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Signal 7 October 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Occupy Wall Street.

The demonstrators are protesting bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment [Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images]



1. BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2011

In a placed little remedial puff-piece of journalistic dictation, The NYT gives private-sector Thief/ City Hall corrupt/ politically discredited New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, (Bankster Insider Trading Data Guy turned NYPD Street Goon Executive)….
a do – over.
Hmm, for Today anyways, Mike now sadly says occupywallstreet reminds him of the Viet Nam war protests..

psst – Mike – Nice try, Flounder.
….Hardly the conflicted, divisive issue anymore.
Try and tie it perhaps to one of the popular New quagmire wars brought to us by your profiteering political class?
Think you’ll have luck with that?
Oh why not link it to World War 2?

So could there be any undesirable consequence – Could there perhaps be any little problem in trying to link Wall Street to veritable World Trade Center Crusade Grounds.?
I’ve been thinking, something I occasionally do in between moments of not runnin my mouth, but the very nexus of these protests, right there tucked on the corner Ground Zero , of public mind’s strolling crossroads, if you will, right there, Ground Zero ,right there,….

Right there between the World Trade Center and Wall Street .

Not a good linkage they want people to associate with…

2. marisacat - 8 October 2011

Golly! I hear that Suskind is running around saying things like ”Obama is evolving”. One thing is certain, he may let that fall from his mouth, but he has been around too long to buy it himself.


no such slobber from Michael Hudson.

3. marisacat - 8 October 2011

hmm Margot Kidder on the Keystone Pipeline

[“N]ow take a number and get in line.”

I walked up the line handing out flyers detailing with the real number of jobs that the pipeline will generation, in contrast to the hundreds of thousands promised on the laughable TV ads that are running endlessly on MSNBC, and the 13,000 to 20,000 thousand being publicly promised by TransCanada. TransCanada’s application to the State Department had clearly admitted that they anticipated needing a workforce of 3,500 to 4,200 and that of those potential jobs only 10 to 12 percent would be locally hired. You do the math.

When I got to the front of the line the orange shirts were giving their numbers to a woman with a list of names on it. She would check off that number (let’s just call it 68) against the name and then turn to another woman on the truck next to her and call out the number. The second woman would go through her stack of envelopes looking for number 68, which, once found, was then handed to the body in front of her. She was backlit, and inside the envelope was the distinctive shape of a check.

Wow. Corruption in real time. I was a thrilled to witness the practice first-hand.

“Get out of here!” the first peroxided blonde yelled.

“I’m just handing out fact sheets.” I said. “I’m a union member too.” I didn’t mention that the union I was referencing was the Screen Actors Guild; it just didn’t seem the right time.

. . . . .

I give Margot a lot of credit, back in the Bush admin, in the heat of trying (well, whatever, protest at leawst that we could not) to stop the wars… she became an American citizen, she said, so she could criticise America and not be told to go home to Canada.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011
Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011

ooops, meant to embed it with the title: A message from Anonymous to the 99%.

5. marisacat - 8 October 2011

God but the Democrats are pathetic, struggling to hold onto Palin….. I always thought Burton was a putz.

Putz putzing (drawn fro an e-mail, via Mike Allen):

PUNDIT PREP – “TO: Interested Parties … FR: Bill Burton, Priorities USA Action … RE: Sunday Memo:

How Sarah Palin Won Without Running … Is Sarah Palin the intellectual center of the GOP?: While she will never occupy the Oval Office, Palin has already accomplished her goal: The former Alaska Governor has transformed the Republican Party from a mainstream political force to an extremist anti-intellectual insurrection. … Before anyone outside of Alaska had heard of Sarah Palin, the Republican Party was committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conservatives embraced legislation to combat the existential threat of global warming. … GOP presidential candidates, many of whom previously supported limiting greenhouse gas, now rely on slandering climate scientists and Palinesque tirades about the Environmental Protection Agency. Two major aspects of health care reform – the individual mandate and comparative effectiveness research – were ideas pushed by Republicans from the 1990s until just recently. …

Don’t miss Burton’s lauding the better Republicans. Try not to choke from laughing:

“Republicans used to be proud to cite support for their ideas from prominent economists and intellectuals. Intellectual heavyweights like the late William F. Buckley, Columnist George F. Will, Cabinet Secretary William Bennett, Irving and Bill Kristol helped drive Republican thought.

Now the Republican frontrunner, a successful investment banker with two Harvard degrees, seeks Tea Party cheers by bashing ideas from the ‘Harvard faculty lounge.’ [I think that is called “politics”!! – Mcat] If Palin had run for President, her high energy campaigning and enthusiastic support could have made her the standard bearer for the Republican Party. But in many frightening ways, she already is.” . . . .

So desperate to have and to hold La Palin. Lesseee… if Romney wins the nom …. they will still struggle to run against La Palin, Perry, Bachmann and whoever else.

They give a pass to Cain. Why doesn’t ANYONE talk about how much Herman Cain proclaims love for none other than Pinochet.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011

Bill Bennett is a heavyweight something … but “intellectual” he ain’t.

Bill Kristol, really?

marisacat - 8 October 2011

Isn’t that appalling!

And Kristol junior was one of, if not the biggest, the backers of La Palin, from the get go.

Hell she is a R booster. End of story…

Poooooooooooooor Democrats.

(I never could stand Burton)

ts - 8 October 2011

He’s a heavyweight gambler.

marisacat - 8 October 2011

yes and I am not into prohibitions, but it is DISGUSTING how he is so well placed, so damned protected, that after it was exposed he can go on intoning about children and education.

Big fat farce.

6. marisacat - 8 October 2011

Hitting bottom:


–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D-Chicago); Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); roundtable with Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL); co-author and Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean (“All the Devils are Here”) and TIME’s Mark Halperin (live from Chicago)

–ABC’s “This Week”: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); political roundtable with Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, political strategist Matthew Dowd, ABC’s George Will and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan

–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain; 2012 Republican presidential candidate former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA); roundtable with CBS’ Nancy Cordes, CBS’ John Dickerson and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson

— “Fox News Sunday“: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA); 2012 Republican presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and Fox News’ Juan Williams

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain; 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN); roundtable with Moody’s Analytics’ Mark Zandi, the New York Times’ Peter Baker and National Journal editorial director and CNN senior political analyst Ron Brownstein

–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS Live“: (Sun., 10 a.m. ET / 1 p.m. ET): Financial Times’ Martin Wolf; author and Starbucks Chairman/President/CEO Howard Schultz (“Onward: How Starbucks Fought for its Life without Losing its Soul”); author Michael Lewis (“Boomerang”)

–Univision’s “Al Punto” (Sun., 11 a.m. ET): Honduran President Porfirio Lobo; Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA); Chilean Minister of Public Works Laurence Golborne; NPR Host (“Latino USA”) Maria Hinojosa; roundtable with the New York Times’ Julia Preston and Grupo Radio Centro’s Anne Hoyt

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011

City of Philadelphia Rolls Out The Welcome Mat For Occupy Philly

So far, the City of Philadelphia is supportive of the protesters. (Mayor Nutter has informed them that tonight he will host a showing of Game 5 tonight of the Phillies-Cards series.) I even talked to a cop who shrugged and said, “These people are no threat to anyone. They have a point of view and they’re expressing it.” (He said he was more worried about the crowd they might get if the Phillies win tonight.)

Police Chief Charles Ramsey is having the First Amendment read regularly over the police radio, and reminds his officers that citizens have the right to record or take pictures of police activity.

And the city even blocks traffic for them and lets them march around City Hall during rush hour. So far, so good. We’ll see.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011

Someone Paid $25,200 for a Painting of a Chase Bank on Fire

​People really hate banks right now, so much that they are willing to take money out of those banks to buy pictures of those banks on fire. Alex Schaefer, who painted this lovely oil on canvas of a Chase bank on fire and then put it up for sale on eBay — drawing attention from eager potential buyers as well as the police, who contacted him to find out if he was planning to set a bank on fire himself — has made $25,200 for the piece of art, which got 70 bids.

Schaefer, who resides in California (his paintings are of local branches — we’ve contacted him to see if he’ll consider out of town gigs) assured the cops he wasn’t actually planning to set a bank on fire, that this was art, and, when they visited his house to find out if he was a terrorist, re-explained that the work was a “visual metaphor for the havoc that banking practices have caused to the economy.”

Thanks to that, and the power of the Internet, Schaefer now has an entire cottage industry of burning bank paintings!

BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2011

Hell, I’ll all Performance Art BURN DOWN a Chase Manhattan Bank for
25Thousand, 2Hundred~ Fuck! 😆 😆

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011

Didn’t know this about him: Steve Jobs and drug policy

It’s fascinating to juxtapose America’s reverence for Steve Jobs’ accomplishments and its draconian drug policy with this, from the New York Times‘ obituary of Jobs:

[Jobs] told a reporter that taking LSD was one of the two or three most important things he had done in his life. He said there were things about him that people who had not tried psychedelics — even people who knew him well, including his wife — could never understand.

Unlike many people who have enjoyed success, Jobs is not saying that he was able to succeed despite his illegal drug use; he’s saying his success is in part — in substantial part — because of those illegal drugs (he added that Bill Gates would “be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once”). These quotes (first published by a New York Times reporter) have been around for some time but have been only rarely discussed in the recent hagiographies of Jobs: a notable omission given that he himself praised those experiences as an integral part of his identity and one of the most important things he ever did.

marisacat - 8 October 2011

I don’t htink it worked for everybody.

BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2011

Made me a lot more concise…..

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011
11. marisacat - 8 October 2011

Hey hey….

Missie Beattie at Cpunch

[H]ow many steps and arrests and chants will echo in front of the White House before protestors understand that this is the wrong venue? How many petitions, calls made to our Congressmen and women, votes punch-screened or levered before we acknowledge the truth? That the land of economic opportunity is a myth?

Meanwhile, political luminaries are sending emails, soliciting a $3.00 donation and offering a chance to sit with Obama and three other “supporters” during dinner. Think money, its influence, and the voice of multinational corporations that whisper sweet somethings to perfectly coiffed objects that, then, beg for your dollars with Saccharine nothings. So, no, Joe Biden, I cannot “chip in” to say I’m in when you tell me that this has never been about you and Barack—that you’re “just two guys”. That it’s really “about folks” like me “who will decide this election” and that what we’re “capable of is incredible”. If we decide to do it. Chip in, that is. And, no, Michelle, I will not come to the table prepared to “tell my story” because these “dinners mean a lot to Barack” and he wants to “say thank you” if I’m “selected to join him”.

What horseshit.

The best place to amass is at the financial capital of the world where all decisions are made to drill baby drill, make war not love, freakin’ frack like there’s no tomorrow, push pharmaceuticals, high five big insurance, and pompom nuclear energy forever even if forever is just a few more years because of the dangers of nuclear meltdowns and melt through. . . . . .

12. marisacat - 8 October 2011

hmm some good post partum postings on Steve Jobs… at Ioz,

[ I] mean, look, I’ve got an iPod; it’s neat; it’s cool how much music is on the little bitty thing; but it has not revolutionized my fucking consciousness. I have not attained my non-dual state through the addition of an 8 megapixel camera in the iPhone whatever. Despite the best efforts of this here user-friendly intuitive interface, samadhi escapes me, or I it. This is not to disparage the guy’s intelligence. He was very smart. He built as successful a scam as any human could ever unreasonably expect. . . . . .


[S]o my wish for Jobs — as it is for all of us — is that he find in heaven whatever he lost while he blundered his way — as we all do — more or less damagingly through the world.

That said…

I’m amazed, and rather dismayed, at the outpouring of sentimental hagiography his going hence has evoked. Apple is a very totalitarian outfit, specializing in a kind of hipster Fascism. It’s a Pinkertonian enforcer of intellectual property, and a monopolizer of the distribution chain (think buyTunes, errm, iTunes). It runs brutal sweatshops in China. This is not a benign outfit; nor is it a friend to human liberty. . . . . .

and Tiny Revolution… (he quotes in part Mike Daisey who is in NY performing The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs:

[M]r. Jobs’s magic has its costs. We can admire the design perfection and business acumen while acknowledging the truth: with Apple’s immense resources at his command he could have revolutionized the industry to make devices more humanely and more openly, and chose not to. If we view him unsparingly, without nostalgia, we would see a great man whose genius in design, showmanship and stewardship of the tech world will not be seen again in our lifetime. We would also see a man who in the end failed to “think different,” in the deepest way, about the human needs of both his users and his workers. . . . . .

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011

The Mike Daisy thing is great.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Egyptian Activist Goes ‘From Liberation Square To Washington Square’ (VIDEO)

Thousands of Occupy Wall Street supporters gathered in Washington Square Park on Saturday afternoon for a General Assembly intended to spread the movement’s message. After several introductory speakers, the crowd lit up when an Egyptian activist named Mohammed Ezzeldin explained what he saw was the connection between Occupy Wall Street and the protests against Hosni Mubarak.

“I am coming from there — from the Arab Spring. From the Arab Spring to the fall of Wall Street,” Ezzeldin said, his voice echoed by the crowd of thousands. “From Liberation Square to Washington Square, to the fall of Wall Street and market domination, and capitalist domination.”

His passionate speech, which even included a reference to Karl Marx, made a startling comparison between what happened in Egypt earlier this year and what is now happening in the United States.

“Many things separate us,” he said. “National borders. Homeland insecurities. Armies, corporations and police. They have their laws. They have their debts. And we have our revolution. We are the 99 percent.”

Ezzeldin, a 28-year-old self-described “leftist activist” who is currently living in Jackson Heights and studying at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, told HuffPost he was camped out in Tahrir Square just a few months ago and is now spending days in Zuccotti Park.

“There are some differences,” he said, but he believes “any success for the struggle in the United States is helpful for the rest of the world.”

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011


I also love the book Just Kids by Patti Smith. I love it because it’s a story about how two friends moved to New York and learned to be artists. You know how they learned to be artists? They pretended to be artists. I’ll spoil the book for you and describe my favorite scene, the turning scene in the book: Patti Smith and her friend Robert Maplethorpe dress up in all their gypsy gear and they go to Washington Square, where everybody’s hanging out, and this old couple kind of gawks at them, and the woman says to her husband, “Oh, take their picture. I think they’re artists.” “Oh, go on,” he shrugged. “They’re just kids.”

The point is: all the world’s a stage. You need a stage and you need a costume and you need a script. The stage is your workspace. It can be a studio, a desk, or a sketchbook. The costume is your outfit, your painting pants, or your writing slippers, or your funny hat that gives you ideas. The script is just plain old time. An hour here, or an hour there. A script for a play is just time measured out for things to happen.

Fake it ’til you make it.

marisacat - 8 October 2011

yup, if you can pull it off you can be it….

I have such a huge soft spot for Patti.

15. BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2011

Man, this guy can’t get a break.
At the “Values Voters” Summit no less.
Which he won! 😆
Which won’t. mean. shit. 😆

October 8, 2011, 4:41 pmRon Paul Wins Conference Straw Poll, to No One’s Surprise

Wildly enthusiastic Ron Paul supporters, including busloads of college students, have been a visible presence at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, so no one was surprised when Mr. Paul won the conference’s annual straw poll of presidential preferences on Saturday. 😆

But what turned heads here was 😯 the low support registered for the two presumed front-runners for the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Perry. Mr. Romney, who has struggled to win the allegiance of religious conservatives because his stances on abortion and same-sex marriage, received 4 percent of the votes. Mr. Perry, whose conservative credentials are considered nearly impeccable, tied with Michele Bachmann at 8 percent, well behind Herman Cain (23 percent) and Rick Santorum (16 percent).

“The field is still somewhat fluid,” said Tony Perkins,
[ ~ Obvious Santorum Supporter~ 😉 { – bhhm} ]
president of the Family Research Council, as he discussed the results. The lesson for Mr. Romney and Mr. Perry, he said, is that “the hearts and minds and passions of the values voters are still to be won.”

eh~nyaatEhxactly. Seems like the lesson to be learned is with a few busloads of Ayn Randians you can take over a Christian Kook Convention.

marisacat - 8 October 2011

oh I am so glad he won something. Spread the JOY!!

BooHooHooMan - 8 October 2011

😆 Okay!
From over at The BIig Orange Pumpkinhead –

Occupy Wall Street Needs Hillary 2012

Oh that’d be great IMO. LOL – Her running across the stage with a sword screaming about Obliterating Iran the moment he talks about Defunding Israel .:lol:

marisacat - 8 October 2011

They can run screaming towards each other, she and Slobb BOTH screaming about blowing up wayward Africans. And both issuing some garbled allegiance to drones.

Yup that’ll work.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011

Polling the Occupation: What #occupywallstreet really wants

80% of those polled said that the rich should pay higher taxes and that it’s fair that approximately the top 10% of tax payers pay more than 70% of the taxes in the US and about 40% of employed people pay no income tax.
93% say that student loan debt should be forgiven
98% believe that health care should be free
98% believe that Insurance companies make too much money and some of their profits should be taken to pay for more healthcare for others
95% believe that drug prices should be controlled
88% agree with the statement that “The government should put some controls on CEO pay – like limited to 20x or 30x the lowest paid employee.”
93% believe that communications like cell phone and internet access be a right and not just reserved for the rich and we should have free internet and cell phone service as a national goal.
84% said they think that if a bank decides to implement a $5 debit card fee, the government should not allow it, while 16% said let them do what they want – customers can move.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011
18. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011

When I Needed Help, I Got Propaganda

DEFENDERS of “crisis pregnancy centers” are converging on Capitol Hill this week to lobby for increased support from the government, brandishing not picket signs, but babies.

The centers portray themselves as nonpartisan health and counseling clinics, but in fact they oppose abortion, and sometimes even family planning, and push a political agenda on vulnerable women. A Congressional investigation in 2006 found that 87 percent of the centers surveyed provided false or misleading medical information. Nonetheless, the government has given over $9.3 million in grants to these centers since 2007 — mostly under the Bush administration. Cities like San Francisco and New York have recently sought to crack down on their deceptive marketing and others have called for an increase in regulations.

Still, supporters of the centers and the “Babies Go to Congress” campaign claim they are promoting a pro-woman agenda.

I am intimately aware of how false that is. Like many young women, I found myself facing an unintended pregnancy. Two years ago, as a junior in college with ambitious career goals, I knew that continuing the pregnancy wasn’t an option for me. I called the local Planned Parenthood and made an appointment for an abortion for a week and a half later. The operator I spoke to encouraged me to spend time thinking over my decision and considering all my options.

I tried to do that. Because my communication with Planned Parenthood had been over the phone and the nearest office was in Iowa City, about an hour away from where I lived, I searched online for somewhere nearby where I could ask questions in person. I found Aid to Women, a center in Cedar Rapids that claimed to provide confidential counseling and abortion information. I knew it didn’t perform abortions, but I still went expecting to get unbiased medical advice.

When I walked in, I knew almost immediately that I’d been wrong. Though the volunteers wore scrubs, none of them were medical professionals. They insisted on calling my pregnancy my “baby” and my “child.” The intake questions included, “What is your relationship to Jesus Christ?”

The “counseling” that I received included the following: I was cautioned that abortions caused breast cancer, even though the National Cancer Institute has found serious flaws in all research that suggests so. I was warned that I would inevitably suffer from post-abortion stress syndrome, even though the American Psychological Association says there is no evidence of increased mental health problems among women who have an abortion in the first trimester. I was told that I would not hear this information from doctors, because doctors make money performing abortions and would lie about the procedure’s risks.

Even as a college student familiar with the abortion debate from studying political science, I left the center with a lot of confusion. I researched what I’d been told, found out that much of it was inaccurate, and got the help I needed at Planned Parenthood. But I can see how easy it would be for more vulnerable women to be manipulated into feeling dependent on these centers.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2011

Many citations against Capitol protesters dismissed

Madison – So far this year, the handful of protesters getting multiple citations or arrests at the state Capitol have had 20 cases dismissed by prosecutors.

Online court records show nearly 40 cases filed against a half-dozen frequent demonstrators on allegations of disrupting lawmakers’ work, with 20 dismissed so far by the Dane County district attorney’s office. Of the remaining cases listed in the online courts system, five have resulted in fines or convictions, and 13 are still pending.

The demonstrators themselves said some additional citations were also dismissed before they could be entered into the state courts database.

The dismissals are drawing criticism from Republican lawmakers who have been the target of the demonstrators.

For his part, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat, said that some cases are still being decided and that it’s too early to judge whether he’s being soft on the demonstrators. He said that on Monday, eight demonstrators will receive additional criminal charges.

“We hold ourselves to the same standard (in each case) and make a charging decision based on what we can charge,” Ozanne said, adding that it then takes time and the proper evidence to prosecute cases. “I know people are getting frustrated, people on both sides of the aisle, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we have an ability to do more.”

20. marisacat - 9 October 2011



………. 🙄

21. diane - 9 October 2011

Just touching bases hon. In between my increasing “outdated” browser issues (don’t ya jus love the sniff of Change and Hope in the morning!!!!) , I’ve fallen down the Booming California $olar rabbit, rattler hole, …. as is usual: Billions of FED Money Grants and Credits POURED into CALI (tanks BooHooHooMan, as it was your fault as I clicked one of your links and sidestepped to yet another interesting tidbit, MOFO!!!!!!!! :0) ;0) ….) with no Stimulus , …. Whatsoever, ….. For the 99%. ….

I really think Solyndra was a dust mote on an iceberg, and with names like BP (oil extraction), Goldman Sachs, Google, Chevron (oil extraction), Bechtel (1,000 TEMPMAN JAWBS! For a year and a half!!!!!!!! ), Israel , et al, involved, I’m kind of doubting even the ReThugs are going to want to pursue anything beyond Solyndra.

Solar Partners!!!!!! indeed!!!!! can’t ya just feel the Partnership in Prosperity!!!!!! ™, …. And LUZ!!!!!!!! ™, for alll!!!!!!!

(this link is for ts, as I was reminded of a post he made a short while back …. Hugs all!. ;0( ….)

marisacat - 9 October 2011

The WH’s problem is that they tied Obama so directly to Solyndra, film!! news!!! at 5, 6, 10 and 11!!….See Obama, goggles on!!, on the shop floor!!

…and it has moved to drip drip drip mode.

And their defense is weak… we back emerging tchnologies and we will continue to do so.


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