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Late summer… 31 August 2011

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Germany, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

A one-month-old baby lion-tailed macaque clings to its mother at Berlin's Tiergarter zoo
A one-month-old baby lion-tailed macaque clings to its mother at Berlin’s Tiergarten zoo [JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images]




1. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 August 2011
2. BooHooHooMan - 1 September 2011

Paid Democratic Consultants with Baby Operative.
I can’t make Baby out……………. Is that….. Moulitsas?

marisacat - 1 September 2011

SO rude you are to the German Macaques!!

They are better looking than the Kos cadres… and Moulitsas himself.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 1 September 2011

Indeed, upon first glance I thought you had somehow happened upon a photo of my family, but then I realized it was a photo of my uncle’s.

You see we ain’t inbred, and I know I’m a monkey’s nephew not his uncle…

marisacat - 1 September 2011

Look at that little arm reaching up for Mama… obviously we are related.

It always reminds me of how silly the Creationists, Int Design people are.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 1 September 2011

It was this adaptive immersion, says Morgan, that made hairless bipeds of our ancestors (but for their exposed heads to shield them from the sun), and “the vestigial hairs that remain…are arranged quite differently from the hairs of the other primates…. The arrangement of the hairs follows precisely the lines that would be followed by the flow of water over a swimming body.” (The Descent of Woman) Interestingly enough, the one sport at which women consistently surpass men in stamina is long-distance swimming. Interesting, because to Morgan it was the female who led the adaptive charge: her breasts swelling for the nursing baby (and not for the sexual excitement of the male); her hair lengthening, to which her helpless and slow-to-ween infant could better cling; and the enlargement of her buttocks and the forward migration of her vagina (a trait common to all mammals which have returned to water):

When she first took to a littoral life she had nothing in the way of padding. Her vagina was in the normal quadruped position, just under where her tail would have been if she had one; it was normal also in being exposed, flush with the surface for easy access…. But sitting on the beach was a very different matter [from sitting in trees]….

A little blurb that seems relevant from the first new post from Jeff Wells at rigorous intuition in two years It’s from the latter part of a long and fantastic post.

marisacat - 1 September 2011

oh my a post at RI… have to go look, thanks for the alert

BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2011

Oh no – it’s them all right
Prolly Markos with Dem Pollsters watching Obama’s numbers come in.
Fuck. Easy to spot a retinue of these lounger types,
the God Damn Slackers. 😆

marisacat - 2 September 2011

god now you are being mean to the Japanese hot springs hang out fellas… 😆

I am watching documentaries of The Doors… what a trip!!

As for Obama… wow… I actually think he really is finished. This latest is quite the wingding:

jobs speech coming right up! but first I must go on vacay! b here when I get back, ‘k? then the whole Boehner bullshite, back and forth, the Rs win, now squeezing himself in before some big game… YIKES… I would take back almost any president of my entire LIFE, except Reagan, to be rid of this shit.

(And I grew up with a mother who nearly foamed at the mouth over Nixon. I mean, it was EPIC.)

3. marisacat - 1 September 2011

Well this sounds like fun. Good luck to all.

[M]uch of government propaganda on Libyan state TV during the six-month civil war was focused on claims that the rebellion was being led by Islamic militants linked to al-Qa’ida. The aim was to frighten the US and Nato abroad and secular Libyans at home.

But the allegations also had some credibility, since the most militant and experienced anti-Gaddafi organisation was the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). It is Abdul Hakim Belhaj, one of the founders of this group, which fought a ferocious guerrilla campaign against the regime in the 1990s, who now commands the militia units in Tripoli.

Mr Belhaj, 45, a veteran of the Afghan war in the 1980s, is a leading jihadi who was arrested at American behest in Malaysia in 2003, tortured in Thailand and handed over to Libya in 2004. At that time US and Libyan intelligence were co-operating in eliminating Islamists and American officers allegedly took part in interrogations in Tripoli. . . . .

God knows what we’ve brewed up.

BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2011

Shazam! How did THAT happen?

I see the Imperiall presses have recently rolled out a few pieces on Petraeus retirement? transition?..sort of Gomer Pile-o-Carnage meets capstone of a glorious career /now headed to CIA ya know / with a heapiin helpin of the newset new awesomey fearsomenest Take-no-Prisoners ‘tude to be expected..
CIA shifts focus to killing targets
🙄 A real shocker there.

I also see they slipped in – they always do – during –
what shall we call this lead up to the big Passion play?
9-11 LENT? – – –
the latest notice of CIA Big Brotherdom on the ….DOMESTIC FRONT.
…Just so everyone can get a’worshippin’ and all…..

4. marisacat - 2 September 2011


The USGS reports that a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck 45 miles southeast of Amukta Pass in Alaska.

The quake struch at 6:55 EDT at 22.1 miles deep.

Amukta Pass is a wide channel between the North Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea in the Aleutian Islands.

A 7.2 earthquake hit the region on June 23, tsunami warnings were issued then as well, but later recalled.

Business Insider

5. marisacat - 2 September 2011

Speaking of JAHBZ

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Employers Added No New Jobs in August, Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 9.1 Percent, Labor Dept. Reports [8:33 a.m. ET]

pretzel is so being set up. and he seems fine with it…

BooHooHooMan - 2 September 2011

Hunh. And after Barry’s strenuous efforts all summer.
And, Joe Biden. 😆

I thought it was all about jobs, Jobs, JAHBS – the Jobbies…
and so forth.

marisacat - 2 September 2011

Yeah they worked so hard on… something.

Golf swing. Non sequitors, etc.

Pretzel has run off to Camp David. Then he drops in to visit you BHHM.

6. marisacat - 2 September 2011

The gift that keeps on being given….

BP Can Deny It All They Want But That Looks Like Oil Again At Deepwater

Robert Johnson | Sep. 2, 2011, 12:01 PM |

Somehow the fact BP hired 40 ships to lay booms around the growing slick at the Deepwater site slipped past most media attention early last week.

The Tallahassee Examiner reports that on top of the 40 Vessels of Opportunity hired to contain the renewed spill, BP assigned two of its own vessels to the location. The Helix Producer 1 is an oil production ship able to manage 45,000 barrels of oil a day, and the Helix Express carries an underwater construction vessel.

New Orleans lawyer Stuart Smith speculates the vessels are searching for the oil leak using remote vehicles and hoping to collect the spillage before it reaches the surface.

BP denies there is any leak, saying they have ships in the area testing for silt. The oil is currently about 70 miles off the coast of Louisiana. . . . . .

Collusion is all.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 September 2011
marisacat - 2 September 2011

I read the first piece you posted on this, a couple or so days ago…

BTW, someone from Slobby’s jobs council at the WH, a dipshitty woman who used to be on staff for Pawlenty as well.. was on KGO today… PUSHING how great that program is, the Summer Intern Hire a Foreign Student for the Summer… and I heard again the mantra that all these foreign work visas are necessary as, the line of bull is that, Americans are not properly educated for jobs. She mentioned in particular Engineering. Higher maths and sciences, etc.

Corporate business ahs had its nose, its hands its parts and pieces poked into US education for decades. All of my adult life anyway.

Such fucking bullshit.

I just pull up my retelling ad nauseum about the Times Square Bomber… he came here on work visa, originally… and the work he did, so valuable so tightly trained ! was as an accounting clerk in a back office operation for Elizabeth Arden located in CT.

SO valuable. Not too good at bombs either.

All this bullshite of bringing in foreign workers is a big fat scam, and I think it is thoroughly worked out in trade deals with various countries.

So fucking screwed.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2011

I thought it was interesting to hear the students talk about their fight … one of the great things about Democracy Now is getting to hear people like that talk about what they’re doing themselves.

The visa thing is all a huge scam, just another way that corps drive down wages, find workers who aren’t expecting the labor laws to be followed etc, which is kind of amazing, considering how compliant to corporate bullying average Americans already are.

they won’t be happy until the entire population are captive indentured servants.

marisacat - 3 September 2011

the Dem NOW was a good piece….

and it stated again, thi is the biggest immigrant work visa program. geesh.

8. ts - 2 September 2011

It’s always heartening to hear common sense populist sentiment from the strangest of places. In this case, Hot Chicks with Douchebags

In this, the age when politicians routinely piss on the working class of this country, it’s important for us to take a moment remember what Labor Day really stands for.

Those among us who aren’t wealthy, beautiful celebrities or powerful wall street titans.

Those among us who don’t blow all their time and money on a life of privilege getting stupid tatts and spikey hair and lounging by the poolside in Vegas.

The regular joes.

The people who used to be celebrated by this country as the backbone of our nation are now seeing themselves targeted as criminals, called lazy, shiftless, or deserving of what they’ve gotten. Rich and powerful clowns, coming from the same narcissistic cesspool that produced douchebag culture, now routinely equate the labor class with failing in life.

These preening egos in suits and ties, douchebags of the worst sort, get on our TV and lecture us like their money means they are enlightened. They actually believe, or have convinced themselves, that their money was earned because of the greatness of their “individualism.” In a vacuum. And the rest of us need to be like them. Or we get what we deserve.

These flaming pudwacks who’ve read too many Ayn Rand fantasy novels are insecure enough not to want to understand the network around them in which they are graced to live. How those at the bottom also produce the value they think they “earn” from the society that holds the rules and structures together to produce our collective national wealth.

Don’t be one of those asswipes.

Remember what Labor Day really stands for. Income does not define your rank in this world, no matter what how the media now stigmatizes and shames those at the bottom as lazy and shiftless.

There are different standards. Standards we used to apply before a few billionaires with too much power and too much insecurity decided to teach us all the lessons of fantasy in which they are Atlas, and we are the teaming hordes, the unwashed, clawing at their greatness.

F@#k them. No one “earns” a billion dollars. It’s not possible. They are not heroes. They are insecure fools, confused by their success and seeking a philosophy to justify their narcissism. Even a philosophy as fantastical as Scientology and as logical as Narnia.

I’ll take the guys in front of Home Depot over the jackass from Wall Street any day of the week and twice on Sunday. And on Monday, I’ll tip my Ubiquitous Red Cup to honor those who don’t have anything, but still get up and go to work every day.

marisacat - 2 September 2011

These preening egos in suits and ties, douchebags of the worst sort, get on our TV and lecture us like their money means they are enlightened. They actually believe, or have convinced themselves, that their money was earned because of the greatness of their “individualism.” In a vacuum. And the rest of us need to be like them. Or we get what we deserve.

I think the propaganda of decades is finally, really paying off for the cadres and crews that run this country… People are so hare-brained and confused….

Years ago that dreadful, but all too effective, R pollster and propagandist, Luntz, used a phrase that I thought really summed it up:

Feed them the words.

People have consumed such utter shit propaganda for so long, in a country where so much of the food has no value, no nutrition… and now too many don’t have enough to eat…

It really is appalling.

9. BooHooHooMan - 3 September 2011

Dow Jonesin’

I see the Dow only dropped 253 points today.
Only a bit over 2%.
So the average Future Winning hopeful, say., 10 dollar an hour, salt-of-the-earth, 80 bucks a dayer with 10 grand in a there-for-the-banksters- pillaging 401K….
is out ,oh, only 200 bucks for the day.
Why work, folks? Oh, Just cook it all up in a bottle cap and
SHOOT that American Dream.
Anybody remember the Good Ole Days™?
When a decent heroin habit was less expensive?

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2011

Obama yields on smog rule in face of GOP demands

So much hope and change we’re literally choking on it.

marisacat - 3 September 2011

I see Chmber of Commerce, Cornyn and others are all very happy with this… I almost think EPA’s Jackson, no green environmentalist she… is a bit taken aback.

We are so blessed.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 3 September 2011

We don’t need no stinking air. We’ll just by cans of O2, and if you can’t afford them, well then you’re obviously a moral deviant and don’t deserve to breathe…

Loved this little graf:

“Many MoveOn members are wondering today how they can ever work for President Obama’s re-election, or make the case for him to their neighbors, when he does something like this, after extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich and giving in to tea party demands on the debt deal,” said Justin Ruben, the group’s executive director.

Oh dear what will they do…

I’m sure Asshole in chief will get plenty of you pitching his schlock…

marisacat - 3 September 2011

MoveOn, in particular, will find a way… snicker. Something that was not a bad idea, way back in 98 or whenever, became a sort of kneeling bench for the party.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 September 2011

and then Ruben held his breath until he turned blue, at which point he gave up and sent out another fundraising email.

marisacat - 3 September 2011

I think they all take DNC or other Dem party money as well…. whcih, if there were ever to be any real opposition, takes care of any “problems”.

Like the buy off the Dems did of the various anti war groups in 2005, 06 and so on. Millions went to the various groups… which either became (or continued to be) fake fronts or just took the money disappeared…

11. marisacat - 3 September 2011


BREAKING [well, kinda sorta – Mcat] – “Deficit plan coming after speech,” by Carrie Budoff Brown:

“President Obama will release a detailed deficit-cutting plan soon after his jobs speech, the White House said Friday, answering Republican critics who demanded more specifics during the debt-limit debate, but reopening old wounds with the Democratic base. The drama surrounding Obama’s new jobs plan has eclipsed the other major item on the White House’s September agenda: to offer his most specific proposal yet for reshaping Medicare, Medicaid and the tax code. In the speech Thursday, Obama will challenge the 12-member congressional supercommittee to exceed its $1.5 trillion goal for budget savings … But the ‘very specific’ deficit recommendations that Obama promised last month won’t come until after the speech … By separating the two plans, Obama wants to maximize political impact for the jobs message …[and the WH is so good at messaging? – Mcat]

“The deficit plan will be more specific than the framework the White House released in April. It is likely to include some unpopular measures that, until now, Obama backed only behind closed doors during the July talks with House Speaker John Boehner

Before the ‘grand bargain’ fell apart over tax revenues, Obama and Boehner agreed on about $250 billion in proposed cuts to Medicare, including gradually raising the eligibility age to 67 and hiking co-pays and premiums for wealthier beneficiaries. They also agreed to change the inflation calculator for Social Security and other federal programs – which critics call a benefit cut. …

[P]rogressives [feared] that the White House planned to tackle both issues in the same speech. …

‘We told him that would be a disaster,’ said Roger Hickey, co-director of the progressive Campaign for America’s Future, who has spoken with White House staff.” http://bit.ly/qJ0VdS

Roger Hickey sounds like an idiot, whoever he is. The disaster is ongoing and present tense.

12. marisacat - 3 September 2011

The Soaps….


–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Roundtable with author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (“That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back”), the Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), No Labels co-founder Mark McKinnon and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

–ABC’s “This Week“: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); political roundtable with Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, radio talk show host and BigJournalism.com Editor Dana Loesch and ABC News’ Jon Karl; economic roundtable with former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Jared Bernstein, the Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman; segment with the family of Fort. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Rep. Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman

— “Fox News Sunday“: Author and former Vice President Dick Cheney (“In My Time”); roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, former RNC Chairman and Bush White House Counselor Ed Gillespie and New York Post columnist Kirsten Powers

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James Hoffa; Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI)

–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS Live“: (Sun., 10 a.m. ET / 1 p.m. ET): Roundtable with author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof (“Half the Sky”), Women for Women International Founder Zainab Salbi and investment banker and co-author Sheryl WuDunn (“Half the Sky”); architect Frank Gehry; Carnegie Mellon doctoral robotics candidate Heather Knight; photographer Platon (TIME and The New Yorker)

13. marisacat - 3 September 2011

hmm Just at the moment, I don’t see how they can wedge him back in….

From Maureen Dowd

[A]nd why is the White House so cocky about Obama as a TV draw against quick-draw Rick Perry? As James Carville acerbically noted, given a choice between watching an Obama speech and a G.O.P. debate, “I’d watch the debate, and I’m not even a Republican.”

The White House caved, of course, and moved to Thursday, because there’s nothing the Republicans say that he won’t eagerly meet halfway.

No. 2 on David Letterman’s Top Ten List of the president’s plans for Labor Day: “Pretty much whatever the Republicans tell him he can do.”

On MSNBC, the anchors were wistfully listening to old F.D.R. speeches, wishing that this president had some of that fight. But Obama can’t turn into F.D.R. for the campaign because he aspires to the class that F.D.R. was a traitor to; and he can’t turn into Harry Truman because he lacks the common touch. He has an acquired elitism.

MSNBC’s Matt Miller offered “a public service” to journalists talking about Obama — a list of synonyms for cave: “Buckle, fold, concede, bend, defer, submit, give in, knuckle under, kowtow, surrender, yield, comply, capitulate.”

And it wasn’t exactly Morning in America when Obama sent out a mass e-mail to supporters Wednesday under the heading “Frustrated.”

It unfortunately echoed a November 2010 parody in The Onion with the headline, “Frustrated Obama Sends Nation Rambling 75,000-Word E-Mail.” ….

Prolly not a good idea to be a laughing stock… and looks like it is headed that way.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 3 September 2011

I think he’s just about arrived at laughing stock…he definitely sounds ridiculous whenever he opens his mouth and speechifies nonsense at another round of the theater of the absurd (JOBiez and DEAFicIT or is that DEAFicIT and JOBiez?)

14. marisacat - 3 September 2011

oh say it isn’t so ????

I heard a trickle that after Paterson and after his speeches (kill us now, please!) on JAHBZ and then deficit (deceit, works for me!) he and la famille – or maybe just he and Mother Michelle –

are off to Bali

(I looked it up…. He and Mother go to Bali for an East Asia Summit in Nov…. and are hitting up a few related areas, maybe.. From the press n Australia, sounds like they almost wish he would not bother, having stood them up twice. My own prediction, if they don’t find some poor girls for her to lecture, she flies home early – in one snit or another… )

15. marisacat - 3 September 2011


[P]aterson Mayor Jeffrey Jones, a Democrat, said the hurricane was only partly responsible for the immense economic challenges facing his city. And while he is thankful for the president’s visit, he said he hopes to see a change in the national political dialogue so that the task of fixing the economy will come before party politics.

“Even before the hurricane, we were a city just striving and struggling to find a way to stay on the treadmill of the American dream. What they’re talking about in Washington — the budget ceiling, gas prices, all that stuff — those conversations have little to do with the conversations here and what real people are experiencing,” Jones said.

For a small business owner like Tartaglione, Obama’s visit is cause for some limited optimism.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what can be done for us — that week that was lost is lost,” he said. “But maybe the publicity from the president’s visit could help, and help put us more in the public eye. All the stories of the hurricane that were on around the clock — all of the news about us is already disappearing.”

People Mag oops no! I mean, Politico….

16. marisacat - 4 September 2011



…. 😯

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