Saturday, February 7, 2009

Plus ça change, les saisons changent

KBR, the perpetrator in the electrocution deaths of American soldiers in Iraq, gets another contract? Check.

"I'm sure they learned their lesson."

Businesses self-regulating proving once again to be a laughingstock? Check.

"A quick buck'll always trump."

You're quite the poet, brain. A kinder, gentler Jack Bauer-ization of the intelligence community continuing unabated? Check.

"Iron Law of Institutions, baby."

Speaking of laws, will the underlings, like the architects, get off easy as pie? Check.

"Oh, and Karl Rove still hasn't appeared before Congress."

But my absolute favorite has to be, in order to stave off the obvious lunacy of an above $900 billion stimulus bill (ostensibly to be spent here in Murka) which would be akin to a serrated, rusty knife twisting in the flabby gut of the American taxpayer unlike the trillion-plus visit to the massage parlor with deluxe Wall Street benefits if you catch my drift wink wink nudge nudge that was the last eight years highlighted by romantic adventuring in Iraq -- we permitted thieves and malcontents to rip off, what, $1 billion every 8 seconds? -- thanks to the serious, forthright, honorable philosophers in that most august and cautious of deliberative bodies, the United States Senate and their lopping off of stark wastes of money such as $1 billion for Head Start and $20 billion for school construction, the bill's reduction to a far more svelte and palatable $780 billion.


Kids and their sloppy joes and fancy book learnin'. The only thing they stimulate is my patience. Go get 'em, Congress.

Once all the greenback brouhaha exits the 38-second Murkan attention span, at least we have the inevitable sabre rattling against Iran to look forw -- hey, Dancing With the Stars is on. Go Hollywood has-been!

"What does all that have to do with the seasons, or did you fail in your attempt at being clever?"

As usual, the latter, but for the first time in quite awhile, it's sadly not cold outside, as it's already around 40° this morning. Now, summer can certainly go to hell and rot as all good corpses do, but spring is fine in small doses, and any nudge of the spirit away from the inexorable bullshit of humanity to the terrifying and beautiful grandeur of nature is alright with me.

That's better.


Mary Ellen said...

We're havin' a heat wave, a tropical heat wave...

Whoo hoo!

Mauigirl said...

Spring can't come soon enough for me.

I am very sick of Congress and the way they are handling this stimulus bill. I am fed up with the Republicans and not too fond of the Democrats either. Couldn't they have come up with something more hard-hitting? If they had to have tax cuts in there, the whole remainder of the bill should have been very clear-cut infrastructure projects rather than this piecemeal mess of items that are too easy to skewer by the GOP and make the American public think it's all pork. There is some good stuff in there somewhere but it's too much of a muddle for anyone to see it - and there's no doubt a lot of waste including the additions the GOP have insisted on.'s the same old story as usual. No wonder Congress has such low approval ratings.

I think the President will realize there is no compromising after all with these people.

Liberality said...

I went to class today without a coat. I also had to turn down the heater in my car. Just watch, next week we'll be down to single digits again, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts!

Utah Savage said...

I want the Rethuglicans to have to filibuster their asses off. I want the Dems to grow a spine. I want a showdown at the OK Corral.

And it is not spring here. So I'm pissed off and on the rampage.

Randal Graves said...

ME, stop that or I'll ban you. ;-)

mauigirl, the problem with the dums is the same problem they've had for years: fear of confrontation. They, and their Pragmatic Supporters, always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to be Pragmatic®, figure that the goopers can't continue to be first rank assholes for too much longer.

No matter who was pretzeldent, the bill was going to suck a good amount, i.e., not help the little guy as much as it should, but I will say this comedy is mildly entertaining.

liberality, when I left for work it was that horribly nebulous temperature range where, with the gusting winds, a thicker coat might be necessary, but now with the sun, ugh. Damn you, weather!

utah, please, be pissed off, that's what we like to see! The day dums grow a spine is the day I sell all my metal albums.

Tom Harper said...

Maybe KBR could do the electrical work in some of those office suites on Wall Street. Or at the RNC headquarters.

Beach Bum said...

We had snow on the ground here two weeks ago and all last week was just freaking cold but today I wore shorts to do yard work. I have heard the experts repeat many times about how climate change is going to be quirky thing. Of course the lemmings around me see the cold weather and say What global warming? Even down here when I was a kid I remember steady cool to cold temperatures until a couple of weeks before spring.

As for congress, the dark clouds of foreboding that parted for a while after Bush left are returning. You can't tell me the repugs ain't trying to sabotage President Obama's efforts and the democrats don't know there ass from a hole in the ground.

Westcoast Walker said...

Mild weather here in the Pacific Northwest - meaning the latte sipping douche bags are starting to think about rolling the hood down on their convertibles.

I am still basking in the glow of the post-Bush era, though I am glad to see that even in the early dawn of the Obama presidency the blogs are firing up with good old fashioned ranting and raving against the machines of mediocrity and greed throughout the system!

Suzi Riot said...

I hate Congress. Somehow the absence of the Fucktard in Chief makes them look worse than ever, since they're now the biggest douchebags in town.

susan said...

An optimist is someone who thinks our various political and social systems, like schools, churches, jury trials, the Boy Scouts and Congress, are on the up and up. That they are intended for the benefit of citizens. The reality is they're designed to keep everyone in line.

MRMacrum said...

And the Bullies get to strut back to their corners and give each other fist hits and suck on toothpicks. They may not have won the fight, but they made those wimpy Democrats say uncle a few times.

I guess I get to look forward to some six pack money now. And maybe the missus can finally get that fancy smancy counter top Foreman grill she's been eyeing every week down to the Walmart.

At least they cut out that money for the schools. Schoolin is way over rated. Didn't git much out of it myself. We teach our brats right here at home out of the Good Book. That's the only book worth a damn anyhow. Sometimes I wish I could read it. The missus can if she reads it out loud. She must git her talent from her Pa, my Uncle Bill. He's a pretty sharp feller.

Mauigirl said...

Hi Randal, just wanted to let you know you have an award waiting for you over at my place! (P.S. it's also a meme!)

S.W. Anderson said...

I want to associate myself with Utah Savage's comment, to use some inside-the-beltway speak.

Re: Tom Harper's comment. Better we should send Wall Street and RNC HQ to Baghdad, and let KBR's crack team of electrical geniuses do their thing where they have a proven track record. Plus, I'm sure there are still some IED's, suicide bombers and the occasional bombing and strafing run that goes terribly awry.

Not to worry about protests from the locals about their new neighbors, either. First, the locals are used to being dumped on. Second, I suspect they wouldn't be bothered for long.

If that works well, maybe we can goad chickenhawk Rush Limbaugh into doing some shows from where the troop surge worked its magic. Heh heh.

Anonymous said...

It got up to 60 degrees here on Long Island, but all that meant was that I got to play touch football in mud. We slipped and slid and got stuck in this mire, just like Dem reps who caved to the Repubs on the stimulus. And my team lost, just like the Dems did, too... again.

Dean Wormer said...

If they shut down all the grade schools where will the Republican congressmen get dates?

okjimm said...

// romantic adventuring in Iraq //

SHIT! No wonder I'm not getting LAID!!! All the romantic adventuring is in Iraq! Wowsers! I best enlist soon!!

Randal Graves said...

tom, 50 bucks says all the electrical work done at RNC headquarters was done by a fully licensed, experienced, union electrician.

BB, the weather patterns are certainly more flighty than they were growing up, and that's simply from observation, without any fancy electro-gadgetry. Sure, it's getting warmer in a general sense, but freak winter stuff seems to be more common as well.

Perhaps I should invent pants with retractable legs.

WW, Mild weather here in the Pacific Northwest - meaning the latte sipping douche bags are starting to think about rolling the hood down on their convertibles.

Which leads to the inevitable blaring of some bad music. And hey, just because the dems are theoretically less psychotic than the goopers, doesn't mean the entire system isn't in dire need of an overhaul.

suzi, I loved how a decent portion of the stuff that was cut was actually useful. Kill all the lawyers? Kill all the rats in Congress for starters.

susan, hey now, we'll have none of that pessimistic, conspiratorial tone here. We're all Eagle Scouts now.

mrmacrum, God Bless You, Sir for keepin' The Lord is your home and for keepin' your youngins away from the tools of Satan like edumacation and speakin' back to authory figures.

mauigirl, I hope it's an award for outstanding achievement in the field of excellence. I got jobbed out of one last year!

SWA, I think you're onto something. And for someone who's such a staunch supporter of blowing brown people up, I can't recall the pill popper ever heading over there on a USO tour.

spartacus, frankly, I'm shocked that the dems caved. It's not in their nature. Must have been some bad brie.


okjimm, since they've dropped so many requirements, that conviction you got for being involved with the Wisconsin Seven will be overlooked. That WAS you, right?

Non Je Ne Regrette Rien said...

ya know, that whole Head Start thing was a blessing for me, it snapped me back into reality, reminding me that my decision to get out of dodge and merka was EXACTLY THE RIGHT FUCKING THING TO DO.


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