Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Friday, November 11, 2005

Ran Out of Gas

I'll leave it at what little has been posted here and say good night to this not-too-often visited site. In short, I just got tired of the rage and decided I had better things in my life than anger. I'm focusing on my wife, my kid, and our collective future instead of the stupidity of the public to have elected a moron into the WH in 2000, re-elected him in 2004, and the 38% (depending on which poll one reads) that still think he's okay. We'll get over it as a nation albeit a much more isolated, much less respected, and much less followed place. This is probably best for the world as unipolarity only works when the single power works for the beneficence of all. For the time being, I will follow the news but try to keep the rage ncheck because I simply have too much good in my life.

Ciao!

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Could This Be A New Distraction?

Abkhazia claims it is separate from Georgia and the Russians back them. The US, and most of the rest of the world, says that Abkhazia is part of Georgia and supports their claim. Recently, Georgia named an avenue after George W. Bush. Also recently, a large oil field was found in the Black Sea off the coast of Abkhazia.

Any ideas on what may happen? Anyone want to buy a house along the coast of Abkhazia, near a town called Gutauta? My mother-in-law may be looking to sell.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

I'll Post It Here

Since right wingers are generally spineless, I'll post a comment I left at GOP Bloggers (which they will hold until they reject it or approve it - cute, eh, that so many nutsos from the right are afraid of dissent and reason). They yap about why anyone who opposes the war must be treasonous by default. I think the writer states that it is the only logical conclusion to be reached about those opposed to the stupidity W marched us into back in March of 2003. In any event, the writer says:

"...our continued fight for victory..."

To which I reply:

That's one of the funniest but true statements I've heard from a nutcase in many years. Now, you mention that this is about the liberation of Iraq early on although that had little to nothing at all to do with the reason we went in in the first place. But, then you get around to the right-wing truth. In short, "we don't know what we're fighting for but by god we'd sure better win." Funny stuff!! And, oh so sad at the same time, given the lives lost in this lost war for countless, shifting, lost reasons.
Okay, I'm not, Digby or Billmon, but I like to have fun too.

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Subterfuge

Lack of posting lately due to a distinct lack of inspiration about much of anything.

Nevertheless...

In using the language of helping the poor and addressing inequality, Bush, or rather Rove, is trying to set us all up, as usual. By not necessarily looking for pain somewhere else in the budget and not considering any tax-cut repeals or tax rises, they are attempting to “prove” that government spending is not the answer to addressing inequalities in our society. The right has been saying it for a long time and now they have a laboratory in which to show that they have been right all these years. By putting the foxes in charge of the henhouse and by pushing the budget deficit to danger levels, they will use this as a cudgel in their attempt to destroy social spending by saying, “See?! We have been telling you all along that it doesn’t work and now, even with the GOP in charge*, you can see that the federal government simply cannot be effective in attempting the social prerogatives of the left.”

* Your mileage may vary.


Forgot to note that I cross-posted this at Daily Kos under a fake name. Damned protocol.

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

We Are So Fucked

David Sirota nails it.

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Decisions

The Hard Way: enforce international trade agreements or don't trade with countries that can't make it work. Make countries respect the rights of workers, give workers living wages, offer retirement benefits and health care. Enforce environmental and safety standards so people aren't dying, or being crippled, from preventable, hazardous conditions.

The Easy Way: ensure that your own country has enough poor people, and few enough regulations, that your economy can compete with those that employ slave labor and force people to live on less than 1000 calories a day, with those whose water supplies are poisonous and air is suffocating.

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How About This?

Don't say those two words. Yes, they are unconstitional but, while we are in the process of trying to nail the far right's coffin shut in the midst of the nation's awakening to the fact that they obviously can't govern, save it for the days when the adults are back in charge and all we have to worry about is some tumult over a blue dress.

That was my answer 20+ years ago. It wasn't too comfortable in a place like Virginia Beach but at least the place wasn't as looney as it is now. There is no legal compunction to say those two words. So, don't say them. The rest of it is okay even if forced patriotism gives you the willies.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Вонючка

Stephen Fry lays out a beauty and, being Fry, it obviously compels me to quote from the greatest British comedy ever.

"Sorry about the pong you fellows, trod in a Boche and can’t get rid of the whiff."

And this, in turn, leads me to watch the episode on the DVD collection that ConnMan gave to me a few years back. Watching it comes the following hilariously (sadly?) apt quote from the same episode.

"Yes, that’s the spirit, George. If nothing else works, then a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through."

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Suck On This

Publius, last week, nails one truly well to the wall. The GOP endorsed the bullshit about which they are now so loudly complaining. Any time one party has as close to absolute rule as the GOP currently does, that party gets to set the rules of the game. The non-GOP majority, which is also unfortunately a voting minority, is simply playing by the current rules.

Suck on that, you ninnies!

P.S. - I should add that my inspiration for referring to this was the premise that penguins are now GOP posterchildren.

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

For Neil Shakes: this is the one to which I referred earlier

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What Does It Mean?

Okay, I had a nice long spiel about what Yuschenko's sacking means for the governance of Ukraine but Blogger ate it (as it often does when you try to highlight the full text of what you have just written). So, in brief: Yuschenko is an idiot to have released Tymoshenko and he is being played by Poroshenko who knows about too many of the skeletons in Yuschenko's closet. Poroshenko is a fat/corrupt fuck who has his own little mafia.

As I've said before, Yuschenko is no angel. Tymoshenko is the closest Ukraine has seen in its government. While she may be too populist for most capitalists, she knows better what needs to be done and won't be swayed by corruption to get off track modernizing Ukraine. Without her, Yuschenko will most likely fail.

Bad lesson here for any of the countries in Russia's sphere who may be leaning democratic because Russia will use this to say to everyone, "We told you so," and the anti-democratic forces in these countries will be emboldened by the failure here and the support they will receive from Russia.

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