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transparency 3 October 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

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1. marisacat - 3 October 2010

hmm speaking of transparency. cough choke strangle.

Something is up with Meg Whitman’s house… but I can’t find anything (yet) on it. Apparenlty she pays taxes on a 3,000 sq ft house, when it has been “improved” to 22,000 square ft (LOL I almost typed “sq miles”).

If this proves out, check Meg for a really hot fire as she flames out.

2. marisacat - 3 October 2010

hahahhaha… snips and whips from SNL

–“Weekend Update,” with Seth Meyers:

“On Friday, the White House released Rahm Emanuel back into the wild. … Can he kiss a baby without it bursting into flames? …

President Obama has been … engaging voters in a series of backyard chats. He was gonna do front-yard chats, but then you get the foreclosure sign in the pictures.”

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 October 2010
4. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 October 2010

The nation’s welfare system of cash assistance, for decades the core of help for mothers and children in financial distress, has become a shrunken piece of the U.S. social safety net.

In addition, since welfare was redefined as a program requiring job training, some people who would qualify have shied away. Kristin S. Seefeldt of Indiana University said poor women she has followed over time have increasingly resented that welfare would require them to get job training when already they knew how to work but could not find employment. “They understood the program as being ridiculous,” Seefeldt, an assistant professor for public and environmental affairs, said. “For a very small amount of benefits, why go through the hassle?”

More recently, welfare programs in budget-strapped states are trying to help people without giving them ongoing cash assistance. For instance, Russell Sykes, who overseas welfare in New York state and leads the National Association of State TANF Administrators, said, “we are doing a huge number” of single payments, in part with the emergency federal funds that just ended, to prevent families from having utilities shut off or being evicted.

And three dozen states have used a total of more than $1 billion of the emergency funds to subsidize pay for about 250,000 Americans who otherwise would probably not have gotten hired, according to welfare directors and Obama administration officials. While cash assistance has grown modestly, job subsidies “became the little engine that could,” said Don Winstead, deputy secretary of the Floria Department of Children and Families.

The Heritage Foundation’s Rector said states could have used federal welfare money for that purpose all along, but now “understand an emphasis on work is the best way to get more money” from Congress.

Others predict that welfare’s reach will be narrowed further. “The emergency fund is expiring, poverty is going up,” said Sheldon H. Danziger, a University of Michigan researcher on poverty, “and there are all these people getting food stamps and Medicaid but not cash.”

marisacat - 3 October 2010


Miss Meg out here, hs run on restricting state welfare, helpfully informing us that we lead the nation on welfare payments. There must be a two year cut off, says the Queen. Then off with their heads!

diane - 3 October 2010

she almost tempts me to vote for Jerry, as I would have done historically ….but instead, trying to think of the apropos write – in phrase something about same ole teeny handful of those who know what is good for us, yet never seem to ultimately fix anything for the better, and spend waaaay tooo much leisure time with those they claim to vehemently disagree with on issues of Human Decency.

(I wasn’t able to find anything on the property tax bit either …ah well, correct property taxes are for the chump little peeps and Sched C small businesses, many of whom actually end up paying the correct amount of taxes due on their 1040s)

gotta run, have a good day hon.

marisacat - 3 October 2010

I did find that she and Dr Harsh… (LOL I bet she is glad she kept her maiden name…. Meg “Harsh” right now would be the stuff of jokes) are major investors in protected land, to be developed in 35 acre parcels, in Telluride.

Think what I read said it made them the largest land holders in the area… with 900 acres.

Sounds like quite the Conservation Easement, investment, tax write off scam to me.

The story is at http://www.TellurideWatch.com

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 October 2010
6. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 October 2010

Shocking revelation: tasers are bad for your health

It seems Taser International has had a change of heart. A while ago, any allegations that their tasers were linked to deaths caused much panty-twisting. In response to all the anti-electrocution propaganda from bongo-pounding hippies, the company helped coin the condition “excited delirium” to explain why people keep dying when they’re shocked in the chests by their product.

It’s really an adorable diagnosis that can be affixed to almost any capital punishment. Maybe we can start saying death row inmates died from “spastic derangement” to shut up all of those protesters.

There is no problem that PR and re-branding can’t solve in corporate America.

marisacat - 3 October 2010

Excited delirium? So that is what they call it?

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 October 2010

“electrocution” doesn’t have the same ring to it.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 October 2010

found this linked from Business Insider: Hunter S. Thompson’s brutally honest Canadian job request

8. ms_xeno - 3 October 2010

Did anyone else read IOZ’s analysis of Beck’s literary enterprise? Damn. I just about split a gut laughing. 👿

marisacat - 3 October 2010

It was hilariously funny…

ms_xeno - 3 October 2010

Every time I’m ready to abandon the internets for good, something like that has to show up and ruin my dramatic exit. :p

9. marisacat - 3 October 2010

Our Noble War Effort… via Angry Arab


Oh. They like China more than they like us. How sad

“The fruits of this success are everywhere. Look at Afghanistan, for example, where American troops have been fighting for nearly a decade, where billions of dollars of American aid money has been spent — and where a Chinese company has won the rights to exploit one of the world’s largest copper deposits.

Though American troops don’t protect the miners directly, Afghan troops, trained and armed by Americans, do. And though the mine is still in its early phases, the Chinese businessmen and engineers — wearing civilian clothes, offering jobs — are already more popular with the locals than the U.S. troops, who carry guns and talk security. The Chinese paid a high price for their copper mining rights and took a huge risk. But if it pays off, our war against the Taliban might someday be remembered as the war that paved the way for Chinese domination of Afghanistan.” (thanks Khalid)

That’s us, most powerful hired gun on earth.

10. marisacat - 3 October 2010

hmmm.. 27 tankers last Friday.. and now 20 more hit in Pakistan, outside Islamabad..

The “enemy” gets a vote.

11. marisacat - 3 October 2010

enh. Too cute by half.

Two prominent liberals on Sunday joined a chorus of Democratic Party leaders arguing that liberal voters must get their heads in the game before the midterm elections, but one also argued that President Barack Obama must show more “urgency” and make it happen.

“We have a very serious situation, and I think there’s a concern that the president hasn’t seen that urgency,” Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, said the president’s accomplishments during the past two years are “nothing to sneeze at,” but he has yet to stand “up for the American people the way we would like him to,” even though he campaigned on a “progressive agenda to expand the middle class.”

Appearing with Sanders, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said it was up to Democratic supporters to cease what he called their “internal carping” over the party’s legislative accomplishments and present a unified case for Democrats’ return to power. Some liberal Democrats are frustrated over what they see as White House compromises with Republicans on big agenda items like health care and don’t believe Obama has fought hard enough for their principles. ….

Read more: People Mag (what else!)

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 October 2010

really, fuck them.

marisacat - 3 October 2010

Little red engine childrens’ story that fucking couldn’t and in fact broke down and belched diesel oil in front of everyone. Left gas stains all over the roadway, too….


BTW, ABC sent …. David Mure I think is the weekend anchor of the national evening news, anyway they sent him over night to London and they taped the commentators and talk hosts on the radio as they drove around London, commenting on our so fake so lame so fucking stupid “alert”.

Ken Livingstone called us PATHETIC. The BBC just dripped sarcasm.

I loved it!

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 October 2010

pathetic is a good word for us.

marisacat - 3 October 2010

oh it was very embarrassing … if one supports the state and their propaganda.

AND the evening news admitted, after playing out all the sturm and drang that Obby/CIA/whoever is spitting up, the German nationals, the Mumbai-like plans, the Pakistani cells, Osama has sanctioned this non existant supposed plans… on and on, ABC admitted that the State Dept admits [drumroll] “there is no new information”

All there is is CHATTER.

Europe is laughing. At us………..

I really DO think that the US assumes that because Europe succumbs to racism (hell who does not) and is pissed at a Big Fat New Religion visibly growing there, several countries make moves to Ban the Burka!, that they are ripe for our bullshit of fear mongering.

marisacat - 3 October 2010

HA’ARETZ made fun of us… and our funny little “alert”.

Isn’t that like the gun calling out the pistol?

The generic nature of the alert helps sow panic. It doesn’t even specify a country, much less a city. It essentially tells American (and British ) citizens that it’s every man for himself.

On the other hand, they actually did like it… and pretend it is not being laughed at… (we’ll always have Israel. And Guam. LOL)

[T]he recent American and British anxiety was not met with official protests or outrage by European governments; if anything, it was met with a degree of understanding.

In most European Union countries, especially Britain, Germany and Italy, security and intelligence organizations increased their vigilance and efforts to foil terrorist plots, working on the assumption that terror cells may already be on the move within Europe. ….

ms_xeno - 3 October 2010

Sanders is an “independent” to the same degree that I’m a fucking supermodel.


marisacat - 3 October 2010

oh come ON ms_xeno!

Have you no respect for our one, our only, our elderly, our Vermonter (so close we could shove it into Canada and not notice!) SOCIALIST?

Where is your respect.

ms_xeno - 3 October 2010


I hocked it so I could get an uninsured tooth filled.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 October 2010


So Long, Jerk
Why liberals will be glad to see Rahm Emanuel go.

This is the kind of stuff liberals are used to hearing about Emanuel. If it ever impressed them, it doesn’t anymore. After two years of Emanuel, they are convinced that he was a paper tiger, a hack who never missed a chance to weaken the progressive agenda and a man whose toughness never translated to big, meaningful victories over Republicans.

“I thought we’d get the guy who busted balls in the House,” says Markos Moulitsas, the founder of Daily Kos, one of many online salons of anti-Rahm sentiment. “Instead, we got a White House more obsessed with getting [Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike] Enzi aboard the health care reform plan than on passing the best possible legislation and doing whatever it took to make it happen.”

Dumbass … anybody who’s surprised by anything Barry & the Chitown Boyz have done is either stupid or not paying attention.

marisacat - 3 October 2010

Well………… rahm and kos are about the same size……….. yes?

Some news segment I caught today, a camera crew out on Chicago streets … let’s just say, the everyman was not beating the bullrushes for Rahm. And it was mentioned he has no political base. Not a long time steady resident of the city as an adult either…

Tho one very young black girl did say: if Obama is for Rahm then he will win. GOod Luck! I suggest reading the news should help! 😆

An excuse to get out of town (as in DC), I think.

13. marisacat - 3 October 2010

Pathetic is the only word….

[W]hite House Assistant Press Secretary Nicholas Shapiro said in an e-mail to reporters:

“The President has been following the threat information on a daily basis and was informed on the travel alert throughout. From the day we became aware of this latest plot, the President made clear we need to do everything possible to disrupt this plot and protect the American people. Whether the State Department issues a travel alert is the decision of the State Department but this alert is responsive to the President’s direction that we spare no effort.” ….

Read more: Link to People Mag

I bet Sully is on very very high, super high, alert.

So embarrassing.

14. marisacat - 4 October 2010


Headline at UK Independent:

“Nobel experts predict low-key prize after Obama”.

No shit.

15. marisacat - 4 October 2010

Oh vry amusing… Germany is warning of “alarmism”….


marisacat - 4 October 2010

Meanwhile back at the drone ranch… we are running headlines that, by gosh by golly!, we got those pesky “German national” militants in NW Pakistan.

Looks like a trade war, of some sort, to me. I’ll knock out your tourism…. etc.

marisacat - 4 October 2010

hmm I think USA!! USA!! did not like the reaction they were getting so specifics are in the follow up.

Airport “lobbies” are what is targetted.


I guess they mean the various CONCOURSES.

Maybe the Federated Muslim AF should just attack an airport, bomb from above. Get this over with.

16. diane - 4 October 2010

Re: Meg, her hubster, Rutherford G. Harsh, and their significant land ownership, in Telluride, Colorado .

I found these two links from your Telluride Watch link, hon:

09/15/10 article

03/04/10 article

As you’ve implied hon, both pieces, were quite clear that Meg and Rutherford were adamant about preserviing their right to somehow commercialize that land…..while pretending earthly concern …to do the right thing…………………

(and yeah, that hasn’t changed my mind about not voting for Jerry, although I am quite clear that he would be a nanotidbit better, than Meg (Griffith Rutherford Harsh) Whitman.)

diane - 4 October 2010

“bite me” is sounding rather good for that ballot …I mean ..after all ..how much can folks be bitten before they beg for that “life” ending bite?

diane - 4 October 2010

unfortunately, very unfortunately ….I need to say …that I don’t believe that a life should be “ended” …quite that way ….

marisacat - 4 October 2010

The whole thing is hilarious.

Oh I am sure Jerry would be ….. no matter what, better than Meg. I do think, should she win, this is a stepping stone for Meg… some people say she wats to run for pretzel.. my guess would be VP pick by Romney, the ultimate White Business Ticket.

It is silly that so many people buy into the idea that a CEO, corp board member is somehow competent… or even very intelligent.

The one thing Jerry did manage to convince me of at the first debate, h does actually want the job… at least at the moment.

The two of them cancelled a debate scehduled for today, on KGO. one with no time limits on answers.


Apparenlty in both published and private polling Jerry is significantly surging and she is losing fast what Latino numbers she may have picked up, tho of course she will get a slice….

so I doubt he wishes to make any unforced errors..and Miss Meg needs t avoid losing any more points…

diane - 4 October 2010

uugh Romney …..Beck …..and …ugh …Male Mormons (whatever other kinds are there, than male goldbrickers?) for The Singularity a forever Steel (GOLDPLATED) Hard On, or some such, …and yeah Anne Rand Too ………….sheesh it’s endless with too many offshoots to keep count of …quite the virus …..

and of course, not to mention that DRONING “Abrahamic” draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagn of a lie………..

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 October 2010

Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson on Where Ideas Come From

Kelly: It’s amazing that the myth of the lone genius has persisted for so long, since simultaneous invention has always been the norm, not the exception. Anthropologists have shown that the same inventions tended to crop up in prehistory at roughly similar times, in roughly the same order, among cultures on different continents that couldn’t possibly have contacted one another.

Johnson: Also, there’s a related myth—that innovation comes primarily from the profit motive, from the competitive pressures of a market society. If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.

Kelly: The musician Brian Eno invented a wonderful word to describe this phenomenon: scenius. We normally think of innovators as independent geniuses, but Eno’s point is that innovation comes from social scenes,from passionate and connected groups of people.

Johnson: At the end of my book, I try to look at that phenomenon systematically. I took roughly 200 crucial innovations from the post-Gutenberg era and figured out how many of them came from individual entrepreneurs or private companies and how many from collaborative networks working outside the market. It turns out that the lone genius entrepreneur has always been a rarity—there’s far more innovation coming out of open, nonmarket networks than we tend to assume.

Kelly: Really, we should think of ideas as connections,in our brains and among people. Ideas aren’t self-contained things; they’re more like ecologies and networks. They travel in clusters.

Johnson: Exactly. And that, by the way, is also a fantastic example of how ideas work. After you’d read a galley of my book, you emailed me and wrote, “It’s a book about why ideas are networks.” And even though that line is in my book somewhere, I had never really framed it that way in my mind. But ever since then, when people ask me about the book, I’ve been using that concept to explain it. You had come to my work with fresh eyes and pointed out a really lovely way of expressing the main thesis that had completely escaped me. That’s the way breakthrough ideas happen. They don’t come from contemplative geniuses sitting alone in their studies, trying to think new thoughts.

Kelly: In part, that’s because ideas that leap too far ahead are almost never implemented—they aren’t even valuable. People can absorb only one advance, one small hop, at a time. Gregor Mendel’s ideas about genetics, for example: He formulated them in 1865, but they were ignored for 35 years because they were too advanced. Nobody could incorporate them. Then, when the collective mind was ready and his idea was only one hop away, three different scientists independently rediscovered his work within roughly a year of one another.

marisacat - 4 October 2010

Really, we should think of ideas as connections,in our brains and among people. Ideas aren’t self-contained things; they’re more like ecologies and networks. They travel in clusters.

That works for me…

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 October 2010

me too … I think the idea that only individual genius motivated by profit is horribly destructive.

marisacat - 4 October 2010

it’s marketing….

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 October 2010
19. marisacat - 4 October 2010

gagagagag and just plain GAG.


Mike Flugenock at SMBIVA:

[J]eezus, what a fucking mistake. This was, without a doubt, the dullest demonstration ever held in DC — and I mean the Dullest. Demonstration. EVER. Even inasmuch as my pals warned me what I was letting myself in for, it was still a soul-crushingly wretched scene in its own way even worse than Beckapalooza was in August. No street theater, no puppets, no militant pizazz, no civil disobediences, no genuine sentiment, just a bunch of goddamn’ liberals waving mass-printed placards.

I chose to cover the immigrants’ rally and feeder march because 1)it was at the Capitol, five minutes’ walk from my house, and 2)the immigrants’ protests have always been better because they all come from countries where they really know how to throw a protest. Huh, some fuckin’ hope. The immigrants’ rally was totally overrun by SEIU jerks still proudly wearing their goddamn’ purple Obama ’08 jackets — and featuring Al Sharpton, to boot. Augggh, Reverend Fucking Al, The Cosmic Media Attention-Sucking Vortex, spouting his standard-issue faux militant boilerplate. It was all downhill from there. …

20. marisacat - 4 October 2010



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