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Interloper 17 April 2011

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

This inquisitive dog was left stunned when a playful young seal gave him a friendly slap on the cheek after he bounded into the sea during a game of fetch. The seal patted the bull mastiff on the face during the encounter after he chased a tennis ball that had been thrown into the ocean by his owner. The young dog found the baby seal with its head poking out the water and instead of retrieving his ball, he circled his intriguing discovery. Lynne Morris took the pics while going for a stroll along the beach in Fife, Scotland.

Fife Scotland: This inquisitive dog was left stunned when a playful young seal gave him a friendly slap on the cheek after he bounded into the sea during a game of fetch. The seal patted the boxer on the face during the encounter after he chased a tennis ball that had been thrown into the ocean by his owner. The young dog found the baby seal with its head poking out the water and instead of retrieving his ball, he circled his intriguing discovery. [Lynn Morris/Solent]



1. brinn - 17 April 2011

More awesome non-human animals!

Thanks, M.!

2. diane - 17 April 2011

wow, that’s as sweet as the shots of the, presumed to be a goner, husky, with the polar bear.


diane - 17 April 2011
3. BooHooHooMan - 17 April 2011
marisacat - 17 April 2011

you mean the post over at IOZ?

Yeah obviously I agree with the point about scratch a lefty find a liberal, but Amy is the wrong target. She really is.

BooHooHooMan - 17 April 2011

Sums it up concisely.

marisacat - 17 April 2011

yeah – and there’s been a nasty little thread over at SMBIVA about fear of female sexuality. Kind of a mini gang bang. ms-x alone for about 45 comments (For wahtever reason I cannot comment there, it has been raised with them, and they just kind of throw their hands up, and so, I gave up a couple, three years ago)…

All I can say about Amy is she is not a fluid writer, it is always a bit plodding. But hardly a sin.

BooHooHooMan - 17 April 2011

I’ll check it out. I’ve never been able to comment at SMBIVA for navigating that fucking “Hillary’s middle name ? humor us thing”. I’ve tried repeatedly and just gave up and frankly didn’t give a damn enough to shoot off an email to ask.

Hmm, I see now it’s a post from their email list My take is pretty much this: scratch a man, you find misogyny and that’s not all the habitually self flagellating male. That’s the thing in a nutshell. A nutshell BTW that we men can’t seem to shake without wondering at one time or other if it is relatively on the small side.

diane - 18 April 2011

Yay ms xeno! at 12:26 PM on April 16th (the comment link doesn’t seem to direct to the comment):


…That’s the argument of someone who knows human behavior.



What they know about human behavior could fit on the head of a pin, IMHO. It boggles my mind that so many dudes can live on this earth for so long and yet be such shitty listeners and observers of what’s happening right in front of their noses.

And seriously, if you can persuade yourself that oppression is more force of habit than genuine, conscious malice, that means you have to let the oppressors off the hook? I am highly amused here, imagining what would happen to the tone and content of this website if that suddenly became a legitimate excuse for downplaying and/or ignoring oppressions other than those based on who has a dick and who doesn’t. Oh, the liberals don’t feel any malice towards the people they bomb. They just think this way out of force of habit, the poor dears. We really shouldn’t spend so much time picking on their bullshit ideas about foreign policy. La de da…

You guys are a laugh riot. It must be either that or my deep-seated masochism that keeps me coming back to read your oh-so-enlightening, never-heard-before-elsewhere thoughts on Teh Wimmens.

BooHooHooMan - 18 April 2011

I side with the women.
Unless they take the position it’s a human issue.
Then I’d be quick to agree right after they say so.

marisacat - 17 April 2011

i am catching on slowly: IOZ did that twice?


marisacat - 17 April 2011

Here is a comment to that new thread (now I have to go read the dmaned post)

Ted Stein said…

I used to volunteer with torture survivors (tassc.org) and met Amy Goodman when she visited them. Democracy NOW! is one of the only major media outlets that had any interest in bringing survivors of state violence into the conversation surrounding the US torture regime. She continues that important role of including the voices of the victims and survivors with the article you linked to.

In fact, she is a survivor of state violence herself, having been assaulted by state security forces in East Timor while bravely covering the massacre of demonstrators. Her long record of investigative journalism and numerous arrests (including in the US) speaks for itself.

I think you misread her, and probably on purpose. As others above have pointed out, she is highlighting hypocrisy with US interventions, not advocating consistent interventions. Her point is that the US government is actively supporting the slaughter of the people of Bahrain. Not that the US government should bomb the people of Bahrain.

She isn’t even requesting Obama “speak out” on Bahrain. She is pointing out that the same justification Obama is using for bombing Lybia, applies to human rights violations the US is actively supporting.

Amy Goodman is no cruise missile liberal and you, IOZ, are not even worthy of shining her shoes.

4:11 AM

4. m - 17 April 2011

God I love dogs.

Thanks for thoughts. I’ll get to see how good managed health is. Major surgery might be unavoidable. Tomorrow I’ll know more. So sick of being sick.

brinn - 18 April 2011

Oh, good luck with it all! I have to take kid the elder in for surgery tomorrow to get the rods removed from his leg and some bone injected into his cyst…I am trying to stay calm but am dreading it all and just want it to be over and have him back here at home resting comfortably in his bed!!

I’ll be thinking about you!

m - 18 April 2011

I had not been keeping up with anyone else. 😦

Hope all goes well for your child. I know when I had plates and screws removed on my ankle, it was not near as bad as going in. Good wishes to you and yours.

brinn - 18 April 2011

Thanks, m! Much appreciated! The stupid hospital called this morning (his surgery is scheduled for tomorrow a.m., have to be there at 5:30) and informed me that I would need to bring $542.75 for a “time of service” payment.

Needless to say, I was livid. This surgery has been scheduled for months and they wait until 19 hours beforehand to tell me that I need too bring in the equivalent of 40% of my monthly salary!!I’m bringing them $100.

This surgery is going to cost about $3000 OUT OF POCKET…why in the fucking hell do we have insurance, that’s what I want to know. I hate hate hate this stupid country.

marisacat - 18 April 2011

and informed me that I would need to bring $542.75 for a “time of service” payment.

ugh! First I heard of that one. I bet it is or will be in increasing use….

brinn - 18 April 2011

Yep. Just got a call from the anesthesiologist’s office as well. They too want “time of service” payment. The lady said that they would just send me a bill if I didn’t bring any $$ with me to the hospital….

I’m bringing $100 cash. They can take it or leave it. Then, I am going to focus on my kid and my kid only, until I have him safely back home.

Christ. I’m a wreck right now.

marisacat - 18 April 2011

The lady said that they would just send me a bill if I didn’t bring any $$ with me to the hospital….

Well don’t sweat that one, at least.

brinn - 18 April 2011

Trying not to sweat any of it — the money part anyway — just want to get my kid in taken care of and out…..deep breaths.

m - 19 April 2011

Hope all goes well for you. All of them accept payment plans. Give minimum up front.

5. m - 17 April 2011

So it goes:


Greece to privatise 50bn euros of state assets

6. diane - 18 April 2011

Anyone who was notified that their personal data was compromised due to the Epsilon Data Breach, may want to read this: As feared: cybercriminals prey on Epsilon data breach victims – In March 30 data breach, hackers stole email databases of dozens of major U.S. companies

marisacat - 18 April 2011

They hacked Walgreens, who did send me an email a couple of weeks ago…

brinn - 18 April 2011

Well, I am well and duly screwed…there was that last month AND the state of Texas managed to expose 3 databases from the Texas Workforce Commission (our unemployment office) and both of the state’s retirement/pension funds. What is scarier to me about my TWC info. being out there is that those fuckers have my banking information and the boys’ info, as well as my name and social….

What a fucked up mess.

marisacat - 18 April 2011

Oh but Walgreens assured me, they did! that nothing private was compromised!!

😆 as if there is anything in my Walgreen’s file that is NOT private. (Or should be, that is!)

7. marisacat - 18 April 2011

geesh. Last I remember him he slunk off the stage in Iraq, post Abu Ghraib… a whipping boy for a nightmare, but still, he looked whipped.


Retired Lt. Gen Ricardo Sanchez, the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, is expected to run as a Democrat for the seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.). Sanchez, 59, was born in Rio Grande City, Tex., and lives in San Antonio. Democrats hope to make Texas one of their six takeover targets for 2012 (“Six in ’12”), but the party has lacked a candidate. An Army veteran of three decades, Sanchez handed over command in Iraq after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, though he was not implicated. McClatchy’s Maria Recio first reported the news of the general’s possible bid: “[Former Lt. Gov. Ben] Barnes, one of the state’s last high-profile Democrats, said, … ‘He’s the one guy who could unite the Hispanic vote. He’ll get the conservative Hispanic businessman.'” http://bit.ly/ex2CbC

brinn - 18 April 2011

Oh, yip-fucking-pie!

marisacat - 18 April 2011

yeah and he is such a peach! The Dems recruited him, it seems.

love that line “not implicated”. Previous to the disclosures he had been up for a 4th star, all but assured. Soon he was talked of derisively as “a battlefield command”. The war had conferred status on him that other eras would not.

Gotta lvoe how complicated we are….

8. marisacat - 18 April 2011

Classic. Predictable.

THE BIG PICTURE – “GOP wave reshapes nation’s agenda state by state,” by AP’s Ann Sanner in Columbus and Calvin Woodward in Washington, with contributors in 18 other states:

“State by state, Republicans are moving at light speed on a conservative agenda they would have had no hope of achieving before the big election gains of November. The dividends are apparent after only a few months in office, and they go well beyond the spending cuts forced on states by the fiscal crunch and tea party agitation. Republican governors and state legislators are bringing abortion restrictions into law from Virginia to Arizona, acting swiftly to expand gun rights north and south, pushing polling-station photo ID laws that are anathema to Democrats and taking on public sector unions anywhere they can.

All this as Democrats find themselves cowed or outmaneuvered … In many states, they are unable to do much except hope that voters will see these actions as an overreach by the Republicans they elected – an accidental revolution to be reversed down the road.” http://apne.ws/fp1vQy

No plan but capitulation.

And jusst a few years ago, the Dems were bellowing that the R party was diminished to a mere regional party: The South.

Oh get real.

9. marisacat - 18 April 2011

Hoffman has a new piece up a t Cpunch:

[T]here are reports that the Japanese government has been bulldozing hot (radioactive) fuel into the ground, fuel which was blasted as far as a kilometer from the reactor complex (most likely, from the explosion in reactor unit 3).

Of course, retrieving the fuel isn’t easy since you can’t go near even a little pellet of it. It’s speculated they were “just” bulldozing a “safe” (all things are relative, aren’t they?) route to and from the reactor, and plan to pick up the fuel pellets later.

If they can find them. . . . . .

10. marisacat - 18 April 2011

hmm Dow off 212

m - 18 April 2011

Rating companies not co-operating. Or just to scare the rethugs.

marisacat - 18 April 2011

Yes I saw S&P’s downgrade. Fwiw.

ts - 18 April 2011

This smacks of a setup. S&P ratings (remember how good they were at rating AIG, Lehman, etc) don’t mean S*&%. I think somebody either in or outside decided this is how they will lobby for more deficit reduction.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 April 2011

I think it’s all to build pressure to cut social security, medicare and medicaid.

marisacat - 18 April 2011

That makes sense…

11. BooHooHooMan - 18 April 2011

Yep, the money is all fleeing to Hedge Funds.
… and other select fixers’ vaults, Bill Daley.

Hedge Funds Set To Pass ’08 Peak

– > You know, ~CHANGE! ❗ < – 😯

Total hedge-fund assets are approaching $2 trillion and are soon expected to surpass their peak in early 2008, according to industry analysts.

* Fund Goes to Brink and Back ❗
* Hedge Fund Snapshots: Surviving the Crisis ❗ ❗

Oh Yes, that familiar sucking sound:

Citigroup Net Falls 32%

And BoA last week? Wait for it –
DOWN 36% AND they fired their CFO.

BUT! – Dear God, why doesn’t the Obby Admin just trot out a shirtless Charlie Sheen for all the WINNING around, I simply don’t know.

William Daley Made $8.7 Million from JPMorgan Last Year

What a coincidence! What Good Luck with JP! AND

J.P. Morgan quarterly profit jumps 67%
Lower credit costs buoy results of banking bellwether

Yes time for the looters to nab the last remnants in bank. Depositers, poor saps, get @ 2%: so for some retiree needing 20k a year they need pushing a million liquid. Ahem, in bank. Or Treasuries. Another coupla WINNERS.

So. Against Barry’s Ooga Booga and propaganda machine?
Oh, at this rate, the Republicans could run ANYBODY.
AND feature speakers at their 2012 National convention like a beefy oiled Limbaugh in loincloth butterdipping lobster chunks then flicked to a strait-jacketed Beck brought onstage by leash, all presented with gameshow hostess handwaves and sporadic assault rifle fire from Bachmann and Palin in conservative one-piece black-leather-yet-swastika-emblazoned swimwear.

Henh – …Obama?
The National Foundling? 😉 { mcat}
Oh Obby’s in trouble. LOL.
Bucked off like a lawyer-turned-rodeo-clown.

marisacat - 18 April 2011

So. Against Barry’s Ooga Booga and propaganda machine?

Soooooo… is that anything like Silvio’s Bunga-Bunga stuff???????? 😆 😆

I have no idea if he is shoe horned in or allowed to fall. I do think if he goes in, the R plan something along the lines of Clinton Second Admin version 2.0.

Destroyed in place.

As collaboratonist as the Democrats are, they never appreciate the R taste for full frontal take down.

12. BooHooHooMan - 18 April 2011

It’s all so Historic and Bunga-Bunga now.
At an all-time Bunga-Bunga High.
And I never thought it could have happened without
President Edwards and Senators Specter and Kennedy-Schlossberg. 😆

marisacat - 18 April 2011


And all of them so special

13. marisacat - 18 April 2011

We jsut had a little earthquake.

I felt a tiny tiny one a little after 12 Noon, so I ahve been waiting…

As soon as they give a Richter magnitude….

marisacat - 18 April 2011

3.8 a short way South of here…

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 April 2011
marisacat - 18 April 2011

I saw film today of the conservative Catholics marching … there ws a counter protest.

And even more scary is some of the religious moves being made in Hungary. yikes.

Deutsche Welle

‘God and crown’

Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Thousands turned out to protest the new constitution

Critics say the constitution is the government’s attempt to cement its power beyond its term, alleging that it eliminates the system of checks and balances, prevents Hungary’s eventual adoption of the euro, forces its Christian ideology on the country and limits civil liberties.

The new constitution’s preamble is laden with references to God, Christianity, the fatherland, the “Holy Crown of Hungary,” and traditional family values, raising opposition fears about the future rights of Hungary’s atheists, homosexuals and single-parent families.

However, the majority in parliament did not share these fears. Laszlo Kover, a Fidesz parliamentarian and speaker of the house welcomed the new basic law, saying it “acknowledges Christianity as the basis of our civilization but it ensures moral freedom.” . . . . . .

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 April 2011

fucking fundies on the march everywhere

marisacat - 18 April 2011

It is…

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 April 2011
16. m - 19 April 2011


Seems a bit more active than usual.

17. marisacat - 19 April 2011

In case either brinn or mattes drops in later, I hope everything went as well as it could.

diane - 19 April 2011

what marisa said.

18. marisacat - 19 April 2011



…….. 😯

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