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Monday, August 13, 2007

Random Monday Musings-


When I heard the headline this morning about Karl Rove quitting, my first thought was "because he needs to spend more time with his family, huh?", and no more than five seconds later the newsreader confirmed that, yes indeed, the Rovester does feel he has to spend more time with his family.

I wonder how his family feels about that?

But does anybody out there really think, just because Rove managed to pick a sweet spot between investigations & indictments to officially "leave" the White House, that he's really leaving the Bush Administration? If so, I've got a (still-standing) bridge to sell you.

Speaking of bridges, here's a serious question- according to the President, spending more money is not the answer to fixing the country's crumbling bridges or schools. Instead, the answer is increased competition, and "smarter" ways of spending. But no more money. Can we take that paradigm and quote it to the giant oil companies next time they insist that they need ever-increasing tax breaks to build refineries or search for oil?

And if giving the people choice about what school to attend will result in better schools, why not apply the same logic to cable company franchises?

If you were given a choice today of driving a dump truck across a 50-year-old bridge, going up in the Space Shuttle or working in a coal mine, wouldn't you rather be Lindsay Lohan's rehab counselor?

Mitt Romney has spent the last six years and millions of dollars campaigning in Iowa and got 5000 votes out of it. Isn't that the same sort of victory that's destroying the army in Iraq?

Speaking of the Mittster and the Army, I hope nobody missed his statment last week that his five sons' work on his Presidential campaign is just as much of a personal service to America as that made by the men and women fighting and dying in Iraq. I'm not making any further comment on that, it's just something to think about.

I can solve the illegal immigration problem by tomorrow- just declare that anyone who wants to come here and work hard and pay taxes is welcome to do so. I mean, hey, I know that's a radical, fruit-loopy idea, but what the Hell. And don't start about immigrants having to learn English first- when George Bush starts speaking the language properly, then maybe I'll discuss the issue.

Is David Beckham ever actually going to play a game in this country, or did he just come to America to give his wife a shot at a Hollywood reality show?

Is there any better summertime sandwich than one made from fresh basil, goat cheese and home-grown tomatoes so fresh that they're still screaming as you bite into them? I don't think so...

23 comments:

Mike said...

Call me a silly ass American, but I just don't get the whole David Beckham phenomenon. I kind of put him in the same category as Princess Di, Prince Charles, those two little urchins they had together, and Elton John. God, I am so not impressed.

I agree with you on the illegal immigration thing, but I have to differ with you on the whole speaky de English thing. After working with a butt load of Mexicans in Utah and having them not understand a single thing I asked them to do, I believe it is an issue. In a couple of cases, there have been some major saftey issues because people didn't speak the language. I guess the real issue here is I don't care if you learn the language or not, but if understanding your co-workers is essential to doing the job, then companies shouldn't hire people that don't speak the language.

Mitt Romney is a silver plated dildo and I can't believe he even got one vote. Fucking Mormon douche' wad.

Karl Rove's quitting could have only been topped by his death.

Colonel Colonel said...

Mike- I'm not sure I'd give Mitt credit for being silver-plated, I've always seen him as more tin-foil wrapper, but otherwise, yeah, you got him...

Phoebe Fay said...

If you were given a choice today of driving a dump truck across a 50-year-old bridge, going up in the Space Shuttle or working in a coal mine, wouldn't you rather be Lindsay Lohan's rehab counselor?

I vote this best best blog sentence of the day.

And that's a brilliant idea about the "smarter" spending. Let's tell the Pentagon and Halliburton and Blackwater and all the rest that we're not giving them any more money, and from here on out, they'll just need to spend smarter.

Colonel Colonel said...

Phoebe- maybe we could also apply it to Presidorkal candidates.

Kerstin said...

It used to be that I felt very proud of being an American, and living the American Dream. What the hell happened?

anaglyph said...

I think Mr Bush and The Weasel are singing from the same hymn book. Yesterday the furry little rodent voiced the opinion that the terrible problems we're having with the Aboriginal communities in this country '...can't be fixed by throwing money at them.'.

Funnily enough, throwing money at things seems to be the usual way of fixing them for this government, especially if they're anything to do with big business, sports or showy international summits.

Personally I think most problems with this country, inlcuding the Aboriginal ones, could be fixed by throwing The Weasel and his friends off Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Joey Polanski said...

I can think of a pretty good summr samwich involvin Liz Hurley, Nicole Kidman, and a 43 year old hunk o Polish sausage.

Colonel Colonel said...

kerstin- I think we should still be proud to be Americans- we should not let a particular Administration steal that from us. Just as one can disagree with the President and be patriotic, one can be ashamed of what one's country has done at a specific time and still be proud to be a member of it, for the deeper ideals which it represents.

Reverend- Yes, it's funny how, when the "problem" is something the politicians approve of, like not having "enough" tanks, or "needing" to invade somewhere, suddenly the problem can only be solved with more money. But when the problem is something they don't care about, like education or boring things like roads, then more money won't help. I say that any Fortune 500 company that sees it's stock price decline next quarter gets a $100 million dollar fine, to "encourage" it to do better next time.

Joey- Well, ok, if'n you're gonna go with imported ingredients, yeah, you win!

Cissy Strutt said...

That sandwich sounds so good, I am going to recreate it for lunch. (The marties won't be home grown, though).

I am appalled and ashamed of what has happened to my beautiful country under the evil reigh of the Desiccated Coconut. I am saddened by the lack of robust opposition from Tintin. But I am proud to be Australian, and I still believe in the big ideas which once seemed possible, before it all became about money. Maybe we need to make a bit less money, and look after each other a bit more.

Parad0x said...

Kerstin: The American dream is still alive and well. That's why we have so many illegal immigrants ;) But seriously - with the state of our military and government as shitty as it is I can see why you question how strong that dream still is.

Mike said...

I think the dream is a little more like a nightmare now.

Sara Sue said...

As for me ... homegrown 'mater sammiches represent the true spirit of summer! I don't think they should be mentioned with skeevy politics. You should at least post some boobs to offset the yuck factor.

Kerstin said...

Colonel: I'm thinking the ideals this country represents have long since been left by the wayside and replaced with crap, crap and more crap.

Oh, I'm proud to live in a country where I can say that, but I'm so not proud of what we're doing to the rest of the world...

Colonel Colonel said...

Cissy- I love the name "dessicated coconut".

paradOx- agreed.

Mike- but you still gotta have hope.

Sara- I believe I have a Nature's Naughty Harvest post coming up. I'll say no more...

Kerstin- but the ideals remain, we just have to reclaim them. The folks who are responsible for doing all those awful things have no clue what true American ideals are.

Cissy Strutt said...

Thanks ColCol. I can't take credit though, Desiccated Coconut is one of the gems of former Prime Minister Paul Keating, or Saint Paul as we like to remember him. He thought we could be smart, wise, unafraid, creative, rich in culture and rich in flavour; he thought giving land right to Indigenous Australians was a good idea. He thought we could be a grown-up Republic (he put his hand on the Queen's back, shocking the nation of Great Britain). He also called Australia "the arse end of the earth". And he had a brilliant line in political invective. Sigh.

Colonel Colonel said...

"He thought we could be smart, wise, unafraid, creative, rich in culture and rich in flavour; he thought giving land right to Indigenous Australians was a good idea. He thought we could be a grown-up Republic"

Well, you're lucky he's gone then. If he was still around in all likelyhood Dik Cheney would have been nuking the Sidney Opera House by now.

Cissy Strutt said...

Instead George Bush & his crony Howard the Coward & all of Them will be stinking up the place with their ho ho bonhomie & really bad shirts. I'm looking out my window at The House right now & dreading the crapulent hot air which will soon be filling her gracious sails.

Colonel Colonel said...

Oh my, is he really coming back?

Once again, our Profound Apologies...

and...

do you guys happen to have fifty feet of duct tape and some high voltage batteries and leads???

Cissy Strutt said...

Not only is he coming to the APEC conference (cost of security - $AUD180 million), but Georgie-boy has decided to come two days early which means - more dollars on security & the city locked down for two days longer.

On the news this morning I tried not to listen to an item about the "security fence" that will protect the CBD including the Opera House. I had thought, when it was mentioned before, that it was a metaphorical fence (cf "security cordon"), but aparently it's going to be 3 metres high (about 3 yards.) New Zealand looks nice.

Cissy Strutt said...

Sorry, the fence will be only 2.8 metres high. That makes all the difference

Sara Sue said...

Well ... it's Thursday in your neck of the woods and still no "Nature's Naughty Harvest post" ... honestly ...this is cruel.

Colonel Colonel said...

Cissy- all I can offer is our most profound apologies. And, on a totally and utterly, completely different subject, a friend of mine was wondering how difficult it would be to sneak several packs of rabid dingos into the Sidney Opera House?

Sara- I need one more pic. Should be ready later today.

here today, gone tomorrow said...

Beat you! I posted some naughty nature over at my place!