Posts Tagged ‘government’

The Stage Is Set For The Duration

Recent items in the news: The commandant of the marine corps said a few days ago U.S. forces will likely be at the “war on terror,” or whatever it’s called now, for a bit longer, maybe another decade.  Or more. The marine leader’s remarks echo those by an obscure defense official overseeing undercover doo doo.  [...]

TOP ITALIAN COMEDIANS TO FORM COALITION GOVERNMENT (DARIO FO IS NOT ONE OF THEM)

“Gentlemen, we have run out of money.  It’s time to start thinking.” – Ernest Rutherford, British explorer – quoted sometime after 1910   Political analysts unaffiliated with The Onion suggested Monday that Silvio Berlusconi and upstart challenger Beppe Grillo may have enough votes between them to form a new, coalition government in Italy.  If this [...]

Little Men

They’re everywhere – these little men. No tendentious description of the phenomenon is required, nor is a detailed and boring historical context necessary, since they (like the poor) “have always been with us.”   But the sudden “surge” of poseurs, fakers, demagogues, deadbeats, and crooks stands out right now, as our vaunted world economy teeter-totters, [...]

THAT’S THE TICKET

CHNN’s managing editor has been clamoring, seemingly for weeks on end, for something – anything!!! – on Silvio Berlusconi, the 21st century’s first world-class, hair-plugged, near octogenarian diva, major domo buffo – and now! -  criminal defendant, with a prostitution charge stuffed inside a grab bag of official abuse allegations in his capacity as Italian [...]

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 [...]

The Cementheads

From the Oil Spill Commission (OSC), 10/28/10: “We have known for some time that the cement used to secure the production casing and isolate the hydrocarbon zone at the bottom of the Macondo well must have failed in some manner.  That cement should have prevented hydrocarbons from entering the well.” – snip – “We asked [...]

And if You Believe That

In this astonishing video, multimillionaire radio and TV Huckster Glenn Beck speaks, solemnly and with laughably faked empathy, to a bunch of rubes about how “we” are going to have to make deep sacrifices to pay off the Republican debt that faces the country.  ”We” might lose our pensions.  ”We” might lose our jobs.  ”We” [...]

I KNOW WHERE MY FATHER IS BURIED

I am again having trouble believing that the American people as a whole really care about veterans, or perhaps even the people who are actively serving today.  They might on an abstract level, but there’s no risk in that. Troops care for troops.  Veterans care about veterans, and family members care as best they can [...]

Oops.

The more I hear about the BP oil spill, the more I’m struck by the fact that, to save a few bucks, the 4th largest corporation on earth just basically flushed itself down the toilet, and yet almost nobody is talking about the aberrant system of incentives that caused this to happen.  Didn’t the tough [...]

They Hate Our Freedoms

Well, today (and I can’t believe it’s taken this long,…) we had our first Wonder Bread version of 9/11, and it does kind of make you realize why all these loser whities got so worked up about the first one.  In short, those habibs have it all over on us for both audacity and effectiveness. [...]