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Squawk 26 August 2010

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

A pelican squarks at a donkey named Apollo 13 at the private animal park owned by Roland Adam, in the Teutoburg forest, near Horstel, Lower Saxony, Germany

A pelican squawks at a hapless donkey named Apollo 13 at the private animal park owned by Roland Adam, in the Teutoburg forest, near Horstel, Lower Saxony, Germany     [ANIMAL PRESS / BARCROFT MEDIA]

I think the pelican in Saxony has been reading his email from the Gulf.

In other feathered news… my guess is Canadian Invasion Geese, well armed, were being employed to guard these  huge poppy grows in BC…




1. catnip - 26 August 2010

Geese…bears…we give our wildlife amazing job opportunities.

marisacat - 26 August 2010

oh was it Canada employing the bears? I could not remember if it was you or the US….

2. catnip - 26 August 2010
marisacat - 26 August 2010

I m scared to look.

catnip - 26 August 2010

lol…it’s worth it.

marisacat - 26 August 2010

I looked. Hve there been big nasty Obama fghts lately? Bad as the ad is, this looks like the sort of stuff they run when the place has nearly bissected itself.

Everybody can join in agreeing on this…

catnip - 26 August 2010

There are big fights at the end of every week. It’s very predictable. The big fight is over Simpson now (lots of “that’s the last straw!” comments) so this can be seen as a distraction but I doubt it was planned that way. Although…you never know. I think the diarist is a card-carrying member of the Obama Defender League over there.

marisacat - 26 August 2010

I remember not liking dhonig… but no memory of why…

catnip - 26 August 2010

I think he/she is an Israel shill too.

marisacat - 26 August 2010

oh NOW I remember… yes dhonig was an hasbara in training…

marisacat - 26 August 2010

Speaking of… Dean Baker takes a few slaps at Simpson. But it misses the mark. Why not open up on what Obby and Snobby are up to?

Who they are operatives FOR, who this commission serves… etc. And where it is headed. Simpson is just a tool.

It all stops short.

3. marisacat - 26 August 2010

BTW, as endless shit hits the various fans… according to the gossip column at The Hill, Arianna is in Italy with Gingrich. At least standing on a corner or bridge with him… and 4 other people.

All friends. All good.

big fat snicker.

BooHooHooMan - 26 August 2010

All friends, all good

All in need of towelettes, too…

marisacat - 26 August 2010


BooHooHooMan - 26 August 2010

At least this blurb at TPM has a clue

No Traction?

A new poll out this morning of the Pennsylvania Senate race shows Rep. Joe Sestak (D) down 40-31 to former Rep. Pat Toomey (R). There’s been a fair bit of volatility in the poll numbers over the past couple of months, but if you look at the TPM Poll Average, you see a steady spread for Toomey, with Sestak not really making any headway over the summer

–David Kurtz

BooHooHooMan - 26 August 2010

Whoops, Not meant as a reply.

4. BooHooHooMan - 26 August 2010

Barbara, please, have some dignity.

100,000 Strong: Sept. 1 Money Bomb!
by Barbara Boxer


And I used to like Babs. I really did.
FWIW ( I know) the last poll showed her up 5.

marisacat - 26 August 2010

I don’t htink she is doing all that well out on the stumpings… hustings, the campaign trail. Think she and Carly have a debate for September 1….

Carly is very hard core anti abortion… and that may not go down well in Cali.


Madman in the Marketplace - 26 August 2010

maybe she feels regret at that company she aborted.

marisacat - 26 August 2010

awful woman…

dblhelix - 26 August 2010

Barbara, please, have some dignity.

That about sums it up.

At least she isn’t running a “Barbara’s Got Guts” banner ad.

5. marisacat - 26 August 2010


some media is trying to say that the Enright journals have no anti arab or anti muslim remarks… hmmm…. I think that has to do with tourism… but AP is reporting that Enright falsely claimed he was Jewish when caught.

Enright told police he had been drinking since 2 p.m. Tuesday before his 6 p.m. arrest. He accused the arresting officers of violating his constitutional rights and falsely claimed to be Jewish, Kelly said.

Can this get more wrinkled?

6. BooHooHooMan - 26 August 2010

You know it’s really “make a run on the ham salad at the wake gathering” time when such weeping ensues from the the Dupes of Orange. You know, the people from The Credibility-in-Polling Place.

Polling and Political Wrap, 8/26/10
by Steve Singiser
Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 07:46:05 PM PDT

If you are one of those people given to rending your garments when confronted with bad polling data, Could be No Spidey Sense me! – bhhm} 😉
..the Wrap has one piece of advice: come back in a half hour when the Diary Rescue gets posted.

Yes, friends, today was a buffet of ugly, from the release of the second set of Ayers McHenry (GOP) polls of competitive House races to yucky numbers from SurveyUSA on an open Democratic House seat. Even Rasmussen was giving us the full Ras today.

And you know it’s {Aunt Edna starts tucking away those little pastries as “snacks for later”} time, when Donk candidates are running against…the pollsters. As in,
No~No! We Really Don’t suck THAT BAD!

CO-Sen: Bennet rebuts Ipsos poll, Buck caught being a hypocrite

Well, I know dummbfuckery. LOL
And this is an extraordinary claim of dumbfuckery-

PA-Sen: Another poll gives Toomey modest lead…but there’s a catch
The outcome of the U.S. Senate race in the Keystone State may well depend on how good the polling crew at Franklin and Marshall College …

Yeh right, the pollsters.
People in PA are gonna burn down THEIR houses: Begone from us Ye Polling Twinkies of the Academy!

marisacat - 26 August 2010

I assume it i s going to be bad…. I figure his numbers will fall [more] as soon as he caps off his summer with an appearance in the Oval Off to address the hapless nation……….on Iraq.

Which just blew up, 13 cities… strings of suicide bombers (a gift we have given to several countries now). what on earth can he say that makes sense?

Oh, none other than Politico is doing its bit, 3 stories, 3 days on ObWif… I did not read them… I have limits!!

BooHooHooMan - 26 August 2010

13 cities

I tried to get into Wikileaks earlier. It was blocked for several hours this afternoon.
They have a new file up CIA Red Cell Memorandum on United States “exporting terrorism”, 2 Feb 2010

Pretty bland stuff so far, tho the IRA ref and the Weisenthal nod were …IMHO…interesting.


I have limits!

I know. And I’m trying to lay off the minutia.
But, you know, I’m a natural. LOL.

marisacat - 26 August 2010

A Red Cell Memorandum on United States “exporting terrorism”, 2 Feb 2010

They said they would release CIA dox on Wednesday… and then in all the turmoil at my house this week, I forgot…

hmm Did no papers agree to post the CIA material, sounds like not.

Obviously we must worry fret and dream about Lower Manhattan at all times… think of nothing else!! (what a crap heap we are stuck in)

BooHooHooMan - 26 August 2010

Welp, whoever put this out…

Some American Jews have supported and even engaged in violent acts against perceived enemies of Israel. In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an American Jewish doctor from New York, emigrated to Israel, joined the extremist group Kach, and killed 29 Palestinians during their prayers in the mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron which helped to trigger a wave of bus bombings by HAMAS in early 1995.

• Some Irish-Americans have long provided financial and material support for violent efforts to compel the United Kingdom to relinquish control of Northern Ireland. In the 1880s, Irish-American members of Clan na Gael dynamited Britain’s Scotland Yard, Parliament, and the Tower of London, and detonated bombs at several stations in the London underground. In the twentieth century, Irish-Americans provided most of the financial support sent to the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The US-based Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID), founded in the late 1960s, provided the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) with money that was frequently used for arms purchases. Only after repeated high-level British requests and then London’s support for our bombing of Libya in the 1980s did the US Government crack down on
Irish-American support for the IRA. (S//NF)

is either Irish or Jewish. LOL. LOooong on the potato eating with sour creme and gelignite notalgia. And heavy on Brits killin Natzi’s, SO THERE.

In extreme cases, US refusal to cooperate with foreign government requests for extradition might lead some governments to consider secretly extracting US citizens suspected of foreign terrorism from US soil. Foreign intelligence operations on US soil
to neutralize or even assassinate individuals in the US deemed to be a threat are not
without precedent. Before the US entered World War II, British intelligence carried out
information operations against prominent US citizens deemed to be isolationists or
sympathetic to the Nazis. Some historians who have examined relevant archives even
suspect that British intelligence officers assassinated Nazi agents on US soil.

I have my doubts about Assange.
These are also offerings on the site..

“The morning of 9/11, before they realized the world had changed”
“Website Wikileaks publishes ‘9/11 messages’ ”

This History from WikiPEDIA is well cited…

Wikileaks first appeared on the Internet in January 2007.[9] The site states that it was “founded by Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and start-up company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa”.[1] The creators of WikiLeaks have not been formally identified.[10] It has been represented in public since January 2007 by Julian Assange and others. Assange describes himself as a member of WikiLeaks’ advisory board.[11] News reports in The Australian have called Assange the “founder of Wikileaks”.[12] As of June 2009[update], the site had over 1,200 registered volunteers[1] and listed an advisory board comprising Assange, Phillip Adams, Wang Dan, C. J. Hinke, Ben Laurie, Tashi Namgyal Khamsitsang, Xiao Qiang, Chico Whitaker and Wang Youcai.[13] Despite appearing on the list, when contacted by Mother Jones magazine in 2010, Khamsitsang said that while he received an e-mail from WikiLeaks, he had never agreed to be an advisor.[14]

WikiLeaks states that its “primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations.”[1][15]

In January 2007, the website stated that it had over 1.2 million leaked documents that it was preparing to publish.[16] An article in The New Yorker said one of the WikiLeaks activists owned a server that was being used as a node for the Tor network. Millions of secret transmissions passed through it. The activist noticed that hackers from China were using the network to gather foreign governments’ information, and began to record this traffic. Only a small fraction has ever been posted on WikiLeaks, but the initial tranche served as the site’s foundation, and Assange was able to say, “[w]e have received over one million documents from thirteen countries.”[17][18]

To me, it increasingly seems like both honeypot and shaping tool. Coinciding with what has been an exponential increase in leak prosecutions since 2007, and certainly in record breaking pace in the Obby Regency, something In the Hall of Mirrors…

marisacat - 27 August 2010

Well Assange certainly could be some sort of… how to put it? mixed use person…. after the initial big release, last month was it?, people did note there were troubling phrases and comments in some of the writings that accompanied the release…

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 August 2010
marisacat - 26 August 2010

LOL A ‘San Francisco value’ that the Righties will love.

brinn - 27 August 2010

WTF? Just seriously, WTF?

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 August 2010

scary, isn’t it? The swing in the Supreme Court is going to produce all kinds of tertiary results like this in the years going for.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 August 2010

oops, going forWARD.

marisacat - 27 August 2010

And Clarence has already been on the court just short of 20 long years… Roberts is young… Alito is not old. Both Ginsberg and Breyer when Clinton put them ON the damned court were getting older. I would magine that is one reason Hatch agreed to them.

Whats her name this last is young, but she is little more than Democratic operative. No ideological beliefs, none imo.

8. catnip - 26 August 2010

Hanky in aisle 4.

The hell of it is that he really could have done it. The tragic truth that is killing me right now is that he really could have done what he said he would do.

Barack Obama, more than any other human being who has lived on this planet during my lifetime, held in his hand the ability to make that dream a reality — for this country and for this world. He had the vision, he had the ideas, and he had the support of billions of people. BILLIONS of people. How many individuals in the history of the world have ever had billions of people cheering them on, believing in them, contributing money and time and sweat and passion, saying “Yes, we will join with you to do this thing you’re trying to do”?

I don’t know if he never meant it, or if he meant it but he and his team didn’t pivot fast enough or nimbly enough when Election Day passed and he discovered that not only had he inherited the world’s biggest shitpile, but the shitpile was in flames. I don’t know if someone sat him down in the Oval Office and made it really clear that if he did what he said he would do, he would be killed (the Malloy Theory). I don’t know if it’s because he didn’t have good PR on the stimulus and that undermined his support and made everything harder.

I don’t know.

Then you’re obviously a fucking idiot. No hanky for you.

catnip - 26 August 2010

And, of course, he had to add an update so the Obama Defender Squad didn’t ride him out on the rails.


Things I’m NOT saying (and don’t believe)

1. Obama needs to be primaried.

2. Obama hasn’t accomplished anything good as President.

3. There is no hope for the Democratic Party.

4. I am throwing in the towel on trying to accomplish anything in politics.

5. Obama = Republicans.

6. I will not vote for Obama.

Bloody hilarious pattern they have going on over there.

Write a diary expressing disappointment in Obama.

Get trashed in the comments.

Write update and raise pom poms.

Also, too, Send Money Now!!

BooHooHooMan - 26 August 2010

Oh no, Ye Canadian Hanky Denier. 😉
Obama would NEVAH flip-flop on anything.
What’s the problem, Ms. RevWrightCrunchBus? LOL

marisacat - 26 August 2010

It’s hard out there for a pretzel.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 August 2010

he is doing what he said he was going to do … the writer just didn’t bother to listen to the whole speeches and releases.

9. marisacat - 27 August 2010

Personally, I hink as a sign of respect he should stay out of New Orleans…

SUNDAY IS THE 5th ANNIVERSARY of Katrina landfall — and finis for Obama’s vacation. The president and first lady fly from the Cape to the Big Easy, then back to D.C. The White House, on Sunday’s event:

“[T]he President will deliver remarks at Xavier University … He will celebrate the resiliency of the people of the Gulf and the progress that has been made to rebuild stronger than before. And he will recommit the nation to the Gulf region and to all those still working to rebuild lives and communities. Cabinet and senior agency leaders expected to attend the Xavier event include Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and [Corporation for National and Community Service] CEO Patrick Corvington. … Since taking office in January 2009, the Obama Administration has cut bureaucratic red tape to provide residents of the Gulf Coast with the tools that they need to recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


10. catnip - 27 August 2010

Blast from the past: Obama the Dancing Bear?

“I call myself a dancing bear,” he jokes of his campaign life. “They let me out of my cage. I do my dance. They let me back in my cage. They feed me occasionally. They let me work out. And every once in awhile I break lose, before they get the tranquilizers.”

marisacat - 27 August 2010

Yikes… if I had read that at the time, I sure forgot it.

Between that and his Rorshach comments… who needs him?

catnip - 27 August 2010

I don’t know…isn’t that racist or something??


marisacat - 27 August 2010

isn’t that racist or something??

It cannot be, ObRama said it…

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 August 2010

Nothing to do with politics, but this is really fascinating:

Does Your Language Shape How You Think?

The convention of communicating with geographic coordinates compels speakers from the youngest age to pay attention to the clues from the physical environment (the position of the sun, wind and so on) every second of their lives, and to develop an accurate memory of their own changing orientations at any given moment. So everyday communication in a geographic language provides the most intense imaginable drilling in geographic orientation (it has been estimated that as much as 1 word in 10 in a normal Guugu Yimithirr conversation is “north,” “south,” “west” or “east,” often accompanied by precise hand gestures). This habit of constant awareness to the geographic direction is inculcated almost from infancy: studies have shown that children in such societies start using geographic directions as early as age 2 and fully master the system by 7 or 8. With such an early and intense drilling, the habit soon becomes second nature, effortless and unconscious. When Guugu Yimithirr speakers were asked how they knew where north is, they couldn’t explain it any more than you can explain how you know where “behind” is.

But there is more to the effects of a geographic language, for the sense of orientation has to extend further in time than the immediate present. If you speak a Guugu Yimithirr-style language, your memories of anything that you might ever want to report will have to be stored with cardinal directions as part of the picture. One Guugu Yimithirr speaker was filmed telling his friends the story of how in his youth, he capsized in shark-infested waters. He and an older person were caught in a storm, and their boat tipped over. They both jumped into the water and managed to swim nearly three miles to the shore, only to discover that the missionary for whom they worked was far more concerned at the loss of the boat than relieved at their miraculous escape. Apart from the dramatic content, the remarkable thing about the story was that it was remembered throughout in cardinal directions: the speaker jumped into the water on the western side of the boat, his companion to the east of the boat, they saw a giant shark swimming north and so on. Perhaps the cardinal directions were just made up for the occasion? Well, quite by chance, the same person was filmed some years later telling the same story. The cardinal directions matched exactly in the two tellings. Even more remarkable were the spontaneous hand gestures that accompanied the story. For instance, the direction in which the boat rolled over was gestured in the correct geographic orientation, regardless of the direction the speaker was facing in the two films.


IN WHAT OTHER WAYS might the language we speak influence our experience of the world? Recently, it has been demonstrated in a series of ingenious experiments that we even perceive colors through the lens of our mother tongue. There are radical variations in the way languages carve up the spectrum of visible light; for example, green and blue are distinct colors in English but are considered shades of the same color in many languages. And it turns out that the colors that our language routinely obliges us to treat as distinct can refine our purely visual sensitivity to certain color differences in reality, so that our brains are trained to exaggerate the distance between shades of color if these have different names in our language. As strange as it may sound, our experience of a Chagall painting actually depends to some extent on whether our language has a word for blue.

Interesting ideas.

brinn - 27 August 2010

Will read in full later, but the answer to the question posed in the title is:

DUH! Of course it does!

Sorry. Just not having a good day.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 August 2010


I’m sorry to hear that … I recommend beer and ribs.

marisacat - 27 August 2010

oh sorry to hear that brinn…take care… ok?

catnip - 27 August 2010

This habit of constant awareness to the geographic direction is inculcated almost from infancy:

Except in men – who continue to refuse to ask for directions when they’re lost.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 August 2010

Filling Up Prisons Without Fighting Crime: Mark Kleiman on America’s Criminal Justice System

Zach Weissmueller of ReasonTV interviewed UCLA’s Mark Kleiman, author of When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment. He says the USA’s current system of “randomized draconianism” doesn’t reduce crime or rehabilitate prisoners. “Swiftness and certainty are more important than severity.”

marisacat - 27 August 2010

doesn’t reduce crime or rehabilitate prisoners

probably easy to argue the gubmint isn’t interested in either…

However over and over, violent crime incidence IS going down.

I just heard that Richmond, very tough in parts, over in the East bay, last year to date the homicide rate ws over 30, 34 I think they said … this year, 14. A really big difference…

Pretty astonishing…

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 August 2010
catnip - 27 August 2010

Obviously a Terrorist Tiger Baby.

marisacat - 27 August 2010

I jsut saw pictures of the cub at Guardian…. good thing it lived thru it…

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 August 2010

Sen. Patty Murray Asks for the Liberal Vote Even Though She Voted for DOMA

Sen. Patty Murray was in the Pike/Pine neighborhood this morning, an appearance in the most liberal area of Washington state’s most liberal city—a place she needs some enthusiastic support to overcome her Republican opponent Dino Rossi this November. Also, she was within a two-block radius of our offices so Kelly O and I decided to put down our breakfast margaritas and stumble over.

I asked Murray about her plans to motivate her base, how she reconciles her claim to support gay rights even though she voted to ban gay marriage, and whether she’s the tallest member of the U.S. Senate:

quick video inteview, summed up as “Rossi sucks, that’s why you should vote for me!”

For the record, Murray supported Referendum 71, but she also supported the Defense of Marriage Act at the time, because, she says, “it was a state’s rights issue.” Since then, “People know who I am and who I care about.” (Screaming subtext: You know who Rossi is and who he doesn’t care about.) Then her handlers briskly pulled her away.

marisacat - 27 August 2010

I’d say Vote Against Patty… either by voting for Rossi or not at all.

Hey, there’s still a choice!!!

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 August 2010

Struggling Cities Shut Firehouses in Budget Crisis

Fire departments around the nation are cutting jobs, closing firehouses and increasingly resorting to “rolling brownouts” in which they shut different fire companies on different days as the economic downturn forces many cities and towns to make deep cuts that are slowing their responses to fires and other emergencies.

Philadelphia began rolling brownouts this month, joining cities from Baltimore to Sacramento that now shut some units every day. San Jose, Calif., laid off 49 firefighters last month. And Lawrence, Mass., north of Boston, has laid off firefighters and shut down half of its six firehouses, forcing the city to rely on help from neighboring departments each time a fire goes to a second alarm.

marisacat - 27 August 2010

San Jose, Calif., laid off 49 firefighters last month

I think the 49 will be brought back… the lay off was to get them to agree to a distributed 9% cut in pay and their contriobution to their retirement… or medical, I forget which at the moment (maybe both).

THere is a two day vote going on thru the union on what to accept…

To be honest, I think they should agree to the cut. They make plenty, have decent medical (and were not required to make a monthly contribution previouisly) and very good retirement, to which iirc they had only been contributing 2 or 3 %… .

16. marisacat - 27 August 2010


Obama Hits Fairway With UBS’s Wolf, Lawyer Jordan During Vineyard Vacation

By Kate Andersen Brower – Aug 27, 2010 2:00 PM PT

The biggest names on the links this week aren’t all at the PGA tournament in Paramus, New Jersey.

The power foursomes are on Martha’s Vineyard, where President Barack Obama is spending a chunk of his vacation playing golf with partners who have included Robert Wolf, chairman and chief executive officer of UBS Americas, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vernon Jordan, Lazard Ltd. senior managing director and a longtime Democratic Party supporter.

Obama had a 15-minute discussion with Bloomberg about the economy in the clubhouse before heading out to the fairways today, Reid Cherlin, an administration spokesman, said.

“The president and Mayor Bloomberg took the opportunity to discuss plans for short- and long-term economic growth at a pivotal point in our recovery,” Cherlin said.

The discussion came on the same day the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy grew at a 1.6 percent annual pace in the second quarter. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said in a speech that the U.S. central bank “will do all that it can” to ensure the economic recovery continues. very optimistic read on the day! — Mcat


“When the president calls and asks you to come for a visit, you go,” Loeser said.

On the first full day of his vacation, before a three-day spate of rain, the president played golf with South Carolina Democratic Representative James Clyburn, also a Washington power player. On Aug. 25 the president played with Wolf, who is one of his key allies in the business community. ally? Oh please! That indicates parity! — Mcat

Obama also indulged his other favorite sport, basketball, when weather was foul. Wolf and his two sons were among those on court during a game Aug. 23.

Golf has increasingly become Obama’s favorite relief valve outside the White House. His predecessor, President George W. Bush, frequently took time on weekends for running before switching to bicycling.

Eric Whitaker, one of the president’s friends from Chicago, has played four rounds with Obama during the first family’s 10- day vacation on the island off the coast of Massachusetts.

Whitaker said his own frequency of play has gone from four times a year to sometimes four times a week since Obama entered the White House.

“I just think it’s one of the few places where he can be free,” Whitaker said in an October 2009 interview. “I was surprised at how much we played.”

Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, said Obama’s selection of golf partners gives him a chance to show he’s on the job even when relaxing.

“This president is never ever entirely on vacation,” Baker said. “I think he’s someone who has managed to combine business and pleasure in such a way to deflect criticism that he’s not on the job.”
something is pulling those numbers down! — Mcat

Well.. I am fine if he wants to just keep playing golf and shooting hoops. No need to go to the Gulf on Sunday. Skip the speech from the Oval too! (please)

None at all.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010

For you cat lovers:

Cat sneaks on to train, gets lost, is reunited with owner via Twitter

A suburban cat wandered onto a city-bound train in Dublin, Ireland only to emerge at a city center station. Rail staff used CCTV to figure out which station the cat boarded at, and through Twitter, cat and owner were reunited. As a “reward,” the cat was issued a rail pass.

marisacat - 28 August 2010

Beats the garbage bin!

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010
19. marisacat - 28 August 2010

I am watching a long long cut from The Big Uneasy… which I think is the new Spike Lee OOPS no … 😳 … it is hte HARRY SHEARER film on NO / Katrina….

I ahd the sound off, but looked up and saw Harry Shearer so I knew it was on NO….

Using several people they put out the best overall description of what happened, why the levees and the various walls and MR GO, which was a terrible redirecting of the Mississippi River thru NO that although I read about it for years, I never completely understood it… WHY it all failed… and what was done wrong in the “repairs”… how the new flood prevention constructions will FAIL…

Best explanation, over all.

marisacat - 28 August 2010

IMDB it opens in theatres August 30th… here is the only review up as yet:

Harry Shearer Gets Serious, 11 August 2010

Author: carol joynt (carol-663-179239) from United States

Caught an early screening of “The Big Uneasy” tonight. It opens nationwide August 30th. Harry Shearer goes deep into the causes of the Katrina flooding with engrossing interviews with the major whistleblowers, who collectively pointed out that the floods were the result of shoddy work by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, dating back to long before Katrina. This is a film with clear cut good guys and bad guys, and hits all the bases of how the floods happened, how the aftermath was dealt with (or not), the backstory on what caused the failures of the levees, the govt spin, and the professional costs to those who bravely investigated the causes and made public what they learned. Good New Orleans atmosphere. And a memorable moment with Sen. Vitter, of all people. Is very well done. Good for Harry. He took his passion for New Orleans, his journalistic skills and political smarts and made them into something.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010
marisacat - 28 August 2010

hmm reminded me of the movie too…

[S]o much and so many to be angry at … all to no effect.

Sadly, trying not to be angry makes it impossible to write. They’re so tied up together, conditioned. Politics and daily outrage as Pavlov’s bell.

There really isn’t any point to this, I guess, other than as a minor self-exorcism. We’ll see how things go.

marisacat - 28 August 2010

AND from the movie, IMDB offered up a telling quote, or series of them in a conversation between Richrd Burton and Claire Bloom (what better actors to converse?)

Helena Charles: You know what Alison once said, you were born out of your time. I think I know what she means – sometimes I think you feel you’re still in the middle of the French Revolution. Oh Jimmy, can’t you give up that sweet shop and do something else?

Jimmy Porter: Such as?

Helena Charles: I don’t know, there are so many things that you could do.

Jimmy Porter: Such as being a literary gent – Porter the lion of the pen club, laughing Porter the tv panelist, Lord Porter leaving no.10. The personality of Porter – lets examine it, that glittering meteoric cause. While the rest of the world is being blown to bits around us what matters – me, me me.

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010

I really need to see that movie, I’ve never caught it.

marisacat - 28 August 2010

I am going to put it on my list, I’d like to see it again… I saw it once as a child and once in my early 20s, when movies still had to come around to theatres… unless you knew someone set up to project reel to reel…. 😆

marisacat - 28 August 2010

ugh it’s not available, I mean NFlix does not have a DVD of it at all… I had to flag it to the wait list…

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010
marisacat - 28 August 2010

I like Alan Smithee’s comment:

August 27th, 2010 at 11:46 | #4 Reply | Quote

Rebranding the occupation of Iraq as a “draw down” : check. Ramping up the Afghan bloodbath with drone and terror attacks : check. Major health insurance company subsidy : check. Ditto corporate financial institutions : check. Neoliberal SCOTUS appointments : check. Bailing out corrupt corporations and re-defining down job loss: check. Promises made : none promises (attempted to be) kept : none. All in 20 months. Apparently that’s not good enough. Waaaaaa! Waaaaa! Hope for change!

22. marisacat - 28 August 2010



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