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Hard… 26 December 2010

Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


A butterfly in a flower in Los Angeles, California   [Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images]

.. to let go of red, it is such a beautiful color.  The legend posted along wth the photo in the wildlife gallery at the Guardian does not say so, but it is a hibiscus… which are all over Southern California. 

I used to visit in a house on Mulholland Drive, surrounded by bushes of pink and red hibiscus blossoms….  Which I constantly plucked to put in water  – –  no matter how many times I saw the fast fade and wilt they go thru, it was impossible to believe.




1. diane - 26 December 2010

The color red.

Just a personal opinion ….but I can’t get over the fact, that ….in abundance, it reminds me of mindless slaughter,…………………the blood is apparently blue, before it is let?

Which is probably why, it is such an uncommon color in nature …….

I love red shoes though ……………..

diane - 26 December 2010

a consistent abundance of red, makes me horrified beyond despair…………

diane - 26 December 2010

red will be a far nore common color, as the machines replace replace the mammals ……. well…good luck to those MACHINES, ….. see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya!

diane - 26 December 2010

well, …sorry,…”more” ..(in “english”), ..not “nore” ……


marisacat - 26 December 2010

oh I thnk there is plenty of red in nature. If one counts the spectrum, from pink, rose, red, orange and including red-violet.

And finally, imo, like it or not, blood and the wreckage, the human wreckage, of war is part of nature. Harsh, oppositional, mindlessly irrational as it may seem to some…. the urge and drive to fight, the ability to incense as desired a population is not going away any time soon.

diane - 26 December 2010

yes there is plenty of red, but there is not plenty of red in large swathes of it, it is generally an accent color; …. when it is found in abundance, it’s a usually a rarity, ….in comparison to its neighboring colors. Arizona, and its landscape, ..is a perfect example ….

diane - 26 December 2010

what I meant to say there, was that,……kindness, …..love, …… and absence of desiring to let blood, is a true reality, as has been evidenced through centuries of ‘human beings’………..

diane - 26 December 2010

and anyone who would deny that there have been ‘human beings,’ who sacrificed their lives, not willing to ruthlessly “kill their own,” is, in fact, a liar…….

sad, ;0( … but appears to be true ….

2. marisacat - 26 December 2010

Jesus… Lipless…

Even our local FOX affiliate, on the local news tonight, telling the tale of “indefinite detentions” had a back drop banner that said:

“Nowhere for the innocents to go”

But Lipless….

Gibbs: Indefinite terrorist detentions regrettable

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says it’s unfortunate that some terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay need to be held indefinitely without trial.

“Some would be tried in federal courts, as we’ve seen done in the past. Some would be tried in military commissions, likely spending the rest of their lives in a maximum-security prison that nobody, including terrorists, have ever escaped from. Some, regrettably, will have to be indefinitely detained,” Gibbs said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” describing Obama’s beleaguered plan for closing Guantanamo.

The press secretary quickly sought to clarify his comments by adding, “I say ‘regrettably’ not because it’s a bad thing for – necessarily for them in terms of the fact that they’re very dangerous people and we have to make sure that even if we can’t prosecute them, we’re not putting them back out on the battlefield.” ….

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

not so regrettable so that they’ll do what they campaigned they’d do.

marisacat - 27 December 2010

hateful men. And I include Janet Nap in that.

3. diane - 27 December 2010

Well, okay the color red aside,…I would like to know why the two 12/26/10 diary pics at correntewire, of two green eyed, black cats, searching for sink water, each have deeper green right eyes (to one’s left as they look at the piccy), than left eyes?

And, yes I am paranoid, though, in this instance, I just find it kind funny…..


(the fact that I’ve had way too much to drink does not, in any way change the fact that the kitty eye’s to the left of the piccy, are obviously, a darker green)

diane - 27 December 2010

(hmmm, …they also appear rounder….okay, your turn, …all ya’ll brain surgeons! …..) :0)


diane - 28 December 2010

..the effect, is most predominently seen, in the kitty at the forefront, ….why is that kitty’s left/right eye, a deeper green that of the right/left eye, of the kitty clearly farther away (in back of it) from the camera?

diane - 27 December 2010

… truth be told, I’m not even paranoid, just scared, cause of what I’ve come to realize is a potential reality ………..: a selected few, “humans” (bipartisan), will call the shots, …… the rest of the “humans” ? …a one way ticket, to a planet even more uninhabitable than earth?

I highly doubt it will really be a volunteer “mission” ……. Just look at the three (or was it more) nazis , the CIA appointed to NASA ……. Which is only being acknowledged now, when it is far too late, to prevent that probable “legacy” ?

4. catnip - 27 December 2010

Quite the snowy mess down east. Hope BHHM, lucid et al are okay.

marisacat - 27 December 2010

We are Fog City here…. no, really! not jsut a re imagined diner! They just showed the San Mateo bridge, south of me, and you could see the ground level fog creeping across it…

Pea Soup Forever!!

(and nothing taking off at SFO, pretty much!)

lucid - 27 December 2010

Winter wonderland… lots abandoned cars and buses all over the street. And the 50 mph winds don’t help.

catnip - 27 December 2010

Good to see you’re safe and warm.

lucid - 27 December 2010

At the office actually 😦

marisacat - 27 December 2010

I read 20 inches of snow in Central Park….

Too damnd fucking cold… esp with wind.

5. marisacat - 27 December 2010

oh too funny! I drop in on John Caruso and who is he very appropriately skewering? San Francisco!

As I’ve mentioned before, despite its overblown reputation as a hotbed of leftist activism, San Francisco is actually overrun with special liberals. Case in point: our solidly conservative Democratic town newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, which constantly pursues its self-appointed mission to protect San Francisco from the left by siding with giant corporations like PG&E against public power, backing business-servicing centrist Democrats in supervisorial and mayoral elections, and so on. They’ve played the role nationally as well—in particular in 2004, when they published the single most prominent hit piece pushing the “Nader is funded by Republicans” talking point, which I saw cited over and over again around the web (and of course they didn’t feel the need to write a similar article about the far greater amount of money Kerry received from Republicans).

He does go on to indicate he thinks the current Board of Supes is a lot more liberal than I think they are…. tho we have a nominally more conservative BofSupes about to line up…. No one would disagree on that one…

diane - 27 December 2010

the most recent PG@E bit, about the “insurgent” PG@E customers who don’t quite care for the smartmeter ploy ….was highly, and bleakly hilarious;…..how pathetic, that the last few decade’s ‘peals of laughter,’ have been absolutely absent of that “Hopey” thing has been so thoroughly pimped, and whored about the insatiable “nation” controlled by a handful who would never be so foolish as to be ‘patriotic,’ …nor, personal responsibility shoes, and self sacrificing…after all,….that is never where the Money is……….

marisacat - 27 December 2010

and one of the big ol’ pimps for “Hope” was Jesse Jackson.

I understand young people (I mean first GE or second) voting for RobRama…. but Jesus, he was/is such a pasted together fucking third rate Pied Piper.

It ws so damned obvious.

diane - 27 December 2010

that reminds me of a conversation I had with a female, black woman from Chigago a while back, …early nineties …. thought Jesse was an absolute fraud …… despised him …..

6. marisacat - 27 December 2010

fwiw… Madman,

The News Hour is doing an extended segment on the new incoming Rs in Wisconsin… and the plans to cut back state Medic-aid, which I gather is called “Badger Care”.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

Thanks … I missed the first showing, but they replay it on one of the extra digital channels later tonight.

It’s actually hard to keep up here other than through local blogs, as all the local major media is owned by conservatives.

It’s too bad … Badger Care is a good program in many ways.

marisacat - 27 December 2010

the Governor Elect declined to be interviewed, his office claimed scheduling or time constraints… but the incoming R majority leader in the state house and one other new (or now elevated) incoming R did talk to TNH… fwiw.

TNH plays over and over and over and over here, between the various PBS channels. hard to miss it here… gah.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

Walker is notorious for refusing to answer questions, except softballs from friendly “journalists”.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

Thanks for telling me about the segment. It was very interesting, though I thought they went pretty easy on the Fitzgerald brothers, who’re wackjob wingers who are always screaming about supposed “voter fraud” and such.

marisacat - 27 December 2010

And see, I did not know who they were, at all… they did refer to them as brothers and identified the one as incoming Majority leader (forget what spot No 2 Brother will hold)… and I can certainly pick up on their agenda, but …………..

marisacat - 27 December 2010

Well I remind myself, when Haley was throwing people, thousands and thousands, off MS state Medic-Aid…. SO was Bredesen in Tennessee, TennCare. And Bredesen was a Dmocrat. He threw almost a quarter million off TennCare…

Can’t thes sorts just consume each other and produce one person. It would be less tiring.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

esp. bad b/c the underclass here is already under great stress. There are some good non-profits trying to help people, but they’re utterly swamped.

marisacat - 27 December 2010

They mentioned that Doyle, I guess not that longago, had extended Badger Care to childless adults… which brought abut 60,000 + onto the rolls….

They also had a doctor on who clearly supports expanding the numbers eligible for Badger Care (or any form of care), he says over and over they see people who have not had medical care in years despite chronic problems…

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

yup, there is a waiting list.

IIRC, Doyle did that as a compromise to get some Dems to stop pushing for basically a local version of single payer.

Not a big fan of Doyle, not that incoming Walker isn’t worse, but he’s basically Clinton w/out the charm.

marisacat - 27 December 2010

IIRC, Doyle did that as a compromise to get some Dems to stop pushing for basically a local version of single payer.

BTW, it was not widely reported and the vote was not state wide in MA, think it was on the ballot in 8 counties … but a ballot measure calling for Single Payer won over whelmingly where it was on the ballot.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

the pols are so terrified that the bloodsucking medical “insurance” industry’s business model would be rendered obsolete …

marisacat - 27 December 2010

And of coure ObSnobCare helps support that model.

it is all retail politics.

Tho I surely support the R plan to kill the mandate. perfectly horrible.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010
lucid - 27 December 2010

I love the people in the comment thread who think that if you quit your job, you get unemployment insurance. Is it any wonder so many teabaggers won this fall?

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

it is always a depressing how willfully ill-informed so many people are.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

Seriously, what will make these warmongering motherfuckers happy … every family sacrificing a first born to the Empire?

Press the Meat yesterday:

MR. GREGORY: Tom, I want to pull out a little bit farther, but before I do, I want to follow up on something specific about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” There’s still a lot of questions about how this gets implemented, and then there’s another question about military recruiting on college campuses. My own wife, as you know, was part of the ROTC program at Princeton, as a lot of Americans were who were in the military and are no longer in the military. Is that the next step here, to take that on?

MR. BROKAW: Well, take it on is quite another question. The military has mixed feelings about whether they want to go back to Harvard, go back to Columbia, go back to the Ivy League schools. It’s expensive.


MR. BROKAW: ROTC programs, and it’s whether they get a big enough bang for their buck. Do they get enough kids who sign up for it at the elite institutions to go into a commissioned program of some kind? Or are they better off working at the land grant schools where they’re going to get generally a greater response to it. So that’s an issue. Now, the Ivy League and elite institutions are beginning to say, “We would welcome them back, we want to open that conversation again,” because of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” But you may find the military saying, you know, “I’m not sure that we need to go there because, frankly, it’s just not a happy hunting ground for us. We’re not going to get that many people.”

MR. WOODWARD: No, but it’s important. I did naval ROTC in college back…


MR. WOODWARD: …in, you know, the Coolidge administration or whenever it was.

MR. BROKAW: Right.

MR. WOODWARD: And it is…

MR. BROKAW: Not Wilson.

MR. WOODWARD: It is important for the military to connect there with exactly the point you made recently…

MR. BROKAW: Right.

MR. WOODWARD: …in your op/ed piece…


MR. WOODWARD: …about this disconnect between those who serve and people who kind of say, “Oh, no, not that, that’s not for me.” And one way to do that is to, to bring it, bring it–bring ROTC everywhere.

MR. BROKAW: Well, here’s what I think, Bob. I’ve actually been thinking about this a fair amount, and I–what I would do is, if not do it campus by campus, if you go to Boston, for example, you could do an MIT/Harvard program and put a couple of the institutions together and have a central ROTC program drawing on all the institutions. If you do it by institution by institution, with the questions that the military already has about a lot of costs–you got to put officers in those programs and training programs–they may be better to do something that is more centralized.


MS. GOODWIN: Well, I think one of the things that hasn’t happened yet, because he obviously hasn’t made that case strong enough, six out of 10 people don’t think this is a war worth fighting. In a democracy, you cannot bring soldiers into harm’s way unless you’re convinced the people that this is a war that we should be fighting. And the threat of al-Qaeda still remains the strongest question. If we can prevent and dismantle and disable them from getting back at us, then that’s worth doing. But somehow that hasn’t penetrated the country, and that’s a failure of leadership until that happens.

MS. NOONAN: It is amazing to me that we are, what, nine years into, into these wars…

MR. BROKAW: Longest war in American history.

MS. NOONAN: Oh my goodness, and we are not talking about it every day…


MS. NOONAN: …on the streets and in the cafe and over coffee.

MS. GOODWIN: It’s terrible.

MS. NOONAN: It is amazing. It’s just accepted as a fact that one doesn’t comment on.

MR. BROKAW: That’s because less than one percent of the country is fighting the war. I mean, and 99 percent of the country nothing is asked of us. I mean…


MS. NOONAN: Well, then we better get our ROTC back to Harvard.


MR. BROKAW: And–well, I don’t think that will make the difference, in all due respect, because they have a choice of whether or not they want to join ROTC. They don’t have to. It’s not mandatory. (OH NOES!!! – MitM)

MS. NOONAN: Sure. Of course.

MR. BROKAW: And so it’s working class–Bob and I have talked about this a lot–working class families primarily come from the smaller towns in America.

MS. NOONAN: It always is that.

Of course, considering how much the Harvard grads have fucked everything else up, maybe more of them in the military would actually finish the evil institution off.

marisacat - 27 December 2010

I caught that round table. God it was awful… only matched by Ms Valerie Jarrett BFFoO on earlier.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

we’re subject to the opinions of such small, narrow people.

ts - 27 December 2010

It amazes me that this was Tom Brokaw. The Tom Brokaw. But then he always had a hard-on for the “greatest generation”. Can’t you just STFU and head to the golf course already, Tom? There’s plenty of them guys trading war stories to fawn over.

9. lucid - 27 December 2010

So, I watched the news tonight. There was a backlog on 1,400 callers on 911 today, with critical calls such as heart attacks having a 3 hour wait. I have to say, I found it odd that when walking down Driggs St. through the park on the way to the subway this morning that there were 3 city buses, 4 cars and one tow truck left abandoned – obstructing the road from any critical traffic, but thought is was likely isolated to certain neighborhoods in the outer boroughs… alas no. I witnessed an ambulance on Houston St. get stuck [because some abandoned cars on Houston prevented the plows from getting through properly] and a crew had to come dig it out – lights flashing & everything. Same deal with fire fighters apparently…

Crazy… As one born and raised in the northern midwest, this didn’t seem like that big of a deal, but the whole management of this thing was fucked, top to bottom. They should have shut down bus service yesterday mid-afternoon. I can’t believe they had city buses not only driving and getting stuck in it, but ultimately obstructing the roads – and further, with bus drivers left in freezing conditions overnight ‘guarding’ their buses. One bus driver was on the news saying that he finally got frustrated and walked 10 miles home in the blizzard, because there was no transportation running at that point…


Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2010

but the pundits will still tell us how Bloomie’s bidness experience makes him a genius leader etc.

marisacat - 27 December 2010

He also said everything was under control…


10. lucid - 27 December 2010

PS – when I came back from work at 7 – 3 city buses, 4 cars and a tow-truck, still left abandonned. Driggs St. [a pretty well trafficked St. through Williamsburg] impassable.

marisacat - 27 December 2010

And the Daily Mail, UK, is claiming they are up a creek with no paddle in the rough weather, but gee America just keeps on truckin’.


I caught B’berg lecturing about 911… he sounded dead, disinterested and detached.


11. catnip - 28 December 2010

Obama’s indefinite detentions: the NYT puts lipstick on a pig.

marisacat - 28 December 2010

“The Paper of Record”

12. marisacat - 28 December 2010

NY Mag slams Bloomberg.

Gee about time. Do they feel so much courage due to snow ever rising?

snip snip:

[T]he general public trusts the mayor’s judgment on these kinds of projects because of his record of business innovation. “The mayor has a reputation as being a bad politician but a superior manager,” says Manhattan Institute senior fellow Fred Siegel. “But in department after department we’ve seen a huge increase in spending on executive salaries, consultants, and private contractors.” Bloomberg didn’t even appear to know who was in charge of CityTime, once claiming that former deputy mayor Ed Skyler had spent “an incalculable amount of time” trying to fix the program, which Skyler wasn’t actually involved with. …


13. catnip - 29 December 2010

Speaking of Canada geese…

marisacat - 29 December 2010

How hysterically funny! Spam as diary.

Tho I gather from the thread this is not the first appearnce of such.

14. marisacat - 29 December 2010



…………………… 🙄 … 😆

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