Super Dooper Tuesday Revival
Women voting in New York City in the 1922 election. (Courtesy of Women in Congress)
Super Tuesday seemed like an auspicious time to revive the Dangerous Blog and begin writing regularly again. Candidates have been whirling through the SuperDooperTuesday states begging for votes like hungry dogs after bacon. I hope that you have voted or are planning to do so. If you are new to this blog, you may not know that I am unapologetically opposed to the venal, lying, and, yes, criminal creeps that have been running this country for the last eight years. This gang of thieves has got less than a year left in office and they are trying their very damnedest to put the final nails in the coffin of the middle class.
L.A. Times headline today, Tuesday, February 5, 2008:
Bush's budget swells deficit
The sub-head is even better:
Military outlays grow and Medicare spending is cut in a $3.1 trillion plan already taking fire in an election year.
Holy shit, Batman! Three-fucking-trillion dollars! And it'll only just about double our deficit! There will be lots of toys for the imperialist forces (yeah, I said it!) to go forth and conquer the world on behalf of the multi-national corporations that own President Weener, The Evil Veep, Condoleeeeza, and all the rest of that sorry gaggle that has turned us into a police state.
A word of caution, though. World conquering can be a bit of a bother when the people whose real estate and resources you're stealing get their backs up. Remember Rome? Remember England?
Anyway, you can read all about it in your very own paper. Maybe you like the idea of trading senior citizens' medical benefits for bombs and war planes. Maybe you think you won't get old after all.
Lastly, I noticed on CNN a little while ago that the stock market has tanked again, down 370 points, this time on bad news from the services sector. Now, a little tumble like 370 is no big thing for the BIG INVESTORS. (Big investors are the ones that got the best deal ever in President Numbnuts' tax cuts.) Big investors look at a market "correction" like that as an opportunity to buy cheap. But just imagine that you retired, say, last Friday. You had the cake and the punch, and heard how much you'd be missed around the shop, cleaned out your desk, and walked across the parking lot for the last time. If you waited until today to cash in some of that 401K you've been nursing along, you might suddenly realize you've had too much Bush Prosperity, and you'd be calling your boss to see if he's filled your position yet. Any fool can see that this is why privatizing Social Security is a bad deal. A few market "corrections," and you're fucked, bub, and you'll be sitting on a park bench wishing for a little socialism like England or France.
I do not know who will win the primaries today, nor am I able to divine who will win the Big Enchilada in November, but I do know one thing. We are at a tipping point--economically, socially, and environmentally. Perhaps we are beyond it by now. But I can guarantee that if Hillary or Obama wins in November, things will get worse. If Romney or McCain wins in November, things will get UNIMAGINABLY worse. Even the best of the liberals (I use that term advisedly--none of them are REALLY liberal) give only lip service about the environment and the outrages we are perpetrating upon Mother Earth. If Hillary should win, and she is the one I am backing, it will take many, many letters from many of us to hold her accountable for the promises she has made about beginning to reverse the effects of global warming.
I will leave you with the words of Buddhist Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, from his book "Peace is Every Step."
"Our body is not limited to what is inside the boundary of our skin. It is much more immense. It includes even the layer of air around our earth; for if the atmosphere were to disappear for even an instant, our life would end. There is no phenomenon in the universe that does not intimately concern us, from a pebble resting at the bottom of the ocean, to the movement of a galaxy millions of light-years away. Walt Whitman said, 'I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars...' These words are not a philosophy. The come from the depths of his soul. He said, 'I am large, I contain multitudes.'"
Mamie on 02.05.08 @ 01:39 PM PST [link]