January, February 2012
Rita, part deux:
Rita nailed HB 1867. Now the government can round us up with impunity, or it can’t; depends on which clause is enforced. No worries. A left-leaning blog assured me that the constitution trumps all, when politically expedient (the
latter being my humble interpretation).
But the big news is that Secretary of Defense Panetta, according to a report I heard over the radio, is going to “deploy 80,000 less troops moving forward.” Admittedly, I was a REMF* in the Army, but why mothball the term
“retreat.” And since we’re building a green defense doesn’t the word “retreat” save the taxpayers 1/6th the cost of ink, and decrease carbon emissions by 83%?
Meanwhile, Arab countries keep attempting brazen missions on our home soil. Last fall Iran attempted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador, and just days ago Qatar improvised some cloak & dagger moves. A lingerie
shopping spree is pretty flimsy cover for promoting democracy though, so neither FLOTUS** or Queen Sheikha Mozah*** brought anything home.
* Rear Echelon Mother-
** Mrs. POTUS
*** QueenSheikha Mozah likes the sound of democracy, but it just doesn’t fit her country. (I don’t think I have any Qatari readers, so I’ll probably sleep ok.)
New Rules for Detention Pay?
Knowing you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you Rita.
“The movie last night wasn’t what I thought it was about,”Cowboys and Aliens. “I thought maybe they were using cowboys to soften up the message for that generation that grew up watching John Wayne, and those type of westerns. Most people have no idea. They’re either watching TV, or they’re wrapped up in the bullshit of this company. It goes far beyond that. You know what I mean?”
I haven’t a clue. And I probably let that show through on my face, a face more than ready for the
mind-numbing cleansing of whatever-the-hell was on TV, a face thoroughly ready to forget that mechanics and pencil pushers were engaged in a
fix or sell debate over my truck. So, no I wasn’t prepared for a full out assault on my intellect.
“The concentration camps.”
“Concentration camps? What concentration
“Don’t you keep up on what’s going on? FEMA. FE-MA. F E M A. What do you do when you’re not
driving, or watching TV?” That hurt, Rita (who was already sharing the room with Dr. Phil, who disparaged stupid people who needed Dr. Phil, who had control of the remote, changed channels, and then disparaged people like me for watching shows that she picked.)
“And they have guillotines,” and my blank face provoked her into chopping motions, “you know, GUILLONTINES,” more chopping.
“Yeah, I’ve heard of them.”
“You know why they’re pushing flat screen TVs don’t
“So the government can watch us. They can watch you through the TV. I took mine out of my truck,” she said solemnly of her sacrifice.
“Are you a spy?”
“No.” Maybe I am though, maybe they’ve gotten to me. I should have confessed this possibility to her.
“Here watch this,” as she cued up her iphone, and had me watch a clip of Rand Paul giving a speech against House Bill 1867. And indeed it was a persuasive,
chilling speech warning that SB 1867 would suspend due process and other protections under the constitution for American citizens, on American soil. It passed the Senate 97-3. On to the House; it is now HR 1540.
The Party's Over ('til warmer weather)
Well, I pretty much cleared all the commies out of the parks. Pooh pooh me, but they were gone by the time I hit the Big Apple. Got some nice pics, but not of commies.
Tick, tock, tick, tock….BLUE WIRE? RED WIRE? WILL THE SUPERCOMMITTEE CUT THE DEFICIT IN TIME????? TUNE IN NEXT WEEK!!!!!
“Gee willikers, Batman! They didn’t even try!”
“No, they couldn’t give a….hang on Boy Wonder, let’s switch metaphors. I’ll hold this football, and you run up and kick it.”
(This really is a travel guide (of sorts), but I can't drive safely if I bottle up the political rants. The (apolitical, mostly) heart of this site is on the Places to See, Things to Do page. For more diatribes, etc., go to my Ramblin' On page.
Mount Rainier taken from Parkland, Washington
Sparks (Reno more or less), Nevada.
Goosed. Sparks, Nevada.
West of Ruggles, Ohio.
Gotham City (as seen from Brooklyn, New York).
Tourists. Times Square, New York.
Locals. Times Square, New York.
Occupy LA, California.
Occupy LA, California. Note non-violent message.
Twelve hours prior to the deoccupy deadline (which came & went
unenforced). LA, California.
Rehearsal (in the tent for tolerance). LA, California.