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Holy Vermicelli 21 August 2010

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

Hyderabad, India: A worker dries seviiyan, thin vermicelli, used in the preparation of sheer khurma, a traditional sweet dish served during Ramadan [Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images]

I am really really tired of images of people praying… which I find to be a subtle message, deeper than any desire to depict and promote multi-culturalism:

Pray to the Nothing in the Sky.

No thanks. Praise the extremely fine and near-transparent vermicelli? Have at it.



1. marisacat - 21 August 2010

Question for BHHM if he comes around:

Do you know anything about Teaneck NJ… a place I am pretty sure I have never been, so I don’t know what it used to be iether…

But I read that just recently a Muslim was elected mayor… think hmmm from Hyderabad (I might be wrong) descent? and i cnanot seem to find much on his run or about him (think I read he was briefly on the town council, 2 years or so), the Vice Mayor is an Orhtodox Jew… also male. I find rather boring articles praising it as a model (which it may or may not be).

Apparenlty Teanceck is 30% Jewish, I am guessing maybe an Orthodox enclave???

The reason I am interested is they may be good fiscal city managers (not that I esp care, frankly) but this strikes me as bad news for women.

So, what if anything, do you know?

2. catnip - 21 August 2010

Suck a L’Orange

Obama Will Triumph — So Will America
by wilduntamed75


Haha…this should be good.

marisacat - 21 August 2010

Some people just don’t keep up with the news… wishes lies and dreams seem to do it for them…

catnip - 21 August 2010


Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe, the Second World War and the Depression has any president faced more adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial integration has any president faced a more consistently short-sighted and willfully ignorant opposition – from both the right and left.

As the President’s poll numbers have fallen so has his support from some on the left that were hailing him as a Messiah not long ago; all those lefty websites and commentators that were falling all over themselves on behalf of our first black president during the 2008 election.

The left’s lack of faith has become a self-fulfilling “prophecy”– snipe at the President and then watch the poll numbers fall and then pretend you didn’t have anything to do with it!

That’s as far as I’ve read tonite. I may have to save the rest for tomorrow’s popcorn-laden breakfast. Might as well start the day with a good laugh.

marisacat - 21 August 2010

The Left killed Jesus.

Yeah that is one for the Dem operatives to roll with.

Giood luck is all I can think of.

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 August 2010

wow that’s stupid

3. BooHooHooMan - 21 August 2010

It’s Bergen County. Which is all I need to know.
Obviuosly somebody’s playin with the wires. Cuz if it’s Teaneck and if it’s Bergen county , they’ll need more than a story about a new Mayor to cover it all up.
As the story is set up, note how the NYT site offers “Gadfly” .
How awful.
And I see it on another echo chamber by The Gothamist” IIRC, one of the Pwog Blog Boyo’s ventures or backer from Brooklyn?.

Interesting to say the least.

marisacat - 21 August 2010

hmm thanks for that… I had run across a report of her killing that referred to her as “gadfly” but not the NYT report. I see Hameeduddin was chatty on page 2. And toward the end, in fact at the very end, they lable her conspiracist, loner, eccentric and whatever else… top of the article they just went with loner.

Well I expect NJ to be a sordid pit of crime and whatever else, Dem party political skullduggery. But I have not been in North Jersey since childhood and no memory of Teaneck at all…

marisacat - 21 August 2010

I see, reading Wikipedia, that the city council is the town governing body and from the members, by the members, is selected the Mayor. They mention significant hard core Jewish Orthodox, Israel supporting enclave, but no mention of Muslim nor S Asian, Indian significant population.

Teaneck, and the neighboring communities of Bergenfield and New Milford, has drawn a large number of Modern Orthodox Jews who have established at least fourteen synagogues and four yeshivas (three high schools and one for young men).[29][30] It’s the functional center of northern New Jersey Orthodox community with nearly twenty kosher shops (restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets).[31] It is within ten minutes’ driving time of Yeshiva University in New York City. This community tends to be involved with Religious Zionist causes and offers strong support of Israel.

obviously a story inside this, somewhere…

dblhelix - 22 August 2010

I think this is the story …

TEANECK — Mohammed Hameeduddin became the first Muslim mayor in Bergen County history Thursday, as a divided Township Council elected him after a fierce, weeks-long debate over who should take the gavel.

Hameeduddin, who won a council seat two years ago, earned five out of seven votes at the annual reorganization of township government, which took place outside the municipal building.

Councilwoman Lizette Parker, who had served as deputy mayor since her election in 2006, fell short of votes needed to become Teaneck’s first female African-American mayor.

At recent council meetings, a number of residents had questioned whether Parker would be denied the mayor’s seat in part because of her race and gender, pointing to her status as the top vote-getter in May.

marisacat - 22 August 2010

oh thanks for that, more informative than anything I landed on… … how’ve you been, btw?

dblhelix - 22 August 2010

Interesting, isn’t it? I hadn’t heard of this story before dropping by here, so thank you. The township has a significant African American population, close to 30%.

More, from some right-wing blog, in comments:

The record needs to set straight here. Believe it or not, the Muslim is the better candidate for mayor, for Americans, for conservatives, for Jews, and for Zionists.

His opponent Parker is part of the left-wing voting bloc on Town Council. She and the other leftists have tried repeatedly to pass resolutions against the war in Iraq. In fact, I was called by another Town Council member to mobilize opposition to her faction’s left-wing resolutions.

Hameeduddin was elected with a group of right-wing Orthodox Jews. He campaigned in synagogues, and has never been heard to utter an antisemetic or anti-Israel remark. He is a capitalist whose focus is on developing the town of Teaneck.

I am managing editor of The Jewish Voice and Opinion, a right-wing Orthodox Jewish magazine. We endorsed him (along with several Orthodox Jews) when he first ran for town council in May 2008.

I’m doing as well as can be expected. I mean, if we thought things were bad before 😉

marisacat - 22 August 2010

Yes, I had not heard of him nor the selection, his rise to Mayor from the town council, til he popped up over Mosqueria… one of the Mosqueteers, I gather. I’ve been finding all sides questionable, all aprties collaborators, so when one catches my eye, been looking him/her up…

Yes in a town of Orthodox Jews and Muslims, the black woman who is xtian or perhaps nothing will be sidelined, ESP if she is anti war or anti these wars…

Glad to hear you are well….

4. marisacat - 22 August 2010

hmm I see Iran has unveiled a long range drone bomber…

catnip - 22 August 2010

Good for the goose, good for the gander.

BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

(This message brought to you by the Canadian Geese Association)
😉 😀

catnip - 22 August 2010

Are you calling me a honky?

5. BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

Obama to Give Major Speech on Iraq

Let us be the judge of that, ‘k? And with that sentiment, at least we have something in common with the GENERALS.

President to Speak After End of Vacation on Aug. 29;
Gen. Odierno Says U.S. Will Return Only in “A Complete Failure”

marisacat - 22 August 2010


BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

This country is certifiably insane. Especially the DEM flagwavers who buy this crap. As Obby’s minders just sub the whole thing out to Xe (née BLACKWATER)
The current Brass – { yeh, they won’t be there long, well, maybe long enough to swap insignias for corporate merecenray logos in the killing and privatized looting business} – the current Brass gives Obbie’s handlers a little “moment” as long as “tribute” – freighters of $$$$$ ….is paid.

BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

People don’t like “War”? No Problemo.
Just change the name to “An Authorization to Use Military Force”.
And watch the fiddlings fall in line.
And then call it anything from a “Surge” to a “setback” to “success” to “withdrawal as promised ” or “advising” and just

What a country.

BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

I think there’s no coincidence we have the kind of DoD developed electronics deployed as entertainment devises in the hands of every serf in the land. BUT We have a government that is very concerned about…..baseball. They could give a shit about Labor but when ballplayers or television writers go on strike whoodoggy!

Obbie fucked up I tell ya tho. If he had anything near “shovel ready” in the oh so urgent manner that professional stadia arenas and other sports venues were built in the last decade, he might not be in such straights. 🙄 Instead, He and his handlers are left
peddling pictures of him swimming.

marisacat - 22 August 2010

They could give a shit about Labor but when ballplayers or television writers go on strike whoodoggy!

God bless steroids, they can command congressional hearings, replete with low life “nurses” and salvaged blood tinged cotton balls…

marisacat - 22 August 2010

It’s all historic…

catnip - 22 August 2010

Commander Codpiece v2.

6. BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

Blagojevich: Will call Emanuel, Reid, Menendez in retrial

By Jared Allen – 08/22/10 09:45 AM ET

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Sunday that he would call a host of high-profile witnesses — including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — to testify if he is retried on corruption charges.

Blagojevich, in a combative interview on “Fox News Sunday,” said he was ready for a second trial on charges that he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. Federal prosecutors have vowed to retry Blagojevich after a jury deadlocked on all but one of 24 criminal counts the government brought against the fiery Democrat.

“In the second round, we’re going to put a defense on, I’m sure,” Blagojevich said, vowing to call Emanuel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), DSCC Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) to testify in his defense.

Blagojevich also said he would again attempt to subpoena Obama. That attempt was rejected during the first trial.

“We would call Rahm Emanuel and a whole bunch of other people in the second trial to show what was really going on,” Blagojevich said. “The decision I made was to try to make a political deal. Rahm Emanuel a day before my arrest was going to make it happen. They did nothing wrong either.”

Blagojevich said he intended to call those witnesses during the first trial, but stopped short when he opted not to put on a defense.

Well, I thought I saw something where the first judge said the WH gang, (Rahm, Jarret etc) didn’t have to testify, but that may have just been His Special Pretzel…

BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

Oops, my spittle begans at “Well, I thought…” (the usual!)
Anyways, I’m heading out for some of the best New Jersey has to offer.
Flounder. LOL.

marisacat - 22 August 2010

…got it… 😉

marisacat - 22 August 2010

I cannot see it oging to a second trial but if it did, I think Rahm and Jarrett would get snared in.

Not hOly Pretzel tho…………….

[not that it matters]

catnip - 22 August 2010

Rahm seems to be awfully quiet these days. Gotta wonder what vile things he’s up to.

marisacat - 22 August 2010

oh subversion of the constitution… something like that…

7. marisacat - 22 August 2010

Angry Arab weighs in (no embedded links):

The Mosque near Ground Zero

I will appear on Aljazeera Arabic next Tuesday on the From Washington program live from San Francisco (10:00AM Pacific Time).

I am personally against the construction of the mosque (just as I abhor the racist and bigoted reactions against it): but I am against it for a different reason. It will stand as a symbol to remind Americans and others of the association (in Western minds) between Islam and terrorism. A gesture intended to appease the mainstream culture received a slap on the face. Predictable though. I mean, many in the American associate Sep. 11 with Islam, so this silly project will only serve as a permanent reminder. Cordoba my potato. Sects and religions are not coexisting peacefully: neither here nor there in Muslim lands.

Posted by As’ad at 8:08 AM

8. BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

Welp, the Move On types in PA plum moved on from Eli so it’s no surprise this making of The Popcornucopia. Which should create a nice clusterfuck all the way down-ticket there, too. The Donk Polling outfit PPP got the whiney whiney from some Blog Boyos last week over their sampling , in effect,
Surely you can find SOME people who identify with us?”

Oh Lordy.

.. and Rasmussen….RASPUTIN as far as the Pwog Bloggers are concerned…has some delish internals. Basically, Pennsylvanians loathe Ob and Rendell, think the economy sucks and is getting worse, that we are most definitely in a Recession, Nelly, and they, ah…
In New Hampshire, Hodes has unfortunately come down with a similar strain of Kiss a’ Fuckin Death. Which is hilarious, as he gave up his Historic Progressive House seat to reach for the Sen.
Welp, you know how it goes: Nice you could visit DC, Paul.
Enjoy the trip back in the Buick.
By the way, whatever happened to your valet?

And Swett., Lantos’ daughter,
is on the ventilator in the OTHER NH house race.
Nice you could make it too, Katrina.
And Help yourself to the carmel corn. Oh yes, by all means,
take some HOME.

marisacat - 22 August 2010

I just read someone else who is trailing… name eludes me… OH! Patty Murray… do ya think the soccer mom theme died (I hope so!)? Finally?

… the list is long. Long night for the political non-soul…

BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

More good news from Recovery Summer! {chortle-chortle}
And I saw The Telegraph was channeling you today…

Does Barack Obama want to be re-elected in 2012?
Few Americans consider themselves bigger than the presidency but Obama might be one of them. The man in the Oval Office, argues Toby Harnden,

may already be preparing for a role as a post-president in a post-American world.

At this rate, what’s next?
Gibbsie in tighty whities at the podium?
Rahm buck nekkid with the finger jab on Meet the Press?
God I hope I have money by the second week of November for cable.

BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

(the chortle being the Telgraph’s op-edist suggesting Ob IS
ahkchully too BIG for the Presidency..) Who comes up with this shit?

marisacat - 22 August 2010

they are scraping bottom. Writing anything, at all.

Like Eugene Robinson: Obby’s presidency is a huge success, you just can’t see it. For osme reason…

marisacat - 22 August 2010

I don’t htink he does want to be bothered with it…IF he can get a big payout anyway… AND a library (a given) and so on.

They’d be jsut as happy as Mr and Mrs International Black People.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 August 2010

Swedish prosecutors issue, then cancel, arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder

In a brief statement Eva Finne said: “I don’t think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape.”

The website said there would be no further immediate comment.

BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

Well, the guy is clearly not a priest. Henh.

CSTAR - 22 August 2010

Strategically, Wikileaks may have made a mistake in having distributed one very large “insurance policy” encrypted file. Maybe It should have distributed files of varying sizes that could be released in smaller doses as warning messages to back off.

marisacat - 22 August 2010

well I am hoping Wikileaks has a lot …. and not just one more big one.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 August 2010

NY Tea Party Platform: Relocate Welfare Recipients to Prison Dorms

Instead of handing out the welfare checks, we’ll teach people how to earn their check. We’ll teach them personal hygiene … the personal things they don’t get when they come from dysfunctional homes.”

You have to teach them basic things – taking care of themselves, physical fitness. In their dysfunctional environment, they never learned these things.”

marisacat - 22 August 2010

Jesus… what a fucking punitive judgemental nation.

CSTAR - 22 August 2010

I can only convey my grief.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010

Allison Kilkenny has more on how widespread this thinking is:

I write a lot about how certain elite (pundits, politicians) have made it their quest to criminalize poverty. David Walker, a lackey of billionaire and Social Security pirate, Pete Peterson, openly pined for the days of debtors’ prison, which is actually already a reality in six states. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) proposed an amendment that would demand mandatory drug tests for welfare and unemployment beneficiaries. A particularly enlightened commenter on my blog summarized the logic behind the amendment thusly: “you gotta make sure they’re not on the crack pipe.”

Previously, I have also written about hiring practices that act to preserve America’s permanent underclass, and how some employers are now making it a practice to check potential employees’ credit scores. Poor people are buried under extravagant loans, which they might never fully pay back, simply for attempting to pursue higher education. Some students actually resort to killing themselves to escape debt, but these are isolated instances that shouldn’t overly concern anyone.

Then there was the embarrassing spectacle of the ruling elite dangling the carrot of unemployment relief before the noses of millions of jobless Americans. There were actual lengthy debates about if the country could really afford the lavish benefits ($300 a week per person) to help people survive the recession during a time when the U.S. is engaged in two separate tremendously expensive military occupations – not to mention the shadow wars in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, etc. – and after taxpayers spent trillions bailing out the crooks on Wall Street.

Now, a Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino has thrown his hat in the poor-bashing ring.

catnip - 22 August 2010

Okay. This is the third time I’ve begun a reply to that drivel. I give up.

moiv - 22 August 2010

Hi catnip. No need for a reply, because so many commenters at Gawker already have taken that moral obligation well in hand — to wit:

I wonder if recipients of corporate welfare will get to live in prisons and learn better hygiene also. Too many rich people wipe their asses on the little people. It has to stop.

marisacat - 22 August 2010

oh that is a VERY good one.

catnip - 23 August 2010

Hey moiv!

Yes, that one works.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010

some good comments.

Of course, I’m also reminded of supposed “lefties” like Cosby and Snob lecturing the poor and taking away their foodstamps to pay for bullshit food programs.

Different authoritarians, different methods.

11. BooHooHooMan - 22 August 2010

Dean: Obama’s staff “misjudged” progressives

Yeh, Howard. Misjudged. Alot of it goin’ around.
But let’s compromise.
I mean Howard’s not just another TOTAL fucking asshole.
Afterall, there’s no need to extrapolate now…

12. BooHooHooMan - 23 August 2010

Drudge has this up…
from the Army Times..

Combat brigades in Iraq under different name

7 Advise and Assist Brigades, made up of troops from BCTs, still in Iraq
By Kate Brannen – Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Aug 21, 2010 16:10:59 EDT

As the final convoy of the Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., entered Kuwait early Thursday, a different Stryker brigade remained in Iraq.

Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division are deployed in Iraq as members of an Advise and Assist Brigade, the Army’s designation for brigades selected to conduct security force assistance.

So while the “last full U.S. combat brigade” have left Iraq, just under

50,000 soldiers from specially trained heavy, infantry and Stryker brigades will stay, as well as two combat aviation brigades.

{channeling trending comments on DailykosKinderLebenStrudel}

Yep, good thing we’re OUT under Obama, and ya know,
we WON and all.

Which symmetrically, is just like they are politically…

marisacat - 23 August 2010

oh very very funny…

13. marisacat - 23 August 2010

OK… they have massive “re-messaging” on Health Care Mess… and now this.

So, what did work?

The 2009 stimulus package is so unpopular that Democrats have banned the word from their campaign vocabulary.

‘I’m not supposed to call it stimulus,’ Rep. Barney Frank told the ‘Daily Show’s’ Jon Stewart. ‘The message experts in Washington have told us that we’re supposed to call it the recovery plan.’ … The problem is, the economy has neither been stimulated nor has it recovered.”

Barney… anything to add to that?

[via Mike Allen Playbook]

14. marisacat - 23 August 2010


Let’s see… the wars did not do it for you? As a symbolic problem of the West with Islam? No?

But a Mosqueria at issue, planned by muslims living very comfortably in the West, taking succor from the US government under Bush and Obby – and, at a price, providing cover for America’s wars does get you all het up?


”What is important is the symbolic dimension to the issue,” said Zaki Saad, a former leader of the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, called the Islamic Action Front.

”When they connect all Muslims to September 11, that means they connect terrorism and extremism to Islam. This is a form of discrimination and unacceptable.”

I’m sticking with our wars of aggression and acquisition as the ultimate evil.

15. catnip - 23 August 2010

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, at 9/11 event in Pa.

i.e. Wife of war criminal and the wife of the president who let him off at 9/11 event in Pa.

marisacat - 23 August 2010



catnip - 23 August 2010

Bi-criminalship or post-law or something…

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010

More Candidates Hunting For Votes With Guns

Jesse Kelly, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, is wielding an assault rifle in his political ads. Russ Carnahan, a Democratic congressman from Missouri, is pictured in a home state newspaper pointing a pistol at a target. Lou Ann Zelenik, a Republican congressional hopeful from Tennessee, posted on Facebook a photo of her smiling as she gets in “a little bit of practicing” at a target range.

So far, 2010 “has been a big year for guns in political ads,” says Darrell West, director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

marisacat - 23 August 2010

We can always go backwards… And we DO!!


17. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010
CSTAR - 23 August 2010

I can’t think of words to describe this. Stupidity? Xenophobia?

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010
19. marisacat - 23 August 2010



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