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Dizzying Intellect » 2008» September

Shhh

Oh, and at the risk of being a jinx. Again.

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Economy Blah Blah

There are only two radio stations here that play normal music but aren’t staffed by rabid, Bush-hating, Obama-smooching socialists. (I hate the radio in general, but I need to hear the traffic updates.) They’re the only two that I dare leave the tuner on, when the music stops, lest my fist accidentally enter the dashboard. I’m not a morning person.

Anyway, I was yelling at the radio today, because one of them kept saying “Where are our leaders, right now, who should be telling us not to panic? Saying that the structure of our economy is still sound, and things will be ok?”

I mean, kudos to them for at least saying that out loud. But don’t they remember that McCain said that exact thing a few weeks ago? And that every fifteen seconds since then, like clockwork, another sound bite comes from the Obama camp, mocking him for it and taking votes from him? Why would anyone else step into that mess?

But I agree. I’ve been saying for weeks, if Warren Buffett’s not scared, then I’m not scared. Admittedly, he can lose a lot more money than I can, without major devastation, but his reaction to the Goldman Sachs fiasco was to dump $5 billion into it. That’s not a man who’s shaking in his boots.

The bailout, though, which he supports, I just don’t get. Ignoring, for a moment, the massive tax burden on those of us who actually read our mortgages before signing them, it simply sets a bad precedent. Be as greedy and stupid as you want, and the government will save you. Sign a half million dollar mortgage when you make less than $50k per year! Lend half a million dollars that you know perfectly well will never be repaid! Have No Fear! It’s SuperFed To The Rescue!!

Our country runs on Capitalism. Companies should sink or swim based on their business practices — and these freakishly idiotic loans constitute a bad business practice, plain and simple. No mom-and-pop grocery store would be saved by the government, if they foolishly, repeatedly extended too much credit to shoppers who ripped them off (and the light-fingered shoppers would certainly not be coddled, much less given Hefty bags full of cash). It would fold, and a new grocery store would open in its place, that conducted business sensibly. Why should foolish banks be treated differently?

Nice Surprise

Hee. I won last week’s caption contest at Outside The Beltway. Go me.

(This week’s challenge picture is here.)

Funny Crushes, duh

John Krasinski being adorable and hilarious with Craig Ferguson. Go for the hotness, stay for the Brando and Muppets impressions.

Mmmm, John Krasinski and Craig Ferguson… *drool*

Take My Crap!

Have I mentioned how much I love Freecycle, lately?

I looooove Freecycle!

It’s not that I’m a stereotypical packrat, exactly. I just move constantly. I’ve never lived anywhere for more than five years (usually much less) and when I pack, I tend to just throw everything in the box, with no weeding. So I have fifteen-ish years of crap that’s never been parsed.

So much of it is stuff that I don’t need, but that’s perfectly serviceable. You can’t just throw that stuff away, and most charity shops won’t take stuff like books and appliances. So give it to another packrat! (Kidding. Mostly.)

Actually, the local freecycle tanked since the last time I used it, and it’s ReUseIt, now. (You can find your local group(s) here.)

From The Mouths of Babes

Hee.

“I was talking to a friend of mine’s little girl, and she said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, ‘If you were president what would be the first thing you would do?’ She replied, ‘I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.’

‘Wow - what a worthy goal,’ I told her. ‘But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the grass, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food or a new house.’

She thought that over for a few seconds ’cause she’s only 6.’ And while her Mom glared at me, she looked me straight in the eye and asked, ‘Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?’ And I said, ‘Welcome to the Republican Party.’ Her folks still aren’t talking to me.”

Thanks for the smile, MVRWC.

What they mean by “Crazy Bint”

Hilarious or sad? You decide.

Two twin Swedish sisters playing Frogger on the M6 near Birmingham. Both are hit by vehicles (obviously), but hop right up and keep fighting. It’s a little like the first season of Heroes, if Claire Bennett was an exhibitionist sociopath with a meth habit.

Just watch the video. Madness.

Debate #1

More experienced people than I will analyze last night’s debate better than I can, but a few of my amateur observations:

There’s something either creepy or silly (or both) about Obama saying “Tollybon” and “Pockyston.” Analytically, I know he’s just trying to sound erudite and cosmopolitan — but it’s somehow reassuring to hear a politician pronouncing his enemies’ names in an American accent. (”Enemy” might be inaccurate with regards to Pakistan, but he was talking about bombing them at the time.) The first time I heard Bush (I can’t recall if it was 41 or 43) call Hussein “Sodom,” I actually snorted, laughing. I’m not sure if flashing a perfect middle eastern accent is really in Obama’s best interest.

Also, keep smirking while McCain’s talking, sweetie. You might try rolling your eyes, too. That worked magically for Al Gore and John Kerry.

And finally, one thing I don’t get. Obama kept saying that we’re wasting all of this money in Iraq. Billions of dollars every year. And that we should be spending that money on health insurance for the poor and bettering our schools. But then he turns around and says that we need to be fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan instead. (Presumably both at once?)

I get that he thinks those are more legitimate Al Qaeda targets — and I don’t entirely disagree — but what happened to spending that money on health care? Now we’re going to fight two wars at once, and have free health care for everyone but me, and better schools for kids I don’t have? Should I just sign over my whole salary and move into my car right now?

Stupid Human Tricks

How to open a wine bottle without an bottle opener. Awesome. (It’s not the sword trick (hee), which is also pretty cool, but which I would never actually try. Unless I’d already had a bottle, I guess.)

I am so buying a bottle of (uh, probably cheap) wine to try this. I wonder if it only works with real cork…

Yeah yeah.

I’m morbid. Whatever. This is interesting.

FOXNews.com - Skeletal Remains Found at Texas Amusement Park

The Bexar County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death of skeletal human remains discovered Wednesday on the grounds of Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

A Six Flags official told San Antonio TV station WOAI that the remains were found on park property in an area off-limits to guests and employees because of the danger of falling rock. Joe Rios, a spokesman for San Antonio Police Department, said the remains were not anywhere near the public area and appeared to have been there for six to 12 months.

I mean, how does a body decompose for six months or more, right out there in the open? It’s not in the public area, but you can smell a dead mouse from 100 feet away, and we’re talking about thousands of people walking nearby. And how does no one notice that this person’s been missing for six months to a year?

Of course it may be a homeless person or a runaway or something, and maybe the person’s family has been looking for them, but didn’t know where to start.

An amusement park. Jeez. Like every creepy movie ever made. *shudder*