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Obloss 4 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, India, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.

Some voters in Long Beach, California, cast their votes in a local laundromat. [Reuters]

Wash, vote, rinse.  Hang it out to line dry.



Too perfect… Reading around about the Ob and MO’s escape to India, all the trade deals, the slobber from India that THEY are creating jobs inside America… (do you feel like a golden egg that some goose in India laid?  I don’t)….

I come upon this

Officials in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) have taken extraordinary measures to protect US President Barack Obama ahead of his visit.

In their effort to provide maximum security in the run-up to his visit on Friday, they have removed coconuts which may fall on his head from trees.

All coconuts around the city’s Gandhi museum have now been cut down, an official told the BBC.

Every year in India people are injured or even killed by falling coconuts.  …

God forbid he be injured or die and it be a J O K E.

Felled by a falling, foreign coconut — a lone gun man coconut, if you will — all the while escaping a “no confidence” vote at home..

Wouldn’t play well……….


Moving my last comment forward:

Speaking of reactionary elections… NYT has maps showing the shifts this year and ’08 and ’06 and some other graphics…


The most important election since………… 7 May 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, Abortion Rights, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, SCOTUS, Sex / Reproductive Health, WAR!.

… since Jeeesuhs! [The First, that is!] The big push, the eternal push is on… “where are they going to go?” “Choice, SCOTUS, the most important election”…. they roll it out. If the party had a heart or a brain (or even an operating reflux system) they’d gag on their own words.

Somewhere or other I caught commentary that “aides to Obama admit, it will be harder to unite than normally”. Oh I am so entertained! And Chuck Todd slipped and said on Charlie Rose Monday night, that “even if he does not win the GE, Obama will have accomplished what the Democrats need”…

I dunno, finished second, ankles broken, shattered in fact?? Play it again, Sam.

Who knows. The Dems cannot win for losing. BTW, that is not an ass backwards endorsement of Hillary. But both she and McCain are rogues, Obama is controllable. IMO.

I must say, Black Agenda Report has push back. Top to bottom on the page.

I’ve loved the fiction these past weeks and months, rolling around in re-used cooking grease, that the leadership, the establishment, the national level, the DC Dems are so not racist. It is only the little people trapped in forgotten towns, with retrograde brains — and let’s not even start that there was no independent, published commentary from the so called left of the aisle on the ugly opinions of Wright on brains by race. The reason why is that all that matters is elections. Don’t fuck with the game, science and everything else be damned. Very simple…

AND that reminds me of the between clenched teeth admission from Daschle (a lobbyist, which the media has conveniently forgotten) that the reservation, a counted upon vote for him, went for Thune. He gave the cleaned up version publicly, that ‘of course they may vote for whom they wish’. I doubt that is what he said at home the night he lost the election. I never put time in to get details, but it seems the reservation went to Thune and cut a deal (quite aside that Daschle’s fortunes were tied to Janklow, the former R governor then single rep whose personal fortunes changed due to vehicular homicide and he fell from power). Of what shape or type and did he ever make good… I have no idea. But the several thousand voters went for him. It made a difference.

I say, wise up! The choice, the game is between a Roberts/Alito or the breakaway, secular radicalism of … a Justice Kennedy. Yes, that was sarcasm.


Oh! This is too good not to pull forward! (the big question, have denali and pinche tejano and paid asstroturfer donkeytale called peeder a racist yet? Cuz they have called everyone else a racist that is not toenail to tooth for ObamaRama):


Look, the righties have tarred her for 16 years precisely because they KNOW ALL TOO WELL that the 90’s were the BEST PERIOD for this country in THE LAST 50 YEARS. And they KNEW that anyone with their eyes on their wallet (their BASE) would gladly pay a bit more tax to go back to those years. they KNEW that Bill Clinton completely fixed and reversed the Bush deficit and here we have another one.
And so they KNOW that the idea of a fiscal conservative holding their noes and voting Hillary is a DISTINCT possibility and it may well spell the DEATH KNELL for the Republicans-as-Prednits meme they have tried to hammer home.

A PRGAMATIC liberal’s strategy would be to elect Hillary (DUH!) and then pressure her from the left in Congress. DUH!

but these fuckikng optimists think they can punch in some black nobody, completely BLIND to all history recent and otherwise of how people actually win office, and if that fantasy was to even come true, have that one Queen on the board with no supporting pieces on the hill and somehow make anything more of it other than another Carter disaster signle term presidency that leads us to another 12 years of Republican destruction.


Disraeli’s warning is so fucking lost on these supposed interlectulals.


by peeder @ Wed May 07, 2008 at 02:28:01 AM PDT

Sorry for the length, but this comment was just too hilarious to pass up!

From hamburger hamburger hamburger promises promises promises…, 2008/05/07 at 10:04 AM

[does he seem a tad, oh I don’t know, UPSET?, LOL Mcat]


BTW, this is the thread from whence peeder’s bon mots are drawn …. and while i was there, trudging thru the reactionaries… there is this from Market Trustee:

*[new] Blue Dogs flexing muscle (0.00 / 0)

The Hill Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.), the House Democrats’ point man in negotiations on an overhaul of intelligence surveillance law, is keeping his eye on conservative Blue Dog Democrats who might defect on the issue under Republican pressure.
[…]If Congress does not approve an overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by Memorial Day, intelligence community officials will have to prepare dozens of individual surveillance warrants, a cumbersome alternative to the broader wiretapping authority granted by the Protect America Act, say congressional officials familiar with the issue.

Conservative and freshman Democrats are growing skittish. These lawmakers expect campaign opponents to accuse them of imperiling national security if Congress does not enact new intelligence surveillance legislation.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has stepped back from the FISA talks and let Hoyer spearhead House talks with the Senate and executive branch. Some Democrats say privately that she has not shown much urgency to reach agreement with the White House.
“A number of Blue Dogs are working on a compromise between the House and the Senate,” said Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and the former ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. “I’m working with Hoyer and working with others. “Some other Blue Dogs are involved,” she added. “Blue Dogs are 47 votes; 47 votes will determine how this comes out.”

I wonder, what Barry’s position on FISA? I also wonder …still… who he will choose for a running mate. Pelosi sez, “the candidate, whoever he or she may be, should choose his or her own vice presidential candidate.

I sure hope Barry picks a super-good VP.

by MarketTrustee @ Wed May 07, 2008 at 05:20:23 AM PDT


His Veepessa will be chosen for him. It would not be any other way. They probably can choose their own rings and location for the reception… LOL — Mcat


Well… that is my view of their “big tent”… 5 April 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2004 Election, 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

     well... that is my view of their big tent... ;)

Just a picture to hold up a thread………..  on a Saturday….


All you can do is laugh… 2 February 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2004 Election, 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Pakistan, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, WAR!.

     Them, July 2006

They won’t be doing anything differently, come the Hosanna future that dawns post election… if you did not like the 110th but suffered on, remain bent over…

With a preponderance of attention being paid to the 2008 presidential campaign, the Senate races being waged during this cycle have gone largely ignored by the national media. Which is unfortunate because history is being made.

On Thursday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced that it had raised $13.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, bringing its yearly total to $55.4 million. By comparison, the previous record for money raised in a year by the organization was $43.6 million in 2005.

“Every day there is more evidence that the American people are hungry for change and are looking to Democrats to provide it,” DSCC Chair, Sen. Chuck Schumer. “From successful fundraising and recruiting to record turnout in Democratic primaries, there is a wave building across the country, and with nine months to go until Election Day,

we could very well deliver lasting change.”

Try not to choke… try to swallow hard and know that Daddy Schumer (Chuck to his friends but not to you) loves you and wants what is best for you.

On the House side, the Democrats also find their coffers being stuffed. For the year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised a record $67.5 million.

In 2008 there are 12 Democratic Senators and 23 Republican who are either retiring or are up for reelection. Of those, according to the Cook Political Report, only two Democrats face any imminent danger, while 10 Republicans find themselves in electoral crosshairs. On the House side, meanwhile, there are ten Republican seats being vacated that are deemed “toss ups” in 2008. For the Democrats that number is zero.

“In the off year you have a few jobs: recruit candidates, retain incumbents and raise money,” Matt Miller, the DSCC’s spokesperson, told the Huffington Post. “We feel good about the off year we have and now that we are in an election year we have a map where there are a number of Republicans held seats where they are playing defense and really only one Democratic seat where they have a challenger.


I read an interesting speculation, and that is all it was but I did pause, Chilliza in The Fix had a list of possible Veepessas for both Obama and Hillary.

One on Obama’s list was TIm Kaine, who supported him very early and iirc is a National Co-Chair.  He is also up in 2009, VA governor is mandated one term…


Dennis Perrin, a snip from a good post

[W]hat if it’s McCain vs. Hillary in November? Oh man, that would be a blast to witness. Two nearly identical choices for imperial manager, the one slight difference being that McCain says he’s opposed to torture, while Hillary must wait to check wind velocity and direction. I can see the liberals twisting themselves into numerous knots trying to justify a Hillary vote over McCain, assuring each other that it’s the right thing to do, and of course reaching back to Bill’s criminal years for inspiration. You mules better hope that Saint Obama gets the nod instead. At least with him, the fantasy is easier to pull off. Change! Hope! Stardust! Ponies! If I ruled the world . . .

Funny thing is, not that long ago, McCain was the liberals’ favorite Republican, especially in comparison to the Bushes. His time in a North Vietnamese cell earned McCain a lot of guilt cred among Bill Clinton’s groupies, who felt bad backing a draft dodger over a POW. So, they tried to have it both ways: Clinton, Hero President; McCain, War Hero and All Around Good Guy.

I remember it all too well.

Don’t strain, they will be reminding us.  Maybe Obama can send Kerry out to campaign against McCain.  A sick nasty old man who could level Kerry wtih a glance.  I don’t want to remember…

Here is a snip from Perrin recalling a night on Alan Colmes’ program in NYC, Perrin dared to remind three Clintonistas WHY McCain was in a POW cell in Vietnam:

At one point, Colmes … asked the panel if John McCain was a war hero. Bales puffed out his chest, tilted his head to the side, weighed the issue, then pronounced that, yes, McCain was indeed a war hero. Barrymore quickly chimed in, adding her assent, while Colmes breathlessly spoke of how honored he was to have personally met McCain and basked in his glow.

Then they all turned to me.

“Well,” I said, hesitating a moment, for I knew my answer would elicit some hostility, “I’m not sure how heroic it is to incinerate Vietnamese children.”

“OHHHHHHHHHH!!!!” was the collective reply.

Colmes told me I was tasteless. [Jaid] Barrymore said I should be ashamed of myself. Bales puffed out his chest yet again (he did this a lot during the three-hour show) and demanded to know whether I considered McCain a war criminal.

“No. Not personally. McCain didn’t create the policy. The war criminals were in Washington.”

Still, I added, that doesn’t exonerate McCain for dropping bombs on the Vietnamese.

“Oh!” squeaked Barrymore. “What should he have dropped instead — birthday presents?”

The slagging went on for a little while longer. Here I was, in the middle of three Clinton liberals, reminding them why McCain ended up in a POW cell. Not that I supported torture or reprisal beatings, but some context was in order. The Vietnamese didn’t sneak into the States and kidnap McCain from his snug bed. The three couldn’t care less. What’s more, they defended the U.S. bombing of Vietnam, at least so long as McCain was doing the killing. It was a handy reminder of how crazed liberals become when they taste a little blood.

So absolutely classic.  A moment endlessly repeated thru time. I think Pakistan is clearly being skinned and de-feathered, to be presented to us as fine case for the “blooding of the president”, whomever, which ever it will be.


This last… I bet it has McCain and the Republican machine slobbering at the bit. Kerry pulled that ‘first and foremost an Internationalist’ schtick as well.

Sorry, just don’t see new ideas from the Democratic party… not not… and more of not.

[oh right, necessary addenda:   opposing Obama does not constitute supporting HIllary — I realise that is complicated, god knows why]


a bit and a thread…………. [updated] 21 December 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, AFRICOM, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.

  Brendan Smialowski Getty Images
      Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

“The reason she ought to be president, over and above her vision and her plans is that she has proven in every position she has ever had in life, whether it was in elected office or not, that she is a world-class genius in making positive changes in other people’s lives,” he said.

LOL – what can you do but laugh?  I have pondered this… with Obama compared to RFK as well as Lincoln – why no Eleanor for Hillary?  You know they compare her to Eleanor amongst themselves…. They musta polled and it did not do well.

Another snip:

Clinton stuck mostly to familiar themes in two hour-long appearances Thursday, describing at length what he views as the nation’s biggest challenges. Nearly 15 minutes into his first speech, he added almost as an afterthought that “everything I’m saying here is my wife’s position, not just mine.”


David Corn says with cash and a will to go on, we have – most likely – a slugfest on our hands.  Seems logical.  We KNOW we have slugs.

If he is not blown away by her in the final results, he will be able to carry on. Both Obama and Clinton have plenty of money. And campaigns tend to peter out only when the well gets dry. So Clinton and Obama will continue on to New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and Super Duper Tuesday, a.k.a February 5, when 20-plus states will have primaries or caucuses.

The race could turn into a real slugfest. (Think of one of those Rocky movies.)

I never found a good solution for slugs, not salt, not a pan of beer.  All tht worked for me was collection, gathering them up, each in a plastic baggie and into the trash.  Asphixiation, basically…

Just as a flashback, the tally in Iowa in 2004 was 36 % for Kerry, then 25 for Edwards and 18 for Dean.  I don’t remember the details of the last DMR poll prior to caucus night, but I do recall it did not indicate that was coming.  Polls schmolls.


UPDATE, 11:03 pm – on a cold winter’s night…

I caught Harry Reid on TNH today and, as a xmas miracle, the transcrpt is up on a Friday night before the holiday:

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader: Thank you very much for allowing me to be on your show.

It was all downhill from there... but, in light of an essay I read at HuffPo, there is a telling passage from Reid:

It was us, the Democrats, who realized that parents shouldn’t be buying armor and sending it to Iraq for their sons and daughters, so we pushed, and we got body armor.

We’re the ones that pushed for up-armoring the Humvees and other vehicles. We are the ones that put in the budget we just passed $3.7 billion more for veterans.

Of course, being reduced to this as “accomplishments” is admission of massive failure (in anything approaching a just world, that is), of the miltary apparatus, the congress and the country.

Some telling passages from Bromwich at Huffpo:

And then? The Democrats sat, and watched, and waited. They talked about their social policies. They knew if they waited long enough, the next move on Iraq would be the president’s; and this apparently was what they wanted. They knew that his next move would be to widen the war. They had decided by February that they would not stop him.


Those who appeared most consequential in the scene were not the real movers. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi can hardly have carried as much weight in these larger deliberations as Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emanuel. Senator Clinton outranked Senator Reid in fame, fortune, and influence; she was the apparent candidate by acclamation for the presidential race in 2008; and her desires, however conveyed, would count for more than those of an obscure and hesitant lawmaker.

Rahm Emanuel had taken credit for the winning election strategy of 2006. Ascending with the majority, he avoided the substantial issue of Iraq, and addressed the need to get the best armor for the soldiers already there. Emanuel talked about armor, and soon Pelosi was talking about armor. All the while, on the floor of the Senate and in public speeches, Hillary Clinton gave her best energies to free the president to go after Iran.

If the Clinton-Emanuel axis is indeed a more accurate clue to the workings of the party than Reid-Pelosi [oh they just wring their hands and front for the others — Mcat], one may well ask what guided the accommodation of the Bush policy through 2007 by the de facto leaders of the opposition.

 Sold down the river, and we all know it…

Four superbases, we were told in 2003, were to be built for Americans in Iraq, but now there are five or six. As Clinton and Emanuel know, those bases are meant to be permanent.

They will not be used only to secure Iraq and intimidate Iran, but to harry Russia by way of the friendly belt of former republics, and to raise a bulwark against the growing power of China. The missile interceptors we want to install in Poland and the radar station in the Czech Republic, about which Vladimir Putin was said to be unreasonably exercised, could indeed seem, to a suspicious eye, part of the same broad strategy. Camp Bondsteel, built on 955 acres in Kosovo, might also be supposed to make some contribution.

The vice president is not the only American who does not want the Cold War to be over.

To judge by the votes of the 110th Congress, and by what has and has not been said on the campaign trail, some understandings are now clearly in place. The main agreement concerns what is not to be said. If either Clinton or Obama [no need to limit the situation to just The Two  — Mcat] is the Democratic nominee, and if no new insurgency erupts, the Iraq war will drop away completely as an issue of the presidential race in 2008. 

Poor Harry… think the band on his Everlasts broke:

The only way we can get things done is working together. When we get things done, there’s credit for everybody. But I repeat what I said earlier in the show: Everything we’ve tried has been blocked.

We’ve had 62 filibusters that have stopped us from moving forward. We’ve had to work around all that. It’s very difficult to do.

And I’m glad to have Mitch [McConnell] saying that he thinks things are better. I appreciate that very much. I want to work together. I want to work with the White House; I want to work with the Republicans in the Senate.

And I hope that the things work out better next year. If it doesn’t, it certainly won’t be because I haven’t tried.

This nation talks of success, victory, power, dominion of all kinds over the world, engages in self-aggrandisement all day long, but the the reverberating echoes of the defeat, now and to come, is deafening.

I caught Barbara Lee the other day, catching her in the middle of a floorspeech, talking of “the war”, “the genocide”, “the starvation”, “the displacement” – in Darfur.  The Out of Iraq members in the house should disband and apologise for being used as a side show.

If we are not being broken in, and down, for war then we are being set up for war

[D]ebunking the claims of a “genocide against blacks” or an “Islamic holy-war” against Christians, Darfur’s Arab and black African ethnic groups have intermarried for centuries, and nearly everyone is Muslim. The “Save Darfur” campaign is deeply aligned with Jewish and Christian faith-based organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel. These groups have relentlessly campaigned for Western military action, demonizing both Sudan and China, but they have never addressed Western military involvement—backing factions on all sides. By mobilizing constituencies sympathetic to the “genocide” label and the cries of “never again” they do a grave disservice to the cause of human rights.::snip::

     Nasser Nasser for AP via msnbc 
        Nasser Nasser for the AP, via MSNBC


“You have to show them you won’t vote for them” 19 December 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2004 Election, 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.

     Boston July 2004 
      Assassination? Terrorism? yeah right.

PBS tonight showed An Unreasonable Man, on Ralph Nader.  More than worth it, quite wonderful.

But in the middle was Lawrence O’Donnell… such a classic version of the Irish extraction doofus Dem strategist and whatever else, operative, bit of speech writing (get a glisten off those West Wing scripts)… and of course he said the very thing that matters:

You have to show them you won’t vote for them. 

He added the sub text, also classic… ”working inside the Democratic party”, he ”never had to listen to anything from the left”.

“They had nowhere to go”.

Ain’t it the truth. 

   Boston 2004

[I realise this is not news]


UPDATE, 1:07 am

Richard Holbrooke as street sweeper:

[S]enator Clinton has traveled to more than 80 countries, building relationships that will enable her to begin to restore America’s global standing, beginning on Day 1 of her Presidency. Senator Clinton is a passionate believer in diplomacy, negotiations, and the value of, well, American values. She would outlaw torture and close Guantanamo. She would make us proud again of our leadership role in the world. I know from extensive personal observation that she would be a superb negotiator and diplomat. Hillary would strengthen the U.N. and make it more effective, after the Bush Administration weakened it. :: spin and spit::

Go strangle a chicken, Dick.  You’ll feel better…


About to close the HuffPo (too tough to navigate, some popup or something is just a bear) but I see on their main Politics page (such as it is) that Ken Burns compared Obama to Lincoln.

Let me off this plane.


UPDATE, 12:23 pm

The kid is not stupid:

When Obama’s family heard they would be spending Christmas in a Des Moines hotel room, his 9-year-old daughter cried.

Craig Crawford’s blog at CQ


“Volunteer” military?

256 prisoners held at prisons in Iraq, including Abu Ghraib, filed a lawsuit on Monday against the private military contractor, CACI. The suit alleges the prisoners were repeatedly sodomized, threatened with rape, kept naked in their cells, subjected to electric shock, attacked by unmuzzled dogs and subjected to serious pain inflicted on sensitive body parts.

The suit alleges that employees of CACI directed soldiers to mistreat the prisoners.

Volunteers for what and to whom


ffs! [encore ffs!] 16 December 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Divertissements, France, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, Paris, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Viva La Revolucion!, WAR!.

       mobile guillotine
It is supposedly a mobile guillotine used in Indre-et-Loire during the period of terror around 1794. The uprights were painted bright red so that the splattered blood could not be seen and it was driven by two coachmen when it had to be transported (always at night) from one city of the administrative department to another.   [ Musée Maurice Dufresne – 17, route de Marnay – 37190 Azay-le-Rideau ]

Now be honest, it is actually quite festive looking

I had to drag out a bit of Revolution to counter this flaming bullshit from the gentleman apologist at the AP, Charles Babington…

[a] new Democratic leadership team overestimated the impact of the Iraq war and the 2006 elections, learning too late they had no tools to force Bush and his allies to compromise on bitterly contested issues.

Both parties seem convinced that voters will reward them 11 months from now. And they agree that Congress’ gridlock and frustration are likely to continue until then – and possibly beyond – unless the narrow party margins in the House and Senate change appreciably.

In a string of setbacks last week, Democratic leaders in Congress yielded to Bush and his GOP allies on Iraqi war funding, tax and health policies, energy policy and spending decisions affecting billions of dollars throughout the government.  [affecting people too — Mcat]

The concessions stunned [don’t send this bunch to Casablanca — Mcat] many House and Senate Democrats, who saw the 2006 elections as a mandate to redirect the war and Bush’s domestic priorities.

Instead, they found his goals unchanged and his clout barely diminished.

Smelling salts to the fake battlefield!  — and loosen their metaphorical corsets.  I do believe they all fainted.

Bush’s scorched-earth strategy may prove riskier for Republicans who backed him, Hess said. Signs point to likely Democratic victories in the presidential and many congressional races next year, he said.  [it will not matter  — Mcat]

That is the keen hope of Congress’ Democratic leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

They have admitted that Bush’s intransigence on the war surprised them, as did the unbroken loyalty shown to him by most House and Senate Republicans[his party supported him, stunning!  — Mcat]

Empowered by Bush’s veto threats, Republican lawmakers rejected Democratic efforts to wind down the war, impose taxes on the wealthy to offset middle-class tax cuts, roll back tax breaks on oil companies to help promote renewable energy and conservation, and greatly expand federal health care for children.  [well… that is one version! — Mcat]

Pelosi on Friday cited “reckless opposition from the president and Republicans in Congress” in defending her party’s modest achievements.

Americans remain mostly against the war, though increasingly pleased with recent reductions in violence and casualties, an AP-Ipsos poll showed earlier this month. While a steady six in 10 have long said the 2003 invasion was a mistake, the public is now about evenly split over whether the U.S. is making progress in Iraq.  [bingo!  the “surge” was all about domestic politics — Mcat]

Opposition to the war is especially strong among the Democratic Party’s liberal base. Some lawmakers say Pelosi and Reid should have told those liberal activists to accept more modest changes in Iraq, tax policies and spending, in the name of political reality.  [don’t worry, they did say FU!  over and over… — Mcat]

“They never learned to accept the art of the possible,” said Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., a former majority leader who is partisan but willing to work with Democrats. “They kept going right up to the limit and exceeding it, making it possible for us to defeat them, over and over again,” Lott said in an interview.

He cited the Democrats’ failed efforts to add billions of dollars to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which Bush vetoed twice because of the proposed scope and cost. A somewhat smaller increase was possible, Lott said, but Democrats refused to negotiate with moderate Republicans until it was too late.

“They thought, ‘We’re going to win on the politics, we’ll stick it to Bush,'” Lott said. “That’s not the way things happen around here.”

Oh it must smart to be lectured to by Lott.  Son of the Confederacy.

[D]emocrats should force Republicans into all-day and all-night sessions for a week or two, said Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar for the right-of-center think tank American Enterprise Institute. The tactic wouldn’t change senators’ votes, he said, but it might build public awareness and resentment of GOP obstructionists in a way that a one-night talkfest cannot.

To date, Reid has resisted such ideas, which would anger and inconvenience some Democratic senators as well as Republicans.

hmmm mmm.


Thanks to Madman for the link to The Culture GhostThe Opposition Party?


UPDATE, 3:23 pm

FFS! encore!

The Hill-o-raptor (as I call it)…


Gee.  That just looks so safe……


Money money money money…….. [updated :: fire fire fire] 22 October 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2004 Election, 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Democrats, France, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.

   Launderette - photo - T C Breuer
       Photo – T C Breuer  ::  Margaret Truman’s Launderette

I think Carl Hiassen has this just right…

[I]n this instance, the mystery is why Clinton and the other Democrats would take a nickel from anyone so prominently linked to such slimy allegations. There are plenty of reputable (and affluent) trial lawyers who’ve never been indicted for anything.

One possible excuse is that the candidates didn’t know about the Milberg Weiss scandal, which would mean they’d been living in a subterranean cave without the benefit of newspapers, TV or the Internet.  [oh puh-leeeze… Mcat]

Another defense would be that they didn’t know about the Milberg Weiss donations, which seems farfetched considering the firm’s heavy connections to the party. After all, its lawyers kicked in $500,000 toward the construction of a new headquarters for the Democratic National Committee. 

The final possibility — and the only believable one — is that the candidates knew all about the indictments and accepted the money anyway, hoping nobody would notice.

That would be a big, fat, flapping in the air BINGO!

It’s not illegal for a politician to accept campaign contributions from a defendant in a pending bribery case, or from somebody who’s copped a guilty plea.

But it sure looks bad, not to mention hypocritical.

Not that it really matters. 


I landed on a link to this forthright [more than a few tart replies] little interview in the NYT magazine, at Angry Arab

and let me snip out the best description I have ever read for injected, plumped lips:

Are you suggesting that veiling and unveiling women are equally reductive? I disagree.

We have to look at ourselves here also. Why do all the women get plastic surgery? Why? Why? Why should we look like some freaks with big lips that look like an anus? What is so sexy about that?

What is sexy about having something that looks like a goose anus?

I never really thought about goose anatomy.

I looked when I was on a farm in France.

Travel is so broadening. 


A goose anus hanging from a human face is a good segue to this re-telling…

An emailer mentioned being at dinner in Manhattan, 4 plus the emailer.  As the political conversation devolved (talk of the Armenian Resolution and Democrats in congress) it fell to who would you vote for today

3 out of 5 declared for Hillary.  One for Colbert and one (emailer) “none of the above”. 

Now, this ws not some gathering of semi Republicans, quasi Libertarians… or what have you.  They had all marched in every anti war march in NYC, as well as travelling to DC.  One had gone to DC on inauguration January 20, 2005 in a bitter storm just to protest.

Bill and Hill rely on this vagueness of purpose from the electorate.

My own belief is that Hill and Bill are gambling on ringing in a landmark win for Democrats.  That, with Blacks lining up (and they may), Latinos lining up (and they may), the women, esp working class women, lining up (they may) as well as LGBT and assorted minorities (they may) they will not bring in a 51, 52, bare scrape to 53 per cent win (or Bill’s own 43% in the ’92 three-way), they hope to ring in a decisive majority with an historic pt spread.

Just a guess.  (Please note:  I am not saying they manage to win, I am saying that is the gamble.)

I will watch, but as in ’04 and ’06, sorry, I will not be there with them.

Oh you think this was a tad dark?  Think again. I skipped the war fronts.

  Iraq - Ed Kashi
      Iraq – Ed Kashi


, 1:11 pm

   Malibu beach October 21
Luke Schroder, 14, turns back to look at the smoke-filled sky in Malibu.  (Richard Hartog/Los Angeles Times  – October 21, 2007)

From Tijuana north to Santa Barbara the fires are not contained.  The Santa Ana winds, feeding the fires and drying the dry vegetation are not dying down:

[G]usts hit 108 mph at Whitaker Peak near Castaic Lake and 111 mph at Laguna Peak, near Point Mugu.

The powerful Santa Anas are the result of a cool high-pressure system in the Great Basin above Utah and a warmer low-pressure system along coastal Southern California.

The differential between the two systems is strong, causing winds to barrel over the desert and mountains, then through canyons to the ocean.

At the same time, other areas such as downtown L.A. and Pasadena experienced little, if any, wind Sunday.

“It’s a fickle combination of a lot of things, including the topography,” said Kelly Redmond, interim director of the Western Regional Climate Center at the Desert Research Institute in Reno.

As the moving air makes its way to the coast, it doesn’t move as a uniform sheet of air. In some parts it stagnates, in other parts it speeds up.”The erratic nature of the winds made it difficult for firefighters to battle the flames. In Malibu, the wind raged in the morning, ebbed around noon, then raged again in the late afternoon and evening.“These add to the dilemma of people fighting fires or evacuating homes,” Redmond said.“The winds are one way one minute, and it seems OK. Then they come right back again, and you think the world is ending.”

As Santa Ana winds move from high to low elevations, crossing deserts and mountains, they heat up.

That is bad news for firefighters, because the winds heat and dry already-parched vegetation.

“The relative humidity went from 60% to 70% around dawn to single digits: 5, 7, 8%,” Kenneth Reeves, director of forecasting for Accuweather.com said.


UPDATE, 3:13 pm


Learning to be white: “It is a theme that seems to have informed the youthful Republican congressman’s every step, from his decision at age 4 to jettison his given name of Piyush for that of a character in the television series “The Brady Bunch” to the attentive faith-infused courting of conservatives that led to his victory on Saturday with 54 percent of the vote….Mr. Jindal is a technocrat and a Roman Catholic convert, a policy aficionado well-versed in free-market solutions to the crisis in health insurance and a proponent of “intelligent design” as an alternative theory to evolution, suggesting it may be appropriate in school science classes.”


“Rancho Bernardo is burning to the ground due to lack of resources, while they can put an engine crew at any Malibu house at risk. My prayers go out to all affected.” — David


UPDATE, 9:43 pm – a warm night in San Francisco…

  reader photo from LAT
A view of the Witch Fire from the corner of Nordahl and Mission in Escondido.  (Submitted to YourScene – LAT – By Michelle)


UPDATED, 1:57 am Tuesday – still a warm night in San Francisco…


Firefighters trapped along a ridge near Santiago Canyon Road use fire shelters. None were seriously hurt.  (Karen Tapia / Los Angeles Times)



Right… it’s an opinion 25 August 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2004 Election, 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.

   It's not just the Bloo Dogs.  It's all of them.

 .. holding up a thread.



Fish in a barrel… 11 August 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2004 Election, 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, WAR!.


s l o w l y they catch on….

 I’ve come to the conclusion that we are not going to get the votes in September to force a wind-down of the war in Iraq. This is mainly because Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker are going to give an upbeat report that will assert that the surge is working well enough to justify its continuance. But it is also because the Democrats have powerful disincentives to making a big enough stink to force a change.

or give the appearance of catching on…

 The Democrats are enjoying a huge surge in fundraising and party-identification. The election of ’08 is setting up to be an historical blowout. I just doubt they are willing to rock the boat while they have such smooth sailing.

If they are going to do anything crazy it will be related to Gonzales and the Department of Justice. The war? I am not seeing it.

not that it matters.

The Democrats plan to use the likes of Murphy, Joe Sestak, Webb and others to sell war continuation… furtherance of war.  War forever.  Pity the little retail politickers cannot see themselves selling war as they sell the Democrats.

Frankly, willful blind ignorance is heinous.  Despicable too.


I made it to Asia Times yesterday, for the first time in a couple weeks.  It is packed…

One thing I landed on was part three of an extended look at how Germany is being brought around, albeit slowly, to the USA! USA! War Agenda.

 PART 1: Readiness for endless war

 PART 2: Everything is broken

 PART 3: Hail to the chief, or else

Here is a snip from Part 1:

[S]ince Angela Merkel’s visit to Washington (as the conservative opposition leader) on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq, to denounce then-chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s decision to oppose the war, the return to US good graces was not only the main conservative foreign-policy project; it turned rapidly into the supreme project of the German political class – including the Social Democrats.

Merkel became the chancellor-to-go-to, the most trusted European interlocutor for the US political class to work jointly and determinedly to harden US global hegemony against the consequences of America’s Iraq-inflicted weakness – this not only in the wider Middle East but also, and especially, with regard to Russia and China, the Bush administration’s original enemy of choice before the “birth pangs of a new Middle East” consumed so much of its political capital.

Overcoming the domestic constraints on its ability to use the German army more extensively for “humanitarian interventions”, for the defense of “Western civilization” against Islamist terrorism, is an important, though not the most important, part of the Merkel government’s “the West united behind the US” policy. Notwithstanding the absence of public debate on its strategic implications – eg, of the US (and Israeli) doctrine of preventive war, the abolition of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s geographical restrictions, the mission of “securing access to raw materials” – the rejection on general principles of a more activist military role by a majority of Germans has not (yet) been overcome.

This has far-reaching consequences: it has, in a significant way, rebooted German elite attitudes and expectations toward the EU, and toward Germany’s relationship with France. The public discourse about foreign policy as well as the underlying elite mindset is changing – from “responsibly conservative” to the channeling of the demons Hannah Arendt dealt with in her search for the origins of 20th-century disorder: (British) imperialism, Western militarism and racism. And since the majority of Germans is (again) far behind the curve of elite opinion, the efforts of “re-educating” them (as Der Spiegel recently demanded again) are as consistently strident as they are mythologizing.

There is that glib line, read it and weep.  Hard to avoid reading it with anything but dread.  Eye and knocking heart, as Auden said…

Do I know how it turns out?  I surely do not.  But little feels good or right.

Nothing feels decent, I know that much.