OUT WITH THE OLD – IN WITH THE NEW

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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