Wednesday, December 31, 2008
On the way back home and staying in the mountains of Virginia. Stopped at a nice little place called the Bates Motel. A nice young man runs it. He seems very fond of his mother and collects stuffed animals. We foresee an early start tomorrow.
Friday, December 26, 2008
On the long and winding trail to Florida to visit my Mom. Left all the creatures at home. Got a real reliable sitter, but still. Can hardly wait until Loki is trained well enough to be an official assist dog.
Had to take a break after about 13 hours on the road. God I want a gun in the car. There are about a dozen drivers who should really not see the light of tomorrow's sun for the good of humanity.
A passing thought: Do you think that the Rev. Rick Warren has ever pushed himself away from a chittlin and fried pork fat bar? Just askin'.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I think that this is just peachy. I do so love irony (which I truly think this is as opposed to mere coincidence). It does provide a warm after glow to see the fall out from our "War On Drugs" actually hit one of the people who make a good living from our war on drugs. I've read elsewhere that Mexico is moving closer and closer to anarchy as a result of the Mexican government's (should that ' be removed given the disintegration of the central government?).
The second thing I'm now seeing is the beltway praying for the traditional quad/octo-end of the presidency pardons given to those who committed serious crimes at the request of whoever happened to be president. Sooner or later one of these out going elected criminals will pardon themselves and people will be shocked. Shocked and appalled, I tell you.
And then go on as though this is the way things have always been. It always kinds of surprises me that the rulers have gotten away with so much more during my life time than they did before. I suspect that we are really fucked and we are just really close to our end as something resembling a democracy. And there is nothing that we can do about it. Waves of history don't cha know.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Essentially they use threats (both against individuals and of being forced to close the plant) and selective firings (try to prove it was because you were in favor of a union). They delay and delay and in the end through a distortion of anything resembling democracy they are often (usually?) able to prevent a union from being formed.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Or maybe Roller Derby?
Friday, December 12, 2008
When do you think the Senate leadership is going to force the Republicans to really filibuster as opposed to taking a painless vote. Then saying well we don't have the votes let's go home. Do you think that this group of leaders will ever force the issue and make the Republicans go through actual day in and day out coming to the floor for votes at all hours of the day or night?
Neither did I. And by the way where was Obama during all this? Just askin?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I was at lunch today watching the 21st Century version of fiddling while Rome burns. On the T.V.s around us the "news" stations were continuously telling us about some bones of a small child found somewhere. With several experts explaining just what stuff meant. Then it was interspersed with reports on Gov. Rod Blagojevich (sp?) -- will he resign? Will he be forced to resign?
At the same time there is nothing at all on the bailout (or lack thereof). The reports that some of the Repubs are going to vote against it to try to destroy the UAW. Not only that but they are being pretty explicit about it. Yet these thugs could not be in power if the average job working class dude didn't vote for them. The T.V.s wouldn't be showing that kind of crap if the average person wasn't willing to watch it.
Well yeah. This kind of thing doesn't leave the ugly images that explicit strike breaking did in the past. But here and now the shills for the real fascists destroy the ability of a union to get concessions for its workers and put them under the control of some czar and you destroy the union and put a pretty major crimp in any organizing for the future.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
So all the lefty blogs slobbering over the wonderful Mr. Fitzgerald, should be considering just who he was listening to and why.
It also interesting in reading the AP stuff. Can anybody say Whitewater? There I knew you could.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
On the other hand there is some good news for an old friend, Mary Jo Kilroy all of us really. I think that she may be the only politician I ever gave any money to. Well she has been working in the fields for at least 25 years. A good progressive.
Brother was I right yesterday? Well according to Krugman we are on the way out of the auto business in this country. Good god. The kind of hole that will make in our economy, if true, will probably bring down this country economically. I was wondering a couple of years ago how long we could go on throwing money away the way we were on Iraq. Also, just thinking about how we throw money on military systems that we then have to pour twice as much into to get them to work. I figured we could do that for quite a while longer. Well, I guess the answer was we can't.
Really given the way we put our military on a pedestal and give them everything they want, I guess we can continue to do it if we just don't put our money into anything else like health care, or infrastructure.
REALLY BIG UPDATE: OK so I fell for it. I guess that I'm really so ready to figure that we're fucked that I'll believe anything. I guess it's the opposite of being a cock-eyed optimist.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
We got there and there was the normal growling and checking out. Then the St. puppy and our St. started to play. The Chow was stand offish like most chows, but friendly with the new people, unlike most chows.
Within a few hours they were playing like crazy. The Chow and puppy finally played for awhile when we put them out on the porch by themselves. But, it was exhausting. We were constantly watching to make sure that nobody trashed anything and that wasn't the easiest thing to do as his puppy jumped completely over him at one point (while he was sitting on the floor). Nearly through a glass grandfather's clock, while my big guy almost went through the window.
They had a good time and because I had to go out with them I did get to see Venus and Jupiter. Quite a show.
Got home and slept for eleven hours and then I was hardly able to get up to go to work.
No much political stuff. I have been following the arguments of the right trying (again) to prove the New Deal a failure because too much was spent on economic stimulus rather than not enough. Amity Shlaes being their standard bearer. Paul Krugman doing the heavy lifting of the response. Just for interest I looked at my library to see who had the most books at my local library -- guess who? That's right two books by the right winger versus one for the Noble Laureate. Who wodda thunk?
Actually, the wingers arguments are easy to understand. Do you count people who are working for the government building things like roads etc. as being employed or not (make work)? There is a second argument that is the New Deal was a failure because the unemployment went up in '38 (of course they use figures from a period when the New Deal cut back on spending -- thereby actually proving the opposite of both their points).
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
If I can't irritate my brother who can I irritate.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Just got Ming the Merciless back from being fixed. The good news is that she seems to be feeling fine and doesn't hurt at all. The bad news is that she's feeling fine and doesn't hurt at all. All she wants to do is run and jump and play. Of course the instructions are none of that for ten days. Good luck.
When we got her they said that she hadn't been friendly. We ask if she bit anyone and they told us no that everyone was afraid to get close enough for her to bite. She growled at me until she realized who I was.
We've got her cage set up with a very nice doggie mattress. Unfortunately one of the cats has decided that is just the best place and she isn't letting Ming in right now.
Oh well, she'll be getting lots of treats for awhile.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Now who would have thought that the Democrats would have paid off a slimy second rate Quisling? When was the last time the Democratic Party as a party actually stood for something, do you think?
What do you think they are thinking about. I originally thought that we would have the time to build a progressive coalition, but now giving what is happing with the automakers, I seriously doubt it.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Went to a writer's conference yesterday. Well actually my wife was the person who (along with two others) organized it and put it on. It was put on by the writers group that I am a member of. I was day labor, so I just went around carrying things, selling things (writers love to come to a place where they get lunch for free and have a table to sell their books).
So while the writers were eating or schmoozing with others or giving their presentations, I sat at their tables and took money and sold their stuff. We discovered a couple of things that next year (this was the first year we did this) we will apply. First: only one person gets the food for breakfast (we had enough bagels to feed an army left over, there were no starving writers there). Second, brown paper lunch bags work just fine for keeping money that we've collected for each separate writer in.
It is amazing to me that there are so many real, not just wanna be writers, out there. There were twelve published -- and I mean really published -- writers there. Novelists, religious and non-fiction writers. Of course, the most popular speaker was the one who told how to make $100,000,00 a year writing. Everyone there is willing to write for nothing, but would not object if someone wanted to pay them huge amounts for doing it.
The other thing that amazes me is the number of people who can write and write well in a city as small as this one. The other thing that amazes me is that there is at least one novelist out there whose forte is writing Amish love stories. That is just weird. She didn't show, but sent some books to raffle off.
So in the end I got to see no presentation, but I did meet several writers and all were very pleased to meet me because I had money to give them.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
So any rate we all need to remain vigilant and continue to fight, cause this thing isn't over by a long shot. The quote: "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." Is noble, but kind of tiring when you think about it.
But hell, what else you gonna do? So the job has just started.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I gave to Obama and Mary Jo Kilroy who is running for congress in Columbus. She has been heavily involved in Columbus politics as a Democrat for about twenty years. You've got to figure that certainly is a dues paying time. She is a good progressive/liberal and I hope she wins. I first met her when I was in law school there.
Going out tomorrow to canvas for Obama. Keep your fingers crossed and remember our motto here at camp: Clean Mind, Clean Body. Take your pick.
No wait our motto here is: The best is the enemy of good enough. Go Obama. Socialism now, socialism tomorrow, socialism forever. (Don't tell anybody, it's a democratic secret.)