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Dumb clucks 6 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, India, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.

A Great White Shark approaches the cage

Divers swim with great white sharks off the coast of Mexico: As the owner of Big Animal Photographic Expeditions, ex-Israeli special-forces member Amos, 60, takes paying members of the public to interact face to face with great whites. “The aim of these expeditions is to show my clients that great whites are not the ferocious snarling creatures that we see in movies or in some documentaries,” he said. [AMOS NACHOUM / BARCROFT USA]

….amongst the sharks.

Obviously just the bare bones of whatever came down between Alex Sink, the Dem running for FL governor…. and the WH… but it tells enough.

I never heard an interview with her, a debate between the two… so … she easily could be, most probably is, one of those tedious, lame technologists/technocrats the Dems have run for a long time now (this is Florida, after all)… but losing by a single point, in a critical state, has to have hurt.

AND she is willing to complain, quite publicly. AND it is only the second post-election mention I have heard of wObbly being highly vulnerable on BP/Gulf/Dead and dying creatures, people and industries…

At least she said it. And I almost get the impression the wObblies are not clear on Florida – if that is possible…. And a few other states too….

[I]n an interview with POLITICO, Sink said the administration mishandled the response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, doesn’t appreciate the political damage done by healthcare reform and argued that her GOP opponent’s strategy of tying her to the president did grave damage to her candidacy in the state’s conservative Panhandle.


But Sink’s pointed critique expressed the sentiments of other Florida Democrats after an election in which the party lost four U.S. House seats and every statewide contest Tuesday, not to mention statehouse losses that left Democrats facing GOP legislative supermajorities in one of the largest states in the nation.   …

And a bit more…

“I think they were tone-deaf,” she said. “They weren’t interested in hearing my opinion on what was happening on the ground with the oil spill. And they never acknowledged that they had problems with the acceptance of health care reform.”

The new law, she said, is “unpopular particularly among seniors” — a key voting bloc in the Sunshine State.

So…… now they have Rubio….. and a R governor. One with a history of Medicare fraud himself, and neither they (nor she) could punch that home…. The state house in R hands… and so on.

And every indication wObbly is just going to waddle on… ably flanked by the OFA and the DNC… snicker snax.

White House aides and Democratic National Committee officials, however, say that without the involvement of the national party and Obama’s political arm, Organizing for America, Sink would have fared worse. [so familiar!]

“The DNC and OFA kept that campaign afloat,” said a senior West Wing official.

I get an image of a very defensive WH… sort of like a cat with the fur on its body electrified. (Good luck!)

Multiple Democratic sources familiar with Sink’s campaign, however, said administration officials were more concerned about the candidate’s effort to separate herself from the White House than with helping her win.

“She needed some distance and the smart thing to do was allow her to have that distance,” said a Democratic operative familiar with the race.“That would have served their long-term interest.”

But when the candidate criticized the White House response to the oil spill and specifically a summer speech by Vice President Joe Biden in a POLITICO article, an angry administration official called her to demand she “walk back” her assessment, said two sources familiar with the situation.

Obviously any WH runs with the self-interest petard at the ready. Hoisting appears to imminent however.

Their brilliance on display….

Still, when they weren’t protecting the president’s image, Obama aides were either totally unhelpful to the campaign or trying to big-foot the operation, according to sources familiar with the contest.

In the spring, when Sink’s campaign was adrift and desperately in need of a shake-up, there was a meeting in Washington with a group of senior Democrats.

Following the meeting, a mid-level White House political official sent out a one-page memo that operatives saw as so illustrative of the Obama team’s cluelessness about the race that they had it laminated and regularly mocked it.

The document, obtained by POLITICO, included such numbered headers as “Hire Key Staff” and “Develop and present a holistic campaign plan.”

A White House official said the memo was only a summary of the conversation for the participants — not a strategic plan.

Likely they were more interested in games with Charlie Crist.  Which fizzled.


It seems they are doing a bit more than just denuding the trees of coconuts around the Gandhi shrine…

 [O]n Monday, US secret agents visited the museum to plan Obama’s security detail.

They were accompanied by officers of Mumbai Police and civic officials of the D ward (where Mani Bhavan is located). While inspecting the route and the buildings lining up the route to the museum, the Americans detected a skyscraper near Peddar road and also found the area to be highly populated.

Since it is difficult to monitor such a congested area, they came up with a quick solution which left the Indians accompanying them amazed: A bomb-proof over-ground tunnel — to be installed by US military engineers in just an hour.

The tunnel would be a kilometre long and measure 12ft by 12ft — enough to let Obama’s cavalcade pass through. The tunnel would be centrally air-conditioned, fitted with close-circuit television cameras, and will be heavily guarded at every point, including, of course, its entry and exit.

Details about when exactly the tunnel would be made were not forthcoming. But officials said that the structure would be dismantled immediately after Obama leaves the area.

 Talk about overworking the grist mill. 

I’m calling for a movement (ha!) to Unfound The Foundling.   He’s too much trouble.


1. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 November 2010

Lindsey Graham Makes The Case For Strike On Iran

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — A leading U.S. senator on defense issues says any military strike on Iran to stop its nuclear program must also strive to take out Iran’s military capability.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who sits on the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, said Saturday the U.S. should consider sinking the Iranian navy, destroying its air force and delivering a decisive blow to the Revolutionary Guard.

He says they should neuter the regime, destroy its ability to fight back and hope Iranians will take a chance to take back their government.

His remarks stunned many in the audience at the Halifax International Security forum.

What is there left to say about these monsters?

marisacat - 6 November 2010

We are so blessed… meanwhile the Dems sold Webb to the hapless Virginians as opposing Iraq War. Sure he did, he thinks we should save ourselves for the coming Great Sea Battle with China.

The future looks bright. And really bad.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 November 2010

thermonuclear blast bright …

marisacat - 6 November 2010

yeah that is what I was thinking………………


As a friend of mine used to say, whatever you are wearing will be THE fashion and whatever is in the oven WILL be done.



ms_xeno - 6 November 2010

Well, I’m sure Obama will work with Graham. Obs’ll take the centrist position that we should just bomb half the country. Then they’ll agree to a compromise and just blow up three-quarters of it.

Hail the Great Moderate Democrat! Long may he reign! :p

dropout - 7 November 2010

One of the rethugs leaders said this week, that attacking Iran would unite the rethugs behind Obama, AND help the economy. I don’t know why I even bother with any of them.

marisacat - 7 November 2010

When in doubt: War!

When under further attack: More War!!

dropout - 7 November 2010

LOL…a real two-fer.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 November 2010

World’s Biggest Jesus Statue Is Finally Complete

NOTHING says piety better than competing over who can build the bigger idol.

3. catnip - 6 November 2010

He’s Not Your Boyfriend

Well..that went over as expected!

ms_xeno - 6 November 2010


The writer lost me with that bullshit about how “If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice.”

Fuck ’em.

4. marisacat - 6 November 2010

BTW, I am just starting a series of discs… Season 1 of Dexter.

And loving it, so far.

I had never even clicked on it, no matter how many times the suggestion popped up, the representative picture on the disc looked like it was some comedy.

It is comedic… but wow…

Serial murder… I am in heaven

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 November 2010

the first couple of seasons are very good, very black humor.

marisacat - 6 November 2010

just finished season 1, episode 1. A scream!

Yeah I see where ti could wear thin, depending on how they keep it humming…

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 November 2010

I haven’t started watching this season yet … Showtime has had it on for six weeks or so now.

Not saying the third and fourth seasons didn’t have their moments, but they weren’t as crisp as the first two. Still entertaining, though.

catnip - 6 November 2010

One of my favourite shows!

dropout - 7 November 2010

I envy you, you have 3 more seasons to watch for the very first time!

marisacat - 7 November 2010

I know! I just added 2 and 3 to the line up… and 4 to the Save List…

5. BooHooHooMan - 7 November 2010

Dumb clucks, indeed.
What a lovely post today!
A real Norman Rockwell view of the DP this
Sunday Dinner, eh? 😆 😉

The… Sink Obama. Sums it up quite nicely.

Florida: Run through the juicer.
Ohio and PA. Thrown in the Blast Furnace.
Michigan. In the car crusher.

Which, LOL – chortle chortle –
has Nothing to do with BARRY ® !
Don’t you see??!?!
A real silver lining!

6. BooHooHooMan - 7 November 2010

This distinctive piece is actually Frontpaged on
the Daily Deferential Diagnosis

It’s not an enthusiasm gap
by Mark Sumner
Sun Nov 07, 2010 at 06:00:03 AM PST

You heard it mentioned in the press a thousand times or more. The reason that Democrats didn’t appear on election day? The “enthusiasm gap.”

Republicans were riled up, raring to tear into Obama and Pelosi lovin’ representatives. They were shouting, sign-waving, rompin’ stompin’ growlin’ snarlin… well, let’s just say they were “fired up and ready to go.”

Democrats were either depressed or indifferent. Uninvolved and uninterested, ready to see what was playing on channel 4.

Thank You, Thank You,
Dr. TotallyFuckinRetarded

Democrats were, in reviewing the literature,

either depressed or indifferent. Uninvolved and uninterested, ready to see what was playing on channel 4.

But SPEAK NOT of a Lack of ENTHUSIASM! 😆

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 November 2010

Protesting pope with gay kiss flash mob

BARCELONA, Spain – Pope Benedict attacked abortion and gay marriage, recently legalised in Spain, in a Mass to consecrate Barcelona’s iconic church in another pointed criticism of what he called Spain’s “aggressive secularism.”

Spain’s legalization of abortion on demand this year and gay marriage in 2005 have stoked tensions with the Vatican but Madrid has tried to downplay any friction during the pope’s two-day visit.

Hundreds of gay and lesbians protested the Church’s position by kissing publicly as the pope passed by on his way to the fantastically embellished modernist Sagrada Familia, designed by Antoni Gaudi and under construction for 128 years.

“The Church resists every form of denial of human life and gives its support to everything that would promote the natural order in the sphere of the institution of the family,” the pope said in the Mass.

He also said “the indissoluble love of a man and a woman is the effective context of human life in its gestation, birth, growth, and natural end,” in a clear criticism of gay marriage.

Before Sunday the Sagrada Familia — which will eventually be able to seat more than 10,000 people — had never been used as a church. Gaudi died in 1926 and construction has been slow, funded only by visitor admission fees and donations.


It was not clear if the pope noticed the mass kiss protest in the midst of thousands of flag-waving supporters who cheered the pope as he rode by in a bullet-proof “pope mobile”.

“We are here for a peaceful protest. The church oppresses us and doesn’t respect us … We can’t tolerate this sort of pope in the 21st century,” said Eduardo Prado, 39, one of about 300 men and women who participated in the so-called queerkissflashmob.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero promoted the legalization of gay marriage, including adoption rights, and a law allowing abortion on demand for women 16 years and older during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Spain, where 76 percent of the population consider themselves Catholic, was the third country in the world to legalise homosexual marriage.

marisacat - 7 November 2010

…. “the indissoluble love of a man and a woman is the effective context of human life in its ….

😆 yeah yeah……………

BooHooHooMan - 8 November 2010

This really brought a smile all around.
Hoorray for the kissers!
What is more life embracing than that?

And such a sweet reminder, as the
yeah yeahGaudi died in 1926 and construction has been slow, funded only by visitor admission fees and donations.

Which combined, is exactly what my love noted and planted on the ole clueless kisser as I tried the ole Michaelangelo excuse when dragging ass finishing the house some years ago.

Oh well. Sorry to wander so…


But Gahd, Bennie and George..


It was not clear if the pope noticed the mass kiss protest in the midst of thousands of flag-waving supporters who cheered the pope as he rode by in a bullet-proof “pope mobile”.

Oh they noticed. And God only knows what Papal flagellations where in order to purge themsleves of – gasp – the thought.

Could life be more lost on them?
Most definitely. And I have real issues with how the Kisses and Death shares are handed out.

8. BooHooHooMan - 8 November 2010

But we move on!
Just that, we move on, breaking –

MSNBC to Lift Olbermann Suspension on Tuesday

Another Historic Tuesday! {chortle chortle}

“MSNBC Folds!” read a headline on Daily Kos, one of the leading Web sites ™ ® for progressives ℠ ℠ , on Sunday night after Mr. Griffin’s statement was released.

In…. the New York Times.

But what a victory for citizens everywhere who can now rise up and choose which GE retainer will perpetuate the notion that the Status Quo and GE retainers are under seige and are likely to be forced off the air if we all don’t continue watching GE and their retainers lament about the Anti GE and GE retainer Status Quo on GE every night.

I have this right, no? LOL.

Two words: Ratings Stunt.

9. BooHooHooMan - 8 November 2010

Schumer cool on DSCC return

As in NOT cool with it. So not cool. LOL.

“I have been asked by Leader Reid….

Isn’t that delish?

… and many of my colleagues, and I’ve said I think I can better serve our country, our state, and our party by focusing on issues and getting us to refocus on the middle class,” said Schumer, according to a report in the New York Observer.

Schumer’s not alone. Ahead of what could be a daunting election cycle where Democrats have to defend more than twice as many seats as Republicans….

Not that it matters about Harry, Harry’s the help. And the DSCC slot. Pfft.
Puppeteer Chuck and the money he manages has moved on.

marisacat - 8 November 2010

doesn’t want to besmirch his record.

I just heard last night some 20+ democratic senators are up for re-election in 2012. And the context I heard it in, was that the R are not at all worried about getting Dem votes in the senate (when did they ever?)

10. BooHooHooMan - 8 November 2010

Germany China and Russia are slamming the Fed again today.

So we trot out the banker’s econoshills here, (to ooga booga Brazil) and, well, Ob, with the finger wag there,
“Obama says U.S. low growth or no growth danger to world”

while ECB Pres Trichet weighs in with a “Remain Calm!” there

a little more of the Bloomberg humping Geithner here…


11. marisacat - 8 November 2010

btw… I just noticed that the Salazar brother, the rep, lost in CO.

Very pleasing. I could care less if Hitler himself went in (just to push the metaphor!)

12. diane - 8 November 2010

We are all Oscar Grant (at least, most of US)/Mehserle verdict update

Quite the deliberate snare in ‘Oaktown’ Cali on Friday, November 5th, 2010, as the sun set on that tortured locale.

Oaktown looked (to my mind) quite like Iraq has looked like for some time now, as that sun set.

I’ve spent quite some time now, since my release, reading hardcopy and online nooz, the most heartfelt and true account, can be found here (to my knowledge)

For those who have never been arrested (my first time) yet spend much of their time outraged as to the fascism overwhelming us, it is everything you imagined and then some.

I cannot begin to express the joy I felt at those waiting to hug me (with food and FREE legal support) after I was discarded as so much trash, innocent yet not allowed to lace up my tennies before I was released, near 24 hours later from the Alameda County Jail in ‘Oaktown’ (OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA).

The latest I’ve read, was that 152 were arrested, we were told, after begging for food, the time of day/medical assistance, release time, there were 170 plus to be ‘processed’ in order to leave. 152 sounds reasonable from what I witnessed as to the vehicles carting us off.

Must say, US wimmens did have some great times, in our captivity, despite our fear. Which was ABUNDANT.

(and the MOTHERFUCKERS STOLE MY PROPERTY (cigarettes and lighter). I mean really, it is still legal of course to buy cigarettes and a lighter, and if it isn’t legal, why did those cops gleefully partake in smoking those cigarettes which I paid for?)

diane - 8 November 2010

sorry if that that link didn’t work…not surprised though; you may be able to access it via this link at the sentence:

For the complete story and video visit here

diane - 8 November 2010
marisacat - 8 November 2010

The whole thing was orchestrated, imo. Did you see or hear of any of the incidents the police used as the excuse to begin arrests?

The brick to the head of a cop, the taking of a gun belt holster and gun?

I also heard that night, that on 6th St residents were chanting, “Let them Go, Let them GO”…. but reports of that only survived the night…

I am glad you are safe…

diane - 8 November 2010

unfortunately I’m feeling like I should keep things restrained, will share when I feel safe to do so. I will say that I’ll bet that the “vandalism” on that evening was likely far less than the normal vandalism in a locale where human beings have been treated as unworthy dogs for decades.

I witnessed no vandalism, and I was there at 14th and Broadway from about 3:30; and in the march, from point A to pint Z, the mass arrest.

Kisses to all concerned, thank you so very much Marisa for the ability to convey my thoughts.

diane - 8 November 2010

Whose street? …OUR STREET…Whose park? ….OUR PARK….Whose country? ….OUR COUNTRY…Whose world? …OUR WORLD ….whose earth? … OUR EARTH

diane - 8 November 2010

I can, and will, add: I also witnessed no assaults on any police, one would have to not care much for their own lives anymore to make an attack against the stunning weaponry on display on the ground and in the air, on that evening.

13. marisacat - 8 November 2010



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