Here's a little rant from James PB over at the Smirking Chimp in response to Joe Bageant's article. Enjoy.
Windmills and Credit Cards
I like Obama. He has done some good things, but nothing that affects me directly.
I like that he is trying to get health care costs under control. That should take about 30 years. I wonder who will be President when they finally get the costs under control in 2039 A.D.
Also, as you know I am a big advocate for free single payer universal health care and need hospitalization for "exhaustion" from typing so much about it. Guess what? "Exhuastion" is not a "hospital admission" criteria (unless you are Jay Leno or Madonna), so if you are suffering from exhaustion and go to the hospital you will be forced to sit 10 hours in a hard plastic chair, and become even more exhuasted, and then be sent home with instructions to see your primary care physician, but when you call him up, his office supervisor will ask what insurance you have and if you say "none", she will tell you your best bet is to go to the hospital and sit in a hard plastic chair for 10 hours.
If we dont get free single payer universal health care like they have in France, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Pananma, Japan, Belgium, Luxemborg, Iceland, Portugal, Brazil, the Senate, Congress, entire White House Staff--------then I'll take the $2500 annual tax credit that is being proposed so that last-quoted insurance premium will be reduced from $18,000 to a mere $15,500 a year.
That will be about as much help as that $150 billion-----$65 per person tax rebate check that was suppose to light the economy on fire.
I do indeed like Obama. I think he is a fine man. And I'm glad that McCain and Palin didnt get elected because no American should have to endure the clarion call for "sexual abstinence" by Bristol for 4 full years. The more I see of Bristol, the more I want to have sex with her. Only someone as good looking as Golda Mier or Elenor Roosevelt should be calling for "sexual abstinence".
I like Obama. I even bought a shovel. So I am "shovel ready". I'm patiently waiting to get a job building a bridge or I'd also like to build some infrastructre.
I even went down to the Interstate the other day with my shovel in hand and started to dig a hole, a big hole, for some bridge pilings. The police came by an asked what I was doing and I told them I was "shovel ready" and that I was getting a head start on a bridge I figured would be good spot for a bridge. They took my shovel and put me in the police cruiser. Now I am out of a good shovel.
I also sent out a hundred resumes with the "Objective" being "Green Technology". I haven't gotten any answers yet.
I actually did indeed go on an interview yesterday and I told them I wanted to do "Green Work" and work in the "green industry". They said what specific department do you want to work in and I said, "the green department". They said "what did you major in" and I said I majored in "Green". That I had a Bachelor of Science degree in "Green". They said to come back in about 25 years and they may need some "green workers" by then but right now they mainly wanted college graduates that they could pay $25,000 a year with no benefits.
Anyway, today I thought I'd concentrate on windmills since Obama said we needed to become less energy dependent on oil. I called every factory in the State and no one is working on windmills. I looked under the W's in the yellow pages. No entry for windmill builders.
I figured I would google the word "windmills" and was redirected to Amazon . com to some children's books on windmills.
Anyway, can someone please tell me where and when the windmills are coming. I'm "green". And "have shovel, will dig".
3 million new green jobs are coming. I heard it on TV. I was on right after that story about "Piper, the teenager, getting cartoon death threats".
I thought I might move to Detroit and work for the "new" American auto industry and work on some hybrid cars but I heard today that GM is filing for bankruptcy because they go so many tens of billions of dolllars in bailout money that they actually went bankrupt from getting so much money. Plus, the way to revive GM apparently is to lay everyone off. This will save a lot of money since they want have to make cars because they wont have any workers to make cars. This is called "increasing productivity".
The theory goes like this: the less workers you have, the less expenses you have. The less expenses you have, the fewer products you need to sell. The fewer products you need to sell, the more profitable you are because you can then hire just a few dozen Mexicans and make a few cars, and you PE ratio will soar to 126 or some high number like that.
Anyway, all those who are planning on having their next new car be a GM, raise you hands. No takers, huh?
And what's with Mel Gibson. For years he portrayed himself as a devout Roman Catholic, even building his own Catholic Church in Malibu so he could practice the "old Latin Mass". Now here he is, after having seven children, running around cheating on his wife (Mel, remember the Commandment "THOU SHAT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY")and getting his new girlfriend pregnant 6 weeks after his wife files for divorce.
I wonder when the Pope will be excommunicating him for unlawful fornication.
Mel has now committed a mortal sin; worse than eating meat on Friday. He is doomed to Hell. I bet he hasnt even gone to Confession and confessed, otherwise he'd have a lifetime of Roasary's to say. I had one "impure thought" in the 8th grade and I am still saying the Hail Mary's that the priest told me to say. I think my penance was 10 million Hail Mary's because I confessed to thinking about possibly, just maybe, but not really, but only on the off-chance, but only if the situation presented itself, but not in reality, but only maybe----------------touching a female breast.
Yep. I got 10 million Hail Mary's for that lapse of judgement.
So Mel Gibson is pretty much doomed. Plus, his wife is going to take him to the cleaners and probably walk away with about $300 million. Now that is a nice bailout. Also, I will never watch "Braveheart" again. Mel is a scumbag.
Also, the front page of the NY Times had a big article on how the Catholic Church as been molesting and abusing and beating the shit out of children in Ireland since about 1910 or so, all the way up until the present day. They did a 9 year investigation. I was horrifying. Apalling. And not a word on TV about it. Not a single story on TV about this incredible scandal involving the entire Church hieracrchy, from top to bottom, in collusion with the politicians. Does the Catholic Church own American TV or something.
Anyway, back to Obama. I like him. However him and Michelle shouldnt work only one day in a homeless soup kitchen. They should work everyday in a homeless soup kitchen. Until they cant stand it anymore. They should go from one homeless soup kitchen to another to another to another. Then they should wander the streets with no cash in their pockets. Then they should sleep in the ack of their car. Then they should send their kids to the worst public school in Washington DC. Then they should drop their health care policy and the next time they get sick, just go to the local Emergency Room, and see what its like to sit in a hard plastic chair for 10 hours.
I think health care reform will be a big joke. Afterall, the insurance and drug industry are going to be calling all the shots. It will be like a nightmare to end all nightmares. If I see that Medicare Advantage TV ad once more with that guy walking along the beach telling me how great life is because he has an AARP Medicare Advantage card, I am going to puke. If I could get a hold of that guy I throw him in the ocean and hold his head under.
I also hate that Lipitor ad guy. The one named "Frank" or "Steve" who says, "I had a heart attack. But now I take Lipitor. And look at me. I'm not dead". He's probalby made about $10 million doing that ad. He's probably the brother of the CEO of the ad company that handles Lipitor. And Lipitor doesnt do diddl shit anyway. They sell $10 billion a year on Lipitor, and everyone who takes it will eventually die. Everyone. Not a single person will escape. By the time they figure out that Lipitor doesnt work they will have made $110 billion off of it.
I like Obamas credit card reform. We are now going to be required to get 60 days notice before the card companies raise your rates to 29%. Yep. They can no longer do it with 30 days notice. You get 90 days to think about how you are getting royally fucked before you get royally fucked.
I'm worried about North Korea. Why? Because TV told me to be worried. Thats why. They have a missile. They have a nuclear bomb. They are flat broke. North Korea is starving. They look as skinny as hell there. And no one in the world knows any North Koreans because no North Koreans have left North Korea in the last 60 years. Kim Jong Ill is not big on letting his people travel. Basically every North Korean has to stay in their backyard. But we have reason to worry. Why? Because we only have 22,000 nuclear bombs and only a few dozen aircraft carriers, nuclear subs, squadrons of B-1 bombers and F-155 stealth fighter jets, and a $600 billion defense budget, and military bases all over the world.
Its scary. If they attacked us they might just win. We might cave in and surrender. I'm scared.
I'm hoping that if they somehow drop a nuclear bomb on us that the first two people who get killed are that guy who does the AARP Medicare Advantage card TV ad and that jerk who keeps telling me that Lipitor saved his life, even though he wasnt taking Lipitor when he had his heart attack. Also, that woman who keeps telling me on TV that "she had a heart attack, and died, but took a Bayer, and now shes alive" and "that her doctor said that the Bayer must have saved her life, and that she has a lot to live for cause she is alive".
God, her doctor must be a jerk or something. Can you imagine going to 8 years of medical school and seeing a patient who had a massive heart attack and who died, and coming to the conclusion that " Bayer saved your life ".
Anyway, I a waitin' for Kim Jong Ill. Bring 'em on.
And I'm a waiting for windmills, and green jobs and GM cars roaring off that assembly line where three shifts are working around the clock to fill the demand. I'm a waitin'
I'm a waitin' for that health care reform that will drop my annual premiums from $18,000 to $17,999 because of all the cost savings.
I'm shovel ready.
Submitted by JamesPB on May 27, 2009