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Primacy 2 September 2010

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A meerkat uses Lee Whittam's head to get a better view of the surrounding grassland at Jacks Camp in Botswana's Kalahari Desert. When this safari guide and photographer went to call in on a family of meerkats he became their look-out post. Always on the hunt for a high-up perch to look out for danger, the creatures saw the perfect opportunity when Lee Whittam sat down, and scurried up his body to the highest place they could find, the top of his head. They then proceeded to carry on as if he wasn't there

A meerkat uses Lee Whittam’s head to get a better view of the surrounding grassland at Jacks Camp in Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. When this safari guide and photographer went to call in on a family of meerkats he became their look-out post. Always on the hunt for a high-up perch to look out for danger, the creatures saw the perfect opportunity when Lee Whittam sat down, and scurried up his body to the highest place they could find, the top of his head. They then proceeded to carry on as if he wasn’t there
[LEE WHITTAM / BARCROFT MEDIA]

In a mad dash back to my Netflix disc, I stumbled past Trump on with Letterman.  Barely making sense and demogogue-ing (is that a word?) the Mosqueria. 

Looking the loon he is too, with that sort of tumbleweed, face-obscuring hairdo.

What kind of country allows the fuck-ups we keep around as our stock-in- trade, jesters and 3rd rate town idiots, to rule things?

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1. CSTAR - 2 September 2010

What kind of country allows the fuck-ups we keep around as our stock-in- trade, jesters and 3rd rate town idiots, to rule things?

You just treat’em real nice, now. ‘member they’ve got nukes.

2. marisacat - 2 September 2010

hmm seems to be a much smallr rig then Deepwater Horizon, all 13 workers got off safely..

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Coast Guard Responds to Reports of an Oil Rig Explosion in the Gulf [11:30 a.m. ET]

For more on this and other breaking news go to ABCNews.com: http://abcnews.go.com?nwltr=bn

marisacat - 2 September 2010

How very shocking. It IS leaking

NEW ORLEANS, La. – A mile-long oil sheen spread Thursday from an offshore petroleum platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico off Lousiana, west of the site of BP’s massive spill.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Coklough said the sheen, about 100 feet wide, was spotted near the platform owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy Inc.

He said Mariner had deployed three firefighting vessels to the site and one already was in place fighting the blaze. ….

But hey, hair of the dog, right?

catnip - 2 September 2010

Drill, baby, drill!

marisacat - 2 September 2010

then drill some more!

3. catnip - 2 September 2010

And there will be video of your surfing safari, right BHHM? 😉

BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2010

Could be! Tho in my case now, it’d prolly involve a backboard, rescue swimmers and a Coast Guard helicopter. It’s supposed to be good tomorrow around 4pm high tide ..Saturday is for the truly capable, insane , and various sorts in between. Supposed to be very windy , rainy, and they will arrest and fine the shit out of you too, once they shut it down here. (Been There!) Besides, I’m not looking to be a local news item that begins with..”Middle Aged Man-Whale….” and ends with ..”in lieu of flowers…”

I just want to paddle around, ride a few, etc.

marisacat - 2 September 2010

Happy paddling to you!

BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2010

That’s what the Naderites told me in 2000!
They were right! 😆

marisacat - 2 September 2010

Keep your head above water! You’ll make it!

BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2010

That’s what GORE’S people said in 2000!
They were Wrong! 😆

Just give it to me straight! : Good Luck!™
I’m sure it’ll be Historic™!
It’s all Historic now!

LOL

Anyways™ back on Land
I saw this on RCP-
“Back on Land”, but not any planet I recognize…
getta load of this shit-

Caddell on the Midterm Elections
The polling figures paint an astounding picture — and not just for Democrats, but for the political class as a whole.

In Jimmy Carter’s White House, Patrick Caddell was, in the words of Teddy White, the “house Cassandra” 😆 — an all-too-candid pollster whose prophecies spooked the president’s other advisors. Three decades later, Caddell again is warning his fellow Democrats about electoral doom. As he sips an iced tea over lunch in midtown Manhattan, Caddell sighs and tells me that the lessons of the Carter years appear to be all but forgotten by the current crop of Democrats in Washington.

“President Obama’s undoing may be his disingenuousness,” Caddell says. After campaigning for post-partisanship, Obama, he observes, has lurched without pause…

Seatbelts on, Oxygen masks, Wait for it…

to the left.

I am so glad I left the shits in that bogus Party.
I am so glad to be released from the cyclical illness of imagining that supporting, stumping, or voting for ANY of their hucksters would translate into anything positive.
I am so grateful to people like you who opened my eyes. I really am, and don’t laaught too hard, but I really feel I was delivered so to speak – and we use the term loosely these days 😉 , but I feel I was delivered from a delusion, the case made persistently over a course of years by people not only with political insight and contextual grasp, but most critically, the integrity coupled with the ability to articulate the true nature of it all…
I was such the incrementalist sucker. Didn’t even know which direction I was headed….

Sorry to get all…you know…
but it’s true.
I can remember coming across a then Nader/Green activist in 2000, and I’ll never forget what she said, “I’m sorry but I only vote with integrity now”. I truly had no idea what she was talking about then. And when I think I actually pushed Gore. With Lieberman. And Kerry AFTER the AUMF because, ya know, Bush. It’s almost funny in retrospect.

marisacat - 2 September 2010

I think Pat Caddell is certifiable… and not because he goes on FOX either.. (if he still does).

But he is very much in the mold, even as a fucking loon.

(I do think tho that some of the best entertainment for some days was Jan Brewer totally losing at at he debate in AZ, and losing it again afterwards… YUM!)

4. catnip - 2 September 2010

From a dkos diary:

I received an e-mail from barackobama.com about the 50 million dollars they needed to raise for their Get Out The Vote effort this fall, and my brain twisted rather uncomfortably thinking about it…

marisacat - 2 September 2010

whatever twists their brains!

catnip - 2 September 2010

They want their supporters to give them $50 million to brainwash them some more. Nice job if you can get it.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010

Barry’s just a Gold-digga

5. marisacat - 2 September 2010

I think his handlers freak out at the mere thought of these, because his scripted AND unscripted errors are so fraught.

I’d call it a desperation move.

full text from Politico’s “44”

START BRAINSTORMING: President Obama will hold a press conference next Friday, the White House announced. The question-and-answer session with reporters will be at the White House.

Obama last took questions in a formal setting on July 20, when Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain visited and they spoke with reporters briefly. He held a longer session with reporters on June 27 at the G20 summit in Toronto, though his last solo press conference at the White House was on May 27, when he focused on the Gulf oil leak.

catnip - 2 September 2010

He’s meeting with the “professional left”? Popcorn!

6. catnip - 2 September 2010
catnip - 2 September 2010

In addition, 3 million New Yorkers reportedly left the city because they realized the phrase “Only in New York” is actually just a defense mechanism used to convince themselves that seeing a naked man take a shit on a park bench is somehow endearing, or part of some shared cultural experience.

😆

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010

wow, that brings back water-colored memories …

marisacat - 2 September 2010

of the way we were…………………

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010

🙂

7. marisacat - 2 September 2010

Things are looking UP! UP! But mostly AWAY!

Dean Baker in Cpunch:

[T]he further plunge in house prices will have serious implications for the course of the recovery. By my calculations, the decline in house prices through the first half of 2009 eliminated $5-6 trillion of the $8 trillion of housing equity created by the bubble. Look to the further declines in the rest of this year to eliminate most or all of the remaining bubble equity.

The loss of this wealth will further dampen growth. This should drive home the fact that house prices, like the NASDAQ following the tech crash, are not coming back. Homeowners will have to come to grips with this massive loss of wealth. While many commentators (no doubt the surprised ones) complain that consumption is low, the reality is that consumption is still at an unusually high level relative to disposable income.

Furthermore, with a huge cohort of baby boomers approaching retirement with almost no wealth, there will be more need to save than ever. This need to save is accentuated by the plans of those in the Obama Administration and the congressional leadership to cut Social Security.

This means that we should expect consumption spending to weaken sharply in the second half of 2010 and into 2011 as the savings rate rises into the 8-10 percent range, further slowing economic growth. This comes against a backdrop where final demand had only been growing at a 1.2 percent average rate over the last four quarters. ….

8. marisacat - 2 September 2010

William Blum is all whupset…. a long list, from the wars, Pan Am 103, Mosque Mania, Cuba, etcetera, etcetera.

However if he once mentioned the name of our Foundling Leader, I missed it.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010
10. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010
marisacat - 2 September 2010

that is the case over in Marin county… which is HORRIBLE. Tasered three times in his own home. And the tape is very disturbing…

If you watch the tape is so troubling. The DOG is upset, the wife is upset and the sheriffs just scream: stop resisting!, as they continue to taser him.

ALSO it has come out that based on their own records, Marin co (think this was sheriffs) drew their tasers (and “used” would be a smaller number) 87 times in the pst year… A combined jurisdiction down the peninsula, they drew theirs 15 times in 16 months.

A really big difference…

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010

the tape is chilling, and I couldn’t even bring myself to watch the entire unedited thing ABC posted (link is at the post I linked above, should you care to watch).

I think a sad number of cops seriously get off on hurting people.

marisacat - 2 September 2010

I think this was some class revenge myself. They lvie in a classic “old style” Marin house, high fencing, a gate and steep set of stairs UP to the house from the gate… I see why he fell, esp late at night, they had been at some charity event, he admits he had a bit too much to drink. BUT the medics had been there, they cleaned and bandaged the bangs and he slipped into a small transitory depression, as the fuckign sheriffs bounded into the home, uninvited, but there as a complement to the medics who had jsut left, they heard him say:

If i had gun I would shoot myself.

Based on that, they hauled off. AND he did get angry at them for insisting he go to the hospital for “evaluation”, they contending he is a risk for suicide.

Geesh.

A 35 year veteran of cop training called KGO the night they hashed this over… and he ticked off a LONG list of what the police/sherifs should have done before tasering a sick old man…

I hope he sues the living daylihgts out of Marin.

BTW Marin sheriff dept ahs contended in writing that McFarland LUNGED at them as he got off the sofa. Doesn’t look that way in the vid.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010

If by “lunge” they mean carefully allowing old knees to straighten as he tries to stand up, then sure … he “lunged”.

The class thing could very well be it.

marisacat - 2 September 2010

Once I saw the vid and watched an interview with him in his home, a very straightforward, well furnished but not at all lavish, old Marin house… and saw the exterior at the street, the stairs, etc… I think some sort of class revenge from the cops is very likely…. and he did in a sense pull rank on the cops… refusing to go to the hospital fr some mental evaluation, and I understand why he did…

But they severely aggravated the situation, from the moment they cleared the front door…. If you notice when he was seated on the sofa, the dog upset, the light from th taser is right at his heart, as he wife tells them NOT to taser him, he has a heart condition.

Then they taser him twice more, as he writhes on the floor in pain. I htink he is lucky he did not die, from the stress before the cops arrived…. coupled with the rest.

The whole thing is ridiculous… and apparently Marin Co, the district “City” Hall, jail and Sheriffs office is in an iconic FLWright building, is being INUNDATED with calls, emails and so on.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010

I seriously want to know what happened to talking to people who are upset.

marisacat - 2 September 2010

well that is what the cop trainer said: call the medics, ask what they observed… call into the local station, find out if there has ever been a domestic incident report at the house or a spate of drunk and disorderly on McFarland, take the wife t the kitchen and ask her to discuss what she feels is going on.

That is just what I remember from his call.

But the night they covered this on the radio here, APPALLINGLY there were callers who said “we must do what the police say”. One caller said, “there is too much resistance to the police”.

issue them brown shirts and nice arm bands with the nazi insignia.

marisacat - 2 September 2010

oh there is an up side… an atty who called in, said that very likely the cops involved will be individually sued, apart from the co.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010

Perrin:

I’ve said it ad nauseum, but it remains true: If liberals didn’t have the Beck/Palin distraction, they’d scour reactionary America for comparable villains to boo and hiss. Anything to prevent a wholesale defection from the Democrats, or their beloved (if compromised and disappointing) President Hope. There are prominent exceptions, Glenn Greenwald among them. But so long as lunatic Americans air their bizarro conspiracies and political ignorance, liberals will insist on general fealty to the mule, primarily at election time. The Dems may not be perfect, but they’re not insane. So goes the mantra. This naturally allows Dems ample room to rob, cheat and slaughter with minimal dissent. Not that they want to rob, cheat and slaughter, mind you. They simply need more grassroots love and understanding to reveal their true selves.

Wait — which was the insane party again?

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010

Chris Floyd:

On Tuesday night, Barack Obama gave a speech from the Oval Office on Iraq that was almost as full of hideous, murderous lies as the speech on Iraq his predecessor gave in the same location more than seven years ago.

After mendaciously declaring an “end to the combat mission in Iraq” — where almost 50,000 regular troops and a similar number of mercenaries still remain, carrying out the same missions they have been doing for years — Obama delivered what was perhaps the most egregious, bitterly painful lie of the night:

“Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility.”

“We have met our responsibility!” No, Mister President, we have not. Not until many Americans of high degree stand in the dock for war crimes. Not until the United States pays hundreds of billions of dollars in unrestricted reparations to the people of Iraq for the rape of their country and the mass murder of their people. Not until the United States opens its borders to accept all those who have been and will be driven from Iraq by the savage ruin we have inflicted upon them, or in flight from the vicious thugs and sectarians we have loosed — and empowered — in the land. Not until you, Mister President, go down on your knees, in sackcloth and ashes, and proclaim a National of Day of Shame to be marked each year by lamentations, reparations and confessions of blood guilt for our crime against humanity in Iraq.

Then and only then, Mister President, can you say that America has begun — in even the most limited, pathetic way — to “meet its responsibility” for what it has done to Iraq. And unless you do this, Mister President — and you never will — you are just a lying, bloodsoaked apologist, accomplice and perpetrator of monstrous evil, like your predecessor and his minions — many of whom, of course, are now your minions.

marisacat - 2 September 2010

I don’t know what Chris FLoyd is so upset over, Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg declared that Obby ended the lying with that speech.

We are such soviets.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010

he’s a dirty hippie, so what does he know?

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2010

Greenwald: The profound mystery of the “enthusiasm gap”

UPDATE: Public Policy Polling’s Tom Jensen compiles data on exactly this question today, and explains:

This year isn’t getting away from the Democrats because voters are moving toward the Republicans en masse. But the enthusiasm gap is turning races that would otherwise be lean Democratic into toss ups, turning toss ups into leaning Republican, and turning leaning Republican into solid Republican.

Of course, when they lose they’ll move harder right and blame the left for the loss.

ts - 2 September 2010

That’s why they threw lipless out there.

14. marisacat - 2 September 2010

hmm last i heard they had not pungled up yet for the 20 billion kitty (they may have put in the start money since then…) AND earlier checks to some epople were bouncing….

NOw BI snips this from NYT:

BP just revealed a very aggressive or desperate move. It has warned Congress not to block new offshore permits if they want BP to have enough money to keep paying claims, NYT reports.

The $20 billion escrow fund that was supposed to prevent seems to be safe [oh puhleeze!], but claims and fines may exceed the fund. Past that point, BP gets a lot more bargaining power:

“If we are unable to keep those fields going, that is going to have a substantial impact on our cash flow,” said David Nagle, BP’s executive vice president for BP America, in an interview. That, he added, “makes it harder for us to fund things, fund these programs.”

….

BUT we hve nothing to worry about … right? Cuz the Obster plays hard, Chicago style politics? Right?

Helloooooooo????

Read more: Business Insider

catnip - 3 September 2010

Nothing like a little blackmail between friends.

15. ts - 2 September 2010

Slideshow of the Ferrari 458 on fire.

Apparently there was a problem with some flammable glue too near an exhaust pipe.

BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2010

Welp, the 87 Corolla it is then!

marisacat - 2 September 2010

Rattner lost no time with a “tell something” book…

Poor Ob sounds like a loon wandering on the edge of things…

I am guessing that his (or maybe Snob told the tale) apocryphal story of a car with a worn out floor, was a Corolla.

ts - 2 September 2010

I nearly choked on my popcorn…

Emanuel could also be spectacularly blunt, once telling Rattner during a meeting about GM and Chrysler’s massive problems and potential bankruptcies: “Why even save GM?” When Rattner adviser Ron Bloom noted that tens of thousands of autoworker jobs were at stake, Emanuel huffed, “F*** the UAW,” referring to the United Auto Workers union.

marisacat - 3 September 2010

I loved the pro forma CYA … Rahm has always supported…

etc.

Yeah nobody is buying.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2010
16. marisacat - 3 September 2010

I am guessing this is a desperado move… emergency stumble redo before the midterms.

Snicker:

The Obama administration is mulling a raft of emergency fixes to stimulate the economy before the midterms, including an extension of the research and development tax credit and new infrastructure spending, according to several people familiar with the situation.

Administration officials have been huddling almost continuously during the past week, brainstorming for ideas that would boost employment without hiking the massive federal deficit – with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner rushing to the West Wing for further consultations late Thursday. …

Geithner better be careful… or he’ll trip on his eyebrows.

Read more: People Mag Politico!

marisacat - 3 September 2010

More snickers!

The White House pushed back hard against a Washington Post story Thursday which reported that Obama is seriously considering a payroll tax holiday geared at kick-starting business spending – a measure the paper said could cost up to $300 billion.

“There [have] been a lot of reports and rumors on different options being considered—many of which are incorrect,” said Deputy White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in an email.

“The options under consideration build on measures the President has previously proposed, and we are not considering a second stimulus package,” she wrote. “The President and his team are discussing several options, as they have been for months and no final decisions have been made.” …

More and more I think “Spain” was a big fat Fuck You!… Twice over!! to the handlers. These people want out.

marisacat - 3 September 2010

THEN lipless is quoted about “small-ball” remedies, if any.

Is that anything like a BALL GAG?

For lipless?

ts - 3 September 2010

The only thing that would work before November is a reduction in income tax rates combined with a withholding tax reduction. Either that or huge plug to unemployment insurance (Remove the 99 week limit, make it available to anyone not just those laid off, add $200 to the state benefit).

R&D credit and infrastructure investment? Are you kidding me? More tax credits to businesses that are saying they don’t need to hire because there’s no sales, and more investment with a zero multiplier.

They must not care anymore. They’re not even trying.

marisacat - 3 September 2010

Oh yeah, it’s ovr but for the thrashing about…. As I see it.

and lousy window dressing like Peace in the Middle East.

17. marisacat - 3 September 2010

What to say………….

http://www.designing-obama.com/

catnip - 3 September 2010

aka “How you were suckered into voting for Obama”.

marisacat - 3 September 2010

That’s embarrassing… or shold be…

I also note there is chatter around that Plouffe heads out on his tour for his book…. and he is tossing around comments of they know i am available if needed.

Again and again, these people are heading for the door, Obby and Snobby. Not even interested.

marisacat - 3 September 2010

PS, I am not saying Plouffe is any help. Gah. Hardly… the white PR and Ad Boyz behind Obby. We are so blessed!

18. marisacat - 3 September 2010

ugh I seem to be having some computer problems.. just to say that I will let this thread play out for probably most of the day, til whatever bug (sigh, feature) has the ‘puter in its grip lets go……….

gah.

19. ts - 3 September 2010
20. marisacat - 3 September 2010

It was 21 miles deep… probably why no reports yet of serious damage…

A massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake broke has hit New Zealand’s South Island, just hours after a 5.7 magnitude quake.

This map from the USGS shows population exposure to the second quake. 187,000 people are estimated to have felt violent shaking (red). 202,000 people felt severe shaking (orange).

No word yet on casualties, but at least no tsunami warning has been issued.

Read more: Link to BI

catnip - 3 September 2010

I have CNN on in the background and heard geeky Josh Levs (sp?) ask someone in NZ if they heard “screaming” after the earthquake. WTF? “Journalism” has died.

ts - 3 September 2010

Maybe he heard the screaming of thousands of Orcs.

21. marisacat - 3 September 2010

Neue…

LINK

…………………. 8) … :mrgreen:


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