I think that right up there with the wonder and enjoyment of all the festivities surrounding the general Holiday Season, that begins really with Thanksgiving, continues to Christmas, and ended yesterday, is the enjoyment of getting back to work with a renewed and fresh sense of purpose. Man I’m glad to be back.
Entries from January 2006
January 3rd, 2006 · 1 Comment · Motivation & Lifestyle
January 3rd, 2006 · 7 Comments · Politics & Culture
Do you have any idea how hysterically I laugh at most of you all; and in particular, currently, at Republicans bending over backwards to defend “abuses of power” they would not have tolerated for an instant in the previous administration of the office of the chief executive? They wouldn’t tolerate lying about a blow-job (and they shouldn’t), but they will tolerate just about whatever from the guy who heads the other team (and they shouldn’t). Let me clue you in on something: when the government does something you don’t like, it uses the exact same power it used to do something you do like. Another clue: government is the abuse of power. What’s my point? Simply this: I know very well and good how things are done around here. I understand that there are imperatives, such as killing primitives who have vowed and continue to vow to kill us. I understand that the power of the State is the only way that’s going to happen, now, and whether it is or is not the power of the State that got us into this and all of the many murderous predicaments of the past is immaterial. Things have to get done–today….
January 5th, 2006 · Comments Off · Politics & Culture
First things first: the title is ripped off from P.J. O’Roarke, who wrote a book by the same title. Jim Bovard has a rather humorous post up about the Abramoff “lobbying” scandal. Here’s one, quoting the NYT quoting some former republican aide: “There’s a lot of talk coming out of various quarters that the Justice Department is going to pursue a different definition of bribery, meaning that if somebody were to give a gift or a campaign contribution in the same time period as a member took an official action, that in and of itself would constitute bribery. That scares the bejesus out of people.” Oh, you mean they’re going to use a definition of bribery close to the actual meaning of the word? It astounds me. I hear virtually nothing but lies on both sides of the political debate virtually all of the time. Yea, they call it “spin.” Euphemism for outright, boldface lying. Look: the only reason that the truth needs to be spun into a lie is that the truth is uncomfortable. Why is it uncomfortable? Well, in this case, because virtually every last one of them, on both sides–top to bottom and wall to wall–are whores…
January 5th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Politics & Culture
Which completely sums up what sort of idiot Pat Robertson is. Those who require exorcism of their similar idiocies can begin right here. And make sure to “see also,” and follow “external links.” Such begins your path to redemption as a human being with a mind.
January 5th, 2006 · Comments Off · Motivation & Lifestyle
Radley Balko has some very far-fetched predictions for 2006 in his latest Fox column.
January 5th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Politics & Culture
Radley Balko reports on more limp-dick, G.I. Joe wannabes who like to dress up in assault gear, break down doors, point automatic assault rifles, and generally terrorize people in possession of a little weed. And, sometimes (often), they even get the wrong house. You know, I just have a difficult time understanding how a person–a so-called man–can live a life like that; terrorizing people who aren’t harming anyone. It’s an objective fact that nobody of genuine self-esteem could do that for a single day. I can only imagine what sorts of ego-crushing experiences these guys must have had at the hands of parents, or perhaps women at some point in their lives. No excuse, of course, but I’m forever astonished at how so many people seem to be so concerned about what other people think of them. Why is that? Update: Well, Christ, I might as well add this link here too, about SWAT teams preventing people from committing suicide: by shooting and killing them first. Can anyone fathom the depth of my hatred, here?
January 6th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Politics & Culture
Via Hit & Run, I get a link over to this WSJ Editorial that minimally has the virtue of telling a decent bit of the truth about who republican politicians really are. More broadly, however, the Abramoff scandal wouldn’t resonate nearly as much with the public if it didn’t fit a GOP pattern of becoming cozy with Beltway mores. The party that swept to power on term limits, spending restraint and reform has become the party of incumbency, 6,371 highway-bill “earmarks,” and K Street. And it’s no defense to say that Democrats would do the same. Of course Democrats would, but then they’ve always claimed to be the party of government. If that’s what voters want, they’ll choose the real thing. After admittedly being seduced by the whole ’1994 thing,’ it didn’t really take long to understand that nothing was materially going to change. It was perhaps a year, at most. Two years ago, I blogged an entry that I think is pretty apropos today, really going to the fundamental reasons why the Republicans did not and will not change anything. (Reading it now also makes me think that my writing is getting worse.) That entry concludes as follows, but…