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gah. 23 August 2010

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

Birds under a roof in Solda, Italy [Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images]

People thrash back and forth about what Obby “should do”, “must do”, “has to do”.  Get over it!  He’s doing what he’s doing. 

Which is pretty much The Plan…

However wretched the execution.  Not that it matters if we agree, disagree or dislike the roll out.

Dean Baker in The Arena at Politico:

There are very few people interested in ideology. However, President Obama does have to lay out a path forward and when it comes to the economy, it is very difficult to see what it is. The economy is essentially dead in the water. It is creating few, if any jobs, and the unemployment rate is almost certain to drift upward through the rest of the 2010. And, there is no obvious reason to expect things to look much better in 2011. (Two really bad unemployment reports in the next two months are not going to help the Dems’ prospects in November.)

President Obama has to have a story about how his policies will make things better for ordinary workers. He doesn’t have a plausible one at the moment. Everyone knows that he supported the rescue of Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and the rest of the Wall Street gang in their hour of need. If he expects to regain his popularity he has to be prepared to stick his neck out for the rest of the country. There may not be a workable program that can get through a Senate filibuster, but at the moment, he is not even publicly pushing one.

Don’t make me laught too hard.  He’s not pushing one privately either.




1. Mike Flugennock - 23 August 2010

If y’ask me, he already has laid out a path forward — on a track leading straight over a cliff, like Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Road Runner on his homemade rocket sled.

marisacat - 23 August 2010

Seems that way!!

2. diane - 23 August 2010

Do you recognize the aria the middle peepster is belting out hon?


marisacat - 23 August 2010

a trill!

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010
4. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010

oh, do make this so:

Could a Legal Technicality Prevent Banks from Having the Right to Foreclose on 62 Million Homes?

Mortgages bundled into securities were a favorite investment of speculators at the height of the financial bubble leading up to the crash of 2008. The securities changed hands frequently, and the companies profiting from mortgage payments were often not the same parties that negotiated the loans. At the heart of this disconnect was the Mortgage Electronic Registration System, or MERS, a company that serves as the mortgagee of record for lenders, allowing properties to change hands without the necessity of recording each transfer.

MERS was convenient for the mortgage industry, but courts are now questioning the impact of all of this financial juggling when it comes to mortgage ownership. To foreclose on real property, the plaintiff must be able to establish the chain of title entitling it to relief. But MERS has acknowledged, and recent cases have held, that MERS is a mere “nominee”–an entity appointed by the true owner simply for the purpose of holding property in order to facilitate transactions. Recent court opinions stress that this defect is not just a procedural but is a substantive failure, one that is fatal to the plaintiff’s legal ability to foreclose.

That means hordes of victims of predatory lending could end up owning their homes free and clear — while the financial industry could end up skewered on its own sword.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010

Other suits go beyond merely challenging title to alleging criminal activity. On July 26, 2010, a class action was filed in Florida seeking relief against MERS and an associated legal firm for racketeering and mail fraud. It alleges that the defendants used “the artifice of MERS to sabotage the judicial process to the detriment of borrowers;” that “to perpetuate the scheme, MERS was and is used in a way so that the average consumer, or even legal professional, can never determine who or what was or is ultimately receiving the benefits of any mortgage payments;” that the scheme depended on “the MERS artifice and the ability to generate any necessary ‘assignment’ which flowed from it;” and that “by engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity, specifically ‘mail or wire fraud,’ the Defendants . . . participated in a criminal enterprise affecting interstate commerce.”

Local governments deprived of filing fees may also be getting into the act, at least through representatives suing on their behalf. Qui tam actions allow for a private party or “whistle blower” to bring suit on behalf of the government for a past or present fraud on it. In State of California ex rel. Barrett R. Bates, filed May 10, 2010, the plaintiff qui tam sued on behalf of a long list of local governments in California against MERS and a number of lenders, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, for “wrongfully bypass[ing] the counties’ recording requirements; divest[ing] the borrowers of the right to know who owned the promissory note . . .; and record[ing] false documents to initiate and pursue non-judicial foreclosures, and to otherwise decrease or avoid payment of fees to the Counties and the Cities where the real estate is located.” The complaint notes that “MERS claims to have ‘saved’ at least $2.4 billion dollars in recording costs,” meaning it has helped avoid billions of dollars in fees otherwise accruing to local governments. The plaintiff sues for treble damages for all recording fees not paid during the past ten years, and for civil penalties of between $5,000 and $10,000 for each unpaid or underpaid recording fee and each false document recorded during that period, potentially a hefty sum. Similar suits have been filed by the same plaintiff qui tam in Nevada and Tennessee.

marisacat - 23 August 2010

just catchin g up (got this out of Mod drawer!)

My electricity was off for an hour and half, but I am back now!

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010

welcome back.

marisacat - 23 August 2010

our local version of NY1 is reporting ti was a mylar balloon that hit a PG&E line…. phew! we were lucky! almost everybody is back, apparently less than 200 of the original 6,500 affected are still out…

I am between hospitals and near a couple of big nuclear medicine installations… obviously they have back up but all the corrollary businesses, we usually do get fast response to problems… for which I am thankful, honestly.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010

That was a trick used on “Burn Notice” a few weeks ago when the characters were trying to get past a security system.

marisacat - 23 August 2010

when the characters were trying to get past a security system.

oh I had not heard that… but it makes sense, of course.

I discovered that my batteries for the radio don’t attach, I fished around and found the 9 volt batteries, but then they would not snap on to the connections… gah.

Think it is time to order a new little plug in radio…. with battery back up…

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010

Eton Microlink Radio

Have you thought about getting something like this for emergencies.

marisacat - 23 August 2010

they went out again…. this time for 2 hours….

As my neighbor said, THIS time they can’t use the mylar balloon story.

Gah. I am a wet noodle…. Will look at that, I had been at Amazon and … a second site, just starting to look at things, when it went down again, a few mins after 6 pm here.

Thanks for the link, will look at it…

marisacat - 23 August 2010

that would be some sort of JUSTICE, at least.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010

I thought it was very interesting, fleshed out the whole issue more than usual.

brinn - 24 August 2010

Thanks for that!

5. BooHooHooMan - 23 August 2010

From a well meaning chap on DK

Krugman: “Our political culture has become…deeply corrupt.”
by bobswern

Could you imagine gettin either of these kids in the car?
You know for vacation, church, school, Makin it to the polls,
driveby child molestation, what have you.
Oh’ c’mon , it’s a joke, the election reference.. and all…

marisacat - 23 August 2010

the problem with Krugman is he thinks there are workable solutions that Obby Snobby Knobby and the really fucked up nasty mean and stupid boys like Rahm and Axelrod, Summers, Geithner would even consider.

I think we are scrwerwerewedddd 60 ways to Sunday.

ugh I try not to get too depressed, but I am worried what is coming next… frankly.

BooHooHooMan - 23 August 2010

Yeh, at this point, if my slow ex Dem ass can grok it, how does anyone get from systemic corruption to Hope/ Change? Seem to me it’s only through levitating Ob – and cadre- 🙄 as “other”.

Now what other than Ob’s politics and his Rubinite minders could mark him as other? A guy who went through Columbia, Harvard, the Chi machine, the Illinois State House the Senate etc..

But hey, it’s cool to dig Mr. and Mrs International Black People –
great line by the way , yours that is ,not the ruse.
It’s so very Progressive of Krug et al. And latent.

It is depressing. As the only route through ruse after ruse and ruin…
is collapse.

marisacat - 23 August 2010

This is it, Obby is OK Enough for a lot of people. No sense of democracy, no sense of fairness, common good, any sort of future at all.

If people cannot see that the ptb just ratchet us back and forth beetween the two parties, then they are BLIND.

I think Ob and Snob want to start their Mr and Mrs International Black People lives sooner than later, with the likes of Will Smith and Jada (who have dragged along with Mr and Mrs IBP to Copenhagen, Oslo and so on… snicker). The Fentys, etc. BTW, I saw Fenty is down in the polls. I don’t even know who is runnign against him, whoever it is, fine… LOL will be just as bad.

6. marisacat - 23 August 2010

hmm well it is the [fucked] faith section at the Wapo but it, and the author, the Grand Mufti of Egypt are far too comfy with this not very subtle push that Daisy and her Imam put on Sharia law and the US.

Among the claims made against the man behind the mosque near Ground Zero, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is the assertion that he wants to bring Sharia law to the United States. In fact, Rauf has done considerable work to reconcile Sharia and America. His wife, Daisy Khan, characterized the imam’s beliefs this way:

Rauf sees the United States as “the most sharia-compliant state” because it upholds what Rauf believes is the proper interpretation of the Koran’s emphases on protection of life, freedom of religion, one’s property, family, dignity.


7. BooHooHooMan - 23 August 2010

build an interfaith ring around ground zero
by jillkb

1 comment

You know, so we can all conveniently meet there
on the staging pod for THE RAPTURE.

marisacat - 23 August 2010

interfaith is just cya bullsit, imo

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2010

so, a divine IUD?

8. dblhelix - 23 August 2010

Does anyone know why Alan Grayson is so popular on all of these “progressive” sites? I can’t stand him.

marisacat - 23 August 2010

I have forgotten what ti was now, but he did some showy show-off grandstanding “thing” a few months ago (someone else here might remember) and then they all wuvved him to death. And fundraised for him, iirc.

IIRC his display followed, by a few weeks, the R who called Ob out as “liar” during the SotU speech…

dblhelix - 23 August 2010

Trained seal for bucks. Both sides. I clicked on one of the links above and saw his face everywhere … my eyes.

BooHooHooMan - 23 August 2010

that’s why they love him. Ad $$$. And the joke is,
for all the “Netroot”er poodles, who are o-so-concerned about the freedom of the internet, he’s a lawyer turned LBO Communications play guy, walked with boxcars of loot when he sold, great timing too…
And a few of the debossed foreheads – (ouch!) wonder why he is , shall we say, a little tepid on the net neutrality.
He’s a garden variety Licked finger to wind /Say anything to get elected Monied Donk. They love him. Go figure.
Puts on a nice show.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 August 2010

he is very entertaining on TV, and since I expect so little from donks that’s enough for me to want him around. At least he yells back (empty as it may be).

catnip - 23 August 2010

He does yell back but his political days are numbered. I’d bet the farm (if I had a farm) on that.

BooHooHooMan - 23 August 2010

FWIW, he’ll probably win again in his +R district.
He has, the Molotov Cocktail lobbing act aside, (let’s see him do it on a tight vote), the ruse aside, in addition to his own wealth, he has the absolute support of Rahm, Schumer and Jewish donors. There is a bankrolled spoiler on the R side, while the R locals have been plied with money , chits, and other backdoor assurances for a walk on Dem backenchers elsewhere.
The guy is absolutely dug in to the Party and it’s “little guy” scam.
He’ll get over.

catnip - 23 August 2010

I’m sure he’ll beat the Repug but I see him spontaneously combusting one of these days. (courtesy of my infamous spidey sense…)

catnip - 23 August 2010

Grayson: loud mouth grandstander and Israel’s BFF.

9. marisacat - 23 August 2010


“[F]rom the very beginning,” PJ told me, “the Coast Guard went to bed with BP. There was no oversight. They tried to cover for themselves. Now they’re trying to declare a quick ending. If they can get the President to convince everyone that it is over, then that reduces BP’s liability. There are two things working right now: there’s an election coming up and we have a President dying in the polls. They want to tell everyone it’s all ok. Now,” PJ says, “the media has left. They want to kill the story.”

“Last weekend, he continued, “we got stuck on a sandbar. When we gunned the engines, there was nothing but oil behind the boat. Then we dove with the Cousteau group again and there was plenty of oil on the bottom of the ground. The sand just covers it up.

On Sunday night, we stopped at a barrier island, and as we were walking back to the boat, black oil spurted out of the hermit-crab holes. We pushed a stick down into the ground, and when we pulled the stick out, the oil began bubbling up. Fresh oil, not weathered oil. Wait till the shrimp boats start going out again. When those trawlers hit bottom, that’s when we will see a lot of things.”

ts - 24 August 2010

USA today had a miserable article about how they’re “testing the seafood” and it’s all clean. Only about 3/4 of the way in do you learn that they are only testing seafood from areas already reopened to fishing and shrimping and that likely weren’t in the path of the oil as it flowed by. They had a map of what was still closed to fishing and it was pretty much a big square around DWH and covers half the gulf.

marisacat - 24 August 2010

I’ve read the seafood is just not selling at all… People are not totally stupid. I would not eat it… and I did nto worry about beef in Europe during Mad Cow craze, I had more faith in the farm – butcher – restaurant system (at least what I knew i would be running into) of self protection.

Look for more businesses to be shutting for good, in the area and in NO…

10. marisacat - 23 August 2010

hmmm When Bush gathered a clutch of “snowflake” children at the WH, I noticed they were all WHITE….

Which is all the loons care about, white children.

[T]he ruling also broadly concludes that the research, also known as ESC, depends on the destruction of a human embryo, and that research derived from embryonic stem cells is also subject to regulation under the Wicker Amendment.

“[Embryonic stem cell] research is clearly research in which an embryo is destroyed,” the ruling said. “Thus, ESC research necessarily depends upon the destruction of a human embryo. Despite defendants’ attempts to separate the derivation of ESCs from research on the ESCs, the two cannot be separated.”

The ruling stems in part from an appeal by Nightlight Christian Adoptions, a nonprofit group that advocates for adoption of “snowflake babies” – children born from stored, fertilized human embryos. The group had argued that Obama’s executive order was illegal, and that embryonic stem cell research reduces the number of children available for adoption. …

Read more: Link

11. catnip - 24 August 2010

Something I can actually agree with Monsieur L’OrangeTan about:

POLITICO Breaking News:

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is calling on President Barack Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other economic officials, according to prepared remarks from a speech Boehner is giving Tuesday morning in Cleveland.

So, Obama, just how bipartisan are you?

marisacat - 24 August 2010

that was what I thought, on Geithner and Summers I agree! Tho of course they are NOT ushering in an era of Socialism, as Boehner says.

What a hoot!

12. marisacat - 24 August 2010

I see Dow is falling falling… now at 10,060


13. catnip - 24 August 2010

Here are the famous 15 “Banned by Dkos” badges explaining why Markos sent you down the memory hole.

I didn’t know there was a whole set. 😉 Kind of like the Boy Scouts.

marisacat - 24 August 2010

I’ll take a look, I used one of the ones that Alan Smithee developed….

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2010

it looks like he recovered the old Smithee ones.

14. marisacat - 24 August 2010

Madman just sent me this, a friend directed him to the very end of the Jane Mayer reporting in The New Yorker on the Koch brothrs…

[T]he David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, is a multimedia exploration of the theory that mankind evolved in response to climate change. At the main entrance, viewers are confronted with a giant graph charting the Earth’s temperature over the past ten million years, which notes that it is far cooler now than it was ten thousand years ago. Overhead, the text reads, “HUMANS EVOLVED IN RESPONSE TO A CHANGING WORLD.” The message, as amplified by the exhibit’s Web site, is that “key human adaptations evolved in response to environmental instability.”

Only at the end of the exhibit, under the headline “OUR SURVIVAL CHALLENGE,” is it noted that levels of carbon dioxide are higher now than they have ever been, and that they are projected to increase dramatically in the next century. No cause is given for this development; no mention is made of any possible role played by fossil fuels. The exhibit makes it seem part of a natural continuum. The accompanying text says, “During the period in which humans evolved, Earth’s temperature and the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere fluctuated together.”

An interactive game in the exhibit suggests that humans will continue to adapt to climate change in the future. People may build “underground cities,” developing “short, compact bodies” or “curved spines,” so that “moving around in tight spaces will be no problem.”

***Such ideas uncannily echo the Koch message***.

The company’s January newsletter to employees, for instance, argues that “fluctuations in the earth’s climate predate humanity,” and concludes, “Since we can’t control Mother Nature, let’s figure out how to get along with her changes.”

Joseph Romm, a physicist who runs the Web site ClimateProgress.org, is infuriated by the Smithsonian’s presentation. “The whole exhibit whitewashes the modern climate issue,” he said. “I think the Kochs wanted to be seen as some sort of high-minded company, associated with the greatest natural-history and science museum in the country.

But the truth is, the exhibit is underwritten by big-time polluters, who are underground funders of action to stop efforts to deal with this threat to humanity. I think the Smithsonian should have drawn the line.”

Cristián Samper, the museum’s director, said that the exhibit is not about climate change, and described Koch as “one of the best donors we’ve had, in my tenure here, because he’s very interested in the content, but completely hands off.” He noted, “I don’t know all the details of his involvement in other issues.” …

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2010

I don’t know that I have the heart to read the whole thing.

marisacat - 24 August 2010

I am sure I don’t, at least not now. It will probably be online for a while tho….

15. catnip - 24 August 2010
marisacat - 24 August 2010

He loves us! He really loves us!

16. BooHooHooMan - 24 August 2010

😆 Oh the Sturm und…. DRAG.
And no shit, dig the author’s scheisse on GM
Better than the 50’s and 60’s even…

The White House Goes on the Offensive
by FiredUpInCA
Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 01:33:43 PM PDT

The next 10 weeks will decide the fate of our country.
😯 {Again?! So SOON? -bhhm}

Will we give into the nativism, bigotry and I’ve-got-mine-you-are-on-your-ownism that has characterized the healthcare, immigration reform and Cordoba House debate or will we be voting for Democrats?
😆 –> { BOTH!}

With the economy going two steps forward (GM is back and better than ever!) and two steps back (existing home sales are down 27%), the White House has come under relentless attack by the GOP to replace the 8 million jobs that vanished when they were in charge….

Yada, yada ..relentless attack..Hitler in the Bunker… YADA

marisacat - 24 August 2010

Better than the 50′s and 60′s even…

OK! I am expecting style innovations to match those decades then!

Really all they have given us is 4 wheel drive the Hummer Nation and the topple friendly SUV.


BooHooHooMan - 24 August 2010

Oh absolutely. LOL.
What I think they need to come out with is a new 2011, say, Smuggler.Something serving several of the said-to-be burgeoning market segments. For instance, take your average arms smuggling sex slaver , who occasionally wants to haul the ole 4- man Colombian coke sub with a crew a’ ‘Qaeda and a warhead in tow to Tahoe…
Gotta be Built Tough, but classy enough to park on a drive court regularly watered with serf sweat to inspire wayward peasant guest drool. So I’m thinkin a big dorsal shark fin in the midddle of the trunk. But subtle. But classy. But still frisky enough to tow that sub and throw the kids in with ‘Qaeda Numbers 2,3, and 4 on the way to soccer. But classy. LOL..

marisacat - 24 August 2010

oooo The Smuggler I can see it.

Not a limo, so old hat, but something iwth 6 doors. And a roof mounted 50 mm

BooHooHooMan - 24 August 2010

Yes. An uncompromising vehicle…that should be able to carry
Dems back into office, too. Back – Better’n’ EVAH™.

ts - 24 August 2010

That would be the XE version — get it?

nyuck nyuck nyuck. i gotta million of them.

17. catnip - 24 August 2010


CIA analysts consider al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based offshoot — rather than the core group now based in Pakistan — as cause for an escalation of U.S. operations in the Arabian Peninsula.

For more information, visit washingtonpost.com:

marisacat - 24 August 2010

AQ in Messopotamia… AQ in Arabian Peninsula, AQ in Africa, AQ in the Magreb, AQ in Yemen….

It all sounds so familiar… ? Domino theory maybe…

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2010

Emmanuel A.Q. Goldstein is attacking us from all quarters!

marisacat - 24 August 2010

ain’t it the truth…. as we invade… and invade. And invade. And bomb. And subvert….

I was half listening to a discussion of the hijab/Disneyland issue on local talk radio…. and suddenly heard the host refer to “European societies” as “very prejudiced”… UNLIKE US.

Lordy, looked around lately?

ts - 24 August 2010

AQ in my backyard. AQ in my attic. AQ in my mashed potatoes…

marisacat - 24 August 2010

AQ in our Holy Hallowed Ground!

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2010

PBR aka “Symbolic Solidarity”

It isn’t about making sure you’re buying from companies that pay a living wage or fighting for better working conditions. Symbolic solidarity — paying a nod to the working class by buying products (beer, clothing, etc.) — is often seen as sufficient. By drinking PBR you’re identifying with blue-collar workers in spirit, if not in any specific, concrete way.

ts - 24 August 2010

Or drowning your sorrows with cheap, crappy tasting beer…just like them! Ironic solidarity?

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2010

After Katrina, New Orleans Cops Were Told They Could Shoot Looters

In the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina, an order circulated among New Orleans police authorizing officers to shoot looters, according to present and former members of the department.

It’s not clear how broadly the order was communicated. Some officers who heard it say they refused to carry it out. Others say they understood it as a fundamental change in the standards on deadly force, which allow police to fire only to protect themselves or others from what appears to be an imminent physical threat.

The accounts of orders to “shoot looters,” “take back the city,” or “do what you have to do” are fragmentary. It remains unclear who originated them or whether they were heard by any of the officers involved in shooting 11 civilians in the days after Katrina. Thus far, no officers implicated in shootings have used the order as an explanation for their actions. Only one of the people shot by police – Henry Glover – was allegedly stealing goods at the time he was shot.

Still, current and former officers said the police orders – taken together with tough talk from top public officials broadcast over the airwaves — contributed to an atmosphere of confusion about how much force could be used to combat looting.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2010

“In recent months, a team of reporters from The Times-Picayune, PBS Frontline, and ProPublica, have examined department leaders’ conduct as part of a broader look at police shootings after Hurricane Katrina. A documentary drawn from that work airs Wednesday evening on Frontline, which can be seen locally on WYES-TV at 8 p.m.

marisacat - 24 August 2010

the assistant DA for NO went on air the Tuesday following landfall and called for shooting looters.

marisacat - 24 August 2010

No ti was Thursday, iirc landfall was Sunday into Monday…

20. marisacat - 24 August 2010

We hit 95 here today… gah.

And now, at almost 11:30, is the first real break in the heat in two days. Some of the pressure went out of the heat….


21. marisacat - 24 August 2010



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