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Curl up 8 December 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

A rare white hedgehog curls up on a leather glove during its presentation at a hedgehog breeding home in Heinsberg, Germany. The color occurence is caused by depigmentation on the animal’s thorns and fur. (Horst Ossinger / EPA)

Re-using an old pic… the poor creature, presented for viewing, looks like I feel……….



1. marisacat - 8 December 2010

Well… obviously I zoned out during his presser as I did not hear this.

Seems he is our North Star as well. Our compass, our hope, our way home?

Does seem to be what he is saying.

“[M]y job is to make sure that we have a North Star out there. … And at any given juncture, there are going to be times where my preferred option, what I am absolutely positive is right, I can’t get done. And so then my question is, does it make sense for me to tack a little bit this way or tack a little bit that way, because I’m keeping my eye on the long term and the long fight — not my day-to-day news cycle, but where am I going over the long term? And I don’t think there’s a single Democrat out there, who if they looked at where we started when I came into office and look at where we are now, would say that somehow we have not moved in the direction that I promised.

catnip - 8 December 2010

“[M]y job is to make sure that we have a North Star out there. …

No G*d complex there. No siree.

ts - 8 December 2010

I think he’s saying he’s a giant fiery ball of gas. Maybe he just ate a breakfast burrito that morning.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010


2. marisacat - 8 December 2010


NOTED: The New York Times also crunched the tax numbers and found that while the compromise proposal would help almost everybody, some low income Americans would actually see their taxes go up.

“The only groups likely to face a tax increase are those near the bottom of the income scale — individuals who make less than $20,000 and families with earnings below $40,000,” The Times’ David Kocieniewski reports. “The proposal does not include an extension of Mr. Obama’s signature tax cut, the Making Work Pay credit, which provided a credit of up to $400 for individuals and $800 for families of low and moderate income.

Instead, the plan creates a one-year reduction in Social Security payroll taxes, which are generally levied on the first $106,800 of income.” http://nyti.ms/iafYnQ

brinn - 8 December 2010

That’s be me and mine! I am so freaking thrilled! I will be all out of everything (including my retirement) in 2-3 months. Was kinda counting on something back from the IRS, but now it looks like I might have to be lucky if I don’t end up OWING THEM….

fucking lovely.

marisacat - 8 December 2010

ugh it applies THIS year?


marisacat - 8 December 2010

They are really hitting those with the least, and those who need to spend money rather than hoard it….

Simply withholding a COLA (announced in early sping of 2009 for 2010 and 2011) from SS and SS Dis keeps 13 billion out of the economy every year.

That 13 bil is better SPENT than held by the government.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010


marisacat - 8 December 2010

and that increase on those groups is a long time goal of the Republicans.

LOL Obbie, signed up as a Republican player long ago, is my guess.

3. marisacat - 8 December 2010

Lordy I missed this ticbit:

Sex in Sweden sans condom is rape.

That strikes me as overbroad. From what I have read it was mutually agreed with the second woman, with the first it broke.

And do I care.

Time for an Raisin English muffin loaded with butter and four fruits jam.

NOBODY ever got better on hospital food, as my Mother used to say…………….

lucid - 8 December 2010

The only time I spent the night in the hospital, I avoided the food altogether – was lucky enough to have someone come bring me some whole milk yogart and fruit…

marisacat - 8 December 2010

There were two lunch selections that were tolerable, rather like better cafeteria food of another era, simple salmon, tolerable sauce, with rice and asparagus… very edible… that was Thursdays…. and a chicken breast (Tuesdays), but not made like I like it of course, but with a simple mushroom sauce, very nice string beans, not overcooked and rice.

Whoever worked out those two plates and formulated a cooking of it, did well.

The rest was …………….. I began to order “half portions” as no one noticed that I did…. and they would think I ate more, when they looked at the plate.

AND they had me on LS, NAS… low chol, and for a while only margarine… and only sugar for tea. No cream, some concoction…. Finally they loosened up a bit.

Took all of the first visit to make them see I am not diabetic, have never been diabetic and in all likelihood will never be diabetic.

My nickname for the little slicer machine they ran in to use on a finger before everyfucking non meal, was
the swtichblade.

I fianlly got a nurse to take pity on me, to compare the daily numbrs and see I AM NOT DIABETIC.

I had run out of sides of fingers to donate to the cause.

catnip - 8 December 2010

Bone-dry chipped beef…mmmm.

The best choice was always the jello.

marisacat - 8 December 2010

they are not into jello anymore. I really CAN tolerate jello. They seem to do a gelatinous, inedible pudding. Lemon, chocolate, butterscotch.

ts - 8 December 2010

From what my wife tells me, hospital food in Taiwan is so good that people stay an extra day or two if they can get away with it.

4. marisacat - 8 December 2010

I am watching Euronews and they are still marching in Athens… film from today… and a 24 hour Metro strike…

We in the meanwhile are still on the fucking plantation.

Fortress America, Plantation America.

5. marisacat - 8 December 2010

Cosy cosy! Scammers all on a pot together. Or in a bed together…..

December 08, 2010

Categories: Washington Post.

Kaplan Higher Ed to cut 5% of workforce

Kaplan Higher Education, the Washington Post Company cash cow that is expected to deliver significantly less cash once the federal government changes its lending rules for for-profit colleges, announced plans to cut about 770 jobs or 5% of its workforce, Bloomberg reports.

The cuts are due to slowing enrollment, and not, according to Kaplan spokesman Tom Hoyt, a result of pending litigation.

Kaplan Higher Education has come under increasing scrutiny for its recruiting and marketing practices, and is facing a handful of lawsuits. Over the summer, the Government Accountability Office found instances of fraud at 15 for-profit colleges, including two Kaplan campuses.

In response to some of these concerns, Kaplan Higher Education has altered some of its practices, including a new program that allows students to enroll without committing for several weeks, an attempt to eliminate the incentive to recruit unqualified students.

“Allowing students four or five weeks of conditional enrollment is quite a bold step,” Washington Post Company Chairman Don Graham told the New York Times last month. “Plainly, in the short term, it will lead to a shrinkage of enrollment, but we don’t know how much

6. BooHooHooMan - 8 December 2010

Welp. If ya gotta use a visa use it before ten after five tuhday…

marisacat - 8 December 2010

which makes me so happy….

it may all mean nothing but bits and pieces are moving.

BI is interestingly very opposed to “stuff”… these days, and I agree with them. They seem to hate Bernanke. Good position.


7. catnip - 8 December 2010

Speaking of Obamalama having a G*d complex, I damn near choked on my spittle when I saw this Newsweek cover in a store recently.

marisacat - 8 December 2010

oh is that the Krishna (Shiva?) cover?

More hialrious was that Hindus got all whupset. They wanted an apology from Newsweek… I lost track of N offered one, I so hope NOT.

Why do I not care. Must be that old time religion smell.

catnip - 8 December 2010

I haven’t heard anything about the blowbak. My first reaction was: WTF? He’s a secret Muslim – not a secret Hindu! ;0

I just object to him being portrayed as any deity. I suppose they couldn’t have pictured him as a black Xtian G*d because the religious right wingnuts would have had a LOT to say about that. But, if they wanted to show him juggling, they should have pasted his head on a clown pic. That’s a more accurate representation in his case.

marisacat - 8 December 2010

but he was offered as some God sent semi deity. FUCKING Pelosi announced to a big three tier fundraiser (top tier $30,400 and mostly all desi, US born Indians) in San francisco in August of 2008, that he “was sent to us by God”.

I mean, fucking hell.

And the black church embraces him in the most sick, distasteful way. Even the embrace of that sick peacock Wright as “saying the same things Martin said”. Well no, not if you READ the Riverside Church speech. Wright was a scammer (city state funds) and a fake shaman, PT Barnum event for the mini masses of SS Chicago…..

After that, all boundaries were off.

8. marisacat - 8 December 2010

So…. Aretha may have pancreatic cancer….

lucid - 8 December 2010

That’s awful…

9. marisacat - 8 December 2010


Visa.com goes up and down again, it seems…

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010


10. marisacat - 8 December 2010

[B]ut is Obama really supposed to say, as the first African-American president, that same-sex marriage is his first priority? Clearly he believes in it; he’s a constitutional scholar. It’s not conceivable to me that he believes that state-sponsored marriage should be unavailable to same-sex couples, even if he has religious scruples.”

– Tony Kushner in NY Mag, via IOZ


Wow honey. Chill.


[I] find Kushner’s bland political attitudes dispiriting. (Compare this mild-mannered apologia for Obama to mad Harold Pinter calling for Tony Blair to hang.) His defense of Obama’s militarism is that he “inhereited” two wars. His defense of Obama’s wealth-coddling is that he “inherited” a “collapsing global economy.” These are the sorts of defenses that you’d expect in the hack pages of The Nation. Oh . . . oh. What? Tony writes for The Nation? He’s on its editorial board?


Kushner is also sickeningly pro Israel. Big Time Defender.

11. marisacat - 8 December 2010

I hear on the radio there is a fake cage match in congress… supposedly those ‘chicken feet roasting on the bar b q’ Dems wanna give SS recipients 250.00

Yeah right.

But it is the R “fighting it as something we just cannot afford”.

Yeah right.

(and apparntly it is 14 billion that would go into the economy, not 13… )

12. marisacat - 8 December 2010

Gosh it is nice to read IOZ, who reads stuff I cannot anymore.

Annals of Comparative Constructs

Just as Abraham Lincoln had to lead the nation from slavery and Franklin Roosevelt from the Depression, this president must lead the nation from the calamitous failures of three decades of conservative dominance.

-Katarina maxima Noodle

That’s one hell of a just as.

Ob is one hell of an Abrahamic North Star.

I feel so uncomforted.

(think I spied lucid and ts in the thread……….. 😆 )

lucid - 8 December 2010

’twas me… I pop in a comment there now and again.

ts - 8 December 2010

I had to comment over there because we were missing your fearless leadership over here. It’s great that you’re back. I hope this was it for the health problems for a good while.

Did you meet House?

marisacat - 8 December 2010

I oculd have used House. But he never showed up.

Instead I got a real insight into how useless ”online medical information” is, a file binder readily readable at the nurses station is…..

they rely on the patient. VOer and over, not just for an in the moment up date (are you in pain NOW?) but for you to to inform them of your treatment.


I ahd to correct one cardio that saw me in both stays that the dual diagnosis (tiny tiny tiny embolism lower right lung and cardiac inflammation and some effusion on the heart) had been the same for both visits. Just a lot lot worse (the heart not the embolism) by the second.

On the other hand, three times in my last days they sent the nurse I seemed to be stuck with and really disliked to try o sell me on flu shot, pneumonia shot.


marisacat - 8 December 2010

oh ooops I hope I was not misunderstood, I love seeing comments from posters here, elsewhere.


ts - 9 December 2010

nope. don’t worry about it.

13. marisacat - 8 December 2010

I just happened to stumble on this while in needle gulag… Charlie Ferguson (Inside Job documetary) on with Rose… and Ferguson can indeed say “Obama”, tho I noitced on the tags for the vid and transcript it only indicates Bushiter.


[C]HARLIE ROSE: Are these the same kind of things that people who
worked at Enron went to jail for?

CHARLES FERGUSON: They’re very similar. And as a practical matter I
am absolutely certain that these things could not have been done for as
long as they were as successfully as they were on the scale they were
without people committing massive criminal fraud.

CHARLIE ROSE: Do you expect that there will be prosecutions for
criminal wrongdoing coming out of what we now know and what you point out
in your — in your film and which people have pointed out in all the books
written about that crisis which now must be numbering up close to 50?

CHARLES FERGUSON: Yes, many, many. Whether there will be or not
unfortunately I have to give this quite depressing answer. It is a
function of political pressure because

it is unfortunately, disastrously, tragically clear that the Obama administration has no interest in doing
anything about this.

CHARLIE ROSE: And the reason is?

CHARLES FERGUSON: That’s a very good question. I’d like to be
President Obama’s psychoanalyst also. And, again, there’s a menu of
answers ranging from he’s personally very conflict averse to cold blooded
political calculation to lack of experience and therefore insecurity in
very large scale economic and financial matters and therefore being
prisoner of his advisors, perhaps some combination of all those things. I
don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know Mr. Obama. I only met him once for a few minutes. ….

Not Obbie’s job to do anything about anything, but kneel to the RW ptb.

14. catnip - 8 December 2010

This week’s spidey sense prediction: I think Alan Grayson is going to run as a primary challenger against G*dbama in 2012. He has too much of an ego not to.

15. marisacat - 8 December 2010

can anyone recommend an online resource for a pre paid cell phone?

ugh I think I have to break down, finally. I looked at the highest rated at Amazon, most of which are unavailable…

I don’t want to sign a complicated 2 year contract, but if I have to be in cabs and in the corridors of hospitals and medical offices, I better have some sort of phone with me.

Or email me
where.is.the.cat at gmail dot com

marisacat - 8 December 2010

I am looking at this one, at least at Amazon….

diane - 8 December 2010

I don’t know if you can do it online, but Metro PC offers a pay by month, unlimited local and long, no contract, which is very popular.

marisacat - 8 December 2010

thanks …looking around there now.

diane - 8 December 2010

you’re welcome hon, I think they have some minimalist options and I know they do a lot of business, as there are quite a few Metro Stores about.

brinn - 9 December 2010

I hate to say it, seeing as it is Wal-Mart, but they offer unlimnited talk/text/web access for $45/mo. (30 days), no contract. It is one of the best deals I’ve seen out there…if I didn’t still have a spot on my ex-in-laws’ family plan, I’d probably go for that. Dunno if it includes the phone tho…

catnip - 8 December 2010

Hmmm…we have a CDN site called Compare Cellular that lets you sift through the various plans and phones to find the best deal. There must be something comparable in the US.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010

Here’s an overview of the different prepaid companies:

Prepaid and specialty carriers

marisacat - 8 December 2010

thanks for taht, will take a look… I want the simplest, least tied in knots thing I can find.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010

I use Virgin Mobile’s prepaid service … it’s okay.

16. catnip - 8 December 2010

Wow. Lawrence O’Donnell is having a flipping meltdown lecturing Alan Grayson.


And no more caffeine for Larry.

marisacat - 8 December 2010

Poor Lawrence, always so high strung.

Someone should cut his wires.

lucid - 8 December 2010

AT least Olbermann has a decent lecturing voice. O’Donnell sounds like a dying cow.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010

at least dying cows can be made into ribs and steak.

17. marisacat - 8 December 2010

moiv forwarded these… apparently there is a meltdown ongoing in the black legions over at Roman Fort Dkos. Dkos is suddenly [high drama] seen to b a white pwog lynch mob.



hey Merry Christmas!

marisacat - 8 December 2010

egad. reading the second one. all about not being nice to Ob. and he is doing so much, ya know?

Good luck! Don’t write! Don’t call!

catnip - 8 December 2010

New depths of ridiculousness: if you say Obamalama doesn’t have any balls, that’s racist!

marisacat - 8 December 2010

someone who used to post here, did a DKos diary during the election that premised even asking “Can a black man win?” was racist.


Sorry it is all just laughable.

catnip - 8 December 2010

Those 2 diaries were quite entertaining. Thanks, moiv!

marisacat - 9 December 2010

I only recognised two screen names in the thread I made it thru.


lucid - 8 December 2010

I’m very early in to the comment thread, but this one is just so precious…

* [new] You are absolutely right. (16+ / 0-)

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The diarist is clearly at her wits end, and who here can’t relate with that!

She makes some very good points, and communicates effectively how she is feeling.

Passions and emotions are at a peak right now for a variety of reasons. Tolerance is needed by all towards each other, as such.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson

by Lucy2009 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 07:08:30 PM EST

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She makes some very good points and communicates effectively how she’s feeling!

Um. ok.

catnip - 9 December 2010

Yes, this and “Go fuck yourselves”…

Whether I look to my left or my right I see nothing but white people acting like this country didn’t have any damn problems until there was a nigger in the White House. I have had it and every black person I know has had it. We are getting increasingly into a “Goddamn America” kind of mood. You want the nigger out of the White House fine, but don’t expect us to help you replace him with your new, and no doubt white progressive hero.

And Adam B’s defence of the diarist in the comments [paraphrasing] “Well, maybe we should listen to what these black folks are saying.”


Yup. Nothing offensive at all there, Adam. Just a completely rational POV.

marisacat - 9 December 2010

I saw one comment that indicated Meteor Blades decides what is racist.

😆 … 🙄

ts - 9 December 2010

You can have passions and emotions. Just expect Obama to shit on them.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010
lucid - 8 December 2010

I actually logged into the operation payback IRC tonight before I went out to watch ND lose it’s first basketball game of the year. They were discussing who should be the next target and some suggested Ebay rather than Paypal because the former owns the latter… Hey, maybe Ebay next.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010

the Powers That Be really have no idea what they’re messing with. It’s like trying to step on one single ant and stirring up a whole nest.

ts - 9 December 2010

Anonymous has no fear.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010

A Distinctive Perspective on Assange

Ellsberg strongly rejects the mantra “Pentagon Papers good; WikiLeaks material bad.” He continues: “That’s just a cover for people who don’t want to admit that they oppose any and all exposure of even the most misguided, secretive foreign policy. The truth is that EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”

marisacat - 8 December 2010

there you go….

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010
lucid - 8 December 2010

Well… I’ve always wanted my ashes shot into space… a boy can dream no? 🙂

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010

In honor of both the anniversary tonight, and Teh One’s performance last night, I offer these words by John Lennon:

As soon as you’re born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool
Till you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

There’s room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010
Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2010

bummer, don’t think it worked.

lucid - 8 December 2010

My favorite of his songs. I almost puked tonight when Chris Matthews spent his moment of spooge on how much Lennon meant to him… especially when he waxed poetic about ‘Imagine’ saying, roughly, ‘it is protest against all of the institutions we use to justify war’… uh yeah, Chris, like the media you have promoted ever since you became a broadcaster…

ts - 9 December 2010

I’m glad I didn’t see that. I would have puked.

Tweety should be happy John isn’t here to call him out.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 December 2010

my favorite too

22. lucid - 8 December 2010

Oh, and this, priceless…

* [new] as a gay, disabled, poor person… (6+ / 0-)

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i can relate to the diarist, as well. i’m not saying i get her point from a black perspective but i can understand her anger and relate to it based on similar (not equal) discrimination.

i’m extremely disappointed with this president for very specific reasons…that i have expressed… concerns being dismissed as race-based. i object to that.

someone that uses hate speech is not one of my team members no matter their ethnicity, religion, ability, gender/gender identity or sexuality. not. gonna. happen.

but then, by those who tell me i have no right to presume how the diarist feels turn around and tell me that my feelings have no validity for whatever reason they give (and, again, they aren’t me so how can they know my motivation, if any?). hypocrisy defined.

“A time comes when silence is betrayal.” ~ MLK, Jr…i had much rather fight the enemy i can SEE than the enemy that PRETENDS to be my FRIEND.

by liberaldemdave on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 10:33:23 PM EST

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As a non-disabled, mostly straight, white man, I can tell all of you at Dkos, that you really suck as human beings. And you have achieved this status by being everything that the ridiculous right wing machine claims about you.

23. lucid - 9 December 2010

I put something up on Facebook… g’night dears!

24. marisacat - 9 December 2010



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