A Sunny Place for Shady PeoplePithy, contrarian, politically incorrect and curmudgeonly rants on sex, money, power and politics and religion and philosophy. In short: Nothing matters, everything changes and there are no guarantees. The rest is rationalization and bribery. (c) Tom Milner 2002-2003. DIRECTORY of offensive POSTS at Archives: 07/09/03. RECOMMENDED BLOGS: Archives: 07/29/03. email: theoldbuzzard AT sunnyplaceforshadypeople DOT com.
Saturday, November 08, 2003
ANOTHER MUST READ:
Paul Krugman's two book reviews [of Bush's lies], "Strictly Business," The New York Review of Books, November 20, 2003.
Thursday, October 30, 2003
On Bush the Vile's banditry, deceit, and mendacity, a MUST READ: Russell Baker's "The Awful Truth, The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century," by Paul Krugman. The New York Review of Books, November 6, 2003.
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Too bad Rush L. and Michael J. are in different jurisdictions: they would have made such swell cellies.
Saturday, October 18, 2003
The smaller the baton the bigger the cigar.
Friday, October 03, 2003
The first really telling indicator that the president -- our Bellicose Theocrat -- is in really deep shit will be the moment that one (or more) of the Republican Supreme Court justices decides it is time to retire, so the Master of Smug can attempt to get conservative replacements through the U.S. Senate. (One nominee, at least, will no doubt be Hispanic, black, or a woman, all the better to pander.)
Friday, September 26, 2003
Monday, September 29, 2003
These rants have appeared with some regularity for about a year, and it is time for us to move on now to other writing.
While we can no longer promise to meet a weekly Monday deadline, we will continue to rant, at whim, when stupidity and avarice so move us.
So this is not yet the Final Adieu. (Check by from time to time, and thanks for the visits this past year.)
We will, in parting temporarily, share two financial enthusiasms and one political endorsement.
Long have we been impressed (and profited from) the honest penny-pinchers at one of the nation's largest no commission (no load) mutual fund families, with its numerous stock and bond portfolios and index funds (and its very low administrative expenses and efficiency): The Vanguard Group. (They also offer employers 401(k) plans.)
(The worst mutual funds: Franklin-Templeton, Fidelity, Putnam, Strong, Janus, and any sponsored by brokerage houses.)
A more recent discovery has been a cable (CNBC) financial show remarkably free of cant and pomposity brimming with the savvy energy of its hostess: Suze Orman.
Finally, we concluded that one of the few really compelling reasons to vote (often) for Howard Dean is that his zealous, intense rhetoric will so rattle the mindless Bush in debate (out of handlers' reach) that he'll be revealed for the ignorant, arrogant scum he's always been.
Friday, September 19, 2003
Monday, September 22, 2003
What is it the Bush Theocracy doesn't understand about "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" (First Amendment, U.S. Constitution)?
This incurious, ignorant, anti-intellectual President (still uncertain about the scientific validity of evolution) has been the puritan's delight -- especially since he left his carousing behind him. (We prefer a randy president like Clinton who is lusty enough to spermeate the entire Oval Office.)
Bush's self-conscious abstinence (no wonder the French laugh at him) makes him dour, disagreeable, and belligerent.
His evangelicalism is his twisted gyre.
He's determined to infuse his Christianity into all levels of federal government.
He's a dangerous buffoon.
And he's impeachable not just for lying us into war, but for violating that establishment clause of the First.
For example, we recently learned that The Bellicose Theocrat nominated, last fall, one W. David Hager (parts his name on the left: automatically suspect) to the Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food & Drug Administration.
This jerk is a Kentucky M.D. who practices ... faith healing!
He's also very big in something ominously called the Christian Medical Association -- oxymoronic that -- and a veteran of the theological gynecology movement.
He actually believes such humbug as "an emphasis on the restorative power of Jesus Christ in one's life," and recommends readings and prayers to treat headaches and premenstrual syndrome.
He is thus congruent with his Fuhrer, Bush, who actually said: "we all know that if sick people would only place all of their faith in God's hands, we would have a much healthier and spiritually invigorated population."
Retire this Tiresome Theocratic President at first opportunity so he can privately practice this nonsense without harming others, for the First also speaks to that.