Archive for December 2009

OUT WITH THE OLD – IN WITH THE NEW

December 31, 2009

HERE’S WISHING YOU ALL  A  NEW  YEAR THAT KEEPS YOU AND YOURS SAFE, SECURE AND HAPPY ALL YEAR.

WE GET A TWOFER tonight, we get to usher out a year and a decade with a mixed set of emotions on my part.  On one hand I’m glad to see this decade go , but on the other hand it is another 10 years off of my life.  Going from my sixties to my seventies was not the best emotional feeling I’ve ever had, but then again I don’t feel a day older (and I never lie) so it must not have mattered except in the count.

This is a two parter , first my impression of the decade and the year, then a summary of what I think (with the help of a lot of folks I read) we are facing in 2010 and beyond.

For my money the decade started off as it would finish HORRIBLY, with an election stolen by GW Bush (twice) although I still don’t know why the two Democratic nominees rolled over an played dead so quickly.  To be blunt I have never been so embarrased by my President as I was of George Bush and Richard Cheney.  Then 911, we were on our way out the door that morning headed to the airport for a visit with my brother when he called and said turn on the TV, and there they were , the Twin Towers in flames and soon crashing to the ground.  Then George boy read my favorite story to me “MY PET GOAT”.  The whole damn thing sprung up all kinds of conspiracy theories , some of which are way too easy to believe (even today)  .  The one that sticks in my craw today is just my favorite one question routine  “WHERE WERE THE INTERCEPTORS?” away on a training mission (all of them) bullshit.!

Then the mantra “911 CHANGED EVERYTHING” , no it didn’t , at least for me.  Sure it was horrible and the horror the families had to go thru not only from the incident itself, but from the government damn near refusing to hold much of an investigation and would have done less if not for the 911 wives.  The FEAR generated by the Changed Everything gang still rules today, an unsuccessful bomb attempts sends shivers of fear and 7 days of TV coverage saying absolutely nothing ,while the right wing crowd wants to start throwing bombs at damn near any target and at the same time blocking the vote of a new head of TSA because  he might let them have a union.

Afghanistan is the target and we originally go after bin Laden in Tora Bora and blow the crap out of a bunch of mountain tops months after the attack on the Towers.  We of course don’t get him and there are all kinds of stories out there on what happened, none of them make us look good.  We put a force in on the ground and soon after start gearing up for the attack on Iraq, pretty well guaranteeing Afghanistan will turn into a giant  quagmire.

Next up , (although they were planning the Iraq attack from the very first cabinet meeting) the string of manufactured lies on Iraq WMD’s , ties to bin Laden, etc.  and the country bought the whole package.  Not all of us mind ya, but a large majority was all for the attack.  Dick Cheney had secret meeting dividing up the Iraq’s oil fields with the major oil gurus in attendance (how’d that work out for you Dick)  long before the actual attack.

So we attack a 4th class army with the best trained, best armed force in the world  with some help from our friends (who had their arms in a cast for months after some serious arm twisting).  We of course whip their ass with little or no resistance and claim a brilliant victory.  Were still there with a large force and even though we talk of leaving we intend to keep a force of 50,000 or so there for ???

In occupation of Iraq the real crap starts that have me ashamed of my country for the first time in my life (which is a damn long time)  they started to torture prisoners of war (OH they didn’t call them that) and some that made it legal to torture them.  It just wasn’t combatants captured on the battlefield that were tortured there were even some citiens of ours and other countries that were given the treatment. They even went to the streets of foreign countries and kidnapped people and sent them off to rendition , not sure they even bothered giving them a name , (they are the disappeared)  and were still doing the same kind of things while we say we aren’t.

Almost as bad in my mind (although you haven’t heard much about it ) the use of DEPLETED URANIUM weapons that have left Iraq more deadly than nuclear waste dumps that have caused the people and especially the new born of Iraq horribly sick .  The question the mother of a new born in Iraq is “IT IT NORMAL”  AIN’T YOU PROUD???  On top of that 10’s of thousands of our troops are coming home with all kinds of sickness and of course the Government denies that it could be the hot shells that are causing it (remember Agent Orange)  they were covering up then and are covering up now.

AND NOW FOR THE ECONOMIC DECADE

We started off with (of course) A CRASH of the Dot Com Bubble which started in late 2000 . For years the magic of the Internet Machines being built off of mainly pipe dreams and were brough public in days after their inception, never showing a plan never mind profits.  You knew something was really, really wrong , when the Talking Heads of finance in print and on Tv were saying the OLD RULES don’t apply , the old rules always apply, why did so many fall sucker too it.

To rev up the economy after the crash they of course invented a new bubble, that we are living through today and it is far from over.  It’s easy to build a bubble, in this case have the FED lower the interest rate, allow the bank to make the old rules not apply (at least for awhile) by changing the lending rules to not much more than ‘IS YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE OVER 83 DEGREES ? ”  Oh Goodie you are qualified for this 500,000 dollar house. Oh you don’t have any income.  That’s ok , housing will keep going up a 20% per year and you can cash out and make a lot of money.  HOW’S THAT WORK OUT FOR MILLIONS.

Phony mortgages not being enough of a scam they invented all of vehicles to get the loans off their books  by packaging these mortgages and selling them off (knowing full well they were duds) then bought insurance on them failing (knowing that they would).   They had invented a perpetual money machine and like all perpetual money machines it crashed.

To keep this sick pony running WE THE PEOPLE (by proxy) pumped Trillions into the system by all kinds of genius schemes to supposedly rescue the banks who were supposed to lend it out to get the economy going . We bailed out GM and Chrysler and they rewarded us by closing plants, quitting complete lines of cars leaving owners of the cars swinging in the wind (I’m one of them I owned a Saturn) (got rid of it early) and saved my butt, lots didn’t and in Saturn’s case now you can’t get parts and they won’t give repairmen the codes to boot the onboard computers.

That’s my look at the decade , not pretty for sure, all done to set you up for tomorrow “WHERE I WILL GIVE YOU MY PREDICTIONS FOR THE NEXT DECADE”  along of course with some professional opinions of where were headed.  Some advance warning ,DON’ T READ TOMORROW’S BLOG WITH A HANGOVER” you have been warned.

Thanks for sticking with me thru the year and for your comments public, and private on my blogs.

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CHECK YOUR BANK OR CREDIT UNION * RATING

December 31, 2009

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MOVE YOUR MONEY

December 30, 2009

To a Community Bank , Here’s a link to find a safe one in your zip code. The benefits I gained when I did this were more personal service, better loan rates, lower credit card rates, no interest charges on credit card if you pay it off every month peace of mind not having to worry about bank failures.

PENTAGON REPORT SAY AFGHANISTAN ARMY WILL NOT BE PREPARED

December 29, 2009

An exclusive report on Rachel Maddow tonight says the Afghanistan army  leadership from the Brigade level up is so corrupt, and often fails to show up for work, or makes token appearances that they probably never will be able to handle independence.  The report says we have about a year to salvage the operation and it also say that it is an impossible task.  Hillary said it the other day,, 50 years!!!   God love a duck, are we crazy, our troops are dying and being maimed in a country that doesn’t give a shit.   BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW , LET THE AFGHANS  FIGHT IT OUT AMONGST THEMSELVES.

HERE WE GO AGAIN

December 29, 2009

RECEIVED BY EMAIL TODAY:

REMEMBER TO LOOK AT THIS and just remember elections in Nov. 2010.

U.S. House & Senate have voted themselves $4,700 and $5,300 raises.

1. They voted to not give you a S.S. Cost of living raise in 2010 and 2012.

2. Your Medicaid premiums will go up $285.60 for the 2-years and You will not get the 3% COLA: $660/yr. Your total 2-yr loss and cost is – $1,600 or -$3,200 for husband and wife.

3. Over 2-yrs they each get $10,000

4. Do you feel SCREWED?

5. Will they have your cost of drugs – doctor fees – local taxes – food, etc., increase? NO WAY . They have a raise and better benefits. Why care about you? You never did anything about it in the past. You obviously are too stupid or don’t care.

6. Do you really think that Nancy, Harry, Chris, Charlie, Barney, et al, care about you?

SEND THE MESSAGE– You’re FIRED.

IN 2010 YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GET RID OF THE SITTING CONGRESS: Up to 1/3 OF THE SENATE, AND 100% OF THE HOUSE.

MAKE SURE YOU’RE STILL MAD IN NOVEMBER 2010 AND REMIND THEIR REPLACEMENTS NOT TO SCREW UP.

It is ok to forward this to your sphere of influence if you are finally tired of the abuse.

Maybe it’s time for Amendment 28:

“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

THE HOUSE AND SENATE DID NOT GET A PAY RAISE.  The right obviously never heard of Google or You Tube they keep telling these lies that a few key strokes prove to be bullshit.  It’s especially delicious to be able to link to a video of them doing what they said they didn’t do.  KINDA LIKE BEING ABLE TO SEE RUSSIA FROM YOUR FRONT  PORCH.

A little checking around to find out where this tripe came from revealed the following:

The original web site

The parent orginazation

Grassfire Nation is just another conservative propaganda mill. Check out their front page , there is not one truth on the whole thing.

The opening post:

It’s the best news we’ve had all year! God moved into the neighborhood! Warmest Christmas greetings to everyone across the Grassfire Nation. “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests”

What they failed to mention is this does not apply to all neighborhoods.  There are a few neighborhoods in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen , Gaza and Iran that sleep with tight sphincters every night including Christmas.   You have to go no further than the opening line sighting God has moved into the neighbourhood, that this is just another propaganda mill.  It’s the first site I’ve seen during the holiday season bringing God into the argument.  Now there’s nothing wrong with God for those who believe in it, but don’t follow it with anything but the truth.  Isn’t there a commandment that says “Do not bear false witness against thy neighbour. ”  Or did they just redact that one.

LET’S GO FOR FOUR

December 29, 2009

In a recent Rasmussen poll Democrats got 36% , Tea Party Candidate  got 23%, Republicans got 22%, undecided got 22% .  Now here’s an idea, let’s start a 4th party , it shouldn’t be hard to get the 22% who are undecided they don’t like anybody they see being offered.  Remember crazy Ole Ross Perot got 20% and could have won if ??  So with that in mind start thinking right now who would you vote for in a four way race.  If you could win 20 Senate seats you could have a neat little block (like the Blue Dogs) and force bills your way (just like Snow and Lieberman) in the health bill.  You just need to steal a little piece of the pies from the other 3 and bam , you got the job.

We can only hope the Tea Baggers stay around as a force(my guess is they won’t)  Even the crazy fundamentals don’t like White Racists(at least some of them don’t) , some are not against any people of color, some of them are not looking for Armageddon, some of they like medicare, some of them some of them are on welfare and food stamps, a whole bunch of them are on Social Security.

The TEA BAGGERS DON’T LOOK LIKE A PLANK TO ME,, THEY LOOK LIKE A BUNCH OF SPLINTERS HELD TOGETHER BY CHEAP GLUE…(nut job conservative money) So all sides are vulnerable as I see it.

THE QUICKEST DRAW=QUICKEST LIPS

December 29, 2009

Like most gunslingers , they always think they are the fastest there is.  Some do it with guns , some do it with minds and then there are those that do it by mouth.  Republicans fall into this last category.  The cause is they only have a one word vocabulary “BOMB”  .  Iran is developing a nuclear trigger “BOMB THEN” they scream.  Days later they have to say “OOOOPS” the information was another fake (just like Iraq’s WMD’s”  .

A bomber tries to do in another plane, “BOMB YEMEN” they scream.  It’s “OBAMA’s fault” they scream but they block his appointment to head the TSA.  (not that, that would have changed anything) but it’s the principle of the thing.

Quick Lips, are not a good things (except for kissing)  and are really bad on political leaders or figure heads of crackpot movements (think Tea Baggers) (and fundamental anything’s ) .  Throw caution to the wind, never mind if it’s a lie or not , in fact if the truth isn’t bad enough it’s ok to lie, just repeat it often enough and it will become a truth.

Wake up please!  These fools are tying to get us killed.  Send them home to nice safe street sweeping job.