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things i boycott

the point of this is not to get you to boycott these things.  honestly.  i was just thinking that over the years I have collected a tiny list of things that, for one reason or another, i have decided to boycott until such time someone gives me a damn good reason not to.

So…in no particular order:

Exxon – have  not pulled up to an exxon pump since the valdez incident

Mobil – have not spent a penny on mobil products since they merged with exxon.  this one is rather easy as all the mobil stations around here have been closed anyway.

BP – they were on the border after the arrogance shown during the Alaska debacle.  The Gulf tragedy pushed them over the edge.

Aruba – not until some justice is served in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

Bekins Van Lines – these guys did everything short of bending me over a sink and re-enacting the Sisters scene from Shawshank Redemption.

Denon – my very first CD player was a Denon.  After 18 months it stopped working.  After several phone calls to their customer service department I received a letter that basically said “shit breaks.  not our problem”.  Never again.

It is possible to be redeemed from this list.  Ford used to be on it, but I’ve heard some good things over the past few years so it’s not a strict blockade.  I’ve found myself salivating over the convertible Mustang lately.  We’ll see.  Actually Chrysler is running neck and neck.  It’s still going to take a lot for me to plunk down that kind of cash for either of their vehicles.

AmericanIdolDancingWithTheStarsLostSurvivorBachelorBachelorette etc etc etc – you couldn’t pay me enough to endure it.

 

 

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the other side

You can’t peruse YouTube  without tripping over one of the countless videos of surprise reunions of returning men and women from recent tours of duty.  Of course they are moving, especially the ones where kids welcome mommy or daddy home.

But what about the people who will never get a reunion?  And what do their kids feel like?  We never see and videos about that do we?  What about the families ripped apart because a son or daughter is not coming home. We just send young men and women to die on foreign soil so companies like Halliburton can make billions “democratizing” these nations.  So we never get to see the man or woman, father, mother, husband, wife left alone because their son,daughter or spouse is not coming home.  Do we just say “I’m sorry” and hope it all goes away? Where is their joy going to come from?

It’s the morning
Soon, he’ll rise
Finds the glasses for his eyes
Aren’t what they used to be
Picks up the clothes
He’s worn so long
On the bureau sits
The picture of a lady
And the mural of a man
Whose been gone for many years

Listening to the children play
Reminds him of the days
Many years ago
Thoughts of a child
That he helped grow
And memory of a letter
Saying, dear Sir
We regret to inform you
Your son will not be coming home

Old man, tell me are there fears
Do you measure life in years
Or is one day all you’ll ever know

The old man walks in Echo Park
From bench to bench he moves
From morning til dark
For the ducks
Some bread he brings
Wonder if he’ll feed them
This time next spring

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veterans

It angers me how our government – all parties included – so blithely send our troops to foreign lands to protect corporate business interests and conveniently ignore them when they return…like so much wrung-out articles on commerce. Our veterans have observed unimaginable horrors, leaving deep emotional scars and psychological trauma.  And after we’ve trained them to be killing machines and expose them to their friends and comrades being, literally, torn to pieces in front of their eyes, seeing their friends turned into a mass of blood and chewed up organs, listening to them scream for death to take them – we expect them to come back to the land of false advertising and proselytized bullshit and live normal lives.  Only the soulless believe war is something to be glorified..and marched into under the blind flag waving of patriotic manure.

I long for the day when our Military is used for the purpose in which it was intended and represents the branch of the government they fall under…  The Department of DEFENSE – defending the people and lands of the United States. Period.

The men and women who serve deserve better than what the government dishes out – they should be revered and honored for the rest of their lives – and not just twice a year when the memorial and veteran’s day tributes are trotted out.  I would support any legislation that requires:

1) only the people who will actually fight the war deciding whether to go to war or not.

OR

2) The members of the house and senate who vote to involve the US in conflict on foreign soil will send their children, grandchildren, themselves as the first line of attack.

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i hear them laughing…

All appearances of subtlety have faded away.  No more sneaking up in small steps, no more slight degrees of inflicted pain.  All that is gone.  Gas prices jumped ten cents overnight.  Ten cents.  I want some oil company flunkee to show me how their production costs jumped, overnight, to such a degree that a ten-cent increase in the final product is justified.  That person will have a tough time convincing me that it’s not based solely on keeping their obscene profit percentage afloat.  I understand the whole gas futures thing, and even though I think that is bogus as well, this goes beyond that.  I hear them laughing all the way to their chauffeur driven, company subsidized Hummers.

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rantalog

I’ve been holding off on this for some time thinking that one more rant on the blog-o-thingy won’t do anybody any good, but then, as someone wiser and more worldly than I once said, joke ‘em if they can’t take a FF at a rolling donut.

This whole idea of hitting up the rich with higher taxes to help us in our “time of crisis”.  Originally I was dead set against this as in my mind it destroys the incentive for people to get rich, at least in the US.  It may have the effect of sending some of our best thinkers packing.  I realize that not all rich people are geniuses no matter what Ayn Rand thinks, in fact a portion of them are downright criminal scum, as we’ve seen.  But then a portion of any group of people can be tagged criminal scum.

Now, however, I have slightly revised my position:  the government wants to tax the rich?  Fine, but not until the government becomes fiscally stable and responsible, otherwise it’s throwing good money after mine.  Let’s face it, given the current financial state of our government, taxing the rich is little more than a bailout of The Government, a group of people who dealt bailouts like community chest awards.  If the books are balanced, the debt depleted and the US still finds itself in economics straits, then fine, ask those that have some for a little help, not through social guilt or false patriotism but with a sound financial plan in hand earmarking how the money will be used, the benefits, and the anticipated results.

Let’s say you walked into a bank just having maxed out a dozen 50K limit credit cards and said to Mr. or Ms. Loan Officer, “You know, I just maxed out here and you folks have a lot of cash, why not give me some to see if I can work my way out of trouble here?”  Your face would be scraping the sidewalk before you took another breath.  Doesn’t make sense.  You better walk in the bank with all sorts of collateral and some sort of solid recovery plan that doesn’t rely on pie in the sky ideals and mirrors.

And bullshit.

Okay.  Let’s move on to the OWS gang, those randy folk hanging around Zuccotti Park in New York and dozens of other places around the world.  I understand the frustration, but you’re only barking up 25% of the right tree.  I’d rather see a massive gathering on the steps of Congress – these are the legal dummos that have butchered the middle class for so long with their infantile finger-pointing and sleazy back room deals, creating presumptive strikes via earmarks that have wasted the taxpayers money. What has politics become but bi-partisan jousting of the kindergarten kind without any sense of real direction from either party.

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a request for washington to grow up and play nice…

…but it will never happen.

There are few people whose level of cynicism matches mine concerning ALL the chuckleheads in Washington DC. And there are…no exceptions. Democrat, Republican…they’re all cut from the same tattered cloth of stupidity. Nor, as you may well know if you’ve endured my many obnoxious rants on this bizarre blog, am I a fan of the media. Conservative, Liberal…they all function as entertainment in lust for the almighty dollar. And that goes for media on the internet as well as the idiot box.

I will make an exception today, however, for Matt Welch’s op-ed piece on cnn.com. Arnold bashing aside he has captured what I believe to be popular frustration concerning the DC Dumb-asses and is worth a read.

If I may quote a couple lines….

The country is out of money at every level, with entitlements and debt service alone poised to swallow the federal budget whole within a decade or two…

Obama’s 10-year budget proposal this year — with its best-case projections of debt climbing to 77 percent of gross domestic product by 2020 — was final proof that the candidate who ran on enacting a “net spending cut,” whose first budget was arrogantly (and inaccurately) titled “An Era of New Responsibility: Renewing America’s Promises,” is the most fiscally irresponsible president in at least a generation. Considering how bad his predecessor was, that’s no small feat.

Instead of winning arguments, budget hawks will be trying to win press conferences. Instead of tackling reform, they’ll be trying to tackle the buffoon on the other side of the cage.

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so what happens then???

here we are at war number 3.  what happens when we run out of countries to bomb?  maybe, just maybe the military industrial complex will crumble taking the last vestiges of this phony economy with it, creating widespread poverty and homelessness until the destitute masses finally rise up out of their TV chairs, now smoldering in the ashes, and attack the wealthy federal reserve bank heads and G5, 10, 15, 20 connivers that control all the wealth.  there won’t be a police state, just a small clique of stormtroopers to protect the greedy…eventually they will crumble but not until blood runs red in the streets.

have a nice day

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tasteless and/or unnecessary

Anything involving Kesha
Jersey Shore
Gefilte Fish
Mobile, Alabama
Taco Bell
American Idol
The three branches of idiocy: Executive, Legislative, Judicial
Dane Cook
Any movie involving Ben Stiller
Head cheese
SATs
Nude Beaches for the elderly (80+)
Creamed Corn
Fox “News” (including all the neo con blather/ranting shows)
Sandra Lee and her voice that can decalcify an armadillo
7th grade

Please feel free to contribute your own items in comments

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you’ve got to be fucking kidding me….

A California woman is suing McDonald’s claiming the fast-food giant uses toys to market directly to young children. Monet Parham, a Sacramento, California, mother of two small children filed the lawsuit Wednesday in San Francisco along with health, nutrition and food safety advocates Center for Science in the Public Interest . CSPI is seeking court approval to proceed as a class action.

Parham, a 41-year old state employee, says her kids repeatedly ask for Happy Meals, mainly for the toys. “We have to say no to our kids so many times and McDonald’s makes that so much harder to do. I object to the fact that McDonald’s is getting into my kids’ heads without my permission and actually changing what my kids want to eat.”

Michael Jacobson, CSPI’s executive director accused McDonald’s of “one of the most insidious marketing practices–dangling a toy in front of a small child.” Jacobson called the practice “unfair, deceptive and illegal’ in California and many other states. “The food industry has a responsibility not to intrude into families by using sleazy marketing techniques getting kids to pester their parents.”

Jacobson compared the tactics to tobacco companies marketing to kids with things like Joe Camel. “In this instance, McDonald’s is worse. They are going straight at little kids. The company is using unfair techniques to persuade the kids to persuade the parents to go to McDonald’s. Tobacco companies don’t go after 3 year-olds. Neither does Coca Cola or Pepsi.”

In 2006, fast food companies spent over $520 million on advertising and toys to market kids meals. More than $350 million of that was for toys alone. Last month, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that requires happy meals and other fast food offerings with toys meet new nutritional standards or be removed from menus. It goes into effect next December.

McDonald’s says it is proud of its Happy Meals and will vigorously defend the company’s brand, its reputation and its food. “We stand on our 30-year track record of providing a fun experience for kids and families at McDonald’s,” said Bridget Coffing, a company spokesperson. “We listen to our customers, and parents consistently tell us they approve of our Happy Meals. We are confident that parents understand and appreciate that Happy Meals are a fun treat, with quality, right-sized food choices for their children that can fit into a balanced diet.”

This is not the first time CSPI has challenged fast food companies in court. In 2006 the organization went after Kellogg for marketing cereals loaded with sugar to children. In that case CSPI and Kellogg reached a settlement. CSPI also sued Kentucky Fried Chicken for frying its chicken in partially hydrogenated oil, which is high in trans fat. When KFC phased out the oil, CSPI dropped the lawsuit.

Here’s a unique idea….don’t go to McDonalds.

And another…stop letting your children run your life.

And yet another…you and the CSPI can just drop dead.

fucktards.

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great moments in marketing

dear madison ave, 

bite me. 

love and kisses 

The love affair between consumer product marketing and washington warfare is alive and well – just search on “warfare video games” if you think otherwise. But i’m drawing the line with the new Quiznos ad campaign.  OK, we’ve all come to accept “submarine” sandwiches.  But now the big Q is offering smaller versions of their traditional sub, labeling them “torpedos” and “bullets”.  It’s bad enough marketers are trying to militarize my lunch, but the commercials themselves present cutout Nick Jr. type characters with childish voices floating along “the sea” (looking suspiciously like a bathtub).  Can I just get a sandwich please?  What’s next?  Going to Pizza Hut for a slice with everything and an orange soda and having to order a “Land Mine with a large Agent Orange”???? 

Does anyone else see the complete breakdown of logic in the latest Taco Bell ads?  You know the one…where the typical stupid white guy is at the counter in a sparkling clean TB (with no screaming kids, drug addicts or empty packets of hot sauce on the floor) chatting with the young, vivacious african american counter person who looks like she just graduated from Harvard and can be seen on the next cover of Vogue. 

duhhhhhhhhh image src: scrapetv.com

Stupid white guy: If i get a roadkill burritos and a soda I get the chips for free?
Perfect TB person (in perfect english): just give me two dollars and everything is free.
Is she being sarcastic?  If not, I need to  take a new math course….$2 = Free????  And I can’t speak for the rest of the country but at the last Run For the Bathroom I made (and it’s been some time), the woman behind the counter stood about 4′ 3″, weighed close to 400 pounds and had an accent thicker road tar.  Can’t imagine why they don’t pick her for the next ad campaign. 

sleaze

 

Manwich.  You know where I’m going here, don’t you?  What genius decided that a can of Manwich sauce is now considered a vegetable?  No.  No. Tomatoes are vegetables.  Cucumbers are vegetables.  Snowpeas are vegetables.  Manwich is a can of fucking preservatives and salt!  Reminds me of the heady days when the early stage of Alzheimer’s President and his stick figure wife sold the country on school lunches where ketchup was counted as a vegetable. Reagan himself was more of a vegetable. 

As Bill Hicks was fond of saying: “Anyone here work in marketing?  Kill yourself.”

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musical ctd…

During this morning’s commute I was listening to a 1980′s rant from the late, great Bill Hicks about Debbie Gibson having the top selling album that year.  It’s an hysterical routine ending with his impersonation of a Jimi Hendrix/Debbie Gibson solo album where Debbie runs screaming from the studio pleading to be taken back to mall that spawned her while Jimi’s buzzsaw guitar/dick saws her into a cord of wood.

Trust me.  It’s funny.  You have to be there.

I wondered for a micro-second if the musical trend had improved and then snapped back to reality knowing full well that since the 80′s ‘popular’ music has continued to plummet into the fiery depths of hell.

Allow me to demonstrate…

2008 – best-selling album – Lil’ Wayne  – Tha Carter III
let’s sample some of the lyrics that over twenty million (let’s repeat that  – TWENTY….MILLION) people PAID for…

Okay, lil mama had a swag like mine
Even wear her hair down her back like mine
I make her feel right when its wrong like lyin
Man, she ain never had a love like mine
N’ man I aint never seen a ass like hers
And that pussy in my mouth had me at a loss fo words
Told her to back it up like erp erp
And make that ass jump like shczerp shczerp
And thats when she said I lo-lo-look like a lollipop
( oh yeah I like that )
She said I lo-lo-look like a lollipop
( oh yeah I like that )
She said I lo-lo-look like a lollipop
( oh yeah I like that )
Shawty I lo-lo-lookin like a lollipop
( oh yeah I like that )

CHORUS:
Shawty wanna thug( oh yeah I like that )
Bottles in the club( oh yeah I like that )
Shawty say I lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-look like a lollipop
She say I lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-look like a lollipop
Lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-look like a lollipop
Wanna lick the rapper
So I letta lick the rapper
Shawty wanna thug( oh yeah I like that )
Bottles in the club( oh yeah I like that )
Shawty wanna hump( oh yeah I like that )
And ooo I like to touch ya lovely lady lumps
( Repeat 2x )

Call me so I can make it juicy for ya
Call me so I can do it juicy for ya
Call me so I can make it juicy for ya
Call me so I can do it juicy for ya
Call me so I can make it juicy for ya
Call me so I can do it juicy for ya
Call me so I can make it juicy for ya
Call me so I can do it juicy for ya

Still doubting the decline of civilization?  Let’s move on to 2009 and the white girl high school thoughts of…

2009 – best-selling album – Taylor Swift – Fearless

You’re on the phone with your girlfriend, she’s upset
She’s going off about something that you said
‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor like I do

I’m in the room, it’s a typical Tuesday night
I’m listening to the kind of music she doesn’t like
And she’ll never know your story like I do

But she wears short skirts, I wear T-shirts
She’s Cheer Captain and I’m on the bleachers
Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find
That what you’re looking for has been here the whole time

Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop.  My brain was beginning to hemorrhage. 

The real question now is whether there’s an endorsement deal Swift will turn down.  She’s already got Sony and Cover Girl.  Why not Diet Coke?  Maybe Panasonic…she could have her own line of ‘personal electronic devices’ – just think of the marketing bonanza when these creative copy-writing geniuses start toying around with “Swift” and “dildo”….

As Mr. Hicks said…”Play from your fucking heart!!!!”

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is it just me???

OK.  Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute….
There is an American Airlines travel website called Black Atlas  - “your passport to the black experience”.

If I put up a site entitled White Atlas – your key to the caucasian experience, Rev Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Spike Lee would camp out on my front lawn with every news service imaginable, all screaming about how big a racist I am.

How about just keeping the Atlas as a human experience?

If American Airlines wants to play these marketing games….why stop at the Black Atlas?

The Yellow Atlas – The Asian Experience
The Tan Atlas – The Hispanic Experience
The Green Atlas – The Amphibian Experience
The Rainbow Atlas – The Gay Experience
The Blue Atlas – The Dead Experience
The Gray Atlas – The Senior Experience
The Pink Atlas – The Breast Cancer Experience
The Red Atlas – The Russian Experience
The Celadon Atlas – The Interior Decorator Experience

stop the insanity…please.

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things i should have said…

we all have those moments, coming away from a discussion/argument/confrontation with the words that were spewed cascading through your mind.  it is only then that we think of the perfect comeback;  “boy, i should have said….”   Some witty zinger to stun the other party into total silence like a thousand watt taser.

here are a couple of my own…

The setting: standing outside a hospital with my family five minutes after my father passed away.  my stepmom lights a cigarette.  An older woman wheeling an even older woman passes next to our crowd and makes an admonishing remark about smoking.  We stood there stunned.
what I should have said:  “You sanctimonious bitch.  Who the hell gave you permission to be so self-righteously condescending that you feel the words coming out of your mouth are what everyone needs to hear?  When did you become God? My father just died asshole, something i hope happens to you in a slow, tortuous manner.”

ahhh.  that feels better.

speaking of dad, i used to have a long list of these types of incidents. most of them i’ve forgiven/let go in order to keep myself sane.  there is one in particular though that still gnaws at me.  The setting: high school.  i arrive home late from hanging downtown with my friends, drama majors all, and i mean drama as in theater, not drama as in drama queen (which must be a federally protected species as they seem to be propagating at an alarming rate)  anyway…my dad immediately starts raging at me and disallowing me to be out with my drama friend arthur (name changed) because, as my father ranted, arthur was gay.  my reaction was to storm back out of the house and disappear for a few hours.
what i should have said: even if arthur is gay, are you that unsure of your masculinity that if i have a gay friend you feel threatened?

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzap…..

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the lights are blinking

I am so glad I have nowhere to go.  Saturdays are meant for sloth anyway (at least in my book) and today Mom is setting the appropriate mood with massive rain and wind.  I can remain in my grub clothes, nestled inside looking out at the yuck, thankful that it is water that cascades into growing tidal pools in the backyard as opposed to its frozen cousin of which I have had more than my share this season.

Did I say rain?  The frogs have broken out the jet-skis and are performing stunts in the temporary lake outside the fence.  Did I say wind?  Dor-THEEEEEEEEEEE.  Shit that sounded like a tree limb hitting the house.  The lights are still shining even though there have been flickering suggestions of power lines gone AWOL.

kill me now

DOG: "Please. Kill Me Now..."

The perfect day to read, write, eat, sleep, rinse, repeat.  Just knowing I have nowhere to go is a beautiful thing.  Did I mention that I have no reason to leave the house?  Even the dog has little desire herself to venture out and appears content to recline sofa-bound with all four legs crossed rather than experience storm squatting.

<<——-Speaking of retarded things people do,  am I the only one getting fed up with these cutesy “party” groups?  The Tea Party, The Coffee Party….each with their own pathetic self-involved axe to grind?  You know what party I would join?  The Jack Daniels Party.  That’s where anyone who wants to hangs out at a local bar all weekend eating sudden heart-attack bar food, getting good and wasted, listening to a great bar band and just generally having a good time as a way to deal with their wage-slave jobs, put some food on the table, pay the rent and hopefully dodge all the horse shit that comes their way from all directions Monday through Friday.

Make mine a double….

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i ain’t lyin’

Let’s start with this premise:

Internet = Propaganda. 

I remember those heady days subsequent to Al Gore’s invention,  springtime on the super-duper highway, netizens jousting for maximum bandwidth, mp3s flying at the speed of dial-up and copious scans of every back issue of Playboy and Penthouse previously salted away in a young geeks closet.

Not unlike FM radio (and what is the state of  THAT you may well ask), the entrepreneurial spirit grabbed hold with the cry, “There’s gold in them there megabytes!” and suddenly Mr. Gore’s information highway became corporate america’s marketing highway.  Such is the nature of things.

90% of what you hear on the radio, watch on TV and, now, read on the internet intends to SELL YOU SOMETHING.  So if we add the following to our original premise:

Advertising = Propaganda
Internet = Advertising
Internet = Propaganda

We are witnessing a phenomena akin to the advent of television, a mass brainwashing of belief that everything on the net is true.  Worse, every social commentary you receive by your well-meaning friends is factual…please feel free to forward to your entire address list to further these deviations.  Politicos love this shit. Put something on the ‘net by “mistake”?  Oh, I’m sorry…yeah, NOW try to pull it back.  It’s email fodder for generations to come.

One word of advice: DO NOT under any circumstances point out these inaccuracies to your friends that send them to you unless you thrive on repeated tongue-lashings for being a ‘spoil-sport’ and ‘always having to be right’.

It’s all Nixon’s fault…

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at a loss

Human nature is such an odd thing, how some people act with unquestionable integrity and a solid moral center.  Then there are those whose integrity is for sale and whose morality doesn’t even wave at conviction or consistency.

You know………….politicians.

Taking a glance at the source for many things political, C-SPAN, there sat Neil Barofsky being interviewed.  Two points if you know who he is (I didn’t know until about ten minutes ago so I’m batting .000).  Uncle Neil is the Inspector General of the TARP program, that wonderful, thoughtful solution where we turned all our money over to the likes of AIG and GM.  Mr. B was saying that we should in no way expect a dollar for dollar return on the money we gave to these institutions through the bailout.

We shouldn’t???  Oh, so it was a gift?  Can we all take a couple million off our taxes for charitable donations?  Imagine if, say, Warren Buffet (no relation to Jimmy…I think) made all his investments without expecting a dollar for dollar return.  He’d be a frequent diner at the local soup kitchen if that was the case.

I certainly don’t remember ANYONE in the government say we were not going to get our money back.  In fact I seem to remember TARP being flogged as an investment that will yield great returns for the country. At the one year anniversary of TARP, the Prez said Americans were making a 17% return on their money.  Really??  Should I expect a check any time soon.

Who knows who is telling the truth anymore.  Numbers can be cooked to support anything. And while pundits on both sides of the political spectrum spend most of their time in the sandbox thinking up names to call their opposition, the average sucker (re: you and me) continues to get butt-fucked.

Yet where is there a comforting place to turn?  With whom can we have even a modicum of faith that these idiots might have a clue what real life is all about.  It brings to mind the classic words I have posted before….

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HR 676 – The Health Care Bill (sit down for this one)

I have to admit that I skipped over a lot of the flowery language in this bill about providing the highest quality care and how the government will pay for everything under the sun going forward without any copays or deducables  (at least they’ll pay for what their new Office of Quality Control,  the USNHI Program Director and the National Board of Universal Quality and Access say they’ll pay for – and who sez there are no jobs available????) in favor of going right to the section on where the magic pixies will create all the money for this…

Here’s the deal…under the heading FUNDING…
A) Existing sources of Federal govern-ment revenues for health care. (such as ?????)

B) Increasing personal income taxes on the top 5 percent income earners. (well there’s a real incentive to bust my hump and get rich so I can give more of it away)

(C) Instituting a modest and progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment income. (Great let’s hammer small businesses)

(D) Instituting a small tax on stock and bond transactions. (Sure. Why not).

What…no tax increases on school lunches?

Entitlement entitlement entitlement.  Guess what…as a middle class guy who works his butt off to pay my way, I’m totally fucking fed up.  Obama is the nightmare I hoped he would not be.

Here’s the assumption:  Everyone is entitled to affordable healthcare.  Where is that written in the constitution????  And you can drag out all the children major illness stories you want to try to prove a point, but you know what?  There is a limit, and some people are going to die because they can’t afford it.  Cold…yes.  The truth? Yes.  We, the middle class, are sick and tired of picking up the tab for those less fortunate.  I give plenty in terms or time and money to charity of my own choosing and own volition.  Now I’ve got the Feds stickingt their scummy palms further into my pocket until they grab my balls and yank them out with any loose change they can scrounge.

It’s time for a revolution.  The free ride is over.  It’s time to get pissed off and act!

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stupid by…well…just stupid

This is a local NY Metro story so you may not have heard anything about this….

Seems a young woman in the area was walking down the street and texting on her device when she fell into an open manhole.  She is planning on suing the city.  Her reason, and I quote..”if there had been an orange cone there I would have seen that.”

Oh yeah?  Prove it, Moron.  Another blow against personal responsibility.  Maybe we should have hands free walking since we’ve already crossed into the realm of brain-free walking.  I don’t know about you but if you aren’t going to pay attention to what you’re doing, for whatever reason, you’re going to have to accept the consequences. Period.  End of story.  No matter what some Brooks Brothers clad legal scumbag may have to say about it.  What if she hadn’t been texting?  What if she was looking at the sky, or the birds, or the sun…oh, right…that would mean putting her phone down for 5 minutes, or perhaps talking to another human being face to face.  We certainly can’t be having any of that.

BTW, she was not hurt.  Humiliated maybe by falling into the sewage  line, which she described as “really gross”.  What if she was texting and just tripped on a stick or raised piece of sidewalk and was serioously hurt…is that the city’s fault as well?  Should there have been an open manhole without some sort of warning?  Of course not, I’m not completely insensitive.  But that is not an open excuse to play the legal Wheel of Fortune to seek monetary reward for no injury.

What a dope…

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crisis my ass

Well it’s be awhile since I’ve enjoyed (or you have endured) a good old rant…so here we go.

Once again the champion of personal irresponsibility, Sen Chris (where’s my drinking buddy Ted Kennedy) Dodd of Connecticut has put the screws to the banking industry, even more surprising as he is Chairman of the Banking Committee.  A bill was passed which President Obama is slated to sign on Friday, that prohibits credit card companies from protecting their interests and their good, fiscally responsible customers.  What this bill does is restrict the CC companies from charging premiums for high risk customers and dis-allow over-the-limit fees.

“This cements a victory for every American consumer who has ever suffered at the hands of the credit card industry,” said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.

Am I the only one that has a problem with this?  Look, I am not completely without compassion, especially now with a suck-master economy and unemployment through the roof.  I know that sometimes doing frivolous things, like buying groceries, forces the plastic to come out, especially when there is no income.

But, ‘suffered at the hands of the credit card companies’?  Come on.  I would hasten to say, and this is just my opinion with no proof to back it up, the vast majority of people in credit card trouble are not in such straits due to hard economic times. They get there from the hit of just buying…buying without cash and spending beyond their inherited means.

So in order to bail out the materialistic goons, those of us in good standing are going to pay the price and if you think the CC companies won’t pass on the additional costs to conform to this goofy legislation then you’ve been smoking the drapes a bit too long.

What I would propose is a system that continues to penalize the debt-ridden based on a sliding scale of their net income.  If Muffy or Biff make, say, a combined 200K and are mortgaged to the hilt with 6 maxed out MasterCards – it’s off to debtors prison with you…I’m sorry, this has taken on a Dickensian tone…but you get my drift.  This scenario is just meaningless spending to keep up with the Scrum-Finchleys next door.

If there is no income where once there was (obviously – only the most callous of credit companies issue cards to the unemployed or the family pet or….oh…never mind), and mere survival is being waged through use of the cards, I think these folks should get a break – to a certain extent.  At least not be penalized.  They do remain responsible for their debts.  As should the aforementioned Muffy and Biff and the tedious Scrum-Finchleys.

And while we’re on the subject of horrid Government, have you noticed the goings on in Britain’s House of Parliament? Officials are spring-boarding out of Parliament like vermin off a sinking vessel; seems there are all sorts of juicy financial scandals coming to the surface for our stiff-upper-lipped MPs.  So much so, that a local newspaper stand in London has posted a new sign stating “Only two MPs at a time.”  Jolly good.

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stimulation

With all this ‘stimulus’ package talk – have you noticed how it has already wheedled it’s way into corporate brainwashing (advertising) – how come I never feel stimulated?  I get the feeling that I (and folks like I) are the stimulaTORS and not the stimulaTEES.

So…….what’s in all this horseshit for me?

Not much.  A continued sense that every single person…without exception…working in federal, state and local government will say and do anything to get (re) elected regardless of the impact to their ‘constituency’  (and boy did Lautenberg and Holt really sell out for NJ…might as well bring Florio back).

A growing sense that it’s every person for themselves, brought on by corporate greedheads and the empty-headed (animal food trough wiper)government officials that support them, at a time when everyone should be pulling together.  To quote Pete Townshend from one of his more overlooked solo efforts… “What happened to all that lovely hippie shit?”

I’ve been thinking…(always a bad sign)…what would happen if everyone in the US decided not to pay their taxes?  OK, so I know 100% compliance to that would never happen…but let’s say 50% of every eligible taxpayer said “You know what?  Screw you, DC.  You continually waste my money that I bust my ass for an you’re not going to get another friggin’ penny until some fiscal responsibility starts wafting through those hallowed halls.”  There are around 300 million people in the US…what are they going to do…suddenly throw 150 million people in jail?  You want me to take personal responsibility?  Fine…I’ll take 100% personal responsibility for my life…you (DC) stay the hell out of my pockets, off my back and out of my life.

Hmmm…don’t know why I’m lashing out like that.  Guess I just needed a good tirade, and government is such an easy target.

And here comes another Monday…Happy Happy Joy Joy

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