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Ministrations 16 December 2010

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

Researchers dressed in panda costumes check the body temperature of a panda cub during its physical examination at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Centre for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province, China. The four-month old cub is the first in the centre to be trained for reintroduction into the wild. Researchers performing physical examinations on the cub wear panda costumes to ensure that the cub's environment is devoid of human influence.

Researchers dressed in panda costumes check the body temperature of a panda cub during its physical examination at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Centre for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province, China. The four-month old cub is the first in the centre to be trained for reintroduction into the wild. Researchers performing physical examinations on the cub wear panda costumes to ensure that the cub’s environment is devoid of human influence

Picture: REUTERS


Madman sent me this from the Chicago Trib on poor Rahm and his Ways of the Holy Chopped Finger Cross, in his pursuit of long-held, noble hopes to achieve the old Daley seat….

Under questioning from election attorney Burt Odelson, Laurie Halpin testified Wednesday that she had been all through the basement and never saw the treasures Emanuel said were stored there — everything from his wife’s wedding dress to family china to the clothes his children wore leaving the hospital after their births.

But minutes after her testimony, Emanuel’s lawyers presented their own witness to explain the apparent contradiction.

Mee Kim-Chavez, of Chicago, an Emanuel family friend, said she helped Amy Rule, Emanuel’s wife, pack up about 30 boxes of family belongings into boxes that were placed into a basement crawlspace to which the Halpins didn’t have access.

“I believe my husband put a deadbolt lock on it,” Kim-Chavez said.

He begs to be mocked.



1. ts - 16 December 2010

I ran across this randomly. Since there are Dexter fans here…


marisacat - 16 December 2010

thanks for posting tat… as I await Season 4 frm NetFlix ….. 😆

catnip - 16 December 2010

Thanks for that. 🙂

He’s got a bit of that Sinatra thing going on at the end of each line.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 December 2010

one of the strangest/best things about his role as the villain in the movie “Gamer” was his song-and-dance routine doing “Under My Skin” …

brinn - 17 December 2010

Yes, that was awesome! Kid the elder and I played it twice when we watched Gamer it was so bizzarely cool! 😉

2. ts - 16 December 2010

This is where I got it, fwiw. The original thing I went to see was pretty cool too. One can dream…


3. catnip - 16 December 2010
4. catnip - 16 December 2010

A caption screaming for a rewrite:

Lobbyists dressed in one-hundred dollar bill costumes check the political temperature of Obama during his physical examination at the White House in DC. The frequently caving man is not the first in the centre to be trained for reintroduction into Wall Street. Lobbyists performing political examinations on the president wear money costumes to ensure that the president’s environment is devoid of human influence.

5. catnip - 16 December 2010

POLITICO Breaking News

In a long-awaited assessment, the Obama administration says that “specific components of our strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan are working well.” But the administration warns that progress against the Taliban in Afghanistan is “fragile and reversible” and that the United States “must continue to place the Afghanistan and Pakistan challenges in larger and better integrated political and regional contexts.”

Flashback to 2008:

During a day of hearings against the backdrop of a heated campaign for the White House, Petraeus called security in Iraq “significantly better” than before last year’s troop buildup but still “fragile and reversible.”

marisacat - 16 December 2010

Plus ca change… etcetera.

6. catnip - 16 December 2010

Lifted from L’Orange:

“I want to dispel any notion we want to inhibit your success,” President Obama told 20 CEOs this morning, according to a source in the room. “We want to be boosters because when you do well, America does well.”

The Fool on the Hill…

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 December 2010

asshole suckup

ts - 17 December 2010

Exhibit #1 as to how “working the refs” works.

7. marisacat - 16 December 2010

So appropriate. Ben Smith link back to the Post Gazette:

Earmarks from the grave

The late Rep. John Murtha gets one last earmark in the spending bill:

[I]t’s only fitting that Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown, was able to get an earmark into the bill from beyond the grave.

The John P. Murtha Foundation, initiated after the 18-term appropriator’s Feb. 8 death, is in line to get a $10 million earmark for the Murtha Center for Public Service at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. You may recall that the state also chipped in $10 million for the Murtha Center, which was proposed as a 25,000-square-foot place to keep Murtha’s old papers with museum, classroom, office and meeting space. The Murtha museum, foundation member and former Murtha aide Matt Mazonkey tells us, is less than 10 percent of the total space.

In honor of Penn staters 😉

BooHooHooMan - 16 December 2010

Well, our public servants rush them right through. And no questions asked. Talk about service!
Of course there’ll be more of this.

diane - 16 December 2010

Always such ugly and embarrassing news coming out of PA, was talkin with someone for hours earlier about it, and for one, how so many were dying of all sorts of cancers in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area……….

8. catnip - 16 December 2010
9. marisacat - 16 December 2010

whoopsie oopsie…. Wyden has prostate cancer, diagnosed AFTER election. he says.

WBMfV. Will be missing for votes. Why do I think that a full senator, should be able to get an accurate assessment of the needed time off.

(not that I care!)

[I] scheduled the surgery for the Monday before Christmas anticipating that the Senate would have recessed by that time and that there would be no disruption to my work in Oregon or Washington. However, it now appears that I will be missing votes tomorrow and possibly next week while I prepare and undergo this procedure.

10. BooHooHooMan - 16 December 2010


Visa Plunges Following Fed Announcement

Of course, being hacked by global justice vigilantes followed by a couple million other pissed off motherfuckers in a convenient alliance with Russian botnets and Scandinavian porn purveyors doesn’t help either. 😆

marisacat - 16 December 2010

I heard B of A fell today as well… on the owrd of limiting charges on various uses of accts and ATMs

BooHooHooMan - 16 December 2010

Methinks the Fed is trying to get out in front of the financial crimes goodies set to roll out of WikiLeaks. As are larger stakeholders in BoA paring their positions over the last few weeks. Some of the usual pig suspects.

By all accounts, the inside leaks of FinCo crimes are expected shortly. And smart too, a decent wedge play.
So, Good Luck Obby Admin with the National Security canard.
As the focus shifts to……
the BANKS.

marisacat - 16 December 2010


By all accounts, the inside leaks of FinCo crimes are expected shortly.

diane - 16 December 2010

if it happens it’ll sure be fun watching all the dog sized rats waddling for cover ….as long as they they don’t start popping up out of folks toilets, in their attempt at escape down the sewer lines.

11. BooHooHooMan - 16 December 2010

Bloomberg , truly,
is one of the all time great crooks.

Just when I thought I’d seen it all, this was on the FP of the NWT website for all of 20 mins yesterday morning at 4AM.

A stunning first graf, no?

Fraud Charges in New York’s Payroll Overhaul
Published: December 15, 2010

Of all the city programs that have ever gone wrong in New York, few could compare to CityTime, an automated system meant to streamline employee timekeeping.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has called the project a “disaster,” 🙄 {GMAFB!} and perhaps with good reason: the project’s cost has exceeded $600 million, nearly 10 times over budget, and is six months past its due date. Meanwhile, consultants who were hired to oversee putting the project into effect have been paid nearly $50 million — $46 million more than they were initially supposed to receive.

A brief digression here.
Frankly I think our oligarchs ALMOST HAVE TO roll up and imprison these lower level types. To wit,

http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20101216/FREE/101219948“>Investors: We’re done with stocks

Survey reveals deep mistrust of equity markets; a third of respondents fully in cash

Bonds, too. As the Fed and Bill Gross try to keep them from utterly imploding now as well.

Back to Bloomberg and Co looting NYC Payroll via
– what else? REFORM!

on Wednesday, federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged several of the consultants with an $80 million fraud scheme that began in 2005, accusing them of manipulating the city into paying out expensive contracts to businesses that they controlled, and then redirecting some of that money to enrich themselves. They even submitted false time sheets, the authorities said.

Keep in mind, the Jews that were hired, and the 80 mil in consultant fees are peanuts in this.
The total take is over 600 Million that was siphoned from the program…which leaves how many ghost employees on the payroll? Not to mention the check cashing, pension and related insurance scams untouched…

So Laugh yer ass off here as Bloomberg comes off like the Con he is.

“The issue is that here we had somebody that we trusted, or one of our contractors trusted, and that trust was misplaced,” Mr. Bloomberg told reporters. “And we just have no tolerance for this whatsoever.”

Prosecutors said the scheme originated with Mark Mazer, a consultant who was hired by the city to oversee quality assurance on the project. Instead, he awarded contracts to people he had ties to and took nearly $25 million in kickbacks, prosecutors charged.

Mr. Mazer, his colleague Scott Berger, and the men whose companies he steered business toward, Dmitry Aronshtein and Victor Natanzon, also submitted false time sheets for consulting work, the authorities said.

Mr. Mazer’s wife, Svetlana, and his mother, Larisa Medzon, were also arrested and charged with money laundering for funneling the kickbacks through a series of shell companies, prosecutors said.

The indictment raises questions of the city’s oversight of the CityTime project, 💡 and how the Office of Payroll Administration, a hybrid agency of the mayor’s and comptroller’s offices, lost control of the project under the office’s executive director, Joel Bondy.

Before taking over the payroll administration office in 2004, Mr. Bondy worked as a subcontractor on the CityTime project for Spherion, the quality assurance consultant that hired Mr. Mazer and Mr. Berger.

Although he was a subcontractor, Mr. Mazer held an informal position of authority in the city’s payroll administration office, with direct access to Mr. Bondy and the power to shape and approve contracts and work orders, the authorities said.

At a City Council hearing last December that was dedicated to CityTime, Mr. Bondy testified that Mr. Mazer and Mr. Berger “have proven themselves in the past and currently to be highly capable and competent at their jobs.” 😆

“The reasons why they are working in these positions,” he added, “is because of that competency.”

Mr. Bloomberg declined to speak about Mr. Bondy or any other individuals until the investigation was complete,

saying only, “We have zero tolerance for any corruption.” 😆

And I saw how this was on the FP of the NYT’s website for all of about 20 mins yesterday morn around 4 a.m. before it was yanked.

marisacat - 17 December 2010

Goo d thting you caught it….

reading some of those names, there is strong wiff of Russia mafia too off this….

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 December 2010

UK demonstrator challenges legality of “kettling” protestors

Bethany Shiner, a student who was “kettled” in London’s Trafalgar Square during last week’s demonstrations over education cuts in the UK, has launched a legal challenge to the police practice of detaining demonstrators by blockading them in public roads and squares for hours, exposed to the elements, denied food, toilets and shelter. Ms Shiner’s father is a prominent British human rights lawyer, Phil Shiner, of Public Interest Lawyers .

He said: “The police are required to have a range of lawful responses to different scenarios and not just resort to the most coercive tactics at the first sign of trouble. The policy on kettling needs to be stuck down.”

Ms Shiner said: “I was with a group of young people who behaved at all times perfectly properly and lawfully. We then found ourselves kettled in sub-zero temperatures. I managed to get out only because I went to the rescue of a young man who had a head wound after being hit with a police baton. It is outrageous that the police should resort to such tactics against all protesters, most of whom were acting peacefully.”

PIL has written to the Commissioner warning they will argue in court that the police are using kettling in a way that involves multiple breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights. These include a breach of Article 5 – the right not to be unlawfully detained; Article 10 – the right to freedom of expression; and Article 11 – the right to freedom of assembly.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 December 2010
14. marisacat - 17 December 2010

They are just so cute when they “oppose” things…. and get all whupset…

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

U.S. House Passes Bill to Extend Bush-Era Tax Rates

diane - 17 December 2010

The only thing that could shock now, is if they didn’t betray on a major issue…

ts - 17 December 2010

This was why they purposely lost the election. If they had done all this with a majority, Obama would have been toast in 2012. It would have been “read my lips” times infinity.

marisacat - 17 December 2010

well… I ALSO think they stalled on a lot, in an effort to drive their people, [so-called] base and others, TO the polls, out of fear nothing would happen under R control. (And no way did loads of conservative and Blooo Dog Dems want to even have to go on the record on much, as Liberal Dems used them for cover!)

But honestly, i think the peeple dun figgured that one out. NO ONE will help the people.

I laughed election night in 2008, I knew they were absolutley soiling their pants that they had all three H, S and WH. No way did they want that!!

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2010
16. marisacat - 17 December 2010

Alway nice to have winger and R palms firmly on your butt, lifting you up!

Via The Note:

BOTTOM LINE: Whatever happens between now and the end of the lame-duck session, the Obama-as-Comeback-Kid narrative is already beginning to take shape. As the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer wrote today: “If Barack Obama wins reelection in 2012, as is now more likely than not, historians will mark his comeback as beginning on Dec. 6, the day of the Great Tax Cut Deal of 2010.”


I heard Leno called him a R last night…


17. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2010

Imagine you were an alien …
and landed on Earth here.

Decent diary tho, of the gentle prodding variety.

18. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2010

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard REVERTS
from earlier US stance on WikiLeaks, yields to
findings today of the Australian Federal Police: Assange and WikiLeaks HAVE BROKEN NO LAW.

19. marisacat - 17 December 2010

Yeah right:

Senate Democrats on Thursday moved one step closer to repealing the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scheduling a key vote Saturday on a bill to end the ban on openly gay service members.

But Democrats are bracing for an enormous backlash from repeal advocates if they fall short again.

As time runs out on the 111th Congress, top Democrats are pointing fingers at Republicans for stalling Senate action, saying if the buzzer sounds before Congress ends the policy, the GOP will be to blame. Still, there are at least four Republican senators on the record saying they’ll vote to repeal “don’t ask” under the right procedural circumstances.

Democrats also are reminding gay-rights activists that they — not their Republican counterparts — have been fighting to overturn the 17-year “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. …

Read more: People Mag

20. marisacat - 17 December 2010

We pick our alies well, is all I can say. Both Calderon (and everyone before him) and ya know, Israel.

The dirty hands and drones of Israel on the Mexican border

“But now it turns out the Mexicans are running their own drones along the US border. And one of them crashed this week into a backyard in El Paso. When we first heard about this I was like: they have drones too?

And then we found out they’re part of a big shipment of drones the Mexicans bought earlier this year from Israel.” (thanks Diana)

via Angry Arab

catnip - 17 December 2010

Nigeria drops Dick Cheney bribery charges

Nigerian officials said Halliburton agreed an out-of-court deal worth $250m (£160m). The firm has not commented.

21. catnip - 17 December 2010

Speaking of drones: US missiles kill 54 in Pakistan

Of course, ALL of the dead are “terrorists”.

US officials do not acknowledge firing the missiles, much less comment on who they are targeting.

Those damn Mexicans are out of control with their new-fangled drones!

22. marisacat - 17 December 2010



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