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Food 20 July 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Somalia, WAR!.

Internally displaced Somali women wait for food at a camp in the capital Mogadishu
Internally displaced Somali women wait for food at a camp in the capital Mogadishu [REUTERS/Omar Faruk]

Y’all be relieved to know Michelle is on. the. job.

Via Mike Allen, courtier to the ever-more-petty bureaucrats, he is on the job too, with this:

BREAKING: First Lady Michelle Obama announcing big commitments by Walmart, Walgreens, Supervalu (Save-a-Lot), and regional retailers to make more health, affordable food available in underserved communities — 2:15 p.m. in the East Room, per a White House official:

“The commitments … will include opening or expanding over 1,500 stores to serve communities throughout the country that currently do not have access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. … Supervalu is committed to opening 250 new Save-A-Lot stores over the next five years in areas with limited or no access to healthy foods … Walgreens – Committed to expanding its food offering to include whole fruits and vegetables, and other healthy options in at least 1,000 stores … Walmart is committing to opening or expanding 275 to 300 stores which will serve more than 800,000 people in rural and urban areas with limited or no access to grocery options. Walmart also estimates that more than 40,000 associates will work in these stores.”

Now that almost all food, whether they slap “Organic” on it or not, has little taste, smell or appeal they in their infinite greatness work their smooth, emollient-enriched fingers to the bone to shovel it out to the poor and underserved….  Or so it would seem.

I see it is called “Breaking”.  I’d vote for “B R O K E N”.

The European news services are filled at the moment with images and stories of the starving and displacement in Somalia and the border region with Ethiopia…. more of our fomenting of chaos and death, as I see it. Proxy wars are good business. Of course the reporting, at least some of it, in Europe is gratuitous and self-serving.

How could it not be.

Yes, they die so beautifully for us… and, photographed by artists, seem already to be a “museum quality” art installation.

A girl looks out of her makeshift hut on the outskirts of the Dagahaley refugee camp
A girl looks out of her makeshift hut on the outskirts of the Dagahaley refugee camp [Oli Scarff/Getty Images]



1. marisacat - 20 July 2011

The country is fully certifiable. AZ will solicit private donations to build a “Wall of Dreams”. At the border.

Where else.

In this era of social media they have a website:


2. ms_xeno - 20 July 2011

I look forward to the triple contortions that the Progs will do to convince themselves that — by gum!– if MICHELLE wants MORE Mal-Warts than MORE Mal-Warts must be GOOD!


marisacat - 20 July 2011

In the run up to Selection, it was revealed she served on a board for a major supplier, as in joined-at-the-hip if not in the womb, to Wal-Mart… think it was Tree Tops, the cans of juice that never saw a fruit…

The Democrats tried to explain to her why she had to step down from the board during the primary and GE… and she just could not get it.

ms_xeno - 20 July 2011

I think she should do all her shopping there from now on, just to show how much she really, really cares about the lower orders. 👿

marisacat - 20 July 2011

Best friend of the Greeter Class….

I think it would take too much of her valuable time however. Never never thought I’d say that I would take Laura B back, but I would….. she def left us alone. moiv tells me she was very low key as wif of the guv in Tejas as well…

ms_xeno - 20 July 2011

Yeah, and if Laura was out there spouting this bullshit, the Progs would be wailing like somebody just shot a puppy in the street. 🙄

marisacat - 20 July 2011

ain’t it the truth.

San Francisco has itself all tied in knots about what McDonalds can and cannot offer in terms of a bright neon magpie item for the kittlepops… it can only be done with a low cal (under 600 calories) ”healthy” food meal.

Oh I am so fucking ashamed of this god damned dumb city. I am so fucking sick to death of the regulate-the-tiny-stuff-and-drive-us-all-insane Democrats.

ms_xeno - 20 July 2011

Up here is was the foofaraw over reusable vs. plastic bags at major grocery stores. And their stupid “green” building that’s costing more to build than the GNP of a small nation in Europe.

Dog have mercy… :/

marisacat - 20 July 2011

oh we banned plastic bags, for point of purchase at the majors. I dunno… a mix would be better. Use what is appropriate for th items being bagged.

You know Pelosi mandated, in her power as Speaker, organic recyclable utensils in the congressional cafeteria. They were made of some vegetable product. The spoons melted in soup and chili and so on.

A few years ago h ere there was a small soon to disappear movement based on “do what you can”. It was a lot more flexible and open and there was some discussion of how every thing green is not always so green (and i don’t mean Chevron ads telling us all about people power type stuff). Go with what works… and i thought, finally, some smarts.

And believe me I am not interested in contributing to the great inner sea-within-a-sea of plastic that is floating around the oceans… and so on.

diane - 21 July 2011

What I’d love to know, in all the punitive, plastic outcry by our Public Servants, is what the fuck did they allow to happen to GLASS? Why can’t the little peeps buy their: hard booze, soft drinks, milk, water, mustard, mayo, ketchup, olive oil, cooking oil, etc., etc. ….in refillable, glass containers?

marisacat - 21 July 2011

I think it is a mix of transport weight and they wanted to get rid of the labor steps of recyclable, cash redemption bottles. “Throw away” culture, only partly.

I make jokes that I did not want to grow up to be a sorter (civilian accidental volunteer type) for the recycling center. MAKE IT A JOB. They make money off the recyclable stuff…. so make jobs.

diane - 21 July 2011

I suspect China is a part of that equation, because that recycled glass is going somehere, but the last time I checked very hard to figure exactly what’s happening with recycled glass. Is it a part of that new bubble Rare Earths? ….is it as dear as copper? ….and, last time I checked, bringing old paper to certain recyclers, paid an interesting amount.

marisacat - 21 July 2011

garbage garbage… and more garbage.

diane - 21 July 2011

and so fucking unnecessary …….toolz and toyz …. ;0(

brinn - 21 July 2011

I was just commenting on this the other day — Pickles would go to libraries, read to kids, do her charity book drives and talk about the importance of reading to childhood development and work for adult literacy programs to be established, but she didn’t jabber on about what books you should read, where you should buy them, trot out proscribed lists of “dos and don’ts” for reading to your kids or lecture about how loud you should read them, what should be in the room when reading or what fraking clothes you should wear when you did it! She basically walked the walk, and didn’t spend a whole lot of time yakking about what all the REST of us should be doing!

I mean, christ, herself’s lectures are just getting obscene!

brinn - 21 July 2011

hmmm. This was in response to your Laura B. post — not sure how it ended up here!

ms_xeno - 21 July 2011

If you ever found the time, brinn, that would be a good post in and of itself. You can always rent my LJ for a modest fee if foot traffic doesn’t matter to you. :p

brinn - 21 July 2011

Which, ms_x, the Pickles post or the “adventures in applying for govt. aid” post?

Modest fee, you say? Er, what do you take in trade besides worthless pieces of paper with “In God We Trust” emblazoned on ’em? 8)

ms_xeno - 21 July 2011

Start with the Pickles post, though the other is nice, too.

As for the fee, I like cookies. Butterscotch the Evil and The Sid would prefer live prey, however. A couple of live field mice would be good. 😉

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2011
4. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 July 2011
marisacat - 20 July 2011

Dumb fuck dept of justice.

It really has been a sick mess.

5. marisacat - 20 July 2011

hmm they have Kate Smith’s version of God Bless America blasting forth up in the last shuttle.

We really are drowning in it.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 July 2011
7. marisacat - 21 July 2011

mm. This was in response to your Laura B. post — not sure how it ended up here!

The reply thread probably got too long, WP starts dropping comments wherever when that happens…


brinn… you know the curious thing… Laura B actually did read. Rather widely too. I heard several interviews with her and there were the standard questions, obviously as it was such a cornerstone of the crafted FLOTUS persona… as to what she was reading. The answers were not boring nor tired second rate fiction, middle of the road crap.

I’ve had the impression more than once that the current set in the WH actually are NOT readers.

I am just sick of the lecturing.

ms_xeno - 21 July 2011

…And believe me I am not interested in contributing to the great inner sea-within-a-sea of plastic that is floating around the oceans… and so on…

(in response to the bag comment upthread) Well, the major grocers here have all got the recycle option here for one’s old bags (following the lead of the smaller more earthy-crunchy outlets). So that’s good, I guess.

But, yeah, the lecturing is a pain in the ass. If our Mayor is so damn concerned about wasting resources, he could always move to a smaller house and convince the local Kroger bigshot to do the same. Maybe they could consolidate households to save on rent. :p

marisacat - 21 July 2011

oh I definitely believe in re-using…. makes sense to me. Simple, cuts down on this and that… but making hard and fast rules, regulations and LAWS, about small things… I am weary of it.

It’s like the yelling and screaming about water in Cali… I still unconsciously save from the earlier droughts in the 70s (i also don’t have as big a hot water heater as I would install now, sigh)… but i know it is “busy work” for the little people. Industry and ag in Cali uses 80% of the water. And of course some do employ various schemes to reduce water use, but not that many…

Mostly I thank the non gawd that I don’t have to go out and drag my garbage cans out to, then later off, the street on collection day. THAT is a law too. And a fine.


brinn - 21 July 2011

Oh, Laura was most definitely more well read and much smarter, all told, than Dubya (not that that’s saying a huge amount), but I always saw Laura as an intelligent woman who was beaten down by some bad choices (most notably in husband)…I always thought it telling that the twins were so opposite in nature as well. Jenna her daddy’s girl and Barbara most like her momma….

No, the two in the WH currently are first and foremost LAWYERS…not the most intelligent, well-read or emotionally developed species on the planet! 🙂

marisacat - 21 July 2011

you know Mother Michelle let her membership in the bar lapse. Less than 5 years post JD. Now, the world is full of non practicing, never did practice JDs… but not with the supposed story they craft for her. (NTIM, in Bernstein’s book on Hillarious it came out she REALLY made the move to ARK as she failed the DC bar. And back when the test was a lot easier…. – snicker- The field of law is littered wtih failed lawyers still beating the landscape to death.)

What they really are is nepotism ridden, non-profit addicts. And my old line about him, a minor fixer from Chicago who (IMO) doesn’t know much about America.

brinn - 21 July 2011

Oh, I agree that he doesn’t know much…so sad too, I mean the man is my age and he utterly clueless….

In a sardonic, ironic, sick sort of way, I just LOVE the image of a landscape littered with non-practicing, never did practice JDs….if I could draw at all, it would a Salvador Dali/Heironomous Bosh sort of hellscape!


marisacat - 21 July 2011

Save humanity, decapitate a lawyer.

Robert Reich said somewhere back in the 90s that we did not need to graduate another atty for a couple of decades. But they kept on doing it… and all the little twerps with Communications, Marketing AND Law degrees. We are gagging to death on them.

He was right. The numbers are just nutty.

8. diane - 21 July 2011

Routine Bites Hard

William Burroughs once quoted a Black queen, “Some people are shits, darling.” A basic truth. Part of doing business. But how many shits are created by this anxiety-ridden culture? How many bright, compassionate people are pushed into the muck? Perhaps Devo was right: Humans are bad spuds de-evolving at an accelerated pace. Yet a system based on cheap sensation and personal alienation plays a serious role in shaping attitudes. The question is, how long do we let this drag on?

While waiting for flights, most travelers want nothing to do with each other. Crammed in the same space, they zone out through their electronic toys. Courtesy is rare. Recently at Detroit Metro, I sat near a brawny kid who was listening to speed metal on his headphones. I know this because the volume was so cranked that I wondered why the kid bothered to cover his ears. A few people moved to other seats, but most remained, pretending not to hear the thump thump thump blasting from his head.

His expression was of sullen defiance. Looking at the discomfort he created, the kid smiled, then turned up the volume. He was large and muscular, which I suspect is why no one told him to turn down his music.

He openly played on this. When the flight was set to board, the kid slid his still-thumping headphones around his neck and told the airline rep that he was a solider destined for Afghanistan. She dissolved, gushing about his bravery and service. The people who were annoyed now smiled at him. The kid put his headphones back on, speed metal bouncing off the jet bridge walls.

marisacat - 21 July 2011

Slobber for the Troops is such fucking bullshite.

diane - 21 July 2011

Yup, we’ve got nothing on Hitler’s Troops and Mercenaries, the way the US demands worshipping, and sucking on, the Big Daddy of Deformed Steroidal Penii, ….. why just look at that Washington Monument …..

marisacat - 21 July 2011

sooo apprpos… ii watched The Night Porter this morning…

diane - 21 July 2011

an oldie, … but ”goodie”

….Among other things, the authors say, the files also show that US intelligence officials used and protected ex- Nazis during the Cold War to a greater extent than previously known.

And I certainly wouldn’t at all be surprised, at this point, if certain “zionists,” in Israel gave support also.. I mean, at this very moment, clearly, … there are those in the US, ….who wish that the “unwashed,” US citizens, would just die, and they are awake night and day thinking of ways to ensure that clean, “white,” martial gloved, …..kill off.

marisacat - 21 July 2011

To htis day Israel has strong ties to elements in Bavaria.

That is the problem, thugs running everything. Then, now… everywhere.

You know it is very interesting, the Independent from time to time links to that very article, in their side boxes, under ‘Most Read”…

diane - 21 July 2011

(and yeah, I think Stalin was a sociopathic butcher, ….. but that is not really the point though, …..never has been, … for those who run things. ….Stalin certainly worked out well for “them” though, … just like Obama does ………..)

9. BooHooHooMan - 21 July 2011

FEC: Edwards campaign owes $2.3M

THE FIX | Ex-presidential candidate is already dealing with indictment on other campaign finance charges.

The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that embattled former presidential candidate John Edwards must repay $2.3 million to the U.S. Treasury, mostly as a result of excessive matching funds that his 2008 campaign accepted.

The news is particularly unhelpful 😆 for the former Democratic senator from North Carolina, who is already dealing with a federal indictment related to his use of campaign funds to allegedly cover up an affair with a former staffer.

The FEC also says the 2008 presidential campaign under-reported the amount of cash it actually had in some campaign finance reports, failed to itemize loan repayments and owed about $140,000 in checks that were extremely out of date by the time they were presented.

Hmm, LOL,
Announcing DailyKos Payback the F E fuckin’ C

marisacat - 21 July 2011

Call Bunny!!!!!!!!!! Have her send Bunny Money!!!!!!!!!!!

Gotta love the take down. So much shite goes on in the Traveling Medicine Show that is Politics 101 but when someone’s time is up, boy, their time is up.

10. diane - 21 July 2011

while I believe “females” can be every bit as nasty as “males,” …. It doesn’t surprise me that females, are predominate in that picture you prefaced with, honey,. …waiting, …..for sustenance, ………..

marisacat - 21 July 2011

well they are stuck. Nothing to do but try to make it ot the UN refugee centers, with their children.

diane - 21 July 2011

yup, …..from a “twig,” the natural outcome, …of “a branch:”

Is There Something Worse than Despicable?

diane - 21 July 2011

(“yup,” .. as in: that is the intent, to leave no choice for those more interested in life, than bloodshed, other than to bow to those obsessed with punishment and death, in order to eat.)

marisacat - 21 July 2011

I feel sorry for her eldrly neighbor… but someone needs to get the old lady a standard bank account for direct deposit… some plain old paper checks… and a cash debit card on that acct.

I would not get involved in whatever sort of special sooper dooper Direct Express “thing” the government is selling..

The Era of Terror Theatre and Heavy Duty Domestic Plunder Pillage and Rape.

diane - 21 July 2011

well the way I glimpsed the piece (yes one is almost forced to just glimpse anymore), was that she has a bank account, … the problem is forcing transactions on line with a THIRD PARTY Bank, one hasn’t chosen to do business with, and, …on forcing that THIRD PARTY Bank’s debit cards, with tons of hidden fees, on those too underwater to put up much of a battle.

(will get back, I’m way late….)

marisacat - 21 July 2011

If she has a bank acct all she has to do is set up the direct deposit with her existing bank acct. NO NEED for online banking at all. I don’t know if they still do it but it used to be many banks did not charge a monthly fee for an acct that just had a dir dep of government check.

The lady needs some help and to just steer clear of the set up the goverment is pushing for people with no bank acct.

marisacat - 21 July 2011

UGH. Did you see this one, down a couple of posts?

Link to corrente post

11. ts - 21 July 2011

Sometimes I can’t help myself, and I click on a link, only to find Obama goofery isn’t limited to the liptually challenged

What the tea party, the House Republicans and Noonan have in common is something very simple: They believe the United States should not be led by Barack Obama and that we should not accept the change and progress that his election represented. This belief goes beyond arguments over the debt and the deficit. It is deep and irreconcilable. It is the reason why the right won’t compromise.

Apparently, it is only the fact of Barack Obama’s election that matters. That no actual change or progress occurred (predictably) afterward is irrelevant.

marisacat - 21 July 2011

wellllllll when challenged in ”where is the change?” about a year after the televised prom night… he did say [with a straight face too!!]:

I am the change

and… The Way and The Word, I am sure…


12. marisacat - 22 July 2011



…………… 😆 … 🙄 …. 👿

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