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war war war war war 27 April 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.

An Afghan policeman leads a fireman out of the scene of a burning NATO fuel tanker on Jalalabad-Kabul highway, east of Kabul

An Afghan policeman leads a fireman out of the scene of a burning NATO fuel tanker on Jalalabad-Kabul highway, east of Kabul [AP]


1. lucid - 27 April 2011

Do you mind if I borrow that pick sometime?

marisacat - 27 April 2011

oh no, help yourself!

2. diane - 28 April 2011

Oopsy, …PlayStation Network hackers access data of 77 million users

Gamers have been locked out of the network for a week, but the company has revealed that the system has been suspended since it was hacked last Wednesday.

Sony said it discovered that between 17 and 19 April an “illegal and unauthorised person” got access to people’s names, addresses, email address, birthdates, usernames, passwords, logins, security questions and more.

Children with accounts established by their parents also may have had their data exposed, according to Sony, which put the warning on its US PlayStation blog – although the warning about the compromise might not be immediately visible to passing readers [looking at the comments at that Sony link, it looks like Sony waited almost a week to let the users know about the hack – diane]. The company is also emailing people who might be affected.

The intrusion is potentially one of the biggest ever into a store of credit cards. Sony’s PSN is one of the world’s biggest holders of credit cards,

3. brinn - 28 April 2011

I have to go take a walk after reading this:
Increasing Numbers of Women Face Jail Time for Wanting an Abortion

I am seriously sick to my stomach.

marisacat - 28 April 2011

thanks for that, sent it around.

Yeah I remember the day Laci Petersen’s mother made her daughter’s murder completely political. Just to suit herself.

It was clear it would be a gift to the anti women bunch.

Talk about a disgusting mix of absolutely tawdry people, both sides of that marriage. Except for the poor dead woman, who def married the wrong man.

Thy have women over a barrel also, in that it is illegal, at any step of the way to initiate an abortion yourself. There are women sitting in jail in the US who used the drug that apparently is rampant in S and C America to assist in abortion… cannot think of its name, starts with an “m”.

Onward to the past.

As we are led by religious whack jobs and born agains. Luv how I was exhorted to vote for a black born again hack from a slice of Chicago. Or, the big fat choice!, a fucking nut case left over from Vietnam.

Yeah right.

brinn - 28 April 2011

The walk didn’t help….I really need to get on that passport thing.

Though at this point, I am wondering what country will be willing to take anyone with an American passport IN.


marisacat - 28 April 2011

well it is very hard to get taken in… frankly. Most places you have to prove independent financial viability, etc.

Or have the ability to live in hotels and engineer periodic re-entry.

I notice we just created a new [fake] layer of money’d immigrant ourselves. A totally bogus plan to OK immigrants attesting they plan to invest a big whopping 100K [that will go along way, right?] and hire [more like promise to hire!] 5 workers.

That sounds like a lock! And a head fake.

diane - 28 April 2011

ugh, just further proof this country generally despises females. That reminds me how incarcerated Cali women (many of whom are incarcerated on bogus prescription painkiller charges), were forced to have problem teeth pulled in order to visit with their kids. And since replacing teeth is such a formidable expense, of course many of them faced impossible odds in obtaining a job when they were released.

marisacat - 28 April 2011

prescription painkiller charges

another propaganda campaign that is revving up once again all sorts of media spots from news to warnings being aired about how :

one day my back ached and bt the very next day i was taking 75 vicodin. [i swear!]

diane - 28 April 2011

yeah, one day soon there’ll likely be Painkiller Police checking each Household (particularly those of single wimmens) for unflushed, old, $paid$ out the ass for, scrips. Of course what can we expect from such a punitive Corp Gov which loves to inflict pain, whether physical or emotional, because that sadistic sense, of the POWER to HARM, is the only way that CorpGov can get it up anymore.

I never dispose of unused scrips, for fear someone may need them later and they won’t be affordable at that time.

This country sickens me, more and more each day.

marisacat - 28 April 2011

Nothing is working. Absolutely nothing. Well… except the wrong things.

diane - 28 April 2011

too true.

4. brinn - 28 April 2011

Ok, That is it. Kid the younger is not going back to that fucking school. These people are driving me UP A WALL!! I am seriously considering homeschooling him next year….hell, if I don’t have a full-time job, why not? Gotta do something with all of these damned state certifications I’ve got right?!

Can I just say AAAAUUUURRRRRGHHH!!!!?!

Thanks, much appreciated.

brinn - 28 April 2011

Oh, and, may I add, that despite any initial misgivings I may have had about my ability to do right by him in homeschool, there is absolutely NO WAY IN HELL that I could do worse than they have done thus far!!

marisacat - 28 April 2011

have you mentioned this to the p/t/b at the school? Just curious. I hear they hate, whether red or blue state, to have to give up the Federal funds per head.

Cali and Bay Area are in a growing panic. Schools got bumper crops for about 3 years from parents shopping around, needing financially to move out of private schools to the public system.

HOWEVER, as the bone becomes more and more visible in cutting, apparently private school applications are soaring this year.

LOL Jerry (and his wif!) went in as a Democrat, but doing much that Arnold did. We all know that old story!

brinn - 28 April 2011

No, I haven’t, because of the very reason that you state. I don’t want to be harrassed about the decision once I make it.

One good thing about Texas is that all I have to do is write a withdrawal letter to the district stating my “intent to homeschool” and then, legally, they can’t touch me, or, more importantly, him!

Of course, my letter will be accompanied by a request for copies of all of his records and the immediate destruction of any kind of documentation with his name and social security number upon. Not that I think that latter will actually happen, but I will put it in writing anyway….

I would LOVE to have the 5300$/year they purportedly spend on my kid, but that won’t happen either! 😉

marisacat - 28 April 2011

I don’t want to be harrassed about the decision once I make it.

oh yeah. WHo wants to be harrassed by a third rate headmistress!

In Germany you cannot withdraw your child from the Federal system, but as I point ouot to people, that is becasue they intend to preserve it. In at least one instance we hae given official refugee status to people who left Germany, denied withdrawal and home schooling.

Unlike us, who intend to dismantle so much.

brinn - 28 April 2011

I went to kindergarten, first, second and half of third grade in Germany, in German schools….when I got back to the states, I slept through third and fourth grade….

Shit, I did math in fountain pen in first grade!!

No one in Germany would want to withdraw their kids from the federal system, even if they could, because, even though most of their kids are better educated (and bilingual) by the time they get to high school than our kids are in college, they get free post-secondary too!!

marisacat - 28 April 2011

I think the refugees status family claimed religious exemption, whcih of course Germany just said, Nein… (And drop dead) which meant our religio-whacko-nut-nuts reached out to them.

End of story. Cause celebre.

brinn - 28 April 2011

Yeah, we’re absolutely #1 when it comes to “religio-whacko-nut-nuts” 8)

marisacat - 28 April 2011

Because we value everyone, each and every one. Equally. Abosolutely. We’re even-steven on all that.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2011

These people really need to admit to themselves that they were conned and quit acting surprised by this shit:

Obama Is Deporting More Young People Than Ever — Including DREAM Act Advocates Like Prerna Lal

I’m almost in denial about having to ask people to do this: sign this petition at change.org to help stop the deportation of Prerna Lal. It’s difficult to think of a more stupid move for the Obama administration to make than to initiate removal proceedings against Prerna. Prerna is arguably the most visible undocumented person, or Dreamer (after the DREAM Act), in the U.S.

As her website will tell you, she helped found dreamactivist.org, one of the most powerful online hubs for migrant youth, she’s a blogger at change.org, and she’s a board member of Immigration Equality. She also earned her Master’s degree in International Relations and is currently studying to get her law degree at George Washington University.

The Obama administration is telling us that they’re focusing their resources on the worst of the worst while folks on the ground know that they’re going after people like Prerna all the time. If you don’t want to read on, please sign this petition to stop Prerna’s deportation.

The political consequences of this for the Obama administration going into the 2012 elections are enormous. While the mainstream media is ignoring it, pro-migrant voters certainly aren’t going to vote for anyone who is deporting away more of our family members, neighbors, peers, and friends than any other President, Democrat or Republican, in history.

While pro-migrant voters shouldn’t be equated with Latino voters, Latinos are easily the largest, most visible, and most organized segment of the pro-migrant electorate. According to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center a record 14.7 million Latinos stayed home during the midterm elections in 2010. It gets worse. Obama’s approval ratings among Latinos has decreased from 73 to 54 percent. Obama is not going to be able to win Florida and the Southwest with numbers like that.

The Obama administration’s strategy up to this point has been to try and talk about this out of both sides of it’s mouth. The Obama administration tries to brag about it’s skyrocketing enforcement numbers to independents while blaming Republicans for the mess. Pro-migrant voters aren’t stupid. Even 7-year-old Daisy Cuevas understands that it is Obama who is responsible for forcing her to live in terror.

Meanwhile we’re left to try and stop the deportation of our friends, like Prerna Lal, one-by-one. The Obama administration deported almost 400,000 people in 2010 and only granted deferred action to 542 people. Obama deports more people in a day than we’re able to save in a year.

marisacat - 28 April 2011

According to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center a record 14.7 million Latinos stayed home during the midterm elections in 2010. It gets worse. Obama’s approval ratings among Latinos has decreased from 73 to 54 percent. Obama is not going to be able to win Florida and the Southwest with numbers like that.

hmmm i had not read those numbers but he was bound to be in trouble iwth Latinos. Even in 2007 primaries in his home state e could only manage to split the Latino vote with Hilarious. And what has he delivered to thm?

Nothing I can see.

Dream Act, whch, imo, was and is a con, is also a scam. The Dems don’t even discuss it anymore … it was mid term vapor.

And so on. He needs to fully kiss the Gulf states good bye. They did not vote for him last time in terms of winning the overall vote, and now, imo again, the numbers voting agaisnt him or staying home, or whatever, is going to mushroom.

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2011

pretty much all he has going for him is the so-far lousy opposition.

marisacat - 28 April 2011

People won’t vote for him if they decide something as simple as “I don’t like him”. And NO ONE is taking a close look at, as in, publicly polling Soc Sec reicpients (who span the income demographics) about no COLA for two years running. The slippy slidey excuse was that the COLA based on 2008 numbers was generous (the high price of fuel and heating oil) but everything has gone way way way up again.

I still make a joke that maybe all Mittens needs to do is sign a paper promising I will make no speeches w/r/t race and religion.


6. brinn - 28 April 2011

This is just too damned fun!!

…good thing I have to get the boys to bed or I might make these all night!!

marisacat - 28 April 2011

oh that cover is a hoot!

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2011


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7. marisacat - 28 April 2011

Lara Logan has given an interview to the NYT, the article quotes from the interview.

BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2011

Ah yes, the Lara Logan S T O R Y.
CIA, SOCOM moll, to be blunt.
But right on cue.

In Shift, Egypt Warms to Iran and Hamas, Israel’s Foes

Egypt is planning to open the blockaded border with Gaza and normalizing relations with two of Israel and the West’s Islamist foes.

Right on cue…AS- The context of the current viceroys in Egypt telling their new story? A run-up to…..elections. So, grains of salt all around in these ..deals, these Groping of the Truth Seekers tales…

8. marisacat - 29 April 2011


When To Expect Price Hikes For Detergent, Dish Soap, Hand Soap, Pet Food, Metamucil, Paper Towels, And Diapers

Procter and Gamble plans price hikes on staples in early June. And “increased productivity”.

9. marisacat - 29 April 2011

What a surprise.

What Iraqis call Americans behind their backs

A well-known Western reporter in Iraq sent me this:

“i was at a checkpoint in baghdad today and we had a long american military approached. the iraqi soldier at the checkpoint told us to hold on and just let these gawaweed go by”.

PS Gawaweed is plural of pimps in Arabic.

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 10:45 AM

10. marisacat - 29 April 2011

Why is it no one has ever shot Tina Brown….

11. marisacat - 29 April 2011


All y’alls who voted for him wuz snookered. (Or not!)

JEANNE CUMMINGS EXCLUSIVE – “New Dem. money group to take on GOP” – Bill Burton:

“The days of a double standard are over” —

“Democrats with ties to the Obama White House on Friday are launching a two-pronged fundraising effort aimed at countering deep-pocketed GOP groups in 2012 – and adopting some of the same policies on unlimited, secret donations that President Barack Obama himself has long opposed … The two groups, Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action, aim to raise $100 million to defend Obama’s re-election from an expected onslaught of attack ads from similar Republican outside money organizations activated in the 2010 midterms … The Priorities companion committees will have one that discloses donors – and one that doesn’t, a practice Obama hammered during last year’s election cycle as undermining the democratic process.

The Priorities group also is jettisoning an Obama rule aimed at limiting the influence of special interests by welcoming unlimited contributions from lobbyists, labor unions, corporations, and political action committees – sources that are still banned from giving to the president’s re-election campaign …

I always said Citizens United was a bi partisan supported ruling.

BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2011


Q: I only have a little to give.
Can I still donate to Priorities USA?

A: YES! Through MINOR Priorities USA, you can donaate at the $500 Level.

Q: Wow. That seems alot. Can I give what I have?

A: YES! Through TOTALLY NOT A PRIORITY USA, You can donate lesser amounts.

Q: How about ten bucks?
A: What the fuck~ TEN BUCKS??
Do You WANT Sarah Palin to Win? Good Lord, you simp!
But, if you INSIST,
through NOT EVEN ON THE MAP, USA, we can offer you the privilege of being associated with the campaign, by sending your chicken feed to…



12. BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2011

Barry Bad Luck in Alabama now.

marisacat - 29 April 2011

No votes to be found there. Just a stray opinion.

13. brinn - 29 April 2011

Just got another call from kid the younger’s principal (which of course I let go to voice mail) — she’s got him in the office again and “wanted to share with me why”, so I shoudl call her back.

This is my standard email response to them now:

Dear Ms. Khan:

Thank you for your voice message, the message was forwarded to me. Unfortunately, this is not a convenient time for me to talk on the phone. Please email me and let me know why Quinn has been sent to your office, and what he is doing there.

Thank you, I will look forward to hearing from you.

I don’t expect to hear anything…though I’ll tell you what, yesterday, when papers came home with two other children’s names on them that were dealing with their special ed “Individual Education Plans” and I scanned them and sent an email inquiring as to what should be done with them, it took her less than 30 minutes to return my email!!

You bet your ass, as that is illegal as HELL and if the parent of those two kids knew about it, they’d be able to sue in heartbeat….unfortunately, I do not know either of the parents….

Strange that kiddo should end up in the office today, eh?

marisacat - 29 April 2011

What a good way to deal with it, arm’s length.

14. brinn - 29 April 2011

Whoo hoo!

Just got my ESL Exam results back!! Passed, 276/300 (passing 240)….pretty good for about 30 minutes of studying!

I am soooo bloody certified! LOL!

marisacat - 29 April 2011

Congrats… any ESL jobs online, similar to what you do now?

brinn - 29 April 2011

ELAR 4-8
Tech Apps EC-12 and
…the for one, three for one! 8)

Oh, and online ELS? Not that I know of….but I’ll be keeping an eye out, in my weekly scan! 😉

Madman in the Marketplace - 29 April 2011


15. brinn - 29 April 2011

er, ESL, I mean….

16. marisacat - 29 April 2011

hmm Thou Shalt Not. What is it iwth the Bible level finger wag from this load of scum.

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci — who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times — shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.

The Chron is def reporting the paper was threatened. And WH is “no comment”.

She video’d the 21 singing protesters at the breakfast fundraiser here…

And SF, The Chron and Carla herself are so opposed to this pretzel. Geesh Hardly.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 April 2011

How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis

Today, bankers and traders sit at the top of the food chain — the carnivores of the system, devouring everyone and everything below. Near the bottom toils the farmer. For him, the rising price of grain should have been a windfall, but speculation has also created spikes in everything the farmer must buy to grow his grain — from seed to fertilizer to diesel fuel. At the very bottom lies the consumer. The average American, who spends roughly 8 to 12 percent of her weekly paycheck on food, did not immediately feel the crunch of rising costs. But for the roughly 2-billion people across the world who spend more than 50 percent of their income on food, the effects have been staggering: 250 million people joined the ranks of the hungry in 2008, bringing the total of the world’s “food insecure” to a peak of 1 billion — a number never seen before.

What’s the solution? The last time I visited the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, I asked a handful of wheat brokers what would happen if the U.S. government simply outlawed long-only trading in food commodities for investment banks. Their reaction: laughter. One phone call to a bona-fide hedger like Cargill or Archer Daniels Midland and one secret swap of assets, and a bank’s stake in the futures market is indistinguishable from that of an international wheat buyer. What if the government outlawed all long-only derivative products, I asked? Once again, laughter. Problem solved with another phone call, this time to a trading office in London or Hong Kong; the new food derivative markets have reached supranational proportions, beyond the reach of sovereign law.

Volatility in the food markets has also trashed what might have been a great opportunity for global cooperation. The higher the cost of corn, soy, rice, and wheat, the more the grain producing-nations of the world should cooperate in order to ensure that panicked (and generally poorer) grain-importing nations do not spark ever more dramatic contagions of food inflation and political upheaval. Instead, nervous countries have responded instead with me-first policies, from export bans to grain hoarding to neo-mercantilist land grabs in Africa. And efforts by concerned activists or international agencies to curb grain speculation have gone nowhere. All the while, the index funds continue to prosper, the bankers pocket the profits, and the world’s poor teeter on the brink of starvation.

marisacat - 29 April 2011

…beyond the reach of sovereign law.

hmm Prepare to crash. Not a crash landing, but a full-on, head-on crash.

Madman in the Marketplace - 29 April 2011

if the mobs ever do catch them, their fate will be richly deserved.

BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2011

Quote of the Day:

“I’m sorry, but Prince Andrew’s daughter had, like, Antlers on her head.” – Anderson Cooper.

Okay, Anderson is welcome here in the Jersey man cave again. Not that I watched more than a few minutes (120) of the Royal Wedding Redux on CNN tonight (the dress – omg – the dress was spectacular)…LOL

BooHooHooMan - 29 April 2011

LOL Whoops- wrong place.
I had a window open meaning to reply on GS, mob rule, the eventual likelihood of riots, etc and I got up for a bit and was tracker-beamed into the Royal Wedding on CNN in the famile room. (Walkin it off now.)

marisacat - 29 April 2011

The Fascinators failed to fascinate. Too many of the small(ish) perched-on-the-head hats missed big. Tho that one was possibly the worst.

diane - 29 April 2011

Speaking of blood suckers like Sachs gaming the world’s food prices, Glencore, previously named Marc Rich and Company (yes, of Clinton pardon fame), will launch an initial public offering of up to 20 percent of its stock, in London and Hong Kong.

Glencore is the world’s biggest commodities trader, according to Reuters. There’s a decent chance you’ve recently bought something, perhaps many things, that have crossed its trading desks.

It buys and sells much of the wheat, corn, rice, sugar and edible oils that end up on the world’s dinner tables. Its subsidiaries farm an area of 1,042 square miles, the size of Rhode Island, across Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Paraguay. It owns numerous mines around the world, and sells aluminum, copper, zinc and lead to major manufacturers. It also trades fuels, such as coal. Although it drills no oil of its own, it “handles the supply” of 3 percent of the world’s daily oil consumption, according to the company’s website.

The article notes that Glencore’s recent disclosures are raising concerns, referring to this FT .piece: Glencore reveals bet on grain price rise

As it bet on rising prices, senior traders at the Swiss-based company publicly urged Russia to impose a grain export ban. Moscow acted a few days later, triggering a grain rally. Glencore is the largest trader in Russian wheat, followed by US-based rivals Cargill and Bunge.

The February 2011 Reuters piece (linked to in the first blockquote above), Special report: The biggest company you never heard of, is interesting also:

Some might add that Glencore also fits the description that Rolling Stone magazine gave to Goldman: “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity”.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 April 2011
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20. marisacat - 30 April 2011



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