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Attacking … 6 September 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.
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A flock of Canada geese fly in formation above Clapham Common in London [Dylan Martinez/Reuters]

Attacking London, I see.  The famous stealth weapon, Canadian Geese.

😉

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I caught a couple snips of ObRama in Milwaukee…. he promised to make the economy……… “hum”.

Not possible when the voice box, vocal chords, and lungs of so many people have been torn out.

AND, lest he forget to whine, he did raise, as partisan red meat, that the opposition talks about him as a dog:

“Have you heard them?, they talk about me like a dog“.

Get over it, so do other people.

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1. catnip - 6 September 2010

US combat operations in Iraq are…well…it made for a nice little speech, anyway.

2. marisacat - 6 September 2010

LOL 😆 … 😆 Demcrats need to get down on their hands and knees and bless the Right Wing, ObRama would have nothing to say if he could not point fingers.

And of course he IS tailor made for the RW… no qeustion. Even as he works for them.

[M]ore telling, Obama offered an aside that spoke to his diminished state and captured the mood of a president and party under assault.

“They talk about me like a dog,” Obama said with a chuckle of his political opponents. “That’s not in my prepared remarks but it’s true.”

Also true: casting himself as somebody taking a lot of flack in front of a supportive crowd could engender sympathy and fire up his lethargic, downcast base. Other speakers also alluded to the energy on the right and, implicitly, how the president has become a target of derision.

“They don’t like nothing about Barack Obama,” Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) told the audience, rattling off opposition to both his policies but also criticism of the redecoration of the Oval Office, the First Couple’s outings and questions about the president’s place of birth. …

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 September 2010

The ‘Great Wall of America’ and the threat from within

The Great Wall of America, straddling less than half the length of the border, descends into canyons and across the desert floor. For the Mexican, it represents a high hurdle. For the American, it is an attempt to stop the Roadrunner’s progress with an Acme Border Sealing Kit.

In some places the wall is made of tennis-court-style cyclone fencing or dark mesh of the sort used for barbeque grills in public parks. In other places the wall is a palisade of 20-foot-tall bars that make a cage of both sides. The most emphatic segments are constructed of graffiti-ready slabs of steel.

On the Mexican side, if you stand with your back to the wall, you will see the poorest neighborhoods, built right up to the line. These frayed, weedy streets have become the killing fields in an international drug war; they are more daunting than the dangers of climbing the wall.

The traditional Mexican accommodation to moral failure — the bribed policeman — has degenerated to lawlessness in places such as Juarez and Tijuana, where police kill federal soldiers who kill police who kill drug gangsters who kill other gangsters of the sort who did kill, apparently with impunity, at least 15 teenagers celebrating a soccer victory. Punch 911 and you get the devil.

On the American side, if you stand with your back to the wall, you will see distance, as the United States recedes from the border. There is a shopping mall with big-box stores half a mile away. There is a highway that eventually leads to suburban streets laid out in uniform blocks, and cul-de-sacs where Mexican gardeners are the only ambulatory human life.

The suburban grid belies America’s disorder. Grandma’s knockoff Louis Vuitton handbag is so full of meds it sounds like a snake rattle. Grandma shares a secret addiction with her drug-addled dude of a grandson, whose dad prowls the Home Depot parking lot in his Japanese pickup, looking to hire a couple of Mexicans to clear out some dry scrub.

The nearer precedent to the American Wall may be Israel’s wall in the West Bank. More than 400 miles long, the Israeli “barrier” — in some places a fence, in others a concrete mass nearly twice the height of the Berlin Wall — was constructed, according to Israeli officials, to deter terrorists. After Sept. 11, the fear one heard in America was that agents of violence from the Middle East might easily disguise themselves as Latin American peasants and trespass into our midst.

What more obvious reason is there for a wall than protection? Any nation should police those who come and go across its borders. But in the United States, as in Israel, the wall has created a new anxiety. Once the wall is in place, anxiety about the coming outsider changes to an anxiety about who belongs within.

The question that has lately been debated in the Knesset is bluntly stated: Who is a Jew? In Israel, the answer to the question concerns religion and citizenship. But it entails further practical considerations. Israel has decided to rid itself of 400 children of illegal foreign workers (some of whom built the West Bank wall), children who were born in Israel, speak Hebrew as their mother tongue and know no other country.

The question that has lately been taken up by U.S. senators is bluntly stated: Who is an American? Republicans have proposed excising the part of the 14th Amendment that guarantees citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina refers to foreign women who come to this country to “drop” their babies. Graham chooses diction that describes inhuman beasts of burden.

I cannot guess whether this new nativism — though it overrules nativity — is serious business or merely a play for reelection. The irony remains: The land of the free that the wall was built to protect — the literal “homeland,” soil so infused with sacred legend it was deemed by the makers of the Constitution more important than blood in determining citizenship — is threatened from within. And the wall that is supposed to proscribe the beginning of America becomes the place where America ends.

4. ms_xeno - 6 September 2010

Maybe he should tour with some violin players. [rolleyes]

I made seventy-two dollars after taxes last week, you egotistical snot.

Get on your hind legs and whine some more.

catnip - 6 September 2010

They call him a secret Muslim, compare him to Hitler, have posters of him as a voodoo priest, say he wasn’t born in the US and he’s upset that somebody, somewhere is comparing him to a dog? (Which is funny because, afaic, he’s a lapdog to Wall Street and I doubt that particular criticism is coming from the right-wing so I don’t know wtf he’s talking about.)

And, yes, at least he has a bloody job.

We need to have a bake sale for you, ms x.

marisacat - 6 September 2010

I htink he was alluding to how much they denigrate him.

But it’s a two way street… the Dems want and need that sort of opposition. {“Oh they are so mean!”… “Look! They are so crazeee!” )

And he forgets how they spoke about and treated Bill C and Kerry. (Bill got uselessly angry and defensive and Kerry just laid down and died…. LOL)

They go for the weak spots and just rip.

They really are very good at it.

ms_xeno - 7 September 2010

Yeah, and Ob will go kiss their feet one more time, and then get surly at us for not kissing his.

Fuck ‘im.

ms_xeno - 7 September 2010

Zuccini bread for all! While it’s still in season. 😉

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 September 2010
6. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 September 2010

Defendant Calls for Mass Murder at University, Alabama Judge Gives Him Probation and Sends Him To Join Army

The judge insists “Military is a good, good thing for you.” McCooey even offered to adjust the probation sentence if it is an obstacle in heading off to basic training
to learn how to use major ordinance.

Lambert was a student at Faulkner University in December when he posted the message on Facebook about trying to break the record of the Virginia Tech shooter, who killed 32 people.

McCooey also wants Lambert to talk to schoolchildren.

Putting aside the sentencing issues, I am a bit curious about the charge: a misdemeanor for harassing communications. It is a charge that obviously raises serious first amendment questions of what is considered a “harassing communication.”

marisacat - 6 September 2010

ok……. so soon he can shoot?

will someone notice if hr signs up to train for sniper shooting?

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 September 2010
marisacat - 6 September 2010

.. and Americans several deep will be bowing and drooling for his gray haired blood drenched boychickness.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 September 2010
9. marisacat - 6 September 2010

I just saw a headline scramble by, Fareed is saying America over reacted to 9/11

Gee, no… Really?

But I am rather suspicious of the messenger.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 September 2010

another genius, that one.

10. marisacat - 6 September 2010

hmm KGO just had on Antonia Juhasz (also a website: http://www.tyrannyofopil.org ) who’s got a couple of books out on the oil business… and is down in MS now in the wake of DWH, arriving there right after the explosion. She was interesting, but not too many new tidbits if one were actually following this nightmare….

BUT what was really interesting was a caller, who said that BP is a “banker’s bank”, an enormous global bank and, as well, a “key purchaser of US Treasuries”.

AND that despite the US Navy having a “deep submergence” program with vehicles that can go 20,000 feet down (which lots of people insisted we most certainly must have but were shouted down) BP would not agree to their use.

Slap a waiter’s apron on Obby… 😆 … maybe a nice little computerised hand held ordering system (he is so into tech!) so he can be in contact with the kitchen and bar.

LOL We are so skrewrwrwreddd.

She, the author and guest, also said that while the high bidders to drill in Iraq are holding off for the moment (BP, Conoco…. forget the others) waiting for the government to form… one thing they secured was the right to use their own security to protect the oil, from drill location to off load.

2004, Jon Lee Anderson for the New Yorker said, the long range out come would be a totally devastated country, no rebuilding and paras to protect the oil from extraction to off load.

Bingo.

11. BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2010

Come on, man- shake it off.
Jonathan Capehart, Journalist.

LOL. Dude, it’s the Internet.
Moreover, it’s ~ Twitter. On the Internet.
Why , yes , Alfihar, I think I WILL have another Pink Lady.
On deadline, you know. Too Funny.

marisacat - 7 September 2010

What a tempest. Smaller than a tiny tea pot.

12. marisacat - 7 September 2010

hm I would guess we will hear the “dog” line again…

PRESIDENT OBAMA sits down with GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS tomorrow in Cleveland for an interview for Thursday’s “GMA.” They’ll talk about the targeted economic initiatives outlined in the speech (and maybe a few other things).

13. marisacat - 7 September 2010

oh too funny! Tighten the ties on Obby’s waiter’s apron:

John Podesta, the president of the Center for American Progress and leader of Barack Obama’s presidential transition team, expects to see some “soul-searching” and “changes” in the White House after November’s election.

With Democrats expected to lose dozens of seats in the midterms – and possibly control of Congress – Podesta believes Obama will have make changes to adapt to the new political environment.

“After November you’ll see some soul-searching and some changes particularly in the way that he’s talked to the American people and really communicated particularly I think with the business community,” Podesta said Tuesday morning on MSNBC.

“You’ll see I think at least a willingness to kind of listen to ideas to move forward with people,” he added. “And you know, I think that the president does level with people. He’s pretty straight-forward about what he thinks works, what he thinks doesn’t.” …

After ObRama has given his Neo Liberal and Neo Con masters all they want. [snicker] NOW Podesta promises more. And more. And more.

He’s basically saying Obby will straighten up and fly right.

Read more: People Mag Politico! strikes again!

14. marisacat - 7 September 2010

hmm I just got this from the DSCC…. considering I got myself OFF the Pelosi mailing list… I was sure I was off this one.

But no.

Sarah Palin is trying to stack Congress with her personal political pawns. She’s traveling around the country, anointing far-right Senate candidates. These superconservatives aren’t interested in moving our country forward. They want to go back to the Bush years and beyond – to a time when insurance companies held all the health care cards, our economy was Wall Street’s plaything, and civil rights only belonged to some of us. sounds familiar, sounds like the DEMOCRATS to me! — Mcat

Sarah Palin needs to be called out – and we want you to join us. It’s time to put Sarah Palin’s “Mama Grizzlies” in a political cage before they get loose in our nation’s capital.

Click here to sign our petition. Tell Sarah to keep her claws off the Senate!

We think it’s high time that Palin went back to ignoring the people of Alaska instead of playing political games. Our future is much too important to leave in her hands.

-The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Poor Democrats… so desperate for her to run for pretzel.

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2010

The Democratic Senatorial Cliche Committee.

Click here to sign our petition™.
Tell _______ to keep his/ her
_________ {some menacing appendage}
off the Senate!

We think it’s high time 🙄
that Palin went back to
{some Snarkyville filled with Snarkvillianous snarkiness}
Our future is much too important…

Mope for a drain to relieve in.
Does anybody even do anything – ..at all there?

marisacat - 7 September 2010

Claws. Her … claws.

I had to look closely at the dmaned email, as I really don’t recall having DSCC emails, not for 5, 6 years anyway (I did comment at their site, years ago and they picked up my old email).

Mother Jones had sent it.

So I stopped their emails.

15. catnip - 7 September 2010

Wreck list hilariousness:

Purging “bad” Dems is fine AFTER the election. Let’s GOTV! Howard Dean agrees!

by Eclectablog

I love the smell of desperation in the morning…

marisacat - 7 September 2010

same smell as burning flesh.

16. marisacat - 7 September 2010

A trickle of hope! GO!

September 07, 2010

Categories:Rahm Emanuel.

Rahm’s exit opens

The AP reports that Richard Daley won’t seek reelection, opening a path for Mayor Rahm, and perhaps a chance for redemption after a midterm wipeout.

And the election is soon: next February.

NTIM!

BTW: Charlie Cook this am is sying a loss of 40, Rothenburg says 42.

Can we get a bid from Sabato?

[snicker]

catnip - 7 September 2010

Oh please let Rahm run – and lose.

marisacat - 7 September 2010

get rid of him so people can stop pretending it is all Rahm’s finger’s fault.

Go.

I see one name being floated (as always) is Valerie Jarrett. She would be so bad at it, I hope Obby feels he owes it to her.

Pleese!

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2010

..
I mean what’s his natural constituency in Chi?
…But do they really think the Democratic nomination for Mayor can be outright purchased or bargained for?
(RFLMAO)

I personally would like to see Rahmy stay to the bitter discredited end… if only to witness ever more viscous backbiting…’course I mean that in an entirely wholesome way. LOL.

marisacat - 7 September 2010

if only to witness ever more viscous backbiting

only with full frontal viewing…

:mrgreen:

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2010

Oh these turn on a dime contortionists?
Well some are gonna end up doing some serious nutmunching damage to others. We’re talking positions that defy all bounds. And quick too!

I see a couple of them trotted out on one of those hour long NeoGravitas piece on “Obama’s Men” , the “White House Under Siege” or under some other could give a fuckname of a puff piece…You know with the preview graphics of the “Presidents Men” , back to back, arms folded, feigning the serious face thing, when BLAMO! one of the vipers strikes around and through several sets of legs to pop up and lock down, say, on Gibbsie’s ballsack. That’s gonna hurt.

marisacat - 7 September 2010

I just want a front row seat… and some otters’ noses to toss. (Supposedly one of the thngs you could buy at the Coliseum to toss during gladiator displays)

ts - 7 September 2010

Anything more than 39 is the end.

Rats are fleeing the ship now.

marisacat - 7 September 2010

yup………………….

17. marisacat - 7 September 2010

You HAVE to love it. Putin, considering a third term for Russian Pretzel, cites ROOSEVELT.

😆

BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2010

And of course there’s Obama, the Reagan fan.

I don’t want to present myself as some sort of singular figure. I think part of what’s different are the times…I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like with all the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s and government had grown and grown but there wasn’t much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think people, he just tapped into what people were already feeling, which was we want clarity we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing.

Barack Obama. “Democrat.” The new guy.

marisacat - 7 September 2010

I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.

oh I remember that day!

a rival to his “bitter clingers” day here in SF.

Boy’s winner! Take it to the bank!

[very very big snicker]

18. BooHooHooMan - 7 September 2010

Squeek squeek.

Is the fighting Obama back?
E.J. Dionne

Well the one authorizing our bombings never left.

marisacat - 7 September 2010

Poor EJ!

Open another jar of junior food for him!

marisacat - 7 September 2010

ugh. Here it is, courtesy of People Mag… I would beg him to spare us. We lived thru it once, already. Enuf.

[A]mong the new rhetorical touchstones: A nod to his grandparents, who worked hard to put him through private school in Hawaii, and his mother, a single mom who was briefly forced to go on food stamps during his childhood. He also plans to invoke the struggles of Michelle Obama’s late father Frasier Robinson, who sent his children to Ivy League schools on his modest salary as a Chicago water works employee despite years of failing health.

Obama will “reiterate his story and that of his family as a way of talking about the values of America and the idea of how the country was built” and repeat those themes “throughout” Wednesday’s speech, the official said. ….

Father Robinson made in the low 40s in the 70s.. aside from being a precinct captain in the Daley machine. AND schools, even Ivies, cost a lot less in the late 70s and early 80s. IIRC the brother went to Princeton on at least a partial sports scholarship.

They’ve never been very open about their grades or how things got paid for… so ……… til then!…

Borrrrring! 🙄

Read more: LInk to People Mag

catnip - 7 September 2010

The food stamps he’s now cutting? Those food stamps?

marisacat - 7 September 2010

hmm sort of a use it … make sure other people lose it… that kind of thing.

I guess.

I see Fred Thompson took all of a day to answer the ”dog” comment. FT says Obby is using the country like a fire hydrant.

This can only get better!

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2010

We will always be at war with et cetera, et cetera, et cetera

US Government Report Argues for Police Force for American Interventions Overseas

President Barack Obama’s declaration Tuesday that the US combat mission in Iraq is officially over may give some Americans hope that US foreign policy may become less invasive and adventurous, especially if American troops begin to return home from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. Yet, inside the defense establishment, some intellectuals continue to examine the need for the United States to build a paramilitary police force to deploy to fragile or failing states to restore security and order.

In May 2009, the federally financed RAND Corporation published a 183-page report, “A Stability Police Force for the United States: Justification and Options for Creating US Capabilities”. The report, conducted for the US Army’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) at the Army War College, examined the need for a “stability police force” (SPF), which it described as “a high-end police force that engages in a range of tasks such as crowd and riot control, special weapons and tactics (SWAT) and investigations of organized criminal groups.” Most soldiers do not possess the specialized skills an SPF officer needs to prevent violence, the report notes. “Most soldiers are trained to apply overwhelming force to secure victory, rather than minimal force to prevent escalation.” The SPF would also train indigenous police forces, much like what occurs today in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the study led by Terrence K. Kelly, a senior researcher at RAND, the United States clearly needs an SPF. “Stability operations have become an inescapable reality of US foreign policy,” the report states. The RAND report estimates that creating such a paramilitary police force would cost about $637 million annually, require about 6,000 personnel and that it should be headquartered inside the US Marshals Service (USMS), not the US Army.

How much do you want to bet that this “police” force would be offered to allies to help put down protests?

marisacat - 7 September 2010

our endless war “business”…

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2010
marisacat - 7 September 2010

wasn’t that hilrious what a joke that student made of himself?

I think the TR author called it ‘making sure you are ready to be examined when proposed as Under Sec of State for some S Asian Country in 25 years’.

Gah.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2010

always an eager new batch of budding operatives coming up …

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2010

The great atomic bomb cake controversy of 1946

This country has been run for a long time by sick, death-worshipping assholes.

marisacat - 7 September 2010

hmmm

On November 7, 1946 the bizarre photograph was published as the centerpiece of the Washington Post’s society column under the headline “Salute to Bikini.” It was accompanied by other shots of military men gaily hobnobbing with women dressed to the nines. The grotesque inappropriateness of the party as captured by the Post quickly caught the attention of a local Unitarian minister named Arthur Powell Davies. Three days later, on Sunday, November 10th, the outspoken pastor uncorked his outrage over the insensitive revelry and delivered a blistering broadside from his pulpit at the All Souls Church […]

Can you imagine how many inappropriate parties there have been since? And photos?

Not to even start on Abu Ghraib… and similar.

marisacat - 7 September 2010

the thread is quite interesting… and I’ve used the picture of Las Vegas’ Ms Atomic Bomb or watever they called her, here at Mcat…

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2010

I found it interesting to have it pointed out that there were protests against this sort of thing … when I was growing up it was always presented as though everyone was on the same page until the Beats came along a little later.

The blog above linked to original post, which has a quote from the Unitarian minister’s sermon:

I have with me here in the pulpit this morning a page from a newspaper. From a very fine newspaper. It contains a picture—as it seems to me, an utterly loathsome picture. If I spoke as I feel I would call it obscene. I do not blame the newspaper for printing the picture, or the photographer for taking it. What fills me with bitterness is the fact that such an event could take place at all. It is a picture of two high naval officers and a very beautiful lady.[3] They are in the act of cutting what is called an atom-bomb cake. And it is indeed a cake shaped in the form of an atomic explosion. The caption [in the Post’s photo] says it is made of angel food puffs. I do not know how to tell you what I feel about that picture. I only hope to God it is not printed in Russia—to confirm everything the Soviet government is telling the Russian people about how ‘American degenerates’ are able to treat with levity the most cruel, pitiless, revolting instrument of death ever invented by man… The naval officers concerned should apologize to the armed service of which they are a part, and to the American people. No apology would be sufficient to efface what it may mean to the people of the world.[4]

and some letters to the editor from the time:

A note on that delightful picture of Admirals Blandy and Lowry and attached dimpling woman all preparing to eat the charming and oh-so-divine “atom bomb” cake. On Armistice Day I was thinking of so many charming variations of this theme. We could have darling little cakes made in the shape of coffins, and the cutest little crosses pressed of angel-puffs. And a few drops of cherry extract could be—you guessed it—drops of blood.
History will not scorn us for our last-resort use of this most horrible of all weapons to end finally and completely the most terrible of all wars. But we will be damned as barbarians without vision or heart if we do not feel the deepest sadness at the necessity for authorizing such cruelness. And let no one toss such conscience pangs aside with easy thoughts about legitimate ends. Hitler ravished a continent because, having committed himself to “good ends,” he could tolerate any means.
I think the entire episode was a monument to poor taste, and The Post shares the guilt by printing such obscenities.
EX-INFANTRYMAN, Arlington, Va.[6]

marisacat - 7 September 2010

Reminds me of the post I put up of the party here in SF that Blair went to… Geo Shultz and his wife Charlotte Maillard, a long time SF Hostess tho originally from Tejas…

THEY had a cake with figues in camo and carrying automatic weapons… to celebrate Iraq. (I guess)… and iirc the wait staff were dressed in costume too, some war affliction effect. Military, etc.

22. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2010
marisacat - 7 September 2010

oops link failed!

😳 … 😳

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 September 2010
brinn - 8 September 2010

Dunno, madman, not sure it actually was “sexual politics” on this one, even I, who would’ve benefited greatly from an HPV vaccine (if it actually does as promised), thought Perry went waaaay over the line mandating it for his buds at Merck.

a) it IS fucking expensive and insurance doesn’t pay
b) parent’s SHOULD have a say, especially about 6th grade girls, hell, they’re 12 at the oldest
c) I am not totally convinced that Gardasil actually does what Merck says it does….there are over 900 strains of HPV, the “protects” against less than 20, and some of those are the potentially beneficial kind….

23. marisacat - 7 September 2010

Noooooooooo

LINK

……………………. 8)


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