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Mid-week 24 August 2010

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

A pigeon lifts its newly hatched chick from its nest, in a flower pot in Athens.      [John Kolesidis/Reuters]




1. marisacat - 25 August 2010

hmm I don’t know if lucid is around but I spotted this in the WSJ… strikes me as very very dicey…

[T]he report, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was accompanied by a call for new clinical trials to test HIV drugs in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Doctors don’t know what causes chronic fatigue syndrome, characterized by debilitating fatigue and chronic pain with symptoms that can wax and wane over time. Some patients say friends, co-workers and even family members don’t believe they are really sick.

Studies finding a viral connection with the disease would completely transform how the illness is treated and viewed. The findings also offer a potential path for treatment, possibly with drugs that are already FDA-approved for another condition.

Based on other recent research linking the syndrome to a retrovirus called XMRV, some doctors are already prescribing drugs approved for HIV for fatigue patients. The syndrome has no effective treatments yet

Not that I worry about CFS, ti is just one of several dx in my medicine cabinet, so to speak.

lucid - 26 August 2010

yikes! I wonder which drugs.

So I guess now you don’t even have to publish bogus papers in a medical journal to claim a ‘viral’ cause and suggest treatment with deadly drugs.

marisacat - 26 August 2010

I don’t bother to follow much on CFS anymore, haven’t for years…. so this is the first I had heard of it. And it seems well along, whatever they are doing….

2. catnip - 25 August 2010

DEA request for Ebonics translators reopens old racial wound

Ability to also speak “Jive” an asset…

marisacat - 25 August 2010

well… regional and racially assigned speaking sure is a patois, here and elsewhere… however much “ebonics”, as a name for one version of it, fell flat.

3. BooHooHooMan - 25 August 2010

Oh you have to laugh considering this in the NYT

2008 Attack on Military Computers Is Confirmed
Published: August 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — A top Pentagon official has confirmed a previously classified incident that he describes as “the most significant breach of U.S. military computers ever,” a 2008 episode in which a foreign intelligence agent used a flash drive to infect computers, including those used by the Central Command in overseeing combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Plugging the cigarette-lighter-sized flash drive into an American military laptop at a base in the Middle East amounted to “a digital beachhead, from which data could be transferred to servers under foreign control,” according to William J. Lynn 3d, deputy secretary of defense, writing in the latest issue of the journal Foreign Affairs….

Alongside this in WaPo-

Jobs aplenty in top-secret ‘club’

There’s been an explosion of government jobs and contract positions requiring security clearances.

By Dana Hedgpeth
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 24, 2010; 9:39 PM

Outside a hotel ballroom near Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, about three dozen men and a handful of women lined up one recent morning to get a colored dot – green, blue or red – affixed to their suits and dresses.
😆 {Shhh- Jeezis- they’re either CIA or 40 year olds in day care}

The colors were key to what’s known as the “meal ticket” for getting a job in the intelligence community: a top-secret clearance.

It was TechExpo Top Secret, a job fair run by a New York-based firm that specializes in helping those with clearances connect with companies doing intelligence work under U.S. government contracts. At a check-in booth, organizers asked, “What’s your clearance level?” and passed each candidate an appropriately colored sticker.

Each color represented a level of clearance. But organizers declined to reveal which color meant “top secret” and which was the sought-after “top-secret/SCI with a full scope polygraph.” That, of course, was secret – as were the full names of most attendees.

“You’ve got to be a part of the club,” said a middle-aged man who gave only his first name, Ben, as he stuck a blue dot on his nametag. One recruiter called a top-secret clearance “priceless.” A 41-year-old man with a blue sticker on his dark-gray suit who was looking for a job shouted one word for its worth: “Gold!”

Which way did he go George?
Or whoever the new tob banana peel is. Barry is it? Leon? Please.
More finger food?

But ya gotta love the grazers at the Top Secret , you know Airport Hotel JOB FAIR with complimentary Water Buffalo Lodge buffet. And God Damn they LOVE the color coded shit, too. Maybe that one fuck – hello – talking with a reporter – will put a basketball sized colored dot over his face to go with the uber secret name tag protocols involving a peel off sticker.

Welp.™. Not everyone made the flight in to “Tech Expo Top Secret”. Ya know.
Baggage problems and all.

BooHooHooMan - 25 August 2010


Recruiters paid $2,500 to $6,000 for a booth and got a lunch of crab cakes and beef, plus an “afternoon breakout room” featuring pineapple, strawberries and marshmallows to dip into a three-foot-tall chocolate-fondue stand.

Well I certainly am relieved. Afterll,
You know you’re in good hands where chocolate fondue is involved.

That’s the thing that’s great about our National media. If you miss anything on the frontpage you can catch it through the Style section too. Big fins, baby, big fins. 😉 😆

BooHooHooMan - 25 August 2010

Sorry for the HTML.
BUT! X2– They also had – of course – SCHWAG

Recruiters in booths offered candidates free pens, yo-yos, lip balm, hand sanitizer, plastic cups, recyclable bags and little wind-up robots.

yo-yos..hand sanitizer..and little wind up robots
Holy hell, they were actually giving out living, breathing,
Netroots Nation attendees to take home..
Talk about claaassy

marisacat - 25 August 2010

No Ob Action Doll?

catnip - 25 August 2010

Ob Action…

Oxymoron du Jour

catnip - 25 August 2010

I’m not a spy…but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last nite. *wink wink*

catnip - 25 August 2010

No lanyards?? What about the lanyards??

BooHooHooMan - 25 August 2010

Oh yeh gotta have something for these security types..
Definitely a lanyard to go with the nametag:

JOE _{brown dot over middle name}_ BROWN
Nuclear Launch Codes Specialist
Wife: Carol, shagging landscaper
Kids: [4] 1 athlete, 2 stoners, and Chad, into interior design

marisacat - 25 August 2010

I read about the murdered British spy…. the article kept calling him a spy then saying “but he could be a cleaner!”….

And so on.

marisacat - 25 August 2010

hmm just looking at the updates on the ”murdered spy” story.


catnip - 25 August 2010

“top-secret/SCI with a full scope polygraph.”

A rectal scope, no doubt. Gotta know who’s anal-retentive enough…

4. marisacat - 25 August 2010

10:47 am PT… and our “modesty skirt” is back in place… 14 pts above 10,000 on the Down… (I mean DOW)

It was looking rough there, it hit 9,999.99999


5. marisacat - 25 August 2010

Modern life is jsut so hard….

A xtian, a warrior! (Afghanistan) worked in the xtian sphere…. and stabbed a cabbie! In what appears to be an anti muslim attack! No less!

You just cannot trust anyone.


Opps 😳 NOT a warrior, seems he was trying to graft on via making a film, at a base in Hawai’i no less, about his friend and his brigade readying to ship out…

marisacat - 25 August 2010

Village Voice has quite a bit more.

“consider this a checkpoint”…. gah.

6. marisacat - 25 August 2010

hmm looks like Alan Spimpson apologised for the cow iwth the gazillion teats.

I apologize for what I wrote,” Simpson writes.

I can see that my remarks have caused you anguish, and that was not my intention. I certainly did not intend to diminish your hard work for the Older Women’s League. I know you care deeply about strengthening Social Security, and so do I, just as deeply. I remember your testimony at our public hearing in June about the importance of retirement security for women. Over the last 40 years, I have had my size 15 feet in my mouth a time or two. To quote my old friend and colleague, Senator Lloyd Bentsen, when I make a mistake, “It’s a doozy!”

I say behead him! (I so want to run the Guillotine)

BooHooHooMan - 25 August 2010

Oh, I can see you running the guillotine. Motoring in..
in a ’59 Eldorado, color matched for the occasion.
Thoroughly prepared. Setting up a cafe table.
Linen, Table ware, Check.
Chicken Breast, Check.
Popcorn, Check.
White Gloves. Opera glasses…
Cleaver , axe, and pike in case of technical difficulties. 😆

marisacat - 25 August 2010


Head in the basket….


Madman in the Marketplace - 25 August 2010

step right up, mchat will be gentle, you’ll only feel a slight tugging sensation!

marisacat - 25 August 2010

…and then a breeze on your neck!

marisacat - 25 August 2010

oh that is a beautiful car………..

catnip - 25 August 2010
marisacat - 25 August 2010

Really… and the lipless wonder from RI, the Dems tried and tried to shoehorn him into an office, but nobody wanted him. So they put him on this commission…. I forget his name.

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 August 2010

nd that was not my intention

LOL … no, my attention was to MOCK and BELITTLE you … geez, you dumb assholes just can’t get it straight /alan simpson>

7. marisacat - 25 August 2010

Ken Mehlman, former head of the RNC comes out.

He asks of those who doubt his sincerity: “If they can’t offer support, at least offer understanding.”


Of course he presided over the years of pushing a harsh anti gay agenda in state after state, merely to game the elections.

But it wasn’t him…………. oh no. It was ROVE.

He was aware that Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief strategic adviser, had been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans.

Mehlman acknowledges that if he had publicly declared his sexuality sooner, he might have played a role in keeping the party from pushing an anti-gay agenda.


And he says more… even:

He said that he “really wished” he had come to terms with his sexual orientation earlier, “so I could have worked against [the Federal Marriage Amendment]” and “reached out to the gay community in the way I reached out to African Americans.”

Rev up the Guillotine!

marisacat - 25 August 2010

WAIT! There’s more!!!!

his interview in the Atlantic, via John Cole:

Privately, in off-the-record conversations with this reporter over the years, Mehlman voiced support for civil unions and told of how, in private discussions with senior Republican officials, he beat back efforts to attack same-sex marriage. He insisted, too, that President Bush “was no homophobe.” He often wondered why gay voters never formed common cause with Republican opponents of Islamic jihad, which he called “the greatest anti-gay force in the world right now.


The Dmes wanna gin up support by noseless women on mag covers… and Mehlman wants to gin up support by citing solidarity … somehow or other, over islamic jihad on gays.

Or soemthing like that… mebbe.

catnip - 25 August 2010

Okay. Is he coming out as gay – or stupid? I can’t quite figure that out.

catnip - 25 August 2010

“the way I reached out to African Americans.”

And when did that happen again?

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 August 2010

“the way I reached around to African Americans” … probably gay gospel singers in town for the weekend.

marisacat - 25 August 2010

Smarmy beyond belief….

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 August 2010

wow, how brave Dorothy.

8. BooHooHooMan - 25 August 2010

HuffPo… Breaking News..just in..

Ken- Mehlman – gay. 😯

marisacat - 25 August 2010

in some ways it is hilarious!

ts - 25 August 2010

Talk about a badly kept secret.

ts - 25 August 2010

Here’s his entry on truthiness. Barely after he was appointed people pointed out…hmmm…confimred bachelor…GOP…definitely gay. I’m sure IOZ had a post way back then pointing out the obvious. IOZ doesn’t do it blatantly cause he’s not that type of gay…uh…guy!

ts - 25 August 2010

Uh, oh. Forgot a closing tag or quotation marks…

ts - 25 August 2010

Let’s see if this works…Bill Maher outs Ken Mehlman in 2006. There. Now I’ve done it…

marisacat - 25 August 2010

yeah right… it was no secret…

catnip - 25 August 2010

Bummer. 😦

Down comes his poster from my bedroom wall.

BooHooHooMan - 25 August 2010

“Bummer”. Henh.

catnip - 25 August 2010

Stay tuned tomorrow when Michael Steele comes as as African-American.

And now, the weather…

9. marisacat - 25 August 2010

hmm I see Michelle Rhee, Teach for America veteran, and bitch School Supe in DC under Fenty is marrying asshole embezzler (federal funds from his own foundation, St HOPE – caps were his!) the Dem Mayor of Sacramento.

Hilarious, they scaled back the wedding, after Sacrameno Bee cited conflicts of interest

One has to wonder, however, which part of the media’s scrutinizing of the event influenced the change of plans. The wedding was set to take place at the home of developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, who has frequent dealings with the city of Sacramento — a fact that led the Sacramento Bee to raise the issue of a potential conflict of interest.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 August 2010
11. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 August 2010

Boing Boing post of multiple links about the cabbie attack:

In a statement released by the New York City taxi workers’ alliance, the stabbing victim today said:

I feel very sad. I have been here more than 25 years. I have been driving a taxi more than 15 years. All my four kids were born here. I never feel this hopeless and insecure before. Right now, the public sentiment is very serious (because of the Ground Zero Mosque debate.) All drivers should be more careful.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 August 2010
13. catnip - 25 August 2010
marisacat - 25 August 2010

I think he wants us to applaud too… and thank him, for something.

Wheel the Guillotine over….

catnip - 25 August 2010

Or maybe he just needs a date.

marisacat - 25 August 2010

ugh why do I think he has some long term live in, plucked from the similar R gay ranks. I noticed John Cole referred to it as the Lavender Bund.

Good One!!

catnip - 25 August 2010

Jeff Gannon. Just sayin’…

14. catnip - 25 August 2010

Krugman: Fire Alan Simpson.

Stay tuned for the leaked Simpson e-mail to Krugman telling him to “suck his tit” (or get off his lawn…or something)…

marisacat - 25 August 2010

I am just saying… the Guillotine is final :mrgreen: … they don’t come back so hapless collaborator Obby types can make use of them to gut what little is left…

catnip - 26 August 2010

You’re in a morbid mood. 😉

marisacat - 26 August 2010

Well Simpson will be back, he’ll live to be a nasty destructive shit again….. and in just a few years it will be Obby – GHW – W – Bill C splattering their mugs, as a group!, on PSAs for the next big earthquake, tsunami whatever.

Can’t wait to hear what Clueless has to say to us all about Iraq. Or whatever it is he plans to speak to us about…

catnip - 26 August 2010

Ob and the Bobbing Obbies have already forgiven Simpson – which is funny since that’s got to be the quickest fucking reaction they’ve had about – well, anything – since they’ve been in DC.

catnip - 26 August 2010


A “cow with 310 million tits”? For those who believe Social Security belongs to the workers who earned it, not to the government and certainly not to the Fiscal Commission, NOW announces its “Tits for an Ass” campaign. NOW will be asking our 500,000 members and supporters to use our website or Twitter account to help us buy baby bottle nipples, which we’ll hand deliver to the White House with a letter urging President Obama to fire Alan Simpson. And while he’s at it, the president should replace Simpson with a leader who will actually try to address the federal budget deficit, instead of using it as a subterfuge to cut Social Security benefits.

15. catnip - 25 August 2010

The Politico:
Democrats privately fear House prospects worsening

Gee. Ya think??

16. marisacat - 26 August 2010

Markos Moulitsas Q & A in Politico. He is just the same… 😆 not a news flash!!

marisacat - 26 August 2010

oh along the way I thought he provided the umpteenth proof that Dkos, and whatever its purpose is, is funded from Dem leadership monies…

He claims that in the Reid Angle race, the Rand Paul KY race and one other (I forget what it was) it is a tribute to the Dems that in what he terms should have been an easy pick up for the R, that the Dems are remaining competitive.

Defeating the Senate Majority Leader is ”an easy pick up” ??? Then the Dems were in real trouble all along (clue: they were!) AND Reid, an idiot if ever there was one, running neck and neck with Angle, a loose cannon (she is!), is “competitive”.

No it is a fucking 18 wheeler pile up! (And i am so delighted!)

Oh arggh.


catnip - 26 August 2010

Wow. What an incredibly lame interview. I want my 3 minutes back.

17. catnip - 26 August 2010

Cleanup in aisle 4. Wreck list:

Time for Obama to Shut Down the SS Commission
by bink


Sherrod and Simpson: A major ethical breakdown at the White House
by wilbur


Alan Simpson Keeps His Job
by paradox


They are shocked. Shocked!! I tell ya.

marisacat - 26 August 2010

[banging head agaisnt brick wall]

marisacat - 26 August 2010

Poor paradox… Still there.

18. BooHooHooMan - 26 August 2010

Welp. About that time again.
Time for me to get thrown out in a puff piece for MAMZ-pamsy on Politico.

You know the kind of piece…

Q: What’s your favorite bird?
MAMZ: I was trained a s a classical pianist you know.

Q: Really?
MAMZ: Fit it in during the war in El Salvador. Condi and Liberace have nothing on me.

Q: What is your favorite body part (on yourself) and why?

MAMZ: Legs. They are the only place on my body I’ve ever been able to grow a muscle.


And the joke is,
one of those Q & A’s.. is in the piece.

marisacat - 26 August 2010

Did they delete your comment?

BooHooHooMan - 26 August 2010

Not yet! LOL.
The thing that did raise an eyebrow, the lack of groupies they used to be able to run in..

19. marisacat - 26 August 2010



……………… 😯

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