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Panorama 9 April 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011, U.S. Senate, WAR!.

A Lebanese woman (a relative of one of the prisoners) faces an elite fighting unit from the Internal Security Force outside of Rumiya prison  Angry Arab blog

Sure beats this one, snagged from the Ben Smith column at Politico:

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich, left, confers with President pro tempore of the Senate Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 8, 2011, after meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. is at center. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sick old gargoyles. Younger gargoyle from VA in the background…

Line up of gargoyles:


 –NBC’s “Meet the Press“: White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe; House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI); roundtable with Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Tim Shriver, CNBC’s Jim Cramer, The New York Times’ Helene Cooper and NBC’s Chuck Todd

–ABC’s “This Week“: White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe; Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); roundtable with ABC’s George Will, interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile, Thomson-Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland and National Journal’s Ron Brownstein; actor and director Robert Redford (“The Conspirator”)

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

–“Fox News Sunday“: White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and Fox News’ Juan Williams

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe; Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX); Trump Organization Chairman and President Donald Trump; former British Prime Minister and Special Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East Tony Blair

–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS Live” (SUN 10am ET / 1pm ET): Former Secretary of State and former Treasury Secretary James A. Baker, III; Financial Times’ Martin Wolf

–C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (Sat. 6:30 p.m. ET): FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, questioned by Telecommunications Reports’ Lynn Stanton … “Newsmakers” (Sun. 10 a.m. ET / 6 p.m. ET): RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, questioned by POLITICO’s Jonathan Martin and The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny … “Q&A” (Sun. 8 p.m. ET / 11 p.m. ET): CNBC’s Melissa Lee

–Univision’s “Al Punto“: Peruvian “Peru Posible” Presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo; author and Latin American affairs expert Alvaro Vargas Llosa; roundtable with Democratic strategist Maria Cardona, Republican analyst Helen Aguirre and Hispanic issues expert Arnoldo Torres; Spanish rock band Maná; roundtable with Tijuana Press’ Vicente Calderon and Poder Hispanic’s David Adams

–NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show“: POLITICO Editor in Chief John F. Harris, CNN’s Gloria Borger, the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson


God it is all so dreary, amidst weeks, months even!, of too much news.  How can that be.


1. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

that woman facing down the cops looks fierce …

marisacat - 9 April 2011

oh I loved that picture… amazing.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

At Age 84, a City’s Last Geisha Defies Time and a 4th Tsunami

Saiwairo opened its doors to a larger public, first as a new site for weddings; in recent years, in a reflection of this city’s aging population, it has become a popular setting for memorial services.

“We couldn’t survive on pride alone,” Ms. Kanazawa said.

Still, sometimes the calls came for Ms. Ito, some from old customers, others from new customers reflecting the world’s new economic order.

“About once a month,” Mr. Ito said of the frequency of his aunt’s performances. “Chinese industrialists, among others, now come here.”

And so on March 11, as Ms. Ito was getting ready to perform, the biggest tsunami of her life assailed Kamaishi, tearing apart the breakwater and eventually reaching inland all the way to the house where she and her nephew lived.

As it turned out, after a wall in her house collapsed and she slowly moved to flee, Hiroyuki Maruki, 59, a sake store owner and the president of a group dedicated to preserving an old melody called “Kamaishi Seashore Song,” came by looking for her. “She is the only one who knows how to sing that song,” Mr. Maruki said.

As Mr. Maruki carried Ms. Ito up a hill, she recalled “feeling the soft warmth of his back.”

Mr. Maruki said: “I thought she’d be light, but she was surprisingly heavy. I wondered at one point what was I going to do.”

Having survived yet another tsunami, Ms. Ito said that her regret was that she had been unable to sing that night.

“I’d practiced the night before, and after putting my thoughts together, I thought this song would be all right,” she said, explaining that the song told the story of a young samurai on horseback going to his first, long-awaited battle.

“It ended without my singing,” she said. “It’s such a nice song, too.”

marisacat - 9 April 2011

what a sweet little piece…

3. marisacat - 9 April 2011


(04-09) 09:58 PDT ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, Netherlands (AP) —

A gunman opened fire with a machine gun at a crowded shopping mall outside Amsterdam on Saturday, leaving at least seven people dead and wounding 15 others, officials and witnesses said.

The attacker was among the dead after fatally shooting himself at the Ridderhof mall in Alphen aan den Rijn, Mayor Bas Eenhoorn said. The suburb is less than 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Amsterdam. …

Read more: SF Gate dot com

I was rifling thru the RE pages at the online local paper… and spied the headline.

12 in Brazil… this.. Too much fucking news.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

A graphic showing Reid and Barry dropped their pants for the Republicans, though of course it will be other people who get fucked.

marisacat - 9 April 2011

oh but but but.. Barry said he only agreed to things cuz of “the times”.

Mostly they reminded the people who live in Washington DC they are colonised and belong to congress. They VOTED to use their own local taxes to fund abortions for poor women. And congress slapped them.

marisacat - 9 April 2011

god the thread to that is awful … at least as far as I got. They did not get the posting at all (and it is pretty simple!).

So highly partisan and how awful it is the R want to hurt Foundling.

Geesh. Good Luck.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

people are fucking idiots

marisacat - 9 April 2011

You know how it goes, the only alternative to Obby is Bachman. So, we must bear up. Learn to love Obby, just like leaning to love the Bomb a few decades ago.

I’ve decided the Dem propagandists are under instruction not to mention Romney.

ONLY people with birth canals.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

Democratic voters are basically the monkeys in Harlow’s Surrogate mother experiment

In a well-known series of experiments conducted between 1957 and 1963, Harlow removed baby rhesus monkeys from their mothers, and offered them a choice between two surrogate mothers, one made of terrycloth, the other of wire.

The studies were motivated by John Bowlby’s World Health Organization-sponsored study and report, “Maternal Care and Mental Health” in 1950, in which Bowlby reviewed previous studies on the effects of institutionalization on child development such as René Spitz’s[2] and his own surveys on children raised in a variety of settings. In 1953, his colleague, James Robertson, produced a short and controversial documentary film titled A Two-Year-Old Goes to Hospital demonstrating the almost immediate effects of maternal separation. Bowlby’s report, coupled with Robertson’s film, demonstrated the importance of the primary caregiver in human and non-human primate development. Bowlby de-emphasized the mother’s role in feeding as a basis for the development of a strong mother-child relationship. However, his conclusions generated much debate. It was the debate concerning the reasons behind the demonstrated need for maternal care that Harlow addressed in his studies with surrogates.

In Harlow’s classic experiment, two groups of baby rhesus monkeys were removed from their mothers. In the first group, a terrycloth mother provided no food, while a wire mother did, in the form of an attached baby bottle containing milk. In the second group, a terrycloth mother provided food; the wire mother did not. It was found that the young monkeys clung to the terrycloth mother whether or not it provided them with food, and that the young monkeys chose the wire surrogate only when it provided food.

Whenever a frightening stimulus was brought into the cage, the monkeys ran to the cloth mother for protection and comfort, no matter which mother provided them with food. This response decreased as the monkeys grew older.

marisacat - 9 April 2011

wow I had never heard of that experiment…

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

I first ran across it freshman year. I didn’t realize how much people were like monkeys at the time.

I did wonder about the casual cruelty of Harlow and his associates …

marisacat - 9 April 2011

I did wonder about the casual cruelty of Harlow and his associates …

oh ugh I cannot even think about that.

5. marisacat - 9 April 2011

Gets my vote!


Arab regimes (and Iran) often warn against change and revolutions: they try to scare us by warning of the potential for chaos.

I say:

we should work for the overthrow of all those regimes (Arab regimes and Iran) because chaos is far superior to those regime. At least, under chaos there is a stronger chance for change and sabotage (sabotage of oppression and injustice and occupation and conspiracies).

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 9:30 AM

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011
marisacat - 9 April 2011

well. and. It, fiddling with SNAP money, was done under the guise of helpin’ out the bitch wif AKA Baby Fat Hunter. As I recall.

Here’s what I mean. Consider cutting SNAP benefits. Cutting SNAP benefits leads to more hungry children. Yet pointing out that consequence is consistently regarded as a blood libel, or crossing the line, or not engaging in substantive! respectful! debate! This is why I talk so much about the tyranny of social relationships in political commentary. It’s considered out of bounds to say things like “your proposal leads to hungry kids,” but cutting SNAP benefits leads to hungry kids. It just does. The thing is that when you’re stamping around talking about the unfairness of the question, you aren’t answering it.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

yup, it was … more veggies in return for more children going hungry.

marisacat - 9 April 2011

Samantha Cameron needs to call BFH… find out why Mother Michelle could lie on hand raked beach sand in Spain but the Camerons had to do a cheapie weekend. So as not to look rich while the UK makes brutal cuts….

Or whatever.

brinn - 10 April 2011

Wow. Been saying this for year….

The last sentence gave me serious goosebumps:

“Meanwhile, he and others like him will live in the world of abstraction, where the pleasant lies of metaphor shield them from a cruelly literal world.”


7. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

all by yourself

Paradoxically, what I find more and more is that the Internet is a place for people to affirm and support each other. It’s as if the understanding of the fundamental weakness of these electronic proxies to represent human connection causes people to push for it more and more. And this could be beautiful. But it can also be dangerous. Because of the depth of the loneliness, I blame no one for how they interact and connect with others online. I just worry. I worry about the urge towards conformity. I worry about Twitter. I worry that all of those retweets and all of those “right on”s contribute to a kind of coarse postmodernism, where what the truth becomes what is most agreed on. I worry that dissent is confused with a lack of etiquette. And I particularly worry about the echo chamber effect, and the way that small groups of people who are just like each other can come to think of themselves as representing the opinions of everyone. On the Internet, we all make the world in our own image.

Duchamp, of course, had genius. I have only Duchamp, and Dorothy Day, and Eugene Debs, and Rainer Maria Rilke, and Simone de Beauvoir, and D. Boon.

Pushing people away should never be an end, but sometimes it is a necessary means to the end of being independent. Friendship is great, and I would never argue against it. I’m not saying be alone to be alone. I’m saying be prepared to stand alone, and to recognize that standing against everyone can be a position of righteousness. Make friends whenever you can, but when you need to, stand alone. Friends will understand. They’ll probably dig it. And even being wrong isn’t the worst thing in the world.

You can’t be scared of being alone; you’ve got to view consensus as the possibility of corruption and ridicule as evidence that you’re on to something. You’ve got to match the weight of the agreement of affinity groups with the power of your belief in yourself. You must respond to the bullying of crowds with the studied rejection of needing a crowd. You’ve got to be singular, you’ve got to be irresolute, and when necessary, you’ve got to be defiant.

The pressure, online, will always be to tack towards the crowd, and people will look endlessly towards their peers– not intending to undermine the individual voice, but getting there, often, anyway. Don’t get judgmental about it, but keep saying your piece. In the tenor of the single voice, you can find strength, and if you keep saying what you think is true, in spite of it all, you will find what is incorruptible in yourself.

marisacat - 9 April 2011

Speaking of Twitter, San Francisco jsut cut Twitter a huge deal. To get them to relocate to a marginal area, close in, but in need of revitalisation…

Currently they have 350 or employees, the “story” is that they plan to be at about 3,000 or so in a fw years. The deal is a 6 year moratorium on payroll taxes for all hires over 350…

I haven’t heard of any penalties or assurances that Twitter bother to stay around… Others cut the same deal or similar have left.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

they’re job creators, cut their taxes!!!! I’m sure some leather daddies down the street can pay more!

marisacat - 9 April 2011

well it is true the area needs an up and coming business to relocate, it’s to the now empty SF Merchandise Mart building on Market, but on a sketchy block.

BUT, we can trust that the Board of Supes cut bad deal.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011
marisacat - 9 April 2011

LOL the only alternative tho is the Lesser Republicans.

The way the local talk radio is pretending to meet the rage and anger spilling over is calling for the R party to be disbanded.

So… the Lesser Republicans can take over as the Truly One Party? I guess.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011
10. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011
Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

sorry, you used to just be able to put a youtube link in and it would work

marisacat - 9 April 2011

yes it used to work, even if just copied as text it would pop up as a video.


Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

the links will take you to the video …

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

but it’s still annoying

11. marisacat - 10 April 2011

Will wonders never cease. Ezra Klein, despicable little putz, gets something right:

[T]he substance of this deal is bad. But the way Democrats are selling it makes it much, much worse.


So why were Reid and Obama so eager to celebrate Boehner’s compromise with his conservative members? The Democrats believe it’s good to look like a winner, even if you’ve lost. But they’re sacrificing more than they let on. By celebrating spending cuts, they’ve opened the door to further austerity measures at a moment when the recovery remains fragile. Claiming political victory now opens the door to further policy defeats [for whom?] later. …

Found it via lambert / corrente and he did not link back to EK….

12. BooHooHooMan - 10 April 2011

LOL. Chevron now has one of their “Oh So Pwogwessive” commercials on, featuring a geophysicist named “Barry” called right out of central casting no doubt, I shit you not for a Karl Marx look alike, AND another guy from Italy who could body-double as a young Antonio Gramsci.

13. BooHooHooMan - 10 April 2011

Iceland rejects repayment deal again

Icelanders vote for a second time to reject a deal to repay repay €4bn to Britain and the Netherlands.

No word yet 🙄 on when Obama will HAVE TO bomb Iceland on behalf of the Bankers, BP, and Royal Dutch Shell…

marisacat - 10 April 2011

I am surprised we have not bombed Belgium. they have gone months wit no central government … and we need to save Brussels.

BooHooHooMan - 10 April 2011

and we have to save Belgium..

For the sprouts alone!
Lest they get bigger ideas! 😉

BooHooHooMan - 10 April 2011

LOL : I mean Brussels!
(Fuck! – an’ here I botched that sprout of a joke!)

14. marisacat - 10 April 2011

Chris Wallace is making mincemeat of Plouffe.

Looks to me, overall, that the R have Obby trussed up like a chicken. Ready for cooking.

marisacat - 10 April 2011

More mincing…

Wallace is pointing out that L’Obster himself voted against raising the debt limit when he was in Congress.

And Plouffe plays farcical fireman by saying Wobbly now “considers that vote a mistake”.

Send lillies for the coffin the chicken jumped into.

Wretched mess that Ob is, it is still stunning.

marisacat - 10 April 2011

Speech on Wednesday. Bring salt pepper, big bibs for the butter drippings.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 April 2011

jeebus they’re pathetic

marisacat - 10 April 2011

NTIM, but Michael Duffy, who I don’t mind, brought up a point on that Ifill show, Washington Week, that should put a nuclear chill up the collection Dem party ass.

That “foreign governments” (do I hear Germany?) are looking at America and saying, “they cannot solve their own problems”… and starting to make decisions based on that. And, it had been that Wobbly and cohorts had not wanted to bother with planning long term structural change (HA!) till much later, 2012 – 2014, but that they need to mvoe it up.

It makes at least partial sense. I am sure there are countries looking at us as dumb fucks (I jsut heard a perfectly rational political discussion on the EU/austerity on BBC, amongst bankers and politicos, with three quite separate viewpoints expressed, that is not possible here), and they sure see we are paddling backwards in rushing headwaters.

AND I would guess that Wobbly and Co. planned whatever next big assault for his new/next administration .. not now. Nor will they be doing anything but what the R tell them to do.

Most of them are in Chicago, anyway. And Plouffe looks to be a dodo bird. Unable to fly at all. Grounded.

15. marisacat - 10 April 2011



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