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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Manson/Zombie

Last night I went to the Marilyn Manson - Rob Zombie show up in Broomfield with a friend of mine.  Since we were up in the area, I suggested we stop off at Santiago's for some food first.

Now I've been talking up Santiago's for years, calling it the best green chile in the city, praising their tacos, how they ground their own beef and don't put any seasoning in it, how they wisely leave the sour cream to their imitators.  And I was HUNGRY, too, so I ordered a burrito and two tacos.

It was so good, I slammed it down.  The green chile was so hot, I kept sucking on my Pepsi.

And by the time we got to the 1stBankCenter, my guts had completely rejected the meal.  I wasn't poisoned.  I just think I ate too much of an irritating food too quickly.  No big deal, really.  Some Maalox and I'd be fine.  Suffer a little on the pot, all would be good.

But I wasn't anywhere near any Maalox and the only pot around was a crowded, piss-soaked, beer-stained stadium commode.  Seriously?

After Manson's set (he played first), we went outside for some fresh air.  The movement made me queasy.  I ended up in a heap against a wall, my intestines writhing, waves of cold sweats coming over me.  By the time we got back to our seats, it was done.  I hurled as quietly and peacefully as I could in place, asked my buddy for some paper towels, then spent almost all of Zombie's set in the mens.

Don't mix metal and Mexican food, man... just don't do it.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

From the "Shouldn't Have to Be Said" Department

Quoting Nick Hanauer:
 When the economy is understood in 21st-century terms, as an ecosystem, it becomes obvious that jobs don't squirt out of business-people like jelly from doughnuts. Rather, jobs are the consequence of the feedback loop between customers and businesses. For this reason, it is middle-class consumers and the demand they create that are our true job creators, not rich business-people.
Repeat after me, Republicans, "Jobs don't squirt out of business-people like jelly from doughnuts."  You may hope that it does, but until you actually observe it happening in the wild, we must conclude that job-squirting rich people are as mythical as the chupacabra.

More Hanauer:
A truly capitalist system structured to maximize the participation of the many rather than the advantages of the few will generate more jobs, growth, and prosperity. Additionally, being fairer and more inclusive will increase solidarity in our country, creating yet another positive feedback loop of ever-increasing cohesiveness and patriotism.
That's what the Republican party, if they weren't too busy sucking the flaccid dicks of America's money class, should be saying, patriotic conservative capitalists they claim to be.

But here's their nominee for president at a fancy party, sipping on champagne and talking shit about the country he intends to lead:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
When I heard that, it brought to mind someone I know.  He is married to a quarter-ton mooch who hasn't put in an honest day's work in two decades, who is too burdened by her own laziness to get out of bed, who is --according to the Social Security Administration-- disabled and entitled to monthly payments.  Now this guy works full-time (for a city government) and operates a business in his garage. 

And yet with these three income streams, two of which flow from the government, they still managed to foreclose on their house, have all financed vehicles repossessed, wages garnished due to unpaid obligations, and to make matters worse, they cannot afford to declare bankruptcy, even after their son gave them the money to file (money that was subsequently squandered, as well). 

The ironic thing here is that Mitt Romney would have you believe these people are natural Obama voters.  They are dependent on the government.  They do see themselves as victims.  They feel entitled to disability checks and black market food stamps.  And it's true that Mitt Romney will never convince them to take personal responsibility for themselves.

The problem is that, if these people voted (and I'm pretty sure they don't), they would vote for.....Mitt Romney, and definitely not Barack Obama.

To me, it's staggering the amount of self-delusion at work here. These moochers are convinced they are not moochers at all, despite cashing those disability checks, despite defrauding their own offspring.  And Mitt Romney thinks there's no possible way a moocher will support him. 

And yet....they're both wrong.

NIMBYism

I don't want to make a blanket statement and say that all NIMBYism is stupid, but when this is your complaint about the schools building a solar farm:
"There will be a six-foot chain link fence and there's no plans for any kind of landscaping or aesthetics. We're concerned about how the project would look."
 It's pretty fucking stupid....

I propose that some of these panels be pointed at the complainers' homes.  Not to be mean, but to give them an aesthetic view of the things that matters most to them:  Themselves.