Tuesday, January 26, 2010

On the spending freeze

I think it's bullshit. Defined as:

1. A stupid idea that's going to make things worse, or

2. A slogan presented with no regard for the complicated truth that it's going to be frozen at the 2010 levels, which will include a jobs bill and pushes to a variety of programs, blah, blah, blah.

So maybe it's a cap, not a freeze, and maybe it's a floorwax and a dessert topping both. Don't know, don't care. The way to fix the deficit is to grow the economy and no one has ever grown the economy by cutting spending. Maybe I'm still sore because our governor just gave a State of the State where he talked about jobs while putting 500 people (some of whom I knew) out of work and education while kicking kids out of the virtual school.

On the other hand, it will have everyone talking about the 'spending freeze' and for once it'll be the idiots on the radio having to say, "yeah, but it's actually more complicated than that!" Or maybe they'll just do what they always do and call our President a liar and make up whatever deranged shit they feel like, and the media will have John McCain on to talk about how unfortunate it is that the Democrats are trying to destroy the country.

Yeah, I guess I'm a little annoyed.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thoughts on the Mass. Senate Race

I'm an optimist by temperament, so if you're not, take this with a grain of salt. And I'm also a big believer in democracy. Whether it's a good thing or a bad thing, there's no doubt that Martha Coakley worked very hard to lose this race. Yeah, there are a ton of people who could have stepped in and helped earlier, and that might have turned it around, but she's running to be a US Senator, and my personal belief is that you don't get to be a US Senator if you don't have the necessary leadership skills to run a winning campaign. I know, old fashioned, right?

So that's thought one.

Thought two is that we might get better legislative results with 59 votes than with 60. Not because I think bipartisanship is magic, but because there are several craven, corrupt, and not very bright Senators as a part of the 60 vote Democratic majority, and being able to pass legislation, but only if we have all of them on board has meant some pretty crappy legislation. I'm hoping this means that we do something about the filibuster, but don't think the odds of that are good as long as Harry Reid is running the Senate. But getting nothing done might well be better than letting Lieberman set the agenda.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Winter Poem, on taking out the trash

When you step into a snowbank,
and you're wearing Crocs,

it is better, I would think,
to be wearing socks.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Funny vignette

There's a house near the entrance to my neighborhood that clearly has a number of adult children living at home judging by the number of cars that park there, and the ages of the people who use them. When I went home last night, I noticed two cars park on the street there. One was clean, and the driver had clearly just gotten home. The other was completely buried on all sides with snow, up to the roof, as if the snowplow just missed it, and whoever shoveled their drive went out of their way to aim the snowblower their way.

This morning, on my way to work, I noticed a young man grimly digging his car out from under that pile, and he was carefully packing the snow from his car all around and over his sibling's previously pristine car.

A thought about the Underpants Bomber

Has anyone pointed out that Detroit is one of our largest Muslim cities? Or that Dearborn, Michigan, which is nearly 100% Muslim, is right on the flight path to DTW? It can't help Al Qaeda that their Little Lord Fauntleroy neutered himself in an attempted attack that would have (like so many Al Qaeda attacks globally) killed a ton of Muslims.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

DIY Automatic Car-Cover

We don't have any fancy cars, but on those Mondays when I've been in the workshop, and both cars are covered in sawdust, I suspect Christie would like to have something like this.