Blurg July 27, 2012

Nothing calamitous, disastrous or saddening. And nothing large, insurmountable or overly challenging. But life intervenes and interferes today and, alas, this week’s installment of Left Behind Fridays is feeling the squeeze.

I apologize for that (and for the failure this morning to get today’s Alphabet game post up too).

Abnormal blogging should resume shortly. Here are some links to help pass the time (until then, or until 5 p.m., for those currently stuck in an office).

Am I a Romney?

“Being poor is crying when you drop the mac and cheese on the floor.”

“Caltech said this week it has joined the likes of USC and Ohio State in NCAA jail by being placed on three-years’ athletic probation. … The baseball team will vacate all wins during a period in which it went 0-112.”

No relation.

This is heading for a really bad ending.”

“The climate has changed, and the only remaining questions may well be: a) how bad will things get, and b) how long will it be before we wake up to it.”

That is a mighty comfort to have — all of one’s deficiencies are ignored as those of an individual; all of one’s abilities and gifts are taken as positive attributes and credits to one’s race.”

“Some punch lines should be on the offbeat; they shouldn’t be right on the beat because they’ll get sour.”

These men intentionally stood directly underneath an exploding 2-kiloton nuclear bomb.”

“If people are exposed to stories of Biblical heroes with multiple wives and concubines, we shouldn’t be surprised if they emulate them.”

“The land around these taxpayer funded projects were owned by some people before the Olympics game to town. Then other folks magically got control of the land.”

Mitt Romney to Olympians in 2002: “You didn’t get here on your own power.”

It’s a fascinating perspective. When white Republican policymakers disenfranchise African Americans in an election year, based on trumped up allegations of ‘fraud,’ that doesn’t ‘incite racial tension.’ But when the Attorney General notices white Republican policymakers disenfranchising African Americans in an election year, based on trumped up allegations of ‘fraud,’ that does ‘incite racial tension.'”

Our futures are increasingly no longer our own: more and more decisions, large and small, that determine the quality of our lives are being made by Politburo apparatchiks at a Supreme Corporate Soviet somewhere far distant from us. Only now, those apparatchiks are PR and marketing executives, titans of corporate finance, lobbyists for multinationals, and bean-counting managers trying to increase profits at the expense of our freedom.”

Mass incarceration despite a decrease in violent crime.

“Just one more example of critics who are absolutely certain that the government is always terrible … right up to that moment when they desperately need government to swoop in and help them out of a bad situation.”

"I hope he gets to the part where he fakes his death soon."

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  • Jessica_R

    And at the very least it says something that a country would do a frickin’ song and dance number about how much they love their universal healthcare rather than hiss and claw at each other about “those people” getting healthcare they didn’t expressly deserve. 

  • JonathanPelikan

    A deeply rooted conservative ideology whose hatred of a particular bit or two of the forward progress of the human race simmers for many decades with a completely unbroken and unyielding hatred and desire to utterly crush and destroy certain social institutions and programs, and then finally, their day comes, and they’re rubbing their hands with glee about what’s to come while a few people on the sidelines are shocked, shocked at this outcome and a great disinterested mob of people in the middle scratch their ass and barely yawn as our society is dying around us.

    Thank the Gods that, as an American, I can’t relate to a situation like that at all!

  • I’m afraid this was all the Doctor got, but it’s still something:

  • The Lib Dems are not sure which way to go with the Coalition just now –
    they bowed to the Tory plans so often early on that they done serious,
    lasting damage to their base and their electoral chances

    The Canadian federal Liberals were a much larger party, but their milquetoasty waffling about how strongly they would oppose the Conservatives here probably was part of what doomed them to electoral oblivion in the last election. It seems that voters do finally get fed up enough with political parties whose leadership doesn’t try to hold to any stated aims and is just marking time while playing along with people they claim to be politically different from.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    So, Greens or Labor Left for you, I guess?

    The thing with economic issues in Australian politics is that received wisdom has declared the Libs to be inherently better economic managers than Labor, such that even many Labor supporters will concede the point but argue that Labor’s stronger position on social issues outweighs their alleged economic weakness. The received wisdom is wrong.

  • Dan Audy

    Yup.  Now if we can just get some electoral reform the (fractured) left might have a chance against the (unified) right.  I hate that I have voted in every single election since I turned 18 and not once has a candidate I voted for even come close to being elected (even when voting ‘strategically’).  My vote counts for precisely $2.04 of funding for whichever party I vote for and nothing more – I loath Alberta somedays.