Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's eve pussy

Especially when it's self inflicted!

Well here's a year I'd like to forget. I'll be kicking back and listening to all the monkeys out there getting stupid and crashing into each other.

Resolutions? Oh I've kept the one I made several decades ago and that was never to make new years' resolutions. Now let's see what banks collapsed just before the year end deadline. So far nothing but I'll check later. They don't seem to get recorded until later this evening. Until then be safe. Don't do anything I wouldn't do and if you do don't name it after me.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Who's a wuss?

Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell calls us a nation of Wusses after the NFL canceled the football game in Philadelphia after a blizzard was predicted.
A couple of things here: First the governor isn't the one who does the driving he gets driven anywhere he wants to go.
Second the gov I guess didn't bother to read the advice from his own department of transportation:
"Anyone with travel plans should be aware that there is the potential for a major winter storm that could have a significant impact on all or parts of Pennsylvania this weekend," said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. "It's essential for motorists to carefully monitor weather forecasts and check conditions along their entire route before traveling this weekend.

"If a winter storm does strike, our advice is to avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary – for your own safety. If you must travel, use common sense, pack an emergency kit, have realistic expectations of road conditions and remember that if winter precipitation is falling, roads will not be completely free of ice and snow."

Lastly this was, as it always seems to be, about money. By moving the game to Tuesday the NFL was able to have four games in five days thereby increasing their coffers. And would Eddy expect the folks from Swarthmore to trudge a couple dozen miles in knee deep snow to the stadium because you know most people from Chester can't afford tickets these days not after most of their jobs were shipped to China? And most of those Chinese would be walking because they can't afford the high speed rail tickets in their country. So yes I think not. The Swarthys wouldn't consider warming up the Mercedes even if it had all wheel drive.

Wusses? Wuss indeed.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The audacity of no hope

Wondering what the end is like. No, not the end of life. That's something left for another post. We start out with a bit of education thinking we can conquer the world only to be told that our lack of experience precludes us from the job. Somehow we manage to get that experience and then some along life's journey. But low somewhere along the way the years catch up and we become over experienced. Our usefulness has somehow been erased by a birthdate. Why hire a 50+ worker with 30 years experience when we could hire two 20 somethings at less than half the price or even better outsource the whole operation to China or India?
Like Charlie Brown we fell for it. Lucy held the football (hope) up there and didn't crack a smile. Hope for whom I must ask? Was this for our grandkids if our kids can even afford to get to that point?

Four and a half million people are quietly eating through their life's savings. They can't spend money of frivolous things like Chia pets and Clappers. It makes me wonder if it's better to have been born poor with no hope from the beginning or have to endure the slow loss of the current economy. It also makes me wonder if all of that Christmas spending by those who were working wasn't just some ruse. Come and get it because today it's 50, 60, 75% off our regular store price. It sure was great. All wrapped in a red bow under the tree and it was all mine to do with whatever I wanted. And it will usually land up somewhere in the back of the closet gathering dust until the summer garage sale. And yes the Charlie Browns fell for it one more time. They translated joy into pretty wrapped things. After all the retailers had to make room for the Presidents' Day Sales. And the process continues but will the consummate consumers have the funds to keep the game going? There's the 64.99 dollar question. They're not quite as dumb as they were the last time around. They kept the credit cards tucked into their wallets and used cash. You think maybe they're starting to catch on to the master and slave game going on here? Or should I say indentured servant?

Never before in this nations' history have we witnessed such greed as we see now. In the past we've had to spend to get out of hard economic times. There was the New Deal and WWII. That money was borrowed but it was also paid back by those at the top who had more than enough money to spare. So I just have to ask those at the top of this heap what are you going to do with all your loot? Seems you won this great game of Monopoly and came out with all the hotels and the railroads and the utilities. What are you going to do when nobody can afford these services? What are you going to do when profits keep shrinking? Oh that's right just sell the whole operation to some overseas investment company and walk away. But may I remind them that they are never satisfied with the bounty. Like a drug it's never enough. But may I also remind them that every bubble breaks. What will happen when they have nobody left to sell to? We saw that in the housing market and with the dot com bust.

As I've said once before it's all a matter of balance. Too much power or money or rain or snow makes the whole system out of balance. Maybe what this country needs is a corporate enema. It sure looks bloated to me.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas pussy... It is Friday after all

Kitty is ready for Boxing Day

So as you rush around buying those last minute gifts thinking that the holiday will be a bust if you can't get scarf for aunt June or that book uncle Harry wanted, stop for just a sec and remember what this was all supposed to be about. It was all supposed to be about hope. Hope that somehow with the execution of one man that by some strange magic those who have been beaten down by life's ills will have hope of a better life. That somehow cruelty and greed would be washed aside if only for just one day. That people would stop focusing on themselves long enough to see the suffering around them and do something about it.

And there is my Christmas present to you.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Silent night and today's news

Silent night
# Two explosions at embassies in Rome injure 2
Holy night
# North Korea threatens 'sacred' nuclear war if attacked
All is calm
# U.S. press should fear being targeted, WikiLeaks founder says
All is bright
# Romanian survives jump from balcony in Parliamentnly
Round yon virgin
# Nude Aphrodite on Cyprus passport causes controversy
Mother and child
# High-tech Christmas: How to track, contact Santa online
Holy infant so tender and mild
# Bainbridge Island police killing found…- Seattle Times
Sleep in heavenly peace
# Man suspected of stealing elderly woman's…-
Sleep in heavenly peace
# Lakewood, University Place firefighters…- Tacoma News …

Hat tip to Simon and Garfunkel and Yahoo News 12/23/10

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

News and a little background behind it

New S.T.A.R.T. deal nearly done.
The treaty would limit each country's strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550, down from the current ceiling of 2,200. It also would establish a system for monitoring and verification. U.S. weapons inspections ended last year with the expiration of a 1991 treaty.
Scientist back in the late 80s calculated that it would take just 24 of the current warheads to eliminate life on this planet.
So I have to ask why do we need thousands of these things when a couple of dozen would do the trick?
This program is considered the black hole of a military career. It's where military officers go to be forgotten.

Oil over $90 a barrel
Merry Christmas everyone now fork over the cash. And what happened to the $12 a barrel Bush promised? Remember he was going to go over to Saudi Arabia and give those guys a good talking to. Ah such short memories we have. Any wagers as to how high prices at the pump will go?

Don't ask don't tell signed into law
I think the military wasn't actually expecting this to become a reality. Now they need to figure out living arrangements and a code of conduct. And nobody thought about what to do with bisexuals. Gad this could get real complicated. Also a certain Monty Python bit comes to mind. I'll see if I can pull that one up later.
Hope this works. Tres funny.

Senators press EPA on carcinogens in tap water.
There's 31 cities with high levels of the cancer causing chemical hexavalent chromium. If you remember the movie Erin Brockovich this was the chemical we're talking about here. And if republicans had their way the standards would be all but eliminated because after all that'd be getting in the way of corporate profits and we can't have that now can we?
I'd love to hold a republican banquet and use their safety standards for the meal. Dirty water contaminated food and plenty of chemicals would make for an interesting evening especially when I told them at the end what they'd just consumed. And when they asked exactly what that was I'd tell them "sorry boys that's proprietary information I can't tell you".

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lies lies lies and other random stuff

You ever get the feeling we're just moving deeper and deeper into Orwell's 1984? I can't off hand remember all of the details of the movie and never got around to reading the book but it's looking like we're there when it comes to Orwell's basic premise. We have cameras nearly everywhere. Our phone calls and electronic communications are being monitored. All for our safety they say. It all started long before 911. You remember guys trying to fly to Cuba don't you? That was the beginning of the end of our freedoms. With that became the advent of searches a violation of our 4th amendment by the way (no probable cause). But hey it's for your own safety they said. And now you can't even get a job in this country without someone knowing when you ran a red light 30 years ago. You can only hope that the report once locked in a file and now occupying hard disk space is accurate. They tell us to be on the look out for suspicious activity. Just what am I supposed to be looking for? I know when a group of teens are about to pull a prank, but some radical group? A single bag sits on the carousel at the airport going round and round long after the flight has landed. Eventually an employee will come and pick it up and drag it to lost luggage. Should I be concerned? Nope because I know the odds of any ill happening are higher than being hit by lightning.

Ah but to the lies. Draped in the U.S. flag the powers that be would have you believe that these wars we're fighting are the most important thing since the founding of this country. They'd have you believe that this is about spreading democracy in far off lands. Those people are just primitives who need to be shown how to live. (Do the American Indians come to mind here?) Nope what you're watching here is part of the largest theft in world history. Billions and billions of unfunded tax dollars are being thrown at a problem. And billions more are being siphoned off by corrupt officials on every side. I saw this at the start of the Iraq war when pallets of hard cash disappeared in short order. Only one of our guys was caught dipping his hand in the cookie jar. We're told that the Afghan war is going swimmingly well. Yeah swimmingly well for those lining their pockets with our money. There really is no incentive for this to end. We give no bid contracts to Haliburton. The locals get some scraps to play policeman while the elders and even the Taliban are paid off. There's enough money flowing into Afghanistan at present we could have rebuilt the place twice over, but you see they don't want the gravy train to end and they don't have to because they've been fighting so long that it's become a way of life. This very type of behavior has been going on for centuries if you bothered to read your history.
There's the massive wealth of minerals in that country but I don't see them benefiting from it any time soon. The Taliban and local warlords think too small. At my graduation a high ranking official from our federal government spoke. He said something to the effect that with a high school education you might be able to break into a train car and steal some of its' contents, with a college degree you could steal the whole car and with a higher degree you could steal the entire railroad. How prophetic of him as this was about the time of Watergate. Little did he know that near 30 years later our nation would be going on a robbery spree on global scale.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas and FU

(The assailants were described as well dressed Wall Street banker types armed with foreclosure notices)

The Obama administration and Walgreens on Friday announced a partnership to provide free flu shot vouchers to 350000 uninsured Americans and others with inadequate health benefits.

Only problem with this is that there are 50 million without health care coverage so how is this going to work? A lottery? For the 99ers it's like telling them please drop dead and be quick about it. If you find yourself in that situation here's the reality. You may find yourself with just enough to get by for the next couple of months maybe longer but since you have assets you'll get no help from this government or even charity organizations. Charities are about broke unless you need a toy for Tiny Tim. Forget about Scrooge turning nice in this real life story. Cratchet and family will be living under the overpass, Tim will be buried in a paupers' grave with Bob facing a bill from the state for his burial. The max you can own in assets is $100 before you'll get so much as a crumb of help.
Need medical help? You better find a sympathetic doctor who's willing to reduce his fees and doctors who aren't tied to some HMO or insurance giant are very rare. And if you look closely at this Obama gesture you'll be seeing just a taste of the republican plan that's yet to come. (Spirit of the future?) They'll eliminate Medicare and Medicaid and give out little chits that won't cover anything. I guess what they want is the remainder of your assets to go to the wealthy and Wall Street because that's where they're going now.
I can almost envision their plan now. Need to see a doc for some expensive tests? You'll get a voucher for $100. Only problem is when the test costs $1000. So the vampires will suck the very life blood from your still warm body. What they fail to realize is that the host isn't supposed to die or the sucker fish will have to find a new host. Soon they will have no one left to leach from but themselves. This very thing happens in nature when the population becomes overcrowded. The physically strongest take over and start eating the weaker when food is scarce but in this case those at the top have become obese overbearing pigs. I don't think they'll fair as well this time around.

Almost forgot the bank fails. Six more hit the skids mostly in GA. Oh well what's a few more laid off workers when the bigger banks take over the smaller ones? And beginning next year as a nice merry christmas my bank will be charging me to have MY money in THEIR bank.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A message for congress

Sorry for the light posting but life has a way of interfering with such things.

To those who proport to make our laws (or not) I must wonder exactly what drugs they have been taking. They vote against any decent thing while protecting the very top of the heap. At this rate we'll be a third world country in short order. Estimates have it that 8000 more will be hitting the unemployment lines in the state come January. And once again we hear not one peep from the Tea Party. This Christmas gift to the wealthy is after all borrowed money. But here's the truly scary part of it. When the bill starts coming due who do you think gets stuck with it? Keep your eyes pealed as to what rethuglicans do come January when they take the reigns. Raygoon was known as the slasher because he cut many of the safety nets. You ain't seen nothing yet. With a 2% shortfall to Social Security the difference will have to be made up somewhere. Cuts to retirees? Or just kick a few more disabled to the curb because after all they're not really people.
If I could sell my place and head somewhere else I'd be out of here in a New York minute but with yet another foreclosure in the neighborhood and I'm sensing one more after that making a total of 5 when all is said and done, the likelihood of that is slim to none.

Bank fails later as usual.

So to congress I say hang up the bong, extinguish the joint and for God's sake dump the white powder. Sober up and get busy doing the right thing for once.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Memory loss

Don't you just hate it when you had that whiz bang idea for a post and somewhere between going to the bathroom and the breaking news it slips past the gray matter down the Alzheimer hole of lost thoughts? It was here just a minute ago. Now where did it go? Is this what we have to look forward to when age takes it's toll? Of all the stuff I used to know, the places I've been and the people I've worked with it's all slowly fading like a morning mist. There were instructors who taught many a recertification course and I know of one who I just can't remember his name when I think of him. Every time the thought of him comes to mind I can see him. I remember what he said but I'll be damned if I can remember his name when I try to remember it. Then sometime later when I least expect it that name pops up like it should have been there all the time. Funny how the human brain works. So fear not it'll come to me sometime. Maybe tomorrow or maybe not. Now what was I saying?

Monday, December 13, 2010

How about a nice winter vacation?

A wonderful experience at the Chernoybl nuclear reactor. Take a dip in our heavy water self heated pool and marvel at the glowing material at the bottom. Stroll the grounds and experience flora and fauna unique to planet earth. Let the kids scavenge for souvenirs and as an added bonus they'll won't need a haircut for months to come (thyroid treatments at extra charge).

Our highly trained staff is here to serve your every need.

Our lead towels are the heaviest of any tourist resort.
You'll learn to speak the newest area language of Full Face Respirator but with a little practice you'll be communicating with the staff in no time.

And when you fully enjoy this experience you may be interested in our other worldly tours to Kandahar or Darfur. They're wonderful experiences especially in the springtime. (seasonal rates apply)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snow blasts the midwest

What do you mean you can't get out to get cat treats?

One of the many reasons I moved here. We don't have to shovel rain. And as I'm not much of a water person I don't live near a flood zone.

There's flood warnings all over the place here but at present it's stopped raining here. They say there will be a lot of rain in the mountains which will melt the snow and flood the rivers. We'll see. Now if we get one of those Canadian cold fronts coming down from the north while the pineapple express is dowsing us with rain, watch out. It's happened once back in the early 90s. What's the worst snow storm you have experienced? Mine was back east in the late 70s with about 26 inches in two days and I wasn't living in Minnesota at the time either.

Looks like a go ahead for the tunnel to replace the Alaska Way Viaduct. This is Seattle's answer to Boston's "Big Dig". I can tell you now that they'll have problems with that due to a couple of factors. One is that when they built the bus tunnel under 3rd Ave the soil shifted causing most of the buildings on that street to drop by one inch. Not a good thing to happen when a high rise must be level. Second is that the soil from 3rd Ave. down to the waterfront is nothing but sand and fill. Not something to build a structure on and I'm no building engineer but on face of it it doesn't sound good. Third and last is that there's a fault line at Royal Brougham near Safeco field which is where they'll be putting the entry point to this tunnel.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Not to be outdone by a certain Fodder

Too busy to post much bank fails later.
Two banks failed this week in WI and PA.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pain and suffering

I didn't get to hear all the stories of the people at the meeting but of the ones I did, I heard enough to give you just a glimpse of what's going on out here in the real world. A trucker in his late forties unable to get work. He was promised six months work driving a rig only to be told after a couple of weeks that the job was done. For him it was just one of the temporary economic green shoots that sprang up and died. In the mean time he faces trying to get medical treatment so he can pass the physical to be able to continue to drive. A veteran he can get it all done through the VA if he can jump through the hoops to get an appointment. He doesn't have the funds to pay for a doctor or the expensive tests required. To top it off or add insult to injury as they say, our state is about to cut medical funding for those least able to afford it.

Another a woman appearing to be in her early fifties wondering how she'll pay her rent when her unemployment runs out shortly. Having worked all her life with no family in the area. She appeared to be shattered, beaten down by the current economic situation. She didn't look like someone who had frittered away a lot of money on toys for herself. Just one of the many who thought that with some retraining and right timing she could make it back to the workforce and a steady pay check. If she doesn't find something soon she'll be just another statistic looking for a shelter. But shelters have a waiting list and there's no time or place to wait.

More on these bits and pieces of hardship later.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas caroles

You better watch out
You might as well cry
Sure can pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus ain't coming to town
He's making a list
Checking it twice
Gonna pay back corporate donors
They sure were nice
Santa Clause ain't coming to town
He passes you when you're sleeping
He ignores you when you're awake
He don't care if you've been bad or good
He sure is a snake
O! You better watch out
You might as well cry
Sure can pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus ain't coming to town
Santa Claus ain't coming to town

Light posting this week too many things going on. Later.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

News round up or at least they way I see it.

And in today's headline news:

GOP talk temporary extension of Bush tax cuts
They want to extend it so that the top one percent can finish stealing what the bottom 99% have left.
Iran says it can make yellow cake.
I make a mean devils' food cake with fudge icing does that count? Of course this is all about spreading more fear. Sorry senators and MSM the only thing that scares me now is starving to death from your inaction.
Swiss to look at WikiLeaks bank account.
Smart enough to avoid all the worlds' police but not smart enough to have a numbered account. Or do they still do that sort of thing? You know the Swiss won't touch him lest he take his money elsewhere. I'm sure a banker in the Caymans or Luxembourg would just love to have his money. No free toaster opening that account.
Fires in Israel
The Palestinians have been doing it all wrong. Why use expensive weapons when a cheap Bic will do the trick?

Odd no bank fails this week. Is the FDIC on vacation or have they run out of money too?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas pussies

I iz republican cat waiting to spoil your crismas

Too lazy to blog bank fails later.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's about friggin time

Nigerian authorities to issue arrest warrant for Dick Cheney

Justice for Shooter
It took 6 years to investigate this but Cheney may finally be brought up on charges of bribery for greasing the palms of some Nigerian officials to get a fat natural gas contract. It would truly restore my faith in the justice system to see oil can Dick doing some hard time in a Nigerian prison. Now if Holder would grow a pair and hook the Shrub for his admission of torture (remember Pinochet went to prison for the same things) and this was in writing (his book).

Normally I don't post more than once a day but this was just too good not to share.

Debt Commission Report

I'll save you the trouble of reading it. A quick break down:
1. Essentially cuts spending for things like emergencies or should I say puts a cap on that spending? Exactly how they can determine the extent of an emergency is the $64K question.
2. They want to raise retirement age to 69, because after all we're all living longer so what the hell. You can still sling a sledge hammer into your late sixties.
3. Change the tax rates. And if you're not watching what's in their right hand while they take it away with the other and then some then you weren't paying attention. They say they're lowering the rates but if you look closely you'll note that the top rates go down while those at the bottom have their rates increase. Then as an added kick in the teeth they eliminate deductions which hits the middle class right between the eyes. (Oops mixed metaphor)
4. Cuts to military spending would include some weapon systems ( until a senator sneaks it back into an appropriations bill). Cuts to support contractors (Humm will they be using Chinese labor to transport supplies then?) The wording of this section is so convoluted that you'd need a translator to figure if there was any actual savings. Just how do you budget for a war and do it on the cheap? Wonder how much they'll cut personnel? Sorry soldier we only have enough in the budget to cover the cheaper artificial leg. If you want the better one you'll have to pay for it yourself.

So once again it's a give away to the wealthy. The soup Nazi has nothing on these guys. It's a simple plan for taking away what few crumbs have left but they better hurry up or there won't be anything left but a skeleton.

But all of this doesn't matter since all they want to do is cut. It leaves no alternative but for states to cut their already cash strapped budgets. And of course they never start at the top when cutting a state budget. Sorry to think it but maybe it will be time to invest in some home protection and I'm not talking about a guard dog either.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Merry Christmas and screw you from the republicans

(I've got a finger for you Mr. Tan Man)

Out of work for a long time? Benefits about to run out? Don't count on congress for any help. They're like Scrooge only this time he didn't make it to the end of the film. No ghosts this time around as congress voted down unemployment extensions. Leaving 1.8 million with no Christmas.

Maybe we could get together with a campaign to have the children of the unemployed write a letter to congress and ask them why their Daddy said Santa isn't coming this year.
If you can't afford the stamp then pop down to the local library and send an email. At least while you're there you can get a book, CD or DVD for your holiday entertainment.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Kind of bummed out today

My neighbor died last night. Heart attack. He didn't quite make it to 66. I shouldn't feel too bad. He lived two life times in one. It's just that creepy feeling knowing he isn't there. He was like Billy (Spirits Doings). He knew how to fix just about anything. He taught me a lot about how things worked and the little tricks to repair them. He did some nasty things in his life and some good things too. I guess that's what makes up a lifetime when it's all said and done. RIP Mike

Saturday, November 27, 2010

European financial crisis

Saw this article and had to laugh. Europe is worried about the debt crisis spreading throughout Europe. The problem is that their solution will do nothing but make the problem worse. Their focus is with investor losses and not the economies as a whole. They're fighting the problem ass backwards. One only needs to look at how we got out of the Great Depression to know how to get things back on track. Like it or not the taxes on the wealthy will have to be raised. The middle and lower classes have suffered enough. We see now that the wealthy have no intention of expanding production. They are now sitting on $2 trillion of profits. And if you had been paying attention nearly every bill that's gone through congress in the last two years has had some form of tax breaks for corporations and business. Just how greedy can one be? It was to the point this past summer where a company could hire a worker and not pay one nickel in federal taxes on that worker. How much more do they want? They even got a $1000 per worker credit to hire people and yet unemployment stayed at nearly 10%.
What to do then? As the expression goes "if a carrot won't work then use a stick". Increase income taxes on the wealthy. That's income taxes not business taxes we're talking about here. So rather than pull out yet another big bonus for himself the business owner would be forced to put that money back into the business. He's already received a tax credit for investing in equipment.
But there's the problem of demand you might add. How can a business expand without demand? Simple, using the tax revenues from the wealthy and rebuilding our infrastructure. The money then comes back to corporations in the way of federal contracts. People scream about government jobs but take a look at the face of the boss when a company lands one of those fat contracts. And with all those credits and incentives that have been doled out the past two years business in this country should thrive once again but this time with even larger profits.
As for the poor investors let them be damned. We've been playing a phony paper Ponzi scheme for how many years now? Hedge funds should be outlawed for all but the owners of an asset. A mortgage should be sold and serviced where it originated. No more naked shorts either (sounds like something you could wear at airport screening doesn't it?)
So it's back to basics and don't be fooled by the group of professor backwards out there. They'd have you believe day was night and down was up.

Friday, November 26, 2010

At what point humiliation?

Homeland insecurity

Chertoff has recently been busy rubbishing Martin Broughton, the wise British Airways chairman who said many security checks were redundant — calling him “ill-informed.” Early this year Chertoff called on Congress to “fund a large-scale deployment of next-generation systems.”

Rapiscan and its adviser the Chertoff Group will certainly profit from the deployment underway (some of the machines were bought with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). Americans as a whole will not.

Chertoff in my opinion is a buffoon. Remember he was the one who told us to use duct tape and plastic to seal ourselves in place in the event of a chemical or biological attack. That's not even standard operating procedure for first responders or emergency response personnel. Depending on room and family size you'd have about 45 minutes or less of air before your demise. In essence what Chertoff was telling us was to drop dead.

Fear can only be sold for so long and it appears that those in power are far more fearful than the average American. Let's take inventory. Since 911 we've had the shoe bomber, the underpants bomber, and threats from bottle bombs. All of these threats happened overseas and were the result of lapses in security there not in the U.S. Bin Ladin must be chuckling from his undisclosed location as we jump at every turn with the next scheme. It's almost to the point where such plots need not be carried out but merely be leaked for Homeland Security to impose the next humiliation on the masses. What's next? Please place your jacket in the bin. Remove your shoes. Remove your pants and bend over for inspection. When someone comes up with an anal insert bomb then the airlines would be finished.

And at what price do we pay for this sense of security? Spending trillions of dollars in two wars doesn't sound too prudent when this country is in recession. It's sure not helping to move the economy as it did in WWII unless your part of the arms market. Then there's the loss of life and limb from our troops. The total price will not be realized for years to come as yet more bases are built and the effects of PTSD and rehabing our troops are factored.
Lastly there's the funding. Funny how there's always money to fund the military but never any to help the unemployed or uninsured. And all of that military funding was done off the books as if it didn't count yet we'll have to pay for it later.

Update: No bank fails this week.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

winter driving

Reason for not posting. Resident computer geek went out and took this vid last night and had it not been for a large concrete curb would not be here to talk about it.
The roads around here are so crappy I wasn't able to go out and get the traditional turkey. Everything is ice and I live near a main road. You'll note two buses stuck on the hill in the background of the vid. They were there for over four hours waiting for assistance. As this freezing weather continues it doesn't look like I'll make it to the store by dinner time on thanksgiving. Of course as this year has gone there's nothing to be thankful for any way.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The U.S a Christian nation? Not

For those teabaggers who have this delusion that there is no separation of church and state, guess they were sleeping when the high school teacher was discussing the 1st amendment, there was a good reason for this little detail in our constitution. If they'd have taken the time to delve into the actual early American history of this nation, they would know exactly why the pilgrims known as "Seperatists" came to this country. Things in England weren't too kind to those that didn't tow the line with the church as you will see by this little snippet:

The Separatists had long been controversial. Under the 1559 Act of Uniformity, it was illegal not to attend official Church of England services, with a fine of 12d (£0.05; 2005 equivalent: about £5) for each missed Sunday and holy day. The penalties for conducting unofficial services included imprisonment and larger fines. Under the policy of this time, Barrowe and Greenwood were executed for sedition in 1593.

Then there's the issue of Thanksgiving. There are several accounts from the Plymouth colony and a few of the others who held similar celebrations at the time about how by God's good graces the pilgrims were able to survive the first winter and prosper.
Horse Hockey I say! If anything this holiday should honor the American Indians who saved their sorry asses from starving to death by sharing their food. Had it not been for fellows like Squanto the pilgrims would have been wolf dinners.

Silly to think that the Tea Party would embrace a system that our ancestors were trying so hard to flee. Have they become that which they hate the most?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pussy Friday

Working on a special pussy Friday after Thanksgiving extravaganza for your enjoyment, so stay tuned.

Soon you can be gay and die for your country but if you're out of the military and unemployed forget it. You're nearly on your own. What's that about the GI Bill you say? A couple of thousand for college and you'll have to find a lawyer to get it. Death benefits for the family? They look for loopholes. Housing for homeless vets? Better find a refrigerator box and insulate it.

And now for the rest of us, you'll need to tell your kids to run for political office because that's the only way they'll get health care and retirement. And if they're smart enough and even if they lose the election they can do the talk show circuit spouting whatever insanity they can think of.

Maybe they were right to block the S.A.L.T treaty. Why not just take preemptive war to the next level with nukes? A country doesn't like what we do and won't cooperate make the rubble bounce. Or how about just totally privatizing our military.? We could just hire all those illegals and have them fight our wars for us. Or take that concept one step further and just hire all the out of work Iraqis and Afghanis and use them for our cannon fodder. Double bonus they won't have far to go home.

So when the whole thing comes crumbling down the pussies with new opposable thumbs will be taking over. Just make sure you have plenty of tuna and treats for your new overlords.

Almost forgot three more banks hit the skids one each in WI PA and FL.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Don't look now but the boss is watching

Random rants: Congress stood there today yet again blocking a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to those who would lose them at the end of this month. Merry Christmas from the republicans one more time. They had no problem not paying for a war or medical drug benefits or tax cuts for people who don't need them, but throw a few crumbs to the peasants? Never! It's as if they never finished Scrooge or the Grinch that Stole Christmas. Only made it to the part of the thievery and cruelty then put the book down.

The job search has become psychotic. One day I see several jobs listed. Upon applying I find that the company was in the process of laying off workers. Then of course there is a bunch of scams out there too numerous to count. And the rest? If I had another life time to live I could just about qualify. It's frightening to think what the result of the diploma mills will have when yet more unqualified clowns make it through the system. If you think the likes of Sarah and Christine were bad you ain't seen nothing yet.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Loco Smoco

I must give today's youth credit. They sure have taken the extremes to a new pinnacle. Not satisfied with the latest eardrum shattering bone crushing tangent of sane living they have one upped the old man and old lady with yet an acme of higher endeavors. Why have one loco when four is so much better. But maybe in their quest for nirvana they've crossed the line. One can only go so far before running out of cliffs' edge. In the ongoing quest for faster fasts and higher highs they've hit the wall. And I'm almost certain that there will be reminiscent tales of having drank four cans of the fruity beverage in one night repeated again in the depths of the high school locker rooms. Surely they'd not be foolish enough to leave photo evidence on some facebook page, but then I never underestimate their lack of foresight. What the grownups in charge fail to realize is that those they are trying to protect are far more creative at seeking mind altering methods for a Friday night. And far be it from them not to figure out the fundamental ingredients of the Loco juice. With a copped bottle of the old mans' KahlĂșa Especial which has an alcohol content of 36% and other creative bartendary they'll have something just as tasty and lethal. We can only hope that somebody in the group will have the minuscule amount of sense to call 911 prior to cardiac arrest.
There in lies the problem. We have leaned on government too long to solve our parenting responsibilities. Rather than tell junior to put down the game controller and get his butt to the ball field we let city counsel banish cardiac burgers from the menu. And rather than solve the root causes of our social ills we're content with letting someone else treat the symptoms. Just how insane is this thinking when we deny a cheap toy to junior while we give away free syringes to junkies? What message does that send?
Now here's a disheartening thought that maybe the insurance companies hadn't thought of. With 25% of our youth being obese in all likelihood we of the older set will probably out live them. That will present a difficult situation of demographics. Like a country hit with war the bulk of the population would be either very young or very old. A perfect set up for total population control. The situation will not get better anytime soon either. As we keep moving away from physical labors to keep ourselves alive our bodies atrophy that much more. Soon keyboards and mice will be as antiquated as a slide rule. They are very close to computer interactions by thought. I could only imagine in a hundred years of inactivity of human blobs in mobile chairs. Remember it's only taken about 50 years to get to this point of obesity.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Snarky news you can't use

Prince William engaged
Who cares somebody pry him loose.

Beatles on Itunes
If you don't already have almost everything they did then Google it. It's out there somewhere.

Arms dealer whisked to America
Will they scramble and flambe him as well? Humm? The U.S. sells more arms than anyone on the planet. Eventually they land up being used on us and this is the bad guy?

Karzi calls on Taliban to join peace process
They'll join only if they can get a cut of the action. When you have a cash cow bogged down in your country you want to suck it dry before it wises up and leaves.

Building collapse in Delhi and a fire destroys a skyscraper in Shanghi.
They just don't teach construction trades like they used to. Codes? We just thought those were guidlines.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Endless Innuendos

And funny how no matter what obscure concept I look for in graphic form I manage to find at least one grunge or heavy metal band by that name. Don't believe me? Try it. Pick an idea any idea and do a Google image search.

Special thanks to the folks at Engrish for the borrowed images.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The solution that's been forgotten

Everybody whines about the defect and the national debt but nobody's willing to actually do something about it. As we all know there's only one way to pay it off and that's not by lowering taxes which has been done four major times under Bush and 16 times under Obama. Republicans keep screaming about spending increases but I haven't seen any increases that weren't paid for in the last two years. Most of the loans to the auto industry has been paid back. But then we have the Bush legacy to deal with. That would be two wars at over two trillion dollars. Then the medicare drug doughnut hole that wasn't paid for and of course the tax cuts for the wealthy and bank bail out.

Funny how some ten years ago somebody figured out a way to get out of this mess with the least amount of pain. A simple solution that I'm surprised nobody thought of it sooner. It involves just one red cent. By putting just a one penny tax on all the transactions at the stock exchanges we could pay off the entire debt and defect and have money left over. Each day on the Dow alone some 200+ million shares change hands. Just one penny per share would make all the difference. And that's just on one exchange. In just a few short years the debt would be gone. Then once we get to the positive side of the debt curve we could start really rebuilding this country. Imagine having a 14 trillion dollar surplus. We could have education and health care covered. We could be lending money to other countries instead of being beggars to China. No more scraping money together to fix a road or bridge or build a hospital. And with the debt paid off we could actually start lowering or eliminating other taxes. Let's see the republicans argue that one. Ladies and gentlemen we're not going to just lower your taxes we're going to eliminate them!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Flying Friday pussy

Pussy has no problem with turbines or bearing casings.

There. That aught to get some interesting site traffic.

Finally won something. Went to the annual turkey raffle at the hall last night and won a gift card. The dinner wasn't bad either. Prime rib, shrimp and chicken with salad was the main course with cake. I though there was a recession on. There is a lot of highway projects going on so I guess that's where they got their funds for the dinner bash. Funny how I was sitting there with a couple of guys who were in maximum shape bragging about lifting weights and which gym is the best. Thought to myself, I can just see them in about 20 or 30 years when their bodies are worn out and all they can talk about are the memories of what they did. Then there was one gal there bitching about being on a job that wasn't full scale. She also bitched when they put her on an easy job and wouldn't let her run some dangerous equipment. I'm thinking, you idiot you make one mistake with some machines and they'll take your leg right off. I've seen the best of workers get hurt with just one slip up. There are some machines that should not be operated by anyone who weighs less then say 185 lbs. and is in good shape. Come to think of it I've worked with this gal and had to redo most of her work. I think you know the type.

That's all for now. Bank fails later.
Brief update: This explains a few things - "$2B in federal projects for Washington contractors."

Bank fails - Three hit the skids 2 in GA and one in AZ.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The home fires went out.

The phrase "keep the home fires burning" came across my visual field this morning. I know what it means but its' history is a bit lost. The phrase was first used in a song during World War I but its' meaning goes back to colonial times. A fire that kept the house warm was very difficult to start. You couldn't pull out your Bic and fire up a presto log. You could go over to a neighbors' house and borrow some embers at the bottom of their fire place or if you were lucky enough to own a flint you could spend the better part of the morning trying to get some straw to ignite. It was therefore important to keep the fire burning 24/7. It meant the house was warm and food could be cooked over the open fire.

I've lost count of all the troops we now have over seas. They get rotated around in what appears to be never-ending wars. I'm sure they have a hope that sometime they'll be able to come home some day even after two three and four tours of duty. But come home to what? It's looking more and more like the home fires are dying. The home was foreclosed on and the occupants are living with relatives or under the overpass. Get a job? The factory was packed up and moved over seas. Munitions expert doesn't really translate well in todays' market. Nor does having to compete with six others for the same job.
We tend to focus on vets who didn't make it home both on this holiday and Memorial Day while forgetting so many out there on the streets who can't come back to the home fires.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cheap fixes

With winter headed our way, and I hear this could be a bad one, many out there are out stocking up on firewood and whatever else they burn in stoves these days. Last time I checked a cord of wood was over $100 but that was a few years ago. From what I've been told most people can burn two to three cords of wood over the winter. The reason I bring this up is that I finally got around to doing one of those jobs I've put off for quite some time. During some storms last winter I noticed a lot of air coming from a light switch near my back door. That's funny as I had installed a foam seal behind the switch cover some years back. So last week I pulled the trim boards on the outside wall and armed with $8 worth of spray foam and a tube of calk filled the gap at the top of the wall. I didn't notice any difference until last night when I ran the dryer. It got so hot in here I had to open the windows and crack the door.
My point in all this is that rather than spend hundreds of dollars on a heating bill each winter it's much cheaper to stop heat loss in the first place. Last winter I only had to run the heat a few times. With the latest fix it's 39 degrees outside and 73 degrees in here. Actually that's a little too warm for my liking.
Depending on your income the government will give you between $1500 and $6500 to weatherize your home. That covers double pane windows, added insulation, calking etc. This is a rebate of course but the savings can be substantial.

Monday, November 8, 2010

60 drops a minute

It doesn't sound like much but when you're talking about radioactive contaminated water it's a different matter. The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant had to be shut down with a small leaking pipe on Sunday. Technicians had to wait 13 hours for the system to cool before repairs could begin. The company that owns the power plant Entergy wants to extent its' license another 20 years. A few slight problems though. The plant has been cited for leak violations by the state environmental department and the governor is against relicensing the plant. That's not the fundamental and most important issue. The more important issue is that nuclear power plants have a 25 year life span thirty at max. This plant is almost 40 years old! In 2007 one of it's cooling towers collapsed due to corroded bolts and structural components.
And now the 64 thousand dollar question. The Vermont Yankee plant produces 35% of the states' electricity. It takes about 10 years to get a plant certified. There is no way it could remain functional long enough and hold until another plant was built. But this is just an indication of yet a larger problem. Most of the nuclear plants in this country were built over 30 years ago, many in the early 1970s. It's just a matter of time before they start to fail. This couldn't have come at a worse time. With republicans deeming such projects as pork (we saw that with the tunnel between NY and NJ) there'll be no federal funds for replacement or alternatives.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Well well well

The federal government has finally grown a pair and is going after some of these crooked bankers.

70 execs and employees to do the perp walk

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has authorized lawsuits against 70 officers, directors and employees of failed banks, in an effort to recover $2 billion.

And think about this for a second. Are these bankers any less worse than the terrorists? Grandma gets suckered into refinancing her homestead a couple of times because the bank says it can lower her rates and her payments will be smaller. The only thing is she'd have to live two life times to pay it off or even come close to the principle owing. Then when the instrument of financial destruction resets and her payments are more than double grandma has a heart attack when the mortgage comes due. These leeches have effectively sucked the house and her bank account right out from under her.

But this article is more about what's going on in the commercial sector. Companies are playing with funny figures to try and get the edge on the competition. It all worked well as long as the real estate market was going up but once the bottom fell out it was time to shut the casino. That is until the wall street boys who got the bail out were able to start the game all over again. If you think the game was changed with the financial reform bill you'd be wrong. Knowing how slow our government is to act on any situation these guys are cranking out the worthless paper as fast as they can before they get caught. When they do get that subpoena it'll be "that was standard industry practice". "Everybody was doing it so we assumed it was okay". Of course not in those very words.
And what about those legal eagles who are paid to make sure everything is on the up and up? Did they turn a blind eye to stuff their wallets with hourly fees and bonuses too? I think so because after all when they've created contracts that even a linguistics expert couldn't interpret, who's going to call them out on it?
But as we know none of those at the top will ever see the inside of a federal pen. It'll be some poor slob who's job it was to rubber stamp the paperwork at the denied direction of his boss. He'll be the one doing the hard time. His bosses will just ignore the whole process and eventually run for political office. These types of transgressions rarely make front page news unless of course the victims are wealthy in which case there'll be 60 minute exposes and at least one documentary on the History Channel.

What's the expression? "The more things change the more they remain the same".

Friday, November 5, 2010

It's friday and you know what that means

Radioactive rabbit trapped at nuclear reservation.
Yes the legacy of the cold war lives on at Hanford. How does this work you might ask? Simple. The ground water gets contaminated causing radioactive plants. Animals eat the plants and bingo you have glow in the dark critters running around. Coworkers who have worked there say that they even have radioactive tumbleweeds.

Random odd thoughts for a Friday
Nothing is indestructible. If their was such a material it couldn't be made into anything.

Why is it that you can overwater your lawn in the summer and it will turn brown but it can rain all winter with no ill effects?

How is insanity defined by the Tea Party?

If you were comparing the weight and color of cigarette lighters and the darker ones were heavier.
You could say the lighter lighter is lighter.

If we could capture the electrical and chemical impulses of the brain we could effectively record thoughts and memories.
Bank fails later.

If you're out and about this weekend and you run into a veteran buy him/her a beer. It's the least we can do. If he's the furry kind like veteran cat here a kitty treat will do.

UPDATE: Bank fails. Four banks hit the skids. Two in CA one in MD and one in WA. And the bad news two of the banks were commercial banks. Not a good sign.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dino Rossi three time loser

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Democrat Patty Murray has defeated Dino Rossi for the U.S. senate seat from Washington state. This will make the third time Rossi has lost in just the last few years. Defeated twice in races for governor by Christine Gregoire and now by Murray.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Will the last person leaving the U.S. please turn out the lights?

Seems some other people had caught on to my little plan. That'll teach me to spill the beans too soon.

Fifty Five million people have inquired about immigrating to from U.S. to Canada in the last 24 hours!

Wagons North!

Note to Canada: Fear not we're an older more mature group of immigrant and we bring with us what's left of our retirement funds and bank accounts.

Help I've been played like a fiddle. That's what happens when you get up too early. Okay back to bed. Hey wait that will mean my plan is still good. Oh you didn't hear that now did you?

So much for America

Now that the obstructionists have taken over let's see what they'll do to finish off the country. They think it's so easy to dig us out of this mess just by lowering taxes and cutting spending. This should be interesting. They said they wanted to keep the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. That would leave a 3 trillion dollar hole in the budget. Watch as your Social Security gets sucked into the rabbit hole of Wall Street. Your Medicare will be an IOU to the doctor and if you're a veteran and get injured good luck you'll be on your own.

I'd like everybody out there who's been out of work for a while or whose about to loose their house to pop a line their newly elected senator and badger him/her "Where's my job"? What are you going to do about the mortgage mess? Keep calling and emailing them just like they've done to us the last three months when they pleading for our vote. It's one thing to spout talking points of how you'd like things to be done. It's quite another to actually come up with a plan that would work.

Now if you'll excuse me I'll be busy checking with the Canadian embassy about their immigration policies. With luck I'll be sitting on a porch in B.C. watching this country collapse. Load your guns boys because when they get through stealing what you have left you'll be fighting for scraps.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Many years ago when republicans had an oz. of compassion left for the American people Richard Nixon started the EPA and Superfund. The reason was simple. An old abandoned canal in northern New York state was turned into a dumping ground for a combination of toxic wastes. As the pit eventually became filled it was covered with dirt because we all know the expression 'out of sight out of mind'. Unfortunately since nobody had bothered to line the pit the chemical soup leached into the ground and the ground water. The rest is history with children developing cancers and birth defects at an alarming rate. I went to school with one of these unfortunate fellows. Imagine going through life with hands but no arms. That was the legacy of the Love Canal.

Understand I'm no purest when it comes to chemicals. I realize that we can not live in a totally sterile environment devoid of harmful things but we sure are lacking in common sense sometimes. The problem lies in just how much of the pollution we inflict upon ourselves. It's been know for centuries that asbestos would kill you if breathed or ingested it in large quantities but nobody knows the exact amount that causes harm. I've noticed over two decades of removing the stuff that permitted exposures have gone down. If you think though that you can get away from this stuff by hiding in your home with the windows closed and the hospital HEPA filters cranked up on high think again. At any major intersection of any city or town car brakes are blasting out the toxic dust for all to enjoy.

Dioxin - Many of the chemicals we use in manufacturing are toxic but the worst ones have one characteristic that makes them stand out above the rest. They don't break down in the environment. It's a blessing and a curse. On the one hand it makes things very durable but on the other it tends to poison animals and living things. Makes for great bug killer but comes back to bite us in the rear later when it won't go away.
Dioxin or a form of it was used in Vietnam as a defoliant. Of the tons the military dumped on the country all of it is still there poisoning the soil and ground water. Tests in various animals show toxic effects at a broad range of exposures. Anywhere from 20 ug/kg up to 1000. So exactly where do we set our standards?
The reason I bring this up is that the EPA is about to change the standards for dioxin. Since 1998, the agency has regarded dioxin soil concentrations of less than 1,000 parts per trillion (ppt) as safe for residential areas. For commercial and industrial zones, 5,000 ppt to 20,000 ppt has been considered safe.
The proposed revisions would drop the safe levels to a fraction as much — 72 ppt for residential areas and 950 ppt for commercial and industrial sites.
I used to know the conversion from parts per million and trillion to milligram and micrograms per kilogram but I found it far easier just to read the surveys or lab reports and check them against a material safety data sheet (MSDS).

Unfortunately this issue will once again become a political football with the conservatives and chemical companies screaming about the costs. But I must ask. What are the real costs in terms of human life and health? Like it or not they land up paying in the end for short term profits.

Monday, November 1, 2010


I'm watching the demise of just about everything these days. Was this some cosmic perfect storm or something like that? Starting with my own surroundings I seem to be experiencing the end of all warrantees, the end of the lifespan of so many things. I realize all things must come to an end but do they have to converge seemingly all at once? Many things were once repairable have now become disposable. Is that also true with human beings? A shoe lace breaks, a toilet part wears out they've gotten too old and won't function. So we replace them. Time was we'd just mend them and be about our merry way until they could no longer do their duty. Maybe we find another use for the partial lace and it continues in a new career of holding up a stem. Not so with humans. We ship them off to the junk drawer of society. That is until they completely expire. I guess what I'm saying is that there are a whole bunch of people out here who haven't quite hit the age of the junk drawer but lost their function in life. Too young for the junk drawer but too old to be retooled for something else.

What's happening out there right now? The people they're looking for are the ones who find the jobs and coordinate the programs that get things going. But I have to ask where did they go if they're still needed? Did they retire or die?

In looking around the neighborhood and the area I'm seeing more and more decay. More empty houses and closed store fronts are blossoming like weeds in this urban landscape. So many are hanging by their fingernails as they slide into the pit of bankruptcy. Very quietly we're watching the slow death of America. You won't see much of this reality on TV these days, too grim and depressing. You don't need to send people to an island to see desperation it's right here in our own back yard. Flip on the financial channels and you may see a bit of fringe info about our predicament but for the most part its' fat cats and managers touting funds with no real money. You're seeing the feeble attempt to re leverage the financial markets. And while the casino stays open the games continue (24/7 you know) but this time the passerby gets his house pulled right out from under him. House always wins but now they're taking out spectators who weren't even in the game.

So that's where we are at present the grand decay of America. And you thought Halloween was over? Not by a long shot.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The last of my Halloween treats... witches

Three to be exact from Macbeth

1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—'tis time! 'tis time!
1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
3 WITCH. Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches' mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg'd i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingrediants of our caldron.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Stay warm and have a Happy Halloween. And no Shaking your Spear Billy.
Get it Shake Spear. Oh never mind.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

In keeping with my theme

Run for your lives there's a terrorist under your bed! But it's too late to use this as some political football. We know if the rethugs were in power they'd be shoving it in your face how you'd better be very afraid and vote for them cause they'll protect you from those evil doers. But they can't because the system that's been put in place after 911 actually works. It's not perfect by any means but it does work. This is their third open try to get at us and they failed. The shoes and underpants didn't work. Their only success in this was tying up a whole bunch of security personnel which is really a good thing because it keeps them on their toes. What you don't see everyday are the number of suspicious packages and backpacks that get blown up by the bomb squad at airports. For a while when I worked there it was becoming quit common and barely made the news. And as for trying something funny at an American airport forget it. You can't scratch your ear without somebody seeing you and having you on tape.

A strange infestation descended on Washington DC today. A sea of humanity from all walks of life crowded the Capitol Mall and for a few short hours forgot the troubles of the day, No real agenda other than to celebrate a few of our common positive qualities. Some positive songs from groups like Roots, the OJs and the former Cat Stevens, an uplifting speech or two and awards for sanity in the face of adversity. Fear was put in it's place with the snark of Colbert. Jon Stewart restored reason with the cool logic as only he can.

One credit union went under on Friday. Union Credit Union of Spokane. It was the first credit union to go belly up in the state in 15 years.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Time for the Friday pussy

Need to be careful when searching for Halloween pussy pictures. Optimum word there being kitty and not pussy.

Strangely enough at one time the Japanese were buying our garbage. Now we're taking garbage from China. Hey guys keep your own damn garbage. Learn recycling like the U.S. and the Japanese.

Satan must be chortling in his comfy realm just look at our world. North and South Korea shooting at each other, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, oil spills, chemical spills, ministers calling for assassinations, senate candidates calling for armed insurrection, campaign leaders stomping on heads, police kicking and beating innocent people, racial slurs of all manner. It's as if the world were setting up for world war three. A movie producer wouldn't make this movie because he'd think nobody would believe it yet here it is happening before our very eyes in real life. Shootings and kidnappings and rapes and murders and it's funny how it's never happened here before or he was such a nice person never hurt anyone always kept to himself or she was an A student and everybody liked her. So it makes me wonder has Satan flung open the doors of Bedlam and let his minions run wild?

Now what did you just say to me you #%@$!!! ?

Filed under: Lack of a good idea for a Friday post (so what's it to you?!!!)
Bank fails later but who the hell cares unless it's your bank.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Continuing with my snarky trend...mummies

What Sara Palin or Christine O'Donnell will look like in a few years. At present they are in their zombie state controlled by their handlers at the RNC. They'd like you to believe that they are autonomous but that would not be the case. Mere shills for corporate America they feast on dollars hand fed like tanna leaves. Roaming the land looking for new converts from the uneducated and fearful they fool their prey into dressing in three corner hats and instill a nirvana of life just after 1776 that was in actuality a harder life than anything we could imagine today. Little do people remember that just getting water in that day and age involved humping two 40 lb. containers sometimes up hill. In short the era they wish to relive was no picnic. Yes we could go back to an era closely aligned to camping but they fail to realize that this would be no one week gig. No going back to the four bedroom with cable or dish in every room.
Someone once called them the "something for nothing crowd". How appropriate. They think that we can somehow magically educate our masses without an educational system for all. Not that it's doing well at present but it is a base for what we have. We have seen the bar lowered to a point where workers are unable to function at a basic level. And the result of our dumbed down system are the politicians like Palin and O'Donnell we see today and yet they'd want nothing more than the same or worse. If they don't want an education system or a safety net for grandma or health care for all then I just have to ask what they'd be willing to pay for. A nation doesn't function very well with a "I've got mine the hell with you" attitude. We've seen that in South America and several other places around the world. Would they really like living in a gated community with armed guard hoping their kids don't get kidnapped?
And what they fail to realize is that when they were growing up daddy had his medical coverage paid for by his company that covered the whole family. And there were no deductibles back then.
All the school field trips were paid for because our taxes paid for them just bring a brown bag lunch. So the time they long for was actually paid for by taxes yet they seemed to have forgotten that little fact.
They'll continue their mantra as long as the tanna cash keeps coming but once the luster wanes and people realize that sister Sara and Crissy have sold a fake dream they'll land up like a forgotten reality show roaming mummy of last season. They did their dance and it may have been an amusing distraction for about five minutes but now it's time to get down to the real business of the nation.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Voter Alert !

Due to the expected large voter turn out a special day has been added to the normal election day of November 2. In order to expedite the vote counting process all voters voting with the Democratic party will now be required to have their votes in on November 2. All voters voting with the Republican party will now be casting their votes on November 3. Independent voters wishing to cast their ballots favoring one of these two parties should cast their vote on November 2 for the Democrats or on November 3 for the Republicans.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The monster after the election

Republicans have said what they'll do after the elections if they win...Nothing! They would pass no legislation and shut down our government. Think about that for a minute folks. It would mean no social security checks sent out, no unemployment and no medicare or medicaid payments. You want to talk about a depression that would surely do it. They've basically done nothing the last year and a half except block legislation and call everybody else names. Nice work if you can get it. Get paid for sitting on your butt heckling any ideas. Submit a four page budget that's nothing more than more tax cuts for the wealthy. If we needed a professional heckler I'm sure we could get Don Rickles much cheaper. So like our friend in the photo we'll have walking trees with a smart ass attitude. Imagine hiring a contractor like that who did no work and told you you didn't know what you were talking about when you told him the problem and suggested some solutions? You'd put the Trump moves on him faster than stink on ....
Why do they hate America? Is the lust for money and power that great? Were they so crushed when we voted them out because they didn't stand for American values of fairness and opportunity? Sorry guys none of us are for preemptive wars no matter what you think. You take fringe issues and try to turn us against ourselves. You've used the fear card so often it has no meaning or punch anymore.
Sorry guys but this is one tree I'm not going to hug.

In other news I've noticed that many of the bloggers in my side bar seemed to have fallen off the earth. It may be that they are ill or have other pressing family matters. For that I wish them the best. It seems odd though that so many would just fall off the radar in just the last week. Again I wish them well. Drop us a line when you get the chance.