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What… 30 August 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, NORCOM, Pakistan, WAR!.

Phoenix, US: Inmates spend their day under tents at the section that houses undocumented immigrants at the jail in Maricopa County [Darren Hauck/EPA]

What is that they have been saying? 

The end to combat in Iraq? 

Something like that, weeks of video clips of pulling out men (women too I am sure) and materiel… Tens of thousands of texters and video gamers, I guess they want us to think, left to control and command… and many more tens of thousands of contract paramilitaries left to do the job…

As if we have retreated to base, ceased house to house, ceased night patrols, ceased clear and hold, much less opened the prisons and released the political prisoners and the innocents, relinquished control of the air – it is we who control the air space over Iraq – we have stopped none of that anywhere in the world, including at “home”, tho Homeland is more accurate.


Oh For Fuck’s Sake… why not just dispatch Barbara to the WH with the Holy Walker Bush Oil of Office and she can annoint Obby as a younger brother to adopted son Bill C?

It smacks of obeisance to the Lord of Texas…

President Obama plans to call former President Bush on Tuesday when he visits Texas to speak to troops, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

Obama will address soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas, before he returns to the Oval Office to speak on the formal end of the U.S. military’s “combat mission” in Iraq.

“I don’t believe there are plans to see him, but my sense is, it will be one of the calls he makes tomorrow,” Gibbs told reporters Monday when asked if Obama will speak with Bush.

She can say something so Barbara, so Bushian … like, ”we’ve always liked Negroes.  er … Africans.  Well… we like some Americans, I know that.  More oil Barry?”

AND I see that Simpson survived comparing all of us to nursing calves.  No surprise…

Heckuva job Obby.

I even caught the last few mins of his remarks today, and I sure missed the pounding action (maybe below camera view the podium reached out and grabbed him… ).  The quote sounded more like a beg to me:

Pounding the lectern, Obama continued:

“Holding this bill hostage is directly detrimental to our economic growth. So I ask Senate Republicans to drop the blockade.”




1. marisacat - 30 August 2010

The Drug War..

[T]o get an idea of how violence begets violence, take a look at the Zetas. [the cartel suspected of the 72 migrant killings]

Briefly, they are a group of former Mexican military elite with U.S. training that crossed over into organized crime, taking with them their government-sponsored knowledge of counterinsurgency tactics and brutal repression. They are associated with the infamous Kaibiles in Guatemala who have a similar history. After acting as the armed forces for the Gulf Cartel, they split off and formed their own cartel. Their bid to take over lucrative trafficking routes is at the root of the drug-war violence in many points on the border.

Weaker financially and with fewer political contacts, the Zetas work their one comparative advantage—their willingness to be absolutely ruthless. The massacre of the migrants could be a reaction of rage when the migrants refused to pay up, but it could also be an easy way for the Zetas to flaunt their ability and disposition to break all previous codes of behavior between the government and the cartels.

Through the bodies of the migrants, the Zetas are sending yet another bloody message to the armed forces, and to the other cartels, which have unified against them in some border cities.

Incredibly, Calderón publicly admits responsibility, albeit indirect, for the massacre of the migrants and further notes that their brutal assassination is a sign of success in the drug war. He went on to warn that there will be more violence to come. This is perhaps the one aspect of his campaign that no-one doubts.

BooHooHooMan - 30 August 2010

So much for whether we export terror..

they are a group of former Mexican military elite with U.S. training that crossed over into organized crime

Bloody awful: our off the books business as usual.
Some “Change” with the market fixers for carteliers and skank banksters minding things.
Some hideous horizon we’re headed for.
And they’ll never legalize it or cut off the the Drug War WELFARE QUEENS. Among the biggest wastes of money on Earth: the cops, jailers, judges and attorneys in on the Drug War. Tho lower level bank employees when you get right down to it.

marisacat - 30 August 2010

I think the Feds re going ot make a major display in the West if the Cali ballot measure on MJ goes thru in Nov… it seems there is stepped up raids, carried out by Feds, and state and locals, this year and last…

I think they will try ot link almost all MJ growing to Mexican cartels and operatives on this side of the border.

They made a big meth bust, and what they said was an unknown before the bust cock fighting ring (what they showed looked more like the household kept some chickens, it did not look like a cock fight/breeding set up to me) in August nto far from here, and were very pleased to report it was run by 3 Mexican nationals…

Obviously there are problems, real ones…. but the Feds have a bigger agenda…

2. catnip - 30 August 2010

So I ask Senate Republicans to drop the blockade.

And will he ask Netanyahu to drop his blockade too?

marisacat - 30 August 2010

Bibi please, think of all we hve meant to each other!

3. BooHooHooMan - 30 August 2010

Country says “Fuck It, give us a Republican.”
Straight up – on the rocks- who gives a shit?

10-point edge for GOP
… a record 10-point edge over Democrats on the “generic ballot” test — the question of whether voters prefer a Democratic or Republican congressional candidate. It’s the largest GOP polling edge at this stage in the 68 years of the generic ballot poll.

It’s all so Historic and all…

marisacat - 30 August 2010

At this rate he’ll be lucky if he and Snobby are not calling for a helicopter lift from the roof of the WH.

BooHooHooMan - 30 August 2010

HA! and how about a warning next time?
Please Secure your Beverages during the airlift ..

Too funny. For some reason I see MO and OB in-artfully one-handing it, dangling from the landing rails as they float away. With Rahm, Teh Clintons and Biden in the open doorway trying to heel crush them both OFF. With Nancy AND Harry on the South lawn trying to gun them ALL down before they get out of range..LOL.

marisacat - 30 August 2010

one thing i am sure of, if La Nan loses her speakership… she is going to b packing.

ts - 30 August 2010

Please don’t get my hopes up…

marisacat - 30 August 2010


what a hoot!

marisacat - 30 August 2010

hmmm talk about Bad News Bears…

Indeed, the 51 percent to 41 percent edge Republicans have now on the generic ballot poll represents the largest Republican edge heading into a mid-term election since the poll was first conducted in the 1942 election cycle, giving them greater reason for optimism than in the weeks leading up to their 1952 and 1994 House takeovers. It also represents a stunning reversal from the 6-point lead Democrats posted in the poll in mid-July. …

Read more: Link to Politico

catnip - 30 August 2010


4. diane - 30 August 2010

Have had the same thoughts, for quite the while, re WikiLeaks, BooHooHooman. …I hope it doesn’t undo Glenn Greenwald if true, I agree with so much of what he puts out ……………I would be hard put to think that Glenn was an OP.

what a frackin wormhole we appear to be in………………..

gotta go have some soup with my mom, will check back………

(and sorry this is ‘off topic’ …I’m slow.)

BooHooHooMan - 30 August 2010

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the jump from Assange to Greenwald…
I don’t follow.

Greenwald is, in the perhaps unfair scheme of things, an American lawyer turned political observer. Put it out, perhaps give interview. Observe, cite, give assessment. Has so called “controversies” with Joe Klein, Fluffer/ Journo.

A very different proposition from Assange. Sitting at a web enabled, now very well publicized nexus of disclosure from would-be truthtellers, conscientious objectors, whistle-blowers, etc. AKA …WAR CRIMES.
So we have Assange.. who has been in the disclosure scene how long? As another chapter in what is obviously a very long, methodically written book , i.e. The Wars, carry on. Greenwald on the one hand controversially web-warring with Joe Klein…And Assange on the other, in “controvesry” with Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, Leveler of Nations, Syringe and Diaper Guy.

Much of it seems by design. Sorry for the facile construct, but Do Europeans give Assange any more notice than Americans give Greenwald? Or, etc? For disclosing what has largely been available in press there for years? FFS, the fact that Assange is not from New York, DC, or Texas is enough to get the international intrigue legs goin in the American MSM. LOL.

Another little thing sticking for me is the negotiating with the Pentagon. Kind of where the whole notion of the “we report you decide” breaks down, NTIM, as the faint approximation of such quaint approximation of such has been gone for decades.

Another is the haven in DynO-mite Prize land…
When we’ve already drugged, diapered, and rendered alleged Enemies of State off the Streets in Italy (and IIRC) Germany? Which was reported how long ago?

I dunno.

Via the Local in Sweden-

Sweden sends extra troops to Afghanistan

Published: 22 May 2008

..and Helen Thomas former employer, UPI-

Sweden sending more troops to Afghanistan
Published: Feb. 10, 2010

And the Government of Sweden –

A strategy for Sweden’s overall involvement in Afghanistan

The Government today adopted a strategy for Swedish support for international involvement in Afghanistan. In the strategy, the Government establishes objectives for Swedish support and guidelines for how the operations are to contribute to fulfilling the commitments made by the UN Security Council and supported by the EU and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

“Sweden’s involvement in Afghanistan is long-term and one of the most important expressions of our commitment to international peace, democracy and development,” say Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson and Minister for Defence Sten Tolgfors in a joint statement.

You know. Nothing says Peace like when delivered courtesy of a Saab Jet engine.

diane - 31 August 2010

My jump from Assange to Greenwald was admittedly subjective, and in regard to what seems to me to be:

Glenn’s perhaps dangerously mistaken belief that Assange was providing well intended transparency to ugly ‘Homeland’ dirty deeds…(i.e. is Assange well intended, or a whistle blower vacuum? …I suspect he’s a vacuum, and am kind of loathe to say it for fear that I might be wrong and therefore provoking unnecessary suspicion.)

Glenn’s gift for clarifying human defense from offense … and the (perhaps intended) confusion and despair that would result if it turns out that Assange is just one of many monstrous OPS; and that the many who found at least some hope in some of Glenn’s reflections (I’ve no shame in admitting I’m one of those people, just as I’ve found hope in many of your and Marisa’s reflections) came to the conclusion that Glenn must be of the same ilk for so vigorously defending Assange.

(what do FFS and NTIM stand for?)

marisacat - 31 August 2010

ffs: for fuck’s sake

NTIM: Not that It Matters…

diane - 31 August 2010

thanks hon.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2010

I think he was pounding the podium, but it was in the form of dry humping it.

marisacat - 30 August 2010

“Dry humping the podium Obama asked the R for some relief”.

hmm doesn’t play too well does it?

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2010

“Fucking this podium like I fuck over the base of the party … hard and fast.”

6. catnip - 30 August 2010
7. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2010

Tea Party Members Encounter Special D.C. Tax, Respond by Throwing Sandwiches

That Tea Party Guide to Washington for Glenn Beck’s rally should’ve warned attendees in advance about the new five-cent bag tax in the District. But it didn’t, and look what happened: stunned Tea Partiers hurling sandwiches at deli employees.

marisacat - 30 August 2010

5 cent bag tax?

What would they have done if it was 25 cents? Move on to pistol whipping?

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2010

they’re such fucking nuts.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2010

McChrystal’s fee

But an industry source passes on the rate: $60,000 a pop, plus travel and lodging for three.

marisacat - 30 August 2010

Just think what tidbits he will share privately off the record…

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 August 2010

How to Kill Goyim and Influence People: Israeli Rabbis Defend Book’s Shocking Religious Defense of Killing Non-Jews (with Video)

As soon as it was published late last year,Torat Ha’Melech sparked a national uproar. The controversy began when an Israeli tabloid panned the book’s contents as “230 pages on the laws concerning the killing of non-Jews, a kind of guidebook for anyone who ponders the question of if and when it is permissible to take the life of a non-Jew.” According to the book’s author, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, “Non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and should be killed in order to “curb their evil inclinations.” “If we kill a gentile who has has violated one of the seven commandments… there is nothing wrong with the murder,” Shapira insisted. Citing Jewish law as his source (or at least a very selective interpretation of it) he declared: “There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”

marisacat - 30 August 2010

Jewish Law, rabbinical councils, sharia law, islamic law, crazed imams… canon law, all the hierarchies of the Catholic, Anglican and assorted Protestant and even loonier evangels..

We are strangling.

10. marisacat - 30 August 2010

I see some commentary around that maybe the check bounced… but, somehow, after all these months into years, both Gibbs and Obby lost that esteemed voter, political analyst and, lest one forget, fearless partisan blogger, Booman.

ts - 31 August 2010

I still have flashbacks to the Kerry function I went to back in 04 about three months before the election. It was a lot of Kos type “activists”, 20-and-30-something sons and daughters of the hoi-palloi, a few party operatives (the keynote speaker worked for The Nation). There were a bunch of booths stacked by various interest groups.

What struck me was that nobody, and I mean nobody, seemed to really care whether Kerry got elected, or even about the election. It was an evening of going through the motions in the coincidence that there was an election coming up. Kerry was pretty much written off.

I talked to a bunch of different people at the booths, trying to make small talk about the election, hey could Kerry take some state or other, do you think the Iraq thing will hurt Bush, yadda yadda. The responses were to a man and woman…”meh”. The whole function was pretty much just to be seen and to put on some sort of resume somewhere.

Ob is pretty much written off the same way. The party and hangers on are just positioning themselves for a GOP House. What else is there to write about as a partisan activist? Pretty much 40% desperation and 60% perspiration. Think positive. Don’t think lose. Why won’t they pass a decent stimulus? No, that’s not the way to think. They’re just saving it for October…and on and on…

If it’s become just a job and a marketing niche, how do you do product placement when your main product is defective and getting recalled? I expect a lot of confused wandering in and out of camp, punctuated by the insanity that was the Kos diary mentioned in the last thread. WE CAN’T LET HIM LOSE!!! TEA PARTY!!! EVIL, BLEAAARGH!!! DAMN LIBERAL DEMOCRATS!!! Lather, rinse, repeat.

Oh, it’s gonna be fun to watch.

marisacat - 31 August 2010

well… as i see it, the default mode in DC is to Republican. The Democrats ARE the handmaiden party and know it… they are fine with it. They get crumbs and every one understands that it has to revolve to the Dems periodically so the electorate stays locked in…

We do hold elections and not all parts and pieces of an election are controllable, so sometimes there is tension on election day…

I figured Bush would win from the get go, for one, Rove. His history as a top operative is almost unique. One thing he really really gets is the guts of elections. What the Republicans also have down to a near science is conducting ridicule. Kerry was esp vulnerable to ridicule. And knowing where to wound, the R do that one very well…..

One reason I jsut laugh at the whining about how Obby is treated… sure a lot of it from some quarters is racism…. no question. How quick the Dems forget how Kerry was treated (and he so deserved it)

AND Kerry threw the election over and over in the run up.

3 months before election… I cannot summon up July that year but I can remember August, very clearly. It was a mess.

In Obby’s case one thing the R are actively using this (the whole of this, ”this” being Obby’s rise, admin and inevitable fall) for is to make black leadership look like what they are, empty suits, corrupt suits… and so on. It is most certainly planned.

they are also making black electeds look like spoiled whiners. And hell most of them are. They are not constructive, they don’t care about their constituency… (why would they be any different). And so n.

Picking them off …

ts - 31 August 2010

Well the leadership and the rank and file certainly had a role for him to play. Doesn’t matter that he didn’t fit that role in any way, shape or form. Doesn’t matter that the role was different between the leadership and the rank and file. They just willed themselves to believe (yes we can) for awhile. He will be another Clinton (and ironically, in most ways he was) leading us to the promised land. He just came in as the economy was going into a Depression, rather than coming out of one. And he was no FDR, certainly. FDR wouldn’t even make it out of the primaries these days.

Now the whole Potemkin Village has come crashing down. And not only that, the ground’s pretty well salted now. The obvious solution would be for the liberal wing to defect and form a new party. This would be a pretty good time for it. As I see it they’re doomed to minority status sooner or later. Might as well tear the rotten structure down before it falls down. But we both know that won’t happen.

marisacat - 31 August 2010

History will treat Ob as a brief extension of Clintonite era…. Just as GHW was an extension of Reaganism… and so on.

Both parties are pretty battered, but the R play a much tougher game…

11. marisacat - 31 August 2010

oh god… cue the screaming, they redecorated the Oval. Hard to tell from the photo but it looks a lot more beige. Maybe a quite brown-beige. Darker… with striped wall paper.

Just in time for a bomb of a speech.

catnip - 31 August 2010

Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Yeah. That’ll help.

catnip - 31 August 2010
marisacat - 31 August 2010

and here is a few photos… it really is brown. Beige brown. And striped.

Thanks for the Huff po……………

marisacat - 31 August 2010


the photos in the London Daily Mail, things are a lot more honey colored, a much lighter brighter ambiance (!) less Man Cave Corporate Style Updated Metro – or whatever!.

catnip - 31 August 2010

What’s with the lone blue pillow?

They should have let Colin & Justin loose in there. 😉

marisacat - 31 August 2010

yeah I noticed that…………….

marisacat - 31 August 2010

I think it is now the Corporate Couch Room slash Meeting Place. I am kind of expecting the portrait of George Washington over the mantell to close his eyes… in boredom.

What a hoot!

12. catnip - 31 August 2010

In other makeover news: Boob Apron

brinn - 31 August 2010

THAT was awesome — thanks, catnip!! 🙂

I love belly laughs!

13. marisacat - 31 August 2010



………………. 😯 … 🙄

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