Saturday, February 28, 2009
So I was looking around the inter-tubes and I saw this. My how interesting. Who could have imagined?
These things have a certain morbid interest (hehe) for me, particularly when I receive a notice in the mail from my credit card company that they are about to raise my interest rates to pay for their screw ups.
At the same time we've got alleged democratic office holders who are still running around trying to screw their constituents.
The number of people who are still in power who seem to not understand just where we are as a nation right now is amazing. At the same time I see that Joe the Plumber is still running around getting paid to not be a plumber and not to open that business that will net him $250,000.00 this year. So if only I had spoken truth to power on TV. Oh wait, that would be speak right wing shibboleths to a moderately progressive candidate and then sell my immortal soul to fascists while selling out my co-workers and friends. No quite as catchy, but more accurate.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Owned a couple of these.
So now we are waiting for the church to hire a real asbestos removal firm to take away the stuff that is still laying across the street. In the meantime people are wondering about their kids and their dogs. There are serious questions about just what the hell the church thought it was doing and why no one bothered to figure out what was in a house that was about fifty or so years old.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
So went into Columbus and went to a book store, something we really don't have much of here. A Walden's and a used book store (the used book store is really very nice). Picked up another book on Linux (I will learn it, damn it.)
Then got back and started reading the two books we've got for the two book clubs we're part of. The mystery book club: We'll Always Have Parrots and the Quaker book club: Karen Armstrong's: A History of God.
I'm already a little irritated by Armstrong's definition of atheist. I would say that at least atheists don't insist on capitalizing their belief.
OK, I'm on my way back to the book. Perhaps we will watch the Ruling Class tonight too.
Just going hog wild for culture today, I guess.
Friday, February 20, 2009
So California passed a budget finally. It amazes me how a few republicans who are really marginalized can hijack a state (or country). Insisting on their rejected policies and essentially ignore any facts out there to continue these really failed policies. I can see where former Communists/Trotskyites would love the republicans as they are now constituted.
Never surrender, never give up, never admit defeat. Never forget, never learn. Conservatives/ republicans seem to have the ability to enforce their policies on a country that has rejected them. They are willing to drive the country into a deep and lasting depression in order to maintain their ideological control. And don't forget, that is what they have right now: ideological control and they are not about to give it up:
'The plane's engine is on fire.
How about a cup of coffee?
No really the engine is burning.
How about a cup of tea?
You don't understand we're doomed.
Well then how about a martini?"
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
So I read Greenwald's post about how progressives/liberals need to constantly push Obama. How we cannot allow him to become our "cause." Just as conservative allowed Bush to become their cause and got badly burned we will have the same thing happen to us. Read the whole thing......I think it's for more than just political junkies.
But at any rate I started to think about the most progressive/liberal presidents: Lincoln, FDR, and LBJ (domestically). A pretty short list, really. But each of those guys came into office with a long history of independent progressive groups pushing liberal/progressive agendas.
The anti-slavery people for generations before Lincoln, the unions and good government folks for generations before FDR, and the civil rights folks and the remnants of the New Deal coalition for LBJ. They did indeed all push their presidents to the left.
So what do we have? A few years of blog activism?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
So we had the divorce today. For some reason the magistrate did not seem to believe my client although I am not sure if she believed the wife either.
Nor did the magistrate want to hear about hundreds of thousands of dollars in credit card bills on my client's accounts (accounts he knew nothing about, or at least that is his testimony). The information I didn't get until yesterday evening. I managed to get yelled at by the magistrate which at least, I think, convinced my client and his girl friend (who is married to his wife's current boyfriend) that I was fighting on their behalf.
So here we have a couple who by all accounts made between a million and a million and a half gross each year for at least three years with nothing especially to show for it now, fighting over it. I do not think the magistrate was amused.
By all testimony the wife handled all the finances and by all testimony they paid most if not all of their bills in cash.
Nobody on our side is sure where the money went, some think the wife as into a Ponzi scheme which she attempted to get others to invest in. Otherwise, it would sure have been nice to get the witness who ran away to testify. My client decided not to make him come, because he was afraid for him. But it would have been nice to have him testify that the wife told him she'd taken twenty thousand in cash when she left. Oh well.
Now we just wait and see what the decision will be.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Then there are the various things concerning the bailout and a vary scary thing about entitlements which is code for Social Security. When really Social Security isn't an entitlement at all, but is rather earned, something that people pay into to get back their money at a later time (you know like insurance).
Once the market collapsed it was probably not possible for a republican to be elected, but by then there was already a democratic nominee. I was worried about Obama, but I figured that he couldn't be worse than Clinton. I might have been wrong.
Well back to my day job, to try to keep the wolves away. At this point I'm really not sure that will be possible.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Just starting the morning when I saw this. Admittedly the original article is from the Politico (or Us for the political class) still if true one can only wonder what these people in D.C. are thinking.
Apparently the republicans are at an ideological place much like the Stalinist of old. Facts and now even their "friends" (friends being the people who give them money) have no influence.
Lucy and the football, Alice in Wonderland or perhaps Leiningen versus the Ants. We are all fictional characters now. Actually we are all minor fictional characters now, kind of like the character that was always added to the Star Trek cast to be killed by the aliens just for that episode. Or like the not so happy natives eated by the ants in Naked Jungle.
OK wait for it:
Saturday, February 7, 2009
OK, it's time to learn a little more about this here bloggy thingy. I r not too bright.
Forty years ago my father put in an answering machine for his business which he was now running from our home (answering machines being somewhat new at that time). My grandparents called while we were gone and got the answering machine. When we got home there was this message on the phone: "Curtis, Curtis are you there? David (my grandfather) he won't talk to me I can't understand it. I can hear him. Curtis?" I don't think they ever figured out it was tape.
Some days I think that maybe I have the same relationship to the computer.
Wow, these people have no clue. To cut between 700,000 and 1,200,000 jobs from a "stimulus" bill is simply beyond belief. Then they brag about it. Then the President's spokes person congratulates them. Massive tax cuts in the bill apparently which the CBO has already said isn't a good idea.
These moderates are not moderates. Has Lieberman ever been a "moderate?" He is one thing that nothing that Al Gore does can make up for. Of course, I hope that Reed and Obama are happy they put him in the position of power he now has in this senate.
Moderates in D.C. = Reactionaries in the real world. (MDC=RRW). Gee, I think I'm getting this economics thingy.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Holy (or world that be wholly) fucking shit.
Well, in the back of my mind I always wondered about the use of an Army field manual as a kinder and gentler method of interrogation. So appendix M lets in everything that is necessary to torture someone without actually physically harming them. Nope just make them crazy.
You know, I'd have to say that just wasn't funny.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I guess we can all make up our own joke, but it does get kind of old.
Generally speaking when I make a terrible error in judgement I normally try to either correct it or just keep my mouth shut and not attract any more attention to myself. What do you suppose drives these people? They have really screwed up and yet they continue as if their actions have been validated by history. Both of my dogs and most of the cats are able to learn from their mistakes, why can't senators?
Well alrighty then, I might do that too, if I thought that I could get away with it. On the other hand, I would hope that I would have the ability to learn a little something from destroying the nation's economy. But hey why learn if you don't have to, right? You can bail out your friends and your bosses (just remember that we, the people, are not considered the bosses of those we elect). But really the little people do not count as we count, do not think as we think, are not really human, as they are human. So fuck em.
We are kind of the lesser breeds without the law, you know. I do believe that our present rulers have the same feeling for us little people that the Romanov's, Bourbons, and southern whites had for the serfs, peasants, and blacks. And you know what I'm beginning to think that we might deserve it cause we keep sending the same kind of people back to D.C. every election cycle.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Rather than this one
Reading this by Krugman. How individual actions, each rational in itself, become destructive of our society when put together. The movie I posted about in the last post The Wild River has a nice line in it. The old Tennessee woman who owns the very good bottom land and doesn't want to sell she says "because she loves the land." Is countered by the TVA guy he points out that the river, unchecked, is destroying lives and families and in fact is washing tons of land down to the gulf every year. He says: "You don't love the land, you love your land."
If each of us save and hoard for ourselves then we end up ruining our country and our economy, while trying to protect each of us individually. Of course, in the end we end up screwing ourselves too, because where the larger society goes there goes each of us.
Got to cut us some spending so we don't upset some conservatives and villagers cause I mean after all they are the ones who count, aren't they.