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Why I Hate Christmas Reason #417

This is an open thread too.

I Confess

A Childhood Lesson In Disrespect to Women

So much of the conversation here has revolved around the execrable behavior of immature men like Jon Favreau. I’m no Favreau, or so I liked to think, but I reached deep into my past and remembered one of the most disrespectful things I ever did to a woman– well, she’s a woman now.

It was in Junior High school, eighth grade. Val was this really brilliant girl in my class. She was always getting an A+ on everything, or so it seemed. She was so perfect that I found it downright annoying.

Val isn’t her name. I call her that because she went on to become valedictorian. Her sister had been a valedictorian. So not only was Val perfect, her sister was perfect. I quipped that if they had children, their children would be perfect too.

I think Val liked me. When our mothers met, hers seemed to know very much who I was. One day another girl put in a word for Val– and then it happened. It was a horrible year and mine was a horrible mood. For no reason I said a terrible thing that I won’t even repeat. What had she done? Nothing– except to be “perfect.”

The punishment was swift, comprehensive, and devastatingly appropriate. That year I fell in love with Val. I couldn’t stop thinking about her. By senior year I was desperate enough to write a love letter. I was rebuffed. “I cannot,” she wrote, “find it in me to respond to your advances.”

I can’t describe the cataclysm this experience was to my emotions. In military terms it would be the equivalent of the fall of Carthage or Troy– all because I had been disrespectful to a young woman.

I got over Val– but I didn’t forget. After thirty-four years, I could not excise the incident from my mind. How appropriate that I would be relating it on the blog of the woman who, for the qualities I see in her, most reminds me of Val.  I don’t know if that is the final humiliation in my sentence, or the last condition for my parole. I only know that I could count on my fingers the women I knew who were in a league with Val.

Well meaning people say it’s never too late; I can settle down with the woman of my dreams. Yet life is not a Jane Austen novel. For me there cannot be, and will never be, a storybook romance and wedding– not with anybody.

I’ll share some lyrics that helped comfort me in this epic crime and punishment. I was with a friend many years ago, and this song was playing on the radio.

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
You been out ridin’ fences for so long now
Oh, you’re a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin’ you
Can hurt you somehow.

Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can’t get.

Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home
And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’
Your prison is walking through this world all alone.

Don’t your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won’t snow and the sun won’t shine
It’s hard to tell the night time from the day
You’re loosin’ all your highs and lows
Ain’t it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you, before it’s too late.

–The Eagles

Fascism and Obama For America

See That Flag? It Means We Are Patriotic!

See That Flag? It Means We Are Patriotic!

Boy, this working thing really cuts into my blogging time. What’s up with that?

Never mind. I’m home for a few hours, and today, I’m thinking about Fascism.

Fascism is usually defined as a merger of corporations and state. Since we have deregulated our financial institutions to the point of insanity, they made a lot of bad lending decisions and are leveraged out the wazoo. We are now forced into bailing them out with taxpayer money because they are “too big to fail.” Other corporations, like the Big Three automakers, now expect taxpayers to pony up more cash to pay for their poor competition in the market of ideas.

When you nationalize key industries and institutions, that’s a large part of what makes up a fascist state (well, that, and things like The Patriot Act and warrantless wiretapping, which we have also allowed to happen). I thought we Murkins were dead-set against this type of economics, being so in love with “the free market” and all?

In reality, which despite reports to the contrary actually exists outside of Ayn Rand’s brain, a truly competitive market needs to be overseen and regulated, or the corporations will run amok, taking our economy – and the world’s – with it.

We have seen this actually happen over and over again, yet ideology continues to trump common sense with voters from all sides of the political spectrum. We keep allowing our politicians to loot our pocketbooks and direct trillions of our dollars into their cronies’ bank accounts, with nary a peep of protest from us.

The people this year who were likely to enforce regulation and transparency on the giant wealth-transferral machine that our government has become, were driven out of the race by the corporate media and deserted by their own political parties; while Barack Obama, the most unelectable candidate I have ever seen in my lifetime, was elevated to the status of Jesus.

And only the PUMAs asked why. Why did the corporate media love Obama so much, when he had friends and associates that would have driven anyone else, of any political party, out of the race before he was even allowed to become a candidate? Why did the Chicago Machine politician, the ultimate insider who married into The Family, pass the Democratic Party’s vetting process? We received no response other than wild accusations and rejection by friends, family members and former blogging communities for asking these obvious questions.

Since I’m talking questions, let me ask two more. What will happen once Barack Obama is inaugurated? Will we keep going down this road of merging the private and the public sectors of our economy?

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Festivus – A Holiday For The Rest Of Us!

It’s not too late to order a Festivus pole for this year:

Festivus Pole Kit $39 plus S&H

Festivus Pole Kit $39 plus S&H

Collapsible for easy crawlspace storage. 

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Friday: Things that really piss us off

Allan Katx, Proud RBC Committee Member

Allan Katz, Proud RBC Committee Member

So, David Plouffe went to Harvard the other day to muse hypothetically about what might have happened if Florida had actually, um, *counted* back in February:

“In fact, we might not have been the nominee,” Mr. Plouffe said at a forum sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Plouffe said that he was surprised – and relieved – when the Clinton campaign bowed to pressure from early primary states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, and agreed not to campaign in Florida after the state defied the Democratic National Committee and scheduled its primary before Feb. 3. That spared the Obama campaign the burden of running in a state where all sides agreed Mrs. Clinton was very strong.

“The Florida primary was always of concern to us,” Mr. Plouffe said. “When they agreed to do it in the Clinton campaign, I was really surprised.”

(The vote was held, and Mrs. Clinton won, but the Democratic National Committee said that delegates won there would not count in determining the outcome of the race.)

The way it turned out, Mr. Obama crushed Mrs. Clinton in South Carolina on Jan. 26 and rolled into Super Tuesday on Feb. 5, when there were more than 20 states holding contests. Florida would have taken place on Feb. 29, which Mr. Plouffe argued could have made everyone forget South Carolina.

“If we hadn’t had that moment of velocity coming out of South Carolina — particularly after losing New Hampshire – I don’t know if we could have survived Feb. 5,” he said.

Well, wasn’t that nice.  They were relieved that Clinton had stuck to her agreement because that meant Obama didn’t have to spend money and time in a state he knew he couldn’t win at the same time they could work with Obama’s enablers in the DNC to fuck over Floridians, Hillary and the rest of the country’s Hillary voters.

I can just imagine Plouffe, Axelrod, Brazile and Obama himself sniggering and patting themselves on the back for pulling a fast one over on Hillary the sucker and the rest of us.  High fives all around.  I mean, why bother treating your voters with respect when the other guy makes it completely unnecessary?

There are business courses available for people who want to figure out how to get what they want and believe it or not, they never recommend the aproach that Obama took.  Oh, that doesn’t mean that the management types ever take the advice but the pros who teach this stuff make a point that playing the game by cheating and backstabbing is limited short-term thinking.  *Supposedly*, good negotiators operate in good faith and are up front and honest.  Good game players triumph over evil in the end blah-de-blah-de-blah.  So, maybe Hillary’s crew were a bit over confident that they could win in the end.  But I can still remember the night of SuperTuesday when even Karl Rove thought that Obama would have a hard time pulling off a primary win.  Well, SURE, but that’s only because Rove was counting Florida and possibly Michigan.  It was probably only a hearbeat later when Rove realized what a brilliantly devious thing it would be for the media to suppress Floridians and pretend it didn’t count.

Did Hillary have a choice in the matter?  Allan Katz, the Floridian RBC member who screwed us all royally and says he is now proud of it would probably say “no”.  The RBC’s decision of the previous August to strip FL and MI of their votes made the RBC members into minor celebrities.  Whoo-hoo!  15 minutes of fame and all that.  They.  Had. The.  Powwwwwer!!!  What a moment in the sun, a chance to make a solemn, momentous decision on TV, a day that will live in infamy when the petty bureaucrats had a chance to make the 2008 election into a teachable moment about race.

How delighted they must be that they elevated skin color over character so that now we have the specter of four years of Jon Favreau, Rod Blagojevich and the Villagers holding the White House hostage if their cushy status quo is disrupted.  This is the price that the rest of us pay.  The Democratic party has covered itself with dishonor.  Oh, sure, it *won*.  But the consequences of not bargaining in good faith are that now voters sincerely believe that there isn’t a bit of difference between the parties, that all politicians are crooked and that you can’t trust any of them.  Obama won because the Republicans were sooooo baaaad.  But in the future, the Democratic party will have a much harder time making its case.  It has lost the moral high ground.  It ripped the nomination from one of its most deserving, loyalists and gave the finger to the voters.

Mr. Plouffe, we have very long memories.

Rezko Sentencing Could Be Delayed a Second Time!


Via The Real Barack Obama, Antoin “Tony” Rezko has apparently expressed interest in talking to prosecutors again:

On Thursday morning, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve canceled deadlines by which lawyers were to submit filings on the sentencing of the Wilmette businessman.

Rezko was to be sentenced Jan. 6 — a rushed date he recently requested as he seeks to be freed from solitary confinement.

The possibility of another change comes two days after Gov. Blagojevich was charged in shakedown schemes and the feds revealed they had secret recordings of the governor.

Now that he knows other members of the “combine” have been spilling their guts, Rezko might be feeling a little more talkative himself. Awhile back he was having “intense” conversations with investigators, but then he clammed up after his protege, Barack Obama, became the “president elect.”

From the LA Times:

Now, why would a judge extend the period before sentencing when the convicted prisoner expressed a desire to get on with prison? Without a new briefs deadline, the expedited Jan. 6 sentencing could now be pushed back further.

Because Rezko, in the hopes of reducing his sentence, is singing in his cell about Blagojevich and maybe others. He’s not done with his song repertoire and the feds haven’t fully checked out his information to determine how grateful to be in sentence-seeking.

A footnote at the bottom of one page in the 76-page …

… Blagojevich complaint confirms Rezko is cooperating with the FBI, news that could cause an increase in the pre-holiday consumption of Mylanta by other Chicago pols.

This could get interesting…stay tuned.