Archive for December 2010

A Long December

Ever since this song came out in 1996, it’s always found its way onto my winter playlist because, cockeyed optimist that I am, I always believe that “this year will be better than the last,” and with that and the right amount of alcohol, I find this somewhat mournful song cheery.  Some background…  In December [...]

Believing in Fairies

One of the more annoying things (and there are many…) about Randian Righties is the way they repeatedly announce, against all evidence, that their destructive, rich-coddling economic policies are the One True Way, handed down to us by the God of the Market, and all we need to do is throw another virgin or two [...]

From Portland, “STFU, Eric Holder”

The FBI’s littlest terrorist, 19-year old Mohamed Mohamud, is apparently being represented by some pretty good lawyers to defend him in his open-and-shut entrapment case; they’ve loudly and appropriately told, in no uncertain terms, Attorney General Eric Holder to shut his lying pie-hole.  From this morning’s Oregonian: Mohamed Mohamud’s defense team has asked a federal [...]

Who Is This Barack Person?

Today I got an email from the President, who has been, quite understandably, something of a spotty correspondent here lately, maybe since I always write back something to the effect of, “Write when you find work.”  This time, though, “Barack” actually had something that might get my attention, and even win back my heart, sort [...]

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Something about the holidays….  They always bring back old memories, which for me means mostly unpleasant memories of my crazy grandmother, Etta, who managed to ruin Jesus’ Birthday every year until she died, and always in unique and memorable ways.  Christmas was tough on Etta; she hated the effort and expense of having everyone over [...]

What Are the Chances?

There seem to be two types of GOP/Fox News lies: outright ones, which can be pretty much immediately disproved, but nonetheless Fox watchers will still believe anyway, and conjectural ones, which rely on scary predictions that don’t ever have to come true to accomplish the goal of the moment, due to the mass-Alzheimer’s that afflicts [...]

All This and Mamie, Too

In light of the Wikileaks fiasco, I’ve gotten to thinking a lot about good ol’ Ike, who chose to use his final speech as President, a mere two and a half minutes long, to warn America that we’d end up, well, how we have ended up if we didn’t watch out.  Clearly, we didn’t watch [...]

From Russia With Love

Few politicians are as consistently revolting as Joe Lieberman, but this little display really takes the cake.  Notice how the loathsome little Likudnik fumbles over the patently ridiculous Fox charges of treason, and instead mutters something about “espionage” as he barrels forward like Brezhnev in the old commie days, sure that any excuse could be [...]

Except for the Bellbottoms, That Is

As a kid growing up in the 1960′s and 70′s, I really believed that America was rapidly becoming a better place, and the future looked bright.  In first grade and kindergarten, I attended a school in a nearby “ghetto” neighborhood, where the “War on Poverty” lured privileged white kids like myself by offering gym classes, [...]

UNNECESSARY LAYERS OF BUREAUCRACY

Admittedly, as a simpleton myself, I can only present simplistic arguments against the all-encompassing, truly revolutionary ideology of the American right. They know there are known unknowns that I don’t know about; and I know I don’t know about them.  Nolo contendre. Anyway, when one does at least realize that nothing – not credit card [...]