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I read in the papers out of the UK this morning that some there are talking about going to the IMF to help bail out their economy and banks. Plus, the government is seriously discussing a return of the 3 day work week in order to save jobs (it's cheaper than paying unemployment benefits). The Independent UK described banks there as "dead men walking" and suggested that this may signify an end to banking as we've known it for the last couple of hundred years. That's some serious rhetoric and it should be frightening to citizens around the globe. Our leaders are sugar coating the crises and yes, I think that we need to go after the ones who led us into it. They are not just failed leaders, but they've done this on the backs of millions and profited from it. Bernie Maddoff is the fall guy for many more. They're crooks and need to be jailed. A couple of years ago I was speaking with my father (a former engineer for Ford and a conservative-lite) about nationalized health care. I was surprised when he agreed with me that the biggest push for it will come from industries who cannot afford to continue the coverage that they have promised their workers. I still think that is the case, but they're afraid of, as you point out, the great Commie scare. They'll need to couch the argument in terms of saving jobs for their workers. Once that happens, the case for banks will be much easier. Thanks for the great read.
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The neo-cons have no respect for government; it's just a business they've enjoyed deregulating. Classic line. Re: her "drag". That would make her a perfect candidate to pair with McQueeg. After all, he panders with the best of them and he takes contradictory positions on issues dependent upon which audience he's performing for. McQueeg, after all, suggested in 2000 that the social conservatives had too much sway in the party. This time around he picks a VP candidate that, according to the NY Times, was practically picked by that group.
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Interesting list. As I wrote on the blog, I'm not sure Katy Perry qualifies. She seems like she's playing it up for the guys in a "girls gone wild" way. It doesn't seem really reflective of her sexuality. Nice to see Jill Sobule's song of the same name make the list, however. Also, Two Nice Girls should definitely be on that list.
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Jaw droppingly awesome. I'm stunned. How wonderful to have known someone like that. Thank you for sharing.
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A very lovely tribute, Susie. Thank you for sharing.
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2008 on Bob Nash's Last Ride at Susie Bright's Journal
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I live in a rural town outside of Seattle. When I read of the 6 people murdered 15 miles to the south of me in Carnation it triggered memories of feelings from a few years ago. The memories were of my feelings about friends of mine who lived on Whidbey Island (north of Seattle) who were shot by a man who had been the fiance of one of my friends. Without getting into details I lost two dear friends that day, two more were shot, a girl was traumatized, and some of the family members have had a terrible time trying to recover. My partner and I, too, have had difficulties with the emotional pain (though nowhere near what some of the direct family members have suffered). So, I was feeling a bit blue upon hearing of the murders near me. Then, I read about Bhutto's death and it knocked the wind out of me. Yes, she was a polarizing figure and she may not have been a very good leader for Pakistan in the long term. But in the short term she was certainly better than the current regime. The problem is that we'll never know what kind of long term leader she might have been and her death will add fuel to the flames of violence not only in that region, but in the rest of the world. It deeply saddened me to read of her death yesterday. I immediately thought of the violence that would be unleashed in her and her opponent's names.
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Is there a way to send condoms that are packaged with the message to "Get A Fucking Job"? I'm sensing synergy here.
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One of our cats, Yuki, was adopted from a shelter. We went to a cat show at the Seattle Center just because several shelters were to be represented at the show. The ad in The Stranger mentioned it was to be a "Victorian Cat Show". We wondered what that might mean for all of about 2 minutes before climbing into the car and driving over. What we saw there makes this photo look tame. Cats of a variety of breeds were all around in the main room. They were being dressed up in Victorian era costumes and displayed in cages that sometimes resembled Victorian Houses. Truly bizarre. We rushed out of there to the vendors room where we found the shelters and eventually our lovely Yuki as well.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2007 on Hello Piglet at Susie Bright's Journal
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