Happy Valentine’s Day! Delaney and Bonnie:
From my favorite romantic comedy, Johnny Cammarari (Nicholas Cage) to Loretta Castorini (Cher) in one of the best romantic declarations ever:
Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn’t know this either — but love don’t make things nice. It ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren’t here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves, and to break our hearts, and love the wrong people, and die. I mean, that the storybooks are bullshit! Now I want you to come upstairs with me and get in my bed.
I’m not clear on whether this is something that will be lifted when things calm down, or if this will be in effect until elections are held. If the latter, that means unions will be forbidden from organizing for an election slate:
CAIRO – Egypt’s new military rulers will issue a warning on Monday against anyone who creates “chaos and disorder”, an army source said.
The Higher Military Council will also ban meetings by labor unions or professional syndicates, effectively forbidding strikes, and tell all Egyptians to get back to work after the unrest that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
The army will also say it acknowledges and protects the right of people to protest, the source said.
Protesters argued heatedly in Tahrir Square over whether to stay or comply with army orders to leave. “The people want the square cleared,” one group chanted. “We will not leave, we will not leave,” replied another.
Police officers, emboldened by Mubarak’s downfall, gathered outside the Interior Ministry to demand higher pay. Warning shots were fired in the air. No one was hurt.
Workers from the health and culture ministries staged demonstrations as Egyptians began venting pent-up frustrations.
Thousands of workers have staged strikes, sit-ins and protests over pay and conditions at firms and government agencies in fields such as steel, textiles, telecoms, railways, post offices, banks and oil and pharmaceutical companies.
Egypt declared Monday a bank holiday after workers disrupted operations at the country’s main state banks.
Protest organizers were forming a Council of Trustees to defend the revolution and urge swift reform from a military intent on restoring law and order during the transition.
Mahmoud Nassar, a youth movement leader, said: “The army has moved far along to meet the people’s demands and we urge it to release all political prisoners who were taken before and after January 25 revolution. Only then will we call off the protests.“
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. Greeting card companies, chocolates, flowers — a way to make big bucks. But I love it anyway. It includes my two favorite things: Love, and writing. The legend of St. Valentine is that he wrote letters to his supporters from jail, telling them to love one another.
In other words, St. Valentine was the original blogger!
Thanks to all the lovely readers who’ve kept me afloat, not just with donations but with your good wishes and encouragement. It’s what keeps me going.
Oh, I am so tired of these political minions who talk out of both sides of their mouth — and their media enablers. Have you noticed how few journalists even think about our point of view? The Iraq and Afghanistan wars continue to drain the national treasury and beggar our nation, and the president just signed a trillion dollar tax increase FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. Hell-o?
And somehow, we’re supposed to pretend that those things do not contradict this “austerity” blitz from a Democratic president. We’re supposed to nod and agree when they justifying it by saying stupid things like, “We’re cutting back on spending, just like Americans do around their kitchen tables.”
As if we all pay cash for our homes and cars.
And now, at a time when new college graduates face record levels of unemployment, we’re going to add this to the average family’s economic burdens. Why should we believe anything they say about the deficit “crisis” when they don’t address the ten-ton WAR elephant in the national living room?
WASHINGTON — In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama promised thatinvestment in education and getting the next generation of Americans ready to face their own “Sputnik” moment would be a focus of his administration. But at least one component of his FY 2012 budget, which will be released tomorrow, will likely pile more debt upon students who decide to pursue graduate school, potentially making the dream of higher education even more unattainablefor many Americans. The move, say administration officials, is needed to ensure that a popular financial aid award stays available at current levels.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew said that interest on graduate school loans will begin building up while students are still in school. Currently, interest does not begin compiling until after students graduate.Host Candy Crowley questioned Lew about whether this would make graduate school less accessible for many Americans:
CROWLEY: Here’s the problem, I guess. If you are a graduate — let’s take one of your examples. You’re a graduate student; you are, right now, getting loans. You don’t have to pay those loans or any interest on them until you graduate. But now you have to pay — or it accumulates, I’m assuming — you have to pay interest beginning on day one of grad school, and that makes it so that you can’t go to grad school.
LEW: Well, let’s just be clear. Interest will build up, but students won’t have to pay until they graduate. So it will increase the burden for paying back the loans, but it will not reduce access to education. That’s, I think, part of how you can responsibly have a plan that deals with the challenge of solving our fiscal crisis, getting out of the situation where the deficit is growing and growing, but also investing in the future.
Unbelievable. Don’t these economic wizards have any friends or relatives outside that Beltway bubble, someone who could knock some sense into them?
I’d curious as to how the economic geniuses at our helm expect to keep propping up the housing market when so many people are out of work, with no help in sight. You’d think someone might do something about that.
Nothing structural about it, but if the administration admitted that, they wouldn’t have a rationale for draconian cuts and they’d make the Baby Jesus and the bond market cry. Can’t have that!