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So screwed 31 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
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Amazing Pictures From A Year In The Life Of Barack Obama – Here Obama Prays with the “Circle of Protection Campaign” a group of religious leaders dedicated to preserving government protections for the poor. | Image: White House

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Oh please. A group of multicolored, self-serving, constantly poor-washing trough feeders. If they care at all for the poor it is to rake off what benefits poor people can manage to accrue. And privatise as much as possible.  Ensure what used to be benefits assigned to individuals or families, instead, come directly to them.

Hosanna

Cons, would be a shorter description.

And Romney is no peach. I forget where now, but I read somewhere reliable he called the Elders of Zion (the Utah branch) to get permission to add to his big hulking failing health mess of a bill a tiny 50.00 payment toward abortion for the poorest in MA..

So, we get moaning and groaning and Jesus invoking proselytisers from the incumbant OR we get a hot phone on constant re-dial to the Mormon hierarchy before the other one does ANYTHING.

AND Wall Street with a hot poker up both of their rumps.  (Not that they mind!)

I think with either administration, the official WH “cheap gift” to no-account visitors one step up from a tour group should be red white and blue lube rather than specially boxed M & Ms.

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Prime time…. 14 September 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.
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Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry reacts after a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Unfuckingbelievable.  It seems a blatantly DUMB move.  All some supposed challenger, from Bachmann to Huntsman, to Perry to Romney to Ron Paul to Cain to whomever has to do is stand there and ask the 2010 cycle Sheryl Angle question of Reid:   

Can’t he “man-up”? (Where’s the beef?)

Outta gas, out of steam and out of time.  Out of office…

From ABC’s The Blotter:

After spending months touting the Obama administration’s decision to loan $535 million to the California solar energy upstart Solyndra, top officials took a new tack Wednesday while testifying before Congress about the company’s abrupt shut-down and bankruptcy:

the loan, they said, was actually the Bush administration’s idea.

The Energy Department’s top lending officer told Congress that the Solyndra loan application was not only filed during President Bush’s term, but it surged towards completion before Obama took office in January 2009.

“By the time the Obama administration took office in late January 2009, the loan programs’ staff had already established a goal of, and timeline for, issuing the company a conditional loan guarantee commitment in March 2009,” said Jonathan Silver, who heads the Energy loan program.

Republicans pushed back hard against this version of events, unearthing internal Energy Department emails that indicate the panel evaluating the loans had made the unanimous decision to shelve Solyndra’s application two weeks before Obama took office.

Blaming the failed loan on the Bush administration marked an abrupt turn for the Energy Department, which had championed the Solyndra loan as a model for its efforts to build a so-called “green energy” industry that creates jobs and safeguards the environment. The Solyndra loan was so central to this strategy that the administration initially planned to have Obama personally announce it, and later sent the president to the company’s solar panel manufacturing facility in Fremont, California to celebrate its work.  . . . . .

Out.

Have faith… 6 January 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
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House Speaker-designate John Boehner wipes away tears as he waits to receive the gavel from outgoing  Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

House Speaker-designate John Boehner wipes away tears as he waits to receive the gavel from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC   [AP]

Well, they do, both profess their faith ad nauseum.  La Nan intro’d Boehner as a man with Faith in Gawd.

I am so comforted.  Aren’t you?

Mush little doggies…. (which, of course, is rude to the noble dog).

Ministrations 16 December 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
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Researchers dressed in panda costumes check the body temperature of a panda cub during its physical examination at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Centre for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province, China. The four-month old cub is the first in the centre to be trained for reintroduction into the wild. Researchers performing physical examinations on the cub wear panda costumes to ensure that the cub's environment is devoid of human influence.

Researchers dressed in panda costumes check the body temperature of a panda cub during its physical examination at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Centre for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province, China. The four-month old cub is the first in the centre to be trained for reintroduction into the wild. Researchers performing physical examinations on the cub wear panda costumes to ensure that the cub’s environment is devoid of human influence

Picture: REUTERS

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Madman sent me this from the Chicago Trib on poor Rahm and his Ways of the Holy Chopped Finger Cross, in his pursuit of long-held, noble hopes to achieve the old Daley seat….

Under questioning from election attorney Burt Odelson, Laurie Halpin testified Wednesday that she had been all through the basement and never saw the treasures Emanuel said were stored there — everything from his wife’s wedding dress to family china to the clothes his children wore leaving the hospital after their births.

But minutes after her testimony, Emanuel’s lawyers presented their own witness to explain the apparent contradiction.

Mee Kim-Chavez, of Chicago, an Emanuel family friend, said she helped Amy Rule, Emanuel’s wife, pack up about 30 boxes of family belongings into boxes that were placed into a basement crawlspace to which the Halpins didn’t have access.

“I believe my husband put a deadbolt lock on it,” Kim-Chavez said.

He begs to be mocked.

Up Down 23 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) answer a question together at the Trenton, N.J., train station Monday promoting the “If you see something, say something” campaign. Napolitano says the procedure for airline security screenings isn’t likely to change anytime soon. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Sodden bitches, both of them.  (I saw it! I said it!)

Considering that genitalia is so much the subject at the moment, I somehow missed the appearance where whatshisname, the Louisiana snake (Carville?), apparently said that if you took one gonad from Ob, Hillary would still have more.

Poor Ob.  Very special and very public pat downs for him….

Snicker.

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And I wonder just who this might be?

Officials at TSA said this morning that they continue to issue guidance to shift leaders about the types of pat-downs that are appropriate for children 12 and under, as well as for passengers who have religious or cultural objections to direct physical contact.

National Journal

Oh brother, I noticed all three net work morning shows led with Royal Wedding, Bombs over Korea and then, maybe, pat down fou fou.

ABC advised women not to wear ”pencil” or slim cut skirts as the TSA can’t get to “where they need to” and you will be pulled aside and RE DRESSED, either in a shift of some sort or a

TOWEL.  For security reasons of course.  A little SAVAK in your coffee madam?

So… “if you want to maintain your dignity”, wear pants.

Talk about sexual dominance games.

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So… 8 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.
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Workers lift the head of a giant statue of Jesus Christ onto its body in Swiebodzin, western Poland. A statue of Jesus Christ that its builders say will be the largest in the world is rising from a Polish <ul>cabbage field</ul> <p> and local officials hope it will become a beacon for tourists

Workers lift the head of a giant statue of Jesus Christ onto its body in Swiebodzin, western Poland. A statue of Jesus Christ that its builders say will be the largest in the world is rising from a Polish cabbage field and local officials hope it will become a beacon for tourists     [REUTERS]

 … is this the ultimate cabbage patch doll?  Or what?

In a not unrelated matter, Frank Rich on current events… For once I agree with him… wretched political reporter, liberal head patter, op/ed crafter he may be.

AFTER his “shellacking,” President Obama had to do something. But who had the bright idea of scheduling his visit to India for right after this election? The Democrats’ failure to create jobs was at the heart of the shellacking. Nothing says “outsourcing” to the American public more succinctly than India. But the White House didn’t figure this out until the eve of Obama’s Friday departure, when it hastily rebranded his trip as a jobs mission.

Perhaps the president should visit one of the Indian call centers policing Americans’ credit-card debts to feel our pain. 

There’s an idea…. but I read it is why he is not daring to go near Bangalore, possibly the best known of the outsourcing centers.

Water over the crumbling bridge:

Optics matter. If Washington is tumbling into a political crisis as the recovery continues to lag, maybe the president shouldn’t get out of Dodge. If the White House couldn’t fill a 13,000-seat arena in blue Cleveland the weekend before the midterms, maybe it shouldn’t have sent the president there. If an administration charged with confronting a Great Recession knew that its nominee for secretary of the Treasury serially cut corners on his taxes, maybe it should have considered other options. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Well, here we are.   …

The one enjoyable thing is….  the Dems are mad enough, directionless enough that gossip, knives, loud whispers, truths and untruths are going to abound.

For years.  Roll that tub of popcorn over……………

And, along the way, two years of a long, passive-aggressive, whiney-as-all-hell Good-Bye from The Foundling.

I don’t care about all those ”sage” commentators cautioning how long two years is in politics… he’s finished. 

I cannot see how he makes it.

May they all claw each other to death.  Or bite.  Their choice.

Dumb clucks 6 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, India, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.
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A Great White Shark approaches the cage

Divers swim with great white sharks off the coast of Mexico: As the owner of Big Animal Photographic Expeditions, ex-Israeli special-forces member Amos, 60, takes paying members of the public to interact face to face with great whites. “The aim of these expeditions is to show my clients that great whites are not the ferocious snarling creatures that we see in movies or in some documentaries,” he said. [AMOS NACHOUM / BARCROFT USA]

….amongst the sharks.

Obviously just the bare bones of whatever came down between Alex Sink, the Dem running for FL governor…. and the WH… but it tells enough.

I never heard an interview with her, a debate between the two… so … she easily could be, most probably is, one of those tedious, lame technologists/technocrats the Dems have run for a long time now (this is Florida, after all)… but losing by a single point, in a critical state, has to have hurt.

AND she is willing to complain, quite publicly. AND it is only the second post-election mention I have heard of wObbly being highly vulnerable on BP/Gulf/Dead and dying creatures, people and industries…

At least she said it. And I almost get the impression the wObblies are not clear on Florida – if that is possible…. And a few other states too….

[I]n an interview with POLITICO, Sink said the administration mishandled the response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, doesn’t appreciate the political damage done by healthcare reform and argued that her GOP opponent’s strategy of tying her to the president did grave damage to her candidacy in the state’s conservative Panhandle.

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But Sink’s pointed critique expressed the sentiments of other Florida Democrats after an election in which the party lost four U.S. House seats and every statewide contest Tuesday, not to mention statehouse losses that left Democrats facing GOP legislative supermajorities in one of the largest states in the nation.   …

And a bit more…

“I think they were tone-deaf,” she said. “They weren’t interested in hearing my opinion on what was happening on the ground with the oil spill. And they never acknowledged that they had problems with the acceptance of health care reform.”

The new law, she said, is “unpopular particularly among seniors” — a key voting bloc in the Sunshine State.

So…… now they have Rubio….. and a R governor. One with a history of Medicare fraud himself, and neither they (nor she) could punch that home…. The state house in R hands… and so on.

And every indication wObbly is just going to waddle on… ably flanked by the OFA and the DNC… snicker snax.

White House aides and Democratic National Committee officials, however, say that without the involvement of the national party and Obama’s political arm, Organizing for America, Sink would have fared worse. [so familiar!]

“The DNC and OFA kept that campaign afloat,” said a senior West Wing official.

I get an image of a very defensive WH… sort of like a cat with the fur on its body electrified. (Good luck!)

Multiple Democratic sources familiar with Sink’s campaign, however, said administration officials were more concerned about the candidate’s effort to separate herself from the White House than with helping her win.

“She needed some distance and the smart thing to do was allow her to have that distance,” said a Democratic operative familiar with the race.“That would have served their long-term interest.”

But when the candidate criticized the White House response to the oil spill and specifically a summer speech by Vice President Joe Biden in a POLITICO article, an angry administration official called her to demand she “walk back” her assessment, said two sources familiar with the situation.

Obviously any WH runs with the self-interest petard at the ready. Hoisting appears to imminent however.

Their brilliance on display….

Still, when they weren’t protecting the president’s image, Obama aides were either totally unhelpful to the campaign or trying to big-foot the operation, according to sources familiar with the contest.

In the spring, when Sink’s campaign was adrift and desperately in need of a shake-up, there was a meeting in Washington with a group of senior Democrats.

Following the meeting, a mid-level White House political official sent out a one-page memo that operatives saw as so illustrative of the Obama team’s cluelessness about the race that they had it laminated and regularly mocked it.

The document, obtained by POLITICO, included such numbered headers as “Hire Key Staff” and “Develop and present a holistic campaign plan.”

A White House official said the memo was only a summary of the conversation for the participants — not a strategic plan.

Likely they were more interested in games with Charlie Crist.  Which fizzled.

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It seems they are doing a bit more than just denuding the trees of coconuts around the Gandhi shrine…

 [O]n Monday, US secret agents visited the museum to plan Obama’s security detail.

They were accompanied by officers of Mumbai Police and civic officials of the D ward (where Mani Bhavan is located). While inspecting the route and the buildings lining up the route to the museum, the Americans detected a skyscraper near Peddar road and also found the area to be highly populated.

Since it is difficult to monitor such a congested area, they came up with a quick solution which left the Indians accompanying them amazed: A bomb-proof over-ground tunnel — to be installed by US military engineers in just an hour.

The tunnel would be a kilometre long and measure 12ft by 12ft — enough to let Obama’s cavalcade pass through. The tunnel would be centrally air-conditioned, fitted with close-circuit television cameras, and will be heavily guarded at every point, including, of course, its entry and exit.

Details about when exactly the tunnel would be made were not forthcoming. But officials said that the structure would be dismantled immediately after Obama leaves the area.

 Talk about overworking the grist mill. 

I’m calling for a movement (ha!) to Unfound The Foundling.   He’s too much trouble.

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

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

Etc.

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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……….

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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…

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Rosy rest…. 3 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.
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The unnamed Chilean flamingo chick was born a month ago at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and has been snapped sheltering for cover under its mother’s wing      Daily Mail

“Rosy rest”

hmm Not something the Dems are enjoying this am. Should make their usual Dash to Europe after a race a bit bitter this time, eh?

Quite a few delicious losses.

But how in the hell did we get stuck with Harry. 

Somebody screwed up.

Chopping block.  Meat cleaver.  Basket.  Head.

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Mandrill reigns 2 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.
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A mandrill seems to flash a rude gesture towards photographer Mark Rogers at the San Francisco zoo. However, the animal suffers from arthritis and is unable to lower his middle finger

A mandrill seems to flash a rude gesture towards photographer Mark Rogers at the San Francisco zoo. However, the animal suffers from arthritis and is unable to lower his middle finger [MARK ROGERS / CATERS]

He is too perfect.  Of course, it might be a she, too…. ;)

Maybe she is saying, Man-Up!

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