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Sabbath 12 September 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Palencia, Spain:   A coalminer rests during the eighth day of a sit-in protest at the mine of Velilla del Rio Carrios; they have had no pay for two months in a region where 10,000 families depend on coal [Eloy Alonso/Reuters]




1. marisacat - 12 September 2010

Not that i suppose it matters, but it does seem the moment may come when it all boils over.

THere was a very contentious meeting yesterday of the evacuees and survivors of the San Bruno explosion. There was a question as to where gas lines are located... the Lt Governor was there, couple of reps, town mayor and manager… and so on.

The PGE rep answered that there are … get ready! SECURITY ISSUES with releasing information on gas lines.

55 people hospitalised, somewhere between 5 and 10 dead (after calling off the search for remains, it is back on… ) nearly 40 homes flattened, 120 damaged, no neighborhood that is livable nor anytime soon…. and…. people get told that.

A man yelled from the back of the room, it was bleeped.. my guess would be FUCK YOU… and it took the mayor a moment til he said

…get ready!

The meeting will be conducted in order or people will be ESCORTED OUT.

Something, somewhere, somebody, several somebodies, everybody, but at some point, when this sort of thing happens, is going to blow.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2010

the people running the various gov’t entities really have no idea what they’re doing.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

And something is up…. Pelosi has gone to the site, but no local channel has shown film of her there. Nor at the meeting…

Boxer and Jackie Spier just look in a sort of campaign mode (which they are) and i would think the mayor is going ot be short lived in his office.

diane - 12 September 2010

…quirky how it was implied (at least in a media posting in the dark PDT hours of Sunday morning) that the coroner’s office were kind of vocal about the fact that they only had four bodies, while other officials were reporting 6 (seven in other reports) if I was making a correct read, it seemed there was a subtle implication of the coroner’s office being exasperated ……

while checking numerous websites in the wee PDT hours of Sunday morning the numbers ………for the dead and missing, ………..and homes made unlivable, …………………were all over the map (percentage wise ….interesting that a 10% increase of ten, one, seems an insignificant increase, as compared to a 10% increase of 100, ten.).

Has the Nazi Groper checked in yet? …..other than the announcement about his ‘bid’ which would make Singularity/Google/NASA/Moffett/CMU(AI) plex central to World Expo 2012? …..better check those gas lines ….isn’t that shit all constantly moving landfill? …well yeah ….I might have a clue about that shifting ground,….I house cleaned a newly constructed (now likely worthless …at least as far as ever becoming an actual HOME ……..) house, not so many miles from that area, in the early eighties (pre last “big one”), …………. amazing, ……… all those cracks around the doorwells …..

Up popped BOBO ……………

marisacat - 12 September 2010

Soemthing was up with the dead count and the dead projected around late Friday…. they even announced, and it was published in the press, that they were “suspending” the search for remains…. THEN it was also reported that more teams of dogs were to come in and an entire section, no idea how big, had yet to be searched.

They tried very hard to hold the dead at 4 and be very vague about missing or possible rise in the number…

The Bullis relatives, 3 missing people in one house (the wife and mother beng a fourth living in the house, at work) had to INSIST that their family members be hunted for. I don’t think as yet they have located the remains but it seems it will only be a matter of time.

Something very stupid cruel and criminal was either done or contemplated.

NOW they admit dogs have 9 “hits” but some remains may of course be animals.

Gee, just say you don’t know til you know. HOW FUCKING HARD IS IT?

diane - 12 September 2010

well, …all I want to say is, THOSE FUCKERS …..

of course, anyone with a brain knows it’s rather difficult to count the dead when they may have been incinerated ……………..

so very unrelentingly cruel, Cali

marisacat - 12 September 2010

Several houses closest to the pipe just blew up, from beneath and were stuck at the place wehre the fuel fed the fire…… I am not saying to count the dead before you have proof, but if they determined peoples’ possible whereabouts, and that they could nto be found, then at least say, “missing”, obviously a family of an 81 year old, her 50 year old son and his 17 year old are not going to just run away. If they are not at a shelter or a hosptial then they are M I S S I N G.

I immediately thought it was likely to be the biggest single pay out for loss of family members (45 year old survivor)… so you wonder. Friends of the remaining mother / wife were left to search hospitals and so on themselves.

diane - 12 September 2010

additionally ….. those with serious burn wounds (and how many with no insurance?) …the fuckin pain? ….and, ….in this society? ….where it is suggested that a person should go get a ‘scrip,’ ASAP, as soon as they even dream of a small face pimple coming on …….? MAY NOT GET THAT JOB OTHERWISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (let alone be considered a worthy renter after your house burnt down)

marisacat - 12 September 2010

I think most people in that area were home owners… and right now, clear liability for PG&E, I don’t htink any of this is easy, but with even a half assed atty, no one will face loss of care.

diane - 12 September 2010

….hope so honey ;0( …..good thing it happened pre-election. :0) ( ;0) )

hugs to you.

…. selfish, but I’m real glad you didn’t live there, ….. with your health concerns.

diane - 12 September 2010

sorry, I missed a parenthesis after:

((percentage wise….

it should read:

(percentage wise ….interesting that a 10% increase of ten, one, seems an insignificant increase, as compared to a 10% increase of 100, ten.)

ahh well, …perhaps I digress, ….seems to be a persistent increase in the amount of hideous unnecessary deaths our dear Homeland is okay with writing off to what we are all consistently, unwillingly even, told is PROGRESS ……….via Homeland negligence, greed, or malice……..

diane - 12 September 2010


(percentage wise,….

diane - 12 September 2010

can we say Round Off ….one two, on two…. … here? (in this case, a “Round Down” …the same as so many Multinational Corporations (Philanthropists bringing “jobs” (same old, same ole’s, slave labor) to third world countries …..”FREE (KIND) TRADE”) engage in when their Corporate Tax Returns are filed ….if, in the M&A (mergers and aquisitions) scheme o things – if MegaCo A, w/TI (Taxable Income) of 10 billion, buys ‘teeny’co B, with a pre purchase TI of 444K, the teeny co B TI, can be sliced down by thousands (400K), perhaps even disappeared, given some ambitious Whizbang who wants to be at the table for THE FEAST.

wuz that? ….say ya’ll didn’t know, that that is one of the major uses of our tech wonders, MERGERS AND AQUISITIONS made simpler and simpler. Which accountant will attempt to sort out all of those records on various conflicting software programs combining at nanospeed (without getting fired first)?

Certainly any of the well meaning folks (and there are likely more than plenty at the bottom rungs (FUCK YOU BECK AND RON PAUL)) at the IRS are absolutely overwhelmed by it.

diane - 13 September 2010

…then again, and it takes real conniving folk, there are those Mergers and Aqusitions to thoroughly shut down an excellent product …..

can’t begin to recount how many engineer types, for instance, loved Lotus software,…….. sigh. …Many of those engineer types, …said fuck it,…they are living in studios, ….perhaps selling used analog (fucked spelling?,….damn brits) albums….

2. catnip - 12 September 2010

SECURITY ISSUES with releasing information on gas lines.

When a homeowner or construction company can just call to find out where they are before they dig up ground? That doesn’t make any sense.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

it was beyond ridiculous.

So far the only person able to maintain, at least for public consumption, an appropriately appearing “open” demeanor, is the chief investigator from the NTSB, National Transit Safety Board.

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

I flunked out of Demeanor Maintenance.
Never got around to it.
Just wasn’t really that important to me.
Kinda like UtilCo’s in transmission line maintenance.
Oh they do it, but let’s face it, the main trunk line overhead, like Execs, the Pols, and the assorted municipal bagmen, they gotsta get maintained first.

Ah, the NTSB.
They were the same outfit who spent years gluing together a plane and a story that went down outside of Pgh in 1995 went Clinton was in. Tho bodies, with i.d., were recovered from the burned in cockpit… who weren’t on the manifest.
Lyin eyes and all that.

Security: (n) {notion} – that which protects ethereal existence, most often perceived or desired stock value , political competence, or it’s own prohibitive cost basis.

Want Security? Just encase everybody in concrete along with the exposed surface lines that are in walking distance in any city towwn and hamlet in the country. Well, either that or we could try something other than the whole corporate Gangsterklepto Milrobotbombing paranoid thing…

marisacat - 12 September 2010

yeah one reason I said, “apparently” and “appears”.

3. marisacat - 12 September 2010

gah “interfaith” nananoonoogaga on TW.

Like listening to small children.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2010
marisacat - 12 September 2010

I read 45 million (and more every day!)

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2010
BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

The best time to Buy! 😆
That must mean I can finallt get that Obama dildo I’ve been wanting!

Hell, stock up! Hand em out for Christmas! 😆

catnip - 12 September 2010

Oh My Dog. Somebody should post a pic diary of those at the Orange Slobberation Factory.

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Buy stock in the manufacturers first. 😆

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

So when ,lounging on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat,
and someone asks how you made your fortune, you can simply say, “Rubber”. LOL.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

not too attractive (Obama dildoes)

But in the version I pulled up, the second picture is of an Obama inflatable sex doll.


BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Fortunately, nothing like THAT in the old campaign paraphernalia laying around the house! Whew!

marisacat - 12 September 2010

I bet there are some around the country in the trash heaps at frat houses.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2010

Six dead after US breakfast killing spree in Kentucky

Stanley Neace, 47, went on the killing spree in a trailer park in Jackson, rural Breathitt County, Kentucky.

He chased his wife into a neighbouring trailer where he shot her, her daughter and three witnesses, reports say.

State troopers found Mr Neace dead at the porch of his trailer, slumped over his own gun.

Mr Neace flew into a rage when his wife Sandra, 54, brought him some eggs for breakfast, a relative of the neighbours he killed said.

Mrs Neace’s daughter Sandra Strong, 28, was also killed.

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

So which cops were partners in the meth lab?

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2010
BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Another war?
And with that full line Obama merchandise on sale?
People should be happy.
And just wave in that concrete truck for encasement.

8. catnip - 12 September 2010

Obama’s A Game

I read that as “Obama is a game”. Apparently, it’s about Obama’s “A Game”.

At the risk of being accused of being a dopey 11 dimensional chess fanbot, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the reason Obama’s brilliance as a politician always gets forgotten is that he’s just too damn subtle and clever for the typical pundit to keep up with.

And then that limb broke and the fanbot fell out of the tree. Not to worry though – he didn’t get any sense knocked into him.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

Obama 2008 was the Demo.

catnip - 12 September 2010

fanbot also seems to think this is some sort of brilliant strategy:

This week has been like de ja vu. Suddenly, starting on Labor Day, we see Obama step up and start dominating a new cycle with his chosen message. I’ve seen a lot of comments to the effect: “where the f*ck has this guy been?”

I’ll tell you where he’s been. He’s been waiting for the right time to turn up the heat. Look at your calendars. It’s less than two months before an election. This is when Obama brings his A game.

Right. During the last 2 seconds of the game. Brilliant.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

As someone joked to me back in 2004 about how Orange Surplus would sell the Kerry loss: Positioning for a 2008 Win.

I really think the ONLY thing the Democrats care about, ever, IS the cash haul. On the flip side the R do have an agenda…

marisacat - 12 September 2010

Oh and another thing: in 2008 they sold Michelle to Democrats as “The Closer”.

Yeah right.

in 2004 they sold Kerry as “he closes late”.

Or never!!

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Fucking LOONS.
“subtle”. GMAFB.
President “Subtle” subtly didn’t appoint his own SecDef.
And “subtly” hasn’t closed Gitmo.
And “subtly” has authorized more troops, more drones, and caused more casualties in Afghanistan than under Bush.
And “subtly” expanded the war into another country.

What can you say to people who are ignorant fools at best?

marisacat - 12 September 2010

one hting he is not, is subtle.

catnip - 12 September 2010

They like to pretend that Obama is smarter than everybody else over there – including them. Who thinks of themselves as such lowly, dumb peasants and then applauds it?

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

There are fiberglass restaurant mascots smarter than them. Just sayin. LOL.

9. BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Oil well blowout preventer reaches NASA facility

We truly have landed on the moon.
Like uh, 40 years ago.

And this is no diss to what was, undeniably, some awesome shit by – hello – a very small group of people while, lemme speak for myself, I was goin to Church prayin my prayers that, ya know,
Dear Jeebus, the contraption would work.
Now it’s run by folks like that.

And not exactly with the transparency record, hello, O-rings and reticent-to-assign corporate liabilty to defense contractors …shop-of-the-MIL it is…

And as Mcat has noted, BP is, and has been..hello Pahlavi..to say the least, a preffered DoD vendor.

I guess all we need now is the Tom Hanks movie to tie things up..

Sorry, I am so not relieved by this header.
as BP has Uncle securing their out.

catnip - 12 September 2010

I thought it was funny when I saw a headline saying the blowout preventer was “in custody” – like it was the perp. Lie detector test – stat!

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

The went to the mil for cleanup, to, ahem ,cough, lean on it’s, 😯 “credibility” ..
Now they are trading on NASA.

What’s next? The Council of Catholic Bishops?
Benny himself?

Try and get THAT pervo-weirdo in a dive suit. LOL.
The fuckin sequins, the red silk slippers, fuchhk, have NASA engineer him up a high pressure, dickhead shaped dive helmet so he can wear the Papal miter and all..

Fuck, I mean if this is “Final Kill” and all , rehab everybody’s reputation in one shot.

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Surely they can engineer a “K” shaped dive suit for the Pontiff.

10. marisacat - 12 September 2010

😳 Whoopsie!

Sounds like what pols do… Find some gullible children to throw in the empty seats!

TENS OF thousands of tickets for Pope Benedict’s visit to England and Scotland next week remain untaken, following major problems with the distribution, partly caused by security concerns, and a lack of demand from millions of Catholics.

Individual applications for tickets had to be made before August 2nd – a date insisted upon by the security services and not the Catholic Church, but this caused difficulties because it clashed with the peak holiday season.

Now parish priests are trying to distribute thousands of tickets to schools in a bid to use up their allocations for the pope’s Mass in Glasgow, the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Birmingham and a Mass in Hyde Park in London.

In a letter sent to principals of Catholic schools in London last week, the Archbishop of Westminster, Rev Vincent Nichols, issued an “urgent” call on them to organise parties of schoolchildren to attend the Hyde Park event.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2010


marisacat - 12 September 2010

works for me!

11. marisacat - 12 September 2010


[I] am entirely enthusiastic about voting against the Republicans. I don’t like a lot of things the Democrats have done, and Obama has sure pissed me off on any number of issues, but the other guys are CRAZY.

I can’t be alone. I would go hopping to the poll on one leg like the black knight. I would crawl through glass. I would literally do anything I had to to make it to the polls to beat back this wave of stupidity. I just don’t understand why more don’t feel the same way. And yes, I understand, “My guys suck a lot less” really isn’t a good GOTV message, but the other guys are SOOO bad it is more than enough to motivate me.

Shorter John Cole: if he would just tattoo “STUPID” across his forehead, it would be the same as the windy passage above (and there is more at BJ).

The Democrats are doing all they can to lose.. and even so it may not work.

I can also see how they retain slim majorities, certainly in the senate but ALSO in the house.

Keeping 52 – 56 in the senate and perhaps only a loss of 30 – 35 in the house.

What ever makes them pee their pants and cut their own flesh, I wish for them.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL…. [snicker]

marisacat - 12 September 2010

catch the thread, practically into loyalty oaths… and many promises to vote… vote against the R.



I think everyone pretty much agrees that the reason there is an enthusiasm gap is a combination of the economy being so bad and the Republicans exciting their racist base. Not because the firebaggers see a dearth of magic ponies in their stables.

Since most Americans still blame the Bush administration for the economy and (I still like to think) the majority of Americans are not secret Klan members, I can’t see how the Dems can’t turn this election into a referendum on Bush policies, to which the Republicans are advocating a return (plus more unemployment insurance cutting!). We’ll definitely lose the blue dog outliers, but a majority losing bloodbath I don’t see.

The rest is just the Villagers on the left and right being suckered by their own meme-loving, right wing noise machine rhetoric.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

There is a lot of castigation of ”low information voters”, a denigrated class at Balloon Juice obviously and the slur du jour for those too dumb to know that Obby is a crock but, but by golly! he’s our crock. And we love him!

And he loves us back! Or he will one day! We live in hope!

Sums it up.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

“Corner Stone” is a major hold out… and here is one of the slaps at him…

Kerry Reid

@Corner Stone:

Eat my fuck, asshole. Did I say that? NO. Where’s your fucking Purity Pony Plan to bring rainbows and puppies and ice cream to everybody? Start by pointing out a SINGLE time in this nation’s history when we’ve elected a president who hasn’t engaged in a fungible notion of “human rights”—with the approbation of most voters? That’s reality. If it makes your Galahad-pure self too butthurt to contemplate, fuck off and die.

Just be honest enough to recognize that your lifestyle, my lifestyle, and the lifestyle of EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US in the United States (yes, including those below poverty level) has come about because of our willingness to ignore the horrendous misery in other countries that underwrites it. So go ahead and be selective about “Oh my, THIS president is SO MUCH WORSE than BUSH!” while you enjoy your consumer goods created by slave labor.

Yes that made so much sense! And was elegance personified… a thing of beauty…

warmed the heart did it not?

Have fingertips – will do operative keyboard work… the ad “Kerry Reid” answered read. (Kerry Reid? Is that one of Harry’s 4 operative sons? 😆 )

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Oh that’s a great thread. I laughed out load when I saw this amidst their freaking out.

But damn, a few sure latched onto Boehner’s talk of working with Ob on taxes… as some rout.
More of the GOP will save us variety, make some fatal error etc. Garden variety pander-to-center stuff, the Boehner blurb…

I dunno,of course, (never have! Why start now?) but looking at those Babs and Feingold numbers, I was thinking they might even lose the Sen the other day. If the GOP banks all the seats up for grabs in the East and Feingold goes down in Wisconsin, I’d be shitting bricks in Vegas or any points West if I was a Dem.

And now, Tom Brokaw will weigh in. LOL.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

I ahve no idea, certainly not on Feingold… madman says ever year they run the stories he will lose.

Barbara…. no one is talking here, out loud for attribution, that her fundraising has seriously outstripped Carly, as of a couple weeks ago, 10 – 12 x what Carly can raise. AND Carly is getting very very little from either HP (where she is generally hated) or, so I hear, from Silicon Valley.

I really don’t know. Barbara’s numbers are not great, from even to either one of them up 2 pts or so.

No idea. Blissfully I don’t care who goes in…

And I do look forward to the Meg Jerry debate…

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 September 2010

I may be wrong, but the guy running against Feingold is a clown and Feingold has just fired up his always entertaining ad campaign … I seriously don’t think he’s going to lose.

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Kerry Reid? Is that one of Harry’s 4 operative sons?

Sounds like hari-kari

ts - 12 September 2010

Since their votes were in the bag ages ago, not much of a swing there, just took longer to swallow the bile, vomit and shit and call it tasty this cycle.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

a friend wrote me that they are beating the pheasants out of the bushes for the Rahms and Axelrods packing Mossbergs.

Makes the sickly, all of them lipless, I am sure!, operatives that inhabit the LibDemRuminateBlahgs sound grander than they are, but not that far off.

12. BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Obama’s electoral coalition is crumbling
The swing voters who turned out in droves to support the president aren’t likely to back his party in November. Even core supporters express unhappiness with Democrats.

……A scant 20 months later, the Obama coalition is frayed and frazzled.

A majority of those who voted for Obama still approve of the job he is doing. But that number is eroding.

Surprisingly, support for the president among Latinos, young people and women has dropped as much as it has among groups that were considered less likely to stick with the president, such as white males, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Support among suburbanites has dropped dramatically too, surveys show, while African American voters remain Obama’s most loyal constituency and his fiercest defenders.

Of course what main stream article wouldn’t be complete without offering baby a little pepto.
Tummies whupset, and all. Perfectly understandable… 🙄

The trend is familiar to political scientists. A plunge in approval is common after a president enjoys an early honeymoon period. The disapproval of voters from all walks of life and from across the country might be attributed to a sour economy, a sort of national queasiness.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

Surprisingly, support for the president among Latinos …

I always thought he was weak with Latinos… even in Illinois, where supposedly they know him, he and Hil split the latino vote, 50/50.

It also did not get mentioned much but black turn out in the primaries in Tejas and in Cali UNDERPERFORMED in 2008, as opposed to 2004. KERRY?


BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

It gets better.

Pew’s survey experts routinely ask respondents to characterize the president in a single word. In their most recent poll, conducted this summer, more respondents than ever answered with the word “disappointing.”

Bummer! 😆

Some who threw their lot in with Obama expressed a sense of being let down by the man who promised change and pledged to transform the country. Some attributed that to their own lofty expectations and, perhaps, their naivete. Others pointed to what they saw as his lack of focus on the still-faltering economy.

And some suggested they were simply hoodwinked by a smooth-talking politician.

This I found extraordinarily funny in an Mickey Rooney movie kind of way.

“What I’ve come to the realization is that the president was an absolutely fantastic campaigner. He was a perfect preacher-slash-minister-slash-professor,” said Peter Gallo, a concert promoter in Raleigh, N.C. “He doesn’t have the skill to legislate, to build coalitions. He does not have the skill to bring people in and say, ‘Come on and let’s get this done.'”

But Uh-oh–

Gallo’s words — in various ways — were echoed in Fairfax County, Va., outside Washington; in northern Nevada; in greater Philadelphia; in the suburbs of Ohio; and in a college town in southern Virginia.

All are regions crucial to Democrats. The president will need these voters in two years. His party needs them now.

catnip - 12 September 2010

The disapproval of voters from all walks of life and from across the country might be attributed to a sour economy,

Might be?

Which journalistic genius wrote that article?

ts - 12 September 2010

Paging Rick Romero…

13. marisacat - 12 September 2010

hmm I guess the new phrase is “transnational extremists”… I am listening to Petraeus on Russia Today and he just used it 6 times in 4 sentences.

Oh PS:

he is claiming progress in Afghanistan. (How is that bank thingie going?)

ts - 12 September 2010

I think he needs to put that in the same sentence with “Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia”.

They just make all that shit up…don’t even bother to try any more.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

That’s right, they say literally anything…

14. BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

And of course THE inevitable
explanation why oh why oh why-

Obama Misread His Mandate
Howard Fineman, Newsweek

Which, tho RCP’s tag of HF’s piece, is still spot on. Which is EXACTLY what Howard writes WHILE powdering both Obby AND Rahm’s ass and slobbering on the ointment in the fanny piece-

What Went Wrong
A ‘pre-mortem’ for the Democrats.

{SNIP Yada Yada the FORMULAIC PAEAN to Ob’s “rise…”}

Obama misread his mandate. “Obama’s 2008 victory was a personal one,” says Bill Galston, an adviser to President Clinton. “It wasn’t a vote for a more expansive view of the role and reach of government.” The stimulus, on its own, wasn’t the problem. It was the thousands of easy-to-caricature pages of new legislation that came on top of it, all of which revived the Republicans’ “big government” narrative.

Get a panty-load of Howard here –

Obama—an overachiever, the guy who fills up a second blue book on the extra-credit question—tried to do it all. His chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, eager to please the new boss, declared before Inauguration Day: “Never allow a crisis to go to waste. There are opportunities to do big things.” But in doing big things, they failed to fully attend to (and be seen attending to) the immediate economic needs of the middle class. “There hasn’t been the laserlike focus on the economy there could have, and should have, been,” says a top Democratic strategist who declined to be named criticizing the White House.

Take health-care reform. Ten years hence, perhaps, it will be seen as the signal achievement of the Obama years. But for now, it’s an unpopular law that …


😯 Fuckin Shill.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

I’ve noticed that over the past 18 months or so Fineman has finally stopped using black shoe polish on his hair.

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

musta run out.

marisacat - 12 September 2010

His shoes needed touch ups… (too)

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010


catnip - 12 September 2010

It’s hard to suck your own toes when you wear shoes.

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Sorry, can I get quotes around Howie’s lamentable What went Wrong thru… big government narrative..?

catnip - 12 September 2010

The first mistake was calling it “health care reform”.

And Obamalama and his crew are out there begging for people to wait! – just wait for those health insurance miracles to come true (after 2014) and wait until the economy improves because of their stunning brilliance (20??).

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010

Well they do want to invites all in to a discussion framed by parameters of “mistake” : whether it was “wise” “near or far sighted” , “to what degree” etc. All that hand wavey shit.

Anything but that it was an in-the-bag job on behalf of InsCo’s, Big Medicine, and the Pharmaceauticals. With the Donks and the GOP colluding in good cop/bad cop fashion. And easily fooling both bases as to who is to blame.

BooHooHooMan - 12 September 2010


15. marisacat - 13 September 2010



…………… 😯

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