December 2009


…and Wall St.’s subsequent behavior did a lot to destroy any faith I had left in the current system we call American capitalism.

Heywood says it better than I ever could.

Me, I’ll never listen to anyone complain about a poor person’s “sense of entitlement” again without a fight. Never. And I will club those who try over the head with Wall St.’s behavior while I’m giving Wall St. money to pay the nanny-nut for the care their children need on the family vacation in Monaco.

These people are not good people.

Update: Yes, yes, I know most of them have “paid the money back with interest.” And it all came merrily trickling down to Main St., happily ever after.

“Now stabilized, the U.S. financial system must reform itself.”

In other news, “Foxes begged by wolves to keep out of chicken coop.”

“It makes us all look bad,” said Mr. Wolf.

I’m having an interesting good time watching the Midshipmen whomp on a Big 12 team.

Why don’t more people understand this statement from the WH? Oh, that’s right, they get their news from TV!

And let’s give a big tip o’ the hat to those classically spineless Congressional Democrats for failing to stand up and make the same point.

We are living in one MOFO strange media politico-social universe, indeed.

I haven’t seen any interest in underwear-dude.

Except on TV.

Hell, we’re not even talking about it to waste time at work.

Updated.

The Original, according to www.PrayerCross.com.

THE LORD’S PRAYER (ALL CAPS their’s)

OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME. THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD. AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US, AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN.

Modernized: Thank you, FSM, you’re a God to us. They’ll get theirs not only after, but before they die. Don’t like being hungry, so some food would be great. And because most of us trespass, we should try not to judge other’s trespasses, plus we should stay out of bars without our spouses/SO’s, and please save us from people like Bundy, Dahmer, Gacy and Cheney. Clearly, that kind of thing is up to You.

The old one is $19.99 for two. Mine only costs $17.99, and you only need one.

You can’t stop them all.

And to you semi-pro or professional or even wildly successful bed-wetters and fear mongers, we’re on to you, we know you can make some money off it, but you’re still stupid. You’re advocating against your own personal interest as well as everyone else’s.

Having a serious national debate about how much time, money, and hassle we’re going to put up with every time some idiot sets himself on fire in a commercial airliner (which if you read the first link you’d know isn’t exactly likely to happen, period) is long overdue.

Sincerely.

Update: Also.

Probably screwed because it is 12-22, with some reason since by definition it hasn’t withstood the test of time.

Still.

Spectacular “Duh.”

…and I hate Peggy Noonan, whose sanctimonious preening holier-than-thou crap has been irritating me for a decade, at least. (I know, she’s a very Serious Person.)

So I especially enjoyed this.

Update: OK, I don’t “hate” Peggy Noonan, as I don’t know her personally. But I do hate her public persona. It’s condescending, and boy do I hate being condescended to. In fact, I challenge any public figure to a Condescension Contest, live on TV, the only place that matters.

I thought this piece was pretty darned informative and insightful.

Perhaps we’re born with a limited amount of discipline. We know where Tiger used most of his up, that’s for sure.

He should go with a whole new image program: Instead of the ever-polite, passionless polished public persona he’s cultivated since he was a kid (with an awful lot of help, obviously), he should just reintroduce himself to the world and announce that he’s going to say whatever is on his mind, tell us how he really feels, and people can take it or leave it. He’ll never please lots of ex-fans again, anyway. Plus it will save him a lot of dough firing all those “handlers.” And it’s just plain easier to live life out of the closet.

It would entertain me a lot, for sure. And what else is he to me?

Woke up with a happy face this morning, got some necessary stuff done, and have a Christmas party to attend tonight. The cats are fighting for keyboard space, and life is all right.

I’m a pretty vocal and generally sincere critic (it’s fun to exaggerate a bit for the sake of humor) of marriage as an institution, but every now and then you see two old people sitting on a park bench looking at each other like they just met, and you just know they found “it,” that life-changing chemical reaction we call “love” gone wonderfully right.

I believe this couple may qualify. This is an incredibly adorable tribute to a job well done, and a love holding up just fine.

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