...as the wife and I were eating dinner this evening, we stopped, looked, and listened to the TV as though a requisite to eating, much like a plate, fork or salt shaker . But hey, this is the 21st Century, devoid of conversation and other social intercourse. (I know, it's risky using that particular phraseology with many of my readers, I might have lost a few there--just kidding!)
Never mind that I had noticed a few minutes earlier, glancing over at my wife during the evening news, or MSNBC's "Countdown", that my wife's head was reflecting the very same motions as my own. A mirror couldn't have echoed it better. Ours were both moving back and forth in unison, in disbelief at what we were hearing. No wonder there's an inordinate number of neck problems with Americans today. We're all suffering from the same varying degrees of total disbelief.
The particular program "entertaining" us for dinner was "Larry King". He was interviewing Paul McCartney and his wife trying to halt the upcoming slaughter of baby seals in Canada. (It's that time of year again.) After horrendous videos of the clubbing to death of these beautiful creatures just weeks old, Larry King asked his guests something like, "So, what percentage of the gross and violent deaths of baby seals are you hoping to prevent?"
Jesusholyshityoudumbassedbastard, what kinda question was that? My wife and I exchanged dumbfounded looks. Maybe you can guess McCartney's astonished response. "All of 'em!"
I'd heard somewhere a few years back that maybe the best way to stop the clubbing of baby seals is to start clubbing the wearer of clubbed baby seals. "Whoa! That's sounds like a solution!" I'd thought. But this is the 21st Century and, looking around, man has become far too "civilized" for that. Well, I suppose there IS some consolation if you're a baby seal. In order to preserve your beautiful fur coat, no one will will shoot you. Rather than risk messing up that beautiful fur, they'll just tenderize the shit outta your head instead.
Before that, we were watching Keith Olbermann on Bill O'Reilly's radio show. Apparently, a person had called in to O'Reilly and before he could get the gist of his message out, he'd mentioned two words: "Keith Olbermann". Mind you, we heard the tape. There was no indication of where he was going with that, he just mentioned Olbermann's name and O'Reilly severed the connection! Bill O'Reilly was then heard to threaten that caller with "We have your phone number," and he would turn it over to FOX security. I guess under the new Fourth Reich, mega-corps have their own private security goon squads?
Keep in mind, twisted O'Reilly, who is so into defending the integrity of the tenets of a *free America*, threatened to call in his FOX Nazi gestapo dogs all because a caller said the name "Keith Olbermann" on the air. Obviously, O'Reilly's as sick and paranoid as the Bush chickenshithawks he worships.
So these are a few of the reasons I cannot bring myself to blog anything tonight. Because the airwaves are so laden with shit like this.
Example: When is a dog not a dog? When he's your First Sergeant! That's right. Of the 25 security dogs flown into India with the president and pickles Bush, Indians were NOT to refer to them as dogs. They are members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Of all people, Bush is the last I would expect to demand respect for members of the armed forces he, himself, gave a shit less for as an air national guardsman.
Speaking of Bush. Did everyone catch his landing in Pakistan? Of course not because you couldn't see it. Again, so typical of anywhere he goes in that part of the globe he's "liberating", it was under the cover of darkness with all the landing lights of AF1 off and the jet's window shades drawn as they dropped down to an Islamabad runway.
I sometimes wonder if Bush has the wattage of a dim bulb to think about the fact that, as leader and liberator of the free world, he can't go anywhere--even in his own country--without first "editing" his audiences to include only "Rah-rah" dumbshit supporters? Nah, probably not.
But the real, real reason I can't blog anything tonight isn't the fact that congressman Duke Cunningham has lost 90 lbs. over his bribery trial resulting from his total disregard for anything decent, nor the fact--in his heyday--he jokingly had a "bribe menu" describing the rewards you get for X amount of bribe dollars one donates. Nor has it anything to do with the fact he's been sentenced to 7 or 8 years in the pen. No doubt, one with an adjoining golf course. And don't expect him to really be gone 7 years.
Oh, and when he gets out? He'll be entitled to draw his "retirement" from years served in the House. Honest! (NOTE: To those seniors on Social Security--dont' even think of protesting, of getting cited for a felonious crime, because it will cost you your Social Security. Better you serve as a member of your congress for such shenanigans and rewards.)
No, the really upsetting reason why I can't blog tonight has to do with our dear Dick Cheney. See, Americans are saving at the lowest rate they've saved since the Great Depression. And your vice president wants you to know, he says, you MUST SAVE MORE!
See, if we don't save more, we're gonna cause real problems for Medicare and Social Security down the road. Those would be the same Medicare and Social Security he and his puppet, Bush, have been trying to cut the hell outta. So just save more you bananaeatingmonkeybastard citizens.
Never mind that real income of working Americans is shrinking. Never mind the minimum wage hasn't been raised in nearly 10 years, or record numbers of Americans have no health insurance. Look at NWA pilots. They conceded 14-15% of their pay to keep their airline flying a couple of years ago. Now they've just agreed to more cuts in pay (terms not yet disclosed). I'm sure they and millions of other Americans can JUST SAVE MORE, YOU CITIZEN BASTARDS!
Our vice president Cheney is doing his share. With a net worth somewhere between $30-100 million and his last tax return showing income of $1.3 million, he's doing his share. He's saving more (mostly thru his stock dividends and options from Halliburton).
But there's a limit to what he and his administration co-horts can do. After all, There's those tax cuts to his rich cronies your taxes must go to and an expensive war the long-term cost estimates of which range as high as $1-$2 trillion for the next several American generations to work on paying off. That just makes it impossible to burden Uncle Sam with programs that might save your vanishing retirements or blood thirsty medical costs, etc. So it's imperative we little Americans SAVE MORE to help foot the bill.
And that's why I can't blog tonight. Because all the news is totally insane, trying to make all of us crazy and I won't indulge these bastards.