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Tender morsels 18 September 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Italy, UK.

Choirboys attend a mass lead …

Choirboys attend a mass lead by Britain’s Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict XVI, unseen, at Westminster Abbey, in London Friday,Sept. 17, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI is on the second day of the first-ever state visit by a Pope to Britain.… Read more »

(AP Photo/Max Rossi, Pool)




1. catnip - 18 September 2010

Reminds me of when I used to fall asleep during “Christian Ethics” classes.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 September 2010

Obama’s view of liberal criticisms

Last night, Barack Obama spoke at a $30,000 per plate DNC fundraising event at the “home of Richard and Ellen Richman, who live in the exclusive Conyers Farm development in Greenwich [Connecticut]’s famed ‘back country’ neighborhood,” and said the following about liberal critics of his presidency:

Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get — to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health care bill passed — oh, well, the public option wasn’t there. If you get the financial reform bill passed — then, well, I don’t know about this particular derivatives rule, I’m not sure that I’m satisfied with that. And gosh, we haven’t yet brought about world peace and — (laughter.) I thought that was going to happen quicker. (Laughter.) You know who you are. (Laughter.) We have had the most productive, progressive legislative session in at least a generation.

So, just as Robert Gibbs before him explained (albeit more harshly), if you’re one of those people dissatisfied with large parts of the Obama presidency, that’s only because you have something wrong with the way you think (you need drug testing/you “congenitally see the glass as half empty”), and because you are saddled with extremely unrealistic, child-like expectations (you’re angry that the Pentagon hasn’t closed yet/bitter that Obama “hasn’t yet brought about world peace: ‘I thought that was going to happen quicker’ (Laughter.)”). In other words, you’re just a petulant, unreasonable, unrealistic, fringe child who doesn’t appreciate the greatness and generosity he’s given you (h/t Jane Hamsher). Contrary to what many of you thought, it’s these flaws within yourself that cause you to be dissatisfied with the administration,

marisacat - 18 September 2010

He’s a waiter. I’ll say it again. I read the text of his “remarks” in Greenwich, a phenomenally wealthy enclave, last night.

Play it again Sam.

He pulled out his “bitter” and “clingers” line here in SF, in a very very wealthy home. I may deride religion and its oppression but I am not going to wrench mileage from people who perhaps have few choices.

He was slammed on his back, impressed by money, in both instances. He performed to please.

And again, someone tie his apron tighter, cut off his air.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 September 2010

DUMB LIKE US! Who do we liberals love to hate? The clerk in a grocery store

Simple story: Average people of the left, right and center are getting eaten by the social revolution defined by Reich’s data. For example, they are all getting ripped off by the remarkable cost of American health care—a remarkable topic which went undiscussed in last year’s discussion of health care. Schultz suffered one of his most buffoonish moments in the course of that non-discussion (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 7/2/09). But no major liberal or mainstream press entity ever attempted to explain why health care costs are so stunningly high in this country.

Duh. Those remarkable health care costs are part of the social revolution defined by Reich’s data. But did you see a single Big Liberal really examine that topic last year? Did you see Rachel raise it? Big Eddie? Joan?

We’re sorry, but no—you did not.

Our “liberal leaders” almost entirely come from within that top one percent. (From high within that one percent.) They display little sense of the problem defined by Reich’s data—and when they’re pushed, they tend to defer to corporate/major wealth interests. Over the course of the past several decades, the “liberal” world has produced nothing in reaction to the revolution defined in Reich’s data —no messaging; no frameworks; no serious outreach. Instead, our dumbest players—this would include both Schultz and Jealous—keep playing the same old songs, even when these songs serve to drive the electorate into rival camps. Even when they have nothing to bring to their claims of ongoing racism. People like this have little to tell you—so they keep singing these songs.

The conservative world keeps churning the points which defend and advance that vast revolution. The liberal world is a sad screaming mess. Schultz and Jealous are very weak players—but this is the tea we get served.

4. marisacat - 18 September 2010

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Former President Bill Clinton; former Secretary of State Colin Powell

ABC’s “This Week“: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, the New York Times’ David E. Sanger, the Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart and Delaware GOP Chairman Tom Ross

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Former President Bill Clinton; U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE)

Fox’s “Fox News Sunday“: U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE); former Bush adviser Karl Rove; roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, Fortune’s Nina Easton, former State Department official Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); DNC Chairman and former Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA); former NRCC Chairman and former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) and former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn

C-SPAN: “Newsmakers“: (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, questioned by the Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy and Reuters’ Susan Heavey … “The Communicators” (6:30pm ET Saturday): Yahoo! Policy Vice President and Head of Privacy Anne Toth, questioned by National Journal’s Juliana Gruenwald … ‘Q&A’ (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Washington Post Cars columnist Warren Brown

Univision’s “Al Punto“: Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ); Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ); “United We Dream” President Carlos Saavedra; Mexican Actor Joaquín Cosío; roundtable with Sun Sentinel’s Doreen Hemlock and La Prensa Libre’s Francisco Ayala Silva

5. marisacat - 18 September 2010


Whither Sharpton?

The press conference with African-American surrogates for Andrew Cuomo slamming Carl Paladino’s racist emails at City Hall last week was missing, as a few readers pointed out, one of the state’s (and country’s) most influential black leaders – the Rev. Al Sharpton.

It’s possible Sharpton was out of town, although his name wasn’t on the press release.

Sharpton has yet to say who he’s backing in the governor’s race (I’ve asked his spokeswoman).

He’s lying low because the connection between him and Paladino is Roger Stone, Republican operative and strategist…. Stone manipulated Sharpton thru the 2004 season, ensuring his puppet had a prime time speaking spot at the DNC, further, while all speakers at the podium surrendered their speeches for review and approval, only two did not. Sharpton and Jimmy Carter.

Poor poor Democrats, so thoroughly fucked up… and just plain fucked.

So owned.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 September 2010
7. marisacat - 18 September 2010

Off to the Rapture….

AP Top News at 2:20 a.m. EDT
(AP) – 22 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES — Five adults and eight children from a “cult-like” group in Southern California were reported missing by their families Saturday, and the group left behind letters that they were awaiting “the Rapture or some other catastrophic event,” a sheriff’s official said.

Husbands of two group members, who are from the Palmdale area in northern Los Angeles County, reported the people missing early Saturday, and sheriff’s deputies were searching for three vehicles, said Captain Mike Parker.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Apparently a woman named…… Reyna Chicas is the leader. So they say.

8. marisacat - 19 September 2010

Laughable. And I see Mama Obama wore Reagan Red.


BTW, I see now it is the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc (Bloomberg got that tidbit in)


9. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 September 2010

“It’s not surprising given the hardships that we’re seeing across the land that a lot of people may not be feeling very energized, very engaged right now,”

No, asshole, it’s because they can see the ONLY people you helped were big banks that caused the problems and the auto makers (all while telling the unions they had to give up lots of ground as part of it). Where are the COLA increases for people living on assistance? Where are the loud, hard fights for expanded food assistance, expanded unemployment etc?

Yup, they’re NOWHERE, which is why people aren’t “energized”, they can see with their own two eyes that you’re just another con lying politician who is only interested in telling them what they’re doing wrong.

marisacat - 19 September 2010

Be interesting to see what happens… Think Calculated Risk added a comment ot their posting of the SS notice (which I have not received yet, maybe it is at the site, which I never go to) wondering how the elderly will be voting.

ts - 19 September 2010

Yeah, the elderly or anyone on SS knows that their inflation rate wasn’t 0%. Not even close.

marisacat - 19 September 2010

I am working my way up to calling Pelosi… or at least seriously considering it. I’d write, but at least if I call, for a minute, minute and half, I have a human by the neck.

Basics have gone up, milk eggs butter…. and a uniquely SF cost, we pay (unless you live in a multiple unit apartment house) for garbage collection, it has gone up about 40% in the pst 8 months…

diane - 19 September 2010

a uniquely SF cost, ….. (unless you live in a multiple unit apartment house) for garbage collection, it has gone up about 40% in the pst 8 months…

… jeesh, smells like Gavin Newsom’s shoes, ……. after a romp through North Beach whence his Pradas got drenched with water from a crab catch.

Doncha know, as an unmarried female homeowner, ya need to SELL ………….sign on to a sustainable $GREEN apartment (on the 8th floor) Al Gore would agree, …that’s really all ya need to know ….

diane - 19 September 2010

…oopsy, …neglected to mention that Meg, Carley and the Nazi Groper are quite on board with the funereal Gavster and Gore ……………………(for those who needed that mention) …………

marisacat - 19 September 2010

I am just thankful they have not delivered to me the third garbage bin, the Green One… mandated for compostables… suppposedly with inspection for compliance and fines.

gah… I produce little garbage as such … I don’t know what I would do with a green bin.

Over the weekend I took a look at bio degradable plastic garbage bags, they run about $10.00 for 25

diane - 19 September 2010

and what did that compostable bullshit penalty bill come to? (Hard to keep track) $1,000 or $500?

Loved Bronsteins piccy of Gavie’s bin.

marisacat - 19 September 2010

I see Tim Kaine is saying today that the candidates should be running on Health Care.


Madman in the Marketplace - 19 September 2010

so is Steve Hildebrand:

STEVE HILDEBRAND: I don’t think it has to be bad. I think if our Democratic candidates would actually be proud of to stand for their votes that they’ve taken, not all of them, but some. People who have supported health care shouldn’t run from it. They should be as proud of that vote as any vote they’ve taken in their lives. This is actually going to help people in a pretty serious way. It’s not going to hurt people.

JONATHAN KARL: And is that what you see people doing though because they’re afraid this vote is going to be used against them. In fact it’s already being used against them by Republicans they’re running away from it, running away from the President.

marisacat - 19 September 2010

There was a guest on KGO last night, part of the so called progressive ballot activism here in Cali…. and by way of talking about how, via the ballot, m a y b e something can be done to improve the horror that is coming.

And what was that “horror”…?

The mandated health care coverage. And on and on he went, discussing the mandated health care coverage that will hit in 2014. And elucidated what the Dems tried so hard to hide, every person will be forced, under law, to either be covered or buy coverage… and he added the other big thing they tried to hide:

There is no regulation in the laws for cost of health care. (and maybe in Cali we can mandate that thru the ballot, was the pitch)


The host tried hard to hide the conversation by not replying. But he kept going.

Good luck little Dem doggies! Be sure to thank ObRamaRau.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 September 2010

it really should be overturned, the bastards.

ts - 19 September 2010

Tim Kaine is probably reading the want ads right now. Maybe Rahm can hire him as a toady when he wins the mayorship (yeah, right).

catnip - 19 September 2010

Bill Maher – new Dem slogan: “Don’t get up, we’ll show ourselves out.”

ts - 19 September 2010

No, no, no. I really want to give them a kick in the ass to get them out the door.

marisacat - 19 September 2010

Route them to the Place de la Concorde and FIRE UP the Guillotines. Really.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 September 2010

I meant that to be in response to #8

10. marisacat - 19 September 2010

I see Politico weighs in:

[O]bama praised caucus members for being at the forefront of the change he said he has pursued as president, which he said was “about a plan to rescue our economy, and rebuild it on a new foundation.

“That’s why the CBC was formed — to right wrongs; to be the conscience of the Congress,” he said.

But his call to action comes at a time when several caucus members are mired in ethics scandals that have also ensnared the foundation. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Rep Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) are both facing ethics probes, while Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) have come under fire for handing scholarship money distributed by the foundation to relatives.

It’s hard out there for a pretzel.

Read more: Link to Politico

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 September 2010
12. marisacat - 19 September 2010

IOZ realises he/his workplace was on the distribution list for the Rendell obtained intell using the Israeli snoop and infiltrate company:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Achtung, Lady

Oh, man, I and a colleague of mine actually got these bulletins at work. We thought they were a scream. I guess I should’ve tipped off a reporter friend, but they were so kooky and underproduced (as in, How’s Microsoft Publisher 2003 workin out for ya?) that we thought it was some kind of crazy joke.

This is the Philadelphia Inquirer piece, apparently, in a fit of apologetics, Rendell has dumped all the reports on the media.

Maybe he should take a pill or soemthing.

diane - 19 September 2010

So apropos of the ‘day:’

An Aug. 9 bulletin, for example, called attention to an event in the northeast corner of the state – a picnic at Montrose High School sponsored by one of the drilling companies.

“Of note is that the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition has released a special communication harshly ridiculing and criticizing this event,” analysts wrote.

Cody said she and seven other antidrilling activists attended the picnic and set up a table with literature.

She ridiculed the bulletins. “Yes, I’m such a dangerous person,” she said Friday. “I’m a 54-year-old woman who’s making eggplant parmesan right now.”

13. marisacat - 19 September 2010

[banging head against wall]


September 19, 2010

Categories: Barack Obama.

Obama goes to church

Yesterday, Mike Huckabee was quoted saying that President Obama could quell rumors about his faith by “leading the example of attending worship,” and mentioned that Obama once talked of finding a home church in Washington.

“I hope he’s still mapping that out,” he said.

Today, Obama crossed the street to St. John’s for his first services since Easter, and whether a reaction to Huckabee or not, it’s a reminder of a central inconvenience in his image that’s occasionally surfaced. …

Gah. Took him a week to put on the damned flag pin after conservative Dem consultant Doug Shoen said he had better start wearing one… and he has never taken it off.


Madman in the Marketplace - 19 September 2010

He’s like one of those little old-fashioned dolls on a stick, they pull on his strings and he does a little dance.

marisacat - 19 September 2010

Comes in the bobble head version as well, for mounting in the car.

14. marisacat - 19 September 2010


Rapturing UP is postponed.

Or whatever that was in Palmdale… seems to include a load of itty bitty chihuahuas, somehow.

15. marisacat - 19 September 2010

I am watching a report on France 24 News… and The Musicians’ Village, built in NO after Katrina… which I think was a PR thing, promoted by the whatstheirnames, that family of New Orleans trumpeters cannot think of their names… would be surprised if more than 3 dozen homes were built, if that.

Turns out they used CHINESE DRY WALL… and they are overwhelmed with toxic gases. Depending on the levels present, they have to vacate.

16. diane - 19 September 2010

apropos of supporting a comment I made a few days ago, …oculus refers to Los Angeles as L.A. ….versus the weirdly frequent LA; which, actually …(when referring to the US), historically , refers to the state of Louisiana. …… well yeah, they are new times, but why have we unnecessarily thrown out so many babies (which, all reading this post, once were) with the bathwater?

(e.g. why make things confusing (to those who’ve actually taken care and precious time, to learn certain things), when it’s really not necessary, …actually harmful, ……. to do so?)

diane - 19 September 2010

(..and a happy belated birthday, …to Miss Devore …a pretty hard ‘season’ to be born into …”THE FALL” …. (in my …humble opinion) ….

imagine ethereal ballons, with no rubber to pollute, …and clog storm drains and such, in your favorite color honey ….. ;0) )

diane - 19 September 2010

(…oops, jeesh, …might I add, ..not visible, ….as, ..a, slave to the ‘puter either, …………and certainly, nuthin to do with THE RAPTURE. ….sorry that my wordpress, HTML skills don’t allow me to boldface and itallicize (fucked spelling ?) at the same time ;0) )

marisacat - 19 September 2010

wordpress is either or wtih italic and bold… not both.

diane - 19 September 2010

..probably a good thing …I don’t believe software could ever possibly, totally pick up, the nuance of living beings; nor, despite the brutality, the sympathies of living beings …..however few and far between …they may be.

17. marisacat - 20 September 2010



………… 8) … 😯 …

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