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Ancien regime… 20 January 2011

Posted by marisacat in Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.

Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger arrives with his wife, Nancy, for the state dinner     [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

Or… they would be if they would dry up and blow away.  Become ghosts, stop showing up.

But no, on and on they go.


1. BooHooHooMan - 20 January 2011

😆 Stub Hub!
{Okay, I’ll stop!}

‘Night all.

diane - 20 January 2011

g’night homezy, be safe sweety.

BooHooHooMan - 20 January 2011

Please. I sleep nude and have had SWAT Teams flee the house. 😆

And on that happy note I’m gonna make a Dagwood. 😉

diane - 21 January 2011

:0) whatever, ‘tough guy,’ just watch out for those fucking little red dots, or their equivalents ….

I’m, chomping down on some green onion bread, can you please lend me some cheese, cold cuts, tomatoes and lettuce to perfect it?



BooHooHooMan - 21 January 2011

How worrisome!
You for my safety!
Me for your steady diet!

I can arrange for someone to drop it off.
Where did you say you’re located? 😆

Do tell, I feel the yawns setting in.

BooHooHooMan - 21 January 2011

C’mon Di, I gotta hit the hay.
Should I have someone drop ya off something or not?

diane - 21 January 2011

Jeesh, I’m sorry hon, I fell asleep ….;0(

2. diane - 20 January 2011

… I’ll bet Charlotte Maillard, …. Shultz …. seethes with envy, that she didn’t catch that hideous, deformed ‘prize’ …and had to settle for Tiger [wannabe] Ass

(think I have a hanky around here somewhere for Charlotte, lemme go look … Then again, Charlotte still holds a prize for near collapsing the Golden Gate Bridge with her ego.)

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

eek, what a ghastly pair.

marisacat - 21 January 2011

Aren’t they?

mattes - 21 January 2011

A vision somewhere between Marquis de Sade, Munsters, and Cruella de Ville.


marisacat - 21 January 2011

I think her lady’s maid took the crown off her… somehow… convincing Nancy she did not need it. Somehow or other.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

except de Sade & the Munsters still give off a feeling of LIFE, those two look like vultures waiting on a branch above a slowly dying disemboweled child.

mattes - 21 January 2011

You’re right, they could audition for the Walking Dead series…

diane - 21 January 2011

Cruella Deville flit across my mind too, but my first thought, was a remembrance of a ghastly pic, of Schultz’ wife in emerald green taffeta and jewels, with ringed claw (awaiting a ‘kiss’?) at the forefront, …. taken by a photographer who was clearly kneeling, or lying on the floor in order to get the shot …

4. marisacat - 21 January 2011

Awww. Whupdate:

St Gabby still ipad-ing. I think that Twitter account needs some love from St G, don’t you?

Regular whupdates from the speedy recovery road.

marisacat - 21 January 2011

You know… like this:


“Day-to-day adult supervision no longer needed! … Stepping up as Exec Chairman. New to-do’s: London-Monday. Munich-Tues. Zurich-Wed. Davos-Thurs.”

5. marisacat - 21 January 2011


Update is St Gabby outdoors for the First Time.

Photo shows Outerspace Boy beside a pile of…. white hospital linen.

I am not kidding.

marisacat - 21 January 2011

Daily Mail ran the pic.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

there’s a person in there?

marisacat - 21 January 2011

I thought it was pretty damned funny. Supposedly there was an ambulance, street level, to a helicopter to the Gulfstream.

BUT, for whatever reason he took her to a roof top of the hospital for an outing before all of that. I say it was a large bird cage filled iwth parakeets under a blanket.

6. marisacat - 21 January 2011

Just remember, today is the day Obster crowed:

GE has a lot to teach us!

we are so fucking scrood.

diane - 21 January 2011

would be nice if an old fashioned bout of strep throat made the rounds of the Executive office and Congress ….so we could at least have a week, or two’s, vacation from their awful proclamations.

marisacat - 21 January 2011

Grrrrrreat idea.

marisacat - 21 January 2011

And what he excreted today proves it.

“Our challenge is to do everything we can to make it easier for folks to bring new products to market and expand their businesses,” the president said, praising GE for its innovation, its focus on green energy components and its aggressive international sales. “I want plants like this all across America. You guys are a model for what’s possible.”

“We’re going to build stuff and invent stuff, and nobody understands that better than Jeff Immelt,” Obama said. “He understands what it takes for America to compete in the global marketplace.”

“We’re on track to do it. We’re already up 18 percent,” Obama said. “And we’re going to keep on doing it because we’re going to sell more and more stuff across the world.”

Read more: People mag

diane - 21 January 2011

The new, Stuff Industry, …so much trouble we’re in ….

marisacat - 21 January 2011

Stuff stuff stuff…

From the clip I heard they both sounded high. Laughed like they were high.

Off each other.

diane - 21 January 2011

…they both sounded high. Laughed like they were high.

Funny you should note that, I was thinking the same thing looking at the pic of Obama (and I might add, a concurrent bad choice of ties, ….Michele was high too?) …I think the last thing on his mind, is bringing meaningful jobs, for meaningful ‘products’ (or services) to the United States (how pathetically quaint, those two connected words seem).

ts - 21 January 2011

GE already taught me.

7. lucid - 21 January 2011

Olbermann just announced tonight was the last episode of Countdown. While he is a sanctimonious gasbag and tireless Obrama cheerleader, I might actually miss him. Wonder what the story is…

marisacat - 21 January 2011

Incurable illness!


we’ll know soon!

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

the approval of Comcast’s purchase of NBC etc, methinks.

diane - 21 January 2011

that sounds right, the only Monopoly rules remaining, in actuality, are apparently for the board game.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

I’ll miss that the “left”, such as it is, had it’s own loudmouth to at least shout out some kind of counterpoint to the overwhelming tide of wingers in the various media.

marisacat - 21 January 2011

People Mag weighs in… supposedly he only learned today…


ms_xeno - 21 January 2011

It’s hard for me to care, since they’ve basically made it clear that they just want to be courtiers to the side they love. Listening to Maddow and Stewart and the late, unlamented Air Americal legion of blowhards made that abundantly clear to me sometime ago.

They never have anything helpful to propose, when push comes to shove. In the end it all boils down to more and better Democrats because GOP is bad and stupid and don’t you want to be good and smart like me?

Gotta’ keep the corporate sponsors and such happy, after all.

Fuck ’em. They champion people who are destroying my fucking life and any chance I have at a real livelihood. They champion people who starve alternative forces and repeatedly mock my right to vote for the parties and candidates I want.

I don’t give two shits about their imperiled livelihoods and reps.

marisacat - 21 January 2011

they are part of the system…

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

well sure, so? Better to just be surrounded by all winger, all the time? Nice to just have some variation in the constant din …

that’s just me, I guess.

ms_xeno - 21 January 2011

I scratch the local specimen of liberal and find plenty of hate with minimal effort. Even leaving aside the ones who outright wallow in “edgy” speech a la’ Stern, Imus and the like (and there are plenty who do). There are the ones who rigidly divide the entire political spectrum into nothing but “Good Guys” vs. “Tea Party” and so on. If you won’t be on of Them, you must be Tea Party, of course. You get no other choices.

It’s plenty vile in its own right. I suppose it comes from their perception that they own at least this one gerrymandered little corner of America. Maybe in a locale where they were outnumbered by wingers, they’d gain a little humility and a little willingness to deal responsibly with those on their own left. Or at the very least, they’d acknowledge our portion of the spectrum, instead of gleefully working all the time to keep it invisible and unacknowledged.

Stewart and the like are simply that phenomena writ large. They let bullies and wannabe bullies feel like embattled heroes even in environs where they are anything but that.

No pity for them from me. They helped perpetuate this fake, corporate-marketed, duopolistic Hell and rode it for all the bucks and prestige they could grab. They can roast in it along with the rest of us.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

well again, sure.

I’m just looking for variety … I harbor no illusions that one “side” is better than another, though I find the harping from one less annoying than that from the other.

I get it, everything sucks. Congrats on that insight … I’m merely noting what’s going on, since I seem unable to completely look away. Sorry it bothered you, I wasn’t advocating that anybody was “better” in the sense that they’d fix anything.

ms_xeno - 22 January 2011

I’m just fed up with local liberals/progs who worship these court jesters-gatekeepers like they’re the best we could ever hope to have. That’s all.

marisacat - 22 January 2011

I had to laugh, I saw that KO effusively thanked Tim Russert for having been his …think it ws champion and “protector”.

Oh those men of steel and steely resolve!! Where would we all be without them?

No doubt, forsaken and forlorn!!

lucid - 22 January 2011

I think Rachel does it better, for whatever that is… but it does remind me of the Donohue sacking just prior to the Iraq war. I wasn’t a fan of Donohue, by any stretch of the imagination, but I do wonder if this is the beginning of the cables purging anything with a remote liberal aftertaste again…

After all, we gotta gear up for the Palin presidency!

marisacat - 22 January 2011

The great fear ws that Donohue would have on anti war people. That is why they purged him, even with the highest viewership of the line up.

I remember shows he did in the wake of Gulf War 1… they were not going to hve that happen again.

I also remember that as GW1 started, China Beach, a tv program set during the Vietnam war was suddenly cancelled, It had been starting a story arc of anti-war with in the program.


Madman in the Marketplace - 22 January 2011

me too.

for all of Olbermann’s flaws, he sometimes gave time to interesting people who don’t get time elsewhere. Not that it matters, but it’s just a welcome break in the usual din.

ms_xeno - 22 January 2011

Palin is there to keep a few uncultured True Believers from straying outside the Party fold come Election Time. Once she accomplishes that, she’ll get some shill post and/or a pat on the back and little else of consequence. Well, maybe a book deal and a special on Lifetime or something.

Sort of like Kucinich, but with glasses. :p

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

Parents Sue Lawyer for Photoshopping Innocent Photos of Their Kids into Child Porn

An Ohio lawyer who serves as an expert witness in child pornography cases might be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in civil damages for Photoshopping courtroom exhibits of children having sex.

Attorney Dean Boland purchased innocent pictures of four juvenile girls from a Canadian stock-image website, and then digitally modified them to make it appear as if the children were engaged in sexual conduct. Boland was an expert witness for the defense in half-a-dozen child porn cases, and he made the mock-ups to punctuate his argument that child pornography laws are unconstitutionally overbroad because they could be applied to faked photos.

In 2007, the tactic made Boland the defendant of a deferred federal child-porn prosecution in Ohio even though his exhibits helped clear at least one client of child-porn-related allegations. Now, a federal appeals court decision (.pdf) is reinstating a civil lawsuit by the parents of two of the girls, potentially putting Boland on the hook for a minimum $300,000 plus legal costs.

marisacat - 21 January 2011

oh what a messy case.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

A few details.

Keith Olbermann, the controversial MSNBC cable news host, has his contract abruptly terminated by parent company NBC

The Associated Press reported that Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president, would not comment on Olbermann’s sudden departure. But a spokesman did say that the acquistion of NBC Universal by cable and telecoms giant Comcast, which received regulatory approval this week, had nothing to do with the decision.

Bizarrely, nearly half an hour later during an ad break in the following programme, MSNBC showed a station promo featuring Olbermann. But the promo was interrupted halfway through by a mattress advertisment.

Olbermann had been suspended from hosting his daily 8pm show by the network in November last year after violating station rules by making donations to three Democratic candidates but was reinstated the following week.

Olbermann’s show Countdown, which screened at 8pm and repeated at 11pm, was the network’s top-rated programme. On Thursday the show attracted 1.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratings, far ahead of CNN’s Parker-Spitzer, which managed just 520,000 in the same time slot. Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly – a frequent target of Olbermann’s ire – dominated the hour with 2.9 million viewers.

Olbermann’s departure leaves Rachel Maddow as the network’s biggest name. Appearing on the Bill Maher show on HBO last night, Maddow said: “All I know is that it was between Keith and the company.”

MSNBC later announced that Lawrence O’Donnell, host of the channel’s 10pm output, will take over the 8pm slot, with Ed Schultz’s show moving from 6pm to 10pm.

Oh, THOSE two idiots are so much better.

marisacat - 21 January 2011

maybe Immelt and Obbie can take the hour.

and you know, teach us.

The ratings would be a handful of people.

ts - 21 January 2011

They could make it a GabbiHeadlineNews, with continual updates from AstroHusband and the DNC every half hour.

marisacat - 21 January 2011

Donations are “pouring” in for the AZ heroes.

145K said the headline.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

Business Insider on some details they’re hearing:

Update: Bill Carter just told Anderson Cooper that part of whatever deal they struck will likely keep Olbermann off TV “maybe not for two years” but for an extended period of time.

So again: Why now?

It likely has everything to do with this:

Comcast officially takes over on Monday.

Today is also Jeff Zucker’s last day; earlier today he sent out his farewell memo to staff.

There has been speculation dating back to Olberman’s suspension in October that the powers that be might not be that comfortable with the amount of unquestioned clout Olbermann wielded at MSNBC (even with somewhat diminished ratings it was a lot).

Combined with his legendary ego and unreliable temperament (anyone who follows him on Twitter can attest to both) it’s quite possible Olbermann’s strong ratings looked slightly less appealing. Especially with Rachel Maddow and now Lawrence O’Donnell in the wings, both of whom make strong showings in the ratings.

Next question: Is Comcast cleaning house? And if so, will Olbermann enabler MSNBC president Phil Griffin be next? And if so who will replace him?

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

I just realized who else that pic above reminds me of.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011
13. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 January 2011

Put down the resume, stoner

This kind of legislation appears to be another step in the overall process of stigmatizing the poor. Remember, debt prisons are already a reality in six states (no one from Goldman Sachs has yet gone to jail), a system approved by Social Security privatization hawks, Tea Party candidate Carl Paladino wanted to stick welfare recipients in prison dorms, employers check credit scores* during the hiring process (as if a high credit score indicates good work ethic. I’m sure Bernie Madoff had great credit), and some employers refuse to even consider the resumes of unemployed people. College-age students acquire enormous debt due to loans, and they face a dauntingly diminished job market upon graduation, while the poor sustain themselves on credit cards, racking up enormous interest that may permanently bury them in debt.

All of these factors work to maintain a permanent underclass that faces unprecedented obstacles in a dire job market, meaning there will not be enough jobs for everyone. That’s simply a reflection of poor policy and a capitulation to corporations that have a habit of chasing cheap labor overseas rather than providing for American workers. This broken system isn’t an indictment of a welfare state that caters to drug addicts. Rather, it’s an indication that the system doesn’t provide for the majority of healthy, hardworking citizens. In fact, the system is maintained by idiot drones busily testing the urine of predominately non-drugged individuals.

14. marisacat - 21 January 2011

I’d call it a limited “grip and grin”:

[T]he bulk of Obama’s visit here on a bitingly cold winter night was to connect on a personal level with lawmakers — one Democratic House aide said it would serve to show that they’re all on the same team. The effort was especially noteworthy, as Obama was in Schenectady, N.Y., earlier Friday touring a plant with General Electric CEO Jeffery Immelt, also a newly minted economic adviser.

Looking to connect personally with lawmakers, Obama was said to be spending most of his time doing “grip-and-grin” photo opportunities with House Democrats and their families, according to aides.

As he took photos, Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” played.

But that wasn’t it. On his way out, according to a source, Obama hit the dance floor with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), and then with Pelosi and Rep. Nydia Velasquez (N.Y.) to Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You.”

He left at 8:53 — about an hour and a half after he arrived. …

Read more: People Mag

15. marisacat - 22 January 2011


–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; roundtable with Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), former Ambassador and Bush Counselor Karen Hughes, former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein and CNBC’s Erin Burnett

–ABC’s “This Week“: Sen. Joe Lieberman, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Sen. Kent Conrad; behind-the-scenes segment with freshmen members Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY), Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT); roundtable with ABC’s George Will, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, former Bush political strategist Matthew Dowd and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. John McCain; Sen. Chuck Schumer

–“Fox News Sunday“: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin; roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and Fox News’ Juan Williams; “Power Player of the Week” segment with actor Richard Dreyfuss (provides voice for 50th anniversary of JFK Inauguration)

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; former RNC Chairman Michael Steele; real estate mogul Donald Trump; Pima County (Ariz.) Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

–C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (Sat., 6:30pm ET): FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, questioned by POLITICO’s Eliza Krigman; “Newsmakers” (Sun. 10am ET / 6pm ET): Rep. David Dreier (R-CA), questioned by Dow Jones Newswires’ Corey Boles and POLITICO’s Jonathan Allen … “Q&A” (Sun. 8pm ET / 11pm ET): Author and journalist Christopher Hitchens

–Univision’s “Al Punto“: Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL); Democratic strategist Maria Cardona; Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren; journalist, columnist and author Andres Oppenheimer; Mexican film director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu; roundtable with EFE’s Maria Peña and Newstaco.com’s Victor Landa.

16. marisacat - 22 January 2011

hey hey… NO need to fret about assassination. I mean, why bother? It’s the gloss on the War Biz.

And the 9 year old will live on, in immortality, at least thru the 2012 Democratic party elections process.

Don’t worry, Be Happy…

Motorcyclists from the Veterans of Foreign Wars escorted the ambulance to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Read more: People Mag

17. marisacat - 22 January 2011

FWIW (not much) TMZ says KO had seen the handwriting on the wall and had cut a deal.


Carry on!

18. marisacat - 22 January 2011

Nu Nu Nu….


…………………. 😯

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