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Going Gently Into That Good Night...With a Flashlight and a Steadycam

Mar. 20th, 2011

12:50 pm - Hurrah!



Mar. 12th, 2011

08:04 am - Told you so

You cannot have an equitable and humane public health system that operates on the profit motive.  The two are mutually exclusive concepts.  Just ask any OB/GYN that has to try and prevent a premature birth from now on.

Feb. 24th, 2011

12:44 pm - Boehner’s bonehead move

This is what Republicans are advocating.  These so-called fiscal conservatives have consistently grown government and wasted capital.  Now they’re trying to come off as the good guys, seemingly deciding that the only thing they did wrong in 1995 was a failure in messaging.

Feb. 21st, 2011

04:16 pm - Pro-Union Pro-Bowler

I just became a Green Bay Packers fan.  Someone from Wisconsin fill me in on what that means….

Dec. 18th, 2010

01:56 pm - Comedian gets serious

So, I'm watching Russell Brand in New York City, a Comedy Central special filmed in April 2009.  In the last five minutes, he's quoted Foucault's take on Victorian sexual repression (History of Sexuality, V1) and referenced Baudelaire.  I knew he was smart.  His takedown of the music business and the particularly venal form of self-immolation indulged in by rock stars in Get Him to the Greek was insightful, poignant and hilarious.  But...again, he quoted Foucault in an effortless smackdown of the Jonas Brothers.  Fantastic.

12:34 pm

Finally.  By a 65-31 vote, the Senate has passed the House Resolution to repeal the execrable Don't Ask-Don't Tell policy signed into law by President Clinton.  So we've cleaned up one stain among many on our honor.

Dec. 17th, 2010

09:28 pm - The Millions of Reasons I Will Never Get a Fair Shake

I wonder at the two Americas and the overwhelming irony of the top people in our government carrying the title "Representative."  How in the world can any exercise of pretzel logic rationally form the conclusion that these millionaires who suffer no privation represent a guy like me?  The median income of Congress is over $900.000.00 a year.  That means that half of those people make more than that astronomical figure, and none of them make less than five times my annual salary.  But they somehow represent me?  They are my voice in the halls of power?  I can be assured that my interests, my pain and constant struggle just to keep the bank from taking my home and my kids from outgrowing their hand-me-downs and my larder from going empty, these people can bring that to Washington?

Does anyone actually believe that bullshit?


Dec. 11th, 2010

11:27 pm - "Liberal" "Media"

So, Senator Bernie Sanders waged an eight and a half hour war against the tide on Friday, and if you didn't already know about it, you're probably reading it first here.  The media has instead chosen to focus on Bill Clinton's not even remotely surprising support of a Republican-friendly tax scheme that actually raises taxes on the poor while lowering them on the very wealthy.  Oh, bet you didn't know about that whole raising taxes on the poor thing, either.  Cuz the millionaire media didn't tell you about it.  And you were too lazy to fucking check it out yourself.  Or to vote last month.

We're once again getting the leaders we deserve.  And just like the invasion of Iraq, the New York Times is helping to sell it to you morons.  Fuck you, America.  You've finally squandered your promise entirely.  There really just isn't anything else to say.

Dec. 7th, 2010

12:00 pm - My one-term Commander-in-Chief

I'm almost 40, so I guess it could be said that I should have known better, but it still came as a great blow when President Obama switched parties and began to advocate for the interests of the very wealthy at the expense of the poor and (HA!) middle-class.  I admit, I didn't see it coming.  For the past two years I have stood on the wall against the forces of intolerance, defending Mr. Obama from the darts the right threw, and increasingly pivoting to rally defenses against cavalry chages from the left, and I did so because I believed my president when he said, "Si se puede!"  But he's lost me for good with tax cuts for the rich, no public option, ratcheting up hostilities in Afghanistan, pursuing every legal avenue to continue the oppressive and discriminatory DADT policy in the military, and a whole host of actions and practices that spell out Mr. Obama's loyalties as far removed from his soaring rhetoric and unwavering promises.

If I'm going to have a Republican in the White House, throwing the entire country under the bus, increasing the gap between the rich and poor, further eroding our social safety net, blowing up the national debt, guarding secrets, spying on me and my fellow citizens, and breaking yet another raft of ironclad promises, then I choose to have a Republican who at least has the integrity to admit his perfidy.

Mr. Obama said that he would rather be a great one-term president than a mediocre two-termer.  I don't think he's in danger of being either.  People said that John McCain would be just an extension of the Bush presidency.  Who could have imagined that Mr. Obama has fulfilled that promise himself?  Like I said, I sure didn't see this coming.  He sure fooled me.

Nov. 23rd, 2010

03:45 pm - Stop scapegoating me, you assholes!


As we move into 1995 redux, and the Republicans are again talking about the size of government and how we need to cut Federal employees' pay and benefits and blah, blah, blah, I thought it might help to provide a little context and perspective.

1) Federal total compensation (that's pay and benefits, including retirement) is less than 6 percent of total revenues.  By contrast, your average American corporation pays out 30 percent of its total revenues in total compensation.

2) Federal workers, on average, are paid 25 percent less than their peers in the private sector.  Which is to say, we're not pulling down more than we're worth.  In fact, we're kind of getting screwed already.

3)  The Federal government is already as lean and mean as it's ever been.  As a share of the total population, the Federal workforce has shrunk from 13.3 percent under JFK, to 8.4 percent under President Obama.  Contrary to the talking points, we're not growing government.

4)  If you really want to know why the Federal budget is out of whack, try looking back to when it wasn't.  Clinton balanced two budgets in a row, and then Bush cut taxes, started two wars, and instituted a massive new entitlement program without paying for it.  So, how's about we raise taxes back to what they were under Clinton, end the two wars, and restructure Medicare Part D so that it works within the existing framework of the overall program.  You might find that this would go a long way toward balancing the budget.

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