Wednesday, January 28, 2009
A pearl of wisdom: "Once you cut off the head of the snake, the rest of the snake dies." I can't tell where this particular snake starts or stops however I can tell you the rattling part was definitely Enron.
We all know what happened to Enron. And with all of the financial firms dropping like flies I think we are really seeing Enron 2.0. Much of the legislation ala Phil Gramm started (ground zero if you will) at Enron. It starts with massive deregulation and was doubly enabled by a government with a blind eye.
The question is this: how much of Enron 2.0 did the blind eye fail to see?
I have one suggestion: stop bailing out companies. It isn't helping. And we need to see the whole snake. We can't do that if buttloads of cash keep getting in the way and smearing our perception of reality. Reality is that many Americans are paying for Citigroup to continue to fly in private jets and other companies that don't make anything and cost ALOT are still at the government trough.
Obama, don't bail out any more companies. It isn't working and it isn't what the government should be doing. This isn't protecting constituents and it is creating more problems.
PS Save us some cash and haul ass out of Iraq. By the way, how's it going in Afghanistan? How long do you think it will be before you figure out the same thing Moscow did; it's a war you can't win for people you probably won't like. Stop war, stop bailouts!
Monday, January 26, 2009
What the f--k? I don't get it! These a-holes are essentially making our dollars worthless, it looks like we are on the express train to the Weimar Republic and they are still taking home huge paychecks! I don't see Merrill or B of A or Bear Stearns management having trouble making mortgage payments. I sure as hell am.
It's really effecting my morale. I think large companies now know they have employees by the testicles and are doing everything they can to fuck us as much as possible as often as possible. I won't get into too much detail however the garbage I see in email is starting to really stink and I feel like I have no options but to sit and take it up the kazoo.
How many of you out there feel like they've lost control of their future as well? God I hope we don't have to rely on politicians to un-screw the country.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I just believe in a really high wall of separation between church and state, which I believe protects my religious freedom as a Jew in a country where the vast majority are Christians. It also protects the religious freedom of American Muslims, Buddhists, and adherents to the scores of other non--Christian religions represented in our diverse nation, as well as the small but significant portion of the population which avows no religious faith. The First Amendment is there to protect all of us, and breaches in its protection on civic occasions are objectionable to me, and should be to anybody who cares about the promise of America as an egalitarian society. I wish Obama could be convinced of that.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The back of the fucking bus, the last pew in the church, at the end of the line...fags and dykes once again in the national crapper...so much for Obama.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Fascinating. Read the article. I've read all of Al Franken's books. I've read almost all of his magazine articles and I had listened to his Air America show quite a few times. The guy is absolutely brilliant, has a cutting sense of humor and has a complete grasp of US and Foreign policy. He is also connected to almost every major political mover or shaker in the country. Please don't tell me that this guy isn't good for all Minnesotans. Did I mention he went to Blake School and Harvard? By the way, his Dad and Grandfather didn't get him in, he got in himself.
Is there no off switch to the Limbaugh/Palin/Coleman/weak ass Republican State Leader chatter box? I am begging the American people to wake up and remember, nothing good comes out of the folks that are stabbing at a guy like Al Franken. Al has worked for every dollar he's received and believe it or not, they've all come honestly and because quite a few Americans like what he has to say. Apparently some Minnesotans feel the same way.
Friday, January 9, 2009
"Palin, who has long criticized media coverage of her campaign performance, also said she is interested to see if reporters are equally tough on Caroline Kennedy as she pursues the appointment to the likely-vacant Senate seat in New York."
Every morning I peruse the headlines in 5 or 6 news sources (yes Sarah, I can name them: Google, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Hartford Courant, The Huffington Post and periodically AOL (AOL really isn't news, it's like reading the front page of the National Inquirer)) and each day I see more blathering from the Governor of Alaska. Apparently now she's mad at Katie Couric and Tina Fey.
I'm still trying to figure out if/when/who is going to show this woman out of the national spotlight and back to the back water she crawled out of. I hope this Walmart Politician isn't what the Republican's are pinning their hopes to.
PS I agree with Krugman's assessment of the economy. Let's hope the smart people Obama is surrounding himself with haven't revealed everything the Republican's won't agree to yet.
Krugman weighs in:
...the Obama plan just doesn’t look adequate to the economy’s need. To be sure, a third of a loaf is better than none. But right now we seem to be facing two major economic gaps: the gap between the economy’s potential and its likely performance, and the gap between Mr. Obama’s stern economic rhetoric and his somewhat disappointing economic plan.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Meanwhile, in New York State, Democrats have elected a leader in the state senate. Yet three rogue conservative anti-gay Democrats will continue to stand in the way of marriage equality in that state, delaying the prospect of gay marriage in New York.
Democrats! Oy Vey!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
It's not that Warren doesn't seem charming. It's not that he's necessarily even a bad person. It's that in accepting him the way she did, she is giving an implicit buy-in to his not-always-well-camouflaged bigotry. And by putting him at the lectern for the inauguration Obama does the same.
Critics of Scientology suggested yesterday that Jett may have been suffering from autism, a condition that the church does not recognise because it considers mental illness to be psychosomatic and argues that it should be treated through spiritual healing.
Joey Travolta, the star’s film-maker younger brother and an autism activist, reportedly clashed with his brother about what was wrong with Jett. Joey Travolta worked on a documentary called Normal People Scare Me and helped to found Actors with Autism.
Monday, January 5, 2009
What to make of the Travolta dead son story? ...And the Bill Richardson fiasco? ...And how about the invasion of Gaza?
Can't I go away for a couple of days without things blowing up?
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Mr. Obama therefore has room to be bold. If Republicans try a 1993-style strategy of attacking him for promoting big government, they’ll learn two things: not only has the financial crisis discredited their economic theories, the racial subtext of anti-government rhetoric doesn’t play the way it used to.
Will the Republicans eventually stage a comeback? Yes, of course. But barring some huge missteps by Mr. Obama, that will not happen until they stop whining and look at what really went wrong. And when they do, they will discover that they need to get in touch with the real “real America,” a country that is more diverse, more tolerant, and more demanding of effective government than is dreamt of in their political philosophy.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Van Sant's gentrified Milk reflects gay activism's increasingly apologetic tone. We don't always need to be burning police cars to prove our cred, but we shouldn't be inviting homophobes to the table, then singing their praises if they don't spit on us. It's not about hugging Rick Warren and being satisfied that at least he's being nice about denying us our civil rights. Politeness has become homophobia's most popular mask.