Big Brother and the Holding Company:
I rarely blog about myself. I prefer the veneer of fiction when it comes to personal matters, so when my bicycle was stolen Monday, I blogged about the thieves in business and government who prosper at the expense of the poor and near-poor.
But I’m still angry about my bike…
Believing in politicians is a lot like being in love with a junkie. Everclear:
Cus that’s what all this “debt ceiling” “austerity” bullshit is all about: it’s about fucking the poor (and the working class and the middle class) so the rich don’t have to pay higher taxes.
Here’s another song for Washington (the official video has a great intro, but bleeps out the swear words, so here’s an unofficial with better sound):
I say cook them slowly, Texas barbeque style. Low heat, over a matter of hours, mopping regularly. Some would suggest skinning, but if long pig is anything like the rest of the pork family of meats, I would bet on a deliciously crispy, oh-so-greasy crust like you get with pork shoulder. Or not, as the site suggests. Either way, I’ll bet it’s a nice change from Friskies.
A Molotov cocktail was lobbed at the front door on Tuesday night.
Planned Parenthood said this is the first time one of its 21 health centers in North Texas has been attacked with some kind of incendiary device and called it “alarming.”
The McKinney clinic provides women’s health and reproductive services, but does not perform abortions, according to Planned Parenthood.
The clinic opened in June 2008 and frequently draws anti-abortion protesters who have demonstrated without incident.
Susie posted this on Facebook earlier today. I hope I’m not stealing a post: How America Could Collapse. It’s really too big to excerpt, but here’s the gist: we don’t make anything anymore, and our supply chains are so long that when something goes wrong at the manufacturing end you get a major impact on the consuming end. Think about the japanese tsunami, which negatively impacted car manufacturers, or the 1999 earthquake in Taiwan that crashed the computer industry. Then imagine exponentially worse:
It was in the 1990s that American multinationals, spurred by government policy, began outsourcing operations to China. At the same time, the Clinton administration steadily relaxed antitrust enforcement, leading to massive corporate consolidation and the creation of the virtual firm. By the early parts of the last decade, the ideal American multinational made its profits by using its market power to gut labor and supply prices and by using its political power to eliminate taxation. All of this turned giant American institutions against making things. This is why we rely on a British factory to make our flu vaccine, why global videotape production was knocked offline by a tsunami and why that same event slowed the gigantic auto industry. US corporate leaders now see the idea of making things as a cost of doing business, one best left to others. What has happened as a result is that much of the production for critical products and services that make our economy run is constructed by a patchwork global network of suppliers all over the world in unstable regions, over which we have very little control. An accident or political problem in any number of countries may deny us not just iPhones but food, medicine or critical machinery.
Read the whole thing, and hen read Dimitri Orlov’s “Social Collapse Best Practices”. While I don’t encourage panicking, it’s always wise to have a lot of dried beans and water in your pantry. Dehydrate those tomatoes in the backyard. Stockpile some propane tanks if you have a grill. Make friends with your neighbors. And yeah, maybe buy a gun and learn how to use it, just in case.
Jul 28th, 2011 at 8:35 am by Brendan
Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December.
“I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says directly into the camera in his viral video lecturing Obama on the need to get the nation’s finances in order.
The whole article is a hoot. While steadfastly avoiding his child support obligations candidate Walsh, the very model of financial rectitude and responsibility, was able to loan his own campaign $35,000. Seriously!
court documents examined this week by the Chicago Sun-Times during research for a profile on the increasingly visible congressman showed his financial issues also included a nine-year child support battle with his ex-wife.
Before getting elected, he had told Laura Walsh that because he was out of work or between jobs, he could not make child support payments. So she was surprised to read in his congressional campaign disclosures that he was earning enough money to loan his campaign $35,000.
“Joe personally loaned his campaign $35,000, which, given that he failed to make any child support payments to Laura because he ‘had no money’ is surprising,” Laura Walsh’s attorneys wrote in a motion filed in December seeking $117,437 in back child support and interest. “Joe has paid himself back at least $14,200 for the loans he gave himself.”
He also found time to go on vacation with his girlfriend. In Mexico.
In 2004, Laura Walsh complained in a motion that despite her ex-husband’s claims of poverty, he took a vacation to Mexico with his girlfriend and another to Italy. The following year, he complained in a court filing that his ex-wife mailed him a motion while she knew he was in Nicaragua doing charitable work with one of their children.
In her December filing, Laura Walsh’s attorneys wrote, “The apparent availability of large sums of money from either his employment, his family or his campaign has allowed him to live quite a comfortable lifestyle, while at the same time, due to his failure to pay child support or any of his share of the education costs or medical expenses, Laura and his children were denied any of these advantages.”
I’d LOVE to go to Mexico, Italy, and Nicaragua with my girlfriend too, but not if it means stiffing my kid on the child support.
And that’s kind of what’s fascinating to me about this whole story. Yeah, the hypocrisy of the tea bag “get out financial affairs in order” politician is funny. But really gets me is that Walsh seems to think that refusing to pay is a way to fuck with his ex-wife: you can see it in the letters that go back and forth, the claims of poverty, the one-time attempt to claim his wife was mentally ill, etc.
But that’s not who’s on the receiving end of his fuckery: it’s his KIDS who take the hit. They not only suffer from less money in the primary household, they get to watch their father act like a complete and royal jackass to their mother. And yeah, maybe she’s a bitch,, but you know what? You put away your hatred for your ex, because your love for the kids means a lot more than petty vengeance.
And there you have a tea bagger, in a nutshell: driven by nothing more than petty vengeance. That’s what you’ve been seeing play out for the past three years on the right. Petty vengeance and temper tantrums.