Here we go again
Well, on Tuesday at 12:03 AM Pacific standard time my heart broke. Events leading up to and after this are why my posts have been a bit spotty lately. I offer this as evidence that bloggers do indeed have hearts, I know there is debate on that issue in some quarters. It’s politicians that don’t have hearts, but I digress. They say every time your heart breaks it gets easier. I suppose. Getting hit by a bus is probably easier the second time around too, but not sure how that helps. I will however carry on with blogging and my quest for love, and I’ll keep an eye out for buses while I am at it. She was worth it at least, the old saw about “having loved and lost is better than never having loved at all” is all too painfully true.
OK, this is going to be a mish-mash post as I catch up on a few things. First, the controversy about giving driving licenses to undocumented immigrants in New York is over. Yes, the people of New York state have decided that they are safer if the undocumented immigrants driving the streets have no knowledge of the local traffic laws or demonstrated knowledge of how to operate a motor vehicle safely. And a chance to get the pictures, thumbprints, and other information about millions of undocumented immigrants on file has been passed up. All to prevent the terrorists hiding in the bushes from rushing out and getting a driver’s license to commit wanton destruction with. Phew, feel safer yet? Since the 9/11 hijackers were all in the country legally, it’s kind of hard to follow the logic here, but since 2001 “think of the terrorists” has become the debate equivalent of “think of the children.” Once the phrase is uttered the higher centres of the brain shut down in most people and all intelligent discourse ceases.
The situation in Iraq is apparently getting less violent, that can’t be but a good thing. Of course five plus years in, it is finally getting into the news that Bush’s wars are going to add up to trillions of dollars. Plenty of people pointed that out within the first year, including me, but the mainstream media has a bit of lag time these days it seems. And a decline of violence doesn’t magically justify the war, a million Iraqis are dead give or take a few hundred thousand, millions are displaced, and the human and dollar cost to America is staggering. And forces have been set in motion that will create bloodshed and terrorism for decades to come, even if we manage to avoid a near term worse catastrophe in Pakistan or Iran. On the plus side, this momentary drop in casualties is a God given opportunity to get out of Iraq. Now is the time for Bush to declare the surge a success and announce a timetable for withdrawal. This won’t happen since the plan is to stay in Iraq until the oil is all gone, which will be decades from now, but a guy can dream. And when the violence ratchets up again or some other nastiness occurs, you can bet that the US government has the fingers prepositioned to point the blame where needed.
Then of course the economy. Yeesh, what a mess. Starting to look like Enron, Exxon Valdez, and the Savings and Loan Crisis all rolled into one. In other words, because of corporate greed a small number of people are going to get even richer, and the costs of greedy and short sighted business practices will be passed on to the consumer. Like all pyramid schemes, there is a limit to how far something like this can go, and I fear the pool of potential victims is gone. There isn’t any money to pay off this current mess, so we will print it up or borrow it, which in the long run will make things worse. Or as my economist friend puts it, time to plant a “defeat garden” just in case.
Oh well, at least there’s some good news on the mortgage default crisis. The good news being that I found someone who can explain it in simple and easy to understand terms, it takes a few minutes to watch but is well worth it:
Welcome back, have a great week everyone, don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit and is central to illustrating the post. I also appear to be using it legally in accordance with the author’s wishes, as it is from a free e-card site. Credit and copyright: 2005, ULYBKA)