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Light sheen 3 March 2011

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.

Madman posted this in the previous thread… wht a laugh…



1. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2011

DeChristopher: Join me in prison

Newly convicted climate activist Tim DeChristopher appreciated the songs, the banners and the hugs outside the courthouse Thursday, but he expects more.

“We know that now I’ll have to go to prison,” DeChristopher said. “If we’re going to achieve our vision, many after me will have to join me as well.”

The 29-year-old Salt Lake City man said he is prepared to do time after Thursday’s two felony guilty verdicts for misrepresenting himself and placing bogus bids at a federal oil and gas lease auction. His question for a throng of supporters outside was who else is ready to join him in risking their freedom for a healthy planet?

Many in the crowd called back: “I’ll join you.”

A jury of eight men and four women deliberated nearly five hours before rejecting DeChristopher’s defense for his Dec. 19, 2008, actions, which provoked a chaos of inflated prices and fraudulent winnings that shut down the last of the Bush administration’s offerings to energy developers. The fate of 149,000 acres of redrock Utah desert that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management offered to oil and gas drillers that day remains unclear because the Obama administration has pulled most of the leases off the market.

Moments after the courtroom had cleared, DeChristopher, along with attorneys Pat Shea and Elizabeth Hunt, silently exited the second-floor chamber. After a speechless ride down the elevator, DeChristopher retrieved his mother’s cell phone from a security checkpoint, then asked Shea if there was anything else they needed to do before he could join his supporters outside Salt Lake City’s federal courthouse. Shea shook his head.

“OK,” DeChristopher said, shuffling to the door with his hands in his pockets. “I’ve had enough of this place for a week.”

Outside, he walked through a column of adoring supporters, offering a resolved smile as he hugged weeping friends and admirers. At the end of the line he turned, raised his fist and delivered an impassioned oratory urging the 75 or so demonstrators and others worldwide to follow him into the climate wars. He called his prosecution “intimidation” but said it hadn’t deterred these activists.

2. catnip - 3 March 2011

Well…this story about new pics of the moon had me asking that burning question that I’ve never wondered or cared about: isn’t there wind on the moon?

Apparently, what happens on the moon stays on the moon (literally).

3. catnip - 3 March 2011

Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico

Short version:

ATF – “Hey, let’s send a bunch of guns down to Mexico and see what happens!”

marisacat - 3 March 2011

KGO the local Dem machine talk radio here, is going cwazee over this right now.

High Humpiness … zzzzzzzz

catnip - 3 March 2011

Yet another job creation program for the gun industry.

Winning the future and all of that!

marisacat - 3 March 2011

and some incidental war fomenting……….

wu ming - 4 March 2011

with the cantarell oilfield in sharp decline, and the corn harvest gone bust due to drought, it could be a buyer’s market.

diane - 4 March 2011

I get Global Toxins/Warming …but I find it necessary to say: Drought with perhaps a bit of gaming included?

Ahh the mundane boring nooz from the [Winning The] Futures Nooz Industry …..that no civilization abiding citizen even has the time to read (if they have an in home ‘puter, and apparently, at least 30% of the “US” does not), let alone, be responsible for.…..Example DJ USDA Daily National Grain Market Summary – Mar ………some 2010, monthly detail, of that doubling, here:
2010 Corn (Globex) Historical Prices / Charts

2010 was apparently a good year for corn, but look at those prices …cum fall, I’m sure droughts weren’t on those techno investors minds …..perhaps I’m wrong.

marisacat - 4 March 2011

plus it is the whole globalisation – futures trading of basic food supplies – FUKCING NAFTA – Etc. – when it comes to Mexican corn. (and not just Mexican corn, either, but you know what I mean)

I’d look at NAFTA first and everything else second.

diane - 4 March 2011

fuck em all but the bought pallbearer’s, …after that burial, ….. FUCK THEM TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

diane - 4 March 2011

oopsy, woopsy, “pallbearers” …not, “pallbearer’s …(as pallbearers have no implied, or otherwise, “ownership,” of the bodies they bury, therefore…no apstrophe before the “s”)

diane - 4 March 2011

..for the “knowledgable” in the house (snerk) …who negate everything they read if it’s not colonial enough, …I’ll correct to: “apostrophe” …(to each, their own blankie …..but do some of you lurking assholes really think your unaffordable wines are truly more morally appropriate than drinking Mickey’s…when you refuse to give a ciggie to someone sleeping on the cement out in the elements …do some of you realize that you need that CIGAR even when you’re sitting on a Princess and the Pea KING SIZED BED? ….On that note ooooh look at branjolina ….they’re saving Afghanistan!!! ….sick mother fuckers!)

wu ming - 4 March 2011

gaming follows disaster. it’s as close to a sure bet as exists, when a crop’s ruined, the price will go up. not saying the vultures won’t do what they can to throw gas on the fire, but there’s some pretty brutal drought going on in texas and mexico.

the wheat market’s the real clusterfuck. amazing how many wheat-producing regions got slammed with bad weather in a single year.

4. catnip - 3 March 2011
catnip - 3 March 2011

And there was a little conniption fit over this dkos diary today: Anonymous Will Avenge Manning

This about the most objectionable thing (6+ / 0-)

I’ve ever seen at the top of the rec list on Daily Kos in a long time.

Instead of standing up for law, order, the constitution and the democratic process, this diary advocates using extra-judicial process that are more in-line with raving anarchists. If there ever were justifications for “lunatic left” diatribes, this diary is among them.

No matter where one stands on Manning, there can be no denying that he is subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Period. If wish to fight for him, that is your turf. That and the court of public opinion. Not relying on cyber-attacks to get “revenge.”



by brooklynbadboy on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 03:25:04 PM MST

And with that, his head promptly exploded.

marisacat - 3 March 2011

And i just know Brooklyn Bad Boy has been a saint all his life.

UCMJ is a joke.

diane - 4 March 2011

I find myself wishing that whoever are okay with the beastiality behind what is being done to this young human being, promptly DIE, …as they seem beyond any sort of ‘humanity,’ …good thing I don’t own a gun I guess.

5. marisacat - 4 March 2011

Perrin has a good post up on Sheen .. and Qadaffi.

6. marisacat - 4 March 2011

Oh … remember that nasty catch phrase of ObSlob’s? Winning the Future.

Any luck, all our living leaders would be dragged from their soft beds ALL OF THEM.

“US tricks do not deceive us any more. We were and still are standing against any intervention from the state of evil, America, in countries’ affairs,” Sadr said in a statement. “I hope the Arab people, and especially those in Iraq, will show their rejection (for US intervention in Libya) through peaceful protests this coming Friday.”

more by Muqtada al-Sadr – 18 hours ago – Reuters (5 occurrences)

The future holds birthday cake after birthday cake of blowback. Cannot say we did not buy it for ourselves.

brinn - 4 March 2011

Great phrase:

“birthday cake of blowback”

And we most certainly bought it, and broke it for that matter….karma is a bitch.

7. brinn - 4 March 2011

Hey all!

I am at the tail end of the week from hell, but am, still standing…albeit, barely!

Got a question for you fine folks:

If I had a design idea for say, bumper stickers, t-shirts and the like, what would you think would be the best way to a) market it and b) produce it?


marisacat - 4 March 2011

I’ve got to think there is a better way than Cafe Press (is it still around?) but have no idea.

Somebody local that would do a deal with you?

brinn - 4 March 2011

Oh, local might be the way to go…

I took at look at Cafe Press (it is still there) and I I see that you can make personalized stuff, but I couldn’t find any information about whether they let you sell it from there….

Of course, it was just a cursory look, as I have a huge pile of grading to get to…

How are you MCat?

marisacat - 4 March 2011

oh it is my understanding it is sold from Cafe Prss… unless you buy the stuff to stock it… but I have not looked at the site in years…

I’m doing OK, brinn – thanks for asking…

brinn - 4 March 2011

Good to know, Marisa!

I will most likely have the idea down in graphic form in another week or so…

dunno. KIPP Austin (Charter School) just sent me a “thanks but no thanks” — not even a freakin’ interview. Guess I’m not young and inexperienced enough, or something — no Teach for America experience doncha know?

I’m beginning to be quite convinced that I wasted much time and nearly 6K last year getting my damned teaching certificate…oh, well, at least I can take pride in the fact that I am no public enemy #1.


marisacat - 4 March 2011

I heard that a nickname for “Teach for America” is

Teach For A While

brinn - 4 March 2011

Yeah, go slumming with the “underserved” kiddos for a year or two in order to bulk up the resume, with very little training or any idea of what the hell they’re doing, and then they’re off to Wall Street of CEO-dom somewhere….

I’m just so fucking tired. All I want is a living wage and work that doesn’t completely lobotomize me…too much to ask for these days, I guess.

marisacat - 4 March 2011

go slumming with the “underserved” kiddos for a year or two in order to bulk up the resume,

exactly! And they flooded the zone, they streamed into NO after Katrina. To say nothing of Michelle Rhee, who is a graduate of TfA herself. IIRC.

wu ming - 4 March 2011

all i want is for my kid’s teachers to make a decent wage, have a class small enough for it to be possible to teach and not just do crowd control, and be treated with enough dignity (as important as the money IMO) that they’re able to bring the good vibes when i entrust my daughter to them.

it literally moved me to tears, teaching in taiwan after undergrad, how much dignity people afford teachers, even if they tend to stiff them in the pay dept. and work them very hard. it was weird, to be treated that way, when in your head you have all those internalized american demons telling you you’re a bad person for wanting to do what is in fact a noble and crucial occupation.

i hope you eventually find a school smart enough to treat you right, brinn.

8. marisacat - 4 March 2011

I just cannot believe it.. some tiny little spider is inserting itself into the Mazda 6 in some destructive way.

Can we petition Gawd to recall the spider?

The “news” just boggles.

9. catnip - 4 March 2011

Looks like somebody isn’t Winning the Future!

NASA Satellite Rocket Launch Fails, Lands in Ocean

The $424 million mission is managed by the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. NASA paid Orbital about $54 million to launch Glory,

Glory be – in the water.

marisacat - 4 March 2011

The little presser this am carried a definite air of depression.

Launching Old Glory ain’t such a simple thing. I guess.

BooHooHooMan - 4 March 2011

And we’re still in the hole.

BooHooHooMan - 4 March 2011

Heh. Sorry. The story is a hoot.

the second-straight blow to NASA’s weakened environmental monitoring program.

The Taurus XL rocket carrying NASA’s Glory satellite lifted off early Friday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but fell to the sea several minutes later. The same thing happened to another climate-monitoring satellite two years ago with the same type of rocket.

“We failed to make orbit,”

The solution is obvious: Further experimentation is warranted in which NASA could just keep launching these Environmental Study Rockets to see how their repeatedly exploding in the atmosphere , their shrapnel and you know, unspent rocket fuel dropping into the ocean might somehow affect the environment.

diane - 4 March 2011

how I love that (transplant from PA) joisy bounce, ….but then, my mamma was boin in oivington nj ….and I was boin in PA too ….

:0) ……:0( ……;0( ……;0) …………

diane - 4 March 2011

….and my papa, was born in a ‘parked’ boxcar, in peekin ill in noize ……

diane - 4 March 2011

my daddy’s mamma, my grandmamma …who loved to dance ……., .was a maid, literally, to his daddy’s ‘family’ …….

10. catnip - 4 March 2011

Stallion Semen Served Up in New Zealand as New Energy Drink

The shots, which will sell for $10, are pitched as being healthy energy boosters and will be available to sample as they come or in cherry, licorice or banoffee pie flavors.

“You often hear from a female perspective that semen has an awful alkaline taste, so we thought we’d better make it more user friendly,” explained horse trainer Lindsay Kerslake, whose stallions will supply the shots, according to The Australian.

So many jokes. So little time.

catnip - 4 March 2011

In other culinary news:William and Kate tea bags

marisacat - 4 March 2011

I don’t know what to say…..

diane - 4 March 2011

As Deepak Chopra (the ‘heart surgeon’ deepak), Future Winner, bar none, pays respect to an idea that hadn’t occurred to him even…..and Arianna winks, ….. in high admiration, ……the breast milk version was the mark of a MARKETING GENIUS!!!!!!!!!…..but this one, ….mortified, mortified in the “US” !!!!!!!! …that ‘we’ didn’t think of it ‘ourselves’ ….

diane - 4 March 2011

and, truly, ….ya jus’ gotta laugh when ya imagine so many deformed dick assholes, and ‘alpha females” ….who have the fucking crust to believe that they represent the fine and stunninhg legged, free horse ….of wonderous dreams …..

ms_xeno - 4 March 2011

I have an ex-boss who will doubtless sign up. The same ex-boss who gets howler–monkey-urine injections to stay fit, or something like that.


11. diane - 4 March 2011

from Who is IOZ?

I Fear Tomorrow I’ll Be Crying:

….Yes, what America really needs are more thunderingly dull declarative sentences and really precise, meaningful terms like important, strong evidence, effective, rigorous assessment, organizational flexibility, and choice. Livelihoods are certainly worth the sacrifice when some ivy-league imbecile bearing management jargon with all the fluency of a phrasebook tour of Europe shows up demanding a table at the bistro. Exkyoozay-mwwah mizzyor, may zhe voodray beeyen voo veeray ay too voh confrayers ohsee. D’akor? Maresee! Supayer! Poor lays onfontz, kee sawnt laveneer!

The only good thing to say about the American system of public education is that it provides lots of people with regular work, reasonable pay, decent benefits, modest protection, and civilized hours.

marisacat - 4 March 2011

I really liked this passage in that piece:

[Y]ou mean that a benighted workforce tasked with the impossible job of turning The Children into a razor-edged temporal weapon to be deployed against the future China even as their cities go back to pastureland and all the world’s oil dries up, a bunch of workers who want only to preserve some modest semblance of wage security in an increasingly desperate age, do not wish to hop aboard the cocktail-napkin ideations of some hoggish know-nothing who, between subsidized junkets to Helsinki and slack-jawed rediscoveries of the antimajoritarian tendencies of our fucking Rome-derived senate, finds it occasionally necessary to turn out such dazzling strophes as: …..


diane - 4 March 2011

yup …voices like his, make you feel that you’re not alone, I’d love to kiss him, if he wouldn’t mind.

12. marisacat - 4 March 2011

Fisk has a post up

[U]S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mr Obama will be gritting their teeth next Friday in the hope that either the protesters appear in small numbers or that the Saudis “restrain” their cops and security; history suggests this is unlikely. When Saudi academics have in the past merely called for reforms, they have been harassed or arrested. King Abdullah, albeit a very old man, does not brook rebel lords or restive serfs telling him to make concessions to youth. His £27bn bribe of improved education and housing subsidies is unlikely to meet their demands.

An indication of the seriousness of the revolt against the Saudi royal family comes in its chosen title: Hunayn. This is a valley near Mecca, the scene of one of the last major battles of the Prophet Mohamed against a confederation of Bedouins in AD630. The Prophet won a tight victory after his men were fearful of their opponents. The reference in the Koran, 9: 25-26, as translated by Tarif el-Khalidi, contains a lesson for the Saudi princes: “God gave you victory on many battlefields. Recall the day of Hunayn when you fancied your great numbers.

“So the earth, with all its wide expanse, narrowed before you and you turned tail and fled. Then God made his serenity to descend upon his Messenger and the believers, and sent down troops you did not see – and punished the unbelievers.” The unbelievers, of course, are supposed – in the eyes of the Hunayn Revolution – to be the King and his thousand princes.


mattes - 5 March 2011

The sandcastle tumbles.

13. ms_xeno - 4 March 2011

brinn, wu ming, AND etm all in one week?

I’m collapsing into a nostalgic heap here. [snif!]

brinn - 4 March 2011

awww, such great company you lump me in with! 🙂

I’ll collapse with you!

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2011

More carry-on luggage costing TSA millions a year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Choosing to carry your luggage onto a plane instead of checking it with an airline might save you a few bucks at the ticket counter but it’s costing taxpayers about a quarter-billion dollars a year.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress this week that luggage fees have prompted more passengers to hold onto their bags, which means more items for Transportation Security Administration officers to inspect at security checkpoints at a cost of about $260 million annually.

“When you have to pay to check a bag it increases carry-on luggage and that means there is more to inspect at the gate and so forth for passengers to get on planes,” Napolitano said during testimony before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.

Napolitano was addressing a question from Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and chairwoman of the subcommittee, who asked whether airlines should help make up for some of the extra costs.

“Checked bagged fees are increasing, it looks like, the cost to TSA because people don’t want to pay the fees so they are not checking bags and putting more on the planes,” Landrieu said the hearing Wednesday. “My question is, do the taxpayers have to pick up this fee? Or should we be looking at the airlines for some of the profits that they make from these fees to offset the cost the taxpayer.”

Without commenting on the question of airlines paying more, Napolitano said an increase in airport security fees – passengers pay up to $5 for each one-way ticket – would bring her department about $600 million a year.

Thieves, all of them.

marisacat - 4 March 2011

but it’s costing taxpayers about a quarter-billion dollars a year.

oh booduckinghoo.

Janet Nap must be the WORST cabinet appointee in years. I HATED Chertoff, but really, where is the difference. We go from some horrible man who looks like a gulag prisoner to Plumpy Big Sis.

One who has a penchant for letting the hired help feel up the American people.


Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2011

isn’t she?

so sick of these people.

marisacat - 4 March 2011

I caught Hilda Solise on some news report today and for some irrational reason just felt such anger…

She has had a redo, a makeover. Much more make up (maybe the make up person at some TV studio went wild on her, but I kind of doubt it) and worse, a bright turquoise silk suit.

handing out the blither of recovery and jobs being …….. oh whatever it is they say.

Noen of it true.

The Bay Area is still bleeding jobs, there was just a report tonight….

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2011

Ask an abortion provider

I’m not going to excerpt anything, I enjoyed reading the whole thing too much.

marisacat - 4 March 2011

oh I like her email name. Great article!

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2011

the whole thing was really well done. I also loved this comment, mostly because it took me a minute to get it, at which point I couldn’t stop laughing:


There’s an Family Planning place not too far from my home, it always makes me laugh when the protesters throw eggs at the building.

But that’s just me.
Posted on March 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

16. brinn - 4 March 2011

Thank you for sharing that, madman….

I think I’ll make copies and hand it out around town…the lege just passed the “must show a sonogram before abortion law here in TX today, where BACKWARD IS THE NEW FORWARD! Funny how it is a-ok to pitch a huge damned fit about taxpayer money going to abortions via the nefarious scheming of Planned Parenthood accountants, but paying for all of this forced sonogram shit is a great expenditure!

Oh, just to top off the irony, they also failed to pass an anti-bullying bill — as someone somewhere pointed out, of course they’d have to oppose that becoming law as it would invalidate the first one…

ugh. I cannot believe that this, this place is where I am going to turn 45.

If it weren’t for my boys and the ties they have here, I would have been so gone, so long ago…at this point, I figure if they can grow up sane here, they’ll be good to go most anywhere.

brinn - 4 March 2011

Now, my sanity, on the other hand…well, I suppose that was always in question, and honestly, I kinda wear it as a badge. This world is no place to be sane! 8)

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2011

I’m glad you liked it!

I’m constantly amazed at how much good art, writing, music comes out of that place, and so many really good people. I don’t know how you all stand it.

I had come to see WI as a too-conservative place I could at least tolerate, Milwaukee being a nice, clean city w/ some great food and music venues, but given current events the urge to get the hell out of the midwest is growing strong again.

17. mattes - 5 March 2011

Four time bombs that will blow up Wall Street
Commentary: Too late to jail bank CEOs; only revolution will succeed

But so what? Just three years after Wall Street’s crooks “brought down the world’s economy” Goldman’s Blankfein and his buddies are paying record bonuses, and laughing at us.

Seriously, think about it folks: Since the 2008 meltdown magazines and newspapers have analyzed the 2008 crash to death. It really is old news, history. Journalists churned out book after book: “Greenspan’s Bubbles,” “House of Cards,” “Trillion Dollar Meltdown,” “13 Bankers,” “Dumb Money,” “Bailout Nation,” “All the Devils Are Here,” “The Big Short,” “Too Big to Fail,” “The Failure of Capitalism,” “This Time is Different,” “And Then the Roof Caved In,” on and on, ad nauseum. All talk, no action, and no effect.

Get it? With every book, every editorial, every expose the past three years, Wall Street bankers actually grew stronger, got richer, more arrogant, bolder on bonuses, impervious to attacks, even taunting us, like the dictators Mubarak, Ben Ali and Gadhafi, confident they could do no wrong, confident no one would rebel. Jail? Our moment to act is long past. We blinked.


marisacat - 5 March 2011

Hope the article knows the word:


who has greatly aided and abetted the criminals. To say nothing of Dodd Frank. Those shits. And Dodd just got his big pay off.

marisacat - 5 March 2011

Nope —- all the way thru to the end. No mention by name of Bush nor Obby. Nor Clinton. Nor Bush 1……….. and so on.

Elections to go on, it truly means nothing. Make sure there is a Leader to venerate.

catnip - 5 March 2011

That was my reaction to this: “We blinked.”

Who blinked?

brinn - 5 March 2011

No, that wasn’t a blink, damnit! It was a permanent tic!


18. marisacat - 5 March 2011



……….. 8)

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