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Hi 14 March 2012

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics, UK, WAR!.

The wave from the balcony | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Definitely not high, 😆

Tho if any one of them did not want, desperately at the end of the day, to go somewhere and ingest, smoke, drink something altering, then even nuttier than they all appear to be…



1. diane - 14 March 2012

Oh my, what lovely, potted, yellow, hybridized narcissi ……

diane - 14 March 2012

so perky!


2. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 March 2012

that’s a cool promo pic from the “Walking Dead” …

… oh, wait …

marisacat - 14 March 2012


I almost used a pic of Cameron and Slob at the game, both chukking down hot dogs. Pretty damned funny…

ts - 14 March 2012
marisacat - 14 March 2012

LOL The Gallery was not bad…. but rather too much of Sam Cam and Memsab at some srt of mini-Olympics…

diane - 14 March 2012

mayhap, UPI, or the Daily Mail have something delightful in their collections, I’ll go check …..

diane - 14 March 2012

welp, this one is fitting.

Tho if any one of them did not want, desperately at the end of the day, to go somewhere and ingest, smoke, drink something altering, …

diane - 14 March 2012

please, at least post a linky!

marisacat - 14 March 2012

Luckily I still had the Gallery open…

diane - 14 March 2012

oops, never mind (I’m slowwww) :0)

thanks ts!

3. BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2012

Worldview: Why single out Rendell on MEK?

Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Opinion Columnist
Email Trudy Rubin

Some ‘worldview”.

Give Ed Rendell a break.{Uhm, NO.~bhhm}

Yes, the Treasury Department is investigating the speaking fees received by the former Pennsylvania governor on behalf of an Iranian exile group that’s on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. 😳 Rendell told the New York Times he had received about $150,000 for seven or eight speeches that called for taking the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, off the list (even though he clearly knew little about the organization).

But why is Treasury targeting only Rendell? Roll: :jerkoff:

There’s an astonishing list of high-level former officials – from both parties – 🙄 who’ve embraced the MEK cause, for which they’ve collected big bucks, along with trips to pro-MEK conferences in Brussels, London, Berlin, and Paris.

And why have so many prominent men linked their names to an outfit with such a shady, and cultish, reputation – a group that has killed Americans and done dirty work for Saddam Hussein?

The MEK is lobbying hard for the State Department to take it off the terrorist list. (A decision is supposed to be made by the end of March.) It has won support, on the Democratic side, from former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli, and retired Gen. James Jones, President Obama’s first national security adviser. And of course, Rendell.

Oh you know fuck them all, but I’d like a link, please, to the Howard endorsement if only because he is mush on everything else.

As for Republicans, boosters include former CIA Directors James Woolsey (a big backer of the Iraq war) and Porter J. Goss; former FBI Director Louis Freeh; former Attorney General Michael Mukasey; former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; and President George W. Bush’s first homeland security chief, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. Never mind that Bush renewed the MEK’s terrorist designation four times.

Add to the list a number of retired generals, along with John Bolton, foreign-policy adviser to Newt Gingrich, and Mitchell Reiss, who advises Mitt Romney.

What were they all thinking?……{Snip}

Uhm Gravy Train Zionist War Humping for Israel? Yes?
No? The Usual? For the Money alone?

So sick of these people.

marisacat - 15 March 2012

Howard is a paid lobbyist for them…

BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2012

Well YeeHaww.. Pretty much settles t h a t 😯 😳 😆 Aw hell, Learn to love the bomb, Howard.

Anyways, I forgot to blockquote from There’s an astonishing 🙄 thru of course Rendell NTIM, Sooo NTIM…

marisacat - 15 March 2012

Not saying he was Jesus frm Vermont at any point, but he flushed whatever little was left of a soul down the executive toilette at the DNC.

4. marisacat - 15 March 2012

Madman sent me this… Taibbi on BofA.

😆 Too crooked to fail

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2012

a good, and infuriating, read.

diane - 15 March 2012

But despite being the very definition of an unaccountable corporate villain, Bank of America is now bigger and more dangerous than ever. It controls more than 12 percent of America’s bank deposits (skirting a federal law designed to prohibit any firm from controlling more than 10 percent), as well as 17 percent of all American home mortgages. By looking the other way and rewarding the bank’s bad behavior with a massive government bailout, we actually allowed a huge financial company to not just grow so big that its collapse would imperil the whole economy, but to get away with any and all crimes it might commit. Too Big to Fail is one thing; it’s also far too corrupt to survive.

I wonder how much of that, if any, has to do with the fact that states like Cali, set up accounts with BofA and forced those on disablity and unemployment benefits to use BofA debit cards, no opt out allowed (despite the fact that it really seems like an unlawful forced contract), versus direct deposit to their own bank accounts, or receiving checks via the mail (oh and nice vicious kick to the endangered Postal Employees while the fuckers were at it).

marisacat - 15 March 2012

Delivery of checks began to die off years ago… they, the Feds wanted to get away from lost, stolen, misappropriated checks. To the extent that some measure of security exists (more than a mail box) if it goes into an account.

The big problem for people is anyone NOT with an existing acct… OR on some sort of welfare, cash payments not secured by a person’s own Social Security. At least as I understand it.

So much that is going on never should have been allowed or cooperated with, by, the Feds and the States.

diane - 15 March 2012

In Cali, the delivery of checks for disability and unemployment, was only being terminated (over a period of months), about a little over a year ago, after the bailouts, and there were no offers for deposit into a person’s account. A woman who works where I bank told me it was handled very abusively, with no opt out, a forced dump into BofA, instead of that person’s own bank account, After all of the exposed Criminality ……

diane - 15 March 2012

About the mailing fears, I think people should be given a choice, I’ve been on unemployment before, and never had a problem receiving anything sent. Same goes for the odd instituting of a law that people could no longer receive their cancelled checks in the mail. Of course the banks inititally offered sending copies of both sides, which is necessary to prove payment, now I doubt any of them do, next I guess they’ll force people onto online banking, Huge Error!

marisacat - 15 March 2012

My bank statements have photocopies of my checks on the last page of the statement…

In terms of completely non-secure mail, think the projects. Subsidized Section 8 housing. Entire parts of LA and rural areas. And so on.

diane - 15 March 2012

My statements used to have copies of the back of the check, which of course is what is needed to prove payment, but stopped doing it, and my understanding is most banks no longer provide copies of the back of the check.

As to areas where there are mail problems, again, it should be choice. It’s just my opinion that they wan’t to destroy the Public Postal Service, instead of doing what’s needed to keep it alive, and yeah, it began with Reagan.

marisacat - 15 March 2012

oh it is obvious they want to destroy the USPS… it’s part of the large and deep destabilisation of American life.

Closing rural post offices, closing regional hubs and transfer facilities… never talking about all that the USPS has done to modernise and work with, in partnerhip, the big shippers, I mean suppliers and wholesale retail, etc.

It used to provide stable work, long term employment and retirements, bad as the 80s and “going postal” was… and in fact i heard just a few months ago, it is going to be a huge issue as mil come home. Thru the years they employed vets – from 26% to – a high of – 31% of the work force was veterans.

diane - 15 March 2012

Incredibly destructive people running things, and too many who have faith in them to do the right thing.

gotta run …

marisacat - 15 March 2012

Social Sec, began to actively discourage delivery of checks so long ago, in the 90s – and it was suggested even earlier. A benefit, if it was managed at all well is that direct deposit is faster, same as paychecks… The Feds got tired of sending helicopters tracking mail delivery people over the most vulnarable delivery routes.

General Assistance, state and county welfare and other forms of cash assistance are completely vulnerable. You have no say whatsoever…

A few years ago there was a push to move people into “special accts” which were farmed out to whomever the payer contracted iwth. Bad news, right off…

IF there was any fiduciary responsibility it would be OK… but it is all a casino.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2012

Hurt Occupy Oakland protester was hit by beanbag

Occupy Oakland demonstrator Scott Olsen was hit in the head by a beanbag projectile, not a teargas canister, fired by a policeman during a protest in October, Olsen’s attorney said Wednesday.

“The fact that it was a beanbag shot, which was not what we thought, puts it in a completely different light,” said Mark Martel, who is preparing to file a claim against Oakland. “If he was hit by a tear gas canister, that would just be stupid or negligent.

“But if it was a beanbag – those are meant to hit people, and it tells me that whoever did it, did it intentionally.”

Martel said he was e-mailed confirmation of the beanbag shot two weeks ago by an Oakland Police Department investigator who is looking into the department’s handling of the Occupy protests.

The attorney said videos showing Olsen, a former Marine and a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, during the protest indicate that whoever shot him was within 30 feet.

“Because it was in close distance, it suggests this was an intentional shot to the head,” Martel said.

Officer Johnna Watson, an Oakland police spokeswoman, declined to name the officer involved in Olsen’s injury or to comment on the investigation. Probes of the Occupy protests are being conducted by the department’s major crimes section as well as a private contractor, the Frazier Group, which is helping determine if any city employees should be fired or disciplined.

marisacat - 15 March 2012

Fortunately that got a lot of coverage today… and a couple of nice interviews with him in his home.

Back when it happened and because there were canisters of tear gas around, it was assumed to be that, but people who were there said, and it looked that way on the films, it was shot directly at his head.

I don’t know who his atty is (I mean i don’t know anything about Martell) but rght off the bat he avoided a couple of hound dog collaborator attys. So that is good.

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2012

I hope he’s good.

marisacat - 15 March 2012

I think so because there has been no high profile spin machine tour… whcih most of them charge for, anyway…. the focus was on Scott O and quotes from his atty. The phrase being used is a “substantial claim against the city and the OPD”.

Jean Q is so thoroughly weakened and the Chief of Police over there has clearly been in over his head… so I hope it goes well. PLUS you know the OPD is under ongoing threat of Fed take over. All to do with non compliance with court orders relating to issues of brutality and whatever else from the late 90s.

The media tells one story, but the reality is another. Rising directly from the OPD and how they have operated w/r/t Occupy is neighboring counties have rethought mutual aid…. Berkeley PD is in a HUGE snafu over a murder in the Oakland Hills where they used as excuse a completely peaceful Occupy protst for not showing up. I think hteir Chief may be a goner. AND Bekreley PD sent a goon to the door of a blogger who reported on it, after midnight, to demand retraction of his reporting.

6. ms_xeno - 15 March 2012

re: BofA:

In OR, you can opt out, but only by specifically requesting it. I suppose if you have no bank account, the check-cashing store hucksters will still nail you. One way or another, the crooks win.

These jaggoffs now send me a new debit card about every 6-8 months, regardless of the status of my Unemployment claim. Like that’ll make me love them. Ick. I don’t use them, but I’m always afraid to throw them away, just in case the state accidentally on purpose changes its mind about how I receive my big fat fortune. :/

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2012

more and more of the check-cashing outfits are partly owned by the bigger banks, or I suspect the outfits use the bigger banks as correspondent banks, so they get a cut too.

marisacat - 15 March 2012

I think when you have no bank acct is when you really run into big trouble. And of course lots of very legitimate people who may or may not have been part of the “grey” economy, running on a cash basis, are just that.

ms_xeno - 16 March 2012

Well, I got a stay today. The temp job will last for one more week.

After 3 odd years of this shit, my file with the State is probably thicker than a vintage Manhattan Yellow Pages. Especially since I contested their fucking denial of claim last year and won.

I’d never talk to these schmucks again if I could possibly avoid it. The last two weeks have been the same old disorganized, infuriating shit. When you can reach them at all, that is. One asshole says file every week even if you’re working, to keep your claim active. The next day some other asshole says, no, don’t do that. You’re only creating more unnecessary paperwork.

One dipshit says your claim won’t be reduced this time around. Next day, some other dipshit says, oh yes it will. And so on and so on and so on…

marisacat - 16 March 2012

One asshole says file every week even if you’re working, to keep your claim active. The next day some other asshole says, no, don’t do that.

They make it as hard as they can…

ms_xeno - 16 March 2012

I’ll just be happy if my next “claim adjudicator” isn’t the same clueless shitball who denied my claim last year.

marisacat - 16 March 2012

Somebody is going to shot up the unemployment office, other agencies that work to drive people nuts… like the poor mother last year in Texas at the welfare office…

ms_xeno - 17 March 2012

As a former civil servant myself, I can think of a few prime specimens I would’ve liked to see at least scared out of their smug, petty, lazy little minds. Unfortunately, the good always perish with the bad, in those scenarios. And the people that dream up the way the system works in the first place are always in some locale where they never get any punishment for their actions, or inactions, as the case may be.

Frankly, if my experience was any indication, the shooter will probably be one of the shittier, more ungrateful little tyrant employees who’ll flip out when the Austerity Army finally comes to take his silver parachute away. Like most bullies, he won’t go after the higher-ups either. At least I’ll always have the satisfaction of knowing that I quit years before he snapped. 👿

marisacat - 17 March 2012

oh I agree… and often the good die and the bad live. Not even a mix of the two on the bloody ground.

But every day almost, there is a shoot ’em up at some work site or school or street or court house… By now if you don’t kill mre than 3 you barely make the news outside your local press…

Among everything else that is happening, we just had a Iraq vet lose it (one must assume) shoot – maim or kill his mother (she can’t be found but evidence shows he shot her in her car) his 11 year old sister and finally himself.

I am not sure but for the missing mother and the timing with the 16 in Afghanstan, it would even be in the news now for several days running…

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2012

Occupy Miami’s Overtown Safehouse Raided by Dozens of Miami Police With Assault Rifles

More than two dozen cops swarmed Occupy Miami’s Overtown safehouse yesterday afternoon after responding to what appears to have been a bogus terrorism tip The raid was the second on Occupy Miami in the past six weeks. On January 31, Miami-Dade cops evicted protesters from Government Center. This time it was City of Miami police officers that arrived in SWAT vans and emerged with their assault rifles drawn.

“They were pointing guns at children!” says Ramy Mahmoud, one of three Occupy Miami members taken in for questioning and then released without charges.

Mahmoud and other Occupy Miami members were preparing to travel downtown to protest the birthday of Chase Bank CEO Jaime Dimon when at least half a dozen police vehicles screeched to a halt in front of the building on NW Seventh Street.

A cop in a dress shirt and bullet-proof vest jumped out of an unmarked car, aimed his gun at them, and shouted, “Everyone on the ground,” according to Occupy Miami members.

“I thought it was either a joke or he was robbing us,” says an occupier who gave his name only as Cobra. “Then an ice-cream truck full of SWAT officers pulled up.”

Nearly 30 cops — many carrying assault rifles or shotguns — spread out around the building, ordering people to the ground and patting them down for weapons.

“They said that they had gotten a tip that we had ‘long guns’ and were going to use them at our protest,” Thomas Parisi says. “But we are a peaceful movement and told them that we had no intention of doing anything like that.”

marisacat - 15 March 2012

oh I bet there was no “tip”….

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2012

I bet a public affairs officer walked down the street to a pay phone and placed a quick call …

8. marisacat - 16 March 2012

LOL Can’t imagine why this WH would drop Montel Williams… a vegetable blender TV huckster, Cancer survivor huckster sounds so right for this admin (and any admin):

Ex-talk show host Montel Williams was supposed to headline an event for the president’s jobs council on Wednesday in Atlanta—but the event came and went and Williams wasn’t there.

Last week, the White House announced that Williams would lead a panel on engineering education Wednesday at Georgia Tech, interviewing Intel CEO Paul Otellini and NASA administrator Charles Bolden. Intel said it had picked Williams to lead the panel because he was a U.S. Naval Academy-educated engineer. [don’t make me laugh TOO hard now! -M]

Instead, Maria Teresa Kumar, a founder of Voto Latino and contributor to MSNBC, took his place on the panel.

Williams is currently the pitchman for MoneyMutual, which connects borrowers with a network of payday lenders—a practice President Barack Obama has specifically targeted as problematic. As POLITICO noted last week in pointing out the juxtaposition of Obama’s rhetoric on payday loans and the selection of Williams, the Nevada-based company is rated “F”—the lowest score possible—by the local Better Business Bureau. . . . . .


People mag Politico

9. marisacat - 16 March 2012

The Super Secret wine list for the ‘almost but not reallly as he is not the Queen’ State Dinner for Cameron…

The Camerons should feel snubbed… it ranges from $29 – $80 a bottle… no 400 dollar bottles like for Hu Jin Tao.

Two from Cali, one from Virginia and one Washington state. (spread the love baby)

BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2012

😆 Oh yes, The Chateau de Snubby. VERY Good. LOL..

May I recommend the Newark Glomon?

British Prime Minister David Cameron meets with Newark Mayor Cory Booker

{ 😆 As they have so much to discuss! ~bhhm}

LOL, I love all these little pastry puffs floating on by…
Obby , Cameron, the the Duke Booker of Newark.

Why yes, Cory, consider setting up a Consulate in London, maybe go in halfsies with Hoboken, and work out of a jacked lorry in the East End.

marisacat - 16 March 2012

these little pastry puffs floating on by…

Good one!

BooHooHooman - 16 March 2012

And so light! Such fribble all of them, and now Booker of Newarkshire with HIS minor operative entourage trying to ride in on imeeting with the Bastard Son descendant of William the Fourth, LOL. that would in fact be Cameron not Obby, tho maybe, Hell, who knows with the Peerage and leerage and the way they all dig livery and powdered wigs so…..
What a romp.
Anyways, Have a couple hundred or so of the pastry puffs!, Obviously there’s plenty more from wherever they came from…

marisacat - 16 March 2012

hmm I’m recommending Fernet Branca as digestif….

Can you imagine the awful gastric upset that will ensue?

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 March 2012

State Sen. Galloway to resign, leaving Senate split

Madison – State Sen. Pam Galloway, who faces a recall election this summer, plans to resign from the Senate shortly, leaving an even split between Republicans and Democrats.

“After a great deal of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to put the needs of my family first,” the Wausau Republican said in a statement Friday. “My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately, this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as state Senator or running for re-election at this time.”

Her statement did not say when her resignation would take effect, and her office said she was not available for an interview. She plans to speak to voters in her district on Sunday.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said Galloway’s departure was not influenced by her impending recall election and that he was confident she could have defeated Rep. Donna Seidel (D-Wausau) in the recall election.

“It doesn’t change my plans,” Seidel said of Galloway’s planned resignation. “People really believe their concerns have not been addressed and their values have not been paid attention to. They want Wisconsin back.”

Galloway’s resignation will cause the Republicans to lose their Senate majority. Republicans would hold 16 seats and Democrats would hold 16 seats. It marks a dramatic change from a year ago, when Republicans held a commanding 19-14 majority in the Senate. It was narrowed to 17-16 in August when Democrats gained two seats in recall elections.

The new, 16-16 split will be brief, and one side or the other should take control in May or June, when recall elections are expected to be held for state senators.

The recall election against Galloway would still move forward even though she would no longer occupy the seat, said Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, which runs state elections.

That election is preliminarily scheduled for May 8. If more than one candidate runs from one party, that election would become a primary and the general election would be on June 5.

“A recall can’t be short-circuited” once signatures to recall someone have been submitted, Magney said.

Galloway’s name will not appear on the ballot if she resigns before the election, Magney said.

Fitzgerald said he would recruit another candidate to run in Galloway’s place. He said he would start by talking to Reps. Jerry Petrowski of Marathon and Mary Williams of Medford.

Petrowski said he was not aware of Galloway’s plan. He did not comment on whether he would consider running. Williams could not immediately be reached.

The other senators likely facing recall are Fitzgerald and GOP Sens. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Van Wanggaard of Racine.

Galloway’s plans were disclosed a day after the Senate ended the regular legislative session on Thursday. No work is planned for the rest of the year, but the Legislature could still be called into special or extraordinary session.

“It kind of puts us in a holding pattern for the next two months,” Fitzgerald said.

Lawmakers are awaiting a decision from a three-judge panel on whether maps of legislative districts that Republicans drew last year pass constitutional muster. If the federal judges find the maps were improperly drawn, they will likely send them back to the Legislature.

That would mean Republicans and Democrats would have to agree on any new election maps. If they could not, the judges would have to draw them.

How the maps are drawn is crucial because they can give one party an advantage over the other. The maps Republicans drew last year greatly benefit their side, but Democrats and Latinos sued, arguing the maps violated the federal Voting Rights Act and U.S. Constitution because of how they treated minorities and because they caused 300,000 people to wait six years, instead of four, between their opportunities to vote in state Senate elections.

Also, Gov. Scott Walker has talked of calling lawmakers into special session to consider streamlining iron ore mining regulations after a bill to do that failed in the Senate this month when Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) sided with Democrats to oppose the measure.

Fitzgerald said he believed now it would be much more difficult to reach any kind of deal on mining.

With Galloway’s resignation, the Republicans will lose their Senate majority. Fitzgerald said he and Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) would become co-leaders.

A powerful committee that runs the state Senate now includes three Republicans and two Democrats. A third Democrat – Sen. Julie Lassa of Stevens Point – would be added to that committee, Fitzgerald said.

Of course, she waited until they rammed through some truly horrible shit, but hopefully this will limit the damage they can do if Walker survives his recall, and there are still three more winger Senators facing recalls in May or June.

marisacat - 16 March 2012

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said Galloway’s departure was not influenced by her impending recall election and that he was confident she could have defeated Rep. Donna Seidel (D-Wausau) in the recall election

Well… there you go… Unsaid is, But let’s NOT find out!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 March 2012

She’s the genius who pushed our new concealed carry law.

Good riddance.

marisacat - 16 March 2012

I think those laws are awful – same with this attempt at bringing weapons onto campuses and parks…

People seem unware that the mil on their bases bans carrying weapons. Open, unloaded, carry of hand guns is worrisome enough.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 March 2012

And On the Eighth Day, the Lord Said to Hell With Planned Parenthood

Internal Komen documents reviewed by Reuters reveal the complicated relationship between the Komen Foundation and the Catholic church, which simultaneously contributes to the breast cancer charity and receives grants from it. In recent years, Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of the donations it receives to U.S. Catholic universities, hospitals and charities.

Church opposition reached dramatic new proportions in 2011, when the 11 bishops who represent Ohio’s 2.6 million Catholics announced a statewide policy banning church and parochial school donations to Komen.

Such pressure helped sway Komen’s leadership to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, according to current and former Komen officials. The decision, made public in January, and Komen’s reversal only days later, sparked an angry outcry from both sides of an intensifying American debate over abortion.

marisacat - 16 March 2012

Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of the donations it receives to U.S. Catholic universities, hospitals and charities.

I had not heard that…

Not sure what it means but after a few days, Komen ads for their next walk, early summer sometime I think, disappeared from TV, completely. Just recently there is from time to time an ad from them, but almost nothing.

And, it looked as tho “Avon Walk” which mimics the Komen event and ads, fell away as well.

I would guess there was broad back lash…

12. marisacat - 16 March 2012

The former DA, Hallinan, is no peach himself, but his old style liberal way of doing things did just leave some stuff A L O N E.

We are so liberal here!!

Erasing Hallinan’s Legacy

The LA-ization of the San Francisco DA’s Office


In a fluorescent Hall of Justice hallway, a silver-haired defense lawyer pulled a document from his worn but classy leather briefcase. “You have to read this,” he said to a reporter. “The DA is saying ‘all sales are illegal, all dispensaries are illegal.’ Can you believe it? This is San Francisco!”

Seems like only yesterday this lawyer, Terence Hallinan, was the DA, the top law-enforcement officer in the City and County.

The document he handed me — “Memorandum of Points and Authorities re: Continued Illegality of Selling Marijuana” — was filed March 1 by District Attorney George Gascon and signed by Assistant DA John Ullom. It was addressed to the judge, the defendant, and “Terrance [sic] Hallinan, Esq., Defense Counsel of Record.” The misspelling of his name didn’t bother Terence (I made it for a Freudian dis), but he didn’t like the attempt to undo his signal political accomplishment: a regulated distribution system in San Francisco for the once-forbidden herb. . . . . .

13. marisacat - 16 March 2012

NTIM, the damage is done…

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Alleged Afghanistan Rampage Shooter ID’d as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales: Official [6:15 p.m. ET]

14. marisacat - 16 March 2012

Comedy… apparenlty, or so Fox reports, he also vandalised cars…

Kony 2012 campaigner Jason Russell detained for masturbating in public

The Guardian – ‎17 minutes ago‎

One of the co-founders of Invisible Children, the San Diego-based charity which is campaigning for the arrest of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, has been hospitalised after police said he was detained for being naked and masturbating in public.

Google news page

15. diane - 16 March 2012

Breaking! (well one of us has to do it!)

Ambassador George Clooney suffers three hours in a Secret Police Van in Sudan! …sacrificing all, as he marches forward with the Obama administration on a Humanitarian Mission, having resolved all civil rights issues in the UZ in a flawless partnership with our benefactors, Wall Street and the MIC!

Clooney, … handcuffed and placed into a U.S. Secret Service van.

No wait, I misspoke, it gets worse: the Daily Mail informs that he actually did time in a Sudanese cell also [being forced to sign autographs and pose for photos!].

just look at the fear as he’s led to his horrid unknown destiny by the Sudanese captors

Rumors of who arranged the US Secret Service Arrest have not yet been confirmed.

Clooney is unabashedly proud of the Obama Administration, recently stating:

“I’m disillusioned by the people who are disillusioned by Obama.”

… He went on to list the accomplishments of the Obama administration, wondering why Democrats weren’t selling them better.

marisacat - 16 March 2012

I thought he and his father looked like idiots today… and IMO he is being paid by some entity, US – Christian – Israeli, some part and parcel of the gang up on parts of the Sudan.

All of these jerks that align with the UN or the CFR and the like, from Alyssa Milano to Brangelina to Clooney to the Mosqueteers (and all of that dried up and died like the Manhattan RE scam it was) are nothing but war mongers.

diane - 16 March 2012


ms_xeno - 16 March 2012
diane - 16 March 2012

… I don’t need some mega-rich asshole, who pretends for a living, to tell me what my best interests are. ….

… then he goes on to say that “Democrats eat their own.” I think this is part of an inability (or a refusal) to separate those in power and those who are not. When talking about the actions of our government, people often say “we” because they subconsciously join country and government as one (“We invaded Iraq.”), I’ve done this before but try and stop myself. I think that has to be what Mr. Clooney means when he says that “Democrats eat their own.” The Democratic voters may (and rightfully so) destroy politicians who exploit them beyond distraction, but Democrats (as in the Party’s infrastructure) go above and beyond to protect their own. We see time and again that primary challengers to vilely corrupt Democrats have to fight not only their opponent, but the full power of the Democratic party. Democrats, just like any power structure, do not eat their own.

Thanks for that, any validating sanity helps, I read some outrageous slobber about Clooney earlier and near heaved.

marisacat - 16 March 2012

was that from the Pat Dollard link? (I’ve always found PD to b very interesting.)

diane - 16 March 2012

it was from the link ms. xeno posted.

diane - 16 March 2012

(I’m not familiar with Pat Dollard, I landed there doing a search for a quote of that outrageous bullshit Clooney had said a short while back.)

marisacat - 17 March 2012

😆 He’s going ot be on MTP this Sunday… as well as Fox News Sunday with Wallace… AND with Fareed on CNN.


ms_xeno - 17 March 2012

No problem, diane. I think Jack Crow also posted some snicker-worthy stuff late last year about George Clooney: Modern-Day Dag Hammerskjold wannabe. But I didn’t have the chance to go and look for it.

diane - 16 March 2012

(well, okay, the Sudanese Embassy in DC …but still!)

16. ts - 16 March 2012

I made it through surgery today, somehow.

marisacat - 16 March 2012

oh my goodness ts… how are you doing? Are you home?

ts - 17 March 2012

I’m home. It was minor surgery, but for an incredibly debilitating and painful condition that should have been taken care of back in January. Why it wasn’t taken care of immediately is actually an interesting example of how messed up our health care system. I’ll post it on my blog if I ever get around to posting on my blog again. (I haven’t since the condition presented itself.)

marisacat - 17 March 2012

Few doctors have any real interest in their patients… no matter how compliant the patient may be… and they sure decline to cut you in on any real infromation on your condition…

If you do post, leave a link here – or, feel like telling in a comment here, feel free.

Oh we are so screwedddd.

ts - 17 March 2012

In this case I had a doctor (who may have been on somebody’s payroll) insisting we make sure there wasn’t an underlying condition. I got a colonoscopy and endoscopy I probably didn’t need. My insurance company paid for it, but it’s clear he was gaming the system. Eventually, he prescribed me a very speculative ulcerative colitis drug at $200 a week *after* the colonoscopy had shown I did not have ulcerative colitis. Then he wanted to schedule a capsule endoscopy – who knows how much that was going to cost. It was at that point I asked him for a reference for surgery (which he grudgingly gave me). I never went to pick up my prescriptions and I cancelled all my future appointments.

Had I trusted my own research about the issue, I should have demanded surgery on January 8, when it became obvious that the problem wasn’t going to go away by itself. Instead, I trusted this guy’s judgement and went through two more months of hell, because it was five weeks to get his stuff done, and three weeks to schedule the eventual surgery.

marisacat - 17 March 2012

What a nightmare! They pad their bills with the bread and butter procedures, whether you need it or another one, or not.

And media has spent years selling people on colonoscopy (and whatever else)… and how necessary and how beneficial, that even without symptoms you should consider one…. OR, a few!!

ms_xeno - 17 March 2012

Glad you’re going to be okay, ts.

diane - 16 March 2012

well wishes to you ts, I hope you have a rapid recovery.

BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2012

Glad to hear , ts. And on the mend?
May you be up and around quickly, with your trademark insight, wit and zingers to follow!

17. marisacat - 17 March 2012



…………………. 😯 … 🙄

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