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Have faith… 6 January 2011

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

House Speaker-designate John Boehner wipes away tears as he waits to receive the gavel from outgoing  Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

House Speaker-designate John Boehner wipes away tears as he waits to receive the gavel from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC   [AP]

Well, they do, both profess their faith ad nauseum.  La Nan intro’d Boehner as a man with Faith in Gawd.

I am so comforted.  Aren’t you?

Mush little doggies…. (which, of course, is rude to the noble dog).



1. BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

marisacat - 6 January 2011


2. BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

LOL Oh Lordy, nearly peed myself,
Your lede with the pic is so Perfect.
I just figured I’d get my dibs in,
this is my moment, I think.

I am fully mediocre ba prepared, and baw willing to –
willing to serve bwawlhawlhawlhawl.

BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

Jeezis Crifte.
Let’s just get the guy a size 42 long straight jacket and take him out on the stretcher immediately following the festivities.

LOL. ->> NOW the stand-in CoS Rouse over at Obbies joint is going all blubbery recieving Obbie shoe to butt. 😆 GaaadDamn!
Get him a stretcher too!

marisacat - 6 January 2011

I hope Rouse did not work too hard during his fill-in stint.

Poor Ob, the Chicago players OWN him.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

catnip can crochet him a BAWL SHAWL.

I can see it now!!

ts - 6 January 2011

Whateveritisimagainstit was having a contest to nickname John Boehner. I think we should call him John bwawlhawlhawlhawl.

3. BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

Well this certainly should be interesting when Daley summons Markos, Aravosis, Hamsher and Digby to be gratuitously billy clubbed on Meet the Press.
I mean, just for the hell of it.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

Oh and whathisname from Talking Points.

BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

Oh but they’re so on top? bottom? of things,
{among other men} at TP.

This from Joshie’s personal asslicker, David Kurtz
( pic )

A Strange Demise

David Kurtz | January 5, 2011, 12:14PM

My reporter antenna perked up when news emerged early this week that the body of a former Bush Pentagon official and national security consultant had turned up in a Delaware landfill and was being ruled a homicide.

Right on top of things!

I mean, Hell, here in Jersey, some mahoff dying after the courtesy shuttle of being transported from Amtrak’s DC Metroliner to the landfill and being ejected out of the back of a trash truck IS considered natural causes.
And damn fine service if you can get it.

We don’t expect much.

But it’s nice to know Kurtz “reporter antennae” perked up. Well, at least as introductory graf before offering the “Nothing to see here.”

The circumstances of his disappearance and ultimate death of remain murky but what details are emerging suggest not the opening scenes to a political thriller but the sad and possibly troubled ending of a public life. Rachel Slajda has more.

Kurtz (TPM): Ever wait for a cab in Wilmington Delaware? Say again? The guy had his own car at the station?? Why, no, I did not know that.

BUT do YOU know how many times Joe Biden and along with other National Security grafters like regular local Wilmington commuters take the train catch a lift home in the trash truck?
Plenty I tell ya. Happens all the time!
It’s a Wilmington thing!

He had a syringe broken off in his neck?

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2011

My understanding of this week:

Day 1 – psst, liberals … what do you think of Daley? sotto voce – not that we care – sotto voce

Day 2 – yes, really Daley … our friends who happen to send us checks like him, so he must be swell … oh, and he DID withdraw Gore’s concession back in 2000, remember?

Day 3 – Daley, you fucking hippies, will prove that we’re serious and grown up, now get on board! Don’t forget, his daddy teargassed and beat the shit out of your old aunt and uncle who live in that cabin, so don’t tempt us again!

Today – On your knees peons, where else are you going to go? It’s Daley … now go in the corner and cry.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

Chamber of Commerce is happy with the pick and I noticed Oblation has a speech coming up to present to them.

Maybe they can all wear pink party dresses and hold hands.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2011

maybe they can announce a round of layoffs somewhere to celebrate, or hold a public eviction of a family from their foreclosed home followed by a public auction … they could have Daley call in the bids.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

Somebody, I forget who now, did mention that the last time Daley stood on a platform or dais or whatever at the WH (I guess when he returned to help Old Bill push thru that earlier killer, NAFTA) ….

he fainted and fell off the stage.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2011

oh, I forgot about that!

marisacat - 6 January 2011

Me too…

4. BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

Oops. I missed a blockquote from “A Strange Demise” through the landfill and “ruled a homicide.”

That’s Kurtz’s “reporters antenae” perking up and should be noted as such. I, of course should leave such expertise to the professionals and not jump to conclusions. LOL.

5. BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

I see Israel needs an empathy break.
So good to support them, no?

Women’s tears may send a sexual message in addition to an emotional one, study finds
By David Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tears mean a lot of things in the drama of human interaction. They telegraph heartbreak, hopelessness, anger, frustration, elation and relief. They express mood – and can alter behavior – in an instant.

But it turns out there might be more to know about tears, which historically have interested poets more than scientists.

A team of Israeli researchers believes that tears, in addition to everything else they convey, send a sexual message that can be summarized as: “Now’s not a good time.” In a study published online Thursday by the journal Science, the researchers report that men who sniff tears cried by sad women experience a temporary decline in both sexual arousal and circulating testosterone, a hormone tied to libido.

“We’ve identified that there is a chemo-signal in human tears,” said Noam Sobel, the researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science who headed the study.

Only women’s tears have been studied so far, but the researchers suspect men’s tears, and possibly children’s, also contain chemical signals. They are eager to find out what messages those tears may convey.

Well, women and children first,
as the IDF always says.

Maybe Israeli scholars can figure out that terror and tears in the eyes of women and children mean “It’s not a good time” to murder them or their loved ones. Or maybe there is a slight connection between tears and the menacing of communities and demolishing of homes. Who knows?

Surely the world will await Israeli instruction.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

wow what a misread of tears, on the part of the Israeli search team.

BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

Well, silly simpleton me,
I take tears, sad tears, to mean
“Now’s not a good time” for ANYthing.

When someone is overwhelmed.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

Well the Israeli finding is really narrow.

BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

I’m more reacting to Press fluff and lab-coat approach.

I SAY Give Me A Fucking Muddy the Gassing Civilians BREAK after they killed a woman in Gaza last Saturday.

This tricklevia the NYT

Updated | 4:34 p.m. As my colleague Isabel Kershner reported, this week Israel’s military tried to deflect blame for the death of a Palestinian woman who collapsed after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank.

The woman who died on Saturday, Jawaher Abu Rahmah, was a 36-year-old resident of the town of Bilin, where there have been weekly protests against the barrier for six years. The protest organizers insist that they are committed to unarmed demonstrations, although Israeli troops who block the marchers — and use tear gas to disperse the crowds — are often pelted with rocks by young Palestinians. In 2009, Ms. Abu Rahmah’s brother, Baseem, was killed at one of the protests, after being struck by a tear-gas canister. The episode was captured in a graphic video posted online.

Which Youtube has helpfully put behind an age verification firewall

Followed by the meant for EU consumption lede announcing..what else..
An Internal Israeli Investigation!
Let’s Hold Our Breath!

Israel investigates tear gas death of Palestinian protester

Jawaher Abu Rahmeh inhaled tear gas fired by soldiers at weekly protest in Bilin against Israel’s West Bank barrier

Press spin Ad Nauseum.
To Death.
This from last March:

Protester death shows IDF may be using most dangerous type of tear gas

Maybe they can develop a vaccine tears, that can be nebulized along with the white phospho they drop.

BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

*Correction. Jawaher Abu Rahmah, the 36 year old woman gassed and killed by the IDF died in the *West Bank while protesting the occupation.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

Appaarently they have been using this mroe dangerous type of tear gas for almost a month (that they admit to).

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2011

but the researchers suspect men’s tears … also contain chemical signals.

Well of course they do … “hand over the gavel NOW, Pelosi!”

BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

😆 Which WAS sexual on Boner’s part,
given SIZE of the penis compensating gavel and Nancy’s very droll swipe at him, if ya ask me…

BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

And see?
Now’s Not a Good Time for ANYthing!
The tear in the fabric of the universe has been restored!

The Iranian Monarchy, on the other hand….

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2011

was it just me, or was she slowly stroking the handle of that gavel as she introduced Mrs. Cry Baby?

BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

By habit,
I stroke everything tubular so I wouldn’t know.
I just don’t cry about it and it’s usually in private. But my God, Magnum, I did notice the head on that thing. LOL.

Welp, Like the old Kremlinology, I think we’ll be able to determine much about the course of this next Congress by following how Boner pounds the head of that thing on the dias.
Whether he crying or not and so forth.
Fuck if I’m gonna watch Hardball to find out. 😆

marisacat - 6 January 2011

I heard la nana say that Boehner specified that particular ceremonial gavel.

BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

Oh it was a nice dig.
I cackled out loud when she said it.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

The sad thing is I am so tired of La Nana that I don’t even mind Boehner.

And boy, that really is SAD.

6. BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

I dunno,
A little parochial, but What the hell, why not?

Politician in Peru gets public whipping before being sworn in as mayor of the town of Chilca

Appearing before his constituents at the town square, Carrasco Talavera knelt before a crucifix and took three lashes to his hind legs from Cupertino Saenz – identified by the local media as the “most respected” citizen of Chilca.


Each blow was preceded by an admonishment – spoken in the native Quechua dialect – from Saenz: Don’t steal, don’t lie and don’t be lazy.

Could work. 😯
Personally, I’m hopin’ for cheap Space Tourism first.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

oh that made me laugh!

What a hoot!

7. brinn - 6 January 2011

Welp — I lasted a week. Better luck next time, I guess. Damnit.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

You can try again! later! Sometime! It’s not over!

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2011

sorry to hear that … quitting is tough.

brinn - 6 January 2011

Sunday — I will start again on Sunday. My body is NOT pleased with me at all at the moment! 😉

Thanks for your support, lady and gent!

Thread-wise, I wonder if I could just cry on my cigs — would that work, do you think?

marisacat - 6 January 2011

well maybe cold turkey was not right this time… tapering off maybe? 3 days on 2 days off, then keep increasing days with no smoking.

I dunno, since i never smoked.

My father quit cold turkey in 1972 — and the most hilarious thing was my mother never noticed, til he told her some weeks in. I was out of the country and he would drop me letters telling me he had asked for the 3rd or 4th time if she noticed anything different. Once she even got up and walked around him, as he sat in the kitchen reading the paper…


brinn - 6 January 2011

That is a hilarious story — she never even noticed? Wow! It’s odd what we get used to! Did your mom smoke?

For me, I think cold turkey is the only way — once I take even a deep drag, the nicotine takes back over….it’s freaking inane, but such is addiction.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

oh yes my mother smoked…. from 13… My grandmother tried to dissuade her, bribing her with what at the time was 75 cents a bottle nail polish (in 1920) among other things..

But my mother always loved it. And one of the few things I was grateful for no doctor every lectured her, I mean in the last few years… she smoked, a lot less of course, til she died at 92.

The cold fish docs probably caught a hard gleam in her baby blues and the long Lilac Champagne nails.


brinn - 7 January 2011

Awesome — thanks for sharing that image (and the fact that she smoked for almost 80 years)!! 😉

marisacat - 7 January 2011

I just maintain that people are different.

There is a great interview that Joni Mitchell had with Tavis Smiley… poor tired corporatist that he is…

I’ve never ever gone to his site, so never searched for the vid of her interview (it was a full show iwth just her)… she started at 9.

He almost freaked but she just kept chatting along, she’s never stopped either… smokes Sobranies, which were recommended to her by an old Russian mystic in the midst of all sorts clamoring at her to stop for a long list of reasons. (La voix, chief among the reasons used, of course)

People vary, what works for them.

marisacat - 7 January 2011

Think the interview rides at the top of the google search…. no idea if it is the full 25 mins tho.


hmm here is a transcript, she refers to the mystic as a Kahuna (it is not very far down). I remembered it a bit differntly. Amazingly PBS did not censor the transcript.

diane - 8 January 2011

Oh jeesh , …thanks a frackin lot (b-t-h ;0( ), I started at 13, ….. and I can’t imagine living in this focker till I’m in my fuckin nineties, ….jeesh, …as I wrote:…thanks a fuckin lot b-t-h (well okay,….HONEY, ….;0( :0) ;0) )

I jest, cuz I know you agree Marisa, because you’ve already stated it, in so many words, to Brinn, et al, the cigs have been made far more deadly…even just in the two years ….yeah …..THE ADDITIVES

Brinn, I quit two times within a week,.…the second time stuck for almost five months ….I’m sure you can get over the hump, because of those sweet kids of yours …when we are able to smoke something free of malice, we can raise our glasses and enjoy!

(gotta run (afer I read a tad further, to make sure there are no emergency alerts goin on)…kisses honey!)


8. BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2011

So here we have this perfectly straight young man, Johnny Weir, , and after the ribaldry of a few IOZ postings about him My Boyfriend Johnny Weir this, My Boyfriend Johnny Wier that,
and next thing ya know, the kid turns into an author and world class figure skater IfyaknowaddImean

😆 What’s up with that, Coach? 😉

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2011

Do people know perfectly well what’s killing bees?

Many people don’t think that the collapse of bee populations is as big a mystery as it’s made out to be. An EPA memo, leaked last month, reveals that a commonly used pest-control chemical can disrupt bee colonies.

This substance, sold in the USA as clothianidin, disrupts the nervous system of insects, and it’s been a suspect in the mass death of honey bees for years. It’s still available widely. Recent documents intimate that the EPA has known for a long time the chemical could be harmful to bees, but has kept it on the shelves while bee populations plummet.

This class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, attacks the nervous system of insects, killing them off, while having little effect on other animals. This makes them excellent pest control — so excellent that many seeds are sold treated with neonicotinoids. The plant grows with the pesticide inside it, allowing it to kill all the insects which attack it.

Unfortunately, the neonicotinoids are present in the pollen and nectar of flowers, which are fed on by honeybees. One of the most potent neonicotinoids is clothianidin, sold since the early 2000s by Bayer Cropscience. Many believe that clothianidin is responsible for the collapse of hives, and that the EPA has allowed it to continue to be sold despite mounting evidence as to its effect and faulty studies conducted by Bayer showing its safety.

There is some pretty suspicious timing. The first neonicotinoid was released in 1994. In 2001 a French study showed that bee population weight per hive dropped by over one half between 1995 and 2001. The country banned the use of the pesticide containing neonicotinoids in crops like corn, which provided the bulk of the insects’ food.

Bayer Cropsource came out with an extremely potent neonicotinoid, clothianidin, in 2003. In 2005, according to Hive Collapse experts, the US bee population started dying off.

In 2008, some farmers in Germany accidentally released clothianidin into the air. Two thirds of the region’s bees died. Germany stopped using clothianidin. Italy stopped using clothianidin in 2008 as well, and saw stable bee population in neonicotinoid-free areas in 2009.

It goes on … the usual corporate malfeasance, etc.

marisacat - 6 January 2011

There was a report last week on the local news that now BUMBLE bees are thought to be dying off as well…

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2011

and of course this explanation won’t get the same play as the “mystery” storyline the media was pushing. Reporters would have to learn how to pronounce “neonicotinoid”, which would be hard, and the sponsors wouldn’t like it.

diane - 8 January 2011

I still think the electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) have a part in the whole scenario (right along with the pesticides, neonicotinoids, et al), in terms of muddling honeybee ‘sonar’ ..(resulting in their ultimate death, since they rely on that ‘sonar,’..to live)…and why wouldn’t that be true? …just because EMF’s are invisible? …(after all, all a person needs to do is stick a wet finger on a seemingly innocuous live socket/wire to get a grasp of something beyond the obvious to the eyes, when, if they put a dry finger on it,…the results would be quite mundane ……)

10. marisacat - 6 January 2011

hmm we are so finished.

[S]o, there is no improvement in credit. Not really. It’s just more backdoor bailouts that are dolled up to look like things are getting better. But things aren’t getting better; we’ve simply restored the same crisis-prone wholesale credit system (“shadow banking”) with trillions of dollars of government subsidies, bailouts, stimulus and guarantees, and now we are speeding towards the next big collision. That’s not what I’d call “economic recovery”. I’d call it stupidity.

Mike Whitney in C punch

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2011

I actually posted something: Win the Social Lottery.

brinn - 7 January 2011

Shared this w/some peeps on FB — hope you don’t mind! (Guess I shoulda asked BEFORE I did it…)

It was too good not to share!

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 January 2011

I got a lot of hits from that … thanks.

ts - 7 January 2011

I liked it too.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 January 2011


12. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2011
13. catnip - 7 January 2011

Listening to Obamalama’s never-ending presser about his new financial team appointments. “Clinton” this, “Clinton” that. Oh, all of you who didn’t vote for Hillary because you were done with the Clintons – you poor poor saps…

marisacat - 7 January 2011

Ob’s sad legacy (whatever the silly blather in the West Wing and Chicago and Honolulu) is that like Bush 1 was the third Reagan term, he is the continuation of Clinton.

Pretty simple to see.

14. brinn - 7 January 2011


unfortunately, too simple for most.

15. dropout - 7 January 2011


Shin Bet probe, ordered by Netanyahu, finds leak of ‘important’ info did not come from PMO

There are a number of accounts of what was leaked, with one version saying that information from a securityrelated meeting held in the Prime Minister’s Office about three months ago was leaked, and another version saying it had to do with a telephone conversation Netanyahu had with a world leader.

Netanyahu was reportedly furious about the leak, and asked the Shin Bet to probe the matter out of concern that someone was listening in on conversations inside his bureau.


catnip - 7 January 2011

Speaking of leaks: Former CIA officer Jeffrey A. Sterling charged in leak probe

A former CIA officer involved in spying efforts against Iran was arrested Thursday on charges of leaking classified information to a reporter, continuing the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on the flow of government secrets to the media.
This Story

Former CIA officer Jeffrey A. Sterling charged in leak probe
SpyTalk: CIA domestic ops go far beyond Shahzad probe

Jeffrey A. Sterling, 43, of O’Fallon, Mo., was charged with 10 felony counts, including obstruction of justice and unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. A federal indictment made public Thursday in the Eastern District of Virginia accuses Sterling of leaking secrets after he was fired from the CIA and the agency refused to settle a racial discrimination claim he made.

The intensified campaign against leaks comes as the U.S. government is confronting a potent new threat to its ability to keep secrets from public view. Over the past year, the WikiLeaks Web site has posted and shared with multiple media organizations thousands of classified U.S. military records and State Department cables.

The indictment, returned under seal last month, does not identify the alleged recipient of the classified information. But former U.S. intelligence officials and lawyers familiar with the case said the journalist is New York Times reporter James Risen.

The officials said Sterling has long been suspected within the agency of providing Risen with extensive information about CIA efforts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, material that is believed to have formed the basis for a prominent chapter in Risen’s 2006 book, “State of War.”

Edward B. MacMahon Jr., Sterling’s attorney, denied the allegations, saying: “He has always maintained his innocence throughout the course of this entire investigation. We’ll seek to prove that in court.”

Risen’s attorney, David N. Kelley, said he had not reviewed the indictment but stressed that his client “did not testify, did not provide any information and did not cooperate with the government.”

16. marisacat - 7 January 2011



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