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Beats walking… 17 December 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

A husky puppy is transported in a child's push chair, on a snowy street downtown Bucharest, Romania

A husky puppy is transported in a child’s push chair on a snowy street in downtown Bucharest, Romania
Picture: AP

… in the bitter bitter cold.  And, he looks rather pleased, I think.




1. ts - 17 December 2010

CIA station chief in Pakistan flees after being outed in a lawsuit.


What I find interesting about this story is that AP is unilaterally withholding the name from all of its news reports even though a) you can still easily find it with a google search b), any significant damage from this information’s release is already done and c), it was our “friends” at the ISI who apparently leaked the name.

marisacat - 17 December 2010

Somebody will out the name… Let’s see how long it takes…


BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2010

Jonathon Banks.

BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2010

Just a guess tho!

marisacat - 17 December 2010

ahh… you can Google. (I did not bother!)


ts - 17 December 2010

The UK doesn’t seem to be under the same restrictions.


marisacat - 17 December 2010

more straight forward….

marisacat - 17 December 2010

Yeah yeah yeah…

WASHINGTON — The CIA has pulled its top spy out of Pakistan after terrorists threatened to kill him, current and former U.S. officials said, an unusual move for the U.S. and a complication on the front lines of the fight against al-Qaida.

The CIA station chief was in transit Thursday after a Pakistani lawsuit earlier this month accused him of killing civilians in missile strikes.

The lawsuit listed a name for the station chief, but The Associated Press has learned the name is not correct. The AP is not publishing the station chief’s name because he remains undercover and his name is classified.

CIA airstrikes from unmanned aircraft have killed terrorist leaders but have led to accusations in Pakistan that the strikes kill innocent people. The U.S. does not acknowledge the missile strikes, but there have been more than 100 such attacks this year — more than double the amount in 2009.

The lawsuit blew the American spy’s cover, leading to threats against him and forcing the U.S. to call him home, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.


marisacat - 17 December 2010

hmmm I would hope for an uptick in outing.

It’s rare for a CIA station chief to see his cover blown. In 1999, an Israeli newspaper revealed the identity of the station chief in Tel Aviv. In 2001, an Argentine newspaper printed a picture of the Buenos Aires station chief and details about him. In both instances, the station chiefs were recalled to the U.S.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2010

interesting that in all of those cases, including this one, the outings have been done by “allies”.

marisacat - 17 December 2010

yeah that was interesting….

and both not tht long ago.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2010
marisacat - 17 December 2010

my htought when I heard that on ABC, was, gee maybe they could fucking wake up.

ts - 18 December 2010

Apparently they were ogling the busty woman on the other scanner.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2010

Police video documents fatal encounter between officer and woodcarver

Birk, 27, has said he stopped Williams because he was carrying an open-bladed knife and a piece of wood while walking across the intersection of Boren Avenue and Howell Street on Aug. 30. Birk said he fired when Williams didn’t respond to the commands to drop the knife. Williams, a First Nations member in Canada, was struck by four bullets.

Birk fired four seconds after issuing the first command to drop the knife, Tim Ford, the attorney for the Williams’ family, disclosed last month after reviewing the video and listening to its audio.

Birk, in a written statement the day of the shooting, said he feared for his life.

marisacat - 17 December 2010

Birk fired four seconds after issuing the first command to drop the knife

oh m i god how horrible.

I see he “feared” for his itty bitty life.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2010

the video is stunning, to a great extent b/c the actual event is all off screen, you just hear the shouting and gunshots. The cop comes out of the car VERY aggressively.

4. diane - 17 December 2010

Oh jeesh, …hours later, …… had all sorts of windows open, preparing a post, re TANF, when everything froze, …even had to pull out the fuckin ‘puter plug, …………….sigh ….

In the meantime though,…jus slightly belated (late October), but certainly relevant:

…. “We have the right to talk about our union, with our co-workers, with other Giant Eagle [JaaaaaaaaaaahwnIglle – diane] employees, with anyone we want to. This is America and we don’t check our free speech rights at the door when we take a job with Giant Eagle” said Deborah Wieloch, an employee at the Shady Side [A “progressive,” and expensive, last time I visited, urban community about 10 minutes drive from dawntawn, pit[t], PA – diane] Market District Store.

Weiloch was arrested [apparently a 36 year employee, see: here in September when she, on her day off work, went to the Waterfront Giant Eagle to talk to employees on break about their contract and other union issues. UFCW Local 23 filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board over the incident. …..

(I hope your cold has gotten better honey, if you like bell peppers, you may want to chomp down on a few…….)

diane - 17 December 2010

jeesh, …sorry about missing those consistent bracketed italics, the end bracket, and, a link, to the quote used

that kind of day …..

diane - 17 December 2010

fuck, …and now, a missing html link ” /a> ” above.


diane - 17 December 2010

(thanks sweetness!!!!!!!)

marisacat - 17 December 2010

what is this Giant Eagle place? A market chain or what?

diane - 17 December 2010

A grocery market chain, predominant, for one, in Pittsburgh …also the very first grocery store I witnessed (that one located in Penn Hills, a suburb of Pittsburgh, – dicky sanatorium’s empty residence may have flitted across the way too overloaded brain cells there), a line of checkout, human replacement, bots in, …would’ve thought, that that would have been Cali………

diane - 17 December 2010

any whoooo, ……I’m getting that it is a likely possiblility, that 56 (plus minus a tad) year-old Debbie Weiloch, is possibly now fired, with no pension for 36 years of ‘putting/bucking up,’ bagging food people need to eat to stay alive……….

I soooo wish I was shocked…………..

marisacat - 17 December 2010

ugh… she should have met them off the property, where no one could observe.

I doubt the nlrb will do much

diane - 17 December 2010

right, the National Labor Reltaions Board (nlrb), won’t do fuck……cuz that’s not how they kept their jobs…

marisacat - 17 December 2010

well it’s known as a weak agency…. quelle surprise!

diane - 17 December 2010

…National Labor Retaliations Board ………

5. marisacat - 17 December 2010

fwiw, the Guardian has gotten unauthorised access to the charges in Sweden against Assange. (And they posted it)

6. marisacat - 17 December 2010

wandering around the Guardian… I see Captain Beefheart, Don Van Vliet, died….

marisacat - 17 December 2010

here is a personal obit … and the thread is quite sweet, however odd that might sound for CB

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2010

thanks for that …

marisacat - 17 December 2010

a long time friend of mine, he was a young friend of my mother’s when I was 7 and he was 22, was his cousin, their fathers were brothers…. he never “got” Beefheart at all. Not the tiniest little bit. he knew, because people told him, that the man was a genius, but he never could hear it…

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2010

I have to admit that I didn’t get it at the time, when I first heard it. After a while, I got into Zappa, and I’m a huge Tom Waits fan (who is plainly influenced by him) … I would hear him from time to time and think, “how wonderfully odd”, but never really took the time. Admired rather than enjoyed, I guess.

I think I’m going to circle back and check out his work more closely.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2010

sad …

7. diane - 18 December 2010

So inspiring, such a wonderful era of ‘change.’ After 8 sadistic years under cheney/bush, the rapacious, …..finally know who the boss is:

Hospital hired models in lab coats and heels ‘to attract men’

An American hospital group spent millions of dollars hiring models in lab coats, short skirts and high heels to recruit men for DNA tests and quietly overcharge them for the privilege.


UMass Memorial Health Care …

…models, … allegedly told the men the tests would barely cost anything, before billing them an average of $4,300 (£2,770) each via their health insurance – about 40 times more than the typical cost.

For 18 months, they were instructed how to dress and how to behave in an attempt to entice men into having swabs taken, …

diane - 18 December 2010

(I don’t even think I want to know who they provided that DNA to.)

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

it’s an okay list, thought I can’t believe she left “The Christmas Song (a.k.a. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” out of the top ten.

Here’s one of MY favorites:

catnip - 18 December 2010

lol…I’ve never heard that one.

I have to admit that my favourite is Feliz Navidad. 🙂

And I’ll be stripped of my citizenship if I don’t say the runner up is Bob and Doug’s 12 Days of Xmas.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2010

oh, I’d forgotten about Bob & Doug!

9. catnip - 18 December 2010

The DREAM act has died.

Next up on the chopping block: DADT.

catnip - 18 December 2010

The cloture vote on DADT passed. Now, is there any possible way the Dems can screw this up so the final vote fails?

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2010

PZ Myers on the winger comment about Edwards not thanking Jeebus on her deathbed:

“neo-communists”? “nihilists”?

“You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces—my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope” is nihilism now?

Please, people, this is one reason I get rather peeved at all the internal chastising going on within the godless community about who is a dick and who isn’t. There are no atheists who can compare in dickishness to your average, pedestrian conservative Christian.

Also, you might want to start working on your deathbed lines now. If they aren’t all about Jesus, there’s a mob of ghoulish Christian dicks who’ll be gnawing on your corpse afterwards.

Favorite comments (#6 & #14) in the thread:

Posted by: RichVR | December 17, 2010 2:22 PM

…there’s a mob of ghoulish Christian dicks who’ll be gnawing on your corpse afterwards.

Hey, it’s what they do. They have been gnawing on a 2000 year old corpse and raping children since day one.

Posted by: Jolo5309 | December 17, 2010 2:29 PM

My deathbed statement will be “All the good hookers go to heaven, the poor ones go to Persia!” which hopefully will offend people of all religious stripes.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2010

oops, forgot to close the link tag … sorry!

marisacat - 18 December 2010

hmm i caught a great little roundtable on the BBC… it was about leadership in the ME cleric world about what they, who live and benefit in the West, they themselves say they oppose, the laws against women in their world and their religions. (which I DO believe they want to bring to the west, the most “devout”, read fundamentalist, of them)

They had a ME man who is a xtian, Bishop of Rochester, the head (devout muslim of course!) who is head of the Muslim Council of GB, another who spoke so little I did not notice who or what he was… and a white woman who represented some dominating secular group in the UK (missed the name).

She was great and pretty much baited them all. I thought all three were lying thru their teeth, frankly. But at one point the Bishop of Rochester could not contain himself and said ALL TOTALITARIAN movements had risen from the secular side. That they cannot rise from religion. (Good Luck on that one!)

She had him and the head of the UK Muslim Council tied in knots… and she had no problem telling them, more than once, she sat there as the only woman, they sat there as three men who benefited from their male hierarchical structures. Had there been a Catholic prelate present (oh let’s say the Bishop of Baghdad, who has been touring Europe begging for luv) nothing would have differed.

Would not happen here.!! The roundtable I mean….

An added benefit, she had a loose tangle of shoulder length reddish blonde curls. I think it drove them mad!

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2010

that sounds really great.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2010
Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2010

bummer, it stops just as she’s getting warmed up.

marisacat - 18 December 2010

if it matters, I saw that local PBS (or whoever) sourced it back to KECT, the PBS in LA….

I would think it is findable somewhere……….. pity that tape cut off, she did really well. And this go round i Noticed Mr Silent did manage to say that “secularism is the problem”.

Pox on all their heads imo. From Ratzy, to the East and to the West. All directions.

marisacat - 18 December 2010

it is just coming on again here, on PBS World….

They open with a montage of oppression thru the East, Eqypt for one, which I assume many think is more liberal.

11. ms_xeno - 18 December 2010

SMBIVA writes about Halle’s petition today. Smith says he signed. Good for him. I did, too. Think I was #4450… some nice round number like that.

More whining in Smith’s link from some Obama defender whose still bawwwwwwwwing about the mean old Tea Party. As the kids today like to say: I LOLed.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2010
13. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2010
14. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2010
15. marisacat - 18 December 2010

HA! Nice little gathering of what I would call “natural born fascists“.

“REMEMBERING RICHARD”: Kati Marton, wife of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, held a private memorial service in their New York apartment last night. Reflecting his huge range of friends and their affection and respect for him, guests included President Clinton and Secretary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Huma Abedin and Rep. Anthony Weiner, Al Gore, Bill Keller, David Remnick, Diane Sawyer, Christiane Amanpour, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters, Judy Collins, John Guare, Gillian Sorensen, Jon Meacham, Richard Stengel, Alice Mayhew, Mort Janklow, Kayce Freed, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Ken Auletta, Alan Alda, Richard Cohen, Mia Farrow, Alice Mayhew and Fareed Zakaria.

–NYT’s Sharon Otterman:

“[I]t was the Clintons – whose late arrival into Mr. Holbrooke’s sweeping apartment shifted the center of gravity to the foyer, in front of a folded flag and white lilies that marked the reason for the gathering – who managed most succinctly to sum up a man who cared passionately about things as small as seating arrangements and as large as peace between nations…. ‘Everything that we have accomplished that is working in Afghanistan and Pakistan is largely because of Richard,’ Mrs. Clinton said. ‘It may have to wait until I write my memoirs, but that is a fact. He understood the big strategic challenge. He never, as my husband often says about some people, majored in the minors. He was always trying to lift us up.'” http://nyti.ms/dWHsM6

NYT via the Mike Allen email. (And I noticed Hilarious already hawking her fucking book-to-come)

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2010

‘Everything that we have accomplished that is working in Afghanistan and Pakistan is largely because of Richard,’

mass murder and war crimes?

marisacat - 18 December 2010

stunning wasn’t it?

Happy self righteous fascists. All of them.

16. marisacat - 18 December 2010



–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Vice President Joe Biden; roundtable with Mayor Cory Booker (D-Newark), Republican strategist and No Labels co-founder Mark McKinnon, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

–ABC’s “The Week“: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN); USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland and the WashPost’s Rajiv Chandrasekaran

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

–“Fox News Sunday“: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ); Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA); roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Kevin Madden and Fox News’ Juan Williams

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); roundtable on Afghanistan policy review with former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad, former Commander of U.S. Central Command General William Fallon (Ret.) and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers (Ret.); National Association of Letter Carriers President Frederic Rolando

–C-SPAN: The Communicators (Sat., 6:30pm ET): Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board Executive Director Scott Peterson and Direct Marketing Association Senior VP for Government Affairs Jerry Cerasale, questioned by IDG News Service’s Grant Gross … Newsmakers (Sun. 10am ET / 6pm ET): Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), questioned by the Wall Street Journal’s Sudeep Reddy and the Financial Times’ Robin Harding … Q&A (SUN 8pm ET / 11pm ET): Lord John Wakeham, Member of the House of Lords and former Leader of the House of Commons

–Univision’s “Al Punto“: Dream Act special segment; State of Mexico Governor Enrique Pea Nieto; former Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.N. Diego Arria and political analyst and humorist Laureano Marquez; former computer hacker Adrian Lamo; roundtable with Grupo Radio Centros Ann Hoyt and Venezuela al Dias Manuel Corao

ts - 18 December 2010

Some Saturday levity…it’s fairly old as internet things go…you can just enjoy the song if you want to ignore the infantile translation.

17. marisacat - 18 December 2010

I am stunned:

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Senate Approves Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” 65-31

ms_xeno - 18 December 2010

I’m not.

Gotta’ have that cannon fodder, come what may.

marisacat - 18 December 2010

I was not sure what would weigh oout, fodder vs expansion of FEDERAL rights and access.

Because th core fo the game is not to expand SS survivor/spousal rights.

18. marisacat - 18 December 2010



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