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Looks like … 7 October 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.


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Looks like little love for Obama….

A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.

The non-specific US warning, which despite its vagueness led Britain, France and other countries to raise their overseas terror alert levels, was an attempt to justify a recent escalation in US drone and helicopter attacks inside Pakistan that have “set the country on fire”, said Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the high commissioner to Britain.

Hasan, a veteran diplomat who is close to Pakistan’s president, suggested the Obama administration was playing politics with the terror threat before next month’s mid-term congressional elections, in which the Republicans are expected to make big gains.

He also claimed President Obama was reacting to pressure to demonstrate that his Afghan war strategy and this year’s troop surge, which are unpopular with the American public, were necessary.

Not that it means much, love us love not…. There was a stray comment uttered in the past few days, Tom Dispatch caught it for his most recent essay (with Bacevich) that, should the US determine an attack on us had originated in Pakistan…… why, we would be FORCED to act unilaterally.

Achtung.  When do we crest into Czechoslovakia?  Poland?  We have an Africa campaign after all… Plans South of the border too.  Elsewhere…

And this, from the same Guardian piece:

Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s interior minister, publicly expressed his scepticism about the US terror warning, saying he saw no sign of an imminent attack on Germany.

He described the danger to Germany as “hypothetical“.

And this, a very reasonable concern:

He said fears were growing in Pakistan that the US was planning a bombing campaign using fixed-wing aircraft as well as drones in North Waziristan.

Hasan said Washington politicians failed to understand how much the US needed Pakistan in the “war on terror”. Nor did they realise that public anger over repeated US infringements of Pakistani sovereignty could boil over into attacks on American personnel and interests that the government might not be able to control.

“The government does not want to go down this road,” he said. “But people feel abused. If they [the Americans] kill someone again, they will react. There is a figure that there are 3,000 American personnel in Pakistan. They would be very easy targets.”

Tit for tat.  Love posies between armed lovers.  Unending war.


And now for the really big problems… I caught a segment on the evening news about this, with New York’s own short, ill-tempered Napoleon holdng forth.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg sought federal permission on Wednesday to bar New York City’s 1.7 million recipients of food stamps from using them to buy soda or other sugared drinks.

Can’t someone drop a 10 storey crane on his big fat toes  😳  – – or something? 

Knock him out.  Shut him up.




1. diane - 7 October 2010

now, now, …… Bloomberg may be right, …mustn’t let the future cannon fodder get too pudgy; that’s restricted for The Generals ……….

2. lucid - 7 October 2010

Hey guys… just finished an album that I’ll be releasing on October 18. If you’re interested you can stream all of the tunes on our facebook page. It’s a folk/americana project…

If any of you are in town, come out for the show.

brinn - 8 October 2010

Awesome, lucid!! Next time I get paid, I’ll order a hard copy! 😉

Congrats, and I wish I could come out for the show!! Any plans to come to Austin??

lucid - 8 October 2010

We’d love to. Let me get through the next month though… I’ve also got this Halloween show I’m co-producing, so I have no time right now to even think about planning tours.

The album should be available through CD Baby and for online download in about 4 weeks. I’ll let you know.

marisacat - 8 October 2010

The album should be available through CD Baby and for online download in about 4 weeks.

post it here when you know… 😉

catnip - 8 October 2010

Is it available anywhere else? I don’t use facebook.

lucid - 8 October 2010

The page is public. Anyone can access it and listen to the tunes regardless of whether or not they are on facebook. One of these days we’ll set up other sites as well [we can’t stand myspace, that’s why we have a facebook page for now].

catnip - 8 October 2010

Great! Thanks.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2010

hey, nice stuff! I like your cover of “The House Where Nobody Lives” a lot. Whole different take on the song.

lucid - 8 October 2010

Thanks Madman. We kind of did a 50’s country gold version. We always like to do something different with our covers, and since I’ve discovered how easy it is to buy mechanical licenses, every album from now on will at least have one or two.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2010

Don’t get me wrong, I liked your original stuff too, but I do put a lot of stock in a band’s ability to put a stamp on a cover that isn’t just a slavish recreation of the original. Kudos!

3. BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2010

He said fears were growing in Pakistan that the US was planning a bombing campaign using fixed-wing aircraft as well as drones in North Waziristan. – Guardian

Who says we’re not using fixed wing aircraft now?
The only question presented by Gates and Joint Chief Buck Turgidson types to their waning wordsmith OGoAheadAndBomba is what. to. call. it.

Operation Market…Garden HouseClinicSchool?
If you will.
A certain retro Dubya Dub Two ring to it but updated for appeal to the lost Goldwater Guy and Gal generation and their X Y and Z spawn surrounding us all.

The Full Cambodia. So to speak.
The only question is the name. How to sell it.
Which is where viral marketing and Ob – as they say- comes in. The objective I think IS to have crowds fainting before Jesus of Chicago. Not so metaphorically speaking.

IMO that’s the task they face: seeking another hook to sell expanded war in a very, very down market for it. As the Yellow Ribbon types are tapped out. Which is most everybody. Because Underneath it all, the marketing morph to Red White and Blue ribbons was just that, a market play. Now they gotta figure out how to pay for it. While “threats” to “our way of life”, uh, funny money – goes only as far as people still believe they have a stake.

Sorry to jump around, but right now, among the 80% with jobs , they have just been fucked royally. No news, I know. And not to get all Joe Klein Among the Small People, but I was talking to a union factory floor guy in PA, 67, life long Dem, who had planned around the Clinton era contract givebacks in exchange for job “security”. Saved 260 grand in CD’s, no stocks, all cash. The slicksters at his pension fund pounded him for years throughout the market levitations to go into mutual funds, he eventually did in 2006, whereby, in the last two years..
he was relieved of his entire life savings.

The Democrats are going to get killed.
As are the markets as more and more come looking for their money.
So good luck to Buck and Ob and all the peddlers of LOOK HERE, WE BOMB BROWN PEOPLE.

marisacat - 8 October 2010

A headline late yesterday said Ob was there to “buck up” Giannoulias. It was the Chicago Trib.

Laugh at him.

What ever hurts more….

4. BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2010

And as for Bloomie ….posing…about soda and food stamps. Like he doesn’t know why Coke and Pepsi had it classified as food to begin with.

Another freebie political pose.
GMAFB –> Sooner rather than later, the Mickey D’s of the world will also get their way, linking HHS FS funding to States to have the Restaurant Food Meals Program available to all recipients. NTIM.

But “Guidlines” of course will need to be reviewed, :rtoll: this Bloomie pose is probably a starting gun, and the non-debate will move from soda to dollar values on certain low cost prepared meals as food card swipables.
(Stamps are so passe. The banks saw to that.)

Cue Baby Fat Hunter* and HER bogus pose.
Tho I doubt they’ll have much sissy slapping over it till well after implementation. But if the Donklephants must put on a show for their constituencies , cue GOP pose over the fast food fix-ins fix in. Cue Michele’s hub and bud’s pose on equal opportunity to simple pleasures, protecting food service worker jobs, and reflections on how “ordinary on-the-go Americans” live.

In other words , they’ll line up everybody for heaping helpings of slop. To me, the Bloomie pose on soda seems to be a starting gun. While the pillaging and bombings go on.


*Always a chuckle, that tag on FLOTUS – “BFH” , Baby Fat Hunter, coined by Mcat.

marisacat - 8 October 2010

it had nto occurred to me they might make FS viable for prepared food.

brinn - 8 October 2010

Yeah, that always pissed me off about food stamps, I can buy 16 cases of Coke (not that I ever did — I only drink soda when it comes with whiskey in….) but I can’t buy a motherfucking 25$ package of diapers!!

marisacat - 8 October 2010

there always needed to be a paper products allowance…. food pantries here began soliciting for diapers an d other paper products sometime ago…..

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2010

no soda in MY whiskey!


5. BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2010

Pinched this off the Front Page of that rebellious
Daily Minor Operatives site..

A link to – Gasp
that Emma Goldman of the PWOG WORLD

Top 10 Reasons the Democrats Might Do Better In 2010 Than You Think
By: Jane Hamsher Thursday October 7, 2010 12:13 pm

C’mon little doggies. Time to get in the car.

marisacat - 8 October 2010

….it was time to cut her a check.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2010

He said fears were growing in Pakistan that the US was planning a bombing campaign using fixed-wing aircraft as well as drones in North Waziristan.

forgetting past, happily repeating it.

7. marisacat - 8 October 2010

Dropping like flies…

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Gen. James Jones Resigns as National Security Adviser, to Be Replaced By Thomas Donilon [10:22 a.m. ET]

For more on this and other breaking news go to ABCNews.com: http://abcnews.go.com?nwltr=bn

ts - 8 October 2010

Those deck chairs won’t rearrange themselves.

marisacat - 8 October 2010


The oncoming iceberg will do it tho………………. 😉

BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2010

But on the upside,
think of the Free lockets and “My Heart Will Live On” CD available on the Pwog Blogs all month.

What’s next?
Biden, Clinton, MO ,Kids, Canine “Bo” to Leave WH.
‘Whole Barry thing’ Run its Course,
‘Gang of 6’ say.

– Famiy dog reveals rental agreement from agency.
– Biden claims ‘no knowledge’ of Vice Presidency.
– Clinton to adopt Internationally Famous Black children, form “Foundation” run by Howard Wolfson.


BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2010

– Wolfson,
Senior Advisor to Independent NY Mayor Bloomberg..

Ah well, Jones is out.
Good thing we still have rock ribbed types like Janet Nap on the Homefront. 😆

catnip - 8 October 2010


marisacat - 8 October 2010

I have long said, Reggie Kennedy claims the dog. Admits with Ted gone the whole thing was a pantomime.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2010

I hope Tellulah holds his head underwater when he swims up to the lifeboat.

marisacat - 8 October 2010

whatever hurts the most…

8. marisacat - 8 October 2010

Wall St luvs unemployment.. they really really do!

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Dow Crosses 11,000 for First Time in 5 Months [11:37 a.m. ET]

For more on this and other breaking news go to ABCNews.com:

BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2010

Another sucker’s rally. It’s all circular trading to support the big index hugging funds.
They’re still peddling high P/E ratios, still churning trades to get their cut.

Nobody sneeze.

brinn - 8 October 2010


Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2010

Hi Brinn!

marisacat - 8 October 2010

oh even I understood P/E ratios.

9. marisacat - 8 October 2010

ugh I almost turned it off… the local talk radio is covering the Bloomberg soda edicts.

Turns out Orange Juice (all that Sunny Goodness from Sunny Florida, come ON! We all know OJ is GOOD FOR YOU!) has more sugar than 8 oz of regular, non diet, sugared Pepsi.

I wonder if Bloomberg could find his own butt and butt out.

brinn - 8 October 2010

When I can make the banksters and other “more money than sense” idjuts who benefit from my largesse as a taxpayer follow MY edicts for how they should live and what they should spend their $$$ on, then I might consider them voicing their opinions on what folks on food stamps and/or unemployment might do with theirs/ours. Until then? They can fuck right the hell off and shut their damned pieholes as well.

lucid - 8 October 2010

He’s banning smoking OUTSIDE at city parks, beaches and ‘public areas’ [like the new time square thingy]. We’d do much better to ban cars…

catnip - 8 October 2010

…or him.

marisacat - 8 October 2010

hmm I don’t think we ban smoking yet at the beach, but I am unsure.

Gavin being such a “clean liver” or whatever his sort call themselves.

brinn - 8 October 2010

Ya’ll ever seen the movie Demolition Man with Sandra Bullock, Wesley Snipes and Sly Stallone?

…You see, according to Cocteau’s plan, I’m the enemy, ’cause I like to think; I like to read. I’m into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I’m the kind of guy who likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, “Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?” I WANT high cholesterol. I wanna eat bacon and butter and BUCKETS of cheese, okay? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green Jell-o all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to, okay, pal? I’ve SEEN the future. Do you know what it is? It’s a 47-year-old virgin sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing “I’m an Oscar Meyer Wiener”.

–Edgar Friendly, terrorist

marisacat - 8 October 2010

oh that is great! No I never saw it, will look it up and add it to the NFlix list… thnks……….

brinn - 8 October 2010

You’ll love it, MCat — I hope Netflix has it!

brinn - 8 October 2010

Oh, and did I mention it’s set in Cali? 😉

Netflix does have it! Streaming even! I may watch it right now! lol!

marisacat - 8 October 2010

I just looked it up and added it to the list… thanks!!

brinn - 8 October 2010

Most welcome!! Just make sure you take the first bit with an ear to the satire involved, otherwise you might be inclined (as I was many years ago) to write it off as another stupid ass Stallone film….

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2010

I love that movie!

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2010

they’ve done that here in WI …stupid. Get rid of the belching trucks, SUVs, Harleys and musclecars these meatheads love and I’d be impressed that people gave a shit about lung cancer.

10. catnip - 8 October 2010

Those darn Chinese are stealing one of my signature reactions: China calls Nobel decision ‘blasphemy’;

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2010

they’re finally reacting to the prize they gave Barry?

marisacat - 8 October 2010

I dunno…. Orville Schell was on PBS NewsHour and I picked up a mixed response… will poke around a bit later tonight.

Schell said this will cause a hardening inside China, more than anything else…. The wife lives in a very substantial, heavily gated multi unit property in Beijing…

I think maybe some people would like the whacky old Norwegians to dry up and blow away.

11. catnip - 8 October 2010

Via El WaPo:

Breaking News Alert: Sen. Reid calls on major lenders to halt foreclosures in all 50 states

Major lenders: “Huh? Did somebody say something?”

12. marisacat - 8 October 2010

Times are tough.

Soaring healthcare costs are causing Microsoft to scale back its generous employee healthcare program.

The company told its employees today that they would have to start paying for some of their healthcare benefits in 2013, TechFlash reports.

Microsoft is one of the few companies that covered 100% of its employees healthcare.

But, healthcare costs have grown in the last ten years. It’s not projected to change anytime soon, so Microsoft is moving to save some money.

Todd Bishop at TechFlash has a fabulous explanation of what’s happening at Microsoft from an insurance expert: …

Read more: Link to BI

brinn - 8 October 2010

WTF?! Bill and Mel are running around giving billions away but they need to cut the health care bennies of their own workers?!??!

Does not compute.

marisacat - 8 October 2010

well Google is investing in what is being called government housing.. BI reported that yesterday. For the tax benefits, kind of a 10, 15 year plan…

My guess is they invest, via some government vehicle, in these big massive developments which are shoe horned into neighborhoods based on a small small small percentage of “affordable housing” as a part of th overall developemnt. As we really do not build tru subsidized housing any more…

I am sure this is all very complicated… too complicated for the wee humans to comprehend. We should jsut bow to our masters.

This is the Business Insider story btw.

brinn - 8 October 2010

Ah, Pottervilles revisited — right, we small-minded folk could never understand….

13. marisacat - 8 October 2010

Fucking Fleet Week, the F/A 18s (I looked it up) are booming over head. There was one yesterday and one today, too low too heavy too fast – – – – – where all I could think was… I don’t want to be a San Bruno fireball.

And when I looked up the details, the reports said this is a BIGGER Fleet Week, than ever.

ugh. What on earth do people do with skittish dogs.

14. marisacat - 8 October 2010

Hey. Whatever hurts.

CNN’s Ed Henry

Washington (CNN) — When he got his hands on an advance copy of Bob Woodward’s new book “Obama’s Wars” before it hit stores and started reading it earlier this month, I’m told that White House National Security Adviser Jim Jones simply blew a gasket.

Jones was so furious about his portrayal in the book that the retired four-star general told friends later that he promptly took the book and mailed it back to Woodward, as if to say the book wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on, according to a close friend of his who spoke to me on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the national security adviser’s private conversations.

When I pressed a senior administration official on whether or not Jones did in fact put the book in a box and mail it back to Woodward, the official simply said no comment, refusing to confirm or deny the postal service protest.

I spoke to Woodward several days ago, and he said he was not aware of Jones mailing the book back and was surprised to hear that Jones was so upset with his treatment in the book.

😆 Sounds like the WH blew a gasket itself, at the reports of Jones’ nicknames for Rahm Axelrod and Lipless.

As in, “waterbugs”, “Politburo” and “Mafia”.

I thought the names were pretty good ones.

Whatever hurts, may they all chew each other to death. Tearing gristle from bone.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2010

Hitchens – Tumortown

In her famous essay on Hollywood, Pauline Kael described it as a place where you could die of encouragement. That may still be true of Tinseltown; in Tumortown you sometimes feel that you may expire from sheer advice. A lot of it comes free and unsolicited. I must, without delay, begin ingesting the granulated essence of the peach pit (or is it the apricot?), a sovereign remedy known to ancient civilizations but now covered up by greedy modern doctors. Another correspondent urges heaping doses of testosterone supplements, perhaps as a morale booster. Or I must find ways of opening certain chakras and putting myself in an appropriately receptive mental state. Macrobiotic or vegan diets will be all I require for nourishment during this experience. And don’t laugh at poor old Mr. Angstrom above: somebody has written to me from a famous university to suggest that I have myself cryonically or cryogenically frozen against the day when the magic bullet, or whatever it is, has been devised. (When I failed to reply to this, I got a second missive, suggesting that I freeze at least my brain so that its cortex could be appreciated by posterity. Well, I mean to say, gosh, thanks awfully.) As against all that, I did get a kind note from a Cheyenne-Arapaho friend of mine, saying that everyone she knew who had resorted to tribal remedies had died almost immediately, and suggesting that if I was offered any Native American medicines I should “move as fast as possible in the opposite direction.” Some advice can actually be taken.

Even in the world of sanity and modernity, though, it often cannot. Extremely well-informed people also get in touch to insist that there is really only one doctor, or only one clinic. These physicians and facilities are as far apart as Cleveland and Kyoto. Even if I had possession of my own aircraft, I would never be able to assure myself that I had tried everyone, let alone everything. The citizens of Tumortown are forever assailed with cures, and rumors of cures. I actually did take myself to one grand palazzo of a clinic in the richer part of the stricken city, which I will not name because all I got from it was a long and dull exposition of what I already knew plus (while lying on one of the fabled establishment’s examination tables) a bugbite that briefly doubled the size of my left hand: completely surplus even to my pre-cancerous requirements but a real irritation to someone with a chemically corroded immune system.

marisacat - 8 October 2010

He might need to get out of Tumortown.

Hardly anybody remembers Monica Lewinsky’s father… but he was an oncologist. Just one more lumpy, fleshy, over fed, over paid doctor, but where it really revealed itself, I thought, was in the name he gave his clinic.

Western Tumor.

I’m pretty sure I’d have the cab keep going.

ts - 8 October 2010

It’s naht a toomah!

I just had to say that…sorry.

marisacat - 8 October 2010

Don’t worry Mr Hitchens, you’ll leave here feeling a lot lighter….


16. marisacat - 8 October 2010



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