Thursday, November 22, 2012
Me, I'm just brimming with thanks, so full of it that it's coming out my ears. And if you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you.
No, seriously, I have a few things to be thankful for, including you who read this shitty blog on a regular basis. Thank you. The occasional feedback and commentary that I get make me smile and it's nice knowing that I'm not alone.
I'm not alone, right? You guys aren't just a figment of my imagination and I'm not sitting in some padded cell in Pescadero, drooling on my chest?
And I'm thankful that we kicked some conservative ass and hard this election cycle. It's been nice to be able to sit back, light up a stogie and bathe in the warm heat of the frustration and rage from the right wing nutbags who somehow believe liberalism is evil and the nation is this grand machine of rightwing thought.
HA-HA! Assholes.....America has never been conservative except when you somehow manage to strategically place pieces on the chessboard to temporarily take an advantage. America was founded on progressive principles and will always, ALWAYS, progress forward, and never fall behind. You can get in line or you can get run over like so many before you have. We win in the end. Always.
I'm thankful for my cat who, while he's sleeping now, the little rat bastard, keeps me honest and grounded in the day to day. I'm thankful to family and friends and to God, who saw fit to give me a year relatively free of drama and anguish. Nobody died and no one got too badly hurt, in the end.
Finally, I'm grateful to be the most important person in my own life but to be some small part of yours.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
"I asked, 'Why haven't you been sent out?'" he says. "Then he just lays the story on me, tells me about all the personnel they have out there, more than 100 ambulances, two paramedics per ambulance, everybody waiting for marching orders."
Horrified, the logistical worker offered to help transport them to a place where they could be useful.
"He said they couldn't do it because FEMA had them all under contract, and they couldn't go out without FEMA's say-so. They were so frustrated. They came all this way, and now they're not going anywhere, and there's something in their contract telling them they can't even throw up their arms and say 'Fuck it' and go into the city and do good."
In fairness to FEMA as well as the city and state Offices of Emergency Management, the need and ability to send in this medical assistance to the Rockaways was a lower priority than clearing the roads and making the peninsula safe for medical workers to go in and give, and I stress this part, non-emergency medical assistance. As far as I know, medical calls were still being handled via an alternate overland route which had already been cleared.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
In Europe's case, the motor for secession is ethnicity. In America, however, it's a politics turned toxic. The 2012 election encouraged the idea that the U.S. is split into two camps that are politically and culturally alien and with opposing economic needs. Mitt Romney's infamous formula of the 47% (reiterated in his equally ugly post-election remarks about "gifts") played upon an old idea that one half of the country feeds off the taxes paid by the other half.
Secessionists are likely to be those who see themselves as disadvantaged by the redistributive federal state: as taxpayers bled dry by freeloaders, and businesspeople penalized by liberal regulation. WKRG-TV found an eccentric example of that when it interviewed the founder of the Alabama petition and discovered that he was furious at the government for shutting down his topless car wash: "He said he was arrested and charged with obscenity by city officials in 2001. 'The government ripped my business away, and now they're choking America to death with rules and regulations,' he said."
But the 2012 election introduced the idea that the welfare-recipient minority is now the majority. A common theme in conservative post-election analysis is that the Democrats now have an unbeatable coalition of ethnic minorities, single women and socially liberal youth that is turning the U.S. into a European social democracy. (Mark Steyn: "Tuesday's results demonstrate that, as a whole, the American electorate is trending very Euro-Canadian.") If that is the consensus among the conservative talking heads, then it's rational for conservative grass-roots activists to conclude that the only viable future for the conservative minority is to form its own country.
It's unclear whether Stanley agrees with the sentiment or whether he's merely coalescing the sentiment expressed by some many of the Diapered Brigade of Keyboard Kommandoes that "We lost, so we're taking our ball and going home."
The notion that there are makers and takers is uniquely conservative. You don't hear liberals talking much about overachievement, except in the concept of ubergreed, which in truth should be a Christianist position, too. After all, Jesus railed against the moneylenders and the wealthy, and didn't spend much time talking about capital gains tax.
Indeed, I've argued in the past that if Jesus knew about the income tax and the power of democracy, he'd insist on a 90% tax rate with everyone getting food, clothing, and shelter for free. You know, "render unto Caesar." Jesus lived in a time when tyranny was acceptable. His own life suggests a rebellion against that tyranny, but that tyranny was imposed by a ruling class and in particular, a single family.
It was correct to rebel against that, just as it was correct to rebel against England back in the 1700s.
Now? It's childish. It's something a baby does when Mommy or Daddy makes them go to bed early for misbehaving.
Stanley defends conservatives. I do not, for they have brought this upon themselves, the wrath of the American people, by finding only bad in this country while never espousing a growing together. This is traitorous, as triatorous as taking a pledge to a single man -- Grover Norquist -- as more important than either your oath of office or the Pledge of Allegiance. So here's what I propose for liberals.
I'm drawing a line in the sand. I will not cross that line, but I will extend my hand and assist any conservative who will at least draw closer to the line, if not cross it and become an American again. We can talk, but only when you stop shouting.
Monday, November 19, 2012
A Ten Commandments monument is up on the grounds of the state Capitol, but it didn't pass spell check.
“Remember the Sabbeth day, to keep it holy,” reads one.
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidseruent,” reads the last one.
Rep. Mike Ritze, whose family paid for the monument that was put up Thursday, said the monument company has been contacted and will correct the errors to the words Sabbath and maidservant.
Oh. those qwazy Hollywud libs...Ritze, elected last year to the Legislature, said Cecil B. DeMille, director of the 1956 film epic “The Ten Commandments,” gave money to the Fraternal Order of Eagles to fund monuments across the country depicting the commandments. Some of the film's main stars, such as Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner, went to unveilings.
“Apparently they donated it, and it was never delivered or it was in storage some place,” he said.
After Ritze got elected in 2008, he contacted the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission about the monument. He said its whereabouts never could be determined, so he had one made.
Sunday, November 18, 2012