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Recognition 25 April 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.

Szilvasvarad, Hungary: English bulldogs meet at an international dog show    [Laszlo Balogh/Reuters]

BTW, I just read that Ron Paul is IN.  The primary race that is. 



1. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2011

thanks for the caption … I first I thought that was Haley explaining his reasons for dropping out to one of his supports.

marisacat - 25 April 2011

LOL too true!

The dogs are, I am sure, nicer.

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2011

no doubt

2. marisacat - 26 April 2011

All you can do is laugh. The years roll out ahead like a continuous (and dumb) cartoon.

OBAMA 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina, armed with a Mac and a map, gives supporters a video “Strategy Update”:

“This is not 2008. We gotta assume every single day that we need to build something new – better, faster and sleeker. Republicans are going to be fired up to take on President Obama … The 2008 campaign was the most special thing a lot of us have ever been a part of. But if we just run that same campaign, … we stand a good chance of losing. We’ve gotta run a new campaign …. [I]n 2012, we have the opportunity to make 2008 look prehistoric [still historic!, I see – Mcat]– to do it at a bigger scale, to do it with new technologies … and really reinvent this campaign. Grassroots will RUN this campaign. … We ought NOT to act like an incumbent. We oughta act like an insurgent campaign.” Video, PDF of charts


Insurgent against whom?

ms_xeno - 26 April 2011


Time to load up on more superhero comics. There’s no way I’ll be able to endure all the smarm and self-satisfied bullshit from his local fan club all over again otherwise.

Oh, and the tears. Mustn’t forget the TEAAARRRS!!11

marisacat - 26 April 2011

I really think he shoulda cried when he told Obama to “grow up”.


ms_xeno - 27 April 2011

The 2012 supporter swag should include airsickness bags and those mini-packets of facial tissues, if you ask me.

Or some of those leftover DVF totes that Pelosi was pushing. They can turn them inside out and sew on some transfers of people eating out of trashcans, or of people pushing around shop carts full of one-time home items. Something like that…

diane - 26 April 2011

ugh, what an absolute creep, … from the pictures I’ve seen, he even looks like one, face permanently frozen into that smarmy, I’m purchasable, advertisement. Primary ambition? apparently owning the most powerful car in town:

I spend the money, so everything’s gotta go through me to get spent, which is the best job ever,” Messina, the keeper of the budget, told me. “It’s like getting the keys to a fucking Ferrari.” [2008 link

marisacat - 26 April 2011

yeah.. Messina, another reason for L’Obster to fail. Quite a few actually, Bill Burton is anotehr. Bill Daley.

O oops 😳 I must be a traitor to my country! I said a Rushism.

diane - 26 April 2011

yeah really, and I guess us traitors need be careful, lest we end up in a neighboring cell to Bradley Manning. Only obscenely paid pundit whores like Rush can criticize without being threatened, in this country. The minute any of us repeat one of his extremely rare truisms, we’ll get hammered.

marisacat - 26 April 2011

Oh Rush says stuff like that and then lies back and waits, he baits the system

Fine iwth me.

Imus did the same.

3. diane - 26 April 2011

From the sidebar, Amy Goodman: Locked-Out Uranium Processing Workers Protest Honeywell’s Use of Scab Workers at Uranium Enrichment Plant in Illinois

…major U.S. weapons manufacturer, Honeywell, pled guilty last month to illegally storing hazardous radioactive waste without a permit. The company kept highly radioactive mud in drums in the open air behind its uranium enrichment plant in Metropolis, Illinois. According to a former Honeywell environmental safety officer, the toxic waste leaked into the Ohio River, which runs next to the plant.

Workers at the facility say they notified Honeywell of the problem on many occasions. Many are members of the United Steelworkers union and feel this particular incident led to the company’s desire to bust their union. More than 200 workers at the Metropolis plant have been out of work since last June due to stalled contract negotiations with the company on workplace safety, economic and seniority issues. Dozens of workers protested at the Honeywell shareholder meeting on Monday. Honeywell did not return a call from Democracy Now!, but it released a statement that its, quote, “goal remains to reach a fair and equitable settlement with the union.”

marisacat - 26 April 2011

Each and every site is a ticking nightmare, waiting to happen. Anyone who sees it otherwise is in some bizarre Disneyland.

marisacat - 26 April 2011

Why Nuclear Power Will Never be Safe


With the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan, some people ask: can nuclear power be made safe? The answer is no. Nuclear power can never be made safe.

This was clearly explained by Admiral Hyman Rickover, the “father” of the U.S. nuclear navy and in charge of construction of the first nuclear power plant in the nation, Shippingport in Pennsylvania. Before a committee of Congress, as he retired from the navy in 1982, Rickover warned of the inherent lethality of nuclear power—and urged that “we outlaw nuclear reactors.”

The basic problem: radioactivity.

“I’ll be philosophical,” testified Rickover. “Until about two billion years ago, it was impossible to have any life on Earth; that is, there was so much radiation on earth you couldn’t have any life—fish or anything.” This was from naturally-occurring cosmic radiation when the Earth was in the process of formation. “Gradually,” said Rickover, “about two billion years ago, the amount of radiation on this planet…reduced and made it possible for some form of life to begin.”

“Now, when we go back to using nuclear power, we are creating something which nature tried to destroy to make life possible,” he said. “Every time you produce radiation” a “horrible force” is unleashed. By splitting the atom, people are recreating the poisons that precluded life from existing. “And I think there the human race is going to wreck itself,” Rickover stated.

This was Rickover, a key figure in nuclear power history, not Greenpeace. . . . . .

I remember those hearings when Rickover retired.

diane - 26 April 2011


marisacat - 26 April 2011

And FukuShima proves, again, that there are no plans in place in the event of meltdown, utter devastation, complete tragedy.


I mean, I HATED the Yucca Mountain plan, and Obster canceled it (to help Reid get re-elected, of all damned, stupid dead end things), after how many fucking god damned millions, hundreds of millions invested, but if you are going to pursue building reactors, gotta do something with the waste.

There are no plans in place.

diane - 26 April 2011

yeah, no plans in place except privatized, galactic travel for the elite (and deportment for the prisoner class), to see what other planet can be colonized, and then ultimately destroyed.

I’ve been wondering about how they plan to partition out Mars to the various super powers, there are sure to be discussions going on. Fucking insane.

4. marisacat - 26 April 2011

hmm on a different tack, I hear Phoebe Snow died… at 58… (58, eek)

diane - 26 April 2011

that was pretty depressing …. I found myself immediatelly wondering about her disabled daughter when I read it. I certainly wouldn’t count on the current Administration to be working on policies which will ease the caretaking, they are too busy reinforcing Reaganism.

marisacat - 26 April 2011

Hopefully she left a Special Needs trust for the daughter.

diane - 26 April 2011

I’m thinking she probably did, given that she immediately walked away from her career, to take care of her….

lucid - 27 April 2011

Valerie passed away in 2007.

5. diane - 26 April 2011

(I love that pic honey!)

marisacat - 26 April 2011

oh the bulldogs?

Beat a picture of a politician’s smile….


diane - 26 April 2011

yes, it did, …pretty sweet…

diane - 26 April 2011

(I loved that title too honey, that was at least half of the enjoyment for me, sweety.)

marisacat - 26 April 2011

Only thing to call it, the wrinkly sweeties just wanted to smash their faces together….

Gave me a laugh, anyway.

diane - 26 April 2011

Oh…I hadn’t quite looked at it that way (though I see the argument for it) …I got all elaborate with it , and construed they realized that some asshole had tinkered with their lives (hybridizing) so much, that their nasal systems were all fucked up and deformed …and that they were gently touching each others noses in a mutal, gentle display of : This shit is really fucked up, isn’t it.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 April 2011
marisacat - 26 April 2011

So much of what is going on is COMPLETELY OUT OF HAND. So fucking screwed…

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 April 2011

yup, the dems will try to draft off of the outrage for votes, but will do nothing to stand up for those actually fighting back.

marisacat - 26 April 2011

I am sure it is more complex than painted here (and i have a long abiding dislike of Shaitburger of the Firefighters’ Union) but it seems some big time union money noticed that the pretzel and other federal officials (congress) stood up for no one as the R hammer and chisel is slamming down in WI and Ohio and Indiana and so on…

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 April 2011

I think a lot of unions are starting to do that.

marisacat - 26 April 2011

Well Stern made public, on FOX News no less, comments to that effect (would be investing in local races and in strengthening union work, rather than the big quadrennial pushes) duriing the Kerry/Bush GE…Not the primaries when quite a few unions fell in with Howard, but in th GE.

Then I think some got suckered, to whatever level, by Foundling bullshite.. but hey, it did not work. And they’ve been shown now for months, Eat Shite and Die, but be sure to donate and work for us and vote for us. Etc.

NTIM, I am well aware.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 April 2011

From New Orleans to Japan, a gift of music

Tipitina’s Foundation in New Orleans, raises money to provide instruments for musicians in need, especially those hit by tragedy. One of its beneficiary band programs is the Swing Dolphins of Kesennuma, Japan and the foundation recently received some very good news and videos from them!

After losing so much, including their instruments and rehearsal space, these young, dedicated and passionate musicians are now able to play again thanks to Tipitina’s Foundation and our generous supporters. Along with Yoshio and Keiko Toyama of the Wonderful World Jazz Foundation, they recently held their first concert since the Tsunami and earthquakes for some people in need of a musical reprieve.

marisacat - 26 April 2011

so cheering!

8. brinn - 27 April 2011

Ok, even though I am beyond broke, I am going to have to get myself and the boys passports ASAP.

Check it out:

This part is especially pissing me off right now:
Beginning April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship.

If this is so, my elder son will be imprisoned in this country forever. There is no father listed on his birth certificate.

brinn - 27 April 2011

oh, wait, there is a (s)…maybe we’ll be ok. Regardless, I am less and less liking the idea of being well and truly trapped here….

brinn - 27 April 2011

I think I’ll get on this right away…$500 for all three of us, though getting all of the paperwork together sounds like a HUGE pain!

Oh, well, more fun than grading papers! 😉

marisacat - 27 April 2011

yes I have just been going back and forth in email about this. It is absolutely horrifying.

Think I jsut let my passport expire too, mid April. Not that I am going anywhere… I am not… but still.

You know the interesting thing tho, I had both a valid passport and an expired Cal ID (and what a fuckign struggle it was to get that in 2001 or whenever,…. and voer and over the ID wanted at process of applying for Medi-Cal as a second payer (it became a mess that I abandoned, a nightmre) and at a Pacific Medical Center check in at a clinic… they both watned the expired Cal ID.

They copied my current and valid passport but they preferred the expired Cal ID

Go fucking figure.

brinn - 27 April 2011

I need to rent Brazil and watch it about 3 times in a row….

This article asks the right questions, as far as I’m concerned.

Check out this proposed form!

That is insanity!! I started thinking about all of the places that I’ve lived in the past 45 years…shit, it took me almost 45 minutes just to think of them all!! This house I live in right now is the longest I have ever lived in one structure in my life…7 years. And my mother residence one year before my birth!? Whether or not she received pre-natal care?! The circumstances of my birth?! How the fuck should I know??

I mean really, WTF?!

diane - 27 April 2011

the shit gets more ominous by the day, love how (obviously) no one seemed aware that on February 24th, there was an online, 60 day ‘public comment request.’ Who the fuck searchs (or has the time, and/or ‘puter to) the Federal Register online daily, to search for ‘public comment request’ announcements, much other than the gophers of the elite? Why doesn’t the FCC (OUR Airwaves) require radio and television networks to notify of such “requested public response” to the governments “proposed regulations,” which effect the country at large? Why, never a newspaper article noting such? I’ve never seen one.

….the USSA?

diane - 27 April 2011

The 02/24/11 Federal Register online proposed information collection (request for “public” response) 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-5513, Biographical Questionnaire for U.S. Passport, 1405-XXXX

You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

E-mail: GarciaAA@state.gov.

Mail (paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions): Alexys Garcia, U.S. Department of State, 2100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Room 3031, Washington, DC 20037.

Fax: 202-736-9202.

Hand Delivery or Courier: Alexys Garcia, U.S. Department of State, 2100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Room 3031, Washington, DC 20037.

You must include the DS form number (if applicable), information collection title, and OMB control number in any correspondence.

presumably, April 25th was the last day for response (The Department will accept comments from the public up to 60 days from February 24, 2011.), though I read at one site that comments were being allowed through the 29th (extended?).

(why do I get the feeling Obombster just shared his birth certificate for the Birthers, in prep for this news ….See that, even Lord Shepicus provides his personal data to fight terrerism!)

marisacat - 27 April 2011

Interestingly the INS file on his father, or some of it, is also part of the release. Apparently.

brinn - 27 April 2011

Um, does anyone find it super creepy that all of this information is even IN a file anywhere??

marisacat - 27 April 2011

well I don’t actually. I am for much more open borders, esp the two contiguous land masses Canada and Mexico. But I do accept that a country will monitor who is here.

It sounds, going thru the file which a newspaper obtained by FOIA, he was pretty much here on sufferance anyway.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

here is a Politico link to the pages released.

diane - 27 April 2011

that is interesting, and since it seems unnecessary, I guess all online are meant to go read it and haggle over it, through the election, …as “we” incarcerate, or bomb the fuck out of, anything that moves without a hall pass,….. so very fucked.

diane - 27 April 2011

oh yeah, and how could I forget to note that there is no link on that comment request page, to the fucking proposal itself (in order to fucking comment on it), despite what would have been the absolute ease of doing so. Of course, they rightfully presume, the majority of commenters will be the ‘connected,’ not actually, We The People.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

Well…. it is not like the so called Leftischer blog and other jungle drums bothered iwth this til a day or so ago.

diane - 27 April 2011

was thinking that very same thought, myself. How was it that they happened on the news 62 days later, when many of the ‘liberal’ blawgers, are so connected.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

well it shows up, for the umpteenth time, just HOW they are all connected. As maintainers of the status quo. Ultimately, Statists.

For one, the ENTIRE nation wide and international bar for Immgration and US Citizen issues knew about this. ACLU, so many entities, they knew from minute one, from the tiem thsi was cooking on the stove.

diane - 27 April 2011

yup, all those data feeds … The Management Class has daily access to: Lexus ….RIA/Reuters, et al, …..provided this shit from the Federal Register, on DAY ONE ….

diane - 27 April 2011
9. BooHooHooMan - 27 April 2011


Egypt gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan explodes

A pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan has exploded after an attack by an armed gang in the north Sinai area of Egypt.

A tower of flames shot into the air and forced the pipeline to be shut down, Egyptian security officials say.

It is the second such attack in a month on the pipeline, south of the town of el-Arish, just 30 miles (50km) from the border with Israel.

On that occasion, when gunmen planted explosives, they failed to detonate.
Egypt map

“An unknown armed gang attacked the gas pipeline,” an unnamed security source told Reuters, 😆 adding that the flow of gas to Israel and Jordan had been hit.

Neighbouring Jordan depends on Egyptian gas to generate 80% of its electricity while Israel gets 40% of its natural gas from the country. Syria also imports gas from Egypt.

Any disruption would force Jordan to rely on more expensive diesel fuel.

😆 No word yet on whether, Murder-on-the-Nile style, whether the shocked, Shocked to find each other at bombing nexus, WHETHER the JP Morgan sliver options desk, (D’Oh!), Sorosian Deutche Bank minions short on yuan, (Ouch!) and Goldman Sachsers LONG ON Oil, War, rough-livin’ Zionists AND short Hashemite Jordanians -(Enh. Whatev.) LOL, reports are unclear whether the impromptu Biz-School Reunion band of brother bombers safely cleared the blast zone or not.

Welll, I think it’s funny. LOL.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

Bummer SUMMER.

Reminds me of when the IRA blew Montbatten out of the water. 😉

10. brinn - 27 April 2011

Oh, and this is why I am looking for a place I can rent in order to get a utility bill with my name on it in the right place so that my kids can stay at their schools….

Why do we live in such a screwed up country??

marisacat - 27 April 2011

oh here even an address near a preferred school means nothing. It is all a convoluted system of lottery and various shifting requirments.

brinn - 27 April 2011

Check this out — came home from school today with son the younger….

oh, I can’t attach a file…drat.

IS there a way I can share a PDF file with ya’ll?

If not, here’s the text (my converter is not all that great):
River Oaks Elementary School
12401 Scofield Farms Drive • Austin, TX 78758
Phone (512) 594-5000 • Fax (512) 594-5005

Dear Parents,

In order for your child to be emolled in the 20112012
school year you will have to update your proof
ofresidence. Please bring in or send a copy to the
office, we will need one from each column below.
This needs to be done by the end ofthis school year.
Thank you all for your prompt attention. Any
questions please feel free to call me at the number
Mortgage statement from the last

60 days.

·Lease from the last 60 days.
Legal affidavit regarding
Legal affidavit from landlord
affirming tenancy.

· Temporary Residence Affidavit
with updated Driver’s license
submitted within 35 days.

· Section 8 Agreement.
Tax Properly Statement

A utility bill or work order dated within the
past 60 days:
Water bill

Gas bill

Electric Bill

·Utility Work-order (for new
We, do not accept cell phone or cable bill.

If a family is sharing housing ‘With,an
individual or family and does not pay rent
under Temporary Residence Form, the
family shall submit a utility bill in the name
of the person who owns or leases the

Valid Texas driver’s license .
Valid Texas photo identification

Get this last bit:
A family may report residency fraud by contacting the school district’s main office at 594-0000 and/or home campus.

River Oaks Elem
Student Records

marisacat - 27 April 2011

I poked around a little bit in the back pages and did not run into instructions for posting pdf… if i do find will let you know…

brinn - 27 April 2011

No worries — I am just so pissed off right now. I also got a letter about a field trip that they want to take the kids on to the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory, which sounds awesome except for one thing:

It is 90 miles away!!!!! The letter says that they will be leaving the school at 8:15 am and returning at 2:40 pm. If the bus driver drives at 90 miles an hour (not bloody likely, more like a minimum 2 hour trip one way), that means that they will only be there for 2 hours!!

Oh, and get this! I can’t go because I haven’t filled out the district background check, even though I passed the STATE background check to be a teacher!! LOLOLOL!

I guess I’ll be hanging out with my boy all day that day….

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2011

jeebus that’s fucked up.

brinn - 28 April 2011

Which part!? 🙂

11. marisacat - 27 April 2011

Jesus all that passport flap drov e me to check, valid to mid August of this year.

gah. Off to check if they even offer a renewal anymore.

brinn - 27 April 2011

They actually do! Get it renewed — waaaay less paperwork! 😉

marisacat - 27 April 2011

yeah but I looked it is now 110.00 and requires a recent passport photo.

brinn - 27 April 2011

It $170 for folk like me who have a passport that was issued more than 15 years ago, and $130 a piece for the boys!

diane - 27 April 2011

if you need an assist, with either the cost, or transportation for the photo hon, let me know.

12. BooHooHooMan - 27 April 2011

Charlie Cook…
with this early report, speaking in glowing terms,
from Fuki-fuckin-shima.

Wave Elections Might Be Washed Up for Now

By Charlie Cook
© National Journal Group Inc.

April 19, 2011

This column was originally featured on CongressDaily/AM on April 19, 2011.

The problem with having three consecutive “wave” elections is that people tend to think that these aberrational elections are the norm.

In 2006, the Iraq War was at its lowest point, President George W. Bush’s Gallup job approval rating was 38 percent going into Election Day, and a series of congressional scandals buffeted the Republican Party, causing it to lose six Senate seats, 30 House seats and their majorities in both chambers.

Two years later, the financial crisis and a recession replaced Iraq as voters’ top concern, Bush’s Gallup approval ratings were down to 25 percent, and Republicans got hammered again, this time losing eight Senate and 21 House seats, dropping further into minority status in both chambers.

Last fall, Americans were unimpressed with President Obama’s economic stimulus package and reacted badly to both the cap-and-trade climate change proposal and the health care law. Obama’s Gallup approval rating went down to 45 percent, and Democrats lost six Senate seats and 63 House seats, costing them their majority in the lower chamber.

Each of these elections showed strong reactions by voters, specifically independent voters, and in no way resembled the previous five elections from 1996-2004. Wave elections are the exception. While something has made them occur more frequently lately, it still doesn’t make them normal.

We could have a fourth consecutive wave election in 2012, but the odds are against it.


But here is another theory building on the premise that the “new norm” is volatility, particularly among independent voters. 😆 After having vented at each of the two parties individually, what if voters decide to take out incumbents in a “pox on both your houses” election?

To be honest, 😆
{ No, that’s okay, BULLSHIT me, Charlie.
Why stop now? ~bhhm}

I have always been dismissive of the notion of a truly bipartisan, anti-incumbent year,

😆 Yeh, Charlie, untilthat Historic Election Night 2008.
What was the slobber then? Oh yeh – the impressive win was a sorta, Bi – Post Partisan Historic like, You know we DID see it coming ~thing, but WOW, Whooo! Why, We’d have to go back to the Election of, heck – Did I say WOW already?!?? ”

Anyways, as of today, cue obligatory CC Reverence for The Peepuhl ….conclusion.

Maybe the last three elections have encouraged us to think entirely too binary; that an election is either “0” or “1” and can’t be something else.

Maybe it could.

Washington should be afraid—very, very afraid.


The thing is, see, Charlie does this shit, ah, like seriously, for a living, actually.
Of course he knows a complimentary buffet when he sees one.

For any American noticing the physical insertion of Racist Donald Trump Racist Racist into any less than guarded personal orifice, an awareness by the way that We are meant to be One with the One, ~True~ Obama, Teh Obama in His Heart the Obama NOT-OF Iraq Afghanistan Pakistan Libya, of Wall Street nor BP in the Gulf or GE of Fukishima the Presidents Economic Recovery Council, and the Cat Food Commission.

Remember: we are One with Teh True, Un-Trumpy, One.
Casual observers risk 3 hour prime-time MSNBC enema otherwise.

So. this (Obama innoculation, IMO) this Obama booster shot and media downshouting Can ANYBODY Beat Obama? 🙄 is mere saline for what will run on DR Mengele Ron Paul Nazi-Jew-Gold Hitler.
That’s Ron Paul, Ron Paul,folks – you Hitlerites. LOL.

OR , you know, You can vote for Obama.
Some choice.

lucid - 27 April 2011

I just sat through it… Though I do have to say, if Jimmy the Greek can get fired for suggesting that African Americans were more naturally athletic because they were bred that way during slavery, it’s only fair for Donald Trump to get fired for suggesting that African Americans aren’t smart enough to get into Harvard.

While I almost never agree with Larry O’Dullard and his 15 minute whine to his employers was almost too uncomfortably stiff to even be funny, he has a point.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

yeah but htere was bitching and moaning from the various choirs over Bush and his grades and legacy this and so on…. (Bush, who couldn’t care less).

At some point after the mess of a lousy run in 2004 BOTH Bush’s and Kerry’s grades were released. Most people gave it a total pass, Bush was winding up second admin and Kerry was one more loser.

Bush’s grades were better than Kerry’s. You can imagine liberals were anxious to just shut up about it.

I am so fucking sick of politicians’ withholding. I don’t care who gets stabbed anymore. Or why!

Esp as the rest of us are supposed to turn out our pockets. turn our minds open our doors to no knock, accept phone tracking as benign and so on and everything else.

lucid - 27 April 2011

Oh I don’t disagree. It was pretty clear from Trump’s presser though that he was directly toting a racial tone. And further, it is very much perceived that way by a general audience. Given how the networks have dealt with this in the past [i.e. Jimmy the Greek & many, many others], I’m just saying it would be entirely consistent if he was fired.

I’d actually be interested to see the reasoning by network execs if they didn’t fire him.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

Yes but. There are profiles running around ( I hve seen Romenesko quoted and I think the survey and percentages are theirs…now I have not read any of the media commentary sites in ages, so I don’t know how Romenesko comes at things anymore) that the single most coverage of “Birhter and Citizenship” issues was at MSNBC.

Ob and structure lived to keep this alive. What a con game on all sides.

IMO, and i have hated Trump since he tore the frescoes off the Bonwit Teller bldg in NYC… the racism, of which we have so very much in this country, is on both sides.

Anyway, Ob si profoundly inept or just screwy in any case. Even as he does the Neo Con Neo Lib bidding. But then he is disposable. I particularly think of when he became the personal, task dedicated pretzel for Henry Louis Gates.

Too much fucking time on his hands, and further, imo not a reader. Nor a thinker. You actually cannot fill your life with golf on military courses.

lucid - 27 April 2011

You actually cannot fill your life with golf on military courses.

Don’t underestimate the feeblemindedness of those in the middle class and above. I actually think the popularity of golf could be graphed next to the stupification of the country & they would exactly mirror each other. 😉

the single most coverage of “Birhter and Citizenship” issues was at MSNBC.

Of course! This is why Maddow had to go into an elaborate defense tonight trying to distinguish ‘journalistic coverage’ from ‘pushing the agenda’. It had me ROLFLMAO.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

I know people fill their lives at golf courses and gyms and other sorts of, imo, hiding places. But it fills vacancy.

But the whole thing is mind numbing. Inventive, thinking people don’t. They might go the golf course to get away, or just enjoy the game.

Golf courses are great for hacks in all industries.

lucid - 27 April 2011

I can’t imagine ever joining a gym. I love competitive sport. If I’m gonna exercise, it’s going to be playing a game with someone else.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

My brains just fall into shreds at a gym. All I really care about is the sauna or steam room, anyway.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

Yes but again. FOr instance Imus, it was said and I would think the dollar amt somehwere inthe ball park, got a separation ssettlement of 20 million. I alsothought the huge reaction to what he did – and he had done that so many many many times, but always with a quick qualifier to dig himself out, for some reason he skipped the qualifier over the Rutgers women… anyway, I thought his removal stank to high heaven of a Hillary and Bill move, they were close with Kaplan, think his name was, at MSNBC. Then Corzine got involved and so on.

he could shockingly biting about her… wounding level. (fine with me)

That place seems to be Dem party trollope corner. or something.

lucid - 27 April 2011

Oh it is. Strangely enough I wouldn’t be surprised if Olbemann was shown the door because he was too critical of the admin [despite being one of its biggest cheerleaders]. Maddow, while often critical, usually focuses more corporate/public entanglements, especially on the Republican side, which the party probably overlooks because most audiences wouldn’t take the extra step to associate with the Dems anyways.

Had forgotten about the whole Imus affair, and no doubt I’m sure Trump would get a similar settlement – if not more.

The whole thing is ridiculously fucked. I know you don’t even need to get me started on the media blackballing of anyone remotely critical of Israel. 😉

marisacat - 27 April 2011

Where does Trump have a contract? You mean ABC’s Appentice Bullshite?

I read he was just a few weeks ago, with poll numbers rising in response to this birther mess, he was give a spot at FOX “Fox and Friends”.

He would have to make moves to go soon anyway if he continues to posture as maybe running for PRetzel…, I cannot see him getting some huge settlement.

lucid - 27 April 2011

The Apprentice is on NBC. The question is has he already resigned a contract for the fall season. If he hasn’t I bet they would just let his contract lapse after the last episode sometime in May – and escape having to publicly posture about it [and save a bundle]. If he has, they would have to fire him & I’m sure that would entail a settlement.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

well you see how little attention I pay, I thought it was ABC. I find the show bizarre and was slightly blown away, channel hopping, to see Meatloaf, prior to dying, was on it….


13. brinn - 27 April 2011

You got screwed? Well, the Supreme Court says tough shit.

No unions, no class action…no gathering together in a suspicious manner…oh, and papers please!!

lucid - 27 April 2011

Just wait until the pharma companies start requiring people to sign such agreements before getting a prescription filled.

marisacat - 27 April 2011

well you sign it with the docs who agree to treat you… it is probably all tied up in a neat, leaking-blood, ball.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2011

a nation of indentured servants, shopping at the company store, living in company housing … everyone else foraging and trying to scrape by under a bridge.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2011

Prepare for the next culture war / winger conniption fit:

.Superman announces that he is going to give up his U.S. citizenship

Of course, in comics, Supes is the biggest and baddest illegal immigrant.

.Superman announces that he is going to give up his U.S. citizenship. Despite very literally being an alien immigrant, Superman has long been seen as a patriotic symbol of “truth, justice, and the American way,” from his embrace of traditional American ideals to the iconic red and blue of his costume. What it means to stand for the “American way” is an increasingly complicated thing, however, both in the real world and in superhero comics, whose storylines have increasingly seemed to mirror current events and deal with moral and political complexities rather than simple black and white morality.

The key scene takes place in “The Incident,” a short story in Action Comics #900 written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda. In it, Superman consults with the President’s national security advisor, who is incensed that Superman appeared in Tehran to non-violently support the protesters demonstrating against the Iranian regime, no doubt an analogue for the recent real-life protests in the Middle East. However, since Superman is viewed as an American icon in the DC Universe as well as our own, the Iranian government has construed his actions as the will of the American President, and indeed, an act of war.

Superman replies that it was foolish to think that his actions would not reflect politically on the American government, and that he therefore plans to renounce his American citizenship at the United Nations the next day — and to continue working as a superhero from a more global than national perspective. From a “realistic” standpoint it makes sense; it would indeed be impossible for a nigh-omnipotent being ideologically aligned with America to intercede against injustice beyond American borders without creating enormous political fallout for the U.S. government.

While this wouldn’t be this first time a profoundly American comic book icon disassociated himself from his national identity — remember when Captain America became Nomad? — this could be a very significant turning point for Superman if its implications carry over into other storylines. Indeed, simply saying that “truth, justice and the American way [is] not enough anymore” is a pretty startling statement from the one man who has always represented those values the most.

It doesn’t seem that he’s abandoning those values, however, only trying to implement them on a larger scale and divorce himself from the political complexities of nationalism. Superman also says that he believes he has been thinking “too small,” that the world is “too connected” for him to limit himself with a purely national identity. As an alien born on another planet, after all, he “can’t help but see the bigger picture.”

Meaningless in a world full of real problems, of course, but I expect a full week of screaming about it. At least a week.

lucid - 27 April 2011

What do you mean? That would seem on par with most ‘issues’ our politicians see as important. Besides, what could be more important than a flag lapel pin?

marisacat - 27 April 2011

I think we should ask for space available on his cape.

15. lucid - 27 April 2011

Totally OT – are any of you using the latest Firefox? While it is exceptionally quicker as a browser, the UI totally mimics Google Chrome, which I hate…

16. lucid - 27 April 2011

Mmm.. trying out a new Langedoc wine tonight… It hasn’t even taken breath yet but it positively lovely.

BTW – links to the videos of the CD release show by my jam band at Sullivan Hall in March. Some fun stuff in there…

marisacat - 27 April 2011

have another glass on my behalf…


17. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2011
18. marisacat - 27 April 2011



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