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More/Merrier 13 February 2011

Posted by marisacat in Europe, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Italy, Total fucking lunatics.

A demonstrator holds a pan cover with a picture of a caged Berlusconi during a protest against Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, in Rome, Saturday, Feb.12, 2011. Protestors are demanding Berlusconi’s resignation following allegations he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl and used his office to cover it up. Italian prosecutors want to put Italian Premier Berlusconi on trial over the allegations. Berlusconi has dismissed the allegations as a smear campaign. “I’m not worried in the slightest,” Berlusconi said of the prostitution case. “I am a wealthy gentleman who can spend the rest of his life building hospitals for children like I’ve always wanted to.”   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

The more that get pushed out, for whatever reason, the better (I could care less who Silvio poked or prodded)…


Can’t someone surface with a pic of Little Mr Cameron, over there in England, with his vital part in a keyhole… or something?




1. BooHooHoHAHaHaWhoaHO - 14 February 2011

Don’t Miss HuffPost Bloggers
1 of 5

Rep. Charles Rangel –
Egypt and Joblessness


2. BooHooHooMan - 14 February 2011

Sorry. I was left momentarily unattended.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 February 2011

This Guy Was One Of The FDIC’s Top Deal Makers During The Crisis And He’s Just Joined Goldman Sachs

Another government worker has jumped ship to the private sector.

This time, it’s a senior FDIC official and his new home is Goldman Sachs.

Joseph Jiampietro was one of the government’s “top deal makers during the financial crisis,” according to TheStreet.

At Goldman Sachs, Jiampietro will slot into the investment bank, as a managing director in the financial institutions group.

At the FDIC, he was a senior adviser to its chairwoman, Sheila Bair, from March 2009 to August last year.

“He helped coordinate more than 100 government-assisted bank deals,” was “one of the chief architects of the F.D.I.C.’s policies on private equity,” and was the “main liaison to hedge funds and the broader Wall Street community,” in his time at the agency Dealbook reports.

marisacat - 14 February 2011

I just noticed this at Business Insider, Madman:

Wisc. National Guard Preps For Worker Unrest After Gov. Unveils Emergency Budget

Read more: LINK

BooHooHooMan - 14 February 2011

And they might as well call in some rescue team too where where schoolchildren are being used as human shields for Obby to deliver his Budget today before a middle school classroom..

Can this get anymore fucked up?

How’s that vote working out Dems?
My Pet Goat much?

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 February 2011

he’s basically going to gut every public union EXCEPT the cops and firemen (their unions endorsed the asshole).

It’s going to be an ugly spring & summer, I think.

marisacat - 14 February 2011

I have to say, employees (who managed to get on camera) and esp leaders of some of the public employee groups in Cali have played it very dumb. DUMB.

SF Muni (our bus and city rail system) comes to mind immediately.

The problem is for ordinary workers, mod pay, small retirement. But, so it goes.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 February 2011

pretty dumb here, too.

4. BooHooHooMan - 14 February 2011

Oh Barry the Pimp is on now..
Announcing a BIG spin off of Government Real Estate.

The Russian Oligarchs got nothin on this guy

BooHooHooMan - 14 February 2011

8 minutes of slogans and he’s out,
no questions taken.
Win the Future™
Math and Science™. Same blah blah blah.

You’d have to be a fucking moron to buy this shit on any level whatsoever:

As he rolls out another Corporate Class Budget still funding the Wars with a major concern that we pay off the moneylenders.

marisacat - 14 February 2011

I sure do love to hear him, and lately his WH Budget HooHoo (Jack Lew?), bleat the same shite that Arnold used AND Reagan used … that the US government must “do as all families do and live within its means”.

It’s like governing using baby gibberdrool. Sadly the people, too many of them, swallow it.

marisacat - 14 February 2011

Jack Lew version:

WHITE HOUSE BUDGET DIRECTOR JACK LEW, to Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union”:

“[T]his is a very difficult budget. … The challenge we have is to live within our means but also invest in the future. … In order to do that, we have to make tough tradeoffs. … There are scores of programs that are being reduced. … [W]e’re beyond the easy, low-hanging fruit to say that it’s all waste and fraud. We’re reducing programs that are important programs that we care about, and we’re doing what every family does when it sits around its kitchen table.”

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 February 2011

we’re doing what every family does when it sits around its kitchen table.”

they’re such liars

marisacat - 14 February 2011

Arnold used to wave a check book. And, for a while, the [imo paid] t shirted masses tht humped for him at every cmpaign stop were waving check books too.

marisacat - 14 February 2011

I thought you were joking on the second graders… but no….

–The president’s day: “In the morning, the President will travel to Baltimore … Education Secretary Arne Duncan and OMB Director Jack Lew will join the President for the visit, where he will lay out key priorities in the 2012 Budget and discuss the importance of responsibly investing in education to prepare our children to be competitive in the global economy.”

–10:10 a.m.: Obama visits a science classroom10:20 a.m.: delivers remarks.

5. marisacat - 14 February 2011

OK. It is official. Wael Ghonim is starting to annoy me

“said Mr. Ghonim, the Google executive. “It shows how civilized the Egyptian people are.””.

When a native speak about civilization and being civilized, I know that he is not talking to his own people but is talking to the White Man. Good boy, Mr. Ghonim. Good boy. You can sit now. Personally, I want a revolt that is very uncivilized and which brags about being uncivilized.

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 6:39 AM

6. marisacat - 14 February 2011

Gaza tunnels

Please. Cars and trucks are asked to avoid the Gaza tunnels today. Today, 20 elephants are being smuggled through the Gaza tunnels to join the animals at the Gaza zoo.

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 8:37 AM

mattes - 14 February 2011

God, I love Mondoweiss:

Hostages to Zionism

by Mark Braverman


Best article I’ve read in a long time. So many good quotes, that it was impossible to choose.

best to read the whole thing

marisacat - 14 February 2011

Gah Beinart started an idiot and stays one I see… but this from Weiss is just fraudulence. IMO. A cry to queue up the interfaith wheezing:

But it is not for the Jews alone to resolve this crisis. Rather, the grim prospect of Israel spinning rapidly into rogue state status challenges people from all faiths and nationalities to confront sectarian and particularistic strivings wherever they hold the political process hostage.

The problem IS faith. Dreamland Inc.

marisacat - 14 February 2011

but this from Weiss

I see the author at Mondoweis is Braverman, not Weiss.

mattes - 14 February 2011

I think what he meant is that it’s not only Jews that promote Zionism.

i.e., Christian Zionists.

And here in the States, I see the largest [$$] support of Zionism from Jewish secularists. At least the ones on the Democratic side.

marisacat - 14 February 2011

the largest [$$] support of Zionism from Jewish secularists. At least the ones on the Democratic side.

that is the game. Has been certainly since Truman….

mattes - 14 February 2011

Cracks me up how any politician even “thinking” of running for office has to make a pilgrimage to Tel Aviv.

marisacat - 14 February 2011

And they all do. Just recently, again at Herzliya.

7. catnip - 14 February 2011

Berlusconi’s “porno-democracy”. Ha! I like that.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 February 2011

hurtling back toward the middle ages …

Houses of the Lord: The biggest producer of new affordable housing in D.C.? God.

a particularly astute comment:

February 10th, 2011
8:41 am

As churches make more money off of this, look for them to be exempted from various housing code requirements and fees.

marisacat - 14 February 2011

the whole thing has been such a scam, tethering churches more and more, thru the decades, to the city state and other monies they get (as if most are not already part of The State). All they are are conduits of pain.

Suffer the little children… etc.

I read the other day of what USED to b an Oakland, Alameda Co jobs corps office, funded thru the various agencies in the 60s70s

Now I would never deny massive theft of social needs money in that era… but it also employed just under 500 people. No longer exists, the much much less money is parceled out to churches….

9. catnip - 14 February 2011

Judge fines Chevron $8 billion in Ecuador

The suit stems from damages sought on behalf of 30,000 people for environmental contamination and illnesses that allegedly resulted from Texaco’s operation of an oil consortium from 1972 to 1990.

Chevron bought Texaco in 2001.

Appeals from both sides. It was estimated a couple of years ago that they might be fined twice as much. They should be bankrupted. Period.

10. catnip - 14 February 2011

CNN: Trump’s going to announce by June whether he’ll run for prez.

Trump…Bloomberg…any other bazillionaires out there want a shot at it? Especially when you’re so in touch with the “little people”.

marisacat - 14 February 2011

The headlines SHOULD read:

Strange Looking Man Wants to Run for Pretzel.

11. BooHooHooMan - 14 February 2011

Somebody get Goldwater Gal a Twitter account, ‘mkay?

I’m thinking “Hillavi”. Or ‘The Obliterater’.
You know, something subtle, diplomatic. Restrained.

Baby’s REALLY tryin to chat up shit today in Tehran.

BooHooHooMan - 14 February 2011

And Comcast might as well call their cable box
The Ark of The Covenant, the way they hump-in US networks covering this shit. 😆

100-bucks-a-mundt, ya get your own personal Ark,
with the news chan’s and HBO thrown in. LOL.

12. mattes - 14 February 2011

So embarrassing, has she no shame. No talking point too stupid for her.

Wonder what the Saudis, or Jordanians are thinking. Does she assume, they can’t connect dots. What exactly is she saying to the man on the street in Saudi Arabia, or Jordon, or Palestine?


MORE WAR…good for business.

Clinton: People of Iran deserve same rights as Egyptians

U.S. Secretary of State expresses support for tens of thousands of protesters in Tehran, says Iranian government is hypocritical for hailing Egypt protests but suppressing its own opposition.


mattes - 14 February 2011

Meltdown everywhere but Israel, where they announced more building in West Bank….their arrogance not to be undermined.

The behavior of rulers in the region has ranged from trying to woo the opposition and buy some precious calm, to using the tried-and-true techniques that begin with tear gas and end with live gunfire: Jordan’s king was quick to replace his government and it even invited the Islamists to join the new one; his Bahraini colleague opened his wallet and promised thousands of dollars to every family in the kingdom; the president of Yemen raised the wages of his soldiers and cut income tax by half; the administration of the Algerian president confronted the thousands of demonstrators, but not before he announced cancellation of the state of emergency imposed on the country after the Islamists won the 1992 elections; and the Iranian leadership, which is officially thrilled by the results of the Egyptian revolution, is showing signs of nervousness and is arresting opposition leaders who are once more challenging it.


13. catnip - 14 February 2011

Looks like the love affair is over – and on Valentine’s Day yet…

Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama To The Next Generation: Screw You, Suckers

They have to lead, because this president is too weak, too cautious, too beholden to politics over policy to lead. In this budget, in his refusal to do anything concrete to tackle the looming entitlement debt, in his failure to address the generational injustice, in his blithe indifference to the increasing danger of default, he has betrayed those of us who took him to be a serious president prepared to put the good of the country before his short term political interests. Like his State of the Union, this budget is good short term politics but such a massive pile of fiscal bullshit it makes it perfectly clear that Obama is kicking this vital issue down the road.

To all those under 30 who worked so hard to get this man elected, know this: he just screwed you over. He thinks you’re fools. Either the US will go into default because of Obama’s cowardice, or you will be paying far far more for far far less because this president has no courage when it counts. He let you down. On the critical issue of America’s fiscal crisis, he represents no hope and no change. Just the same old Washington politics he once promised to end.

This will be a big blow to the Obama Defender Squad which loves quoting from Sully’s slobberating posts about Obamalama.

Note to Sully: He said Screw you, suckers when he was running. You obviously weren’t paying attention.

marisacat - 15 February 2011

well I think Sully is a paid for member of the Slash Entltlements flanking motion. He must think their fake love affair somehow really matters to Ob and he will be so wounded that Sully is out of love.

may they bite each other to death.

14. catnip - 14 February 2011

“The Note:
Breaking: Sen. John Kerry Heads to Pakistan to Calm Diplomatic Tensions

Yes, Blatherthons by Blathering Blatherers tend to put people to sleep. Tensions resolved!

marisacat - 15 February 2011

when in doubt send a drone. Of one kind or another.

15. ts - 15 February 2011

Berlusconi will face trial on underage prostitution charges.

He’s even got a lawyer after his own heart.

Piero Longo, a lawyer for Mr. Berlusconi, said in a television interview on Tuesday that the judge’s decision was “exactly what we expected.” Noting that Mr. Berlusconi would be tried before a panel of three female judges, he said: “Great. Women are always appreciated, sometimes even agreeable,” the center-left daily La Repubblica reported.

He might want to abbreviate his opening arguments.

marisacat - 15 February 2011

would be tried before a panel of three female judges

Oh such irony

16. BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2011

Oh the Ironed~knees.
Hillary and her crew.

U.S. Policy to Address Internet Freedom

Another offer from the New York Times featuring Hilarious in yet another run at BM, Bas mitvah, of course. You have to see crowd of characters gathered together today, side by side in the NYT: Plenty of New York uncles and aunts to go around hoping she makes it thru. Given her, ya know, copious flop-sweat recently during rehearsals.

So Here’s just the beginning of the gang on Internet Freedom, WMD, oh and pretty much every other freaky mushroomy cloudy, bird flooey, anthrax bearing duck-n-cover everything else before we’re thru

The State Department’s policy, a year in the making, has been bogged down by fierce debates over which projects it should support, and even more basically, whether to view the Internet primarily as a weapon to topple repressive regimes or as a tool that autocrats can use to root out and crush dissent.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will lay out the policy in a speech on Tuesday, acknowledged the Internet’s dual role in an address a year ago,…

Hey, Free Weapons all Around! Why not?
I’m startin to dig this chick in her flopsweat.
LOL ( so not so) ( not that I mind the flop-sweat or the weapons, tho. )

and administration officials said she would touch on that theme again, noting how social networks were used by both protesters and governments in the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries.

The State Department plans to finance programs like circumvention services, which enable users to evade Internet firewalls, and training for human rights workers on how to secure their e-mail from surveillance or wipe incriminating data from cellphones if they are detained by the police.

Though the policy has been on the drawing board for months, it has new urgency 😆 in light of the turmoil in the Arab world, because it will be part of a larger debate over how the United States weighs its alliances with entrenched leaders against the young people inspired by the events in Tunisia and Egypt.

Administration officials say that the emphasis on a broad array of projects — hotly disputed by some technology experts and human rights activists — reflects their view that technology can be a force that leads to democratic change, but is not a “magic bullet” that brings down repressive regimes.

“People are so enamored of the technology,” said Michael H. Posner, the assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor. “People have a view that technology will make us free. No, people will make us free.”

~Yaguhlukwiddat~. 🙄 …~POSNER.

Critics say the administration has dawdled for more than a year, holding back $30 million in Congressional financing that could have gone to circumvention technology, a proven method that allows Internet users to evade government firewalls by routing their traffic through proxy servers in other countries.

Some of these services have received modest financing from the government, but their backers say they need much more to install networks capable of handling millions of users in China, Iran and other countries.

Today’s takeaway?
Circumvention Technology.
More of that in a bit…And Hillary.
And her crowd from New York.
And the Other NYT story that began there today with this:

But courts, like fire departments and homicide detectives, exist in part for gruesome what-ifs.

marisacat - 15 February 2011

I just woke up… and she is lecturing.

BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2011

LOL. Oh Too Funny! –
While she was talking some guy was THROWN OUT of her little chat.

Yep This Is America?!? which the guy was yelling as he got dragged out.

Up With People! UP! AND OUT!!! 😆

marisacat - 15 February 2011

oh Poor Hillary! I am sure she suffered over that.


17. BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2011

Yes such the ironed-knees.
From Hilarious AND the New York Uncles and Aunts.
Who ALSO today trotted out this helpful Public Health Communique No. 1 on the FP of the NYT.

A Legal Manual for an Apocalyptic New York

Major disasters like terrorist attacks and mass epidemics raise confounding issues for rescuers, doctors and government officials. They also pose bewildering legal questions, including some that may be painful to consider, like how the courts would decide who gets life-saving medicine if there are more victims than supplies. But courts, like fire departments and homicide detectives, exist in part for gruesome what-ifs.

So this month, 😯
an official 😯 😯 state legal manual was published in New York to serve as a guide for judges and lawyers who could face grim questions in another terrorist attack, a major radiological or chemical contamination or a widespread epidemic.

Quarantines. The closing of businesses. Mass evacuations. Warrantless searches of homes. The slaughter of infected animals and the seizing of property. When laws can be suspended and whether infectious people can be isolated against their will or subjected to mandatory treatment. It is all there, in dry legalese, in the manual, published by the state court system and the state bar association.

Signing Statements: Not just for the Feds Anymore!
A Toast to the New York Bar! And 911!
What’s next? Stocking up on Duct-tape and Gloves?
Why yes, we gots future Future Winnin’ to do!

The most startling legal realities are handled with lawyerly understatement. It notes that the government has broad power to declare a state of emergency. “Once having done so,” it continues, “local authorities may establish curfews, quarantine wide areas, close businesses, restrict public assemblies and, under certain circumstances, suspend local ordinances.”

Ronald P. Younkins, the chief of operations for the state court system, said the book’s preparation was similar to other steps the New York courts had taken to plan for emergencies, including stockpiling respirators and latex gloves. Like such manuals in other states, Mr. Younkins said, it is intended to give judges and lawyers a place to turn in an emergency 😆 {You can’t SHOOT ME! I have a MANUAL! 😆 – BHHM} because the maze of state and federal laws — some decades or centuries old — can be difficult to decipher. For judges, the manual may well be their only refresher on the case of Mary Mallon, “Typhoid Mary,” who was isolated on an East River island from 1915 until her death in 1938.

“It is a very grim read,” Mr. Younkins said. “This is for potentially very grim situations in which difficult decisions™ 🙄 ™ have to be made.”

Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union,

😆 {Thanks fer showin up! Try the salmon! – bhhm}

..said the 88-page book reminded her of the CliffsNotes pamphlets that have helped generations of 11th graders get through Macbeth. “Needless to say, this makes me a little nervous,” she said, adding that the legal issues the book raised were “nuanced, thorny and difficult, and hard to capture in CliffsNotes.”

Published with the disarmingly bland title “New York State Public Health Legal Manual,” the doomsday book does not proclaim new law but, rather, describes existing law and gives lawyers and judges ways of analyzing any number of frightening situations.

The manual provides a catalog of potential terrorism nightmares, like smallpox, anthrax or botulism episodes. It …

{Snip Snip/ End of Times/ Upper East and West Side Catering Hell to Cratering Condo Rapture, Hamas-lounging-in-Tel-Aviv, ETC, You know, The Good Shit. }}

So Plastic Sheeting IS Back!
As are the Tahrir, New Orleans Brooklyn Bridge cops – Have they ever left?

In separate forewords, the state’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, and the bar association’s president, Stephen P. Younger, say public-health threats are more apparent than ever, so the legal questions ought to be considered now, not during an emergency.

If nothing else, the book is intensely practical, giving lawyers and judges a way to get through what would quite likely be chaotic days.

o WooHoo! New York :
Gettin’ their Secessionist/ State’s Rights Groove On!

Freedom for the People!
Those HillBilly Lawyers and Doctors of New York will decide!

And Freedom for the Internet! With All the Mrkan Freedomy.. Techie.. Legalish Public-Healthy-like shit we can deliver!
Which, when first attempting to get The Orwellian New York State Public Health Legal Manual I was greeted by this!

New York State Unified Court System

We are currently experiencing server errors with this site, this error has been reported to our system administrators and we will have this site available as soon as possible.

This page will continue to refresh every 5 minutes until the site is available again.

How refreshing!
I LOVE the smell of Burnt Empire in the morning!

BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2011

Thanks Mcat.

marisacat - 15 February 2011

oh sure, no problem….


18. marisacat - 15 February 2011

If you liked her speech – she’s giving anohter on Friday. Nothing big, just Pakistan.

John Ellis at BI


BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2011

LOL. I’ll see you one Hillary Speech and raise you an ObbySlobber. Stammering this morning from the WH..Just pathetic..alish.

19. BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2011

Love It. Kudos to Mike Flugennock!
Whose latest was picked up by Al-Jazeera

Hometown boy makes good
By Michael J. Smith on Tuesday February 15 10:33 AM

The cartoon above, by our own Mike Flugennock, was picked up by Al-Jazeera! (Scroll down the page a bit to see it.)

Now that is distinction for you. – MJS

20. BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2011

Obby about to slobber all over Poppy Bush
Warren Buffet and Jean Kennedy Smith.

marisacat - 15 February 2011

I thought it was a pretty terrible list myself.

Soon Obby will claim he is the seventh son. Or Mizz Babs will do it for him.

Which would make Dubya Bill C and he brothers.

Works for me.

21. marisacat - 15 February 2011

Wish me luck, off to the cardiologist, in a little bit… Will get a thread up late afternoon when I am back.


22. marisacat - 15 February 2011

ABC News headline:

Obama Defends Budget: Not Going to Run Up the Credit Card Anymore

Word is we don’t get the keys to the car anymore. Either.

brinn - 15 February 2011

damn, and we just got it out of the ditch too…

marisacat - 15 February 2011


23. marisacat - 15 February 2011



Politics,President Obama

Obama defends cuts to home heating aid program

By Michael J. Bailey, Globe Staff

President Obama today defended his plan to cut by half the home energy assistance program, which tens of thousands of New Englanders rely on to help pay their home heating bills.

“On the LIHEAP program, the home heating assistance program, we doubled the home heating assistance program when I first came into office in part because there was a huge energy spike, and so folks, if we just kept it at the same level, folks would have been in real trouble,” Obama said at a press conference, in response to a question about unpopular cuts in his newly released budget proposal. “Energy prices have now gone down but the cost of the program has stayed the same. So what we’ve said is let’s go back to a more sustainable level.”

Funding for the program had been boosted to $5.1 billion for this fiscal year, but House Republicans are seeking immediate cuts, before all the money is disbursed. In the president’s budget for the next fiscal year, the money allocated would be cut to $2.6 billion. Both efforts to pare the program have been denounced by Bay State legislators.

US Representative Edward Markey, a Malden Democrat, has been the Democrats point person on GOP efforts to cut at least $400 million from the program this year. He is offering an amendment to restore proposed cuts.

“Cutting off funds for this program now means that millions of families could have their heating cut off,” said Markey last week. “These families would be forced to decide once again between heating and eating.”

Both Republican Scott Brown and Democrat John F. Kerry in the Senate have urged Obama to reconsider cuts next year.

At the press conference today, Obama said his administration would be open to adding money to the program as needed.

“If it turns out that, once again, you see a huge energy spike, then we can revisit it, but let’s not just assume because it’s at a $5 billion level that each year we’re going to sustain it at a $5 billion level regardless of what’s happening on the energy front,” he said. “Now, that doesn’t mean that, you know, these aren’t still tough cuts. Because they’re always more people who could use some help across the country than we have resources. And so it’s still a tough decision, and I understand people’s frustrations with some of these decisions.”

ts - 15 February 2011

Uh, have you seen energy prices lately Obie? Just paid $3.45/g for gas, at Arco.

Oh, but if it does spike, he will revisit the issue. I’m sure that will accomplish a lot.

What a dick.

marisacat - 15 February 2011

Gas is going up out here…. with a variety of stories WHY.

I see one of the old line car dealers here in town, originally a big Chevy dealership, then with spiking prices in 2008, they closed down, even the smaller foreign car division. NOW, having retained the site (they own the bldg) they are advertising the Wheego.

A plug in, two seater run-about.

24. marisacat - 15 February 2011



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