Friday, September 19, 2008

Many Happy Returns (w/ Receipt Only)

Happy Birthday to us, & (tomorrow) to Sophia Loren.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Right Wing "Mind" at Work & "Play"

So. A Republican dilrod who favors bombing Iran "because they threaten Israel," had a grand ol' time in the wilds of Minneapolis during the Republican National Convention. Would this be one of those "character & judgment" deals? You know, the kind of person who thinks imperialism is funny is the kind of person who gets ripped-off by the first semi-attractive woman who tells him to get undressed.
"Less taxes and more war," he said, smiling. He said the U.S. should "bomb the hell" out of Iran because the country threatens Israel. Asked by the interviewer how America would pay for a military confrontation with Iran, he said the U.S. should take the country's resources. "We should plant a flag. Take the oil, take the money," he said. "We deserve reimbursement." A few hours after the interview, an unknown woman helped herself to Schwartz's resources.
We'll take any scrap of justice we can get. Or a peek at this toad on video.
In his interview on LinkTV, Schwartz seemed opinionated and passionate. He said an attack on Iran was needed to protect Israel, and he offered how it could be accomplished through "strategical airstrikes." "Hopefully, just bomb the hell out of them from the sky. No troops," he said. Schwartz was asked if he had a message to the protesters who filled the streets of downtown St. Paul. "Get a job," he replied.
No wonder women tell him to get undressed all the time. W/ a sense of humor like that, he must be catnip to the ladies.

The House of Cards Collapses Again, We Lead The Cheers

We mentioned in passing that we had left "the market" entirely. All markets. No more self-whoring in the world of employment. No financial instruments. No investments, other than in meals & clothing. Y'know, living under the radar, off the grid & in a state of eco-oneness w/ the planet, if not the world of hate, pain, fear & rage that's been constructed atop the planet. So we were quite happy to see what we'd avoided.
Giant blue-chip financial institutions swept away in a matter of days. Banks refusing to lend to other banks. Russia closing its stock market to stop the panicked selling. Gold soaring $70 in a single trading session. Developing countries' currencies in a free fall. Money-market funds warning they might not be able to return every dollar invested. Daily swings of three, four, five hundred points in the Dow Jones industrial average. What we are witnessing may be the greatest destruction of financial wealth that the world has ever seen -- paper losses measured in the trillions of dollars. Corporate wealth. Oil wealth. Real estate wealth. Bank wealth. Private-equity wealth. Hedge fund wealth. Pension wealth. It's a painful reminder that, when you strip away all the complexity and trappings from the magnificent new global infrastructure, finance is still a confidence game -- and once the confidence goes, there's no telling when the selling will stop.
Yep, the whole thing based on humanoids & their simian emotional responses. That's an excellent idea, isn't it? We can't tell you how happy we are that many have lost trillions of $ (on paper). If only there were a way to extract lbs. of flesh from these con men & women. Hell, let's start w/ kilograms rather than lbs. How's the entire ugly mess going to end? Not well.
In the end, however, there is only so much the government can borrow and so much the government can do. The only other choice is for Americans to finally put their spending in line with their incomes and their need for long-term savings. For any one household, that sounds like a good idea. But if everyone cuts back at roughly the same time, a recession is almost inevitable. That's a bitter pill in and of itself, involving lost jobs, lower incomes and a big hit to government tax revenues. But it could be serious trouble for regional and local banks that have balance sheets loaded with loans to local developers and builders who will be hard hit by an economic downturn. Think of that, says Dugger, as the inevitable second round of this financial crisis that, alas, still lies ahead.
Are you ready to suffer for your sins yet, AmeriKKKan sheep?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Annals of Competitive Capitalism

In the grand old "If two blades are better than one, five should be a real killer!!" tradition of advertising, marketing & consumption (Remember when "consumption" was a bad thing, meaning that your lungs were being eaten away by the tee bee? No longer. Now you saps are consuming yourselves like animals chewing off their own legs to escape a trap.) we are given three-ply toilet paper. As a person who uses plenty of tee pee & has a sphincter as sensitive as the rest of our psyche, we don't see what the big deal is. Three-ply would appear to be a no-brainer. Maybe the story is what took them so long. From the AP, via, here are the best two paragraphs of the four paragraph story:
The new product will be launched Monday. The company touts the toilet tissue as "ultra-soft" and says it plans to market the product to women 45 and older who view their bathroom as a "sanctuary for quality time." Industry analyst Bill Schmitz is skeptical. He said extra layers make toilet paper stronger, not softer, although he said Georgia Pacific may have added extra fibers for softness.
Imagine: You are a woman. (Or any other sort of humanoid.) You are 45 (or older). Your bathroom is your "quality time" sanctuary. This, by the way, is why assisted suicide is not popular w/ the power structure. If your life were thus, you'd be first in line at the euthanasia center, wouldn't you? Thereby ending your usefulness to the corporate or small business structure. Of course, you 'd have to be fairly intelligent, or at least unable to lie to yourself, to realize how horrid your life was.

The Filthy World of Politics & "Personal Treason"

Yesterday, Jonah Goldberg, in his weekly waste of newsprint, spent his entire column on an Obama campaign advert, as if it were a lie or something, & not very effective, either. Unnoticed (certainly unmentioned) by Mr. Goldberg was the non-stop barrage of lies, more lies, & damned lies issuing from the McCain-Palin campaign, lies about Sen. Obama, lies that Gov. Sarah Pitbull tells about herself, and just bullshit in general. Today at the WaPo, one of their house flunkies examined Sen. McCain & his recent record. As always, the juiciest parts may be found here.
"I broke my promise to always tell the truth," McCain said. Now he has broken that promise so completely that the John McCain of old is unrecognizable. He has become the sort of politician he once despised.
That's where one may first notice that Mr. Cohen is a Broderesque fool. There's only one sort of politician, and that would be a "politician." Their very motives (greed, lust, power, self-aggrandizement, ad nauseum) are suspect, as are those of an op-ed writer who thinks some of them are somehow special or different. Ninny!!
I am one of the journalists accused over the years of being in the tank for McCain. Guilty. Those doing the accusing usually attributed my feelings to McCain being accessible. This is the journalist-as-puppy school of thought: Give us a treat, and we will leap into a politician's lap. Not so. What impressed me most about McCain was the effect he had on his audiences, particularly young people. When he talked about service to a cause greater than oneself, he struck a chord. He expressed his message in words, but he packaged it in the McCain story -- that man, beaten to a pulp, who chose honor over freedom. This had nothing to do with access. It had to do with integrity.
Can Mr. Cohen can even define "integrity" any more, let alone point to anyone, in any sort of public life, who can stake the slightest claim to said quality? (Which, regular readers of this screed will recall, is one of those vague concepts such as "honor," "courage" & "patriotism" that have never truly meant much, & have had most of their actual meaning taken from them through their constant repetition by those who should be the very last to invoke them.)
McCain has soiled all that. His opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir -- the person in whose hands he would leave the country -- is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.
Here's where you don't get it/them at all, Mr. C. (This is also a condition that occurs in law-enforcement & security/intelligence agencies. The country must be saved, and we are the best agency/group/person to do it, therefore it is as important to national survival to jostle for precedence, not share information, & so on, w/ competitors on our side, as it is to deal w/ the enemy without.) Sen. McCain probably believes that Sen. Obama really is a stealth Marxist-Muslim dying to turn us over to the Saudis (oh, wait...) & whatever he does against Obama is justified. Or he's yet another Republican simpleton who's turned his campaign over to clowns who'll only be remembered if they "win," not how. Either way, he's a lying sack of shit. Sen. Obama? They haven't caught him in any whoppers yet. Except when he denies his Muslim Marxism.

Life in the Off-RampFast Lane

Hokey Smokes, what a day!! Awakened barely in time to bus quickly to the Tar Pits, in search of cash, & just made it. In the back of our mind, worried because the cable wasn't on when we left. (Did our kind & generous housers forget to pay the bill? Mere technical difficulties? Has it been decided there'll be no more free – if only basic, non-digital – cable for the recently unhoused & still disturbed? This sort of thing will really disturb us! And, we just spent $17.00 + change on a universal remote to make the freaking telebision set work adequately. Damn.) The economic crisis or whatever it is that seems to be occurring is of no importance to us, as we are informed by Sen. McCain that the fundamentals of our economy are sound, so there's nothing to worry about there. (And, of course, we made the decision to get out of the market – the job market, that is!! – well in advance of this meltdown. All we can say to those seeking financial advice & future retirement security is: arm yourself & threaten someone. If you don't go directly to jail, w/o passing "go" & collecting $200, but instead find yourself in the wig house, you're half way to a successful retirement!!) Indeed, the only worrisome thing (besides the cable) is the possibility that McCain & his creationist sidekick, Mme. Moose-Murderer, may be "elected" come Nov., & would then have an actual say in the fundamentals of our economy. (Could affect our Social Security.)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Anti-Capitalist Party

After much well-deserved time off, we return w/ "hope" (that amorphous, meaningless concept) from our French siblings-in-revolution (well, cousins, at least) as "profiled" in Sat.'s NYT. Here's all you really need to know:
In the 2007 presidential election, Mr. Besancenot won 4.1 percent of the vote with the slogan, “Our lives are worth more than their profits.” But in the year since, as the Socialist Party has squabbled over its leadership and Mr. Sarkozy has picked off a few Socialist figures for his own cabinet, the young radical has become almost mainstream — serious surveys show that more than 60 percent of the French regard him favorably. [...] So he is trying to gather other small, left-wing parties into a new grouping: the New Anti-Capitalist Party, which is intended to provide an umbrella voting list for those unhappy with the impact of capitalism and globalization on the poor, the environment, the third and fourth worlds, and on the rights of women and homosexuals.
Huh? "Fourth world?" We were recently wondering what exactly had happened to the "second world" of "communist" gummints, now we find a "fourth world?"

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Annals of Lumber

We didn't dare publish anything yesterday, Sat. the 13th being too close to Fri. the 13th. Besides, between the hideous Metrolink accident & George ("It is this reporter's opinion...") Putnam dying, events have been just too overwhelming for us to add anything. As for now, "Be vewy quiet, we'uh sweeping."