Tuesday, April 7, 2009
While the crisis may have begun in New York, it will likely find its fullest bloom in the interior of the country—in older, manufacturing regions whose heydays are long past and in newer, shallow-rooted Sun Belt communities whose recent booms have been fueled in part by real-estate speculation, overdevelopment, and fictitious housing wealth. These typically less affluent places are likely to become less wealthy still in the coming years, and will continue to struggle long after the mega-regional hubs and creative cities have put the crisis behind them.Our heart pumps piss for the poor bastards & their fictitious housing wealth. "Ain't that a shame," as Fats Domino would have it.
Yet the boom itself neither followed nor resulted in the development of sustainable, scalable, highly productive industries or services. It was fueled and funded by housing, and housing was its primary product. Whole cities and metro regions became giant Ponzi schemes. [...] Will people wash out of these places as fast as they washed in, leaving empty sprawl and all the ills that accompany it? Will these cities gradually attract more businesses and industries, allowing them to build more-diverse and more-resilient economies? Or will they subsist on tourism—which may be meager for quite some time—and on the Social Security checks of their retirees? No matter what, their character and atmosphere are likely to change radically.The entire article is actually interesting; its major thrust is that what we've known for the last seventy-odd yrs. is over, baby!
Some cities and regions will eventually spring back stronger than before. Others may never come back at all. As the crisis deepens, it will permanently and profoundly alter the country’s economic landscape. I believe it marks the end of a chapter in American economic history, and indeed, the end of a whole way of life.That's your life (maybe even lives) bourgeois pigs/suburban scumbags!
Monday, April 6, 2009
By LEON WATSON
A SEX-STARVED woman has undergone a painful two-hour op to remove a giant PINE CONE.
Surgeons have revealed embarrassed spinster Mirjana Gavaric is recovering after getting steamy with the seedy item in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.
Dr Sava Bojovic explained: “She was lonely and she took a pine cone from a tree and unfortunately it got stuck and she needed surgery to get it out.”
By all accounts, she did have a TREE-mendous time with it though.
Bachmann’s record in Congress is not one of a representative whose district faces such a crisis. Bachmann hasn’t authored or sponsored any legislation to assist homeowners facing foreclosure, but she has co-sponsored 14 bills to restrict abortions and five to promote Christianity in government.You go, girl! Gettin' it done! Saving the American dream from the money-changers!
“Because of CRA," Bachmann said, “[President Bill Clinton] turned the two quasi-private, mortgage-funding firms into a semi-nationalized monopoly that dispensed cash to markets, made loans to large Democrat [sic] voting blocs and handed favors, jobs and money to political allies. This potential mix led inevitably to corruption and the Fannie-Freddie collapse. “Loans started being made on the basis of race, and often little else,” she said.Bear in mind she's reading from that unimpeachable source, Investors Business Daily. Never had an original idea herself, apparently.
Gun enthusiasts of all stripes were there — from the National Rifle Association and sportsmen to militia members to white supremacists and Obama birthers.That's quite a spectrum of stripes there. Wasn't just any old gun event either, but a Machine Gun Shoot! Dave types: "Some of the better merchandise from the exhibit tens [sic]. This one says “Prepare for Obama’s Citizen Army (ACORN + Nation of Islam)”Plenty of Nazi/Hitler memorabilia, right next to the "Obama is Hitler" merch. This takes the classic "I'm not saying Hitler was right, but I'm not saying he was wrong, either," to a new level.
The United States Northern Command, based in Colorado Springs, issued a statement on Sunday that portrayed the launching as a major failure. It based its information on a maze of federal radars, spy ships and satellites that monitor global missile firings. The command said that North Korea launched a Taepodong-2 missile at 11:30 a.m. Sunday local time, or 10:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, and that its first stage fell into the Sea of Japan, which analysts had expected as the point of splashdown in a successful launching. However, “the remaining stages, along with the payload itself, landed in the Pacific Ocean,” the statement said. Analysts had expected the rocket’s second stage to land in the Pacific but its third stage and its ostensible satellite payload to fly into space. The command emphasized that “no object entered orbit,” apparently a reference to both the rocket’s third stage as well as the supposed satellite.Well, D. L., we'll be the first to tell you that you just can't win them all.
The launching itself of the three-stage rocket on Sunday, which the North Korean government portrayed as a success — even bragging that the supposed satellite payload was now broadcasting patriotic tunes from space — outraged Japan and South Korea, led to widespread rebuke by President Obama and other leaders, and prompted the United Nations Security Council to go into an emergency session.Hey, whether the damn thing worked or not, it drummed up a load of hysteria among the sour-pusses in the "international community," didn't it? And that's at least half your game, right?
Preliminary figures being released by the government Monday show that 37,313 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year. That's 9.1 percent lower than the year before, when 41,059 died, and the fewest since 1961, when there were 36,285 deaths.Still more impressive than the twenty thousand or so annual firearm deaths. But no figures on the walking (or not) dead from accidents. Or ammunition.
"The silver lining in a bad economy is that people drive less, and so the number of deaths go down," said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "Not only do they drive less but the kinds of driving they do tend to be less risky — there's less discretionary driving."Sounds like more mouths to feed to us. Remember, every silver lining is surrounded by a dark, impenetrable wall of cloudy matter.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Each entered the national consciousness when he picked up a gun and ended multiple lives. Uyesugi, 1999, Hawaii office building, seven dead. Hawkins, 2007, Nebraska shopping mall, nine dead. Barton, Ratzmann and Stewart — 24 dead among them in 1999 (Atlanta brokerage offices), 2005 (Wisconsin church service) and last week (North Carolina rehab center). Each has been largely forgotten as the parade of multiple killings in America melts into an indistinguishable blur. We bemoan, we mourn, we move on.Guess so. Might even be the sensible course. It never stops (Has there been a Sunday-go-to-meeting shooting today?) but there's nothing that can be easily done about it, so we do our best to step over it, as if it were a homeless type napping in a doorway, & go on w/ our business of destroying the continent (if not the whole world) our ancestors stole for us by murdering & then marginalizing the original inhabitants.
Even in a media-saturated nation that encourages short memories, these numbers are conversation-stopping: Forty-seven people dead in the past month in American mass shootings and their aftermaths.Not yet on the author's radar as he typed: The man in Washington state who plugged his five children & himself on Saturday, because his wife was dropping him like the hot potato he turned out to be. (No word yet on his employment status.)
Put aside for a moment the debate over guns. This isn't about policy. It's about asking the urgent question: What is happening in the American psyche that prevents people from defusing their own anguish and rage before they end the lives of others? Why are we killing each other?It's who we are & it's what we do, to coin two perfectly awful phrases. We've no idea who or what Ted Anthony is, other than AP National Writer, but we don't see much analysis going on here. Shouldn't the AP's "National Writer" have noticed that we are, as Frank Zappa put it, a "scab of a nation/driven insane?"
For so long, the national narrative has been so bullish about equality of opportunity, so persuasive in its romance of possibility for all.Who could have been persuaded by such a bald-faced lie? State Lottery players & bitter gun-clingers are high on the list. Not that it makes a hell of a difference if you're force-fed the impossible dream, or confronted w/ the grim truth of the system from the first day of school, either way you're crushed. If anything, deluding the proles that "working hard," ad nauseum, will result in anything more than harder work for them seems to lead to trouble.
"The big picture is that, currently, there is not one single state legislative or congressional district that has a majority of the voters registering Republican," says Allan Hoffenblum, who just finished an analysis for the California Target Book, a nonpartisan publication that regularly analyzes state congressional and legislative races.Not much, if you're a Republican, & want to keep that family values image. The Democrats think they can push some Republican raptors closer to extinction, & have targeted eight California Congressional Districts where Obama won last November. (We just don't get the cognitive dissonance involved in that, but the humanoid mind never fails to astound, amaze & amuse us, when we're not horrified by its possibilities.) Fortunately for the Republicans. they won't have to change their rallying cry. They'll still be able to whine that it was Un-Real Americans who cheated them of victory.
"Republican registration in California is dropping like a rock. "There's a large slice of voters there being turned off by the Republican Party," said Hoffenblum. "What's really hurting them there is an increase in middle-class Asian and Latino voters - and they're not voting Republican. They're registering decline-to-state.And they'll decline-to-vote for the wretched old guy whining about taxes, & how they should work more overtime to pay the mortgages on their de-valued houses.
California GOP state Chair Ron Nehring says Democrats won't find their work easy. He notes that none of the eight districts will have an open seat in 2010, giving all eight GOP incumbents a huge advantage. And 2010 "is on track to be a 'correction' election where the opposition party picks up seats ... as voters correct for Democrats' overreaching," he said. Hoffenblum observes that Democrats will have an even tougher job if they fail to offer more centrist candidates to appeal to the all-important decline-to-state middle ground. But California Republicans, he said, haven't shown they are focused on the job, either. "They're too busy recalling all those (moderate Republican) legislators to do something about it," Hoffenblum said. "It's a sign of a party in decline - they're eating their own."The All-American Killer Diet; heavy on the fats & starches. Imagine eating this monstrosity, Representative Ken Calvert of Norco, Corona & Riverside.
In recent times top American intelligence officials have told Congress they believe Mr. Kim is back in charge of the country, but they admit considerable mystery surrounds the question of whether he has regained all of his faculties.
David C. Wright, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a private group in Cambridge, Mass., [who] said the North Korean rocket might be able to lift a small satellite of 220 pounds into an orbit some 250 miles high. If used as a ballistic missile, he added, the rocket might throw a warhead of 2,200 pounds to a distance of some 3,700 miles — far enough to hit parts of Alaska.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Ahmanson, who was born to and inherited great wealth, has spent a lifetime trying to figure out what to do with his good fortune. It has been, at times, a burden of guilt, complicated by a lonely childhood. He also has Tourette's syndrome, which has contributed to his reclusiveness. [...] One can't mention Ahmanson without also discussing his association with Calvinist theologian R.J. Rushdoony, who believed in a literal application of biblical teachings and is credited with inspiring the Christian home-schooling movement.Well, that's putting it mildly. Old Rushdoony's "literal application of biblical teachings" includes the stoning (to death) of "homosexuals" & many other harsh biblical favorites. "Association with," of course, means financing the old bastard's fantasies of theocracy.
Just as news breaks that political fundraising is down for both parties, Republicans have lost one of their more generous contributors.Which brings us to Ms. Parker's column this Sunday. Some of the more intelligent (it's all relative) may have realized that there was an indeed an election (Just last November, wasn't it?) & their lunch was handed to them by quite a margin, a fact seemingly lost on many on the right who are still shouting about "the usurper Obama," the monolithic mainstream media giving the election away, and the country somehow having been taken from them, ad nauseum.
The older generation, represented by such icons as James Dobson, who recently retired as head of Focus on the Family, has compromised too much, according to a growing phalanx of disillusioned Christians. Pragmatically speaking, the Christian coalition of cultural crusaders didn't work. For proof, one need look no further than Dobson himself, who was captured on tape recently saying that the big cultural battles have all been lost.(Really? There was some sort of Xmas a couple of months ago, wasn't there? Or did they lose that war, & we're remembering an earlier Xmas? Or was the war for Xmas not one of the "big cultural battles?" It certainly seemed important at the time. )
For Christians such as Moore -- and others better known, such as columnist Cal Thomas, a former vice president for the Moral Majority -- the heart of Christianity is in the home, not the halls of Congress or even the courts. And the route to a more moral America is through good works -- service, prayer and education -- not political lobbying.Back to how they plied their scam prior to the Moral Majority & other such naked grabs at political power, in other words. Someday they may even realize that the economic policies pursued by their partners in repression from the Country Club/Wall Street section of the Big Republican Tent are infinitely more anti-family than anything the Gawd Squadders have imagined concerning welfare, "gay agendas," sex on tee vee or McDonna. Billionaire Ahmanson is fine w/ his former party's realignment.
He did make some observations about the GOP, however, and said he sees the party's current problems as tension between "the upscales and the downscales" -- the upper middle classes and the lower middle classes. "If I were in the GOP, I'd advocate the party should be downscaling." Heading, that is, toward a populist position.Ah, more tea-parties? Sober, cloth-coated Republicans standing up against Wall St. excess? Would-be small business owners? (Sam the not-licensed plumber, baby!) Smart-assery aside, that's not necessarily a good thing for the Islamo-Marxist-Leninist conspiracy here. A (Dare we say it?) center-right party, lighter on the self-righteousness, and at paying more current lip service to middle-class economic concerns wouldn't be unappealing to certain reactionary elements. (That is, middle-class sheep, as they are fondly called around here. Especiallly as their world of debt & home equity collapses around them.)
Whether James Dobson's admission of failure -- or Deace's challenges to Minnery -- foretells a crackup of the older Christian right remains to be seen. But something is stirring, and it sounds like the GOP may be losing its bailout money. God apparently has his own stimulus plan.Oh, let's do!
"You have the choice between a way that works and brings no credit or money or national attention," says Thomas. "Or, a way that doesn't work that gets you lots of attention and has little influence on the culture."
It is hard to imagine a political talk show without a self-appointed moral arbiter bemoaning the lack of family values in America. But, do let's try.
The gunman who killed 13 people in a rampage at an immigrant community center and then committed suicide was wearing body armor, indicating he was prepared to battle with law enforcers, the Binghamton police chief said Saturday.As was today's, in Pittsburgh, PA, per Police Chief Nate Harper.
Poplawski was wearing a bulletproof vest, armed with a high-powered assault rifle and a pistol, and had a significant amount of ammunition as he fired a weapon out of his window.A friend of suspect Poplawski revealed another indication of trouble to come: Failure at the Internet.
Vire, 23, said Poplawski once had an Internet talk show but that it wasn’t successful. Vire said Poplawski had an AK-47 rifle and several powerful handguns, including a .357 Magnum.Not a good cocktail. Add a dash of bitters,
Another friend, Joe DiMarco, said Poplawski had been laid off from his job at a glass factory earlier this year. DiMarco said he didn’t know the name of the company, but knew his friend had been upset about losing his joba jigger of Creme de Paranoia,
Edward Perkovic said Poplawski, his best friend, feared “the Obama gun ban that’s on the way” and “didn’t like our rights being infringed upon”
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Were I in Washington State, I’d be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots* or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation.