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Winter 3 February 2011

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

A sign warns people of ice during the morning commute  in lower Manhattan, New York City. The icy weather is part of a massive winter storm that stretched from New Mexico to Maine and brought freezing rain and blizzard conditions to more than 30 states.

A sign warns people of ice during the morning commute in lower Manhattan, New York City. The icy weather is part of a massive winter storm that stretched from New Mexico to Maine and brought freezing rain and blizzard conditions to more than 30 states.




1. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 February 2011
catnip - 3 February 2011


marisacat - 3 February 2011

oh I like it…


diane - 3 February 2011

Is it an accident that Pharoah looks like Sulieman?

2. catnip - 3 February 2011

Christiane soft-balled Suleiman’s bio before they showed the interview. I guess they can’t have the American public knowing the gory details about just HOW Suleiman helped the US with “Al Quaeda suspects”.

3. BooHooHooMan - 3 February 2011

From the GateStormers of Weenie-ville over at Moulitsas’ joint..


What is your opinion of how the Obama administration has dealt with the rebellion in Egypt?

I have no idea because I haven’t followed the issue closely. 23 votes – 5 %

The administration has taken the correct approach. 229 votes – 51 %

The administration should have backed Hosni Mubarak against the protesters. 8 votes – 1 %

The administration should have been more neutral. 12 votes – 2 %

The administration should have been cautiously
more supportive of the protesters
90 votes – 20 %

The administration should have strongly backed the protesters. 23 votes – 5 %

The administration should have strongly backed the protesters, including cutting off military assistance. 51 votes – 11 %

Other 12 votes – 2 %

I see Revolutionary Guard Chieftain Tim Lange aka “Meateor Blades” still commanding the night desk over at Revolutionary Bunker HQ ,
code name: Orange Assa Holio. Pass it on.

marisacat - 3 February 2011

not too much in the way of readers. Or poll takers.

4. BooHooHooMan - 3 February 2011

Credit where credit is due;
THIS from Joshie Marshall’s place

CIA Briefed Obama On Egypt Instability Late Last Year

😯 OOPS! 😯

catnip - 3 February 2011

So many apologists in that thread.

marisacat - 3 February 2011

I read there were meetings, a series of them, at the WH last year, in September and in November. The whole crew of ME “experts” were there, most sides including Neo con…. (hardly distinguishable from Neo Lib in my book) and the upshot was: one way or the other, the end for Moo is comng and there will be instability.

Ob barely wants to be bothered and Hillary is just silly.

5. diane - 3 February 2011

From the Aljazeera live blog for the Friday the fourth, Cairo time:

6.02am: The New York Times reports that the US administration is in talks with Egyptian officials over a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately, turning over power to a transitional government headed by Vice- President Omar Suleiman. The White House has not confirmed the report.

How could it be any clearer that the “US” MIC tells Egypt exactly what to do, as to whether some other entity is telling the “US” MIC what to tell Egypt to do, is another question. Does Egypt ever “propose,” in formal meetings with the “US,” who should run the “US” government?

Both Moo and Sully should go………………….

6. BooHooHooMan - 3 February 2011

LOL. No Worries!
Joshie Shitting His Pants Elsewhere!

ALL Freaked the fuck out about Toricelli (Torriecelli For Gods Sake!}
And Bill Richardson!
And Everyboody Goddam ELSE
Cozying Up to the MEK on Iran!
Who are on the State Department List!
As A Marxist Terrorist Group!

Torch Talks About the MEK

Last week we reported how a series of seemingly sensible foreign policy types (Tony Zinni, Bill Richardson, Jim Jones, Bob Torricelli et al.) went to a pro-MEK convention and spoke in support of the Iranian MEK — a cult-like anti-regime paramilitary group that has now apparently given up its arms and the US currently defines as a terrorist organization. We caught up with Torricelli and asked him what he was thinking. –Josh Marshall

Oh Josh, We’ll Talk to ANYBODY NOW!
Especially if they’re Old, UNARMED MArxists!
Living in Paris!

7. BooHooHooMan - 3 February 2011

Oh, Pant-Shittery All Around.
More like a Fire, really..

Intelligence Failure!
DiFi all like ~WTF Leon!
(from Somebody} – > GRAB THE BABY! SAVE BARRY!

Senators question intelligence agencies’ anticipation of Egypt uprising
By Greg Miller
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 3, 2011; 10:18 PM

Senior U.S. lawmakers questioned Thursday whether the CIA and other spy agencies failed to give President Obama adequate warning of the unfolding crisis in Egypt, using a Senate hearing to accuse American intelligence services of being slow to grasp a revolution that took root on the Internet.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said after the hearing that the intelligence community’s performance had been “lacking” despite the stakes surrounding a protest that threatens to “create a major maelstrom in the Middle East.”

marisacat - 4 February 2011

it’s tuff out there for a pretzel.

I do recall the obster saying he would always know more than anyone in the room. On anything.

So ya know, who needs intell.

8. catnip - 3 February 2011
BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011


At 11:54, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer made a formal announcement via Twitter.

“FYI: WH unclassified e-mail went down shortly before 8 AM.’ he tweeted. “Verizon is working to solve the problem. Pool reports will be avail in press office.”

Oh the irony. I don’t know if you guys saw it, but it’s like that last SNL skit of Hosni explaining the deal with the internet et al…

marisacat - 4 February 2011

One of those panel vans careening around Tahrir Sq and running over people obviously hit the Wh email high security room.

And pardon us while we advertise for our supplier. (as if this sounds good)

9. catnip - 3 February 2011

Charlotte charred by FLOTUS roast reference

Charlotte residents were ecstatic to hear this week that their city was selected to host the Democratic convention. But there was one line in the e-mail announcement from First Lady Michelle Obama that made locals say, “Huh?”
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In listing Charlotte’s many virtues, Obama named southern charm, hospitality, diversity — “And of course, great barbecue.”

That was news to residents, who know that North Carolina’s best barbecue lies farther afield. “We appreciate the compliments, and they’re all spot-on until that last one,” the editorial board of the Charlotte Observer newspaper wrote in a blog post titled, “Charlotte = great barbecue? Who knew?”

“Everybody knows to get the best stuff, you gotta drive north to Lexington,” the board added.

marisacat - 4 February 2011

shulda just sold Charlotte an Obama mug. (I hear there are Win the Future t-shirts as well)

Very very funny…. 😉

10. catnip - 4 February 2011
11. catnip - 4 February 2011

Oil spill compensation claims could soar over lawyer’s links to BP

BP’s attempts to quantify and quickly resolve billions of dollars in compensation claims from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have been undercut by a ruling in a Louisiana court, which questioned the independence of the $20bn claims fund established by the British oil giant last year.

Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer in charge of the fund, cannot claim to be neutral, a judge said, and is in fact acting in BP’s interests.

At the height of the public anger over the spill in June, the White House pressured BP into setting up an independent claims fund, under the aegis of Mr Feinberg, the lawyer who previously oversaw claims to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, Mr Feinberg’s fees are paid directly by BP and he has numerous obligations to consult and provide information to the oil giant throughout the process, Judge Carl Barbier said. Mr Feinberg’s firm is paid $850,000 [£526,000] a month for its work.

Heckuva job, Kenny!

marisacat - 4 February 2011

Kenneth is such a professional slime ball.

12. BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011
marisacat - 4 February 2011

Another elderly out of it person.

13. BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011

CNN Back Live in Tahrir.

BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011

– > No Al Jazeer from a fixed position, they have reporters in the crowd over satelite phone , are using a shared feed of the square itself…

CNNs guy Ivan Watson said that a cleric for the ProMoos has announced some competing “Day of Remembrance”.. some crap …:roll:

Hey, fuck, sure, the whole Prayer Breakfast thing …

14. BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011

Well, the NYT…
has assembled an excellent photograph gallery ….

Very extensive.
Credit where credit is due…

15. BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011

BiBi must be shitting bricks watching this…

This translation was given over AJ..
of an Iman at the mic before the commencement of Friday Prayers..

Our Revolution is not of ideology or religion.
We don’t have a Party.
We reject American and foreign intervention.
Our revolution demands an end to the regime,
the release of prisoners, and seeks legitimate justice for those who have committed crimes.

marisacat - 4 February 2011

The thing i get off the American leaders and spokessticks… is a kind of “we have always run things, and we will… and all we have to do is remind everyone we run things…”.

One thing they are up against is the demographics… high high numbers of youth under 30, under 25… who do not listen, in the best way, to their parents anymore. Harder and harder to impose a patriarchy. And you know, food and jobs.

Our hour of AJ just ended til the next hour… LOL I can get tea and pull myslef to gether..

16. BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011

Square Packed, Prayers OVER, the crowd immediately erupts…

BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011

AJ, referring to the crowd.. Fearless.
“A population energized”

And this now confirmed
– repeat – confirmed by the Obama Admin –

J Lo Invited to Obama White House for Super Bowl Party

And so it goes…

17. BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011

Al Jazeera’s reporter in Alexandria saying very large protests…no Pro-Moo support there

Also…back in Cairo..

The Egyptian Defense Minister is visiting the protesters in the Square for the first time..

18. BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011


Stub Hub to be trotted out later today, Yep,
Mr St. Gabby Giffords with a BIG announcement, BIG decision on whether he accept the command of the last Space Shuttle Mission or not..

Hey, Astronaut the shit out it. Why not?
Suit-up Obama, Mubarack and Bibi while you’re at it.

Enh. Take the canoli in the box, what the hell…

marisacat - 4 February 2011

oh he is so silly.. claiminig to “get relig” out of what has happened. I SAY, screw Jesus who sent the shooter (I mean, if you think religion is so powerful). 6 people DIE and you get RELIGION.

Forget it.

I think he is courting bad luck to go up in that rusted can.

19. BooHooHooMan - 4 February 2011

” Angry Arab” …As’ad AbuKhalil:

Friday, February 04, 2011

how could one sleep?
it is impossible.
Posted by As’ad at 3


The US
The time when the US could have exploited the Egyptian uprising to feign identification with the people is long gone. The US clumsily–from its own imperialist standpoint– put itself squarely on the side of the enemies of the people of Egypt. Now this will have long term repercussions.
Posted by As’ad at 3:32 AM

marisacat - 4 February 2011

how could one sleep?
it is impossible.
Posted by As’ad at 3

I fell into a deep sleep a little after 3 am but woke by magic just at the start of the extended AJ coverage on my news channel that picks up foreign news feeds…

I caught the part where the they just gently trashed the US and used a tape of Mullen who sounded out of it…

yum yum

mattes - 4 February 2011

….took a pill, missed the revolution.

Was the confrontation of the pro-mu by the army shone?

marisacat - 4 February 2011

not while I watched, tho the AJ hosts spoke of it. A little more action frm the mil at keeping Pro Moos out of the square. Mil barricade on the bridge that leads to the square and so on… Many reports that “families” were in the square, so perhaps there had been soem word around that there would nto be open fighting…

But it is BHHM who watched all thru the night..

20. marisacat - 4 February 2011

The US “leadership” goes on being dreary…

EGYPT LATEST, per White House:

“The President has said that now is the time to begin a peaceful, orderly and meaningful transition, with credible, inclusive negotiations. We have discussed with the Egyptians a variety of different ways to move that process forward, but all of those decisions must be made by the Egyptian people. … It’s simply wrong to report that there’s a single U.S. plan that’s being negotiated with the Egyptians.”

Oh please, America has ONE plan: USA !!!! USA !!!

and, you know: God Bless the USA!!!!!!!!!

marisacat - 4 February 2011

omigod spare us. Actually I thought, in the primaries, Hilarious made appropriate mincemeat of his bullshit crap like this. (And she had her own crap – this is not an endorsement)

ON OBAMA’S BLACKBERRY — DAVID IGNATIUS in WashPost, “Obama’s story, and Egypt’s: How his past could shape policy”:

“As President Obama watched events unfold this past week in Egypt and the surrounding Arab world, he is said to have reflected on his own boyhood experiences in Indonesia … The formative experiences of Obama’s life tell him that change in developing countries is inexorable and that reform can often succeed. … The lesson that Obama takes from Indonesia’s democratic revolt is that when the grip of authoritarian government has been loosened, it can’t easily be restored: A catharsis takes place that, over time, can lead to better governance and economic growth. … Obama’s personal history gives him a unique opportunity to connect with the young generation that is making this volatile revolution. But it also makes Obama uniquely vulnerable to the charge that he is putting American security second to his hopes for an ephemeral process of changeObama’s challenge is to use his life experience – and his unusual ability as a communicator – to brace this process of change. He can identify with the idealistic young rebels in the street, but he also needs to reassure the world that American power is a steadying force at a time of upheaval.” http://wapo.st/e7uFF4

Drippy drool…. I never bought the bullhsite that the ME so loved this new pretzel. They knew, as well as anyone: one more fucking USA pretzel.

21. brinn - 4 February 2011

We got SNOW! This has been the coldest week I can remember since living in Austin. It’s already melting away and it’ll be 59 tomorrow, but we had fun while it lasted:

Pix Here…..

Hope everyone is well!

marisacat - 4 February 2011

oo thanks for htat!

22. marisacat - 4 February 2011



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