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Expressive 16 August 2011

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

This labrador remains thoroughly unimpressed as a praying mantis performs a dramatic dance right under its nose. The female mantis waved her arms and performed a jig but  labrador retriever Winston refused to stir. Photographer Scott Cromwell grabbed his camera to capture the moment his pets had a stand-off on the carpet of his front room.
This labrador remains thoroughly unimpressed as a praying mantis performs a dramatic dance right under its nose. The female mantis waved her arms and performed a jig but labrador retriever Winston refused to stir. Photographer Scott Cromwell grabbed his camera to capture the moment his pets had a stand-off on the carpet of his front room in Oklahoma, United States. [Scott Cromwell/solent]




1. BooHooHooMan - 16 August 2011


marisacat - 16 August 2011

oh that is hilarious. Of course, I should have heard La Dame Mantis… god knows she is yelling loud enough… and doing a tap dance…


2. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 August 2011

Both Democrats held onto their seats in tonight’s recall elections. FWIW.

marisacat - 16 August 2011

oh that better than it might have gone, wasn’t it? I got the impression the R felt good about picking up one of those at least…

Good…. when ti is a pitched battle like WI…

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 August 2011

It keeps the Walker recall alive … now there is a disagreement btwn the Party, who want his recall to be timed to the Presidential election, and the activists, who want his ass up for election ASAP, which would be about the same timing as these elections were. The Party, of course, argues that Obby’s “popularity” will help turnout … of course it will actually be the other way around.

marisacat - 17 August 2011

oh boy. … I would not bank on Obby being able to produce a good turn out. That seems at best chancey.

I just read a snippet from John Ellis, admittedly a Bush cousin…. but saying the Mid West Bus Tour is planned to:

President Obama is hoping that his three-day bus tour through the Midwest will help him reconnect with white voters — especially working class white voters — whose support is crucial to his re-election chances.

uh…. hmmm. Er.

Could be dicey.

3. marisacat - 16 August 2011

hahahahahahahah Just hearing that Slobber Boy is going to small venues in Iowa… as in, back yards. Oh sure, dressed with nice red barn backdrops…

he is lecturing, spinning to groups of


or so.

Feel the surge! Feel the Power! Feel the Vote!!!…

Then, scratch that bug bite.

And go inside for a tall drink of something alcoholic.

Might as well.

4. Ganjafied Gabacho - 17 August 2011

par a pol i tics (pa˘r ə po˘l ə tı˘ks), n. 1. a system or practice of politics in which accountability is consciously diminished. 2. generally, covert politics, the conduct of public affairs not by rational debate and responsible decision-making but by indirection, collusion, and deceit… 3. the political exploitation of irresponsible agencies or parastructures, such as intelligence agencies… Ex. 1. ‘The Nixon doctrine

ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operation
The three, who have been criticized for pushing on with the border weapons sting even as it came apart, receive new management jobs in Washington.


“I share responsibility for mistakes that were made,” said ATF supervisor William G. McMahon about Operation Fast and Furious. (U.S. Congress / August 14, 2011)


The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.

All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF’s deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency’s Phoenix office.


Thank Jeebus that we haven’t had more blowback than one BP agent getting shot up on a ranch in Tubac, AZ….oh wait, there’s another article:

Firearms from ATF sting linked to 11 more violent crimes
Guns from Operation Fast and Furious were found at scenes in Arizona and Texas, the Justice Department acknowledges, widening the scope of the danger posed by the program.
Bill Newell
Firearms from the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious weapons trafficking investigation turned up at the scenes of at least 11 violent crimes in the U.S., as well as at a Border Patrol agent’s slaying in southern Arizona last year, the Justice Department has acknowledged to Congress.

The department did not provide details about the crimes. But The Times has learned that they occurred in several Arizona cities, including Phoenix, where Fast and Furious was managed, as well as in El Paso, where a total of 42 weapons from the operation were seized at two crime scenes.


But a source close to the controversy, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation, said that as early as January 2010, just after the operation began, weapons had turned up at crime scenes in Phoenix, Nogales, Douglas and Glendale in Arizona, and in El Paso. The largest haul was 40 weapons at one crime scene in El Paso.

In all, 57 of the operation’s weapons were recovered at those six crime scenes, in addition to the two seized where Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed.


marisacat - 17 August 2011

Mother of fucking god.

ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operation
The three, who have been criticized for pushing on with the border weapons sting even as it came apart, receive new management jobs in Washington.

Deep in “HeckuvajobBrownie” doings

Ganjafied Gabacho - 17 August 2011

Its all according to the PLANe…don’t worry just lie back, close your eyes and think of english muffins…

marisacat - 17 August 2011

oh too perfect!

Here is a detail via Mike Allen:

GRAND BARGAIN II: Obama to try again with major debt plan this fall – Big jobs speech in early Sept.: White House promises fresh ideas, not rehash —

5. marisacat - 17 August 2011

WTF? What is the date today? 17th? Something like that. 16th?

The early am news just said that Slobby is announcing he will give a major policy speech on soemthin or other, early next month.

Shall we die of pure unadulterated creeping dread for possibly 3 fucking weeks?

We are living inside a worse horror story joke than even Bushiter.

I have days I CANNOT believe it!

I so wish I drank.

6. BooHooHooMan - 17 August 2011

Free Murder Mystery. in the solarium of the asylum that is America..

Not to be macabre, but WOW.
Dig the Front Page offer in the Washington Post.
Seems to me to be just a little bit shall we say TOO EAGER, EDGAR a little bit of the journalistic-ally SLAIN SLAY SALAYYY eh, presumptuous?.. in presenting the death. A little bit too slam dunky.

Slain Georgetown socialite’s husband, Albrecht Muth, charged in her murder

Albrecht Gero Muth, the husband of Viola Drath, is charged with second-degree murder in her slaying.

ShewasSLAIN, HeSLAYEDher. Okay! Why read the paper? LOL
Can ya lemme get a cup of coffee for Chrissakes? Good Lord.
So you get inside…and the reporting goes down like the coffee, oddly thick and slick, ya ask me. Let’s run it –

Albrecht Gero Muth was arrested Tuesday night and charged with murdering his elderly wife last week, D.C. police said. Muth was taken into custody while walking in the heart of Georgetown, a few blocks from the Q Street home where her body was found.

Muth, 47, had been the only suspect in the slaying of Viola Drath, 91, a former journalist, author and Georgetown fixture. Drath was discovered unresponsive Friday morning in a bathroom at their home, and it was first suspected that she died of natural causes. Medical examiners determined Saturday that her death was a homicide.

Okay, nice, nicely done. Only suspect. No mention of annaccounted for cash. Official Report. Good, good. Very dank. Dark, Nicely sprouting now. Very Mushroom Cloudy . Guy claiming to be a oh , a GENERAL in the Iraqi National Army seemlessly working his way through every salon in DC in a very Salahi-esque kind of way. The Usual. Proceed.

According to three police sources, the autopsy concluded that Drath died of strangulation and blunt-force injuries. Medical examiners are expected to officially release findings Wednesday on the manner of death.

Although Muth told The Washington Post on Tuesday that he was no longer a suspect, police arrested him at 7:51 p.m. 😳

Muth apparently approached one of Drath’s relatives the day she was reported dead and said that he and his wife had an agreement that he would receive tens of thousands of dollars upon her death, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation.

Could be with the Nigerians, Nice touch, Who knows!

All I can say is, truly,…… Burn After Reading.
You have to read the whole WaPo piece, but for some reason, LOL, I Imagine Josh Marshall sitting among the coterie of journo’s, cadre suckers and wannabe contract hustlers,just sitting there alongside bona fide,/ apparently bona fide/ and bona fuckin FRIED PTB at dinners past in the Georgetown home.

ALL OF THEM sort of bobbleheading this here Von Bulow, so very impressed.when presented with A PICTURE :of some purported German Krauty Langley/ Not USsies/ Who CARESies? /SOMEBODYS!/ with MONEYS!/ Iraqi “General” Hush Hushy in his GET UP 😆 …at some officially memorialy clandestiny service meetingy thing in Arlington National Cemetery

The couple hosted frequent parties in their home and across Washington, bringing together the city’s elite, including U.S. government officials, generals, foreign diplomats and media powerhouses. Muth told them that he is a general in the Iraqi army with inside access to leaders across the globe. Muth also would sometimes walk around his neighborhood in a military uniform, carrying a swagger stick.

But the Iraqi government says he isn’t a member of its military. It is one of several claims detectives are investigating as they try to piece together Drath’s slaying, police said.

Interviews with numerous Washington officials and journalists have revealed that Muth built an impressive e-mail list over the past two decades that reached the highest levels of government. Ambassadors and defense attaches attended dinners in the basement of his home 😆 under the guise of official Iraqi events. 😆 😆 😆 😆 Journalists were lured with promises of hobnobbing with high-ranking members of the Iraqi military.

Muth has no official connection to the Iraqi government or its military, according to the Iraqi Embassy in Washington.

His wife’s slaying and the police investigation have exposed Muth as someone who used his wife’s legitimate accomplishments and relationships to build a life of his own that was at least partially based on dubious credentials. 😯

WOW , just WOW – > F E E L the OBJECTIVITY! 😆 . WaPo So assertive now… after about the ONLY THING clear in the article is that WaPo has been sourcing this guy FOR YEARS.

Muth would don official-looking Iraqi uniforms, signed his e-mails with the title of staff brigadier general and frequently contacted the media —

including several Post reporters and editors — claiming inside information about the Iraq war.

{{{{ 😆 WHICH THEY PRINTED !!! – bhhm }}}

Some of his invitations, obtained by The Post, included the official Iraqi seal and matched typical Washington military protocol and jargon.

When he spoke to one Post reporter by telephone, he would start conversations by saying “Brigadier General Muth here”

and sign off with: “We didn’t talk. Good day.”

marisacat - 17 August 2011

Didn’t anyone wonder at someone named Albrecht Gero Muth claiming to be in the Iraqi army?

Ganjafied Gabacho - 17 August 2011

No, of course not, it is DC after all, ground zero for hustlers claiming to be something other than treasonous thieves ( if RP can start yelling treason, why the fuck can’t I?) they are.

marisacat - 17 August 2011

well yeah, that is true, one more unidentified floating lump in the cesspool.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 17 August 2011

DC Turdle soup;
floating unidentified
democrap dumplings

ts - 17 August 2011


marisacat - 17 August 2011

good one!

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 August 2011



7. marisacat - 17 August 2011

They are ALL fucking crazy… Of course creating jobs matters… masses of jobs (not that anyone is bothering) but :

NOT with Jack Welch or Immelt anywhere near the plan. Spitzer…firing on no jets.


“Obama’s FDR Moment”: “The administration, in conjunction with the Federal Reserve, should insist that banks, in return for all the taxpayer subsidies they have gotten and continue to receive, reduce any mortgage that exceeds the value of the house. … Second, the president should … establish a jobs program. Do the simple math: We are spending more than $110 billion annually in Afghanistan. … Use that money to create up to 5 million jobs at $20,000 each. … Put Jack Welch and Jeff Immelt, former and current CEOs of GE, in charge of using this labor well.” http://slate.me/qmUvve

they would STEAL th money.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 17 August 2011

Pimped Ob’s Knob slobs:
“Bargain Fresh Jobs for Obslobs!”
Grow GE Blob Mob.

ts - 17 August 2011

Or even better, give everyone money to spend on $10,000 a night hookers and watch the growth! That’s the way to -ahem- stimulate the economy. Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!

8. Ganjafied Gabacho - 17 August 2011

Penn Jilllette on Atheism with the insufferable Prig Peirs Morgan Video

Sorry about the commercial at the front, it’s CNN and I can’t find a free one, but I figure MMan at least might appreciate Jillette’s tour d’ force performance…

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 August 2011

Thanks for that. I love the way Prig keeps yammering on, not even bothering to register that Penn has answered his question.

9. diane - 17 August 2011

Matt Taibbi (sooprize!):

Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes? A whistleblower claims that over the past two decades, the agency has destroyed records of thousands of investigations, whitewashing the files of some of the nation’s worst financial criminals.

Under a deal the SEC worked out with the National Archives and Records Administration, all of the agency’s records – “including case files relating to preliminary investigations” – are supposed to be maintained for at least 25 years. But the SEC, using history-altering practices that for once actually deserve the overused and usually hysterical term “Orwellian,” devised an elaborate and possibly illegal system under which staffers were directed to dispose of the documents from any preliminary inquiry that did not receive approval from senior staff to become a full-blown, formal investigation. Amazingly, the wholesale destruction of the cases – known as MUIs, or “Matters Under Inquiry” – was not something done on the sly, in secret. The enforcement division of the SEC even spelled out the procedure in writing, on the commission’s internal website. “After you have closed a MUI that has not become an investigation,” the site advised staffers, “you should dispose of any documents obtained in connection with the MUI.”

marisacat - 17 August 2011

my, my.

diane - 17 August 2011

two earlier companion piece’s, by Matt:

May 19, 2011: Obama’s New SEC Chief: In Through the Revolving Door )

March 30, 2011: The S.E.C.’s Revolving Door: From Wall Street Lawyers to Wall Street Watchdogs:

Got a quick note from a friend today, sending some happy news from the corporate non-enforcement arena. It seems that the white-shoe corporate defense firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale is expecting yet another regulatory baby!

The SEC last week announced that Anne Small will serve as the SEC’s new deputy general counsel. Small worked in Wilmer Hale’s litigation department before snagging this post. She’ll be replacing Mark Cahn, who worked at – wait for it – Wilmer Hale for 20 years, until joining the SEC last March, when he stepped in to work for a fellow named Andrew Vollmer, who had served as the SEC’s Deputy General Counsel since 2006. Cahn will now be kicked upstairs into the General Counsel spot.

But guess who his predecessor Vollmer worked for? That’s right, Wilmer Hale. So a Wilmer lawyer comes in to replace a Wilmer lawyer, who replaced a Wilmer lawyer. Hence the firm’s nickname – “SEC West.”

Besides Cahn and Small, there are other ex-Wilmerites at the Commission. There’s Joseph Brenner, the chief counsel of the Enforcement Division, and Meredith Cross, who heads the Division of Corporate Finance. Both were Wilmer partners.

Of course it’s not like the traffic doesn’t go in both directions. Last year the SEC’s head of trading and markets, Daniel Gallagher, left to become a Wilmer partner. And the SEC’s former Director of Enforcement William McLucas is now the head of Wilmer’s securities department. The firm hired the head of the SEC’s Los Angeles office, Randall Lee, in 2007. And so on and so on.

Exactly how tough do you think all these ex-Wilmer lawyers will be on current Wilmer clients like Goldman, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, General Electric, Credit Suisse, and practically every other major financial services company? The shamelessness factor is growing by the minute.

(bolding mine, ….loved those red ruffed honies, honey!)

diane - 17 August 2011

(and certainly, if they’ve been keeping Wall Street out of jail, one can only guess what might be going on in the TechieWepponzToyz’nPasttimes for the Dupes/MIC Sector, of the Multinationals, in teh vegetable Markets )

10. brinn - 17 August 2011

Most of you here have heard my tales of working at the SEC in the Chief Accountant’s Office when I was in college, so I just have to say, as much as I love that Taibbi is reporting on all of this, it is about 25 years too late…..the game has ossified itself and whistleblowers don’t even make a difference anymore….

diane - 17 August 2011

agreed that whistleblowers don’t make an immediate difference in how the fuckers roll in DC, but I’ll always believe that whistleblowers, when heard, effect the public’s perception of what the fuck is going on, ….and the public … outnumbers those mother fuckers, …by millions…and millions. ;0)

brinn - 17 August 2011

Unfortunately, too many of those millions and millions’ response is:


11. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 August 2011

Special ed student raped by classmate, forced by school to apologize to him, then raped again, claims lawsuit

Here’s the kicker. The school district’s response to the lawsuit says the officials named are not responsible for damages, because “the girl failed and neglected to use reasonable means to protect herself.”

I think they need to find a lawyer who can explain the concept of “duty of care” to them.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 August 2011

Nathan Swick 53 minutes ago:

Incidentally, this is the same school district that banned Slaughterhouse Five, mentioned in a post a couple weeks back.

Some real competent administrators they’ve got heading that place up.

marisacat - 17 August 2011

Forced to apologise to him?

Of course the district is responsible, they may not wish to be, but they are. It is up to them to take reasonable care.. and their being “in place of the parent” is just a hard cold reality.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 August 2011
13. brinn - 17 August 2011

According to thins, the boys and I have been living in poverty for the past 9 months….

who knew?

…and why is it still so hard to get govt. assistance?!

Good thing I have friends! Thanks the goddes(esses)!

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 August 2011

you and your adorable urchins! Did you sing songs along with Dick van Dyke?

14. brinn - 17 August 2011

er, “thins” should be THIS….must get a new keyboard…been using son the elder’s and it is waaay to small!!! 🙂

PS Where’s catnip?

marisacat - 17 August 2011

I haven’t heard from catnip in some time… Quite a few weeks.. I did drop an email the other night with some silly thing in it… but did not hear back…

Not sure what is up…

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 August 2011

she’s busy playing Farmville, I think.

15. ts - 18 August 2011

Actual NY Times headline “Obama Speeches Not Always Effective”.

Which I view from behind the you-already-looked-at-20-articles firewall.

16. Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 August 2011


Dow down 342 and falling fast.

WTF! I want a PLANe!

BooHooHooMan - 18 August 2011

Electro-mechanical Chaise anyone?

marisacat - 18 August 2011

I think the top 2% – and the top 5% – are already on their Sabian Hobby Horses.

I was in and out of the TV room… but wasn’t it also trying to be 500 down?

marisacat - 18 August 2011

And again… down 442

it’s a sing along with the TV, watch the bouncing ball children!!

17. Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 August 2011

Pardon me, but would you have any “NEW” Lube-on?

18. marisacat - 18 August 2011

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Obama Says Assad Must Resign ‘For the Sake of the Syrian People’ [9:50 a.m. ET]

Like anyone is listening.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 August 2011

Listening? You mean to his Irrelevancy?
Isn’t he vacationing on the vineyard for until next month or so…

marisacat - 18 August 2011

I think we are down to a public display of trying to appear relevant.

It’s not bottom yet, but getting there.

Anyone wants a good laugh (tho I bet cable got there, fast) look up reports on Maxine Waters at Wayne State on Tuesday.

Bottom in sight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Prepare for a hard landing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 August 2011

saw the Waters vid. It is a hoot. Fantastically frantic and I loved Conyers demanding Oobster met with the BCC.

marisacat - 18 August 2011

Of course, I don’t think they mean any of it.

Smallest fireworks ever. Keep the corporate dole going and they could care less… more display.

19. marisacat - 18 August 2011

Gah… I am actually a little pissed… I was going to blow off The Nooz this morning – and watch the new Dexter releases…. but …

20. marisacat - 18 August 2011

Oh right on cue…. “Gunmen attack Israeli Bus – 7 dead”.

Rides at the top of Google Nooz.

So the Israelis can bomb someone into the next life…. I am sure they have been feeling left out.

21. marisacat - 18 August 2011



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