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Oversight… 28 September 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.

A keeper at the Calauit island wildlife sanctuary in Busuanga, Palawan province, in the western Philippines, feeds giraffes with  leaves

A keeper at the Calauit island wildlife sanctuary in Busuanga, Palawan province, in the western Philippines, feeds giraffes with leaves [TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images]


He and his are such shits….. I scooped this up, full text, from the better-than-one-might-expect-him-to-be legal writer at Politico, of all places…

Suit: Obama administration won’t ID Intelligence Oversight Board

A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims that the Obama administration is refusing to disclose the identities of those serving on a key panel that oversees the intelligence community.

The suit filed in San Francisco by the Electronic Frontier Foundation accuses the Office of the Director of National Intelligence of failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request submitted in February seeking information on appointments to the Intelligence Oversight Board. (The complaint is posted here.)

Under an executive order issued by President Barack Obama, intelligence agencies are required to report violations of surveillance laws to the IOB, which is a component of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Obama also restored the IOB’s authority to refer violations of law to the Attorney General.

Obama has announced the appointment of 11 individuals to the PIAB, but the White House has never publicly disclosed the membership of the IOB, the lawsuit says. (The co-chairs of the PIAB, former senators David Boren and Chuck Hagel, were announced with some fanfare by Obama back in 2009.)

“The IOB has a critically important mission – civilian oversight of America’s intelligence activities. The board exists to make sure government agencies are not overstepping their authority and abusing citizens’ rights,” EFF’S Mark Rumold said in a statement. “History has shown that intelligence encies overseeing their own behavior is like the fox guarding the henhouse. If the IOB is ineffective, impaired, or short-staffed, that’s information Americans need to know.”

A spokesman for ODNI declined to comment on the new suit. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a query from POLITICO about the IOB’s membership.



1. marisacat - 28 September 2011

Catch sight of the expensive “cop toy” that SMBIV got a pic of at Occupy Wall St…

BooHooHooMan - 28 September 2011

For calling in airstrikes, obviously.
Perfect for Lower Manhattan.
They are so smart.
Of course when the shit really hits the fan, any comrade with a ball hitch and a Ford F 150 can simply tow it off with stunned, shaved head,, dumbfuck copupants inside. 😯 LOL. 😆

Under normal ridiculous conditions – it’ll prolly be sold at auction and rolled into some cop’s Wedding Limo biz – to go of course with the armored Stretch Hummièr (with Carrièr Deck Rooftop!)
(And Olympic Sized Pool! (( Fly in! Enjoy a Swim! ) )

Gotta love New York.
Still putting the Claaasy in Class Warfare. And still as vulnerable-in-tower to any villager willing to put torch to dung heap.

marisacat - 28 September 2011

Madman said he has seen the cherry picker cop thing set up in Times Sq..

marisacat - 28 September 2011

I’d prefer the travelling Guillotine… but that’s just moi.

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 September 2011


2. diane - 28 September 2011

Lots of pertinent reads up at BlackAgenda Report today. From Glenn Ford:

Obama Humiliates the Black Caucus – and They Pretend Not to Notice

By June of 2008, it was clear to Obama and his handlers that there was no insult that African Americans would not gladly endure – even cheer – for the chance to see one of their own in the Oval Office. For the first time in history, Blacks had made not a single demand in a presidential election; their bamboozlement was complete. A no-risk, public humiliation of Black folks was in order, for the benefit of white voters who might still be wondering if Obama was really the kind of Negro who could be trusted with the keys to the White House. What better day to denigrate Black men, than Father’s Day?

With a feigned familiarity dripping with contempt, Obama scorned and mocked cardboard characters named “Pookie” and “Ray-Ray” for “acting like boys instead of men,” sitting on the couch watching television while feeding cold chicken to their children who were then let out to roam the streets. “You and I know how true this is in the African-American community,” said the candidate.

The larger, intended audience – white people, via corporate media – read the reassuring news: “Obama Tells Black Fathers to Act Like Men” ( AFP ), “Obama Calls on Black Men to Be Better Fathers” ( U.S. News & World Report ), “Black Fathers Missing From Too Many Lives” ( The Age ), “Obama Calls for More Responsibility From Black Fathers” ( NYT ).

Obama shrewdly chose “the politically conservative (in Black terms) Apostolic Church of God as the venue for his blanket Black male denunciation,” as a reminder to “whites that he was no longer a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, formerly pastored by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, also located on Chicago’s South Side,” we wrote.

Like others, we at BAR were outraged:

“Can one imagine Obama or any other presidential aspirant repeatedly hectoring any other ethnic group on moral issues? Singling out Jews for excessive materialism? The Irish for excessive drinking? Of course not; that would be unfair and politically suicidal. But there are large regions of the white body politic in which it is not only acceptable, but damn near required, that politicians demonstrate their impatience with the alleged moral shortcomings of Black people. Barack Obama trolls for votes in those foul waters, at the cost of Black people’s dignity.”

Three years later, in the same week that he bowed down to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the assembled nations of the world, in New York City, Obama took his church voice to the Congressional Black Caucus annual awards dinner to very pointedly demand that Blacks stop bugging their president about the economic catastrophe that has befallen them, and his own role in it. “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” Obama hectored . “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

Black Caucus chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver had earlier told reporters, “If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this [Black unemployment] problem, we probably would be marching on the White House.” But Obama came to lay down the law: any marching that you might do will be for my re-election.

The well-oiled crowd cheered.

Los Angeles congresswoman Maxine Waters seemed to be the only Black lawmaker capable of an adult response:

“I’m not sure who the president was addressing. I found that language a bit curious. The president spoke to the Hispanic Caucus… he certainly didn’t tell them to stop complaining and he never would say that to the gay and lesbian community who really pushed him on don’t ask don’t tell or even in a speech to APEC, he would never say to the Jewish community stop complaining about Israel.”

But she won’t hold it against Obama.


(bolding mine)

marisacat - 28 September 2011

He’s a black overseer… and they seem just fine with it. Comfy old habits.

diane - 28 September 2011

I always knew he was a Trojan Horse (and yes stupidly, last minute pulled that switch, “versus McCrank,” anway), but I didn’t think it was possible to despise someone as much as I despise Cheney, Bush and crew ….now I know better.

The bedroom slippers remark was hideous beyond all belief, most especially … after yet another execution of a, likely innocent of the crime, Not $$$$White$$$$$ ™, … human being.

marisacat - 28 September 2011

Soemone who used to post here wrote me yesterday that he reacts ”as viscerally” to Obby as he did to Bush.


diane - 28 September 2011

yup …P[ermanent?]TSD ….

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 September 2011

I do as well … I have to turn the channel. People I really like and love were suckered by that asshole, and for all the things I hate him for, I despise him most for that.

ts - 28 September 2011

Oh, I react even more so.

diane - 28 September 2011

that execution …being a chilling, hideous, white gloved (therefore fully removed from the scene of the horrendous crime against humanity), Political Trade Off ™, …. for the execution of a fully guilty of the crime, po white trash human, …who, himself, was a tragic product of his $$$$$WHITE$$$$ Overseers ….

diane - 28 September 2011

(to qualify, if I had it to do over again, I STILL wouldn’t have voted ReThuglican, that, … will never happen.)

diane - 28 September 2011

and I truly appreciated this meaty piece (what care and detail taken in writing it too), …since this looming issue is so rarely (if ever), discussed on the MAJOR!!!! BLAWGhhhhs/SOCIAL!!!!! NET WORKS : destroying (along with the Libraries), the last bastion of the dire importance and right of citizens to communicate free of privately owned enterprises:

How to Privatize the Post Office: Piece by Piece, Step by Step

Tue, 09/27/2011 – 18:45 — Al Bilik

Think it would take an act of Congress to privatize the postal system? They’ve been privatizing the post office for four decades, piece by piece, step by step. It’s called “piecemeal privatization,” and it works like this.

Step Two: Contracting Out

The main strategy for piecemeal privatization is, as postal workers know well, “contracting out.” Throughout its history, almost all of the work of the government’s Post Office was done “in house.” That changed in 1988 when President Reagan’s Commission on Privatization submitted its report Privatization: Toward More Effective Government [pdf file, but worth the pain in the ass if able to access – diane], and outsourcing came into fashion across the spectrum of government agencies. The commission recommended that the Postal Service more actively pursue contracting out opportunities in all of its functions. (It also recommended that the private express statutes, which mandate the postal monopoly, be repealed to allow competition in the provision of any postal service.)

[much, much more]

(bolding mine, ….yup, not a part of O’Bombster’s Stumuliii to make any attempt (not even a pretense of attempt) to save that Public Institution, nor its multitude of employees (temp and perm), who have been, and will be losing their shirts and don’t stand a chance of being hired in the gated, securitized “worlds” ofFinance, SECURITY!!!!! … and Facebook, Google, Apple, or Microsoft …..et al, … (yes there was some redundancy in that list).)

diane - 28 September 2011

(oopsie, had intended the [much, much more] link to lead back to Al’s, meaty read, ….. though can’t say I’m regretting the blunder (except for that accidentally pasted left quotation mark), … as both pieces are well worth reading. … :0) ….;0) …)

diane - 28 September 2011

(While on the subject, I still believe the ANTHRAX SCARE!!!!! was intended, in part, as a ten ton nail in the desired coffin of The US [PUBLIC] Post Office … .

Not only did that SCARE not appear to hinder UPS, FEDEX, DHL .. whatsoever (many “thanks,” surely, to those OWNERS of that Fourth Estate ) -…despite the fact that ANTHRAX could have been far more easily transmitted via those privatized companies -……but, I’m betting, …. it more than likely increased those privatized communications/delivery companies’ revenues, in comparison to the disastrous result it had on the US [Public] Post Office.

that ANTHRAX SCARE!!!!! ™, …was a feature, not a bug. …It was a vicious crime against the public, …yet to be brought to justice.)

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 September 2011

Observations of a Jailed Journalist

Between when the Occupy Wall Street protests began on Sept. 17 and this weekend’s wave of media coverage stemming from the arrests, the protesters have complained about being largely ignored by traditional media, including the major national and even metropolitan newspapers, the cable TV news channels and the local network news stations. Meanwhile, argue the protesters, similarly sized Tea Party demonstrations in recent years have received considerable coverage. The general consensus among the Occupy Wall Street protesters was that it was important to document constantly what is happening, and to present their own story when other media hasn’t.

The protesters have also claimed that the media coverage they did receive painted them in an unflattering light and hasn’t accurately represented them. Saturday’s New York Times article characterized the protesters as uninformed, mostly white hippies and trust-funded anti-capitalists. As a result, the protesters I spoke with were quite media savvy and conscious of their need to represent themselves in an attempt to legitimize their cause, which they’ve been doing on their website, on Twitter and on Youtube. In fact, they have an entire media team assembled at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, where about a dozen laptops are being powered by a portable generator, and citizen journalists are constantly uploading new footage.

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have been criticized, including in the aforementioned New York Times piece, as unorganized and lacking in any concrete goals, other than to raise awareness about economic corruption.

But as we all sat in a jail, I noticed an interesting thing happen.

People began to talk very seriously about organizing in a more cohesive way than they have been. Jailhouse rookies, who had never been arrested or involved in radical political activities, listened attentively as experienced activists spoke about the need to set clear demands in order to rally broader public support for specific outcomes.

I don’t know what’s going to happen to Occupy Wall Street as a movement. Maybe it will fizzle out, maybe it will grow. I do know that whatever happens will be documented. And I know that there’s a history of activist movements being bolstered when leaders and followers alike are jailed together.

My cellmate Daniel Gross, a protester who volunteers as an organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World Union, helped create the first union for Starbucks employees.

“I think the NYPD is really going to try to spin what happened today,” Gross told the group, as he handed out his contact information. “I think that we should organize our own press conference.”

Around 10:30 p.m. the police began letting us leave our cell in groups of two. Before leaving, many traded contact information through smuggled business cards and contraband pens.

The still-jailed cheered the newly free.

marisacat - 28 September 2011

oh that was cheering!

diane - 29 September 2011

and look at all those cities listed on the sidebar of this link, Yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!! that’s the first glimmer of hope I’ve had in a while

Whose cities? Our cities! ;0).

marisacat - 29 September 2011

Hello!! madman sent me this…. Link to Business Insider [link fixed! Mcat]

NY Transit union decides to support the Occupy Wall St! Plus other info/links. OH!!! my fingers are crossed over this protest!!

diane - 29 September 2011
marisacat - 29 September 2011

oops your link failed too….

diane - 29 September 2011
diane - 29 September 2011

(thanks for the fixes honey!)

diane - 29 September 2011

Thanks! After reading that piece, my smile is even bigger.


diane - 29 September 2011

(oops, I was referring to the Business Insider piece)

marisacat - 29 September 2011

It was cheering wasn’ t it?

diane - 29 September 2011

yes, it was honey! Between all of the occupied cities, the Business Insider piece and the Postal Service Ralley piece, I’m fokkin giddy! ;0)

Here’s an awwwwwwww, isn’t that sweet piccy to celebrate!

awwwwww :0) ;0)

marisacat - 29 September 2011


I think baby is sayng, OK, they warned me Mama will lick you clean… I am going to have to get used to this tho…. not sure how I feel about this!

diane - 29 September 2011

yeah, baby do look a tad grumpus,do I haz to take a bath? …(must be a male :0) ;0) ) …ma is like totally content, crossin her eyes with it ….I won’t have predatory blood sucking insects on my kittles, ….or in my den ;0)

4. marisacat - 29 September 2011

hmm Puhleese!.. they really think we are stupid.

diane - 29 September 2011

:0) … ohhh my, … how unRoyal like, …is that a grimace? An I can’t wait to get to the limo and use the bacterial wipes look?

and where are those typical long lines so reminiscent of the only stores where the 99% are forced to shop for cheap (yet pricey afterall) shit that will fall apart in a month, with no warranty?

BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

It’s all so Historic and Celebrity-Endorsement-Deal-associated now.
LOL. I do believe it’s Official! – – –
We got ourselves here the first Wholly Automated, On Demand, Text Scrollable, Low Calorie, Link’d In, Discreet Smoking Advertisssment, Fully Facebook’d First Couple a’ Twits WITH a nice Do-it-Yourself House AND Garden Section I might add.

Is there anything they DON’T do? 😆
(Don’t answer that. It’s…. Advertising).

marisacat - 29 September 2011

YUP… I am guessing it was her decision to select paper towels and cleaning materials… as if. Oh please… the first thing I would farm out, if I had the cash…

What bullshite.

Isn’t Target trying to expand into groceries (I keep hoping they – and or Wal Mart – will provde some competition to safeway, which has a MONOPOLY here and in many areas)… and if I recall correctly they had a MASSIVELY flawed roll out of some (imo) uglee versions of Missoni.

Site crashes, orders cancelled, orders delayed, etc.

BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

The Premier Product Placement Presidency™.


BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

Motherfuckers gonna crack a Bud Lite at the next presser
I say just trot him out in Nascar and Winston gear.

BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

First Lady by J. Crew and Target.
President via Goldman Sachs Underwriting / IPO / Stock Dump Waiting in the Wings * Social Media Company Town Hall.

Upload Your Own Logo! For the Backdrop!

Miss Out on GOOGLE?!!

Be the Next Facebook!

Or Link’d In!

And Hey Folks!
A Little Light in the pockets?
Too Busy Looting YOUR Felonious Firm?!

😆 It all so Historically FUNNY 😆

BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

Oh and I need a space between the Google and Facebook logos.
Corporate Display Guidelines, you know. 😆 😉

diane - 29 September 2011

Ohh my hon, you’re in fine fuckin form (as usual),…and I love it, topped off my day!

Have a wonderful evening all!


marisacat - 29 September 2011

I had the hummingbird drones do it. (I picked some up at Target!)


BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

😆 Thanks!


A SALE this week! – in HUMAN RIGHTS!

Less than two weeks after the end of the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers, President Barack Obama is set to keynote a major gay rights group’s annual dinner this weekend in Washington.

Obama is scheduled to speak at the Human Rights Campaign’s 15th annual dinner on Saturday night at the Washington Convention Center, the group announced. Close to 3,000 people are expected at the event for the nation’s largest organization fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.

“We are honored to share this night with President Obama who has ™ ™ ™ a tremendous record of accomplishment ™ ™ ™ 😆 for LGBT people,” HRC president Joe Solmonese 😆 said in a statement. “On the heels of the end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ we look forward to celebrating our victories and redoubling our efforts for the fights that remain ahead.”

War and Human Rights. They Go Together.
Like a nice cold_____( your company here ) _____.

Pastel Cummerbunds , Bow Ties, and Lavender Formals in the discount bin out front with the Official Reverend Jackson/ CBC/ Old Rainbow Coalition merchandise.

marisacat - 29 September 2011

jokes, all of them.

I think some margins are being played…. even as Slobby struggles to claw back up. Jamie Dimon was at Mittens fundaisers (Madman caught that one) and I saw that Shmidt of GoogleSnoogle has been in contact with Huntsman (why I wonder? No way Mittens would pick another Mormon for the ticket… I would think he would try fr a Rubio type…. )

marisacat - 29 September 2011

Lavander cummerbunds IN
Black bedroom slippers OUT

diane - 29 September 2011

hummers? ….Ohhh you fuckin clown baby! …you two are a fuckin mess…;0o.. ;0) !!!!!


(oh shit, I’m gonna be late …see younz …..)

BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

HeHee- thing is, when I saw Baby Fat Hunter as secret shopper in Target, I just knew by the time I showed up either Mcat or you would have pounced on it. LOL. I actually WAITED for it, barely able to breathe giggling so.

And lemme tell ya, from really looking at the pic,
The Target in Alexandria Virginia now has no customers whatsoever. LOL. well other than the incredible draw that motivates everybody with an 800 Thousand Dollar an Hour motorcade and security detail to come in for a few sundries.
A real frugal shopper tho, eh? LOL.

Welp™, – the Economy “thing” hasn’t been bettter than OLD MAN Bush, …Bring HIM back and his dumbfuck political ops, savin’ the world, henh, ~one sock at time.

marisacat - 29 September 2011

There are more pics too…. as BI used one on the main page by the story headline and a second one when you opened the story…

she appears to sorta maybe be in line to pay in the one linked above….

marisacat - 29 September 2011

ABC national news is covering the Target outing!! SO exciting!


OOPS!!! No it is CBS!! No Disney in the deal… Scott Pelley doing duty … how i mistook him for Diane S I will never know!!

BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

Oh they HAVE customers! 😆 Whoopsie! I see the Classic Employed White Male Casual Sports Gear Wearing Mid-Week Shopper in line right behind her!
BOTH, who, looking again,
by my read anyways, LOL. just butted in line in front of Worried White Girl Holding Lampshade Lest Bulb Burns Too Bright.

marisacat - 29 September 2011

The thread at BI thought the male was SS.

I still find the whole thing odd.

BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

Yeh look at the pic.

F E E L the consumer confidence returning!
No workers in sight.
Jeezis H. Christ, I’d have more respect for her and their political ops if it was from an APB surveillance shot broadcast for a SHOPLIFTER. 😆

marisacat - 29 September 2011

The one inside witht he story says it is AP…. and the story tonight on CBS is that only the cashier recognised her, a younger black woman, from the pic they provided of the two of them at check-out

Supposedly she shopped alone for about 30 mins and again they said she bought cleaning supplies.

It all makes no sense. Frankly…. I mean, buying cleaning supplies. Why didn’t they have her pick up dog food (or toys?) for Bo? Cleaning supplies?

BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

They should have really checked out the ASTROTURF.
Not just for Porticoes or the Truman Balcony,
Hell, they should just do the whole first floor and West Wing in the shit. Let Bo poop away! Hose it right off! Not a problem!

This is one of those little formative tids floating by like GHWB’s socks trip that backfire. Nothing in itself, it dies out with the news cycle but the kinda toolish shtick that registers~~ cash-registers them as toolish shtick.

It’s like in the Bible – 😉
He who lives by a very short shelf life.… etc.

AP photographer Charles Dharapak told CBS News he took pictures of the first lady at the Target on Route 1 in Alexandria, Virginia.

The first lady’s office confirmed that the pictures showed Mrs. Obama, though it did not immediately respond when asked if it tipped off Dharapak. 😆

“It is not uncommon for the First Lady to slip out 😆 to run an errand, eat at a local restaurant or otherwise enjoy the city outside the White House gates,” said Kristina Schake, communications director for the First Lady.

Bitch – > Clue: Shopping for most people isn’t FUN.

It sounds to me like it’s also , excuse me, Dawning on those target pea-shooting, Rahmen noodle inspired, never-waste-a-retarded-marketing-opportunity Obama political ops who figure SHE also needs to be scrubbed up and rehabilitated . Gone , are the daze when Barry first started hitting the skids and they would breezily trot out the Michele more popular than EVAH” crap. And while these little stunts are about propping Barry up , I’d bet they have some nasty internals showing she isn’t helpin with anybody let alone the wimmins specifically.

Like This kinda shit is going to sell?
When people can’t afford FOOD?
And her hectoring about that?
When – Hello- click here Weight Watchers
her uhm ISSUE is directly linked to FOOD PRICES.

Unless she’s handing out a car – – – full of MONEY –
there’s only one Oprah, girlfriend.
Het ‘s dead, baby, het ‘s dead.

marisacat - 29 September 2011

I’d bet they have some nasty internals showing she isn’t helpin with anybody let alone the wimmins specifically.

No question, I think their private polling has been deadly.

5. BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

Mcat – you always have the most scrumptious hors d’oeuvres-

and only the cashier recognised her ;lol


Recognize Me? Hello??
Michelle Obama?!??
The First Lady?? Ordinary Shopper?

Well, FINE, Lady –
FiRST – YOU can hand over $19.95,
and I can go on break.

It encapsulates so much.
The cashier and the soon-to-be-cashiered.
The success of going un-noticed.
So Brilliant, politically!
Chess boards ON SALE in Games and Toys!

Okay. I’m done shoppin..
Anybody up for a Whoopy Burger and a malted?

BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

Anybody up for a Whoopy Burger and a malted?

Whoops! – Kids! Anybody Got any money??!
Markos?! – Bowers?! – Aravosis in the back????

ts - 29 September 2011

Remember that beach we cleared off in Spain? The cashier was probably the only person let within 500 yards of her that wasn’t SS.

marisacat - 29 September 2011


cleaned off and hand raked.

What a joke it all is.

BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

Oh Definitely. The guy behind her was a bodyman…
But ya have to admit, 😉 it all went to shit after down-home Jacqueline Kennedy got mixed up with that Greek. 😆

But seriously, . Spain, Martha’s Vineyard, The Royal Visit, LOL,
Time for the ole Reverse My Fair Lady.
Oh its going to be a scream now watching them chafe at having to give up the whole Precious Eleganté thing.

Obby’s near-emphysemic Black Preacher Pastiche of slu’dtagethacadence ‘ndroppinuvconsn’its at the Congressional Black Caucus was about the funniest damn thing I’d seen innaLowwwwnn Ti ….

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 September 2011

wow, in Forbes, of all places: Why I Support the Teachers Unions

Many left-leaning school reformers believe this largely as a last resort. These are typically liberals who believe in public education but have become frustrated with what they see as union resistance to much-needed reforms. There is no doubt that unions oppose many reforms. The question is, should they? Much of the time, I think they should.

Many right-leaning reformers, and some liberals as well, are simply in the business of union-busting, seeking to dismantle a powerful political opponent while ushering for-profit schools in through the side door, and handing out lucrative contracts to political allies in the private sector. For a good example of this second camp, go to Scott Walker’s Wisconsin. Or follow Michelle Rhee around the country – to Florida, Nevada, or wherever she is voicing her support for union-busting at the moment.

Right or left, this is essentially the neoliberal approach to school reform. Technocratic, choice-based, with a troubling dose of private, for-profit groups thrown into to the mix. Mayor Bloomberg’s New York schools are a perfect example of technocratic, anti-democratic leadership at the top, coupled with private contractors, high-stakes testing companies, and union-busting advocacy groups working from the ground up.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 September 2011
BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

Which is great.
The last thing needed IMHO tho – (other than tactical swelling , and I’m still out on that) is that this is co-opted by the same coterie of NY pols, Union mooks and Dem camp movement wreckers of the sort that have come in to co-opt every momentum gaining movement over the last 50 years. …

There is a very definite antithetical-to-the-movement movement afoot to cage this quick. As OWS is getting global press.
Enter the perfunctory Dem ops by the busload.
(And with US media coverage at least) microphone afforded to Union veal pen rounders first.

….As the SEC has just announced some “new” shift in strategy to “go after” the “negligent” Banksters thereby allowing them to “reign in” yadda yadda yah…without pursing FRAUD.
The Admin, also known AS Wall Street…
has adopted a sort of Carville Show Trial Lite….

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 September 2011

it will be interesting to see if the whole thing has enough of it’s own momentum to resist all that.

8. BooHooHooMan - 29 September 2011

Yeh, well,…Michelle.
When out for the cleaning supplies,
..how about picking up a a jug of Fuckin-Fucked-Be-Gone™ with

Gallup’s rolling 3-Day avg. – 39%

9. ts - 29 September 2011


I hitchhiked here from Maine,” said Troy Thibodeau (last name used by permission) under the giant Nazi tank trap sculpture. He was 47 years old, had long hair, shapeless jeans and dried paint on his sneakers. It was about 2 a.m. “If the police think we’ll go home just because they’re making things difficult, then the police don’t know how difficult things are at home. I’m eating better here, with all the donations and stuff. Back in 2008, I was so depressed that I wanted to kill myself. The only thing that stopped me was I couldn’t figure out how to do it without hurting my family. You don’t want to leave people with that thought about you.

“I was a handyman in Ft. Lauderdale for 24 years. All the work dried up in 2008 when the economy collapsed, and somebody stole my drum kit. I used to play in a band, Spontaneous Combustion, and be out all night, then get up after an hour’s sleep and dig post holes all day. Didn’t think anything about it, until it all just ended. Finally, I called my brother and said, ‘I got nothing. I’m on the street.’ He let me move into his attic in Maine, and he let me use a computer, for the first time ever. Oh man, I went down every rabbit hole doing research on that computer, learned the truth about the scumbags who work in these office buildings. Now I spend every nickel I got on making DVDs and printing flyers, trying to get the word out. In a couple days, I’m going back to Maine for the Harvest Festival. Then I’ll go to Washington on October 6 for that demonstration, or come back here. If you’re depressed, protesting is the best possible thing to do. This is how I’m going to spend the rest of my life.

marisacat - 29 September 2011

oooo thanks for that!

marisacat - 30 September 2011

went and read it, the actual last line is a HOOT!!

10. marisacat - 29 September 2011

gad… I had the worst time hunting this up…

The Pentagon has burned 9,500 copies of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s memoir “Operation Dark Heart,” his book about going undercover in Afghanistan.

A Department of Defense official tells Fox News that the department purchased copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security.

The U.S. Army originally cleared the book for release.

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency attempted to block the book about the tipping point in Afghanistan and a controversial pre-9/11 data mining project called “Able Danger.” . . . .

Read more: Link to FOX News

[S]haffer, who was undercover at the time, said there was “stunned silence” at the meeting after he told the executive director of the commission and others that Atta was identified as early as 2000 by “Able Danger.”

“Dr. Philip Zelikow approached me in the corner of the room. ‘What you said today is very important. I need you to get in touch with me as soon as you return from your deployment here in Afghanistan’,” Shaffer said.

Once back in the U.S., Shaffer says he contacted the commission. Without explanation, the commission was no longer interested. An inspector general report by the Department of Defense concluded there was no evidence to support the claims of Shaffer and others. But Fox News has obtained an unredacted copy of the IG report containing the names of witnesses, who backed up Shaffer’s story when contacted for comment.

Atta was the alleged ringleader of the Sept. 11 hijackers and piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center.

Shaffer spoke to Fox News before he was asked by the military not to discuss the book. He confirmed efforts to block the book and other details. . . . . . .

11. marisacat - 30 September 2011

Thin ice:

“This is a great country that had gotten a little soft, and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades,” Obama told Payne. “We need to get back on track, but I still wouldn’t trade our position with any countries on Earth. We still have the best universities, best scientists and best workers in the world. We still have the most dynamic economic system in the world. So we just need to bring those things together.”

Not sure that shoppy droppy outings to Target are going to cut it…

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 September 2011

in other words, it’s the workers’ fault.

marisacat - 30 September 2011


12. marisacat - 30 September 2011

While I was at Cpunch for ts’s link….

Mamammmama mia… even I did not think it was this bad…

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 September 2011

wish I could say I was surprised

13. marisacat - 30 September 2011

Wapo, Targetted kills a go go:

News Alert: U.S.-born cleric and al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Aulaqi killed, Yemen says

September 30, 2011 5:50:56 AM

Anwar al-Aulaqi, the radical Yemeni-American cleric and one of the most influential al-Qaeda operatives wanted by the United States, has been killed in Yemen’s Marib province, Yemen’s Defense Ministry said Friday morning.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 30 September 2011

FWIW Jeremy Scahill on MSNBC says this dude was kind of a non entity in terms of AQ; a mid level manager type, practically unknown in Yemen. A boogeyman for ‘merikkkans.

btw I guess the air strike killed second US citizen

marisacat - 30 September 2011

that makes sense doesn’t it. We needed a “hunt and kill” so like we do so often, we conjured one up.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 30 September 2011

By “we” you mean the royal “we” dont you? Royal, as in how Obama considers himself. 👿

Joking aside “we” do need our distractions and I’m sure the timing of this “extra judicial killing” has nothing to do with the Obama campaign…

marisacat - 30 September 2011

Well I have always used “we” for the horror that we wage. From the very early years of Vietnam…. I wasn’t necessarily concious at the time for Korea… but ever since.

I wish I had greater physical courage… or had the courage, ever, to withhold tax… but I lack that sort of ability/physical courage to go against the State. One reason I love protest so much…

14. ts - 30 September 2011

On how the Green Party has been entirely co-opted in Germany.


Working class districts are less tempted. In February the Greens won 9.2% of the vote in the affluent Blankenese district, but only 6% in the poor suburbs of Rothenburgsort, where more than half the electorate abstained. Here there are no cycle tracks and lofts with geothermal heating, but dirty concrete blocks heated with oil, and run-down shops. “Vote Green? Me? Do you take me for an idiot?” said Joachim Riepke, 32, unemployed, whom I met as he was mending his scooter on the pavement. He is one of the 6.7 million Germans within the Hartz IV system, created by amalgamating the unemployment benefit and social security systems. “Three hundred and fifty-nine euros a month. And you have to work for almost nothing. At the moment, the Jobcentre is leaving me in peace, but two months ago they called me in to wash dishes in an old people’s home for two weeks. You can’t say no otherwise it’s goodbye to your benefit. Would you want me to vote for that?”

By “that”, Piepke means the SPD-Green majority, which in 2005 set up the harshest unemployment benefit system in Europe. Hartz IV forces those eligible to take “one-euro jobs”, move house if their accommodation is judged too costly and obey a long list of bureaucratic stipulations on pain of losing their allowance. “The most drastic cut in social security since 1949” was what the conservativeFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called it when it was presented (on 30 June 2004).

Ganjafied Gabacho - 30 September 2011

I hope the good germans go Pirate.

Fuck “Green.” It’s been a Madison avenue come on for a long, long time (ok, so there’s no Madison ave in deutchland, but I’m sure they’ve got their version).

It kills me, I’m a completely crunchy, organic ganja burning hippy, but every time I hear the adjective “green” attached to any kind of human activity I immediately think, “BULLSHIT”

I think we need a new language, because most of the words and their constructed metaphors are entirely co-opted by the fucking profiteers…

15. Ganjafied Gabacho - 30 September 2011

Here are some of the lessons I learned the hard way while living and working in Mesa, Arizona (home of State Senator Russell Pearce who is currently being forced into a special elections):

Art. . The first thing I learned was colors. In Arizona you are one of two colors. First there is White, a primary-majority color. Next there is Brown, a secondary- demoralized color.

In Mesa, the color brown has two shades. One shade is a “Legal Brown” – which is tolerable so long as you don’t come across as “too ethnic”. The other shade is “Illegal Brown” – which is considered morally reprehensible and should promptly “go back to where they came from”. “Legal Brown” is often lumped together with “Illegal Brown”, where “Legal Browns” get deported by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I am lucky enough to pass for Anglo even though I’m Puerto Rican.

My husband, a very obvious Brown, is not as fortunate. … victim of racial profiling …. It happened more often after the signing of SB 1070, and it doesn’t matter to law enforcement that he was born a U.S. citizen.

Economics. The decrease in enrollment in our schools has been devastating for Arizona but it was the teachers that were hit the hardest. Many families left out of fear. When families fled, their money went with them . Not only did teachers suffer salary freezes but now many were playing the role of special counselors. The students were nervous. Several asked me if it was true that Arpaio was going to take them out of their beds at night and arrest them. These kids were 6 and 7 year olds. Imagine trying to teach a group of children who were afraid they were going to be deported.. Their young minds were focused on whether or not their families were going to be ripped apart instead of education.

Tucson Citizen

The author is a hispanic republican transplant from cali. Normally that would mean I wouldn’t give this person a drink of H2O in the desert (ok, well not really) but hey racism makes kindred of all, and her Tequila Party, is fascinating phenom (at least to me)

16. Ganjafied Gabacho - 30 September 2011

Idgets call it purfect Clara Tea

Ganjafied Gabacho - 30 September 2011

Ay cabron!…for want of a quotation mark a quote was lost

Here she goes again: Clara Tea

17. marisacat - 30 September 2011

Yum Yum… Madman sent me this… statement from OWS for Setpember 30, 2011. They are marching on One Police Plaza tonight…

Greetings from Occupied Wall Street,

18. marisacat - 30 September 2011



……………. 😯

19. ts - 30 September 2011

I try to click on the link and I get “Known malicious website blocked” by Norton.

marisacat - 30 September 2011

which link?

ts - 30 September 2011

the occupywallst.org site – see my post in your next item

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