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Tuesday 8 March 2011

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Revellers dressed as clowns participate in a carnival parade in Sesimbra, Portugal. The clown parade in Sesimbra became a tradition after a world record for the biggest clown march was set in 2004.

Revellers dressed as clowns participate in a carnival parade in Sesimbra, Portugal. The clown parade in Sesimbra became a tradition after a world record for the biggest clown march was set in 2004. [REUTERS]

Apparently William and Kate are in Ireland, flipping pancakes, which, it seems, is a traditon on their Shrove Tuesday.

I think more fun is being had elsewhere, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Carnivale, Fasching.

And so on.



1. marisacat - 8 March 2011

It really is a very overweight Tuesday… GW Bush will b on Oprah this afternoon.

I think that qualifies for intolerable.

BooHooHooMan - 8 March 2011

Pat Buchanan is on Al Jazeera .

Plenty of revisionist options available.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 March 2011

in the last thread, I let loose a horrified chuckle at the assertion that MORE weapons for Israel would be “stabilizing”.

maybe Peter King can get right on it, after he’s done with his McCarthy imitation.

marisacat - 8 March 2011

iirc he is rabidly pro Israel.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 March 2011

for his district, you have to be

marisacat - 8 March 2011

All f ours are as well. I don’t think anyone gets off the hook frankly. They just let the Kings, Liebermans etc., lead the way, publicly.

La Nana Boxer and DiFi.

We are surrounded.

DiFi saw to it the most hideous ugly piece of shit Holocaust memorial crap (whitened figures crawling amidst prison bars) was put on public land here in SF… on land given to the City by a non jew, a Eurocentric, the Spreckels heiress.

Aside from other things.

So sick and tired f it.

mattes - 9 March 2011

NPR exec heard saying that Jews control print media

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

marisacat - 9 March 2011

It also had this tidbit, which I had not heard…

Slate reported Wednesday that the international nonprofit Aspen Institute, where Schiller was supposed to start next month as director of the Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence Program, released a statement saying that “Ron Schiller has informed us that, in light of the controversy surrounding his recent statements, he does not feel that it’s in the best interests of the Aspen Institute for him to come work here.”

I think pretty recently the idiot Dems/others were trying to say O’Keefe was spent as a force. Hardly. Still collecting easy scalps.

Good Luck!!!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

easy to collect the scalps when they’re so easily handed over.

I think the dems and their courtiers walk around with permanently bared necks.

3. catnip - 8 March 2011

I haven’t made a round of the so-called progressive tubes to see what the reaction is to Obamalama threatening military “intervention” (code word for: securing the oil) in Libya. Gotta load up on popcorn first.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 March 2011
5. catnip - 8 March 2011

Adam B weighs in and says that if Black Kos members are calling you a racist, just let them.

I left him a comment there further down.

marisacat - 8 March 2011

I have to reboot… this connection won’t expand the comments. But Adam B Meat Shades Kos and several names I see in that slur of creeps are operatives.

My guess, white thugs black thugs… it fits the joint.

marisacat - 8 March 2011

oh god I see they throw “race traitor” around.

what a bunch…

Good punches catnip…

lucid - 9 March 2011

I don’t know how you can tolerate the inanity over there… I lost my patience for it years ago…

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

If it wasn’t for catnip I would never click anything over there. Adam B should thank her for the extra mojo she’s bringing in from the unbelievers. 😀

6. marisacat - 9 March 2011

With Cameron and Obby at the helm I say call it The Boys’ War:

“Obama’s doctrine on military intervention tested,” by AP’s Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee: “A month shy of his election in 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined a doctrine for American military force that included crises in which the United States has a ‘moral obligation’ to intervene. … Obama is facing the sternest test yet of his philosophy of humanitarian intervention … [T]he president’s most senior advisers are to meet Wednesday to outline what steps are realistic and possible to pressure Gadhafi … The discussion at the White House was to examine the ramifications of a no-fly zone over Libya and other potential military options.’

–An administration official, to Glenn Thrush: “History has shown that when you rush into these things, you get it wrong. We’re not going to rush no matter what anyone says.” http://bit.ly/el9buC

catnip - 9 March 2011

Somebody finally wrote a diary at dkos about this and linked to this piece by Phyllis Bennis. (That name sounds familiar to me but I really can’t remember anything about her. It’s a good piece though.)

I find it interesting that a few commenters are pushing for NATO to patrol the no-fly zone because they don’t want America to be the world’s cops. They seem to forget that the US is a part of NATO and the current Supreme Commander (what a title) is American.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

I like Bennis… tho I don’t know how much US TV has her on. She used to get on Lehrer once in a great while and MSNBC once in a great while.

But as it si all more Rightie than ever, I doubt it these days…

Oh NATO is basically us. Slow Boys at Orangeland.

7. marisacat - 9 March 2011

Ken Pollack. Tracking the early scat from the War Mongers.


Today at 12:30, Ken Pollack takes questions in a live web chat on U.S. options as the turmoil continues in Libya, North Africa and the Middle East. Join live on Arena, register at brookings.edu or submit advance questions to ScoutingReport@brookings.edu

8. marisacat - 9 March 2011

Wasn’t a good week for you at NPR if your name was Shiller. I see the CEO has been forced out.

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

It floors me how she and the rest can’t suck up to Righties hard enough short of adding “Fox” to their name. They can’t stop shoving shitty Foundations and plugs for fucking ADM up our nose with one hand while holding the other hand out for more donations. And yet the Rightie Goon Squad (elected or not) still guns and guns and guns for them.

Really, just put them all in a pen together and let them cannibalize one another. Along with their brethren in the “two-party system.” PLEASE.

Their higher-ups, at least. As with the parties, I’m sure they’re a few stalwarts down at the entry level who are perfectly nice people. I’ll miss our local OPB jazz station when the Righties finally succeed in devouring it and replacing it with some Christian drooler, for sure. (Except for the NPR “news” bulletins, natch.)

marisacat - 9 March 2011

I think this is all about saving top of the heap incomes. Certainly when congress (all the hard righties) came after CPB in 2005 and 06, that was clear. I listened to all the hearings on Cspan…. And CPB backed itself into a one note defense of “we’re for the children”. They even hauled a retired Mr Rogers in to testify for all that “warm and fuzziness”.

“The Children…” Oh where have I heard that one, over and over.

She really is nothing and less than nothing when one looks at the stupid mistakes. O’Keefe imo goes gunning for easy scalps. By the time it was over, I had no sympathy for ACORN… sad to say. (Way wya wya too close to the Dems for my comfort)

Her father was a long time senior ediotr at Reader’s Digest (gawd save us from THAT) and she came from the NYT to NPR

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

I wish I could remember where I saw some article last year about how some former big-timer at ACORN was STILL cooing and fawning over Obama and his works long after her entire org had been left hung out to dry by the Asshole-In-Chief.

CP, possibly, but I didn’t bookmark it.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

Probably Bertha Lewis.

… and fool as the WH and Dems abandoned it and her. Of course I think it was a bi partisan take down, or at least the Dems said, whew, gone at last.

They used ACORN when needed and the well paid at ACORN were terrible, black and white BOTH, imo… and whatever they ever did for poor people, the Dems want no part of it.

9. marisacat - 9 March 2011

Very funny.. sounds like the WH has had to beg High Schools to apply to have Obby come as commencement speaker.

Youth Vote?


diane - 9 March 2011

Oh my, that is tasty …so many good lines to choose from, this is my favorite:

”Something isn’t working”

hmmmm ……like this one too, from symbolic High School Principal and Educator, bar none, to the “US;” Obombsters good buddy; Scotsman Arne McDuncan:

Asked about the lagging application numbers, Duncan said, “Folks are working hard.”

marisacat - 9 March 2011

yeah there was a sneaky little undertone of

My. What could be wrong ?



David Broder bought the farm. One down, millions to go.

diane - 9 March 2011

Seems to me … that DC would have it that most of this countries youth, particularly those who are unconnected, end up on this sort of trajectory: …NJ Soldier Killed in Russian Roulette

diane - 9 March 2011

(in case it still matters ….and I actually hope it does, …very hard to see …through muddied waters, …..”country’s youth,” not “countries youth” … )

diane - 9 March 2011


Folks are working hard

marisacat - 9 March 2011

but not Ob. Nor Arne.

They be kinda coasting. As I see it.

diane - 9 March 2011

that, they do be …in $500+ .. sneaks ….

diane - 9 March 2011

A Scotsperson of a different sort than PRINCIPAL, Arne mcDuncan:

26-year-old Sgt. Michael M. McCloskey of Beverly, N.J., says his last tour was in November 2009

Rest in Peace Honey!

diane - 9 March 2011

(I should have included the word “info” (unboldfaced) before the bold faced [ONLY] “26-year[s]-old…,” as in “info…says…” ..as them ol’ folk used to say: …haste … makes waste ….and I’m very sorry for that,…clarity is divine, to my mind,…the simpler, …the better.)

brinn - 9 March 2011


“”As of yesterday we had received 14 applications and the deadline is Friday,””

Yes, people ARE working hard and if they look around while they’re busy teaching students and ask themselves “Do we need this headache?! For a dubious distinction at best??!” Or in the case of TX school, “Sheeyat, we can’t even afford to keep the lights on, we sure as hell can’t pay for any hoopla surrounding yon prez!!”

The answer seems to be “Oh, HELL, no!!” Perhaps some administrators are a little smarter than I usually give them credit for!

Most students will actually get to enjoy their graduation day with their families. Good.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

I don’t think anyone wants the traffic congestion.

And iirc Michelle ObRama has made a public comment that indictates she has forgotten she came out here in 2010 (sooo long ago) to commencement prattle, at the new UC campus at Merced.

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

Yeah, it’s funny how people do occasionally balk at helping out with their own career euthanasia.

But at least poor old Hopey-Changey still has Bill and Melinda to pal around with while he [snerk] waits for Sooooooopermaaaaaaaaan!!

marisacat - 9 March 2011

I think Hopey’s got to hope that within 2 – 6 years both Mandela and Bill C are pushing up daisies. So there is space for him and not just a spot that screams “token”…

Pretty sure Mandela will oblige but Bill might hang on…. tho he looks terrible. Too pale and very often just out of it.

Oh it is a cruel world! (sob)

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011


Perhaps I should email the WH my treasury of slow-cooker recipes (see bean-related entry downthread) in case things don’t work out for him according to plan.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

have you seen the two of them, in the vid on bullying. Apparenlty just up at the WH.gov site and the news is carrying snips fromit…

He looks washed out, barely there and when she looks at the camera she is either just bored. to. death. or zonked on sleepy/happy pills. Something.

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

I should wait to watch it right before my next scheduled skipped lunch. That way I can multitask, if you get my drift. 😉

Never understood why anyone thought either of those tools gave two shits about anyone other than themselves.

10. mattes - 9 March 2011

Top 20 Bible Passages to Use Against Fundamentalists


Billions of barrels of untapped U.S. oil

CNN Money

Pimco Goes to Cash, Exits Treasurys

“Basically, the recent game plan is as simple as the Ohio State Buckeyes’ “three yards and a cloud of dust” in the 1960s. When applied to the Treasury market it translates to this: The Treasury issues bonds and the Fed buys them. What could be simpler, and who’s to worry? This Sammy Scheme as I’ve described it in recent Outlooks is as foolproof as Ponzi and Madoff until… until… well, until it isn’t.


diane - 9 March 2011

…a favorite (should qualify that it’s from 1952 ….as I’m vaguely aware that during the bush/cheney hideousity preceding the current ‘version’ of hideousity, numerous “revisions” were made, as in murder, versus kill, …..heh,…the tender mercies of the wicked…., were called to mind there), from Matthew 6

…you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray at the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward….

11. mattes - 9 March 2011

Green eyed cat:


12. mattes - 9 March 2011

Why is Israel aid exempt?
As US fiscal conservatives cut food programmes for poor children, military aid for Israel is left untouched.

US military aid should be conditional on Israel stopping settlement expansion, writer says [GALLO/GETTY]


The “third rail” metaphor has for decades been applied to social security, a government program so popular with the American public that proposing any changes in it would mean political death to the politician.

No more. Although social security is as popular as ever, politicians routinely propose changes in the program — including privatisation and means testing. While the proposals usually go nowhere, and rightly so, the politicians who support them live to fight another day. Today, with those massive deficits and the astronomical national debt, not even social security is sacrosanct.

Few, if any, government programs are.

But US aid to Israel is. In fact, the $3bn Israel aid package is the new third rail of American politics: touch it and die. It is also the one program that liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans and tea partiers all agree should not sustain even a dollar in cuts.


mattes - 9 March 2011

Ugh more:

Almost immediately, AIPAC produced a letter for the Republican first-termers to sign in which they pledged that, no matter what else they cut, Israel would be exempt. And almost immediately, 65 of the 87 Republican freshmen signed on, with more signing on later.

Among the signatories are some of the most vehement supporters of cutting virtually every domestic program. These are people who support programs that cut jobs in their own districts and proudly point to their devotion to the principle that shared sacrifice means everyone.

But not Israel.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

It’s exempt for reasons that Israel is

1. part of War Making… AND

2. electioneering.

God damned fucking stone that it is.

13. catnip - 9 March 2011

Canadians spending most time online, study suggests

Canadians are spending much more time online than people from other countries,

We’re #1! We’re 1!

Suck it, yanks.


(Mind you, if it wasn’t so fucking cold out, maybe we’d actually get off the couch and do something else…)

diane - 9 March 2011

I certainly have far less of an excuse than you, mcnip …as it’s not that cold here (today) …best get off my ass ……sigh …….:0) ;0)

14. catnip - 9 March 2011

Schadenfreude: Poutine Edition

The federal Con gov’t was found to be in contempt of parliament today (fancy term meaning they’re a bunch of lying, sniveling bastards who think this is a dictatorship) for the third time this year.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

oh we only do that over Blow Jobs. In the Oval, or near it. (This is not a defense of Bill C)

catnip - 9 March 2011

Are you saying our politics are painfully dry?

(That would be entirely correct!)

marisacat - 9 March 2011

oh very funneee…


15. ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

In other news, dinner is a pot of Cannellini beans with hot Italian sausage and tomatoes, plus the obligatory cheap red. It smells soooo good right now.

(I informed mr_xeno weeks ago that I’ll handle most of the cooking while I’m out of work, so long as I don’t have to cook the same damn thing every three days. Thank you, Discover Corp., for your generous grocery patronage. God Bless the USA and legumes, which at least stay in one’s system slightly longer than the dreaded ramen noodles. :p )

marisacat - 9 March 2011

have an extra glass of cheap red for me… I so wish I could have one…

Honestly I don’t think ramen noodles have ever fed anyone. I think sugar water would do more. Just my biased opinion.

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

My joke about those things is that you consume more calories preparing them than you get from eating them. Plus, all that salt makes you thirsty as hell.

I admit that I’ve pretty much given up eating lunch, apart from maybe a bowl of cereal and/or a piece of fruit. Yeah, I know the Diet Cops hate that kind of thing, but there’s only so much the Magical Plastic can do for a person. :p

Dear Michelle,

Here’s an orange rind and an empty box of faux Cheerios. You know where you can stuff them both.

Warmest regards, Happy “Recovery,” etc.


16. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011
17. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

Looks like they’ve decided to just ram it through before the PR damage got much worse:

GOP senators say they can advance collective bargaining bill without Democrats present [link fixed – Mcat]

In a surprise move late Wednesday, Senate Republicans voted to move forward with the governor’s controversial budget repair bill, sending the measure to a Senate-Assembly conference committee to craft a new version that both houses will vote on.

Republican leaders would only say the Senate bill differed from the Assembly bill and, after voting to take up a couple of Assembly amendments, indicated it was possible that lawmakers could strip fiscal elements from the proposal and pass only measures dealing with collective bargaining.

Such a move could allow Republicans to pass the governor’s bill without the 20 Senate members needed to vote on fiscal matters. Currently 14 Democratic senators remain in Illinois, hiding out in an effort to deny the quorum and stall the vote.

If the Republicans move forward with their plans, it would be a major reversal for Gov. Scott Walker and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau. Both have contended that the bill is fiscal in nature and thus the collective bargaining could not be stripped from the measure.

Democratic Senators on Wednesday immediately criticized the move and said there was a possibility they would come back Wednesday night to fight the bill on the floor. The senators said the Republicans maneuver proves their goal has had more to do with ending collective bargaining for public employees and less to do with balancing the budget.

“They have been saying all along that this is a fiscal item; we’ve been saying it is not,” said Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Waunakee, from Illinois. “They have been lying. Their goal is to bust up the unions.”

Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, called the maneuver undemocratic and “almost barbaric.”

“There’s going to be a public hanging of public employee unions at the Capitol tomorrow if it comes out as I expect,” he said, referring to the provisions meant to strip most collective bargaining rights from public employee unions.

Groups that have been protesting the bill for more than three weeks began issuing urgent appeals Wednesday evening for supporters to come to the Capitol to oppose the move.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

I think that link is messed up … goes to an old WSJ story …

this one should work:


marisacat - 9 March 2011

fixed it… 😉

marisacat - 9 March 2011

General Strike. It would be all that is left. I mean they can sit in Madison forever, til the fall leaves fall… but…….

marisacat - 9 March 2011

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Wis. Senate Republicans Vote to Strip Public Workers of Collective Bargaining Rights [7:55 p.m. ET]

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

Let’s hear it for “bipartisanism,” and “compromise,” and all that.

Maybe the good little Pwogressive bloggers can find themselves a Green to beat up somewhere. That always cheers them up.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

Howard Feinman on MSNBC lecturing that labor and the dems can’t “over-react” b/c that’s what the Republicans want … thus helping them win every swing state etc.

The man is a broken record … oh, and since when do the democrats over-react to ANYTHING? Deeply silly man.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

I’ve noticed he did finally drop the shoe polish hair dye.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

well, at least Broder finally expelled his last dusty breath today …

18. marisacat - 9 March 2011

hmm 13 killed in Tahrir Sq

Not over…

[T]roops moved in a few hours later, removing protesters with sticks while the pro-military supporters tore down tents and gleefully dragged canvasses out into the road. As scores of frightened demonstrators ran into the surrounding streets, a lone teenage boy set a gas canister alight and waved it at the advancing soldiers to try and frighten them off.

One soldier used a wooden stick to smash apart a loudspeaker hanging from a lamp-post; others frog-marched protesters through jeering crowds towards the Egyptian Museum, which is being used by the military to house detained protesters. At least 20 people were rounded up. One man was crying out as soldiers escorting him towards the museum building lashed him on the back of the head with a small whip.

“This is horrible,” said Osama El-Abd, a 36-year-old film-maker, as he stood watching the soldiers ransacking the tent village. “The army should be with us, but this is very dangerous.”


19. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011
Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

#wiunion twitter feed. Several reports that a large crowd have moved into the Capital building, the Assembly Democrats have opened a special session of their caucus to provide a legal reason for the building to remain open.

Just showing pics on MSNBC now of protesters forcing doors and windows open, flooding the building.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

Rotunda is full according to link to this pic.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

I will move these last three to the next thread, Madman….


21. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

posts going up on Twitter that the WI 14 have decided to stay away after all.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

Oh I am glad!

22. marisacat - 9 March 2011



……………. 😯

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