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3 on a line… 23 September 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.

Finalist for the Natural World group: Sandor Zsila's picture titled 'Argument' which shows three Collared Aracari birds on a branch.

Finalist for the Natural World group: Sandor Zsila’s picture titled ‘Argument’ which shows three Collared Aracari birds on a branch.[EPOTY.ORG / SPECIALISTSTOCK / BARCROFT MEDIA]

Took me a minute to find the third bird, he (or she) is on the left, facing away… as in:   I am so not here, guys.

Tho possibly… the one in full open winged display is fending off the one on the right.


Bloggers are so cute when they get all whupset.  IIRC Susie Madrak is a sometime Dem consultant.  Or whatever the word currently in use is…

Send the slave ship for them, closer to election 2010 and again in 2012, they will climb right on.

The fucking lot of them.

September 23, 2010


Blogger throws metaphors at Axelrod


Top Obama adviser David Axelrod got an earful of the liberal blogosphere’s anger [whupset in Aisle 3!!  – – Mcat] at the White House moments ago, when a blogger on a conference call directly called out Axelrod over White House criticism of the left, accusing Axelrod of “hippie punching.”

“We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day,” the blogger, Susan Madrak of Crooks and Liars, pointedly told Axelrod on the call, which was organzied for liberal bloggers and progressive media.

The call seeme to perfectly capture the tense dynamic that exists between the White House and the online and organized left: Though White House advisers in the past have dumped on the left, anonymously and even on the record, Axelrod repeatedly pleaded with the bloggers on the call for help in pumping up the flagging enthusiasm of rank and file Dems.

“You play a great role in informing people about the stakes of elections,” Axelrod told the bloggers. “One of the reasons I was eager to expend time was to enlist you.”

I admit, I had not heard “hippie punching” before.




1. marisacat - 23 September 2010

Poooor Dems… always rather not do than do. Anything, that is.


Small-business legislation cleared Congress on Thursday even as Senate Democrats retreated from the second big plank of their post-Labor Day session: a vote on making permanent middle-class tax cuts set to expire at the end of this year.

After all the bold talk, it’s a remarkable turnaround — and loss of nerve — that all but ensures that the House also won’t act before going home next week.

Senate Democrats feel the sting more because they had been at the forefront in wanting to elevate the issue with President Barack Obama before November’s election. The goal then had been to combine small-business relief with middle-class tax breaks in a powerful one-two punch; instead, the party now risks being seen as an aging boxer in the crouch ]cue the pink Everlasts! Pink gloves too! Saggy man-tits! – – Mcat], dodging blows rather than going on offense.

As recently as Tuesday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had told POLITICO he was “working hard for a vote,” most likely next week. But the mood grew more negative Wednesday after meeting with his committee chairmen and, by the end of Thursday’s caucus, the outcome was clear. …

wondr what “working hard for a vote” really means. Prone and being serviced in some way, the ticket paid for by a lobbyist.

Someone call Velma Hart, LOL, Obby failed ya again!

brinn - 23 September 2010

Like Yoda sez:

Do or do not do. There is no try.

Pols do not do.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 September 2010

Yoda definitely gives better advice than any of Barry’s clowns.

marisacat - 23 September 2010

more and more f whom will be leaving I would think. Seems I read chatter today that Rahm will go soon, before elections… and had a meeting today, I guess in Chicago, to suss out who is running and what the playing field is…

Axelrod to leave in spring to head up Re Elect Hopium from Chicago… I bet “spring” means February. I saw some chatter, no idea wht it means, that Gibbs might move to that job.

Send double lillies.. LOL

Volcker gave some speech today at the Chicago Fed that sounded aa lot more dire than the Obbies would like, fwiw.

I assume anyone leaving now can play the game of, well, by then we knew there were deep problms.

2. diane - 23 September 2010

…better late than never, though I’m pretty sure nothing will be followed up on:

”Investor conspiracy theory grips Silicon Valley Blog claims ‘Super Angels’ collude to control cash to technology startups

love the piccy chosen to portray the gathering in the techcrunch post ….could almost be mistaken for a shot from the 1800’s …with the homogenous ethnicity and total absence of females …yup, THEIR BIG VALLEY.

(the “blogger,” Michael Arrington, was formerly an attorney with Wilson Sonsini. so actually, I’m amazed that he appears shocked by this (maybe he wasn’t there for too long?); but, if his heart was in it, good for him anyway ….. though he really might want to consider a new group of “friends”.)

diane - 23 September 2010

here’s a Reuters link, if the msnbc link is freezing up (as it is on my computer.)

marisacat - 23 September 2010

tech crunch won’t open fro me…

I was curious to see the pic…

But none of this is surprising, no matter the business/industry/etc.

diane - 23 September 2010

the tech crunch is opening for me, maybe M. Arrington’s “author” page will work (scroll down a few stories).

I don’t think the picture was of the actual “angels,” though (why I used the words chosen to protray). I think it may have been from one of the Godfather movies, given the file name.

piccy link

diane - 23 September 2010

while on the Reuters site – wow, hadn’t seen this one

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Have Been Compromised by Unidentified Aerial Objects

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby. Six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about these events at the National Press Club and urge the government to publicly confirm their reality.


Declassified U.S. government documents, to be distributed at the event, now substantiate the reality of UFO activity at nuclear weapons sites extending back to 1948. The press conference will also address present-day concerns about the abuse of government secrecy as well as the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons.


BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

{sinister snickering accompanied by handwriging}

…several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby.

I see our Goose Mounted Popcorn Frizbees –
{Now with More EVIL!} are vehrking out perrrvfectly, Pehrrrvfectly.

Fuckin UFO’s. LOL. Stuck in the 50’s. The year 50.
Use any calender.

diane - 23 September 2010

On a serious note, what do you think they are, and why would Reuters put their neck out like that, with all that money to be lost if they’ve swallowed a hoax?

just my (perhaps crazy) opinion, but to me it seems insane to believe there aren’t living beings far more techy advanced than on Earth.

BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

Well, on a serious note if we must, DARPA is developing micromachined “flies” for everything from, literally, fly-on-the-wall surveillance to electro-mechanical grid suppression to toxin delivery etc.

And of course, me here, 😉 , a man of many talents, I’m working on an attractive “potato salad countermeasure” that I hope to sell.

BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

and as for intelligent life “out there”, I’d just like to find more of it than in Jersey. Then again, I prolly wouldn’t recognize it. 😉 I;m not exactly qualified, Senator Caroline Kennedy and all… LOL. I tend to come up with a few doozies.

diane - 23 September 2010

Am aware of that, was just recently checking to see what Penn State might be up to on that issue (and whether as a consequence they were the assholes who inadvertently unleashed that recent PA stinkbug invasion), but thanks for the site link, as this was a “thrilling” read:

Goodbye Roll Call, Hello RFIDs


…. Last month, a preschool in Richmond [gee why not Los Altos? – diane] , California installed a curiously expensive, high tech system to track the attendance of its students. And it could serve as a pilot program for others to come.

Upon arriving in the morning, according to the Associated Press, each student at the CCC-George Miller preschool will don a jersey with a stitched in RFID chip. As the kids go about the business of learning, sensors in the school will record their movements, collecting attendance for both classes and meals. Officials from the school have claimed they’re only recording information they’re required to provide while receiving federal funds for their Headstart program.

However, the story has caught the attention of both the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who have expressed alarm at the potential infringement of privacy rights. Together, they have submitted a letter of concern to school officials, including a request that they clarify what security precautions were put in place with the program.

snip snip snip

such a tender sweet thing that Cali wants to first bring it’s technological advances to one of its most poverty stricken, minority http://cityinfo.local.com/city-information/Richmond-CA-population>communities before sharing with those well off communities.

oh…snivel, ……where’s my hanky, tears of appreciation for those selfless benefactors running the Cali tech world…..

……let me know if that potato salad works ….

marisacat - 23 September 2010

diane… oops

The headline link failed… and the one that goes to cityinfo (which I think is the last one)

I don’t think the RF chip is going t survive, myself… tho KGO was pushing it a couple of weeks ago…..

diane - 23 September 2010

jeesh and sorry, …. corrected (hopefully):
Goodbye Roll Call, Hello RFIDs

communities [Richmond stats]

From the sounds of what I’m hearing and reading in the area, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Cali were the first state in the country, to allow every single thread of privacy to be outlawed as long as it’s given the monikers Green or Technological Progress …was listening to CBS news the other night when some asshole from Apple pretty much stated that Privacy was obsolete and that was a good thing, in so many words, when the creepy iPhone ID security was being discussed.

Idiots are pretty much willing to allow mega corps to have personal data they wouldn’t even give to a fairly good friend (speshully if the mega corp has a groovy, or infantile name and moniker), hate to be so negative but I think we’re fucking sunk on that issue (let alone all of the other “issues”).

marisacat - 23 September 2010

oh thanks dear, no problem. WP should have a preview… but they don’t….

diane - 23 September 2010

you’re welcome hon.

diane - 24 September 2010

I really should have mentioned this also, from the ACLU/EFF letter:

….” It’s time for some answers about why federal stimulus funds are paying for expensive, intrusive, and potentially insecure school tracking programs.

The RFID program was launched this school year at the school with funds from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


Nice little rant they wrote, ………BUT, …….
pathetically, the ACLU/EFF letter, instead of demanding the program be shit-binned, far to politely, requested that parents be given the option to opt out.
And as we all know, a large majority of those parents may feel highly uncomfortable about having those, PARENTS OPTED OUT OF COMMUNITY PROGRAM, Klieg Lights shining on their faces.

”…. ACLU-NC and EFF are calling on officials to ensure that there is a process in place to protect the privacy and safety of schoolchildren, to make sure parents are fully informed about the privacy and safety risks of RFID technology, and to provide for an opt-out program for concerned parents.


marisacat - 24 September 2010

The ACLU is pretty much non-courageous. They do a few things… but…………..

diane - 24 September 2010

indeed …

(and thanks for the quote indents, I really should review the html code for “block quotes,” though I’m sure glad there aren’t any HTML POLICE around here….)

marisacat - 24 September 2010

blockquotes is easy:

[blockquote] and [/blockquote]

but use the little left right arrows, the ones that are over the period and the comma keys…

diane - 24 September 2010

Thanks, I should have checked the comments earlier, I decided to finally look it up.

3. BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

From over at NASA.

well, I just wrote an e-mail to Sen. Reid (3+ / 😎

Recommended by:
Paleo, Krush, ridemybike
Hidden by:
ChicDemago, KayCeSF, indycam, WisePiper, Ky DEM, Bush Bites, kat68, Jonze

about his caucus’ cowardice (and you know this hurts our chance in the House, by the way …).

Dear Majority Leader Reid —

I’m very disappointed in the failure of the Senate to take up the middle class tax cut before the election. It’s clear that in battleground states, this is a winning issue. Not only that, this is the right policy. I don’t believe a majority wants to not increase taxes on the rich. And avoiding this vote is not going to help Democrats win in November. The Republicans will still do their 30-second sound bite ads stating the Democrats will raise taxes. What the Senate has decided to do is not only cowardly, but stupid as well.


William R. Bua

by billlaurelMD on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 05:21:51 PM PDT

sh*t (3+ / 0-)

Recommended by:
hester, KayCeSF, Krush

pretend you didn’t see my name. Damn it.

America simply does not need the [GOP] as … currently constituted. If it cannot reform itself, it needs to die. – Brad DeLong

by billlaurelMD on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 05:23:49 PM PDT

You can try writing to the administrator. (0+ / 0-)

Maybe they’ll kill it for you.

The last time we broke a president, we ended up with Reagan.

by Bush Bites on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 05:30:12 PM PDT

[ Parent ]
just did… (1+ / 0-)

Recommended by:

didn’t find it right away.

America simply does not need the [GOP] as … currently constituted. If it cannot reform itself, it needs to die. – Brad DeLong

by billlaurelMD on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 05:32:15 PM PDT

marisacat - 23 September 2010

well…… whooopsie.

BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

I find the whole breathless “just emailed” bit they do a real hoot. I had a few extra chuckles at the line preceding the… D’oh! slefouting?

What the Senate has decided to do is not only cowardly,
but stupid as well.

Surely Harry is reading it while fleeing town.
I mean, if he didn’t already see it , ya know, reading kos daily.

marisacat - 23 September 2010

well the scam they will all run, from Susie Madrak to Fire In the Ass Hamster to Bua to whoever else… is that …

I suffered the long dark night of disappointment with Obster… but I know my duty… I HAVE suffered and I endured! I WILL do my duty!… and ti is to truth! reason! and the Hopium Pipe of our Founding Fathers!!!!!. So with great self-importance I will pull that lever for our current and future Pretzel, O bah MAH!!

Crescendo of bad orchestral muzak.


BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

Fuck it. We’re gonna make a bundle.
Just ta let ya know, I moved the whole portfolio into Popcorn , Kleenex, and Pampers. LOL.
Hey, I’m down with Marx and Engels and all, but seein’ as how Post Recession Sparkle Ponies are flying out of asses everywhere now, the fantastic winged steeds themselves shooting coin and golden opportinities out of Their asses, I figured it was too good to pass up. LOL.

marisacat - 23 September 2010

Netflix and Campbell’s Soup too.

Forgot how much Nflix is up year over year… as cable is losing customer numbers fo the first time.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 September 2010
marisacat - 23 September 2010

Well Volcker said today our mortgage system is broken. And foreclosing on a house with no mortgage, he paid cash from what I heard, is a sure sign.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 September 2010

When Did They Build a Time Machine in Washington?

The line from then until now is clear and bright, and it belies all the nonsense about how Tea Party politics is sui generis for the age of Obama. It also belies the lunatic notion that our “divisive” politics are a result of pressure from both extremes against the middle. Only the Republicans empowered their extremes. Dr. Jekyll was Henry Hyde. Michelle Bachmann is a mere debutante in those politics. Even in the wildest days of the 1960s and 1970s, the Democrats never ran Abbie Hoffman for Congress. For all the exotic fauna now traipsing around the conservative landscape, the 1990s were the pre-Cambrian explosion.

On the other side, it was the Clinton years that produced a Democratic party content with half-measures and wishful thinking, attaching itself to trade policies that substituted the messianic buzzwords of globalism for, you know, actual jobs, abolishing the Glass-Steagall Act to great acclaim and even greater financial fraud, and generally refashioning itself as a home for people who really, really Liked Ike. (Recently, Clinton got testy because Rachel Maddow referred to him as a “good Republican president.” This, of course, was bullshit from the master, since Clinton once famously commented to his own economic team that “We’re all Eisenhower Republicans now.”) This was fine when the economy was humming along, and we were not bogged down in two wars, and the financial system hadn’t nearly dissolved into a puddle. Now, it’s been so long since the Democratic party ran on a genuinely progressive platform that the president and his people can’t seem to put together a coherent campaign based on what they relentlessly assure us has been the most triumphant progressive presidency since LBJ. They don’t know how to run like that anymore, especially not the retreads from the Class of ’92. Ah, as Mr. Dooley once put it, “Thim was the days.”

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 September 2010
marisacat - 23 September 2010

that is a wonderful story…

But it reminded me of a Chinese man, thankfully IN China, who got a hold of 3000… three thousand…. cobra eggs and quietly commandeered an abandoned school, left them to hatch. Which apparently plenty did do…

The Chinese are running around like mad trying t catch them all.

wu ming - 24 September 2010

the bus and train stations over there all have huge graphic photos on the wall saying “do NOT bring these animals on the bus/train!” talk about your phobias, after one look at that i’m eyeing everyone’s bags.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

the mere thought gve me the willies

7. BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

In NJ, the Dems have the Senate AND House.
So For anyone following this and that reporting…

Christie lops off 7.5 mil in funding to Planned Parenthood. Follows thru with veto threat despite passage with GOP support in the state Senate. Part of “across the board” cuts, Christie gets to croon.

Dems, seeking overide, {Sure, they are. 🙄 } Just.Can’t.Get.It.Done™ despite their legislative control in the perennial Cut a Deal to Sell Your Liver State , nonetheless vow to get the money out of Prescription Drug subsidies. ( another wedge play)

ALL by design. ALL engineered.

Useless shits ALL.

marisacat - 23 September 2010

The whole “defund PP”, anti abortion, recruit the fucking religionists, finagle to ban not only abortion but Birth Control as well…. it ALL speaks for decades, long long decades, of war being planned.

Expanding war.

War forever.

One of the things I used to love about actual newspapers, lousy as most were, was the little filler items. A few lines tucked in, to fill space. And way way way back, in the early 70s I read one in the SF Chron, a quote all the way from an “America watcher” in China… that our big hoopla over abortion was all about making certain to ensure a future underclass for war.

BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

THAT, pardon the expression, is a Killer comment.
Spot on comment.

And The same sheeple who are “shocked” to find lying over casus belli, “shocked” at habitual police state abuses, shocked to find the DoD and CIA torture as policy, “shocked” at the running of death squads and covert wars as a matter of course…. shocked …how they maintain their level of incredulity wrt to MIC interests in assuring cannon fodder well into the future is beyond me.

While many Leftishers might admit economically coercive factors, the social, ,cultural, and political measures you cite are are as ominous if not moreso: Even the capitalists need large amounts of money on the plebian streets from time to time.

But by turning their many calibrated designs towards the underclass, they secure both cannon fodder and the Thanks Be to Jesus, I’m Saved (from it) flag wavers alike.

marisacat - 23 September 2010

Plus I believe it is mutually agreed among the two parties that the wimmens need to be controlled. One way or the other…

BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

One way or the other…

Yup. Sticks and carrots. More sticks, fewer carrots.
Makes for lots of desperate rabbits.
It is as fucked up… as it is by design.
As there is no such thing as benign neglect.

Heading offline, here.
I get more insight from you –
and your ilk – 😉 in a few comments than I was ever able to arrive at on my own, for like, oh, some 30+ years as one “meat and potatoes” ignorant Dem.
Welp, I’m Not ratifying it anymore, not with a vote at least.
Going to work is bad enough. Anyways…

8. marisacat - 23 September 2010

LOL…. the WH, as usual, will be taking this lying down.

GIBBS: Well, I think it’s, obviously, very unfortunate that insurance companies continue to make decisions on the backs of children and families that need their help. First and foremost, the Affordable Care Act provides a host of protections that many of these families could only dream of.

The child-only policies represent a very, very small part of the individual market. Nonetheless, the insurance protection lobby, AHIP, had previously stated their willingness to abide by the law and not make the decision that we see several of these insurers made.

Obviously, we’re very disappointed at the decision they’ve made. But in the end, the protections that we have are greater than, as I said, most of these families could ever have hoped for, in terms of
protecting their children from — or insuring that their children had access to the type of health care they could only dream of. ….

Vote for us!

BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

With a cap on Hope!

“…than, as I said, most of these families could ever have hoped for,…glub glub gurgle”

(Couldn’t let that one pass.)

marisacat - 23 September 2010

Well Gibbs can hope for lips.

I g u e s s

ts - 23 September 2010

He’ll be disappointed.

ts - 23 September 2010

I continue to read that last paragraph and it still does not make a lick of sense. One gargantual run-on sentence with no conclusion.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

If he had lips he’d do better…


9. diane - 24 September 2010

The Senate Hates You, and All Your Little “Rug Rats” Too, Bill (SHYAYLRAT), S3307:

Child-nutrition bill threatens to increase hunger and poverty
By Jim Weill – 09/23/10 10:04 AM ET

George Orwell would appreciate the irony: The child nutrition bill that could come up for a vote in the House as early as this week would actually take food from the mouths of children. The Senate-created bill that attempts to improve and regulate what our schools are serving for breakfast and lunch would be paid for, in significant part, with a $2 billion reduction to the federal food stamp program, or SNAP, cutting $59 from a typical family of four’s monthly food budget.

A good child nutrition bill would make those improvements without taking help from the poorest Americans.

In the 2009 economic recovery act, Congress created a temporary but significant boost in SNAP benefits, as economists and lawmakers agreed that the boost would not only fight hunger but also help grow the economy.

Congress took back $11.9 billion of that money to help pay for a $26-billion state aid bill. The Senate Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill (S 3307) would eliminate another $2 billion by ending the stimulus benefits in October 2013, instead of April 2014. In the House, there is suddenly pressure to pass the Senate bill—without any changes—rather than consider its own version of child nutrition legislation.



marisacat - 24 September 2010

A good child nutrition bill would make those improvements without taking help from the poorest Americans.

There is a straightforward truth.

But look, over there!! Palin is sure to run for pretzellina! Scream! Shriekkkk! Be afraid, be very afraid.

ts - 24 September 2010

Good bills would make improvements without taking help from the poorest Americans.

I think Ben Franklin may have said something like that.

10. catnip - 24 September 2010

I admit, I had not heard “hippie punching” before.

Over at L’Orangistan, it’s all the rage.


Stop punching hippies!

You’re no hippie. You weren’t even alive then!

I’m a hippie in spirit.

Well, I actually was a hippie and I love Obama and nobody’s punching me.

That’s because you’re a suck-ass status quo sellout boomer.

Oh – so now you’re punching boomers?


Happens at least twice a day over there.

11. marisacat - 24 September 2010

Obama DOJ defends DADT.

[W]hile DOJ, citing principle, is mounting a full-court press to preserve the law, the best thing politically for Obama at this point might be for Phillips to enter a broad injunction against DADT. If the injunction remains in place pending an appeal, the urgency of repealing the law would dissipate and so too might the anger of some in the gay community who believe Obama has done too little to see through his campaign promise to do away with the “don’t ask” policy.

“We are not surprised by this but we are extremely disappointed with the Obama Administration,” Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Clarke Cooper said in a statement responding to the new DOJ filing. “Many times on the campaign trail, President Obama said he would support the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Now that it’s time to step up to the plate, he isn’t even in the ballpark.”

marisacat - 24 September 2010

Aravosis… poor sod. Trying to keep collecting a check. I guess.

Hard to miss what is going on, the WH and its DOJ are playing the stupids against themselves.

What else is new: Vote for Us Again, We ARE better than we look to be! Ignore what we do!

Jim Messina ought to have a talk with his lawyers over at DOJ

by John Aravosis (DC) on 9/23/2010 08:17:00 PM

It seems they’re at odds, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff and the Obama Justice Department. One today promised that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would be history by the end of the year (not sure if that’s the Chinese year or the Mayan year). The other is still defending DADT in court (even though they don’t have to), and going so far as to suggest that a gay group out closeted gay servicemembers to the government, even though the government doesn’t have to defend the bigoted law at all.

So which one to believe? The guy working for the guy who’s made all sorts of broken promises to all sorts of core Democratic constituencies, or the lawyers affirmatively trying to destroy the major civil rights litigation of our day, not unlike the way Southern segregationists tried to keep African-Americans as second class citizens only half a century ago.

So many of us had such high hopes that an African-American president, because of his own life experience, would be more tuned into, more sympathetic with, the civil rights struggle of others. We believed him when he said he’d be our “fierce advocate.” And now he’s undercutting our entire civil rights legal strategy before our eyes. [people keep missing Obby is a BORN AGAIN, he may not believe in the whole Jesus God drivel but he luvs the repression and control — Just my opinion… –Mcat]

Yes, I’m sure the Republicans would be worse. And if that’s the best thing you can say about Barack Obama and the Democratic party, that the Republicans would be worse, then it’s no wonder we’re having such a hard time in the polls.

And so on.


12. marisacat - 24 September 2010

hmm i have not heard from madman, he is probably busy at work, but dropped an email… due to the rains and flooding in Milwaukee…

marisacat - 24 September 2010

Madman surfaced… rained on but not flooded…

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2010

the worst of it is west of us … bad for them, lucky for here. Milwaukee County homeowners just this past week or so finally found out they’re getting FEMA money, after initially being denied.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

I thought maybe you were on higher ground – possibly… or, as it turns out, East of the worst of it.


Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2010

yup, meetings and training all week!

marisacat - 24 September 2010

All to the good, these days…


Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2010


13. marisacat - 24 September 2010

Crumble City. IMO he has made less and less sense, of any kind, since 2004… but you know…

I also doubt that anyone was dangling him over the Niagra Falls by his shoe laces… to force this scheisse out of him.

Poooooor Ralph. Catch the light – hat – hurry – door – ass.

And so on.

14. BooHooHooMan - 24 September 2010

One of Marshall’s TPM “editors”? – David Kurtz-
in true to a month before election fashion, had one of those “C’mon People” posts…

imaginatively entitled, LOL,
C’mon People.

LOL, the reception was not so receptive.
No doubt taking a cue from BillC’s slobber the other day that Obbie should embrace ALL THOSE tomatoes, rocks, and garbage lofted the Llama’s way, (as Clinton was delighted to point out)
TPM did give the whupset a little vent time

TPM Reader JK responds to my post below:

This is probably one of the best examples of someone who is totally out of touch with average Americans because he spends every waking second hemming and hawing over inside the beltway mental masturbation.

It’s incredibly condescending and ludicrous. “Oh those poor regular folks who have no concept as to how important their vote is, blah blah blah.” One of the best parts of American politics is that we have the option to participate or to NOT participate. As a direct result of NOT participating, we can send a direct and clear message to the candidates and parties that lose our votes from our staying home.

As a gay man who has contributed thousands to the Democratic Party and has volunteered regularly, I am disgusted by the Democratic Party’s effete, self-defeating style. They STILL do not get the message loud and clear that they need a Truman-esque kicking ass and taking names approach.

{ 😆 Harry or Capote? Same effectual diff. – bhhm }

We’re still stuck in the cowardly McCarthy mindset and, as a result, have to kowtow to the inaccurate notion that this country is center-right.

Yes, I’m staying home in November because I see no difference whatsoever between a party that is honest about their animosity toward me and a party who pats me on the back and says they care all the while doing NOTHING except accepting my hard-earned dollars.

I like TPM, but posts like that remind me of Dana Milbank (sorry, I know that’s below the belt)

Oh no- Not the retractable Dana Milbank gauntlet. 🙄
He’ll be back. Anyways-

TPM Reader JH:

I just read your opinion piece on TPM. I’m one of those folks who have decided to walk away. I’ve been involved in Democratic party politics for over 40 years. I worked in DC as a staffer for Mo Udall in the early 1970’s. I even ran for the US Senate. …

But I have to laugh at your comment about sticking through the lean times. These are not the lean times. The Democrats haven’t controlled Congress and the White House since 1994. We waited 14 years. The Democrats knew that the tax cuts would expire. They could have taken care of this in early 2009.

I think this debate has shown that the Democrats are just as beholden to their rich benefactors as the Republicans. Their benefactors might be lots better on some issues. But to me, this was a very, very core issue. And the Democrats folded. There will now be continued attacks on Social Security and Medicare, and we have no defense.

It’s just that I have limited time and resources. Over the years, I’ve devoted much of my time and resources to the Democratic Party. I have decided to do something else now.

I think this debate has shown that the Democrats are just as beholden to their rich benefactors as the Republicans.
The Blink tho –

“”””Their benefactors might be lots better on some issues. But to me, this was a very, very core issue.”””

marisacat - 24 September 2010

Somehow they will bear the shame, the trauma the turmoil…….. and see the light! And the Rapture! and vote back in the Historic Unprecedented Jerk the Dems put up this time around.


BooHooHooMan - 24 September 2010

Their benefactors might be lots better on some issues

The fuckin moron still believes in GOP Goldman Sachs and Democratic Goldman Sachs. GOP CitiBank and Dem CitiBank. GOP Robert Gates and Dem Robert Gates.GOP MIC and Dem MIC.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

Don’t miss Ralph Nader’s piece, linked in my comment above. Poooooooooor Ralph.

For my sins today I also read, to the end to my shame, the latest Ishmael Reed at Counterpunch. Lordy.

People sold their brains. They really did.

BooHooHooMan - 24 September 2010

😯 Well don’t I now feel like Ralph did me and left me at the motel. LOL

Fuck you, Ralph, you bastard! LOL.

{Sound of Nader’s car pulling away}

What was that thing last year? How he was pushing noblesse oblige? WTF?

marisacat - 24 September 2010

oh the rich were gonnna save us… hell he even wrote a book about it.

I never voted for him, but he was interesting over the years. I saw a major break/breakdown tho when he went to Burlington and asked Dean to put him on the ticket. IF he could do that (and he did), it had all been a sham. Just my opinion… he was interestingi n the late 90s and in 2000.

About it in terms of his flingola with electoral politics.

BooHooHooMan - 24 September 2010

It’s to the point now that the only way I’d be interested in voting for someone is BECAUSE they didn’t have an American birth certificate.

As in, Oh, you ARE Constitutionally qualified? Sorry, I’m looking for something a little more …exotic.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

oh very funneee.

But Barry swears he is A-OK. And a Xtian too ya know. I must say Axelrod sounded a bit frantic over all of this sort of thing over the pst few days..


Religious wars, we are having them now.

BooHooHooMan - 24 September 2010

Axl Rose, I mean Axelrod ..is he even still around?

Fuckin Barry. So Historic.
With the Jewish Diaspora he’s got on his hands.
Rahm set to part the waters of the Potomac on the way out. Larry Summers to meetup with fellow Larry Tribesmen at Harvard. DavidA and Rahm setting off for Chicago where their best ass and mewl train will follow.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

did you read that Ploufeee is coming back “sooner”…. and Gibbs may move to Axelrod office.

And some poor lonely hearts think this is the “chance for a turnaround” for Obby.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2010

that was a sad, sad read.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

People sold their brains. No other way to put it. Opened up the cranium and sold the matter

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2010

I’d rather howl into the darkness than embrace that happy horseshit that Nader and others are insisting that we do.

15. marisacat - 24 September 2010

Frotunately I have two discs in from NFlix… the last of season 2 of Breaking Bad…. and The Prophet, an Italian movie on Corsica, Mafia and the prisons.

I think Obby has been running aorund with his mouth open too much for a few days, then mix in Bill C also with his mouth open…. Mahmoud of Islamic Persia too, and all our 5th rate pundits.

no body light a match. The atmosphere is gaseous.

BooHooHooMan - 24 September 2010

That Nader piece Why Say Yes to the Party of No?…very shifty.
99 percent Dem casemaking with the GOP Ooga Booga-
to this paltry close.

There is much more, but enough has been cited to ask again—how are Republicans seen by the polls as front runners in the upcoming election?

The answer my friends, is not in the stars. The answer is in the clueless and spineless Democrats, busily dialing for the same corporate campaign dollars.

It should have been entitled Why Care?

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2010

The Prophet was an amazing film. Breaking Bad is pretty awesome, too.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

Just coming up on the last episode of Breaking Bad, season 2… The morning after the overdose….

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2010

so good, so brutal. Awesome storytelling about how broken this society is.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

I love the camera angles…

16. diane - 24 September 2010

Apropos of the sudden urge to find, and “post,” a goodsized, fairly clear picture of a flying squirrel:

a picture of a flying squirrel

saw one as a child, in Illinois, so wonderful ………..

(ergo this is not an extension of the Canadian flying TERRERISTS …though…we COULD make it out to be that …if that’s the desire du jour to avoid the very real reality of murderous bot drones!!!!!!! …in which case …..fuck you blood drained monsters in DC, …et al.)

17. BooHooHooMan - 24 September 2010

Well, thanks TPM.

Steven Colbert’s Testimony Before Congress.

Note the sourpuss on the face of CNN’s Dana Bash to the right of Colbert’s shoulder.

Not that any testimony affect policy, but I certainly enjoyed Colbert slapping the Congress around. I welcome anything that illustrates the rot.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

he’s not wrong about mechanised farm work. The Central Valley here is the most machine based farming on earth. There are still migrants, there are still farm workers…. but not what it once was.

wu ming - 24 September 2010

the midwest/great plains corn/wheat belt ag is even more mechanized. a good proportion of central valley farming is fruits and veggies – mostly tomatoes, melons and wine grapes out here – that don’t lend themselves to mechanization. since it’s getting towards the end of the summer harvest, you see a lot of workers in the fields picking crops. most of the rest of the year, the ploughing and cultivation are a lot more mechanized, though.

18. marisacat - 24 September 2010

Very very funny. the creative division of the 2008 white boy ad men that handled the Obby account is losing..



Can you guess!


An ”exclusive interview”, no less. And don’t worry too much, he rallies himself to say the Republicans are……..


The script is very tired.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2010

Sea snot explodes near BP spill disaster site, threatening marine ecosystem

Scientists studying the water surface near the BP rig explosion spotted relatively huge particles of sea snot, a mucus-like substance that phytoplankton produce when stressed. “It’s possible that exposure to the Deepwater Horizon oil caused them to pump out more of the sticky stuff than usual.” Sinking quickly en masse to the sea floor, the clumps of mucus may have temporarily wiped out the base of the food chain in the spill region. Adding oil to the snot makes marine mucilage, which can grow 100 mi. long.

marisacat - 24 September 2010

why do I get a whiff of the end of the world off this story. Or the end of a large slice of the world…

We won’t go in fire, we will go weeks months after whatever horror makes the fire. We will go in some huge pile of SEA SNOT.

20. marisacat - 24 September 2010



……………….. 😯

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