Famine, plague, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and one helluva lot of pestilence are right on top of us.

Here, and here.

The Andrew Sullivan/James Joyner vs. DougJ and John Cole debate (linked above) strikes me as very important to discuss at this particular point in our history. And at least Joyner and Cole/DougJ take comments.

We need to reduce defense by about 25%, raise taxes on the rich, means test safety net programs, dramatically invest in infrastructure and alternate energy, and soon, or we are going to be sniffing China’s ass for the next 200 years, or until they get as stupid as we did, whichever comes first. And has any ex-#1 EVER reclaimed their status in the realm of geopolitics?

I don’t recall one. But I’m not an intellectual.

Strength comes from within.

You really have to hand it to the GOP. Sincere kudos.

They have convinced America (or at least all the rich people who run America) that just because these very same The Man who creates the mess can in no way be accountable for it.

This is non-partisan.

I say the cycle is unstoppable, and the only way to issue corrections to it is when, after screwing us royally economically for X years until things blow up, the rich get the snot taxed out of them when it happens. For Christ’s sake, none of them are hurting, NY Times series on the poor folks moving down to 5000 sq. ft. notwithstanding.

The Man is largely wealthy. The Man created the problem we all have now. The Man should be happily coughing up, nervously laughing a meek apology, and saying, “OK, you can have some of it back.” Preferably in front of an angry mob.

That’s because in a just world they’d be in jail.

This is pretty much indisputable according to my lying eyeballs. I give you the Defense budget as Exhibit A.

Hat tip to just about everyone in the blogosphere of sanity.

We’re done. We accept our Corporate Masters and political leaders as too powerful to bother with. Our drain is being circled; our obit being written by historians just born. Everything happens faster these days, and it was a good 350 years, allowing for the full-scale acknowledgment of our rise and fall.

(But I don’t mean to be pessimistic. I’m hoping we figure it out at least a coupla decades after I’m gone.)

We’ve become ungovernable for the time being.

…everyone these cops know plus themselves to get Alzheimer’s (starting…NOW!) and eaten by wild animals. Because they wandered off while they were still 70% coherent.

After handling a side of meat. In famine conditions for the critters. If it’s bears, just before hibernating.

Just not sure enough about Hell.

Well, at least we can all agree that their internal ranking system was pretty normal.

Jesus lives!

It really is ridiculous.

If they actually believed what they preached, they’d all be rotting in Hell and taking it up the hiney against their will.

In fact, 30 years is a nanosecond in Catholic Church chronology.

I’m sick of these people telling me right and wrong. I think my Mom and Dad did just fine on that, and they wouldn’t have let me off the hook for 30 years of child molesting, no way, no how.

(They were also very good about small potatoes right-wrong stuff, just for the record.)

I suppose I’m doing all right and that’s that, but the power Corporate Man has over us, including our health care, is a frightening thing indeed.

I’m right with DougJ on this one. The Wall St. behavior and success sealed the deal for me.

As usual.

I just can’t get over how the GOP gets away with this SHIT!

Thanks, Dems, for not flogging it every time you’re in front of a camera! (In the figurative sense.)

Thanks, liberal media!

Good luck, USofA!