Thursday, March 29, 2007

*cough* *cough* *cough*

Dang, it's sure dusty around here.

I can't believe iit's been over two years since I've done this.

I also can't believe they didn't delete this blog for non-activity.

So it's nearly 2:00am and I'm sitting here wide awake and desperately trying to do anything but log in to work remotely. And so it goes that I'm loading more of my CD collection for my iPod. Wonderful little gizmo.

I'm up to the non-Yes Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe lineup. Next on deck will be The Moody Blues. Makes the work day go so much more smoothly when I can pop in the earbuds and just tune out all of those around me.

What an amazing (in many ways) and hellish (in so many more ways) ride it's been since I was last posting on here. I upped myself out of what could have been a solid but low paying teaching job in New York for a better paying but much more precarious situation in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

So much to say politically that it's almost mind boggling trying to decide where to begin.

Following the general trend in last November's election, New York state took a well-deserved jump toward the blue side of things. Finally, after twelve long years Gov. Pataki exited the stage and was replaced by the quite popular former Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. In telephone conversations with my mother I've heard some complaints so he must be doing a good job. I've always found my way-too-right-leaning parents were a good barometer of which politicians I should pay more attention to.

I'd also like to say that we scored another one by replacing the entrenched Congressman Sherwood Boehlert in New York's 24th Congressional District with Democratic Congressman Mike Arcuri. Even though I was no longer in New York, I still did an internal happy dance over those two victories.

Now with an eye toward 2008, I'm throwing my support (as if there was ever any question) behind my former Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. I've been a Clinton supporter since I first saw Bill Clinton on the campaign trail prior to winning the Democratic nomination in 1992. I'm happy to report that I voted for him in the New York State Primary while he was still the number 2 in that race.

So on to more CDs and waiting (ugh) to go off to work.

Regards,

A Siege of Herons

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Where do they get these people?

In the debate I watched last night, it was clear that Senator John Kerry won. Apparently some in the media were watching a different feed, possibly coming out of Karl "Get Away from My Nest or I'll Rip Out Your Entrails" Rove's ass, and have called the debate a draw.

I guess the fact that Shrubya lied, lied, and then lied some more doesn't mean anything to these media meat puppets.

Does the media get its own kool aid stand when they're watching the debates?

A Siege of Herons

Friday, October 08, 2004

Bushit by Numbers, Pre-debate 2 Edition

Bank of America Corporation announced yesterday that it would cut an additional 4,500 jobs. This brings its total projected job cuts to 17,000 in the wake of a merger with FleetBoston Financial corp.

AT & T Corp. will be firing an additional 7,400 employees this year, bringing the total job loss for the year to 12,300 jobs. The move follows the company's plan to withdraw from the consumer telephone business.

A tip of the paper pirate hat to our boy Georgie, folks. It takes a lot of gall to be so blindingly stupid in this day and age.

And let's all remember, the unemployment rate touted by the Bushista regime does not include those people out of work who
  • are no longer seeking employment
  • have exhausted their unemployment benefits

I suspect the actual percentage of able-bodied people out of work is significantly higher than the 5.4% rate coming out of the Department of Labor.

A Siege of Herons


Blame it on the Jet Stream, Why Don't We?

With the American economy producing only a lowly 96,000 jobs last month, well short of the 150 thousand needed to keep pace with population growth, it seems some are casting about for any ready excuse. It seems the series of hurricanes to pummel Florida is on the receiving end of the blame game this time around, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

Give me a break. To say the state of Florida would've given us a hundred thousand jobs is a joke. Florida is a sinkhole, a sucking belly wound at the bottom of America.

But maybe there is some truth to it. Those hurricanes might have blown away that many Republican trolls whose job it was to disrupt Florida's electoral process. After all, they've repeatedly been doing anything and everything to keep people from voting and to ensure a Chimpy victory.

Somewhere the ghost of a Spanish monarch is having a grand old time laughing about selling that useless chunk of swamp-land to the United States. I wonder if they'd consider refunding our money and taking it back?

A Siege of Herons

Monday, October 04, 2004

Recipe for Steamed Cheney

With the VP debate coming tomorrow, I thought I'd offer up a sumptuous recipe for the open-minded liberal palate, "Beaten-Down Dick," also known as "Steamed Cheney."

Ingredients:
  • 1 copy of Fahrenheit 9/11 DVD or Video
  • This website.
  • This website, too.
  • Yet another website.
  • Your beverage of choice.
  • Something soft to throw at the television screen.

Steps:

  1. Watch Fahrenheit 9/11.
  2. Read the websites.
  3. Turn television to C-Span for the debate.
  4. Pour beverage. If alcoholic in nature, down it quickly, then pour another.
  5. When Cheney is shown speaking on the screen, toss something soft at his head.
  6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 as necessary.

After the debate, develop a list of anti-Cheney talking points, and discuss them with Republican-leaning family, friends, co-workers, etc. The Dick is, sadly enough, the true weak point in this election. We must do everything we can to beat this Dick down. A significant portion of the country does not like Dick, and does not trust Dick!

Let's send a collective "Go Cheney yourself, Dick!" off to Washington on November 2nd!

A Siege of Herons

Thursday, September 30, 2004

What's that sound?

I'm hearing a low roar coming out of Bush country tonight. If I had to guess at what it is, I'd say it's thousands upon thousands of glasses of Republican flavor Kool-Aid being poured for the uncertain faithful.

Kerry cleary tossed Bush around during the debate like a tornado with a trailer. I know media gasbags like Fox News will be trying to portray the Shrub as tonight's winner, but no one with a working mind will buy that line.

Winner of Debate #1: Kerry by a clear landslide.

A Siege of Herons

...better look under the sea...

With the first debate looming large in my field of view, the textbook for the class I am to begin teaching come Monday as missing as Shrubya in '72, and a gloomy day out the window, I'm sitting here with the theme jingle to Sealab 2021 playing over and over in my head.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing the Smirking One's verbal contortionist act. Should be good for many slaps of palm to forehead. Thankfully the responses are timed. I'm not sure I could handle free range drawling chimp without screaming and/or bleeding from the eyes.

At the bottom of the sea,

A Siege of Herons

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Surprises

With a lot of talk about what the misadministration's October Surprise could be, with guesses ranging from bin Laden's capture to a repeat of 9/11, I'm wondering why no one seems to be contemplating the far more insidious surprise looming, the November Surprise.

Think about it. Sometime early in the morning of Wednesday, November 3rd, after the media officially declares John Kerry the winner of the election, a door is quietly opened.

Looking through this door, we see the spectre of 78 days left to the Bush regime. Just imagine what sort of national havoc this imbecile could wreak in that time.

And those of you who say he wouldn't dare do anything major? Just think back to November, 2000 when an idiot from Texas who was given the Presidency after a 5-4 vote in the Supreme Court went on to act as if he'd won an overwhelming majority of the electoral and popular vote. And we all know how well that's turned out.

So before I leave off, just ponder these possible Bush actions in November, December, and January:
  • With nothing left to lose, ordering a full-scale ground assault by the troops in Iraq, causing casualties and deaths among American military forces unlike anything seen thus far
  • Openly gutting every single non-business-friendly regulation he could get his hands on, doing incalculable harm to the American people, economy, and environment
  • With Congress not in session, filling multiple open Federal judicial seats with the most vile brand of rightwing nutjob activist judges (If you thought the one who said the right to an attorney does not mean they have to be awake was good, just imagine what Shrubya would dig up out of spite)

I'm sure there are many other ways this buffoon could screw us openly in those two and a half months. Just thinking about the three I've listed here is enough to cause massive insomnia.

A Siege of Herons

Monday, September 27, 2004

Sick and Tired

I'm about to reach my boiling point with all the synaptically challenged out there who still insist John Kerry is doing a horrible job letting people know who he is and where he stands on the issues.

People? Get up off your lazy asses and open your eyes. It may be a bit too late-20th century for the more parochial among you, but Senator Kerry has a f*cking website with all sorts of information about both him and his views. Assuming you're capable of more than chewing your cud and spouting your ignoarance at any opportunity, and can actually read, you might do well to start there.

Then shuffle those cloven feet down the information superhighway to C-Span and watch videos of John Kerry speaking at campaign stops all over the country.

Still with me? No, don't look at the TV. Keep your eyes off Fox News. Better yet, turn off the damned thing. You obviously aren't capable of watching it responsibly anyway. Don't worry, I'll let you know when it's time for "Cops: White Trash Follies 2" to come on.

Look, if you've gone all this time and not managed to learn anything about John Kerry beyond what the right-wing biased media stirs into your Kool-Aid, then I doubt you'll get anything in the next five or so weeks.

Tell you what, if you're leaning toward Bush on November 2nd, why not just stay home that day? Perhaps we can find a nice monster truck rally for you to watch that night. Or maybe someone can lend you a couple dozen tapes of old Jerry Springer shows to amuse yourself with.

Ignorance is bliss, after all. Otherwise, why would so many be the living embodiment of that phrase?


Feeling better after a nice rant,

A Siege of Herons

1,051 Reasons Not to Vote for Bush/Cheney

According to CNN, U.S. casualties from Operation Infinite Profit are increasing. This month is looking to become one of the deadliest yet in Jesus Bush's Holyland Crusade. If you thought those Medieval Christian jaunts against the Muslims were good, just delve into the details of Jesus Dubya's modern recreation.

Guaranteed to please even the most indiscriminately hateful of our fellow citizens.

A Siege of Herons