On a lighter note…

December 12, 2008

Sorry for my earlier post…I admit that it was a bit over dramatic. But seriously, banks being forced to give loans?! Also, I have the flu. So forgive me.

On a lighter note, I got a link from Splendid Elles today! I’ve been begging her for one for the better part of a year. Her traffic is beyond mine (MarinaLee: Splendid Elles:: McCain: Obama), and, though we are friends, she’s never referenced me in her blog. =( Except that time last May when I kinda stole her Extraterrestrial Club and turned it into a political battleground…heh heh.

It’s probably one of the darkest truths I can admit to… I use to be a conservative…I think that one of the things that made my transition slowest was that I had a passionate objectivist, social darwinist, anti-socialism, anti-communism “friend”. But, I’d begun to wonder how it was possible for a person who thought that selfishness was the highest virtue to have friends. It became apparent to me that it was not. Now, I’m free from her paranoid ramblings about how Obama is a socialist, and how we found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. —http://splendidelles.wordpress.com/2008/05/03/the-audacity-of-pathos/

Anyway, as you probably wouldn’t be able to ascertain from the above passage (me in a nutshell, right?), we actually are friends. And she did link to me! The subject of this link was one of those blog games that reads more like an email forward. I’ve decided to go along with it, partly to draw attention away from my previous post…(again, sorry. But I still maintain that I have a point). It may seem immature and completely random at first glance, but it also might be fun, and she does get WAY more traffic than I do. So, here we go.

The rules of this blog game/meme/forward/way to avoid doing anything useful/thing:

  1. Link to the person who tagged you. (See above)
  2. Post the rules on your blog.
  3. Write six random arbitrary things about yourself. (Oh dear…and how random?)
  4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
  5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
  6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Okay… 6 random things…

1) I punched a guy wearing a Che Guevara shirt of the Fourth of July. He had the nerve to make a scathing remark about my bright red/white/blue ensemble. *sniff* I quite liked it. Flag bows and flag mini skirts are fun.

2) I compete in Extemp, a form of debate in which you have half an hour to ready a seven minute speech, and I often win, in spite of my occasional hardcore right rants. Of course, sometimes that doesn’t work out. Last week, when asked the question, “Is the American Dream alive and well?” I finished up with an Ayn Rand quote and berated Americans for being lazy. That one didn’t go over well. =P I’ll post it later.  There was also the time that I gave a speech about how we shouldn’t bailout the homeowners…and when I finished, my judge pointedly informed me that his home was in foreclosure. I posted that speech there https://marinalee.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/dont-bailout-the-homeowners/ Believe it or not, however, I can actually give moderate speeches.

3) I have an autographed photo of  Mitt Romney and me. I got it at a rally which made the local evening news because we were all packed into a tiny little room. We eventually moved outside, but the news only showed us fanning ourselves in the sauna, with a caption having to do with the Republican desperation. The camera men, whom we were working with to get clearer shots, were all liberal.

4) My taste in food can be roughly equated to that of the average five year old.

5) I’m extremely self conscious. The part in my Obama Theme Song (also here)where I labeled myself as “hot and cold” had to do with an argument I had had with three pro choice…people…the previous day; they ended by calling me a cold hearted bitch, but stipulating that I was ‘hot’ so it didn’t matter. I was peeved. For whatever reason, I consider this related to the fact that I’m a member of Procrastinators Anonymous, and that I have been diagnosed as a chronic procrastinator. On the list of BS diseases, this is probably top 10. It annoys me that I could use it as an excuse. I always come up with much, much better excuses.

6) I enjoy Nora Ephron.

Now…to link to 6 random bloggers…







No pressure to play, guys. But it might be fun =D


The End of the Banks of America: Republic Windows and Doors

December 11, 2008

The Bank of America, currently the largest  U.S. retail bank, received fifteen billion dollars from the US treasury. If you count the 10 billion that  it will inherit from Merrill Lynch & Co after they buy it,  the dollar number of government intervention jumps to 25 billion. Being the capitalists that I’m sure you are, you know that this was a bad, bad idea on the part of the government. Of course, as the Bank is beginning to see, it may well have been preferable to go bankrupt than to accept money from our government.

When the Bank of America received its bailout, they were under the impression that the money was a gift. They would not have to do anything for the government, as the government was giving them the money for their personal interest, and not so that they could control the bank. Wrong. Taxpayers  around the country are now trying to get loans from the bank that they would never have previously qualified for, on the grounds that it was tax payers dollars that kept the bank alive. “You owe us! We bailed you out,” shriek the taxpayers, in more eloquently disguised words.  The best example of this is of course Republic Windows and Doors, which was forced to close after Bank of America withdrew a line of credit that it had previously received. The company was spiraling downward (a 12 million dollar drop in profits, 25%, from ’07 to ’08). The bank thought it a poor investment.

This was all immaterial to the workers of Republic, who sat inside the closed building of their company, waiting to receive the pay that they ‘deserved’. Note that this should have absolutely nothing to do with the Bank of America. The bank exists to profit, and according to the bank’s spokeswoman, Julie Westermann, Republic is unable to operate profitably in the current economy. The company is not going to make a profit. The bank decides not to give them money, knowing that they won’t get it back. The country explodes in cries of unfairness.

Following public opinion, the government decided to force Bank of America to give Republic a loan to pay their workers.

You received government money. Who are you to deny it to anyone else?

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich did this by saying  yesterday that Bank of America won’t get any more state business until it restores the line of credit to Republic.  The workers’ sit in ended today,when the bank gritted their teeth and gave every factory worker 7,000 dollars.

The conflict came to represent Main Street’s resentment of the Wall Street bailout. –Reuters

Another Illionis politician that you might have heard of (also known as the President Elect) agreed with the workers, saying, “They’re absolutely right…These workers, if they have earned these benefits and their pay, then these companies need to follow through on those commitments.”

A company goes bankrupt. It cannot pay its workers. Apparently, it must pay its workers anyway.

A Fox News analyst worries about the precedent set with forcing a bank to make a loan simply because people need the money. Home owners in foreclosure could refuse to leave on the same principle, he said.

The government forcing banks to give people money is just ridiculous. In fact, the entire episode looks as if it could have come straight out of an Ayn Rand novel.  If this trend continues, it could easily be the end of all of the banks of our country. Banking rests on the premise of loaning to those who will pay you back, not to those who need the money to feed their children.

The future President agrees with the workers. The people of our country agree with the workers. Even the banks try to stress the fact that they agree with the workers. Who is left to side with capitalism?

You Have No Life

December 7, 2008

While having a private conversation at the National Governor’s Association meeting in Philadelphia on Tuesday, an open microphone picked up Rendell labeling Gov. Napolitano, D-Arizona, as “perfect” for the cabinet position because she has no family, and the position requires a person with “no life.” —http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/12/07/rendell-napolitano-comment-not-sexist/

(If you’re wondering why I’ve become somewhat exclusive in that I always link to basic facts via CNN, it’s because they have a nice automated search engine that tends to link back.)

That isn’t sexist, as Campbell Brown has become fond of saying, but it isn’t made of sugar, spice, and everything nice, either. Why does a remark have to be sexist to be bad? There are plenty of types of wrong (i.e. walking up to Sarah Palin in the middle of a room and commenting on her great rack is arguably bad, but it isn’t sexist), and I see no reason to rail at Rendell for being sexist, when you could just as easily rail at  him for being plain rude. And a jerk. What have we come to, if a comment must imply sexism or racism to be inappropriate? “Fuck you” is apparently a much, much nicer remark than, “Wow, way to be a woman.”  Being politically correct has just been taken to a whole new level.

Of course, this leaves me free to crucify anyone I choose as long as I don’t take a dig at their biological basics, or mention anything that might have to do with what they actually think. So, now for the politically correct  crucifixtion of the day.

Perfectly clean comments to  Ann Coulter:  As I’m being politcally correct, I can’t  demand to know why you aren’t in the kitchen making someone a sandwich. Pity. The supremacy of your  mammoth intellect is challenged only by that of my garden hose. You are so dumb that it took you two hours to watch 60 minutes. You’re  such an ugly person on the
inside that the Grinch ran screaming and hid in a corner until the Indians and the Pakistanis decided to form one giant country with the Isarelis and the Palestinians.
You deserve to spend the rest of your life in France engaged to Barack Obama’s eldest daughter. The quality of these comments far surpasses everything that you’ve ever written, and that’s saying something.

And the worst part about Ann Coulter? People associate her with me. Because of this picture, I’ve been asked if I’m trying to impersonate Ann Coulter. I’m not. We’ve just discussed how much I loathe the ground she walks on, because her person isn’t worthy of my loathing. Anyway, you tell me. Do I look like Ann Coulter? Keep in mind that there is only one right answer…(hint hint: it’s no)

I hate this woman so much that I'd be willing to compare her to...Ann Coulter.

I hate this woman so much that I'd be willing to compare her to...Ann Coulter.

Well…We can still filibuster!

December 7, 2008

The Republican Party took yet another crushing defeat today when the Democratic House leaders came out saying that they would be willing to approve the auto industry bailout.  Nancy Pelosi had formerly been against the bill, saying that the money would probably be drawn from the money meant for fuel efficiency, but she is now standing in support because of the 533,000 jobs lost this November, and her desire to keep more jobs from disappearing.

It seems as  the caravan of hybrid cars worked much better for the little three of Detroit than flying in on three individual private jets, as a means to arrive at DC to beg for money. Imagine that.

Oh well. If all the Republicans vote Republican we still can flibuster. Congrats to Saxby Chambliss for winning the spin off election in Georgia!

Colorado’s Transformation

December 4, 2008

Colorado was once a nice, friendly swing state. Now, of course, its raving blue. This is probably, in some way that no one can trace, all my fault…just because I live here. The state switched just to spite me. Anyway, the final results of the election were depressing. The senate went Democrat, and so did 5 of the 7 House seats…not to mention that we voted for Obama. But I’m over that. =P  And now, to complete the transformation, the conservative newspaper is closing its doors.

Denver was one of the only cities to have two major newspapers. The Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post merged about five years back, but now Rocky is down for the count. This information has not yet been released to the public, and whether or not you care about the RMN, you should care that another conservative voice is being lost, and of course it’s always nice to know something before it’s been officially announced. I feel special.

So, you heard it here first: As of mid January, The Rocky Mountain News is closing its doors.

Rocky Mountain News

Care to Debate That?

December 4, 2008

I am one of those people who firmly believes that arguing is useful. You never know. You might just convince someone. I mean, that hard core hippie down the block? He might buy an AK 47 for the explicit purpose of shooting nice fluffy squirrels by the time that you’re done with him. It could happen.  Then again, the world could end in 2012 because a whole bunch of Mayans got tired of writing out their calendar at that point.

Anyway, as you all know, I am agnostic. This doesn’t mean that I couldn’t come to believe in God, if, say, a being came down from the sky and began vaporizing all objects in the immediate vicinity. That would be very conclusive proof. I would change my mind.

But of course, the death of any good argument is the phrase, “You will never convince me.”

Whether or not you agree with me on any particular issue, I’m sure that you’ve all run into this problem. The person that you want to beat with a stick for refusing to see the light, and who counters with the blank “no.” The person who will simply not acknowledge a contradiction even if it is staring him in the face, and worse, the person who contradicts himself. FYI guys, if you’re arguing, this is when you should give up. You’re only going to frustrate yourself by continuing.

Lawyers, in most cases, don’t have to deal with blatant contradictions. They have the luxury of being able to shove transcripts into faces if people are proving particularly reluctant to admit to their own words. But even this won’t deter the most obnoxiously stubborn of contradictors. Take Joran van der Sloot. He has claimed no involvement in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, then calimed, on tape, that he sold Natalee Holloway into white slavery for $10,000 on a beach in Aruba, and is now claiming ignorance once again, saying that he lied about the white slavery bit.

If anyone still cares about Natalee Holloway, you can read the full story here http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,460108,00.html