Debt schmet

Alright, a pleasurable analysis on how prezzie is squandering the resources of our country, smart, not too long, not too short. Well, maybe a bit short, but that’s because it’s so good. Nathan Newman, via Kos. Ya know, it’s articles like these that truly lend fodder to the war. Hard data, not fluffy hearsay, presented in a cool but passionate manner, clearly. Argue against them in their own terms. None of this bumpersticker crap…no “One cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war” doo-hickey. The only person that means anything to at all is the person that already believes it (I’m not one of them). Unfortunately, I keep rediscovering that lower taxes trumps. Regarding the PUD, my pretty smart, good guy, buddy will not vote for it because it raises his property tax (mine too). When I pointed out that the increase was less than $.75 per year, he was not phased. Zero tolerance. No tax is the new religion. Even if the PUD promised to save him $20 a year in rates, he would not support it because of the tax increase. And he’s a pretty reasonable, thoughtful guy. So the economy isn’t even a worthwhile argument to these people because all they f’ing care about is #1, and how much the April check gets written out for. Job security, raises, options, choices, services, social conscience…it’s of no value when stood up to the T-word. Frickin live for the day bullcrap, and I don’t trust dem gubment wit mah doh garbage. That’s what we’re against. damn librals.

hulkamaniacs

I used to be really into professional wrestling. The strong guys doing crazy, pretty realistic, wrestling moves in the air, or spinning them over their back, with figure four leglocks and chairs and sleeper holds, it was dazzling. And then they discovered politics, and that was fun, who’s on whose side, which manager is slipping a roll of quarters in, is The Macho Man good or evil, what about the Four Horsemen and their constuents. The was never any question about Demolition, of course. That’s when I was eleven. Now basketball is doing the same thing. Ever since Kobe’s little run-in with the law, which I won’t comment on here, he has turned evil. He was the golden boy, but now he and Shaq are carnies at the media circus, and Kobe is the fallen angel schlepping mirrors at a fixed game. Well, I don’t care too much about all this, the wrestlers did it better.

diet choices

Crafty Girlie links to a craigs list post about a vegan cat rescuer who is looking for a new home for the cat. The requirement: the home must be vegan and willing to feed the cat a vegan diet. This is absolutely ludicrous. A cat would never choose a vegan diet over a comparably non-rancid carniverous one, because that is what they have evolved to consume. Meat contains the nutrients, microorgganisms, proteins, and enzymes that they need to survive in a healthy manner. I’m going to stop this part of the rant right there because I don’t think any further argument is necessary…it’s just frickin obvious.

Now, the part that drives me nuts is these veg*’s who try to push their decision onto others, particularly children and pets. Dogs and humans are both omniverous. Say it with me now, om-ni-ver-ous. That means meats and vegetables. I believe that for a vegetarian or vegan, or whatever combination you are, to raise a child without meat, to impose this lifestyle for whatever reason, upon an innocent, is abusive and wrong…it’s as bad or worse than teaching them racism or dogma, because it is putting their health at risk. I’m not saying that they need a daily trip to McDonald’s, but meat a couple times a week along with a responsible vegetarian diet will supply enough nutrition for them to grow strong with minimal risk. When they’re of age, let them make the decision themselves. And don’t tell me your five year-old prefers vegetarian fare to meat, because they’re just trying to make you happy.

One other quick point about the choice to become vegetarian, particularly for protest about the treatment of animals. If you really want to have an effect on the way animals are treated, you would be far better served to purchase the meat of animals who have been raised and slaughtered humanely than to abstain entirely. Support those who try to do the right thing rather than nobody at all.

agony of…

Stop what you’re doing. Read this. A gripping tale of tragedy, deception, and, ultimately, betrayal. With a happy ending of course.

freeze-dried blood

Check out this post over at zeros and ones. Pretty freaky implications about cross-species blood transfusions. Someday, you may receive a blood supplement that was derived from an anteater.

PUD 3

Alright, I’m now pretty convinced that PUD is where it’s at. I’ve been leaning yes but wanted to catch some opinions and maybe a fact or two in the haze. Here’s my take: power companies are greedy, and want to monopolize. The government handling utilities may not be perfect, but as long as we need to pay for them, there’s probably not a lot of better ways to do it. PUD will honor existing contracts/employment, though with caveats I’m sure. This will help to sever ties with bad bad Enron and the white house’s good’ole boys. PUDs are more progressive with alternative energy that private utilities (no complaint about Pac. Power here…I get the Blue/Green Mountain/Sky through them…though we can always do better). It’ll piss off people who I think do bad things to good people. Tax increase will be minimal. Thanks for the legwork Jack Bog, BiX, and Emma! So unless you hear otherwise, I’m a go for yes/yes.

meat product

Does anyone have any idea what the heck is up with all these spams that have zero intelligible content, in any language for all I can tell. Spam me, that sucks, but now you’re just wasting. I suppose at least they’re not sending l3wd pictures to children. I hate all spammers.

Splitting hairs

An interesting article on the widely varied conditions of two schools in Iraq. I think that what we learn from this is a reminder of the liberal stance from the VERY BEGINNING of this fiasco. And this is something that is being twisted once again by the lying Bush administration. That we wanted the war to go through the proper channels. Or not at all. But the mad rush, the insanely driven mad rush to shove this war down everyone’s throats using FALSE evidence (which was considered suspect from the first…so don’t act innocent and blame bad intelligence, if I was suspicious, you HAVE to be!). Lately I’m hearing Bush (heh, I heard the Australian heckling on Fox News) saying things to justify the war, like nobody disagrees that the world is a better place with Saddam deposed. Well, I/we never thought we would disagree on that. That was NEVER in question. Now the schools, the suffering, the costs, it’s outrageous, and you lied, and you blew it. Own up. Of course, once again W toed the line between terrorists and Iraq as well…I couldn’t tell if that’s what the heckling was about.