But before Friday, Gibbs had done little to discourage reporters from that idea.

Of course, 27 hours between wheels down to wheels up is not a vaca. Kind of a sort of a drop in. A bit like that……


brinn - 13 August 2010

Fly over, drop in…fuck ’em all….

catnip - 13 August 2010

cheap photo op…

“I care!”

22. catnip - 13 August 2010
marisacat - 13 August 2010

I read the rambly scrambly text of his “apology”. Jesus… My little 5 ft wife told me off, my old Jewish Vegas friends told me off.

Hey I cooked it up with my old Latino friend, don’t look at me!!

What did the dog say Harry?

catnip - 13 August 2010

via Orangestan:

Mason-Dixon for Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow. 8/9-11. “Registered and regular” voters. MoE 4% (7/26-28 results)

Harry Reid (D) 46 (43)
Sharron Angle (R) 44 (42)

Pathetic display against a RW nutbar.

ts - 13 August 2010

He’s already thrown about $10 million into trying to paint her as a lunatic, probably will spend the other $9 million in cash before he’s through.

23. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 August 2010
24. catnip - 13 August 2010
25. marisacat - 14 August 2010



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