Sunday, September 25, 2011

Chimpanzee Sex:

Give Us Your Tired, Your Hog Tied, Your Troubled Toe Suckers

Dick Morris, the always entertaining if morbidly so Republican friend and advisor to Democrat Bill Clinton and erstwhile enemy of Hillary, is suggesting that President Obama might pull a Lyndon B Johnson and not run for re-election.

Stratford, MO

I fell asleep with the sleeper berth curtains open and woke up sometime during the night. Not wanting to get up and close the curtains for fear I wouldn't get back to sleep they remained open, but a bright overhead pole light shone into the truck and made sleeping impossible anyway, so I finally got up and shut them. My eyes don't adjust to low light like they used to and it left me in total darkness. I could see nothing, even after I laid down again, which made the sounds outside seem louder. I could hear individual engines idling, hear a cab door open and close, hear cars sail down the expressway. I could hear mechanics bantering in the garage, hear the chattering of the night birds perched along the roof of the truck stop, hear diesel fuel flowing into the tanks of the trucks at the fuel islands.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New Mexico State Auditor and US Senate candidate Hector Balderas
The Anti Heinrich?

To the extent that our political system, as currently configured and controlled by Capital, offers any hope of turning around Capital's current onslaught on the working class, can Hector Balderas, the state auditor from tiny Wagon Mound, NM, be seen as an alternative to Martin Heinrich, who campaigns like he is for the working class but then goes up to Washington and participates in its slaughter?

Friday, September 16, 2011

"As I watch the Republican debates, I realize that we are on the brink of a crazy person running our nation."

James Carville

We can only hope.

We can only hope that America votes for change in November.

We can hope that Barak Obama doesn't have a lame duck, second term in which to go after Social Security and Medicare, to despoil the environment, to undermine the interests of working people.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

News, The Arts, Style, Business, Dick Cheney

I put a picture of the front page of the Washington Post's web site in a post yesterday (see below) and commented that Dick Cheney was getting more play than President Obama. Cheney is back, or still there, in the same place on the page. The Dick Cheney section of the Post.

The rest of the paper is 9/11 up the wazoo. Of course. I'm waiting to see if tomorrow's papers are just blank. 

Members of the news media will show up for work, twitching slightly as they recover from the spasms of self pity and self induced agony they have put themselves through this past two weeks. They will sit staring straight ahead at their desks in clothing stiffened with dried perspiration and tears.

The rest of us will sigh and wonder how we are going to pay the bills this month.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

9/11 Forever

I was wrong when I predicted a couple of posts ago that President Obama's Jobs Speech would grab the headlines and spare us, for 24 hours anyway, the 9/11 tenth anniversary anniversary celebration and its attendant, self indulgent outpouring of idiocy in the form of the mournful, the woeful, the 'Where we were that day' stories and the endless gushing aorta of op-ed pieces about how America has changed. As one commentator puts it, 9/11 has become a brand, encompassing all that that word implies.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Governor Anchor Baby

If some mainstream Republican politicians get their way, Governor Susanna Martinez might soon be on her way to Mexico in handcuffs.

Martinez, who wants to repeal the law that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses, and has gone after immigrants who have received the driver's licenses, has admitted, in an interview conducted in Spanish, that at least her paternal grandparents were undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

Many Republicans have charged that Mexican families come here intentionally to have children, who are then are automatically granted citizenship, and call these children "anchor babies." They would change the constitution to prevent this, and deport the anchor babies and their parents.

That would make Martinez' father an anchor baby, subject to immediate deportation, along with his whole family, including the governor.

9.1 Percent Plus One

A friend of mine where I work was fired today, which means he has the happy prospect of looking for work while the unemployment rate is 9.1 percent and the economy is sliding back into recession.

I was on the road when it happened and didn't find out until I got back. I just called him and from the sound of him, I don't quite think he'll be listening when President Barak Obama gives his Jobs Speech tonight, because I don't think he'll be quite conscious.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Republican Lying Bastards

A new pack of Republican damn lies being foisted upon us by the news media is that Social Security and other "social safety net" programs have weakened America, and that before these programs came along, Americans were able to take care of themselves, and each other.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Solidarity Forever

Happy Labor Day!

Not much sums up more beautifully and concisely what class struggle is all about than Solidarity Forever, the classic tune penned in 1915 by IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) member Ralph Chaplin, sung at union and political gatherings worldwide and recorded by artists from Peter Seger to Billy Bragg to Joe Glazer to Utah Phillips to Leonard Cohen.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fukushima, contd

Coming down to Cuba from the Central NM Plateau
Radiation on a large scale keeps spewing from several melted down reactors and damaged spent fuel pools at Japan's Fukushima nuclear compound, although the story has disappeared from US corporate-owned media headlines.

Japan's government, which recently saw a change of leadership over the disaster, has yet to tell the truth about what is happening, according to scientists who are following it, and now Japanese doctors, who are already treating people exposed to radiation and worry about the long-term effects of exposure, most of which don't appear for years or even decades.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Mexico Hurricane Update:
So Far, So Good, As Of Thursday P.M.

New Mexico, along with Abadee-Abadee in the Canadian Yukon, and Spare Spittoon, MO, are among several places currently not in the path of a hurricane, tropical storm or tropical depression. Although I did overflow my bathtub this evening when I got engrossed on the internet trying to figure out which one is Snooki and which one is Kim Kardashian.