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Motor City Sadness

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Holy majoley!! I look up from my needlepoint and discover that I haven’t posted anything in almost three weeks. Bad blogger!

It was not intentional. I wanted to blog, but I have been kept busy with other projects, job hunting, trying to put the garden in and other miscellaneous blah blah. I’m not getting paid for this you know.

Now that I am here, I have a brief observation to make about Obama’s auto industry moves yesterday.

I don’t know whether or not GM or Chrysler will survive this mess, though it appears that Chrysler will soon join American Motors and Studebaker in car company heaven. I don’t know whether what Obama is doing is good for the auto industry or the larger economy. But if anybody has a better idea (besides letting the companies fail) I sure would like to hear about it.

Public opinion across the country seems to be n Obama’s favor on matters economic, so he has room to maneuver. However, I fear that he will pay a political price, at least in the short term in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. That may not be fair, but who said either life or politics were fair.

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March 31st, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I Heard It on the Radio So It’s Gotta be True

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I have a herniated disc and soinal stenosis. It’s a chronic condition I have had for a year and a half and which will probably be with me for the rest of my life.

Boo hoo, eh?. Actually, I am lucky in that my symptoms are far less severe than many others with the same condition. Still, I need periodic medical treatments, one of which is a epidural injection of cortisone.

Recently I went to a hospital somewhere in Central Illinois to get one of my regular shots. I was required to put on a hospital gown, after which I was directed to a small room where a nurse was to put in an IV, take my blood pressure and get my signature on a waiver. Keep in mind a couple of facts; I was somewhat anxious because the procedure I was about to undergo can be painful. The last one sure had been. And my doctor had warned me about all the things that can go wrong when a patient’s spine is poked with a gigantic and razor sharp needle, everything from paralysis to infections.

So I was a little scared and vulnerable when I sat down, waiting for a smaller poke from the IV needle. Like I said, a nurse took my blood pressure and it was through the roof. She looked in vain for a vein (ha ha) that did not roll, and finally started pricking my hand still hoping to attach the IV.

Then she started a conversation. Something about the bank bailouts or foreclosures – I’m not sure because I was more focused on poor widdle me. But to be polite I said something like “Well, that’s what 8 years of deregulation will get ya.”

That was a mistake.

For I received a lecture about how Barney Frank had forced all the banks to give money to the wrong people because Barney Frank wants people on welfare to live in big houses with swimming pools.

Or Something. To tell ya the truth, after awhile it sounded like, “Blah blah blah Barney Frank blah blah blah Barney Frank …” and so on and so forth etcetera etcetera.

The nurse took my BP again and it was even higher. She was stressing me out and I was biting my tongue. This went on only for a few minutes until they came to direct me to the room where my back pain doctor stuck me, inflicting acute pain in the L7 area.

Wait, I’m losing my point, which was not about my suffering, but about the nurse and her opinions. She is of course entitled to them, although perhaps imposing them on a nervous patient is less than professional. Upon reflection what is interesting to me is where she got the information upon which her opinions are based. Leave aside, for the purposes of this discussion, whether that information is correct or full of crap (which it is).

I would posit with some confidence that the woman in question is a regular listener and/or viewer of Rush Limbaugh and/or Fox News, and if Fox is a source, she pays close attention to the views of Hannity and Beck.

Pfft. Could anything be more obvious? So the usual right wing suspects misinform their audience daily. So what?

So what is what has been demonstrated in recent weeks; Rush Limbaugh is the de facto leader of the GOP. The recent series of obeisances to Rush by elected Republicans removes all doubt. Only Newt Gingrich and David Frum (he’s Canadian) dare to question the wisdom of the Republicans following Limbaugh like lemmings.

The Democrats and the White House have taken advantage of this situation merely by pointing it out. Point made and damage done. No need to do any more.
But why was it worth it to Obama and his party to point out the obvious? Yes, it sows confusion in enemy ranks, but more importantly, I believe, it puts pressure on the Republican party to grow up and join the discourse the American public needs.

If I am right, the President knows it would be more useful to him and to the country to have a responsible opposition, rather than the neo confederate, quasi Objectivist, theocratic loons with which we are currently stuck for the foreseeable future.

Imagine what a fascinating debate we would see in Congress if the Republicans were ever able to propose realistic (but conservative) solutions to many problems real Americans face in these interesting times.

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March 11th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

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“Ya Gotta Serve Somebody…”

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This past Sunday, the Peoria Journal Star ran a puff piece about the current congressional representative for the 18th CD of Illinois. The story could have gained a little texture if the reporter had asked Mr. Schock if he supports the de facto head of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh. Or does he agree with the chair of the Republican National Committee who says that the GOP needs to go all hip hop – or something.

Or Congressman Eric Cantor who says that all Americans should hope the President succeeds in turning the economy around.

Like Bob Dylan said when he thought he was a Christian, “Ya gotta serve somebody. It may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but ya gotta serve somebody.”

It may be the people or it may be the Rush, but you gotta serve somebody.

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March 3rd, 2009 at 1:12 pm

John Fogerty and John Lennon

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Well it’s Sunday, magical thinking day in most of Western civilization.

Here are a couple of songs about dreaming and wishing for a better world.

John Fogerty, Don’t You Wish It Was True:

John Lennon, Imagine

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March 1st, 2009 at 3:21 pm

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