Tuesday, June 29, 2010
So, how does it make sense that someone who works for cash and doesn't pay taxes to the government should get the government service of a government agent stepping to the plate and collecting money from BP for that person when that person finds him-or-herself in a position of no longer being employed in that under the table situation?
How is it that the person "should not be punished for a past mistake?" That supposition could lead all sorts of places... like that BP should not be expected to be "punished" by paying for the mistaken blow out of the well in the Gulf, for instance.
Serious, people. Think about it. Stupid.
Monday, June 28, 2010
But this traffic issue, this driving situation, I think I can no longer ignore. I did it for several days, but the next time I meet up with someone who stops at an intersection in which he or she has the right of way (ie. the stop signs are for people coming perpendicular and not for people going in his or her direction), I will punch that person in the head with my jackknife. It's not wise and only further disrupts the flow of traffic and makes people wonder whether the hellz or not the other guy is going to follow the law.
I can't take it. I can't. Traffic violations will be my death, I know now, not fire. And this will be via heart attack caused directly by witnessing one last such act, and not because I commit it and smash into someone.
p.s. For those of you remembering that if Quetzalcoatl does not return in 2012 we will have presidential elections in this country again, and that I am running for office, you ought to know this: apparently, whereas some people are "realists" or "pragmatists," I am simply "crass." Be prepared. (I find aubergine to be a rather classy color, but perhaps some would not.)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
At some point one of the women who had offered to host said told me this morning, as the kids were getting ready to ride after their dedication circle, that some times the news can inspire such pessimism in her, and this event gave her hope that it's not all bad out there in the world.
These young riders are smart, driven, and committed to a cause, and as another woman noted, if other kids their age are just half as good as they are, then that is really, just good.
Check out the Texas 4000 at Texas4000.org for routes, photos, blog entries, bios and more information. It's quite a ride, and I feel pretty honored to have been able to host a very smart and thoughtful young man last night who has endured non-Hodgkins lymphoma at 19 and again a year later, and who just four years after nearly dying, is making the 4500 mile ride himself.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I'm not really one to write a journal much, except when completely confused by some stupidity in which I am engaging, and trying to figure out what the hellz is going on with all that... or convincing myself to continue to engage, justifying, that kind of thing.
But I did look back on my blog of the past couple years this morning, to see if I have felt the rage and sadness I felt, say, last evening, and again this morning when I woke up wishing I hadn't woken up, and sure enough, last year I was raving about the crappy service people in service positions (ie. convenience store sales, gear shop sales) gave my brother and me while we were trying to do canyon country in the pouring rain; and the year before I was morose as all hell, crying at potluck and finding solace only in the early morning mist of the hills.
Yesterday it was what's been bothering me for what seems like aeons now, but really has been only several months: vehicle traffic, both two- and four-wheeled. What the hellz is it with people on bikes that they don't follow the road rules? It's like people forget- or maybe no one ever taught them- that they are supposed to act like vehicular traffic and do things like drive on the street, in the proper lane, and cross at the green lights, and stop at intersections. You know, the stuff cars and trucks do? But, shite, here in Laramie, trust me, people in four-wheeled vehicles don't follow those rules either, as evidenced by my almost daily witnessing of people blowing through red lights at 13th and Grand or 15th and Grand (Grand being the main E-W street in town and the intersections with 13th and 15th being two very busy ones near campus.)
I consider writing a letter to the editor, often, but crap, it's not my job to make sure people are following the law and not killing or being killed. That's their own job, and when they screw up, it's the cops' job to bust them for it. I'd rather throw rocks at their windshields, or better yet, catch up to them, pull them out of the drivers seat, or off the bicycle seat, and punch them in the face with my jackknife.
But, then who would be the one to get in trouble? It's a lose-lose situation.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Here's today's. It's pretty sweet. And the site, if you're interested, is called In the Rooms. Thanks to my Wis.
Perfect as Usual
Miracles are natural. -A Course in Miracles
As my ll-year-old friend Tasha sat down to eat some noodles she had cooked for lunch, I asked her, "How did your noodles turn out?" Tasha smiled and answered, "Perfect-as usual!" Tasha's answer reminded me that perfection is our natural state. Life was intended to work perfectly; it does and it will. Those who attune their vision to behold perfection will find it, create more good, and enjoy it. Those whose sight is set on loss, victimization, and death will continually manifest those experiences.
Some psychologists did an experiment on children's attitudes. They took a child who was considered negative and unappreciative and placed him in a room with a collection of new toys. He played with each toy for a few minutes and then complained that he was bored. Then the scientists took a child described as positive and optimistic and put him in a room with a huge pile of horse manure. Soon he smiled and exclaimed, "This is great!"
"Why is that?" one of the researchers asked him.
Quickly he answered, "There must be a pony somewhere!"
Friday, June 18, 2010
This is the ultimate insult. Dag, people get it right! Do your jobs! There are enough of us out here needing a job who would actually do it the way it's meant to be done... We don't need you screwing up and putting a bunch of people's lives in danger- and defaming Spag-Os in the process.
(from Togus the Cat, who is supah cool, like the Big Orange, only it seems not so ornery):
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Yet another glaring misstep by the fourth estate, in this case (SURPRISE!), Fox News:
Fox's Most Blatant Falsehood Ever?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 17, 2010
CONTACT Jess Levin (202) 772-8162 email@example.comWashington, DC - Today, after Fox News and the Fox Nation falsely suggested that President Obama was giving a "major strip" of land in Arizona "back to Mexico," Media Matters for America issued an open letter to Fox News Senior Vice President Michael Clemente asking that, as promised in the "quality control" memo Fox News management issued to staff, "immediate disciplinary action" be taken.
"Michael Clemente cannot simply ignore this on-air error like he has so many others," said Ari Rabin-Havt, Vice President for Research and Communications at Media Matters. "This was one of the most deliberately misleading reports I've ever seen on Fox News."
Added Rabin-Havt: "This is not a quality control problem. This is a journalistic ethics problem. And if Fox News doesn't correct this, it will prove that it has none."
Rabin-Havt has sent five previous letters about such "mistakes" but has yet to receive a response. He sent today's letter after Bonnie Swarbrick, the public information officer for the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona, exclusively told Media Matters that Fox's claims were "totally false" and the notion that America had given the land back to Mexico is "ludicrous."
Monday, June 14, 2010
Come on in, anyone, as long as you follow the law. Of course, that doesn't mean we will follow it on our end and you won't get booted anyway.
We are a mean, mean country.
But what if I want to end up in court?
Defend myself, like Slobodan. But that's off the subject. Here are 23 incriminating things not to say in an e-mail, stupid. This is highly confidential:
p.s. I wonder how long it will take the FFM to note that I am relying on other sources for entries again. And yet I have all this time on my hands.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
But I will shut up now. The FFM has been picking on me about expressing disappointment so frequently on the ole blog. I think I'm encroaching on his territory, though he calls it "realism" in his case.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
1) BP an associated oil giants are made up of a bunch of people who care about money in their pockets and bank accounts and little else;
2) The Israeli government is made up of mean hypocrites.
But some days you just have to take a day off from griping and enjoy the sweet sweet sights and scents of spring.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
But just how is it that we are to "put the public back in charge of our government?" The Tea Partiers are trying to do that, and dag, if I don't want that public in charge of my government any more than I do the corporate power-and-money mongers.