Thursday, June 12, 2014
For a change, perhaps because it's Summer, there's an unusual calm before the next election storm. What's particularly noticeable is the lack of Republican spew dominating the airwaves. Sure, Fox News is doing their normal sensational reporting on every seemingly irrelevant topic imaginable, but apart from that it's like everyone is going about their business. THe top news story if you're on the web for any amount of time is the FCC ramming through net neutrality laws. For some reasons Americans are complacent about letting big telecom tier internet service. Who will benefit? Big telecoms with more fees for their monoplized services. Who's supporting the bills/ All the Republicans who derive their support from the telecom industry. Shouldn't be OK but what can you do, other than vote. The soft 'two years' before the next election may elevate the actual issues. Healthcare, economy, etc. A nice change from the normal vitriol. Let's just hope Republicans can efficiently find their next in line and prevent a massive circus escapade. That would be nice too. Oh how Summer has made us forget the political mess that circulates the American landscape.....
Posted by Beadie at 11:25 AM
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Some obvious facts a) America spends more on guns and wars abroad than consumption for a growing lower class b) the demographics in America are shifting so that the largest segment of baby boomers are starting to retire and with old age comes skyrocketing healthcare needs. c) America has among the worst healthcare service for their own citizens in the developed world. Sure if you do'nt get sick for long or if your'e a multi millionaire you're fine. The average joe is screwed. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/28/health-care-law-wont-rein-in-costs-study-says/ That Washington Times articles continues to the stupidity behind Republican fear tactics around healthcare. So far the two primary arguments are a) it will cost more, b) it will take away your right to chose a doctor. Uh, I'd like to have a doctor over no doctor any day idiots. And yes, YES it will cost most in the short term and TENS of millions get healthcare coverage they never would under any other circumstances. So read the entire article, note that the plan doesn't sound so bad, and also do your part to educate your foolish friends that unless we change our ways soon we'll be further down the dumpster, and really sick as well.
Posted by Beadie at 10:30 AM
Monday, March 12, 2012
You know, Republicans would stand a chance if they could actually field an opponent worthy enough. Right now it's a toss up between a joke called Santorum (welcome to the 21st century buddy), and Mitt Romney who says he can relate to middle class America, but come on, who are we kidding, he'd never be caught dead in a minivan. So now what? American politics, despite existing around the same center policy wise, is fragmented by extremists who can't see clearly (and thus see either Romney or Santorum as legitimate contenders.) Republicans should be absolutely demolished so they can' start afresh without the stagnant weight of the old guard. Any party who doesn't quickly and vehemently oppose the likes of Rush Limbaugh doesn't deserve any votes.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I get it, the 99% rising up against the 1%. But it's more like the .005% occupying on behalf of the so-called 99% against the 1%. Yea, I know the problem, the wealthy are wealthy. But the fact is the bulk of the 99% would like to be wealthy too. Sure, we all say we'll live within our means, but once we get a taste for the almighty dollar we're stuck on wanting more and more. Let's be serious. OWS won't catch steam, it has no demands, no vision, no use. Well that's not true. THe best we can hope for is that it catalyzes all the middle and lower class bums who never vote or bother to learn how to upset the process in a real fashion that actually initiates change. Vote with your feet, vote, and vote with your dollars. Of course that won't happen. Low income people don't care about politics , they only care about getting their junk from Walmart. But things are changing, slowly. More unemployment and people on the streets will eventually tip. Not there yet, not by a long shot given the comfortable and apathetic nature of our country, but it'll tip.
Friday, August 12, 2011
I'll say it. We don't need to have half our tax dollars go to weaponry. We'd have to spend less if we weren't trying to take over the world. I get the fact Iraq wasn't just about oil, it was about all the billions in loans to rebuild the country. But do we really need to fatten the pockets of a dozen big hidden corporations? No. Time to pull out and reduce. Spending on military is incredible. The problem we're in now, we've pissed off so many people and have asuch a debt problem that we're stuck. Like an addict we can't stop but expand the military and invade countries for their resources. A bitter cycle that shows no chance of slowing down. After all, our desire for stuff--consumption--is outweighed by our willingness to have less.
Posted by Beadie at 10:29 AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Dear People Who Look Like Me: Will you please stop assuming that everyone who looks like you is an affluent, hetero, practicing Christian American? When I look at you, I work hard to not assume that you are: (a) A Christian - which is how I was raised, but I no longer carry the label (b) Heterosexual - as a fence rider, that would be pretty fucking ridiculous of me, wouldn't it? (c) Affluent or not affluent - looks can be terribly deceiving (d) An atheist or agnostic - like I am now (e) Smart - white does not equal smart (f) Stupid - though I do have a firm commitment to the 80/20 rule so....... Social interactions would be so much smoother if we'd all forget these assumptions. And, yes, it is possible to have social interaction without these assumptions. Pretend that we're all reasonably evolved humans and go from there. If someone isn't reasonably evolved, it will show pretty quickly. At that point just smile, pat the other person on their widdle noggin and walk away. Really, really fast.
Posted by Beadie at 12:34 PM
Saturday, July 14, 2007
I'm experiencing some major life changing events right now, to the neglect of my blog and three regular readers. It's all good, however, very good, that much I'll share. I don't have an original thought for the day, but I just visited Main and Central, where this line grabbed my mood:
"If Liberals hated America, we'd vote Republican."
Posted by Beadie at 11:17 AM