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Up. 5 April 2011

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

In early March 2011, over a period of just six days, the appearance of Australia’s channel country – a region of outback Australia located mostly in the state of Queensland but also in portions of South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales – changed dramatically. Rainwater filled typically dry river channels throughout the region, particularly in south-western Queensland. Channel country flooding is a fairly common occurrence at this time of year, but the summer of 2010-11 proved to be one of Australia’s wettest on record, leading to extensive flooding. Average rainfall was reported to be 70% above normal. Meteorologists attributed the unusually heavy precipitation to La Niña weather patterns     [MODIS/Terra/NASA]

From an amazing gallery of satellite images, at the Guardian



1. marisacat - 5 April 2011


You have to sleepwalk, or be in serious denial, not to grasp the blood-link between union-busting in Madison, Wisconsin and bunker-busting in Tripoli, Libya. It’s not subtle. We are no longer an infinitely rich country. Our bridges, dams, pipelines and roads are falling apart. Our people are on food stamps and can’t find work. Spilling our money on the desert renders it positively reasonable to cut, slash and degrade – that useful military euphemism – help for the poor and middle class. Obama’s $75bn foreclosure prevention programme is a bungle due to “lax oversight”: translated, that means there’s been too much sucking up the mortgage-holding big banks that evict homeowners often illegally. And Obama takes this very moment in our rising-poverty-so-let’s-go-to-war crisis to cruelly, mindlessly, cut $3bn from LIHEAP, the federal government’s energy assistance (heating oil and air conditioning) to the poor.

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 April 2011

well said

2. marisacat - 5 April 2011
diane - 6 April 2011

WAPO was musing on last night’s turning toward morn, grave shift, as to whether Obombster would split to hook up with Sharpton in Harlem despite looming shutdown … as there had been an appointment made …….fuckin sociopaths …..Explain cutting off folk’s heat …….YOU MOTHER FUCKER …….

marisacat - 6 April 2011

Obster went to Harlem… look up thread. The post with a link “deadly”… he got a very lukewarm reception.

New Amsterdam News reported – and NY Observer excerpted…

Here is the link (I see it is in the previous thread):


diane - 6 April 2011

I read the thread and the New Amsterdam piece when you posted it, this was an apparently different meet up, that didn’t cost 30k a plate, I had read about early this morning, I should have saved the link..sorry.

diane - 6 April 2011

Here it is:

Posted at 05:45 AM ET, 04/06/2011
West Wing briefing: Obama headed out of D.C. as shutdown looms
By Perry Bacon Jr

… Obama insisted Tuesday that if he and congressional leaders couldn’t reach a deal to avert a government shutdown, “I want a meeting again tomorrow here at the White House.”

“I will invite the same folks that we invited today,” he added. “And if that doesn’t work, we’ll invite them again the day after that. And I will have my entire team available to work through the details of getting a deal done.”

Obama’s team may not include the president himself. Despite the impasse in Washington over federal spending, the president as of early Wednesday was scheduled to give two speeches outside of Washington: one on energy in the Philadelphia suburbs, then another Wednesday evening to a group of black political activists in New York.

cueing Al, big hair:

In New York City, Obama he won’t be wooing big-money donors, like he did last week. Instead, he will appear at the 20th anniversary of National Action Network, [founded in Harlem, NY – diane] the group run by black activist and Obama backer the Rev. Al Sharpton.

I likely threw you off with the mention of Harlem … which is clearly not directly mentioned in this piece, but was obviously floating around in my head.

marisacat - 6 April 2011

Why would Harlem throw me off.

The New Amsterdam News as well as the NY Observer, that used the NAN article, were both about Obster in Harlem.

I saw tonight that Lucianne.com is running a pic of Ob an Al at the top of the home page. The two of them sitting eating ribs. http://www.lucianne.com/

It is going to be a very dull election. Full of bump and grind.

diane - 6 April 2011

well, I thought Harlem may have thrown you off since you wrote: Obama went to Harlem… and might have been thinking I was mentioning something that had already happened and hadn’t read the New Amsterdam thread?

marisacat - 6 April 2011

He went there a few days ago and is going back.

diane - 6 April 2011

yeah …hope he gets his lip busted again …it certainly wouldn’t surprise …not always that warm in N.Y. this time of year I’d imagine …..when the heat’s shut off….

diane - 6 April 2011

found the link, and posted …it’s laying in wait, in “spam” ….. ;0)

3. diane - 6 April 2011
ts - 6 April 2011

which, of course, means they’re already using it.

all the aircraft use DU weapons, and a spokesman implies maybe, just maybe, one of them that can use something else is.

diane - 6 April 2011

Not to worry though, during this Odyssey Dawning, as we’ll soon have EX-RAD!!!!!!!!!!! …apparently even bettah than RAD-X, ……to wash away those radiation blues! [$$$$$$$$$invest now!!!!!!!!!]

SprekaKhan from the comments section:

EX RAD?! seriously, thats the name, has anyone played the video games fallout? RAD-X is the name of their radiation reducing drug, just remember people, if you fallow the storyline in fallout the world ends up in nuclear war – do we really want a burnt out planet, cause its where we seem to be going. next it’ll be Vault-Tec popping up, or i’m sorry, Tech Vault, and you can buy your share of underground paradise for the next couple generations. Save your family now. Don’t forget your pip boy.

(bolding mine)

4. ts - 6 April 2011

CBS “investigative reporter” outed as FBI informer.


Though this shouldn’t be a surprise.

marisacat - 6 April 2011

what a mess enterprise. We take tips from Saudi generals who point fingers at the Iraqis.

Plus that old CIA hump, Cannistraro.

In his statement, Isham said: “Mr. Cannistraro was not a confidential source, but rather a colleague – a paid consultant to ABC News who had already spoken to the FBI about information he had received.”

A CBS News spokesperson added: “CBS News has strict standards regarding the handling of source material and we are discussing the facts of the allegations with Chris. The events in question are a matter between the FBI and ABC News.”

CPI’s John Solomon and Aaron Mehta reported earlier Tuesday that a senior ABC News journalist served as an informant to the FBI during its investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing.

The report is based on a once-classified FBI memo recently discovered by Utah lawyer Jesse Trentadue in a box of documents gathered by the defense attorneys of Terry Nichols, one of the defendants in the bombing.


diane - 6 April 2011

NBC must be feeling lonely,I’m sure they must have someone that belongs in that mess.

marisacat - 6 April 2011

I don’t htink ANYONE in media rises, on camera or off, unless they have a direct tie line to some faction.

diane - 6 April 2011


marisacat - 6 April 2011

maybe the in studio camera guys are allowed nto to be vetted. About it.

diane - 6 April 2011

yeah something somewhat similar to how CIA front companies might hire a shitload of temp agency contractors to run the mundane office functions with the excuse not to vet them on company plans because they’re not employees ….I’m sure it happens all the time, probably one of the major reasons (if not the initial reason) why some ‘temp agencies’ have been around since the forties.

marisacat - 6 April 2011

Carl Bernstein of all people wrote a good piece… for……. Esquire maybe… in the 70s on how the CIA is larded allthru the media.

diane - 6 April 2011

Am I guessing right that that was right before such a big deal was made about how brave journalists DEMANDED!!!!! ….and FORCED … legislation through, BANNING CIA MEDIA IMPLANTS!!!!! FOREVAH!!!!!!!!

5. ts - 6 April 2011

And how’s this for an unintentional reveal in his mealy-mouthed denial.

“Like every investigative reporter, my job for 25 years has been to check out information and tips from sources. In the heat of the Oklahoma City bombing, it would not be unusual for me or any journalist to run information by a source within the FBI for confirmation or to notify authorities about a pending terrorist attack. This is consistent with the policies at every news organization. But at no time did I compromise a confidential source with the FBI or anyone else.”

diane - 6 April 2011

it would not be unusual for me or any journalist to run information…[be hooked up with the CIA, Pentagon, NSA ..etc., etc. – diane]/i>

Sung to the tune of that old Tom jone’s hit:

It’s not unusual….

It’s not unusual, it happens every day
no matter what they say …

6. m - 6 April 2011
7. m - 6 April 2011

Israel to Germany: drop Palestinian statehood plan

marisacat - 6 April 2011

well I read something like 115 nations ahve signed on in the UN and it is going to the General Assembly where we cannot be a single, and controlling, veto.

At least, it is going to be interesting.

m - 6 April 2011

I am surprised that the google/youtube censor, the ADL, has not banned the video above. It’s quite good.

…Fargo Bank just got caught laundering drug money. LOL.

8. diane - 6 April 2011

I guess Clooney’ll be takin that stand for Silvio soon.

Poor guy, only lookin for Darfur money at that once, and only once, meet up with the luv gangsta at that fundraiser …wherez Mia and Bono, ….the Katrina Angel eena ?

marisacat - 6 April 2011

Are you being facetious?

I hardly think Clooney, another itty bitty Hollywood arm of the government… is clean with regard to Silvio.

They are all lucky the trial is put off til …. May, I think I read

diane - 6 April 2011

of course I am, I thought it was obvious.

diane - 6 April 2011

about a week ago, he mumbled some lie about how he’d only met Berlusconi once …(at a Berlusconi Fundraiser) to ask for Darfur money.

marisacat - 6 April 2011

LOL Sounds like Warren Buffet about Sokol.

Good luck to them all.

diane - 6 April 2011

ohh it twas fuckin hilarious, …quite the snicker snack.

9. m - 6 April 2011


In 1935 the New Zionist Organization established by the Revisionists, of which Jabotinsky was the president, held its founding congress. He spoke about how the new group differed from other Zionist groups on issues including its attitude toward Germany. Whereas the Jewish Agency had signed a “transfer agreement” with the Third Reich, to arrange the immigration of German Jews to the Land of Israel, as well as the transfer of their property, the Revisionists took the extreme and non-pragmatic stance of supporting a boycott of Germany and its economy. This impaired efforts to get Jews out of Germany, an increasingly important goal as their situation worsened with the 1935 Nuremberg Laws.

“A Useful Storm” makes the argument that the Revisionists were aware of what was happening and realized that German Jews were in increasingly dire straits. At a time when it was looking more and more like the Revisionists were going to pull out of the WZO and they were trying to expand their membership, the movement saw widespread support for the boycott – and not only among Revisionists – as a measure of its strength and appeal. Its stance on the boycott gave the movement’s leaders the sense that they had extensive public backing in Palestine and elsewhere. Indeed, the book’s title comes from an article Jabotinsky wrote in the early 1930s, in which he argued that the “storm” in Europe could be useful to the Zionist project.


m - 6 April 2011

Q&A with A. Burg:

For me religious fundamentalism is not confined to just Christian evangelical quarters. It is a trend that characterizes Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Unlike Huntington, who says this clash of civilization is between Christianity and Islam, between us and them, I see a different clash, a clash between democracy and theocracy. This clash happens in each and every religion of ours. Therefore, religious fundamentalism is an adversary, and sometimes even an enemy, which might be within or out.
I envision a coalition of “them” – a combination of Jews, Christians and Muslims – versus a coalition of “us” – democratic, pluralistic, humanistic, socialist. When we combat them, we must not ignore our responsibility as well.


Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2011

see a different clash, a clash between democracy and theocracy. This clash happens in each and every religion of ours. Therefore, religious fundamentalism is an adversary, and sometimes even an enemy, which might be within or out.
I envision a coalition of “them” – a combination of Jews, Christians and Muslims – versus a coalition of “us” – democratic, pluralistic, humanistic, socialist.

oh, this is so spot on.

10. diane - 6 April 2011

Oopsie doopsie, …..but not to worry, at least it wasn’t an A-10

Navy: Fighter jet crashes in Central Calif. Field

11. catnip - 6 April 2011

Glenn Beck to End Daily Fox News Program

I wonder if his head will explode on the last day of his show… That would be fun.

marisacat - 6 April 2011

He went too far. (seems to be the scuttle but)

But .. OReilly and Hannity did not?



catnip - 6 April 2011

They don’t cry. 😉

catnip - 6 April 2011
marisacat - 6 April 2011

Even tho i haven’t voted for her in some years, I can barely look at her, I so wish La Nan would say, well at least I did not cry.


marisacat - 6 April 2011

oh that could be it.

The first time I saw Beck, years before he was on FOX iwth a show… he was on NBC as a guest on the Today show, some blather about an illness he had had. Yeah he cried.

12. catnip - 6 April 2011

Obamalama’s doing a late nite presser outside the WH over the budget showdown?

catnip - 6 April 2011

Obamalama got to speak inside. Weepy Boy and Pink Everlasting Man are headed outside, I think.

BooHooHooMan - 6 April 2011

Well golly, the Budget,
you know, “Hope flies eternal” .. Yeh, well, not for those little-nubbin man titties, Harry Reid.

marisacat - 6 April 2011


Flies are eternal.

About it.


catnip - 6 April 2011

Flies are eternal.

So is shit. 🙂

marisacat - 6 April 2011

It’s a pairing!!

marisacat - 6 April 2011

He invited the R and D in for a pow wow on the Budget.

I don’t know why they are all het up. We never got an official on time budget last year …

So chill.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2011

when wingers lose, they whine like a whipped puppy:

The Supreme adult stands up election night whatever the outcome

By Dominique Paul Noth
Editor, Milwaukee Labor Press
Posted April 6, 2011

No one knows how it will turn out, but if judicial temperament is how you behave under pressure, JoAnne Kloppenburg won handily in the wee hours when the vote count was actually trending her opponent’s way before correcting itself in her slight favor by Wednesday midday April 6.

She came out smiling to thank her supporters in Madison and say it all wouldn’t be decided until the next day. No posturing about the high quality of her campaign, no restatement of the issues, no speech about the obvious incredible reversal of fortunes in her charge from the back of the pack. Just thanks and see you tomorrow.

Prosser came out about 1:40 a.m. at his headquarters to immediately sit on the pity pot, portray himself as the underdog (the elected incumbent an underdog? One hasn’t lost in Wisconsin in 40 years!), and state with remarkable lack of memory: “I’m very pleased we have sustained the most difficult assault on a person’s character in the whole history of the Wisconsin judicial system… I’ve weathered the nuclear blast and I’m still standing.”

The reason he’s fighting from behind is, of course, because he reinforced the largest assault on judicial character in Wisconsin history.

Many of Kloppenburg’s backers knew well how his vote on the Supreme Court allowed Justice Michael Gableman to escape uncensured in concocting a direct slur on former Justice Louis Butler to win that contest. It was Prosser’s vote to give Gableman a pass on a campaign ad in which he directly and falsely characterized Butler as freeing a pedophile that has helped Kloppenburg stir such ardor against Prosser, further compounded by Prosser’s cleaving to his GOP colleague Scott Walker and calling the chief justice a “bitch.”

It is an irony of this campaign that a third-party ad from a liberal group attacking Prosser’s behavior as a DA investigating a pedophile priest is now cited by the incumbent as a falsehood, because the victim of the crime who years ago criticized him now criticizes the ad. Obviously Kloppenburg had nothing to do with this, while Gableman’s campaign coffers created the pedophile ad against Butler that Prosser refused to censure. Only self-delusion, and trust that his voters believe in conservative philosophy to the point of self-delusion, allow him to make this fight an issue of his character versus Kloppenburg’s.

But it’s all fairly typical of Prosser’s decision to play the victim card throughout the last weeks of the campaign. How an established incumbent gets away with this involves several factors. One is the claim that it is unfair to link him to Walker’s agendas, both anti-union and extreme cuts in education, transit, health care and other services.

In a way that’s true. You have to think of the conservatives on the Supreme Court as something of a three-cushion billiard shot in how they interpret the laws and vote. It’s not a direct connection to Walker’s agenda, but the governor’s flouting of the law has given those justices and their votes that taint. No one can guarantee how Kloppenburg will vote though Walker foes keep suggesting (hint hint) that she’s on their side. The truth is, as she’s made as clear as judicial ethics allow, she’s on the side of reading the law fairly. The strong vote for her suggests how many in the state suspect Prosser won’t. So he is a victim of his own past votes and attitudes.

Interesting times up here in the Dairy State, and karma IS a bitch.

marisacat - 6 April 2011

Just thanks and see you tomorrow.


Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2011

her speech was very classy

ts - 6 April 2011

Unfortunately, it will be tomorrow, and then next day, and however long the recount takes, and then the protest…

marisacat - 6 April 2011

well yes, she probably is under whatever point differential is the trigger for an automatic recount. But, she may survive.

14. catnip - 6 April 2011

$$$Step right up, MIC: Libyan rebels should receive training funded by Arab countries, says Britain

Britain is to urge Arab countries to train the disorganised Libyan rebels, and so strengthen their position on the battlefield before negotiations on a ceasefire, senior British defence sources have indicated.

The sources said they were also looking at hiring private security companies, some of which draw on former SAS members, to aid the rebels. These private soldiers could be paid by Arab countries to train the unstructured rebel army.

Playing their own little Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game.

marisacat - 6 April 2011

Quagmire Number ____

15. catnip - 6 April 2011
16. m - 6 April 2011

No take backs Goldman.

“Every day, more celebrated Jewish personalities – writers, artists, academics – are depicting Israel as a racist, vicious and inhumane “entity” that has to be dismantled. Many of them have assumed pivotal roles in the global campaign to delegitimize the Jewish State. Their relentless attacks could well play out in ways that indeed puts an end to Israeli sovereignty.

The severest blow to Israel’s reputation in a decade was delivered by a Jewish judge, Richard Goldstone. Meanwhile, there is uproar in Herzliya over renaming part of a city street after Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Israel’s most influential philosopher, who coined the “Judeo-Nazis” expression for the Israeli army. ”


17. marisacat - 6 April 2011

The fun begins. I wonder how intense, in tourist mecca Hawaii, they go after prostitutes and in particular johns.

Google News page.

Close friend of Obster got netted in a prostitution arrest sting Monday night. Robert Richard Titcomb… they were at Punahoe together. Or a year a part… I guess.

diane - 6 April 2011

Too fuckin funny, I guess the prostitution in Hawaii is so amazingly, blatantly corpratized (at least that was what I saw), it’s pretty easy to slip up ….oopsie!

marisacat - 6 April 2011

the reports are kind of opaque. Lots of details to trickle out.

diane - 6 April 2011

Lots of details to trickle out.

I’m picturing a worn, leaky faucet that just can’t be stopped from dripping …. pooooooor Obombster …drip ….drip … drip…, he’s probably wearing that angry, pouty, plum coloured, petulant face ….. drip …drip …drip … :0) ;0)

diane - 7 April 2011


It was at least the second arrest for Obama’s buddy, who has worked as a commercial fisherman and for an airline.

…must be a damn good fisher man and/or airline steward …..buddy? …to entertain the prez, wooz tellin all the rest of the fisher folk, stewardesses and stewards, etc., etc., etc….. to Fuck Off and Die:

Titcomb’s … home in Waialua, a community on the North Shore of Oahu.

Titcomb and that beachside home regularly play host to Obama, his wife, Michelle….

marisacat - 7 April 2011

Titcomb apparently had at least one DUI arrest 20+ years ago. late 80s I think.

Yeah he had been an in-flight steward… United I think.

Do you remember the wailing and screaming over a 10 or 20 car convoy to a friend’s house, back when Obster was in Hawai’i in December. It was to go to the Waialua house for the day…

diane - 7 April 2011

no, I missed that one ….so many ‘events’ to try to keep track of ..and so little time! …sigh ….

and I have a hard time imagining Obama hangs out with anyone, ‘black,’ ‘brown,’ ‘red,’ ‘white,’ ‘yellow,’ …greasy, pink or blue, …. whooz jus a nameless ’employee’ … not after the damage he’s done to millions of nameless ’employees’ and potential ’employees.’

marisacat - 7 April 2011

yeah but he has known Titcomb a long long time. What is so odd about this?

Ob has friends. Foundling is loved!

marisacat - 7 April 2011

fwiw, Daily Mail has pieced together a bit more background, tho nothing more on the arrest details.

BooHooHooMan - 7 April 2011

Welp, all I can say is once an Administration has an average Titcomb arrested, it’s all downhill from there. Next thing ya know, you have Undersecretary Meatfuck rolled at USDA, the higher profile perp parade take off nabbing Pompadour Dickplummage at the State Department and so forth…LOL

marisacat - 7 April 2011

I get a skit in my head, of the client being asked by the provider, “and what is your fetish sir?”… and the reply is something about combing tits.

I would imagine the jokes are endless.

diane - 10 April 2011

what struck me as odd, was that titcomb was portrayed as jus’ another nameless employee that Obama ‘n wifie luvved, when that doesn’t appear to be the case at all…I hardly think Micky (f), for one of the pod peas, would hang out wit ‘folks’ (thugs, in this case) not wearin’ $500+ tennies ….for …..’the holidays’ …..

interesting that they never mentioned titcombs present occupation, or means of making ends meet.

18. marisacat - 7 April 2011

Oh this made me laugh. I knew there was a big(ish) vote drop off in 2010, for the Dems in particular. But gee.

I never saw the stark numbers.

[I]t is furthermore a fact that, of the more than 60 million who voted for Obama and Democrats in 2008, barely 29 million voted for them in 2010.

More than 30 million stayed home.

Compared to a drop of only 12 million for Republican candidates in 2010, to 42 million. …

No wonder at every level the Dems running were crushed.

19. marisacat - 7 April 2011



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