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Just a thread… 30 September 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Kolkata, India: A 24-day old giraffe calf and its father at the Alipore zoo [Bikas Das/AP]

well… actually, there is something to add, I see the two at Rutgers have been named…

Molly Wei and Dharun Ravi

Locals, they had gone to HS together in NJ…

The accused were classmates at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in Plainsboro, N.J.

If convicted of the third degree offense of transmitting or distributing the images they could face up to five years in prison each under state law. A fourth degree conviction for collecting the images could mean up to 18 months in jail, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

hmm considering they planned this, did it TWICE:

Ravi allegedly broadcast that encounter but investigators would not say what video site it was posted to.

A few days later Ravi allegedly tweeted to his 150 followers telling them to “chat” him on iChat, an instant messaging sight with live video feed, the Star-Ledger reported.

“Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it’s happening again,” Ravi wrote Sept. 21.

… is there no FIRST DEGREE of something to charge them with?




1. marisacat - 30 September 2010

OK! Eddie Fisher died… and now Tony Curtis…

So……… who will be number 3?

(volunteers step right up!, LOL )

2. catnip - 30 September 2010


Sources say Rahm Emanuel will resign as White House chief of staff on Friday to begin his campaign for Chicago mayor.

Good riddance.

3. marisacat - 30 September 2010

hmm Peru and Colombia close their borders, and at least one report says Correa has fled. FT got their rocks off refering to him as the “left wing” leader, in their first line……………

Google News Page

Ecuador’s president injured in ‘coup’

Telegraph.co.uk – ‎55 minutes ago

President Rafael Correa was caught in a tear gas attack as Ecuadoran troops took over the main international airport in the country’s capital Quito while police protested in the streets. President Correa denounced what he called “a coup attempt” … Ecuador declares state of emergency as country thrown into chaos

The Guardian – ‎1 hour ago‎

Equador’s government has declared a state of emergency after police launched a chaotic rebellion over austerity measures that cut their benefits. Incensed officers shoved President Rafael Correa around and pelted him with tear gas and water when he … Ecuador in turmoil as police, rebel troops stage coup

AFP – Alexander Martinez – ‎30 minutes ago

QUITO — Ecuador descended into chaos Thursday, declaring a state of emergency as rebel troops and police staged a coup, seizing the main airport and storming the Congress in protests over pay cuts. About 150 renegade troops seized a runway at Ecuador’s …

4. marisacat - 30 September 2010

well… I guess she’ll always have Spain….

At he end of the article it intimates Nancy will find it uncomfortable to tell Michelle why she was not able to shepherd this thru the House. Oh I don’t think so… I think Nancy will be fine with that call.

A bloc of progressive House Democrats resisted heavy White House lobbying and a 11th-hour push to broker a compromise on a child nutrition bill, ending chances that the legislation – a pet project of first lady Michelle Obama – would pass before the November midterm elections.

At the root of the impasse: a proposed $2.2 billion cut in future funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps for the poor. Despite personal appeals by the first lady, the Democrats balked at what they saw as a plan to pay for the nutrition bill by quietly cutting SNAP – an essential food safety net that lawmakers had already borrowed from to pay for emergency aid to states. ….

Read more: Politico

But as the search for alternative funding for the House version stretched into the fall, key anti-hunger organizations like Feeding America and the Food Research Action Center who supported the original bill, bucked the first lady and dug in their heels [can we say they “bucked up” ??? –Mcat] when the scaled-down Senate version became the standard – and SNAP cuts were part of the bargain.

Wednesday night, Speaker Pelosi’s office said she is committed to bringing up the bill when the House reconvenes after the elections, but passing it during a lame-duck session is a gamble at best.

“I would love to be on that phone call where Nancy Pelosi has to tell the First Lady why she wasn’t able to pass this,” said one nutrition advocate who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Well I am sure Michelle can buck up and get over it.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 September 2010

good for Nancy …

5. ts - 30 September 2010

I just got back…what did I miss?

marisacat - 30 September 2010

Short version: Things Are Worse… Or, alternatively, Better!

ts - 30 September 2010

Is this like one of those loops where it gets so bad that it’s good again?

marisacat - 30 September 2010

I think so……….. or it just gets continually incrementally bad… as people forget ”before”…

6. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2010

Happy Rahm Get-the-Fuck-Out Day, everybody!

All we need now is another costumed* mascot and Hallmark to get involved in a celebratory orgy of materialism, and this fucker could be remembered for millennia to come…

*Or not on the costumed mascot,
as “Naked Shower Guy” might take hold as the tradition develops…Course it could be creepy with the mall “NSG”, sitting on his lap and all..Or Church.

catnip - 1 October 2010

Speaking of Hallmark, Screamimg Banshee says thank you, Rahm, for getting the fuck out of Dodge.

marisacat - 1 October 2010

He’s like some child that screams so much for extra cake at a party that children hand over their dessert plates of cake.

I just read he and Obby will both speak at the Great Good Bye today, but Rouse will not.

If only he would go (take Ob with him!).

A lot of “code” words floating about on Rouse. Lives alone, “unmarried”, with his two cats – helpful adds, that ”his friends” say he is a Big Cat Person. Luvs music, he got the extant members of the Grateful Dead to campaing for wObbly in 2008. (Thanks guys!)

Gah. Are they struggling to say he is gay? A gay who apparently liked the Dead? (I guess that could be… )

marisacat - 1 October 2010

Anything to make it end. Anything.

OUT WITH THE OLD … — Rahm Emanuel starts to choke up as he reflects on his time in the White House and his parents’ journey to the United States for “opportunity.”

“They came here for a better life for their children,” he says. “My mother marched with Martin Luther King because he believed that none of us is truly free until none of us are. Both my parents raised me to give something back to the country and the community that has given us so much. And I want to thank you for the opportunity. … I give you my word that even as I leave the White House, I will never leave that spirit of service behind.”

I call that Freudian. Or a Good Israeli-American. Let’s get it to where as few are free as possible.

“Spirit of service”… oh you gotta love that treacly shit.

From People Mag’s “44”

lucid - 1 October 2010


catnip - 1 October 2010

“My mother marched with Martin Luther King because he believed that none of us is truly free until none of us are.


marisacat - 1 October 2010

I think Rahm spoke from his heart. LOL…. probably composed of left over DoD armaments. Flag of Israel stamped on it. Whatever was the call sign for Irgun. And some finishing touches of pink tutu fluff.

And so on.

diane - 1 October 2010

Shades of Rod Serling …glad I checked back, hon.

I love whatever the, all of a sudden, muscles in my face do when I truly smile, unexpectedly, …brightened me up all over ….momentarily at least.

and that is, for sure, better than nothing at all….

only my family …and those others I really love, (sometimes quite unexpectedly) …keep me from the Caltrain tracks ….like so many youth who’ve recently stepped onto them ….never to return to earth tangibly …ever again.

marisacat - 1 October 2010

The Caltrain teen suicides are truly disturbing.

Supposedly there have been 5 gay teen college (think all were college) suicides so far this year.

ts - 1 October 2010

He wrote that article all by himself!

marisacat - 1 October 2010

LOL Dual education!

ms_xeno - 1 October 2010

That was… different. :p

7. catnip - 1 October 2010

WaPo – note how this is written:

Breaking News Alert: Feds suspend one of the nation’s largest contractors from receiving government work

Federal officials allege that Northern Virginia’s GTSI Corp. inappropriately went through other firms to gain access to contracts set aside for small companies.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s suspension imperils hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for GTSI, a top 50 contractor that has relied on the Pentagon and the rest of the federal government for more than 90 percent of its sales in recent years.

8. catnip - 1 October 2010
marisacat - 1 October 2010

I think it was too many too close together.

And Jon Stewart has been lifted to the inner pantheon… first his team, or Com Central team, writing jokes (terrible ones) for Obby, the night of the “drone” joke… and then Obby gave his DC gathering a send up.

Conservative radio is buzzing with the Arianna offer to bus people to it, apparently with NEA money (I have not looked around as to the veracity of that).

He used “cotton picking” a couple fo weeks ago, in close conjunction to Obby.

so ya know. Syonara…

BooHooHooMan - 2 October 2010

so ya know. Syonara…


Sy say no- on- aira LOL.

BooHooHooMan - 2 October 2010

A Shame. One of the greatest “features” journolists America has ever seen. Who will forget his “How to Escape from a sinking car” piece? Evidently, Sanchez himself. LOL.

Well I suppose now we’ll never get to see that Sanchez piece in development entitled,
“How Latinos Can Survive cop-swarm traffic stops by yelling: ‘ All you fuckin pigs with loaded guns – I fuck your ..! “ ETC.

S m a a a r t.
Ah well, Ricardo.
Remember the salmon on the way up?

marisacat - 2 October 2010

I’ve just been reading some of his extended comments… geesh. Bitter whiney guy.

Says he never made it to the top (which is what? anyway?) because of racism. He was not seen as a top tier anchor.

He always seemed third rate to me, and I always thought he was there to pat down, pander to, the Cuban community.

So ya know, it cuts both ways.

9. marisacat - 1 October 2010

Lordy.. I went looking for a print report on a big pot seizure here, they seized what they claim is 300 million street value, literally from the middle of a corn field. Yesterday they showed, via helicopter, a square cut out right in the middle of the corn, empty now, and them hauling the green growth away.

But when I went looking, there have been seizures from corn fields all over the country, just in the past 10 days.

ts - 1 October 2010

Reminds me of an old Bloom County punchline:

Senator Bedfellow: ah, a corn farmer, the salt of the earth.
Farmer: T’aint corn. It’s dope.
Bedfellow: Wha…
Farmer: Take some home for the wife!

10. marisacat - 2 October 2010

For what it is not worth…

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Preempted due to coverage of the Ryder Cup

–ABC’s “This Week“: Christiane Amanpour moderates a ‘This Week’ town hall meeting in New York City, ‘Holy War: Should Americans Fear Islam?’: ‘The town hall will feature contributions from panelists on both sides of the issue, including evangelist Franklin Graham; Daisy Khan — Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and one of the leading organizers behind the planned mosque and Islamic community center in New York City; Azar Nafisi, Author of ‘Reading Lolita in Tehran’; Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch; Peter Gadiel of the 9/11 Families for a Secure America Foundation; and Donna Marsh O’Connor of the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.’ Also joining the conversation: GARY BAUER.

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA); Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

–“Fox News Sunday“: U.S. Senate candidate debate with Rand Paul (R-KY) and Attorney General Jack Conway (D-KY) (live from Louisville)

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and DSCC Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani; Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and Republican strategist Ed Gillespie

–C-SPAN — “b“: (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Sen. John Thune (R-SD), questioned by National Journal’s Major Garrett and the New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny … “The Communicators” (6:30pm ET Saturday): Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), questioned by National Journal’s Tech Daily Dose Editor Juliana Gruenwald … ‘Q&A’ (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Author Ron Chernow (“George Washington: A Life”)

–Univision’s “Al Punto“: Former Ecuadoran President Lucio Gutierrez; DNC Chairman Tim Kaine; political analyst Arnoldo Torres; Congressional candidate Raul Labrador (R-ID); former Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba

marisacat - 2 October 2010

I am now just reading the text.

This Week looks like … I don’t know what word to give that Town Hall.

It’s a gathering of liars, I will give it that.

Gary Bauer? WTF?

11. catnip - 2 October 2010

POLITICO Breaking News

BREAKING NEWS TEXT: Democratic insiders are consulting top party donors about the possibility of naming White House press secretary Robert Gibbs as chairman of the Democratic National Committee heading into President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, senior officials tell POLITICO. Tim Kaine, the current DNC chairman, would be named to a top administration post, perhaps in the Cabinet. Gibbs, who has worked for Obama continuously since April 2004, had been planning to leave the podium next year, perhaps to become a White House senior adviser.

Can’t tell if that’s a promotion or a demotion for Gibbsy.

marisacat - 2 October 2010

Again and again, Obama just luvs Gibbs — AND Kaine.

Both btw, are lipless.

12. catnip - 2 October 2010

BofA suspends foreclosures in 23 states

(Reuters) – Amid growing public anger over home seizures, Bank of America Corp has suspended some of its foreclosures and JPMorgan Chase & Co has come under investigation in California and Connecticut.

Bank of America said on Friday it is delaying foreclosures in 23 states to review whether it has been conducting them properly. Two other big lenders — JPMorgan and Ally Financial Inc’s GMAC Mortgage — have already suspended foreclosures.

Also, a Maine state court judge reprimanded GMAC Mortgage for how it repossesses homes. The judge concluded that GMAC submitted a company official’s affidavit to support a foreclosure “in bad faith.”

Companies are scrambling to defend and where needed improve their foreclosure procedures in the face of anger among homeowners and regulators.

The issue came to the forefront last month when GMAC revealed that officials had signed thousands of affidavits supporting such proceedings without knowing their contents.

More bank bailouts, please!

13. marisacat - 2 October 2010

Overviews from Boston.com Big Pictures.

Dense suburban communities, SW Florida.

The saving grace (such as it is) is that several are clearly halted or abandoned developement.

Some are overgrown.

One is a an airport, planned in 1968 as the Biggest Airport in the World (then!), 6 runways….for the coming Supersonic Age. LOL That never came.

14. catnip - 2 October 2010
15. marisacat - 2 October 2010

Oh I forgot.

It’s Big Liberal Day in DC.

… and isn’t this just classic?

Big Fat Fucking Ed Shultz. Right.

I feel… so…. rallied.

We are together. This march is about the power to the people,” said MSNBC host Ed Schultz.

“It is about the people standing up to the corporations. Are you ready to fight back?” “This is a defining moment in America. Are you American?”

more by Ed Schultz – 1 hour ago – The Associated Press (31 occurrences)

catnip - 2 October 2010

They’re all excited over at the Big Orange Couch Potato Palace. Wreck list:

One Nation Working Together Live Blog #2
by Jonze


MotherShip—Live Stream: One Nation
by jimstaro


Update:Daily Kos One Nation, Working Together Photo-Liveblog #1
by BlueJessamine


I suspect Obamalama is out playing golf somewhere.

marisacat - 2 October 2010

Oh he and Mamma O have a retreat at Camp David this weekend, for cabinet members and their wifs – or alternatives…..

Just read it.

catnip - 2 October 2010

Chuckling about “the left”, no doubt.

marisacat - 2 October 2010

I would imagine…

16. catnip - 2 October 2010

Some 3,000 Millionaires Claim Jobless Benefits, IRS Data Show

After the economy slipped into recession in 2008, millions of Americans received unemployment benefits to make ends meet — including almost 3,000 millionaires.

According to U.S. Internal Revenue Service data, 2,840 households reporting at least $1 million in income on their tax returns that year also collected a total of $18.6 million in jobless aid. They included 806 taxpayers with incomes over $2 million and 17 with incomes in excess of $10 million. In all, multimillionaires reported receiving $5.2 million in jobless benefits.

In addition to the millionaires, 8,011 households reporting income between $500,000 and $1 million in 2008 claimed jobless benefits totaling $52.8 million, the IRS data show.

marisacat - 2 October 2010

According to U.S. Internal Revenue Service data, 2,840 households reporting at least $1 million in income on their tax returns that year also collected a total of $18.6 million in jobless aid.

Oh that is so sweeeet. Touching even…

17. catnip - 2 October 2010
18. catnip - 2 October 2010

Hunter S. Thompson’s brutally honest Canadian job request – Gonzo journalist applied to Vancouver Sun in 1958

Good thing he didn’t get the job. The Sun is a right-wing rag. He never would have lasted there anyway.

19. catnip - 2 October 2010

Brazil poised to elect first female president

SAO PAULO, Oct 1, 2010 (AFP) – Brazil’s 135 million voters appeared poised to elect Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla turned career civil servant, as their first woman president in elections Sunday.

What is more commonly raised is her extraordinary past 40 years ago, during her participation in a violent, Marxist underground movement seeking to overthrow Brazil’s then-military dictatorship.

That activity lead to her arrest in 1970 and three years behind bars being subjected to torture before being released.

More “moderate” now and endorsed by Lula. It’ll be interesting if she wins. (And right-wing heads will no doubt explode on several continents.)

20. catnip - 4 October 2010

Quote du matin:

Police and firefighters have tried to get the remaining pigs back into the trailer but the animals have had other ideas and for the most part have been extremely unco-operative.


marisacat - 4 October 2010

oh i like that……….. may the piggies go free……. 😉

catnip - 4 October 2010

One broadcaster described the scenario as a “pork in the road”. 🙂

21. catnip - 5 October 2010

I got a junk e-mail from Boober to “join him on Facebook”.


I don’t think so.

marisacat - 5 October 2010

I wonder if lambert at corrente got one… LOL

I have not been to Facebook in…….. a year? maybe… and never used it. Maybe if you have an active group, use it for connecting…


catnip - 5 October 2010

I don’t use it. Too many privacy problems.

marisacat - 5 October 2010

I didn’t use my real name when I registered… which was to follow a link and read something…

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 October 2010

I keep track of old work and school friends … I’ve given up on the idea of privacy.

catnip - 6 October 2010

I can see your boxers!

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 October 2010

what boxers?


22. catnip - 6 October 2010

Was the Public Option Off the Table?

(Does the moon shine in Miami?)

(In his new book, “Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate To Make Way for Health Care Reform,” former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-SD, wrote that as of July 2009, hospitals and Democrats operated under the “working assumption” that the legislation “would contain no public health plan,” which would have reimbursed hospitals at a lower rate than private insurers.”

In other news: water, wet

23. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 October 2010

Found this linked at Balloon Juice.

Larry Summers and the Subversion of Economics

When other economists began warning of abuses and systemic risk in the financial system deriving from the environment that Summers, Greenspan, and Rubin had created, Summers mocked and dismissed those warnings. In 2005, at the annual Jackson Hole, Wyo., conference of the world’s leading central bankers, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Raghuram Rajan, presented a brilliant paper that constituted the first prominent warning of the coming crisis. Rajan pointed out that the structure of financial-sector compensation, in combination with complex financial products, gave bankers huge cash incentives to take risks with other people’s money, while imposing no penalties for any subsequent losses. Rajan warned that this bonus culture rewarded bankers for actions that could destroy their own institutions, or even the entire system, and that this could generate a “full-blown financial crisis” and a “catastrophic meltdown.”

When Rajan finished speaking, Summers rose up from the audience and attacked him, calling him a “Luddite,” dismissing his concerns, and warning that increased regulation would reduce the productivity of the financial sector. (Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner, and Alan Greenspan were also in the audience.)

Soon after that, Summers lost his job as president of Harvard after suggesting that women might be innately inferior to men at scientific work. In another part of the same speech, he had used laissez-faire economic theory to argue that discrimination was unlikely to be a major cause of women’s underrepresentation in either science or business. After all, he argued, if discrimination existed, then others, seeking a competitive advantage, would have access to a superior work force, causing those who discriminate to fail in the marketplace. It appeared that Summers had denied even the possibility of decades, indeed centuries, of racial, gender, and other discrimination in America and other societies. After the resulting outcry forced him to resign, Summers remained at Harvard as a faculty member, and he accelerated his financial-sector activities, receiving $135,000 for one speech at Goldman Sachs.

Then, after the 2008 financial crisis and its consequent recession, Summers was placed in charge of coordinating U.S. economic policy, deftly marginalizing others who challenged him. Under the stewardship of Summers, Geithner, and Bernanke, the Obama administration adopted policies as favorable toward the financial sector as those of the Clinton and Bush administrations—quite a feat. Never once has Summers publicly apologized or admitted any responsibility for causing the crisis. And now Harvard is welcoming him back.

Summers is unique but not alone. By now we are all familiar with the role of lobbying and campaign contributions, and with the revolving door between industry and government. What few Americans realize is that the revolving door is now a three-way intersection. Summers’s career is the result of an extraordinary and underappreciated scandal in American society: the convergence of academic economics, Wall Street, and political power.

24. marisacat - 6 October 2010

ooops… 😳

Moving comments 22 and 23 to the new thread…


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