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Cat 25 March 2012

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.

Amber Handley-Collins: My cat Teddy is pure puurrfection. He looks unworldly, like a magical Disney animal | Amber Handley-Collins

The Guardian has multiple galleries on cats… It is completely impossible to choose among them, but this fellow was one who stood out (he’s in the “cute” gallery). He is, as she says, fantastical.

Top Cat competition: best catcessory winners – in pictures

Top Cat competition: special talent winners – in pictures


1. diane - 25 March 2012

it’s always intrigued me, the seemingly stark personality difference in biologically male “felines” versus the, generally, more survival oriented (of necessity, and a long, lonnnnnnnnggggg history? From what I’ve noticed, …. in my tiny bubble), physically smaller, more emotive? (really? ..well, at least without the need for a stimulant in order to emote), wary, cautious, female “felines.” (after well too many rapes by ‘the larger of the species’).

He reminds me of a male bunny on his back, stomach being pleased momentarily.

If that ever changes, ..and I confess to wishing towards it, ………I hope it never changes to the extreme, but to a sort of midway balance …..

2. diane - 25 March 2012

Oh my, just went to the corner store to stock up on cigs and brew … good thing I bought some beef jerky to heave on (nothing worse than dry heaves if you feel like heaving!) as a response to having glimpsed, on my way in, a hard copy of the San Jose Murky News, yet another Sly Con Valley Cali HeadLiner!, an Obscene Homage, …an Oath Actually,… to Ronnie Reagan (and, very, very vaguely, .. between the lines, Obombster) :

Analysis: Who is the true heir to Ronald Reagan?

By Steven Harmon

Both Reagan and Obama entered office facing the worst recessions since the Great Depression, with unemployment reaching historic numbers. But the economy brightened for Reagan, in time for his Morning in America campaign, and it seems to be turning around for Obama as he gears up his re-election campaign.

(apples work very well if anyone just had the urge to divest their tummy of its content!)

3. BooHooHooMan - 25 March 2012

LOL. Oh that is hilarious :: Great Cat, Great Pic!

marisacat - 25 March 2012

I thought he was grrrreat too…


4. marisacat - 25 March 2012

I see the Chicago machine is trying once again with their favorite amputee… I think this is the third try in 8 years…

When Illinois congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth asked her Democratic primary opponent to sign a pledge rejecting the involvement of Super PACs, she also promised to take the same proposal to GOP Rep. Joe Walsh.

“If Duckworth wins the primary, she will offer the same pledge to Congressman Joe Walsh for the general election,” read a Duckworth campaign statement issued February 14 that still sits on her website.

But in an interview with The Daily Herald published Sunday, the Iraq war veteran appeared to back away from that statement after a reporter noted a Super PAC was organizing to defeat Walsh. . . . . .


5. marisacat - 26 March 2012


Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.)

3/23/12 12:43 PM EDT

On President Obama fast-tracking a portion of the Keystone pipeline:

“I think it’s the most idiotic political move I’ve ever seen,” Cardoza told Roll Call, adding that the president’s speech on Thursday amounted to “highlighting a waffle.”

“They don’t build statues to wafflers.”

6. marisacat - 26 March 2012

ugh I just caught up to the Great Black Hope, the “black friend” of George Zimmerman, Joe Oliver. On the ABC news overnight…

He even refers to Zimmerman as “watch commander” in his penny ante self-appointed job of neighborhood watch.

This thing has completely fallen apart, both sides to battle stations.

diane - 26 March 2012

and meanwhile, across the BP (et al) fouled pond, …………. poor Davie, turned up the gas too high on his new barby:

Cruddas, a generous Tory donor who set up the betting company CMC Markets, was appointed last June as co-treasurer and became treasurer this month. He told the undercover reporters that they should pay £250,000 to gain “premier league” access to Cameron, Osborne and No 10’s policy team.

“Two hundred grand to 250 is premier league … what you would get is, when we talk about your donations, the first thing we want to do is get you at the Cameron/Osborne dinners,” he said.

This could lead to access to dinners at Cameron’s private apartment in Downing Street, Cruddas told the reporters, who were posing as representatives of a fictitious wealth fund.

Once inside, they could ask Cameron “practically any question you want”.

“If you’re unhappy about something, we will listen to you and put it into the policy committee at No 10. We feed all feedback to the policy committee,” he said.

The nasty ass shit…. just writes itself:

Cruddas was last night replaced as treasurer by Lord Fink, a hedge fund manager and former CEO of Man Group. ….

marisacat - 26 March 2012

Yup… the only “wrong” thing poor Fergie did was get caught on film. Not like that sort of thing is not the order of the day.

😆 Well of course she was also divorced and visibly drunk. Did her in….

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2012
marisacat - 26 March 2012

oh what a shame.

And it is certainly the carcinogenic neon red maraschino cherry on top of recent days.

8. marisacat - 26 March 2012

The child def recedes. Fast.

[A]lso Monday, an attorney for Martin’s mother confirmed that she filed trademark applications for two slogans containing her son’s name: “Justice for Trayvon” and “I Am Trayvon.” The applications said the trademarks could be used for such things as DVDs and CDs.

The trademark attorney, Kimra Major-Morris, said in an email that Fulton wants to protect intellectual property rights for “projects that will assist other families who experience similar tragedies.”

Asked if Fulton had any profit motive, the attorney replied: “None.”

Read more: Seattle Post Intelligencer

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2012

is there anything that won’t be commodified?

marisacat - 26 March 2012

I’d hate to see the signed dox and see Sharpton has a percentage interest.

I see there was a hot shot PR guy behind the Le Bron James and Heat photo. Not a shock as it looked highly manipulated.

9. BooHooHooMan - 26 March 2012

Strauss-Kahn-oodler arrested again.

Jeezis Crifte.
D U D E : Just move into Zucotti Park, man. 😆

10. BooHooHooMan - 26 March 2012

And I see he is charged with “aggravated pimping”.

D U D E: Work for the DNC this summer.

marisacat - 26 March 2012

My guess is hOllande goes in, things disappear. I don’t know who is going to win…. but from what I read Sarko is getting no bump no surge from Toulouse and Hollande is several pts ahead. Several weeks to go tho…

marisacat - 27 March 2012

FWIW there is a new rolling poll out in the French elections, that moves forward of Toulouse… Sarko shows an uptick of .05 and Hollande remains ahead by about 8 pts.

Bonne chance a tous! 😆 May they all drop dead!

11. marisacat - 27 March 2012

Geesh… this thing in FL is falling apart fast.

One thing that has surfaced, via the Orlando Sentinel, is that the Sanford PD DID in fact confiscate Zimmerman’s gun that night and in fact, still have it.

Nobdy seems to know if they took a blood sample or photos of the injuries he claims….

I wouldn’t want to have to pick apart any 16, 17 year old’s life (he had just turned 17), but having painted him as a perfect, more than perfect, angel and used pictures of him that are not exactly the most current, then tried to steamroll, reject, wall off, denounce, whatever came out about him … not the best tactic. Every little thing that surfaces is just drip drip drip.

Best of luck! is about all that can be said.

12. marisacat - 27 March 2012

You cannot make this stuff up… Obama campaign has reduced their hoodie wear from $50 to $40.

brian - 27 March 2012


Madman in the Marketplace - 27 March 2012


marisacat - 27 March 2012

it’s hilarious…

lucid72 - 27 March 2012

Is Sharpton in on that racket as well? 🙂

marisacat - 28 March 2012

That would be my guesss…. the family atty, Crump, contacted him directly, they know each other. And my ears pricked up a few days ago when I listened to the parents on some segment. They could not sing Sharpton’s praises enough.

13. diane - 28 March 2012

Just stumbled onto this website’s jaw[b]s related piece from last week:

As GOP Primaries Numb Your Brain, Congress is Up to More Tricks

Next up, we enter the land of the absurd. Firstly, we need a law banning Congressional bill titles designed to mislead and misrepresent what the legislation actually does. Such is this latest, the JOBS Act. The JOBS Act doesn’t stand for jobs at all, it’s about removing regulation and safeguards for private capital investment in small businesses and companies trying to start up.

The House bill is actually H.R. 3606, titled Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act of 2011. Believe this or not, the administration has already issued a statement showing support.

The idea is to enable crowd sourcing investing in small businesses and start-ups. Sounds good right? Letting the little guy invest $100 or $500 bucks in a start-up or small business? This would literally take the power away from the elite club of venture capitalists, who often dictate terms such as hires and requiring a business offshore outsource to obtain investment funds. No longer would one have to subject themselves to the below, where on national television no less, an entrepreneur gets shot down for simply wanting to hire U.S. workers and manufacture in the United States.

Well, guess what, the bill actually removes all safe guards against fraud and accountability. What a surprise. It’s dot-con all over again. Bloomberg News literally spells out the problems in Job-Creation Bill Seen Eviscerating U.S. Shareholder Protections:

U.S. legislation that would roll back securities disclosure and governance rules in the name of job creation is being attacked by consumer advocates and former regulators as an evisceration of investor protections in place since the 1930s.

The package of bills awaiting Senate action after receiving broad bipartisan support in a House vote last week would destroy safeguards dating as far back as the laws that created the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to Lynn E. Turner, a former SEC chief accountant.

“It won’t create jobs, but it will simplify fraud,” Turner said in an interview last week. “This would be better known as the bucket-shop and penny-stock fraud reauthorization act of 2012,” he said, referring to practices banned under securities law.

The AFL-CIO is on a tear about this bill. They literally call the bill a scam and point to it risking retirement funds.

Workers’ retirement savings will be in greater risk of fraud and speculation if securities market deregulation once again is railroaded through Congress. Once again our economy will be at risk from the folly of policymakers promoting financial bubbles and ignoring the needs of the real economy.

It seems the bill is really designed to do end runs around financial reform. If this bill passes, as is we will get scam city on penny stocks, ripping off investors through fraudulent investment advertising and false claims. The Young Turks rants out what’s wrong with the Jobs Act, H.R. 3606, in gory detail below.


The author of the piece unfortunately ends it on what I find to be a delusional note that assumes there are actually a handful of senators with a decent bone in their bodies who will attempt to slay the beast.

marisacat - 28 March 2012

assumes there are actually a handful of senators with a decent bone in their bodies

oh that is just plain funny. And insane.

diane - 28 March 2012

yup, as we speak it awaits Obombster’s bot sig … I didn’t even bother to check the Senate votes, but do know that A. Eshoo/FaceScan/Googleplex,et al, USA, for one, was a chosen Cali House Rep considered safe to sign it, which of course, she did. ….

So fucked we are ……

marisacat - 28 March 2012

Nothing but bitches and creeps….

ms_xeno - 28 March 2012

The AFL-CIO leadership is worthless, though. No matter how bad the Dems are, it always goes crawling back to them.

What we need now is an Occupy within the American Labor movement, but I’m not waiting up.

marisacat - 28 March 2012

yes … keep breathing… which you are doing anyway…;)

[kiss the kitties]

diane - 28 March 2012

yep, they are worthless,..we need an occupy everything with any semblence of worth left …shelter, food …

14. marisacat - 28 March 2012

From the party that luvs to luv ya…. and luv u bak 2!

Truly we roll in bullscheisse (via Mike Allen Playbook):


“We feel very good about where we stand with the Supreme Court. Look at what happened in the lower courts when they heard this case: Judges Sutton and Silberman asked brutally tough questions during oral arguments and then they ruled in our favor. The armchair Court-watchers love to make predictions, but there is a long list of cases where the pundits have been wrong. For example, after the oral arguments in a voting rights case in 2009, everyone predicted the government would lose. We ended up winning 8-1. Yesterday was what we expected – tough questions for attorneys on both sides of the issue. Ultimately, we are confident we will win.”

And this sterling addition from the swamps:

JAMES CARVILLE, to Wolf Blitzer, on the possibility of health reform being overturned:

“I honestly believe — this is not spin. I think that this will be the best thing to ever happen to the Democratic Party because health care costs will escalate unbelievably. [clue! they. already. have.! it can only get worse, ACA or not! – Mcat]

[T]he Republican Party will own the health care system for the foreseeable future. And I really believe that, that is not spin. Go see Scalia when you want health care.” (hat tip: Darius Dixon)

I suggest a yellow and black caution sign for the WH, the DNC, Charlotte and all points E, W, S and N:

Caution! Slimeballs forming inside! Proceed, much less vote for same, at own risk!!

ms_xeno - 28 March 2012

Carville is one of those people who makes me sorry that I don’t believe in Hell. The smugness just pours off him and others like him: Haw haw either way I win!$$$!

He needs a groin punch in the worst way, preferably from somebody wearing brass knuckles.

marisacat - 28 March 2012

I can’t remember if it was Carville or Begala who pushed Blair up agaisnt a wall and told him, on his first US visit post Monica, to do whatever it took to help save the Clinton pretzeldencia…. (think who ever did it also put his arm across Blair’s neck)

I jsut loved it that a bit of truth slipped out and I forget where I found it. SOme book I think…

ms_xeno - 28 March 2012

And think of all the obnoxious little wannabees he inspired to try and “get in the game,” on DK and its kajillion-and-one knockoffs.

Just for plaguing Blogland with so many of them to this day? Reason enough to make it two groin punches. :p

diane - 28 March 2012

Carville is a true, toxic swamp lizard, no doubt with a direct sout’ern bloodline to the Newtster …and then there’s his Nasty ass wife too, Mary is it? ….Reading about that Coupling , in the late nineties, was my first intro to the DemRat/ReThug Shell Game that is so Historic.

marisacat - 28 March 2012

They were both at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding. I think his third one.

diane - 28 March 2012

oh that just reminded me of that fill in DEM surfer lawyer woman who lurves Huntsman, on KGO, waxing eloquent about the BIg Stink Cheese’s Talents and Smarts!!!!

diane - 28 March 2012

(Elton John too, or was that another creepy coupling, etc. (wit Brit Sirs ‘entertaining’ (Michelllle ….my belle …)), concert?)

diane - 28 March 2012

(Ohhh …well oopsie, ‘they’ don’t call it a Shell Game, ‘they’ call it … the Hedge Funds Game and they’d bet against their first born (and the rest of em too), and mommas’ life, to ‘win’ at it.)

15. diane - 28 March 2012

Knew this Evil was brewing, likely at least ever since AT&T was inexplicably allowed to begin re monopolizing (if it ever in fact really stopped, behind closed doors) in 2005, after the 1984 break up (No doubt the NSA et al, fully support the ease of mobile access and land-line shut down also):

An end to phones in every home?

Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:00am EDT

By David Cay Johnston

(Reuters) – The guarantee of landline telephone service at almost any address, a legal right many Americans may not even know they have, is quietly being legislated away in our U.S. state capitals.

AT&T and Verizon, the dominant telephone companies, want to end their 99-year-old universal service obligation known as “provider of last resort.” ….

Unless the new rules are written very carefully, millions of people, urban and rural, will lose basic telephone service or be forced to pay much more for calls.

Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin already have repealed universal service obligations. No one has been cut off yet, but once almost every state has ended universal service I am sure we will see parts of the landline system shut down.

Years of subtle incremental legal changes have brought the telephone companies within sight of ending universal service, which began in 1913 when AT&T President Thomas Vail promised “one system, one policy, universal service” in return for keeping Ma Bell’s monopoly.

AT&T wants universal service obligations to end wherever two or more voice services are available, said Joel Lubin, AT&T’s public policy vice president. Verizon promotes a similar approach.


State capitals are seeing intense lobbying to end universal service obligations but with little public awareness due to the dwindling ranks () of statehouse () reporters.

The Utility Rate Network, a consumer advocate group, identified 120 AT&T lobbyists in Sacramento, one per California lawmaker. Mary Pat Regan, president of AT&T Kentucky, told me she has 36 lobbyists in that state working on the company’s bill to end universal landline service.

People whose landline service ends would have three options.

First would be a cell phone, a reasonable substitute in many areas [I don’t agree with that assessment, and can think of all sorts of reasons why; for just one, those who may have a restraining order out, whose privacy could be a matter of life and death – diane]. But cell phones do not work in Appalachian valleys and many rural expanses. Cell phones cost at least $25 for limited minutes, while lifeline services – which the companies offer to low-income people – start at $2 and, with unlimited local calls, at about $10.

Second would be Internet calling. That requires broadband Internet service. Verizon charges $49.99, plus additional charges by unregulated calling companies like Vonage, whose rates start at $25.99. On top of this $75 expense would be taxes and the cost of buying and maintaining a computer, a device alien to many older and poor Americans [oh just fuck the older and poor, haven’t they all just finally died yet? – diane].

Third would be satellite service. Thomas Hazlett, a George Mason University economist who studies rural phone costs, tells me satellite service is “the way to go for service in outlying areas.” Maybe, but it requires a computer, costs at least $29.95 and tens of thousands of users have complained about unauthorized charges and connection problems.

diane - 28 March 2012


AT&T and Verizon also want to end state authority to resolve customer complaints, saying the market will punish bad behavior. Tell that to Stefanie Brand.

Brand is New Jersey’s ratepayer advocate whose experience trying to get another kind of service – FiOS – demonstrates what happens when market forces are left to punish behavior, she said. Residents of her apartment building wanted to get wired for the fiber optic service (FiOS) in 2008. Residents said, “We want to see your plans before you start drilling holes, and Verizon said, ‘We will drill where we want or else, so we’re walking,’ and they did,” Brand told me.

Verizon confirmed that because of the disagreement Brand’s building is not wired. And there’s nothing Brand can do about it. Verizon reminded me the state Board of Public Utilities no longer has authority to resolve complaints over FiOS.

Market forces cannot discipline this kind of one-sided power.

Verizon says that New Jersey requires it to wire only 70 cities. What will happen to the elderly and disadvantaged with no place to appeal for help when telephone service is degraded, denied or cut off?

Without universal landline service, many poor and rural people will lose connectedness to family and work, …

when the sick, disabled and elderly cannot summon help immediately because they lack phone service. Hours of delay after, say, a stroke can turn a modest hospital bill into a huge expense for Medicare, Medicaid or the Veterans Administration. Some people without phones will die unnecessarily.

customers paid for the landline telephone system, including many billions of dollars in rate increases over the past two decades that helped AT&T and Verizon develop their cellular systems.


marisacat - 28 March 2012

Honestly I hope I am dead by then.

diane - 28 March 2012

that makes at least two of us, and then (if I might speak for others near and dear to me) some ………

16. diane - 28 March 2012

Don’t we need a: DEM dat support de Man [, be one! …. And pay what’s due $UZ$!] Date Thread! …here?

“The best way to keep the political margins in the ballot game
Is to scare them about supreme appointments”

It goes back to what Malcolm X said about Johnson vs Goldwater, that no one would run to the fox unless you showed them the wolf, though both want to eat you. That’s where guys like Limbaugh come in. He’s not just there to induce chest-thumping and fist-pumping among the lower primates, but to scare the shit out of liberals and make them run to the fox. The reality TV show known as the Supreme Court is similarly scripted to make it seem like there’s actually some kind of spontaneous struggle going on between left and right in there, when it’s as orchestrated as a classical symphony.

That’s all the game of political theatrics in America amounts to: herding us cattle into one pen or another according to the brand they’ve burned into your hide. The cattle prod is only needed for those who try to break out of the pens. Carrots and the threat of their removal are enough to induce the others to comply.

marisacat - 28 March 2012

It goes on because there is no choice…. and people want to believe in something. That something might work, that someone might do their job… etc.

Big fucking delusion.

Look at the utterly baseless love for any number of pretzels.

Utterly dumb.

diane - 28 March 2012

well, the insane monetary caste system we humans have bound ourselves with was/is a choice of sorts, but yeah .. I get your point, it’s all much like a snowball rolling down a 20,000 foot high, snow encased mountain at this point, an avalanche.

17. marisacat - 29 March 2012



… 🙄 After the protest photo from Madrid in the Spanish General Strike I will probably revisit the Guardian galleries on cats… Being catless I miss Teddy, already…


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