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LOL 30 May 2011

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

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama react as the car carrying Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrives at Winfield House in London

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama react as the car carrying Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrives at Winfield House in London    [REUTERS]



1. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 May 2011


marisacat - 30 May 2011

it was tucked away in a gallery at Telegraph, photographs of the week… NOT in the galleries of ”Day One with Ob”, ”Day Two with Ob”, etc.


Madman in the Marketplace - 30 May 2011

they’re so easy

moiv - 30 May 2011

That’s just the definitive Obama portrait, ain’t it? The Daily Mail ran it rather prominently last week, bless ’em.

Their faces were arranged in more socially acceptable grimaces by the time the Royal Geezers stepped down from their conveyance, but too late. 🙂

marisacat - 30 May 2011

oh I missed it at the DM! Shoot!!

diane - 31 May 2011

Do you have the link? Would love to see the before and after photo ‘timeline’..that shot is priceless.

marisacat - 31 May 2011

moiv emailed she hunted at DM for it but could not find it… I think I jsut saw the composed version at the Telegraph galleries… if I still ahve the gallery open will post it.

marisacat - 31 May 2011

here you go,the “composed” photo they put in the headlined ObRama in GB gallieries… LOL

Link to Telegraph Obama Gallery

diane - 31 May 2011

thanks hon! and thanks for that photo, I needed some humor! ;0)

BooHooHooMan - 31 May 2011

I see THEY had the 10 minute class in Clinton Pugmugian Jowling.
Fake Fakes, even. LOL.

brinn - 31 May 2011

THAT picture is worth a million words…too freaking funny!!

marisacat - 31 May 2011

isn’t it a hoot?

2. marisacat - 31 May 2011

Apparenlty Hersh has a piece up in the New Yorker (I have not looked to see if it is online).. and the WH is whupset.

Via the Mike Allen email:

THERE’S, UM, PLENTY OF CONTRARY EVIDENCE. So we asked the administration about Sy’s article, and got back these smoking emails:

–Senior administration official: “Hersh’s article was met with a collective eye roll in the White House and in the intelligence community. We’ve learned all too well the lessons from Iraq … [E]ven during the bin Laden raid, one of the greatest intelligence successes in our nation’s history, the information was constantly challenged and reviewed with a deeply critical eye. … We’re simply not going to discuss what is or isn’t in classified materials. But all you need to read to be deeply concerned about Iran’s nuclear program is the substantial body of information already in the public domain, including the most recent IAEA report. … There is a clear, ongoing pattern of deception, and Iran has repeatedly refused to respond to the IAEA’s questions about the military dimensions of [its] nuclear program, including those about the covert site at Qom. These examples and more make us deeply skeptical of Iran’s nuclear intentions.”

–Senior intelligence official: “Hersh has written what amounts to a slanted book report on a long narrative that’s already been told many times over. His article … basically points to what people already knew: (1) that the Iranian regime has exhibited a clear and ongoing pattern of deception with respect to its nuclear intentions, (2) that it has repeatedly refused to respond to the IAEA’s questions about its nuclear program, and (3) that it continues to deny the IAEA unfettered access to a covert uranium enrichment site near the Iranian city of Qom. … We’ve been clear with the world about what we know about the Iranian nuclear program: Tehran is keeping its options open despite the fact that the community of nations demands otherwise.”

Vote for Me I got Osama!

I did!! I did!!! Yes I did!

Too, so, did.

3. marisacat - 31 May 2011

What is it with harrassing the chamber maid, this year!? In particular… An Egyptian banker econo guy now at the Pierre.

wu ming - 1 June 2011

what’s different this year is that it’s being reported.

marisacat - 1 June 2011

yes, I got that part. It’s not like assaulting the household help, the defenseless and others is ….. new or anything.

4. marisacat - 31 May 2011

Ground war! No one is surprised, I am sure.

The Guardian on an AL Jazeera report with vid

Armed westerners have been filmed on the front line with rebels near Misrata in the first apparent confirmation that foreign special forces are playing an active role in the Libyan conflict.

A group of six westerners are clearly visible in a report by al-Jazeera from Dafniya, described as the westernmost point of the rebel lines west of the town of Misrata. Five of them were armed and wearing sand-coloured clothes, peaked caps, and cotton Arab scarves.

The sixth, apparently the most senior of the group, was carrying no visible weapon and wore a pink, short-sleeve shirt. He may be an intelligence officer. The group is seen talking to rebels and then quickly leaving on being spotted by the television crew.


5. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 May 2011
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Egypt: general confirms “virginity checks” forced on female protesters by military

With that in mind, here’s a snip from Shahira Amin’s report today for CNN:

The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine,” the general said. “These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs).”

The general said the virginity checks were done so that the women wouldn’t later claim they had been raped by Egyptian authorities.

“We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place,” the general said. “None of them were (virgins).”

…and if you’re not a virgin, it’s not rape, anyway. But more to the point: these so-called “virginity checks” are nothing less than a form of rape.

As a human biology note, not that it would make this horrific form of militarized sexual abuse any more justified, and not that it was the point of those perpetrating the abuse: examining the hymen is not an accurate way to determine virginity. This is a myth.

And a personal observation? My god, but these women out at the protests in Egypt, knowing that these are the sort of barbaric risks they face, are strong, strong human beings.

marisacat - 31 May 2011

Angry Arab has a piece on what is happening inside Bahrain. Our buddy.

Justice for Bahrain

Bahraini comrades sent me this:

“As you may know the oppressors in Bahrain are targeting professional women arresting from their places of work or study. Many have disappeared into military style prisons and have not had access to lawyers or their families. The few who have been released report sexual attacks, verbal and physical insults and threats and other forms of torture. I attach for your attention a spreadsheet with the names of only 55 of these detainess. You will note that one of those arrested is a pregnant woman who happens to be the wife of an activist. Many others are young women in their early 20’s. One of these young ladies is a poet and a student teacher who was arrested after 4 of her brothers were threatened at gunpoint to turn their sister in.

No other Arabic regime has used torture and arrest against women to crush protests in this systematic and brutal manner. Yet media outlets in the west and Aljazeera Arabic are largely silent on these abuses in stark and shameful contrast to the coverage given to other protests. I ask you to urge the young women who read your blog to do whatever they can to call for the release of these detainees.” Visit here for the “Justice for Bahrain” campaign.

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 9:09 AM

Madman in the Marketplace - 31 May 2011


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marisacat - 31 May 2011

I see the article finishes with evoking Beyonce. Who Mother Michelle has told us is a “role model”.

I guess for young girls?

I suppose that… at some point… Laura B told us that Kay Bailey H was a role model. Or Wendy Hughes.

That would be the equivalent.

So done with the shits.

Madman in the Marketplace - 31 May 2011

what better role model? After all, how else is a girl gonna land herself a nice banker or corporate lawyer unless she learns to shake it like a hoochie mama while talking like an evangelical?

lucid - 31 May 2011

To Beyonce’s credit, she’s a King Crimson fan…

Madman in the Marketplace - 31 May 2011


well, good on her. I wish she’d let some of that into what she does.

lucid - 31 May 2011

I don’t think she has a choice in the matter. And she’s probably too comfortable in her life to really care… but who knows.

marisacat - 31 May 2011

I lost it on inauguration night as Prom Night. NOBODY who participated in that could crawl back imo.

9. marisacat - 31 May 2011

oh I need a cup of cofee… I have been reading os the pharmaceutical shortages, manufacturers slowing production.. for all sorts of reasons, but cost is one I bet… and it landed on me today.

I was expecting a script to be shipped today, to find out the order is canceled (email, no explanation). Had every kind of problem contacting the mail order firm I had transferred the sript to from Walgreens…

Finally got thru at the 800 number, which thanks be to god was not in Bangladesh. (it was in Ohio)

Then to the doctor, then back via online, despite computer problems with the pharmacy website…

In the past, Gene, our neighborhood pharmcist would have handled it all for me.

Is this the modern age?

Madman in the Marketplace - 31 May 2011

it’s the modern age, if you’re rich enuff

diane - 1 June 2011

I hope you were able to get the med you needed. The whole major shortage issue seems to have been totally ignored and obscured until shit really started hitting the fan.

marisacat - 1 June 2011

well I will get it eventually, the replacement I mean. Supposedly by August the original med will be avaialble again, but who knows.

What a mess.

diane - 1 June 2011

a fucking barbaric country we’re living in. Be careful of any substitutes they may try to talk you into, there’ve been some nasty problems with that.

marisacat - 1 June 2011

no this is pretty straightforward…

10. marisacat - 31 May 2011

Cpunch reprints a Fisk article… I don’t agree with all the points, and he never mentioned Bahrain at all, unless I missed it, but

this is sure true:

[I]ndeed, Obama’s policy towards the Middle East – whatever it is – sometimes appears so muddled that it is scarcely worthy of study. He supports, of course, democracy – then admits that this may conflict with America’s interests.

In that wonderful democracy called Saudi Arabia, the US is now pushing ahead with a £40 billion arms deal and helping the Saudis to develop a new “elite” force to protect the kingdom’s oil and future nuclear sites. Hence Obama’s fear of upsetting Saudi Arabia, two of whose three leading brothers are now so incapacitated that they can no longer make sane decisions – unfortunately, one of these two happens to be King Abdullah – and his willingness to allow the Assad family’s atrocity-prone regime to survive.

Of course, the Israelis would far prefer the “stability” of the Syrian dictatorship to continue; better the dark caliphate you know than the hateful Islamists who might emerge from the ruins. But is this argument really good enough for Obama to support when the people of Syria are dying in the streets for the kind of democracy that the US president says he wants to see in the region?

One of the vainest elements of American foreign policy towards the Middle East is the foundational idea that the Arabs are somehow more stupid than the rest of us, certainly than the Israelis, more out of touch with reality than the West, that they don’t understand their own history. Thus they have to be preached at, lectured, and cajoled by La Clinton and her ilk – much as their dictators did and do, father figures guiding their children through life. But Arabs are far more literate than they were a generation ago; millions speak perfect English and can understand all too well the political weakness and irrelevance in the president’s words
. . . . . .

11. lucid - 31 May 2011

Day 4 of quitting smoking is so far the hardest…

Madman in the Marketplace - 31 May 2011

oh, good luck man. Hard to do.

marisacat - 31 May 2011

My sympathies!

lucid - 31 May 2011

My face looked like the picture on several occasions today…

brinn - 31 May 2011

lucid!! May you hang in there longer than I did at the beginning of this year!!

Are you doing it cold turkey or using an aid? Thing that helped me stay off the longest were drinking water (gallons of…) and breathing deeply in places that didn’t stink!! 😉


lucid - 31 May 2011

Chewing 2-3 pieces of the nic gum… For me so far it has all about controlling the environment with food, walks, drinks, distractions and options. Today sucked because I was at work and couldn’t control any of that…


diane - 1 June 2011

good luck!

12. marisacat - 31 May 2011

So……… is Weiner losing it? Not that I especially care, one more congresscritterpretzel, with or without a weiner….. but silly to snap at reporters.

Or is the NYDN after Weiner?

Madman in the Marketplace - 31 May 2011

this whole mess came up after he started making repeated statements demanding that Justice Thomas recuse himself from the court challenge to Obamacare, based on Mrs. Thomas’ lobbying against the law.

marisacat - 31 May 2011

oh that is very interesting… I had noticed some flap on with Clarence T but did not connect it to Weiner. Clarence and Ginni a huge mistake to have around. But……….

Weiner needs to turn this over to the police. The way he is handling it, it just looks bad.

Madman in the Marketplace - 31 May 2011

donks are just so fucking bad at PR.

marisacat - 31 May 2011

I think he is handling it about as badly as possible.

brinn - 31 May 2011

As bad as they are at about everything else…

marisacat - 31 May 2011

They should not cross the street alone. in my opinion. (I think they get driven across the street, anyway, come to think of it…)

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 May 2011

Election officials OK recall efforts against 3 more GOP senators

State election officials cleared the way Tuesday for three more Republican state senators to face recall elections, but delayed any action on petitions targeting Democrats amid a flurry of accusations of political bias from conservative recall groups.

The Government Accountability Board approved recall elections for GOP Sens. Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls, Robert Cowles of Green Bay and Alberta Darling of River Hills. While Republicans raised several issues relating to inaccuracies and fraud regarding the Darling petition, including someone signing as “Adolf Hitler,” the board found enough valid signatures to approve an election.

Six GOP state senators are now almost certain to face recall elections in the summer. But it was the petitions not considered that prompted the most debate.

GAB announced on Friday that it would need to delay consideration of petitions against Democratic Sens. Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie, Jim Holperin of Conover and Dave Hansen of Green Bay because election staff needed more time to review the Democratic challenges to the petitions. Staff Counsel Shane Falk said staff worked significant overtime during the holiday weekend to complete their review of the Darling petition before focusing on the petitions targeting Democrats, which had more complex legal issues.

Madman in the Marketplace - 31 May 2011

Greg Sargent’s take on it:

Meanwhile, the board has also announced that they are not prepared to approve the signatures gathered by Republicans for the recall of their three Democratic targets. Dems have alleged that the signature gathering by Republicans is fraudulent, and now the board has explicitly claimed that their reason for not approving the recall elections against Dems is that the signatures “have raised numerous factual and legal issues which need to be investigated and analyzed.”

Translation: The fraud allegations just may have something to them.

What this means: While Dems only need to net three recall elections to take back the state senate, it is now within the realm of possibility that even as twice that number of Republicans face recall elections, no Dems will. That’s a pretty sizable advantage for Dems.

To be clear, it is possible that the board will ultimately approve some or all three of the recall elections against Dems. But even if that happens, Dems still retain a significant advantage. Either way, it is clearly an important development that we now know for a fact that six recalls against Republicans will definitely proceed.

One other tidbit: The Government Accountability Board has also asked the Wisconsin state legislature for an additional $40,000 to help evaluate the signatures and facilitate the recall elections. But a Board spokesman, Reid Magney, confirms to me that the legislature has not responded to the request. “We have not gotten an answer from them,” Magney tells me.

Guess who controls the state legislature? Wisconsin Republicans. Indeed, the senate side of the relevant committee that would make those funds available is stacked with GOP recall targets. Go figure!

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16. marisacat - 1 June 2011

who are these people…

Ever since the hosptial I lost a lot of intestinal fortitude.. and one thing that went by the wayside was C Rose. ugh… limited lunatic that he is.

But I am catching Fareed Z on with Charlie. What a conversation of utter fiction. Two fabulists talking to each other.

China India and he explains Ob as well.


17. marisacat - 1 June 2011



…….. 😯

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