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Parade o’ Day 10 March 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011.

Snitched the photo and, obviously, the post from Angry Arab…

original strikes in Bahrain

Haitham from Bahrain sent me this:

“I thought this might interest you. With the protests going on daily in Bahrain.. They have to get creative. So one day was assigned for health workers, one for laborers, one for Harley Davison bikers. Yesterday being women’s day it was women only protest. Today was for boat owners protesting in the sea.. Few days back it was for horse riders.. The donkey owners felt left out and arranged their own protest.

Enjoy the picture

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 8:38 AM



1. marisacat - 10 March 2011

I see Al Shuman agrees with me on NPR (can they get dumber?) and the thread gave me giggles…

I feel bad for ADM, though. Once “Public” broadcasting is no more, will they be able to afford the ad rates over at FOX?

Posted by ms_xeno | March 10, 2011 12:19 AM

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 March 2011
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5. catnip - 10 March 2011

Has there ever been a politician whose partisans (41+ / 0-)

Go to such lengths to tell us what he can’t do?

If your issue is still Democrat vs. Republican, you’ve been punked by the Oligarchy.

by MrJayTee on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 12:33:18 PM MST

Impotence we can believe in! n/t (35+ / 0-)

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… –RFK

by expatjourno on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 01:11:30 PM MST

That’s racist! Or something!

That place is going to hell in a handbasket…or Helena Montana…or somewhere…

catnip - 10 March 2011

The Audacity (8+ / 0-)

Of fellating Fascists.

“The rich will strive to establish their dominion and enslave the rest. They always did… they always will. . .” Governeur Morris

by Dave925 on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 11:51:07 AM MST

marisacat - 10 March 2011

That place is going to hell in a handbasket…or Helena Montana…or somewhere…

One can hope!

catnip - 10 March 2011

Such potty mouths over there!


6. marisacat - 10 March 2011

omigod… they have upgraded the Japan earth quake to


I cannot even imagine it.

marisacat - 10 March 2011

8.9 now.

Apparently these are called “Great Quakes” … with perhaps one per year somewhere on the earth.

But probably not often in a dense population area like Japan.

marisacat - 11 March 2011

oh the live film of the tsunami is absolutely terrifying. It is enormous. Successive waves too, they are saying.

mattes - 11 March 2011

….ok, someone called and woke me up. Guess I won’t be sleeping tonight. I hope people take their pets with them.

Just terrible.

marisacat - 11 March 2011

They are evacuating parts of the coast here. When I fell asleep at about 2 am, it did not seem that would be necessary.

wu ming - 11 March 2011

they changed from a tsunami watch to a warning at 3am.

marisacat - 11 March 2011

yes I was listneing when the change came in… the local news stayed up and running. In some ways it has happened pretty much as they thought it might.

The surges seem to be weakening now, but it went on for hours…

7. mattes - 11 March 2011


Next week — on March 19 — the moon won’t just be at its closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit, enthusiasts say it will be closer to Earth than it’s been in 18 years.

For the past few days, they’ve not only been buzzing about the mega moon, but the meteorological mayhem they expect it to cause.

Floods! Earthquakes! Volcanic eruptions! To hear it on the Internet, this so-called super moon could cause a climatological reign of terror on the entire planet.

But no need to grab your survival kit just yet — scientists say it just isn’t so.


8. BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2011

Obama to FEMA: “Get Ready”.

Calvin Coolidge.
Less Substantive.

marisacat - 11 March 2011

Last night I realised I dreaded that he likely will have to offer “remarks” …. He’ll feel we need to hear from him.

9. marisacat - 11 March 2011

Oh noes. Obby has a presser at 11:15 ET

BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2011

“Our hearts go out™ to…. and we pray ™ …”

“I have instructed™…We will™ ™ ™..”

…Emot-O-bamatsunama ETC
No really, ~ he WILL ™ ™ ™ ™ ™ ™ ™ ™ ™ ™ ™ ™ ™

marisacat - 11 March 2011


He will pray over us. I cannot wait.

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011

yup, what a nation where religion isn’t a huge part of life needs, a fuckign fake xtian offering his prayers.

10. catnip - 11 March 2011


marisacat - 11 March 2011

When they showed the whirlpool in the ocean off Japan last ngiht, I got the hiccups.

The film out of there is just horrifying.

catnip - 11 March 2011

Happened after I went to bed so I’m just catching up. You stay dry and safe!

catnip - 11 March 2011

Some pics/video here.

Looking for web cams on the west coast… BC’s going to be hit too, obviously.

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Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011


marisacat - 11 March 2011

yes it instantly gave me hiccups. The sight of it…

And I just saw a YOuTube of a vid taken from a Emeryville highrise, East Bay near Oakland, wth wonderful lovely inlet and beach over there, the whole ocean water draw back and then tsunami. Low, gentle looking, but therer it was.

No wonder Crescent City ws worried, the “fishing village” was wiped out in ’64 by a tsunami. It took a harder hit today than Santa Cruz boat slips….

Oh poor Japan. what a nightmare.

12. marisacat - 11 March 2011

It’s hitting the West Coast now… there were large drawbacks of water, into the sea, they are saying a thousand feet… it was pretty dramatic and the first of the tsunami came with the return of the water…

santa cruz harbor and boat slips getting hit…and they say the next wave in the ocean is bigger. Tis is not huge but it is slow destruction from the power in the waves…

catnip - 11 March 2011

That must be scary for you. ((((Hugs))))

marisacat - 11 March 2011

oh no… I am not near the ocean.. near the bay but up on high rock. It was interesting to watch the tsunami down around Santa Cruz however….

The broad beaches were fine, and the tsunami hit AFTER high tide which was during the night… but anywhere Central Coast (and they had told us that would the target of whatever m ight come) with a built up inlet, that then channeled the water into a narrow space… like SC, got hit, to some degree.

One funny moment was a TV station had the Coast Guard on telephone and he sort of blithely said, “well people needed to tie their boats down better”, as we were watching actual slip material, big long chunks of it, get battered and in fact caused to curl up and wrap around free floting boats. Tearing up concrete piers. Big three story pleasure boats getting pushed out to sea.

It was classic.

catnip - 11 March 2011

oh no… I am not near the ocean.. near the bay but up on high rock.

That’s good to know.

lol@ the coast guard buffoon.

13. marisacat - 11 March 2011

I thought Obster told us with him the oceans would cease to rise.

Nobody on the west coast will be bothering with his presser, but ya know, mebbe he could address that big fat [insane] promise made in June of 2008.


Who’s there? Anyone?

mattes - 11 March 2011

….well, I just woke up. Powerful video of whirlpool.

Now, what about after shocks. And the moon will come closest on the nineteenth. Stronger pull of gravity.

marisacat - 11 March 2011

and they had TONS of big aftershocks .. already.

To say nothing of the 7 or so quake on Tuesday in Japna that sort of launched this…

ts - 11 March 2011

Who knew he was King Canute?

marisacat - 11 March 2011

our North Star!

14. marisacat - 11 March 2011

Japan is admitting now to possibl small leakage from the nuclear plant.

And what I read from this is that things may get much much wrse with that reactor.

15. mattes - 11 March 2011

Another off the reservation diary:

Daily Kos Diary link

16. marisacat - 11 March 2011

hmm Of course to be on the “same page” you need a page.


State Department: No Emergency Delivery to Japanese Nuclear Plant.

By Keith Johnson

This has us scratching our heads.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton early today said the U.S. Air Force had ferried an emergency supply of coolant for a Japanese nuclear-power plant whose back-up cooling systems were knocked out by Friday’s earthquake.

“They have very high engineering standards, but one of their plants came under a lot of stress with the earthquake and didn’t have enough coolant, and so Air Force planes were able to deliver that,” Mrs. Clinton said at a meeting of President Barack Obama’s Export Council.

Late this afternoon, a State Department spokeswoman said that, to the contrary, the Air Force did not provide assistance to the Fukushima power plant, located north of Tokyo.

“Regarding the question of whether US Air Force delivered assistance to a nuclear plant in Japan, I’m told that ultimately the Japanese Government handled the situation on its own,” State Department spokeswoman Julie Reside said in an email.

For its part, the Air Force said it had no indication that it had delivered coolant or any other supplies to the stricken power plant

WSJ – full text.

17. marisacat - 11 March 2011

Another earthquake on the WEST side of Japan…. On the Japan Sea side, and was felt in Tokyo as well.


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marisacat - 11 March 2011

oh that was a nice read…. thanks for that..

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011


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22. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011
23. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011

If it’s going to be so bad.. quit.

Walker’s bill, if my district ditches the contract we negotiated last fall, will charge me ~$500 a month in money that used to go things like paying my mortgage or supporting local arts and businesses. In return, from the forces of now-dead “big labor,” I would get back ~$100 a month in money I used to pay in dues. Those were the dues that got me legal protection when administration, parents, students targeted me. Those dues negotiated a deal that says when a student threatens to kill me, I don’t have to take him back in class the next day, or ever. Those dues ensure that if I want to transfer schools, my experience and advanced degree don’t price me out of a position, and that I can’t be replaced with a long-term sub when the budget gets tight. Those dues run workshops for new teachers and fund mentors for veterans who need help. Those dues ensure that I get adequate time during the day to prep, call parents, grade papers, eat lunch, pee. Those dues protect my right to be critical of my district on this blog, on TV, or in print without fear of reprisal. Those are worth a lot more than $100, even $500 a month to me.

If it’s going to be so bad.. quit.

And that last part–what the union does beyond getting me paid–is what is truly galling about the whole debacle we have just witnessed. As I said, I am not in this for the money; you want me to take an effective $5000 cut in pay? I’ll do it. I’ll take $10,000 if you want, if it would make you feel a bit like more of a man.

(Of course, to a first-year teacher, a $5000 cut in pay is a much uglier monkey; they might not be so willing to make that deal.)

But what Walker has done is strip away my right to band together with my fellow employees to negotiate over anything but salary (and that’s capped at CPI). The hardest-fought fights in collective bargaining haven’t always been over pay and benefits, but about working conditions. What will drive me out of the profession, eventually, is not the pay. It will be the class sizes in the 50s and no time to plan. It will be watching my colleagues get railroaded for not playing ball on the reform of the month. It will be driving a friend to the district headquarters to file charges when a principal refuses to call the police on a student assault.

These are things I didn’t used to have to worry about. Because I had a union.

It is a sadly un-American thing to believe that it is okay for the state to forbid employees from working together to address working conditions. That, I’m afraid, is what will make me quit.

marisacat - 11 March 2011

Good letter from folkbum…

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011

he’s done a couple of good posts throughout this thing.

24. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011

Sen. Randy Hopper’s Wife Tells Protesters Hopper Is Living with 25-year-old mistress in Madison

Recall target, Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac), talks a good game about family values.

But protesters outside the Hopper house this week in Fond du Lac were met by his wife who reportedly came out and told them: Hopper no longer lives there, but with his 25-year-old mistress in Madison.

No confirmation on whether the divorcing wife signed that petition to recall Hopper who represents Wisconsin Senate District 18. [see update at top]

Hopper has been a close ally with Gov. Scott Walker whose billionaire-funded attacks on Wisconsin families is drawing international attention and widespread condemnation.

25. brinn - 11 March 2011

So much going on, and yet, I have spent my day grading….

Just a little taste:

In the city Public school have a large population of students, so this mean classes are pile up and
the teachers has a tremulous amount of student to teach.


Thoughts are nouns.


Both the Civilian life and the Military life have many different similarities and differences between them.

and, my favorite on this day:

Nephrologists also send the patients to a special to get a assess put in their body. The asses can be in the arms, legs or neck.

Yes, the asses can be just about anywhere…

I’m still not done, and it is almost 10pm — someone just lobotomize me now!!


I hope all is well with all of you and will check in later (if I am still functioning….)

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011

a kids, they is are futr.

brinn - 11 March 2011

These are NOT kids!! These are adults!!

brinn - 11 March 2011

…and the future is NOW! 8)

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011

in this country, how can you tell?

brinn - 11 March 2011

Well, in this case because they are enrolled in college courses….I suppose some of them could be having their kids write their papers for them…

marisacat - 11 March 2011

oh that is really scary!

brinn - 11 March 2011

For profit-online ‘education’ — no entrance requirements at all — just some student loan money!

Ain’t it grand? I do my best for these people, but every day, I lose just a bit more of my soul…especially since I know that the harder I work to help them, the less I actually get paid and the more $$$ the CEOs and biggy-wigs are socking away…I hate being a part of it…but I do know that I actually do help a few, and that keeps me going…well, that and the fact that I can’t find a full-time job with benefits to save my life.

But enough of my bitching, at least there isn’t a 23 foot tsunami bearing down….

26. brinn - 11 March 2011

Oh, and has anyone heard anything about the city of Osaka?

Haven’t had the time to look today….

marisacat - 11 March 2011

No I haven’t…

marisacat - 11 March 2011

Osaka + earthquake on Google Noooz

27. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011

NPR vs Walker

Both Walker and NPR’s Schiller were caught saying bad things but doing nothing wrong (though Walker arguably intimated that doing wrong was seriously contemplated). The difference is that NPR acted like they did something wrong, and Walker served the world a giant slice of fuck you marblecake. I think the prank call hurt Walker, but his damage control was pretty good, and he certainly didn’t do something stupid like firing the secretary who forwarded him the call. NPR’s Schillers, in contrast, folded like cheap suits over a few comments that were less incendiary than Walker’s.

NPR’s response guaranteed that James O’Keefe’s next few pranks are going to get lots of press attention, and I can’t blame the media, because someone who has the power to bring down the CEO of a major news organization is a newsmaker. NPR’s response should have been “we didn’t take a cent from those guys, send a letter to our ombudsman if you think our coverage is biased, and fuck you for wasting our fundraiser’s time”. Instead, the ease at which O’Keefe shook that organization’s timbers will probably launch another half dozen O’Keefe clones.

That said, the answer isn’t more liberal stings, it’s just a wee bit of backbone from the obvious targets.

28. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011

The complex wave patterns formed by changes in depth, islands, undersea obstacles is amazing to see.

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31. catnip - 11 March 2011

I agree. In fact, I think the Obama White House (7+ / 0-)

has been very benevolent with Manning so far. If I were the President, I would consider adding Manning to my extra-judicial american citizen assassination database to put an end to this unhealthy debate. There are more important things we have to focus on, such as not pursuing charges on Bush era war crimes.

by 420 forever on Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 01:17:46 PM MST


32. marisacat - 11 March 2011

Hope n Change.

“With respect to Private Manning, I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference. “They assure me that they are.”

“I can’t go into details about some of their concerns,” he added, “but some of this has to do with Private Manning’s safety as well.” He appeared to be referring to fears that Private Manning might harm himself, though the private, his friends and his lawyer have all denied that he is suicidal. ….


catnip - 11 March 2011

dkos comment that sums it up:

“Are you guys doing anything wrong?” (6+ / 0-)

“No sir!”

“Ok then.”

Will the revolution be easier if we HR each other a lot?

by JesseCW on Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 06:07:37 PM MST

New slogan: Torturing the Future!

marisacat - 11 March 2011

I think he made himself a civilian agent of the Pentagon. Tawdry.

33. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2011

NY Fed Chief Makes Ass of Himself by Comparing Food Prices to iPads

When one member of an audience listening to New York Federal Reserve president William Dudley demanded, “When was the last time, sir, that you went grocery shopping?,” Dudley tried to put inflation in ordinary terms. You know, by using a very expensive gadget as an analogy:

“Today you can buy an iPad 2 that costs the same as an iPad 1 that is twice as powerful…You have to look at the prices of all thing.”

This didn’t go over well. The crowd laughed, with one person jeering “I can’t eat an iPad.”

marisacat - 11 March 2011

that i s seriously funny, aside from pathetic. Comparing an ipad to milk and baby formula. Just as a striking example.

brinn - 11 March 2011

Oh, goodie, our next Sec of Treasury — he’ll be even worse than Timmy g.!

Let them eat, iPads?!

Who wants to go in on land in West Texas?? I just want the fuck OUT!

catnip - 11 March 2011

Today you can buy ramen2 that costs twice as much as ramen1 and is exactly the same! Ain’t life grand?

brinn - 11 March 2011

Oh, and the new and improved 5$ gallon of milk!!

Lotsa new hormones and antibiotics ans shit (no, really!)….and all for only 1000x the price!


I only have 23 1/2 hours to go at my current age….AND I am finally done grading for the day…too bad it is already tomorrow.

marisacat - 11 March 2011

I only have 23 1/2 hours to go at my current age

OH! Happy Day Before!

brinn - 11 March 2011

Thank you, sweet Marisa! I am am setting my expectation to tune with reality and am hoping to have a happy few hours…

I was gonna go to the march tomorrow, but, sleep is necessary..and I have boys and SXSW is starting and I am going to stay way away from downtown…I want to go, but am too exhausted.

catnip - 11 March 2011

Did anybody throw their shoes at him?

34. marisacat - 11 March 2011



……….. 8)

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