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Occupy! 15 February 2012

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, California / Pacific Coast, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, NORCOM, Occupy Wall Street.

Passing on food from local food kitchens in Athens. Those who work at the kitchens says there are always new people who show up. | Agence France Presse

The photo is from a gallery attached to an article at der Spiegel… the close of the article:

[T]he psychologist Eleni Bekiari knows what dark thoughts the crisis and its consequences have brought to Athenians. She staffs Klimaka’s telephone number “1018.” It is a 24-hour suicide hotline, and its statistics are clear. In 2010, there were about 2,500 calls made to the number. In 2011, there were twice as many. “Most of those who call us are women,” she says. “On the other hand, it’s usually the men who end up taking their lives.”

Greece traditionally has one of the lowest suicide rates in Europe, but the increase has been dramatic. Since the beginning of the crisis, the suicide rate has almost doubled. In 2011, there were almost six suicides per 100,000 citizens. When the callers to the suicide hotline are asked for their reasons for suicidal thoughts, Bekiari says, they often answer with two words: the crisis.


Madman sent me this… it’s cheering:



For Immediate Release

February 11, 2012

Longshore workers name Occupy Movement as crucial in
settlement with EGT

Coordinated action by West Coast Occupys proves effective as
ILWU Local 21 ratifies contract

Longview, WA – On Friday, members of the ILWU and the labor community named the Occupy Movement as key to the settlement reached Thursday between ILWU Local 21 and the Export Grain Terminal (EGT). The contract finally provides for the use of ILWU labor in the grain terminal at the Port of Longview.

After staging the December 12 port shutdowns in solidarity with Local 21, the West Coast Occupy Movement planned coordinated action together with labor allies for a land and water blockade of the EGT ship in Longview, should it attempt to use scab labor to load. Occupys in states where EGT’s parent company Bunge has its growth and operations were also planning actions against the company on the day of the arrival of the ship.

“This is a victory for Occupy in their involvement in forcing negotiations. Make no mistake – the solidarity and organization between the Occupy Movement and the Longshoremen won this contract,” said Jack Mulcahy, ILWU officer with Local 8. “The mobilization of the Occupy Movement across the country, particularly in Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and Longview were a critical element in bringing EGT to the bargaining table and forcing a settlement with ILWU local 21.”

“West Coast Occupys had already demonstrated their ability to stage such a blockade by shutting down ports along the West Coast on December 12th, as well as the Port of Oakland on November 2nd,” said Anthony Leviege, ILWU Local 10 in Oakland. The Occupy Movement shut down ports in order to express solidarity with port truckers and Local 21, as well as responding to a nationally-coordinated eviction campaign against Occupy.

Negotiations progressed to the point where Longshore workers began loading the merchant vessel Full Sources on Tuesday. “When any company ruptures jurisdiction it is a threat to the entire union. The union jobs wouldn’t be back in Longview if it weren’t for Occupy. It’s a win for the entire class of workers in the Occupy Movement in demonstrating their organizational skills,” said Leviege.

“It is clear that the port shutdowns on November 2nd and December 12th, and the impending mobilization in Longview, is what made EGT come to the table. When Governor Gregoire intervened a year ago nothing was settled – non-ILWU workers were still working in the port. It wasn’t until rank and file and Occupy planned a mass convergence to blockade the ship that EGT suddenly had the impetus to negotiate.” Said Clarence Thomas, an officer of ILWU Local 10. “Labor can no longer win victories against the employers without the community. It must include a broad-based Movement. The strategy and tactics employed by the occupy Movement in conjunction with rank and file ILWU members confirm that the past militant traditions of the ILWU are still effective against the employers today.”

EGT itself made evident the company’s concern about Occupy’s role in the conflict in the January 27 settlement agreement: “The ILWU Entities shall issue a written notice to The Daily News and the general public, including the Occupy Movement, informing them of this settlement and urging them to cease and desist from any actions[…].”

“The Occupy Movement and rank-and-file unionists both within and outside of our ranks have forced the company to settle, but this is not over,” says Jess Kincaid of Occupy Portland. “Occupy doesn’t sign contracts. We have not entered into any agreements with EGT, nor do we intend to do so. EGT and its parent company Bunge bribe the government for military escorts, use slave labor in Brazil and systematically avoid contributing anything to our social safety net in the US or abroad. There is no ethic here beyond putting money back in the pocket of the 1% at the cost of working people and thesustainability of the earth.”

“It was the brave action of members of Local 21 blocking thetrain tracks this past summer that inspired the solidarity of the Occupy Movement up and down the West Coast and around the country. It was not until Occupy joined together with Local 21 and its labor allies that the company returned to the table. Governor Gregoire did nothing but let EGT raid Longshore Jurisdiction until Occupy responded to the call for support,” said Paul Nipper of Occupy Longview.




1. marisacat - 15 February 2012

Well… block quoting the release on the ports really screwed with the format. Will see what can b done…


diane - 15 February 2012

That is heartening ….;0) , …thanks!

(If you have a way to look at the formatting, specifically the paragraph breaks, it would help. If you’re using MS software and there’s a “¶” (‘paragraph icon’), clicking that should display the paragraph breaks and spacing.)

diane - 15 February 2012

Duh, on my part (I do have the icon), here ya go honey, can you paste the following, then delete this comment?



For Immediate Release

February 11, 2012

Longshore workers name Occupy Movement as crucial in
settlement with EGT

Coordinated action by West Coast Occupys proves effective as
ILWU Local 21 ratifies contract

Longview, WA – On Friday, members of the ILWU and the labor community named the Occupy Movement as key to the settlement reached Thursday between ILWU Local 21 and the Export Grain Terminal (EGT). The contract finally provides for the use of ILWU labor in the grain terminal at the Port of Longview.

SNIPPED for brevity Thanks diane!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 February 2012

I was glad to read that … we’ll see how it plays out.

diane - 16 February 2012

Yeah, I was glad to read it too. Some, in the Bay Area (but not Longshoreman, that I’ve heard), have been loud in their condemnation of Occupy the Ports. Thanks so much for that.

marisacat - 15 February 2012

hmm doesn’t seem to be… the graf breaks are all that held up… and taking the imposed block quoting off did not make much difference. A little only.

diane - 15 February 2012

yeah, the line breaks seemed the main issue, what I was noting, was that the line breaks were creating what looked to be new paragraphs when they weren’t new paragraphs, the paragraph symbols that show up when formatting is exposed, show where the true paragraph break is.

marisacat - 15 February 2012

people can stand to read that broken line mess for a very small graf.. no more.. and I hated to take the Release down, but it was unreadable…

2. marisacat - 15 February 2012

oh thank you diane… that did it… so now I will remove your comment with the reformat 🙂 !

Huge improvement!!

diane - 15 February 2012

you’re welcome honey!!!!!! ;0)

3. marisacat - 15 February 2012

Slob shags into San Francisco tomorrow. Prepare for all roads to be closed, going anywhere.

Couple of fundraiser events on Nob Hill and dinner in my neck of Sherwood Forest. No doubt several blocks West of me, with some Getty or multinational technocrat.


BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2012

Break into song! 😀 😉

BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2012

Look, here’s the deal, consider it a good night if Obby boychick Bill Burton doesn’t bust out of the shower being chased by a team of angry, naked men resembling maniacally driven Satyrs.
Do not be alarmed! This is an ELECTION YEAR!
Once Burton appears in the hall, he will quickly make for a window and dive out, followed by the nekkid Mssrs.Gibbs,, Plouffe, Axelrod and a finger-jabbing Rahm Emanuel demanding donations!
Just tell them you have no money and they will be on their way!

marisacat - 15 February 2012

I think Bill B is stupid. Plain old stupid. I suspect, just at the moment, they wedge Slob back in… but BB is bound to make lots of errors on the way to the wedge work.


BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2012

Oh that boy Burton is dumb as a stump.
Makes Moulitsas look like a rocket scientist, wellllll,
from Iran or China at least. LOL.

One of those days, here too …..about Obbby maybe getting over.
Regarding the Michigan GOP primary, a lot of press now how it looks like Mittens is about to take another one to the cupless groin area in the ol’ magic underpants there. They really should have thought ahead on the possibility of crotch kicks with those undies tho.

I see Gingrich is getting more dough from Sheldon Adelson for the Michigan primary….to try and knock down Santorrhea…. they say™… and I saw a blurb showing the polls in MI don’t look good for the Romney there.

BooHooHooMan - 15 February 2012

Welp, gotta run, G’ night all…

marisacat - 15 February 2012

oh that is interesting… I wonder who fed the press last week that there had been covert meeting in NV between Adelson himself or reps (I forget now which) and Romney reps… asking him to cut Gingrich off… it was spun as successful.

What ever is painful for them all.

4. marisacat - 15 February 2012

😉 have a laugh… I see IOZ refers to that tedious Wapo columnist as

Snarl Warhammer.

Inspired choice of nicknames.

http://www.whoisioz.blogspot.com/ (second post from the top)

diane - 16 February 2012

a perfect ‘tag,’ for the prick, I loved it.

diane - 16 February 2012

a perfect ‘tag,’ for the prick, I loved it.

(this may be a duplicate, I just received an odd WordPress message that I was posting comments too quickly (not sure whether I shouldn’t be complimented, as my typing speed is anything but warpspeed), and to “slow down,” yet it didn’t note whether it posted the comment or not.)

marisacat - 16 February 2012

oh WP does that… it just means it is hiccuping.


So perfect.

diane - 16 February 2012

:0) ……… ;0)

5. marisacat - 16 February 2012

Endlessly stupid country:

Santorum super PAC backer Foster Freiss downplaying Rick Santorum’s remarks about birth control:

“You know, back in my days, they’d use Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”

diane - 16 February 2012

uuuggggh …kind of hard to tell which of the two has the more fervent hatred of the wimmins ….

marisacat - 16 February 2012

IMO they all do. Slob is no peach.

diane - 16 February 2012

ohh yeah, all of the candidates (including the, now out of the ‘running’ (sooprize!), “women” candidates), ….a horrifyingly real …tangible, contempt for females.

6. m - 16 February 2012

On Iran:


But only the deaf, dumb and blind wouldn’t understand the message; blowback for the ridiculously counter-productive European sanctions/oil embargo package will only plunge vast swathes of Europe further into deep economic pain.

7. marisacat - 16 February 2012

hmm speaking of War Hammers… Madman just sent me this:

Face Masks and Aerial surveillance, Chicago’s Newest anti-protest measures

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 February 2012

our favorite IDF dual warrior, bringing the West Bank to the West Bank of Lake Michigan.

marisacat - 16 February 2012

The US, just more of a West Bank for Israel.

diane - 16 February 2012

I find myself absorbed by whatever psychopathic ‘reasoning’ went into the “Powder blue” color choice for the exterminator helmets. Something terrifyingly clinical about them

This sounds like it will be far worse than the extremely nasty G20 fascism that went on in Pittsburgh in 2009. Rahm should be shackled.

8. marisacat - 16 February 2012

hmmm Everything is going so well…

I just caught a snippet of Yves of Naked Capitalism on a local show…

She said in the mortgage deal, three states, NJ, Missouri and one other (I forget who the third is) have already indicated that the monies due to come to their states, they want to simply use against the budget shortfall.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 February 2012

The other one is Wisconsin:

Keeping up his assault on the state’s use of foreclosure settlement funds, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett warned Monday that foreclosures could hinder the city’s economic development efforts.

Barrett has been critical of Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Gov. Scott Walker for their decision to use $25.6 million of Wisconsin’s $140 million share of a nationwide foreclosure settlement to fill a hole in the state’s general fund. Barrett wants all of the money to be used for programs related to foreclosure issues, mainly in Milwaukee.

Van Hollen and Walker say use of the money is appropriate because the foreclosure crisis affected the entire state economy. They note that most of the money coming to Wisconsin is going to foreclosure-related purposes.

During his “state of the city” address Monday, Barrett highlighted the city’s multimillion-dollar investment in the Century City complex, the former Tower Automotive plant on the north side, then described the impact of foreclosures on the 30th St. industrial corridor that includes the complex. Of the six ZIP codes most affected by foreclosures in Wisconsin, all are in Milwaukee and four cover the neighborhoods in and near the 30th St. corridor, he said.

“State government cannot minimize the unemployment, workforce and investment issues that extend throughout the 30th St. industrial corridor,” Barrett said in his speech. “Home values plummeted. Some blocks have multiple foreclosed and boarded properties. Policing and maintaining those properties have stretched our city service budgets thin.”

Speaking to reporters afterward, Barrett explained, “If you have neighborhoods around that area that have abandoned homes, it makes it less attractive” for private investment by driving down property values.

“For the governor and the attorney general to completely turn their back on that area is wrong,” Barrett said. “I’m furious about that decision.”

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Common Council President Willie Hines Jr., who were in the audience for the speech, agreed the money should have been used for foreclosure-related programs in Milwaukee.

“That money is intended for use on foreclosures,” and as much as possible should be directed to Milwaukee, the hardest-hit area in the state, Abele said.

Hines agreed the move “was very unfair and should not have been done.”

But, unlike Barrett, Hines saw the concentration of foreclosures near the 30th St. corridor as more opportunity than obstacle for future development. Depressed property values and abandoned homes could make it easier and less expensive to acquire land for development, while high unemployment provides an opening for efforts to put people back to work, he said.

“Now we can go in with selected strategies . . . to resurrect that area,” said Hines, whose aldermanic district includes much of the corridor.

Overall, Milwaukee has 4,800 abandoned properties, and demolishing them would cost $48 million, Barrett said.

marisacat - 16 February 2012

Whatever we re headed for is going to be bigger than what has already happened. It’s just terrifying.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 February 2012

All kinds of interesting stuff bubbling up here in WI:

Federal judges slam GOP lawmakers over redistricting secrecy

Every 10 years, states must draw new maps to account for population shifts recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. Wisconsin Republicans were able to establish maps last year that greatly favored their party because they control state government.

The Republicans hired Michael Best & Friedrich and the Troupis Law Office to help create the maps, and legislative aides drew them at Michael Best’s offices across the street from the Capitol. Republicans have committed $400,000 in taxpayer money for the legal help.

A group of Democrats sued over the maps even before they were unveiled. Their case argues the maps violate the federal Voting Rights Act and U.S. Constitution because of how they treat minorities and because they move so many people from one district to another.

Republicans attempted to keep a host of documents secret and tried to prevent their staff and a consultant from having to give depositions. The court rejected those arguments and last month ordered the Republicans to pay nearly $17,500 to the Democrats’ attorneys for filing frivolous motions to keep information secret.

After that, the Republicans turned over a raft of records but tried to keep secret 84 documents, most of them emails between lawyers and legislative staff. The Republicans argued they were subject to attorney-client privilege.

In its order Thursday, the court said legal advice could remain confidential, but not political or strategic advice. The Republicans had blended political and legal advice in the documents so extensively that the lines between them “practically disappeared” and all of them had to be released, the court said.

“Merely hiding political decisions behind the closed doors (and email servers) of a law firm does not make the advice offered any less political, strategic, or policy related,” the order said.

“Without a doubt, the Legislature made a conscious choice to involve private lawyers in what gives every appearance of an attempt -albeit poorly disguised – to cloak the private machinations of Wisconsin’s Republican legislators in the shroud of attorney-client privilege. What could have – indeed should have – been accomplished publicly instead took place in private, in an all but shameful attempt to hide the redistricting process from public scrutiny.”

The records provide an inside view on the process Republicans used to draw the maps and show the testimony in favor of the maps was arranged by those who drew the maps. They recruited people to testify and supplied them with talking points.

The records also include a short statement from an unnamed Republican opposed to the process to draw the maps that was used, calling it overly secretive. He or she wrote a memo decrying the process, but the records do not show who authored it.

The redistricting team considered forcing some senators who were not up for re-election in 2014 to go through special elections in 2012, the emails show. They did not pursue that plan after determining it might violate the state and federal constitutions.

In many of the emails, the redistricting team discussed how to draw maps of Latino areas in Milwaukee – districts that are at the heart of the lawsuit. At one stage, attorney Jim Troupis sent an email trumpeting support from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Tropuis stressed the importance of getting someone from the group to testify “as this will take the largest legal fund for the Latino community off the table in any later court battle.”

The court’s order releasing the documents came just days after the Republicans submitted them to the court for review under seal.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 February 2012

Guy Fawkes Has Nothing on Dorli Rainey

Where do you get your own Dorli Rainey mask by Seattle artist No Touching Ground? Here at LxWxH. Go!

diane - 16 February 2012

I loved that, what a great idea. Thanks for the much needed smile.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 February 2012

gottta share the smiles where you can find them these days.

11. marisacat - 16 February 2012

hmm Anthony Shadid has died in Syria… from, apparently, an asthma attack.

Google News Page

12. BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2012

US immigration agent shot dead in California

Man shot and injured fellow agent before being killed in further gunfire at Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Long Beach

A US immigration agent shot and injured another agent before being killed by a third colleague in a federal building in Long Beach, California, on Thursday, the FBI has said.

The shooting happened at about 5.30pm local time, FBI special agent Steven Martinez said……..

So~. The poor, the tired, those yearning to breathe free not only must survive the flesh brokers, the debt servitude, and now, how things have turned out, the mere threat of arrest by ICE, they need a survival plan and flak jackets for when the intra-office gunfire breaks out among the agents.

Place your bets.
Mixed up in the drugs, guns and money?
Somebody gettin greedy?
Steroids in the coffee got the brush-cut up?
Love triangle?
Pentagonal? The Wars come home?
All of the above?

We got some issues up in this heya country

marisacat - 17 February 2012

I will go with

All of the Above – – – for 600 Alex!

BooHoohooman - 17 February 2012

And I’ll take Lipstick Tomorrow for Janet Nap, Alex.
Big Sis to the mic.
Some splainin to do.

marisacat - 17 February 2012

oh I think she will begin touring TSA stop and check sites… manning the ex-ray machines… very busy you know.

Thanks for this, it managed to make it onto the 6PM news, but with little, over head shots from a helicopter and tidbits of what was going to be a very messy story.

Big mess of a fuck-up….

BooHoohooman - 17 February 2012

And I can imagine the optics for that —
Janet in the foreground before the scanner lines,
several hundred nude, pre-flight commuters……….as behind her, only slightly out of focus, several cargo planes of blow, meth, warheads, anti-aircraft,and the smaller stakes arms and grass are being loaded or unloaded with her droning on…..
(camera pan slightly right now) to secure area eays-peasy exit portals, with the newly arrived wage-slaves, the blood diamond merchants, independent mules,and moneylaunders with assistants openly breaking down suitcases of cash as they walk on by….


marisacat - 17 February 2012

Janet in full sail ‘Big Sis’ mode! Protecting the Entry Ways… guarding the Egresses!

BooHoohooman - 17 February 2012

Now that I think about it ,
helluva Homeland Thursday out there win LA –

Pilot detained after straying into Obama’s airspace
F-16 fighters intercept private plane carrying marijuana after it got too close to the helicopter taking the president from Orange County to LAX.

A small private plane carrying a load of marijuana strayed into President Obama’s no-fly zone over Los Angeles on Thursday

{ 😆 … fuckin Cheech ‘n Chong motherfuckers ~ bhhm}

and was forced to land at Long Beach Airport after being intercepted by U.S. Air Force jet fighters, authorities said.

The four-seat Cessna entered the restricted airspace about 11 a.m. as the president was flying from Orange County to Los Angeles aboard Marine One, a military helicopter provided for his use. Federal officials said the aircraft was never close enough to endanger Obama.

Air traffic controllers tried repeatedly to contact the single-engine Cessna, authorities said, but the pilot did not respond. The plane was quickly intercepted by two F-16 fighters from March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, they said.

After the Cessna touched down, federal agents and Long Beach police detained the pilot for questioning and found what law enforcement officials described as a large amount of marijuana on board the aircraft.

😯 Not a good day for Janet Nap. 😯
(ICE and the Secret Service being part of DHS) Hell, not a good WEEK tossiing the Macheteed Breyer Salad into the mix…

marisacat - 17 February 2012

LOL Long Beach again I see… very busy day for THAT office!!

BooHoohooman - 17 February 2012

LOL poking around the owner of the plane is one David W Major of Grover Beach CA, I see JERALYN is on it.!
Which read a certain way is a cackle-out-loud HOOT –

Long Beach: Planes, Pot, Obama and ICE Firefight
By Jeralyn, Section Crime in the News

A lot of action in Long Beach today. At 2:30 p.m.,…

Long Beach: Planes, Pot, Obama and ICE Firefight 😆
Hey, not a bad lede if you don’t have to mention the PAC money and some of the Sherwood Forrest folks basically telling Barry to shove off.

Obama losing financial backing of big S.F. donor

San Francisco philanthropist Susie Tompkins Buell, one of the Democratic Party’s most generous benefactors, is keeping her checkbook closed when President Obama holds high-priced California fundraisers this week.

“I want to look him in the eye and say, ‘Thank you so much’ ” for his work, said Buell, who expresses deep disappointment in the president’s leadership on environmental issues, especially climate change.

With Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in full swing, “I would just love to write my big check … or have a high-dollar dinner here” on his behalf, she said. “I can’t.”

Buell, a co-founder of the Esprit clothing company, has donated millions of dollars to Democratic causes and presidential candidates, including Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore and her good friend, Hillary Rodham Clinton. In the past 10 years, she has given $25 million to progressive political and charitable causes and has raised $10 million for candidates and committees, her office said.

But as Obama flies from Southern California to San Francisco today to vacuum up donations in the reliable Democratic ATM, Buell will attend neither of his $35,800-per-plate fundraisers in San Francisco, nor a fundraising rally at the Masonic Auditorium.

Buell is a loyal Democrat, but says she hasn’t yet opened her wallet for Obama’s campaign and probably won’t anytime soon.

LOLS all around.

BooHoohooman - 17 February 2012

Think about it tho – what a stunning success!
I bet Xi Jinping of China is all W-T-F 😯 about now. 😆
Way to show ‘im around!
Way to Biden-up the whole situation! LOL

marisacat - 17 February 2012

I remember years back when Dung Xoa Ping was here… and I think down in cattle country they had him in a 40 gallon hat… and you could see on his face … “these people are FUCKING LOONATICS but, oh, how they do some things is so interesting!”

marisacat - 17 February 2012

wow that is very interesting… I consider STB a loon… mostly in her private life and adherence to the DP… BUT she lives in a locally very famous building just at the other corner of the park I live on…

Over the years the building has gone from old line international money (often not here in the city, so a building sometimes that was entirely dark all 13 or so stories of it) to now a somewhat big time Dem donor buidling… They have held fundraisers in separate floors on the same night… dtrinks and hors d’oeuvres on the one floor, dinner on another and dessert coffee and more drinks in a third.

I think she and maybe one other big donor in that building have pulled this sort of ‘wait and see’ or ‘I am not playing – I am displeased’ before… later of course caving.

BooHoohooman - 17 February 2012

He’s got a big time problem with businesswomen and professionals. No pity for them either iin their tactical error and lamenting how awful that Black Justin Beiber would never actually grow up to be President and any agenda other than the Mil and TBTF Wall Street means. shit to his management.

With that in mind, I saw some blip today that the WH noted , specifically, that Barry would NOT be singing Let’s Stay Together. Well this gander here would gander they got some deservedly nasty feedback on it.
That stunt was really was like a de-based , fancy that, version of the ole comedic standard on the heel, the user, the runaround,
Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock had versions of Niggah at the Door (Baby Please! Wasn’t Me! …etc)

Oh the Obby exhibitors will lay off the swoon syrup for a while, but prolly go with a very white , summer-dress-nostalgic Hall and Oates Baby Come Back closer to the Convention, LOL, and prolly many will come running, checkbooks open, the bimbos. LOL

All that said, politically I wouldrespect any ” tactical” voter or donor if it got them anywhere, tho there ain’t NOTHIN worth any damn $25 million coming out of the Democrats. Does she know how cheaply they go for? Christ, if the Salahis actually had any money, Rahm would have made Barry suck the husband , commemorative photogragh included, for a couple hunnert grand. LOL.

BooHoohooman - 17 February 2012

Welp, I’m headin out again..
Confident they’re doin a Heckuva Job! 😉

marisacat - 17 February 2012

Speaking of singing, I saw that AL Green is going to appear at some big fundraiser. They can Dooo Ette.

Or whatever.

BooHooHooHooMan - 17 February 2012

Dooo Ette! 😆 Well Played! Jolly Good! 😀 😉

13. marisacat - 17 February 2012

Gathering of Gargoyles…

FIRST LOOK: Charlie Rose will moderate a panel conversation between former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Angelina Jolie on the opening night of Tina Brown’s Women in the World summit on March 8 at David Koch Theater, Lincoln Center.

The panel will focus on how women pick up the pieces after war and rebuild their families, their communities and their lives. They will discuss conflict situations like Congo, Bosnia and Kosovo. Other participants include Christine Lagarde, Sheryl Sandberg, Valerie Jarrett, Chelsea Clinton, Leymah Gbowee, Jane Harman, Meryl Streep, Andrew Sullivan, Barbara Walters, Andrea Mitchell, Christiane Amanpour and Gloria Steinem. Tickets on sale here. http://www.davidkochtheater.com

Yessss and they all have such intimate knowledge of:

The panel will focus on how women pick up the pieces after war and rebuild their families, their communities and their lives


diane - 17 February 2012

yet another reason why I would never call myself a feminist versus a humanist, why not let the Bush twins and their paternal Grandma, on the panel? I’m positive they are equally ‘qualified,’ …oh, and where are Janet, Meg, Carlotta, DiFi, Boxer, Nan, OPRAH??????….etc. ….. we are so insanely scrooood ……

think I’ll go hug the toilet bowl now, …I feel last night’s dinnner coming up …….

diane - 17 February 2012

(oh yeah,…and COCK THEATRE, …Priceless!)

marisacat - 17 February 2012

Oprah is begging listeners, esp those with a Nielsen box, to watch her show. Or her network I should say!!!

Influencing your listeners to specifically hype the Nielsen numbers is a no no.

But since she was not texting and driving… snicker.

diane - 17 February 2012

poor Poperah, …. mehbe she should have a sit down with Obombster’s bud bud, Rick Warren, …… his “Church Planting” has been quite successful, ….even in the heart of Namaste! Sly Con Valley!

marisacat - 17 February 2012

hmm them sumo wrestling would be fun!

diane - 17 February 2012


One will be able to go to THE GAME!!!!!! ™, …. in that New Sly Con Valley STADIUM!!!!!!, … directly after Andy’s Purpose Driven Services! ™, in the Don Callejon public High school!

Location & Service Times

Sundays @ 9:00, 10:15, & 11:30am

*Bring your kids to experience Baykids – a free creative & interactive program for kids birth to 5th grade. Baykids runs at the same time as adult worship services.

Don Callejon School Address:
4176 Lick Mill Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054

diane - 17 February 2012

Which explains why the .00001 percenters love “private” schools so much. While they don’t give a rat’s ass about anyone else’s kids, they don’t want THEIR PROGENY brainwashed by the programming which they, in fact, supported …. CEMENTED in place, …for those they consider their underlings.

marisacat - 17 February 2012

I think school issues are the single biggest reason to work thru, if it requires a work-thru that is!, to not have children.

SO many private schools are next to useless, too many public schools are in an uproar at all times, neither children nor parents have much in the way of rights in a public school, parochial you hve to worry if your child is molested or just spoken to harshly (let’s be real a lot of hte priests and nuns are simply weird people) and and and.

Decide to spend your money on pets or travel or whatever. It is too heartbreaking.

diane - 17 February 2012

SO many private schools are next to useless …

yeah, am thinking on how it was evident, to many of us public schoolers (while we licked our own public school wounds), the damage that had been done to, for instance, Catholic schoolers, who were unleashed onto the public schools in the seventh and eighth “grades.” …Simultaneously, …they probably noticed the damage done us public schoolers (as they licked their own private school wounds). …..Sigggggghhhhhh, the skooool system, ….on both ends of the spectrum, …… is totally SCROOOOOD.

diane - 17 February 2012

In one of those New Day!!!! Arizona Sweat Lodges run by some Popera/Rick fan prick from Orange County, Cali ….I like it!

diane - 17 February 2012

[Poperah and Rick, Sumo Wrestling] In one of those New Day!!!! Arizona Sweat Lodges …….

14. marisacat - 17 February 2012

The Boss said to be cooling on The One.

Or so it was said in a Paris presser.

BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2012

Well, all the real old school , got-yer-back, practically-goddam-John-L-Lewis Labor Movement guys about to go out on tour are souring on The One in pressers from Paris now.


Okay, withdrawing facile observation of time and place, and closing Bhhm, guy-on-the-internet here. (For a moment!)

Born to Run? Live??.Smaller venue?
Like we can actually get in.? TONIGHT?!!

Oh not even a question.

Two words; Absolutely fucking incredible all that and then some.
But you know, like almost every Born to Run merger’s end in USA!

I’d love to hear Lucid’s take on him and E Street particularly from a performance artist’s point of view.

My basic feeling is, by the burnt-out Farm Aid/ Live Aid/ 1980’s, Springsteen, like venerable elders Neil Young, Willie, and the enh- Mellencamp were simply playing to the audience. Sort of a consolation prize as it dawned in the seats there really was no room to run. Hardly the artists fault…..

BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2012

Okay older man with psudonymn here again.
Thing is, Wendy died. And we didn’t get out while we were young.
We spent time actually chasing that runaway American Dream.

Born to Run?
For numb, give-anything-to-escape methodical liquidation in post-movement / post-Viet Nam America?
I wouldn’t recommend it again. Ya ask me, I’d say Punk, grunge and gangsta had to come along. HAD to.

marisacat - 17 February 2012

There was an old rocker who spent time at OWS, who seemed still sane. Forget which one, but I like wat he said… mebbe one fo the Crosby Stills and Nash people…

Yeah i don’t invest much in old or young rockers. Waste of time. And other things…

Sigh… I have “In the Valley Of Elah” on…. just the first 30 mins… I saw an incredibe war movie last week Incendies (Scorched) by a French Canadian film maker… far, far beyond anything we can do.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 February 2012

Crosby was pretty sharp about the whole thing when he went down there.

marisacat - 17 February 2012

That is the one… he made a lot of sense. I caught him, shomehow, in several interviews – not specificlaly about Occupy but it would come up…

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 February 2012
16. diane - 18 February 2012

Opposition mounts …..

A petition opposing two abortion-related bills winding through the Virginia legislature is spreading like “wildfire.” In just over 24 hours, 17,000 people have signed the measure that says the Virginia [hell, …historically, …the entire UZ “government,” …including way too many well fed and ‘whored,’… wimmins themselves (hell, Cali is a perfect example, with its multitude of absolutely worthless ‘wimmen’ REPS. Would love to know the stats on wimmins wit jobs in Cali which would put a roof over their (and their, soon to be government ordained?, obligatory children they are unable to feed) heads , …let alone as VIPs/on Boards of the Hideous Handful of Corps[e] who have been enabled to near rule the world with, basically, MIC/.00000000001 %er Software ) -diane ……] government is [, has always been – diane] conducting a war on women. [and certain men. – diane]

marisacat - 18 February 2012

I fixed the italics for you… so will remove the follow up.

It’s not just persnhood… the other is t mandate sonogram by vaginal probe… a VA Legislator has even said, having had sex and gotten pregnant, they already consented to vaginal probe.

I wouldn’t know about it, as the Dems want to concentrate (it seems) on “personhood”…except for moiv – – – – will find what moiv sent me on it…

marisacat - 18 February 2012

Actually I see Madman sent it….

VA House Says No Exceptions, Ultrasound viewing before abortion

Va. House says no exceptions on ultrasound viewing before abortion

RICHMOND — House of Delegates Republicans have rejected a last-ditch bid by Democrats to allow women seeking abortions to opt out of an invasive ultrasonic procedure under anti-abortion legislation set for a final House vote Tuesday.

Legislation that has advanced on the strength of a GOP majority would force women to undergo a “transvaginal ultrasound” that produces fetal images.

An amendment by Del. David Englin, D-Alexandria, would have allowed medical professionals to determine whether images can be obtained without being penetrated by equipment used in the ultrasound.

Women would have to give written consent to such a probe under Englin’s amendments, but not to sonograms that are not invasive. The amendment failed on 64-34 vote, setting the bill up for final House passage.

marisacat - 18 February 2012

This is what moiv sent:

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Republican Abortion Lifestyle Convenience

During the ultrasound bill debate, Englin offered an amendment requiring a woman’s consent to the trans-vaginal ultrasound procedure, which was rejected by the Republican-controlled House.

Democrats have criticized Gilbert’s floor statement, and Englin said that the statement is in line with previous Republican comments on the issue. He noted he had a conversation with one GOP lawmaker regarding his amendment where the lawmaker had told him that women had already made the decision to be “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.”

diane - 18 February 2012

… the lawmaker had told him that women had already made the decision to be “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.”

I hope that “lawmaker”‘s name gets released ….. fucking stunning …. somebody needs to slap the fuck out whoever it was,,,,,,,,,,,,,

marisacat - 18 February 2012

It is released, it’s in the article… but the Dems won’t push this… they want to concentrate on personhood. But barely.

It is all just a junk performance to supposedly rally the wimmens to Slob in November. As I see it.

Madman told me Maddow did a show or segment on the vaginal probe (with show and tell apparently) issue – and felt constrained to apologise for being graphic.

But Gilbert, the R rep in VA gets advocate a form of rape.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 February 2012

Like honestly describing a MEDICAL PROCEDURE could be too graphic on a cable channel awash in ads for boner pills.

diane - 18 February 2012

the name of the “lawmaker” who made that particular comment about the decision to be “vaginally penetrated, wasn’t isn’t in the piece, unfortunately.

17. marisacat - 18 February 2012

OK Pat Shroeder… what ever you say. Suuure.

[B]ut the debate from here out isn’t about religious affiliates, such as a parochial school or Catholic hospital. It’s about broader opt-outs for individual employers, not just those with an institutional religious affiliation.

Blunt noted that there are many people who have moral objections to specific medical services. Vaccines and blood transfusions are examples.

But advocates of broader coverage requirements note that many people pay, directly or through tax dollars, for policies they disagree with.

Public programs like Medicaid finance contraception, as do federally funded clinics. Federal tax breaks go to all qualified employee health plans, no matter what women’s health provisions they include. And people pay for all sorts of policies they disagree with, whether it’s a war or an environmental regulation.

Ironically, Lawless noted, all the attention to contraception at the moment may end up boosting the overall public standing of the 2010 health care law. Free preventive health care, whether it’s a cancer screening or the pill, may well become as popular as provisions like allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.

“People understand this,” said Lawless. “They can say, ‘I get it. This helps me. This helps my daughter.’ They don’t understand things like a tax credit for student loan interest.” [No? I think they do – Mcat]

So far, the contraception policy debate isn’t precipitating the kind of online outrage that prompted the Komen about-face on funding breast cancer screening by Planned Parenthood. Schroeder said that’s because women don’t, at the moment, perceive this debate as a threat. “You aren’t hearing women’s voices now because they know they are winning,” she said. [argh… flat out liar big D Dem bitch – women are NOT winning -Mcat]

But if the current starts to run against them, Schroeder predicted, voices will be heard. And votes will be cast


diane - 18 February 2012

… flat out liar big D Dem bitch – women are NOT winning …

yep, couldn’t agree more.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 February 2012


BooHooHooMan - 18 February 2012

Welp, in 2008, Barry carried conned 52% of white women with a collugacation* (* an IOZ coinage 😉 )

Down to @40% a month or so ago.
With increasingly contrareceptive rates among women with advanced degrees and higher incomes.

Voices silent, checkbooks closed.
Jeezis, now they got Pat Schroeder out on the stump.

One of those days where I think the owners are going to wedge Barry in or open it up to Jebby. In either case, they are going to need a Santorum or an Everybody Hates Romney to do it.
Otherwise, just that 10-12 drop among WF/ CE (and whatever money ) won’t be showing up. Just grabbing a number, translating into GE turnout differential in swing states .. 3%? Easily, I’d think.

The Catholic kooks being a given, I still think there’s rigging to give Barry a boost.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 February 2012

Birth control is safer than pregnancy

Friday morning, I picked a session that I hoped would provide some background and context on issues you and I are already talking about. Birth control—and, specifically, who should have access to it—has become a major issue in the current presidential campaign. Along with that has come a lot of confusion and misinformation about how birth control works, how effective it is, and what we know about its potential side effects. My first session of the day: Fifty Years of the Pill: Risk Reduction and Discovery of Benefits Beyond Contraception.

The first thing I learned: If you’re taking an oral contraceptive, there’s a good chance that you’re doing it wrong.

Only 50% of the women who use the pill actually use it correctly—never missing a day and taking the pill at the same time of day every day. In fact, in 1998, University of Michigan nursing professor Deborah Oakley did a study with a small group of nursing students that found that even women who think they use the pill consistently, often don’t. Before the study, Oakley asked the women how often they missed their birth control pills. They told her one out of every 10. Then, she gave them electronic packs that recorded actual usage. “The reality: Their pill missage rate was 2-3x what they thought it was,” says Ronald Burkman, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Tufts School of Medicine.

Burkman was one of the speakers on the panel, and he told me that inconsistent usage affects both how well birth control works and how well we can study its side effects. That’s because “inconsistent usage” doesn’t just refer to forgetting to take pills or not taking them at the right time. Those are the things that can lead to unwanted pregnancies, but there’s a bigger picture as well. Women don’t use birth control in a monolithic way. For instance, in my own life, I’ve used 3-4 different kinds of hormonal birth control—all with different formulations and dosages. And even though I used the pill for the first time when I was 18, I’ve not been on a hormonal birth control consistently since then. For various reasons, women go on and off of this medication. And that makes it difficult to study the side effects of birth control in a really granular way.

In general, we know that birth control is pretty safe. Even the scary-sounding side effects, like heart attack, are incredibly rare. What’s more, pregnancy is more dangerous. For example, even though birth control slightly increases the risk of heart attack, pregnancy (and particularly the period immediately following pregnancy) increases your risk far more. Burkman said that studies show somewhere between 2 and 14 cardiac events per 10,000 woman-years of birth control use. Meanwhile, for every 10,000 pregnancies, 20-50 women will have some kind of a cardiac event. (That’s true for all the big risks of birth control, Burkman said. The absolute increase in risk is tiny, and you’re safer with birth control than you are with pregnancy.)

We know this because of two different kinds of studies. One type of study compiles the medical information of thousands of women who use birth control, aggregating the amount of time they each used it. That’s what is meant by “10,000 woman-years of use”. There might be 200,000 women in the study, and between them, they’ve used the pill for 10,000 years.

The other type of study follows individual pill users over the course of their lives and records what happens to them. At this point, we have data following pill users over 39 years. Those studies actually show some interesting benefits to birth control use. Compared to women who never took the pill, the pill users had increased bone mass, fewer cases of endometriosis—when uterine cells start growing outside the uterus and cause a lot of pain—and fewer cases of pelvic inflammatory syndrome, bacterial infections in the reproductive system that can lead to scarring and infertility.

But, at the same time, there’s really not much data that breaks out the risk analysis by type of birth control user. If one woman takes birth control for 2 years, and another takes it for 20, we don’t really know much about how their relative risks differ. That’s because 2 years of use (or 20 years of use) doesn’t mean the same thing for one woman that it means for another. How do you know who has been using the pill consistently during that time and who hasn’t? How do you compare women who’ve used two completely different types of pills? Different chemical formulations have different effects on the body.

During the Q&A portion of the session, a woman told the panel that she was concerned about what happened to women who used birth control for 15 years straight, starting in their mid-teens. “It can’t be safe,” she said. “I’ve personally known too many people with fertility problems and blood clots.”*

The truth is that we have enough data to say she’s wrong. We can look at the aggregate studies and see that birth control is safe, that it’s safer than pregnancy. We can look at the longitudinal studies (the ones that follow women over the course of their lives) and see that birth control doesn’t cause fertility problems. But, frustratingly, we can’t give that woman the exact kind of data that she’s looking for. We can’t point to a study of 30-year-old women who have been on birth control since they were 15 and tell you what happened to them.

19. marisacat - 18 February 2012

Slob. Such a fucking tool.

Rolling Stone:

[T]he administration’s recognition of medical cannabis reached its high-water mark in July 2010, when the Department of Veterans Affairs validated it as a legitimate course of treatment for soldiers returning from the front lines. But it didn’t take long for the fragile federal detente to begin to collapse.

The reversal began at the Drug Enforcement Agency with Michele Leonhart, a holdover from the Bush administration who was renominated by Obama to head the DEA. An anti-medical-marijuana hard-liner, Leonhart had been rebuked in 2008 by House Judiciary chairman John Conyers for targeting dispensaries with tactics “typically reserved for the worst drug traffickers and kingpins.” Her views on the larger drug war are so perverse, in fact, that last year she cited the slaughter of nearly 1,000 Mexican children by the drug cartels as a counterintuitive “sign of success in the fight against drugs.”

In January 2011, weeks after Leonhart was confirmed, her agency updated a paper called “The DEA Position on Marijuana.” With subject headings like THE FALLACY OF MARIJUANA FOR MEDICINAL USE and SMOKED MARIJUANA IS NOT MEDICINE, the paper simply regurgitated the Bush administration’s ideological stance, in an attempt to walk back the Ogden memo. Sounding like Glenn Beck, the DEA even blamed “George Soros” and “a few billionaires, not broad grassroots support” for sustaining the medical-marijuana movement – even though polls show that 70 percent of Americans approve of medical pot.

Read more: Rolling Stone

20. BooHooHooMan - 18 February 2012

Slogan rollout not expected until later this year

* Catchphrases can define an election

* Republicans use similar themes 😆

By Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Winning The Future. Greater Together. We Don’t Quit.

They may not be official but those are all phrases that could in one form or another be candidates to become President Barack Obama’s re-election slogan.

Advisers say a fresh slogan to replace the winning “Change we can believe in” mantra of 2008, is unlikely to appear before Obama knows who his Republican opponent will be and starts big campaign travel swings, likely in the spring or summer.

His campaign posters now say simply, “Obama 2012.”

But Obama’s surrogates have roadtested some slogans in recent months, including “Winning The Future,” which the White House used to promote its budget, and “Greater Together,” which the campaign has used to brand its youth outreach effort.

A new tagline will have to reflect a new reality.

😆 Good Luck!.

Obama is no longer a Washington outsider, unemployment is falling but still high, and economic insecurity for many voters is a huge concern that a simple slogan cannot overcome.

Obama is aware of that difficulty. He still refers to his old slogan at campaign fundraisers, emphasizing the “change” he has achieved, while dropping lines that could be test runs for a pitch to convince voters to give him another term.

“When you think about change that we can believe in, as hard as these last three years have been, don’t underestimate the changes we’ve made,” Obama said at a fundraiser in California this week.

“Inspiration is wonderful, nice speeches are wonderful, pretty posters, that’s great. But what’s required at the end of the day to create the kind of country we want is stick-to-it-ness. It’s determination. It’s saying, ‘We don’t quit.'” 🙄

In his State of the Union address last month, the president also played up the issue of economic fairness, which branding experts said 😆 could encapsulate his 2012 pitch.

“Owning ‘fairness’ is a powerful idea, but getting that idea communicated in a clear, sticky way is very hard,” said Allen Adamson, managing director of marketing firm Landor Associates.

“Telling that story is more difficult than telling a ‘change’ story because you have to define fairness for who, and what’s unfair, and why is fairness important. Change was a brutally simple idea.”

After three years of governing – fulfilling some promises and breaking others – the word “change” is a tricky brand for the president to espouse.

But Obama’s advisers say his philosophies are still the same, even if the words associated with them from 2008 are not part of this year’s campaign tagline.

“This election is also about hope and about change. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to be in the slogan,” said David Axelrod, Obama’s message guru 😆 and senior campaign strategist.

“But the president has a very hopeful, optimistic view about this country, even with all the challenges we have, and is working toward that.”

Obama 2012: Any Suggestions?

This guy would be EASY to beat if the GOP wanted to if there wasn’t a duaopoly and so on and shitty so forth…

marisacat - 18 February 2012

I thnk anything they pick for hm will become the butt of jokes. Same deal for Mitt-Mitt.

21. marisacat - 18 February 2012



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