Archive for June 2012

Crazy Like a FOX

By now, we’ve all had a chuckle over the fact that the rotting corpse of CNN got the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, well, spectacularly wrong, and failed to correct the error for several minutes while the whole world watched.  What isn’t so funny, and falls more into the depressing category, is that such an [...]

I Toilet To Ya

A couple of weeks ago, when I was tapping away at the Firebagger place, I made the not very daring prediction that the Southern states singled out by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were gunning for its overturn courtesy of our conveniently composed Supreme Court.  Since we all know that racism in America only [...]

Book Saloon: Better Than “Cats”

My friend Gayle and I have tossed books back and forth for years, and I must admit that now that she’s retired, she’s getting way ahead of me, and further afield.   Since she spent her career working with banksters, and I’m sort of a commie, we both reveled in the page-turning corruption potboilers that [...]

The Less You Pay

In comments recently, Dirigo quoted an advertising slogan that has had me pondering the dreary resignation inherent in our late-stage crony capitalist system ever since:  “The Less You Pay, The Better You Feel.” Left out of this seemingly practical equation is the necessary corollary that this is only a posture taken if one generally expects [...]

Really?

Before an embarrassingly admiring audience of US Senators, the mysteriously still-employed CEO of something called JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, summed up the pesky disappearance of a few billion in taxpayer-backed cash and ten times that in shareholder value thusly: “Importantly, our team has made real progress in aggressively analyzing, managing and reducing our risk going [...]

With Victories Like These…

A dozen years or so ago I was complaining to my German friend, Marcus, about the dreadful loss of historic architecture in Portland and all across the country after WWII, and he said something that I found hilarious at the time but in retrospect, not so much. (Nazi accent) “After you destroyed our cities, you [...]

Phase Two

Back during the housing bubble, several houses with especially nice basements I’d recently finished went up for sale, and I got quite a few calls from complete strangers who had seen them and wanted something similar, which is rather unusual for me.  (The strangers that is, not the me-too types…) Of course, with the bubble [...]

Dances With Roves

In a stunningly unsurprising development, NBC’s “Meet the Press,” formerly the Sunday morning leader, has reached a 20-year nadir in its ratings.  Thus, people who are too lazy on a hungover morning to drink poison or gouge out their eyeballs prefer George fucking Stefanopoulous over Karl Rove’s B-girl, David Gregory, and his laughably execrable show. [...]

Badgers and Weasels II

As you’d expect, I’m as nervous as a whore in church that infamous Koch whore Scott Walker will prove tonight that entire states can be simply purchased, outright, by our new unelected overlords.  Thanks a lot, Chief Justice Roberts.  As you’d also expect, Walker supporters are currently resorting to dirty tricks, including deceptive robocalls telling [...]

Slinging Hash

I ran across a story at Huffpo today that pointed out the travesty that the already absurdly low minimum wage doesn’t apply to “tipped” employees; in most states it’s still $2.13 (!) per hour, where it has been stuck for twenty years due to (surprise!) restaurant industry lobbying.  Needless to say, it is the worst [...]