“Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder, ‘Why, why, why?’ Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.”
August 25, 2010 archive
Aug 25 2010
Aug 25 2010
WASHINGTON-In an effort to counter the highest unemployment rate the nation has faced in a quarter century, Barack Obama announced Monday that he will create 17 new jobs by resigning from the presidency to pursue his lifelong dream of opening a cozy little down-home restaurant just off the Galesburg, IL exit on Interstate 74. “Now is the time for drastic measures, and the several line-cook and serving positions that will be generated by Barry’s Place are imperative to getting the economy back on track,” said Obama, donning a white apron over rolled-up shirtsleeves. “The hope is that this bold initiative will demonstrate to other American business owners that it is possible to break the cycle after they somehow get sucked into politics and things snowball so fast that they lose sight of what’s really important, like serving people the best slice of pecan pie they’ve ever tasted at a price that can’t be beat.” Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly followed Obama’s entrepreneurial lead by purchasing a secondhand cologne and condom vending machine that will be installed in the men’s bathroom of a Wilmington, DE offtrack betting parlor.
Hopefully he’ll also be soon hiring a new White House Economic Adviser, a new Treasury Secretary, and a new Fed Chairman. If he knows what’s good for him… and he ain’t no dummy, or puppet, or so I’m repeatedly assured.
You rock, B. You can do this. I have faith in you.
Aug 25 2010
About a week ago I came across this photo among the “curiosities” that make up most of the content of high-traffic websites like the Daily Beast and Huffington Post and boingboing, and it occurred to me that the sort of progressive blogging I try to do doesn’t really amount to much more than putting up a little sign in the middle of the desert.
Are carbon emissions from industrialized economies causing runaway global warming? After millions of pages of scientific research, how much clearer could it possibly be?
Is the American occupation of Afghanistan a senseless quagmire? With nothing to show for it after nine long years, except a ridiculously corrupt government “elected” after a ridiculously crooked “election” and tens of thousands of Afghans slaughtered and millions of refugees scattered all over Southwest Asia, how much clearer could the futility of all of it possibly be?
Is globalization a rising tide that “lifts all boats,” or just a scam for enriching an international elite, demolishing rural economies all over the Third World, and driving down American wages to “compete” with slave-labor in a “competition” where we fall behind by $500 billion in trade deficits every year?