Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Playin' the Deadline Game

Here we are again up against another deadline. The last one, if you and no doubt, your 401ks will remember, was the debacle over increasing the debt limit that happened at the end of 2011. That song and dance number cost the United States its AAA credit rating and sent the market and consequently middle class retirements all to shit. Now, we are faced with doubling the rates of student loans, (which millions of people have and thanks to Bankruptcy reform a few years ago, can now never escape, no matter what the circumstances) along with a highway bill, that if not addressed, will bring infrastructure building and consequently many jobs to a standstill. The right will be hedging their bets on this one. (something they have lots of experience with) Do we push the issue up against the wall hoping for something else to blame on Obama? Or, do we back off and do the right thing and pass both these issues without demanding unrealistic and damaging cuts to programs designed to benefit the poor and the middle class? I suppose the answer to those questions will be whether it will be more damaging to them politically to cease pandering to the wealthy and pass the bills without deep cuts to the poor and the middle class - or - will it be more beneficial to hold tight to the stand that their normal corporate benefactors hold near and dear, paying for programs not with increased taxes on those who are already doing well, but cutting little snips here and there to things that benefit the millions of peons out here who have no money and thus no voice. What the peons do have, however, is a vote, if they will develop the good sense to exercise it in a way that benefits their cause and not the cause of corporations and the fat cats that run them. The jury is out. We will just have to wait and see.

Save Your Jobs From the Hoards of Illegals

I got an idiotic e-mail from my U.S. Rep. Mo "Babbling Brooks, blathering his bullshit about Obama is hurting Alabama by allowing some immigrants who already have jobs and aren't on the dole, stay here.
Look. It is simple. If you are working for someone that is a bastard enough to fire you and hire illegal immigrants, you probably need to take action yesterday.
And it is simple.
You and your coworkers organize.
If you are a member of a union, you have additional laws to protect yourself.
Forget all the bullshit you have heard about unions. They are all lies to make you and other stupid people scared and work for peanuts.
You want the good ol' days?
Well the good ol' days was when unions were at their peak and wages and working conditions were at their best.
Do you think it is only a coincidence that as the unions are being busted up, that job wages stagnate or drop? That companies hire illegals comfortable in the knowledge that there is nobody to protest?
Who do you think is your voice in D.C.?
You think it is a motherfucker like Mo Brooks?
No! It is the unions.
So, quit listening to shitheads like Mo Brooks or the scores of liars on A.M. radio. Turn the putrid sack of shit Bill O'Really and the rest of his Fox "News" liars off.
Take measures to protect your jobs.
That is what the fuck the whole labor organizing thing was about to begin with.
Organize! Talk with someone you know that belongs to a union. Get the truth about them rather than the incessant lies.

Or, you can continue quivering in fear and hope Mo Brooks and the Republicans will do something to save your job. If you believe that you are to goddam stupid to have a job and need to be replaced.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Of Democrats and Ducks.

Last night I was at my neighborhood pub, enjoying a few cold one with some friends, when I heard two of the guys I was sitting with mention something to each other about the "Democrats that just came in".
These guys had been giddy as school girls at a Justin Bieber concert about the Scott Walker recall attempt failing, so I thought it was some more of that shit.
Having been fucked with enough about that, I ignored them.
A few minutes later, they said it again. This time, my curiosity got the best of me and I asked them what the fuck they were talking about.
One of the guys nodded in the direction of a group of black patrons and said, "Those Democrats."
"What about them?", I asked. "And why the fuck are you calling them Democrats?"
Now I know as well as anyone that if an African-American is of a political mindset, they are more than likely gonna be leaning to the Democratic Party, but it still didn't make sense why they were referring to them that way. (If I had thought about it and hadn't spent the last two hours drinking I would have known without asking)
"We gotta be careful of what we say", said one of them. "Obviously we can't say what they really are out loud."
Not wanting to get into another argument with them, I just rolled my eyes and resumed my conversation with the friend sitting to my other side.
Later at home I started thinking about it though.
That made me think of a guy I know, named "Duck".
Obviously Duck isn't his real name, but he must have liked the moniker as that is what he referred and introduced himself to others as.
Anyway, Duck is one of the most openly racist fuckers I have ever known in my life. Especially when he has had a few beers on his belly.
He has been banned from just about every drinking hole on the north side of the Rocket City, a badge that he wears with pride. (I think, however, that the reason he gets banned is because he doesn't believe in tipping the wait staff or the bartender)
I only know the guy from the local pub establishments and never have done anything with him, but he did seem to cotton up to me for some reason or other. And it is hard to believe, but the guy is a pretty cool person on most things.
He is a skilled craftsman, he works hard has a carpenter in the construction business, something that is always going on in this area.
Shake hands with him and you can't help but notice that he has the heavily calloused palms of a man that isn't afraid of work.
But he is a piece of shit racist. Plain and simple.
I seen him storm out of a bar, leaving a freshly poured beer behind, because a white girl came in with a black man.
Unlike my friends I mentioned above, he doesn't call blacks Democrats. He calls them exactly as he thinks of them, and is not afraid to use the word in front of them, or anyone else.
I am surprised that he hasn't gotten himself a good old fashioned ass kicking, but maybe most people are afraid of him, or maybe they think he just isn't worth the trouble.
As horrid as the man is, at least you got to hand it to him for not being a pussy.
My other friends are probably just as racist as he is, but are way to frightened to be themselves in public.
These friends are good people. Both are engineers, one is active in his church and community. Professional and normally well mannered racists.
My thoughts are; which is worse? Duck, or the pussies?
And they are pussies. I only regret that I didn't take the opportunity to call them that last night.
I think I have come to the conclusion that they are worse than Duck. As bad as a racist is, a pussy cowardly racist is worse.
Racism is alive and well here in north Alabama. I have lived here all my life and I see it everyday. And I don't think that it is going away anytime soon.
I imagine some people reading this from a more progressive area might be a little shocked that bigotry and hate is still so open here.
But it is. And thanks to A.M. hate radio, Fox "News", and the Teabaggers, they have learned to keep it in the open. They just can't say "nigger" in public anymore like they would like to do. Well, people like Duck still do, but the rest are to scared to.
Much like my friends "Democrats" code word, they have substituted the word "nigger" when describing President Obama to Socialist, Kenyan, Commie, Nazi, or scores of other words. All done with a knowingly wink and a nod.
While the "Ducks" in the world are fewer, the cowardly version is rampant. They may have to whisper their racist jokes and use codes, when in public, but they are there.
And they are happy to let the Ducks scream at minorities and hold up misspelled signs at Tea Party rallies while pretending they aren't like that.
But I know the truth. So do they. So do you.
Let's quit pretending.
Racism is here. Yeah, most are old fuckers that will be dead soon, but many aren't.
It is very unlikely that I will live to see the south emerge from this backwards ass stupidity.
However, to any of my right leaning Alabama friends reading this, take note.
I ain't gonna just roll my eyes at your Fox "News" inspired politically correct bigotry anymore.
Say it in front of me, and I am gonna call you what you are. You already know you are a racist, so no reason to point out the obvious. But I will call you what you don't think you are: a fucking pussy.