Thursday, May 12, 2005

Mish Mash

I heard news this morning of a client station of mine in San Francisco who flipped formats yesterday. Obviously my work with them is over, which I take personally... although I have 64 other stations. But my friends who worked there have all been let go. They are all good people and will land on their feet. Ray, Rick, Katie... let me know what I can do to help.

Ronald Reagan was famous for saying he didn't leave the Democratic party, they left him. I am beginning to feel the same about the Republicans. Every day they are representing me less. Although still I lean in that direction, I take exception with several recent moves.

Terri Schiavo is one example. What a cluster-#$%^. Need I say more?

Bankruptcy reform is another. That sort of reform should begin at the top, with corporations who file for bankruptcy... yet continue to pay their officers' exorbitant salaries. The employees lose their jobs and retirement, and the CEO still walks away with millions? If anything needs reform, THAT does. Should it be more difficult for anyone to file bankruptcy? Absolutely. But it should start at the top.

Republicans have been changing rules whenever it serves them lately. Tom DeLay violates campaign rules, which makes him ineligible to continue as majority leader. So instead of following protocol and picking a new majority leader... Republicans decide to just change the rules? Bullshit.

And now they want to do away with ability to filibuster judicial nominees. Come on, guys. Changing rules to suit your needs make you look like dicks, especially in light of the DeLay scandal. Let it rest.

And get away from religion for a while. It's okay to be religious, just don't consider religion when you model laws that govern our land. There are lots of people in this country, you need to represent them all... not just those of your own faith. You're losing the center - and you'd do well to remember you cannot win without them.

All politicians: people are starting to call bullshit on you. I feel a ground-swell, and anyone who doesn't has their head in the sand.

I'm sorry, but it's May 12 and I seem to have forgotten my friend Kim's birthday. Happy birthday girl, hope you're doing well!

Today's great musical line: "I'm crying like a church on Monday." I couldn't find a really cool line about Thursdays. Sorry.

A friend sent me this:

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are this year's winners:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes,right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

And the pick of the literature:

18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

Have a spanky day.



Chris Johnson said...

Dave, #15 was great! I know how to do it very well.

Have a nice day. ;)

Bottle Rocket Fire Alarm said...

I love wordplay, so that list was absolutely a joy to read.

As for Republicans, I don't think they're very religious at all. I think they just wear that as a costume, and the Schiavo thing was a cookie to placate their religious voters.

In regards to your thoughts on corporate bankruptcy, well, yeah. That's Republicanism in action. They don't want to improve this country, they want to sell it.

They just gave Halliburton a bonus. The company that got busted for charging for soldier meals in Iraq that were never served. This government will give out cash hand over fist to these companies but won't pay for sufficient body armor. They won't pay equal-to-army wages for active reservists.

It's okay for them to do whateer they want as long as they namecheck God once per speech and turn down the blowjobs.

I will never vote for a Republican. Ever.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I told my Republican U.S.Senator I'll never vote for his party again (and I'm a Republican) simply because of Terri Schiavo. I've never seen anything so inhumane.
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Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Those are some great words. I'm going to cut-n-paste them and bring them to work.

Kerouaced said...

Lot's of good thoughts there. Since I work in the legal profession, as I try to get established as a writer, I will comment on the Bankruptcy "Reform" Bill. Ninety percent of bankruptcies are caused by Death, Divorce, and Medical Bills. Over fifty percent are caused by Medical Bills. The credit card companies have done some great lobbying to make it appear that people that file bankruptcy are irresponsible spenders when in truth that isn't generally the case. Sure, you have a small percentage of people that take advantage, as in anything else (but not in politics right?) but it is a very small percentage, not the numbers the credit card companies would want you to believe. What the credit card companies are getting away with is akin to legalized loan sharking. It’s a shame. This new law largely will affect the middle class. For example: You have a family that owns a house and cars, etc. The father gets a debilitating illness and now that health care sucks so bad his bills aren’t covered. So, there goes the house and all their savings. Cash in that 401 K right? Say goodbye to retirement. Soon they start using credit cards to survive and as we all know credit card companies will give cards to anyone to ensnare them with their high interest rates which are impossible to pay off. When the credit cards are maxed the family tries to file bankruptcy but with the new bill they will have to pay off a large portion of the credit card bills. I might add that the initial debt and then some is usually paid off on these cards but with the high interest rates, up to 30 %,you keep paying and paying and paying.

So these people will be in essence indentured servants to these credit card companies for years. Here is a family that worked hard and saved and did everything right but when someone in the family falls unexpectedly ill then they lose everything and will be kept in a state of poverty for years and years. It’s pathetic and its sad. This is supposed to be the land of opportunity for everyone not just the corporations. The insurance companies are also to blame in this scenario but I won’t get into that…

The credit card companies are still making billions and billions of dollars even with the old bankruptcy system, now, at the expense of many Americans they will make billions and billions more. Many of the middle class will sink into the lower class as the rich get richer and richer…I believe that anyone should be able to rise up in this country, to become rich and enjoy their wealth but come on there is a point where it’s like robbing from the poor and giving to the rich. It has reached that point. Reverse Robin Hood…sorry to ramble Dave…

Chris Cope said...

Ah yes, a good ol' fashioned radio fire storm. That's one of the reasons I eventually shuffled on from a profession that I really wanted to be part of. Not that things are better in TV, I suppose. Twice I've had a manager walk up to me and say:
"As soon as you're done filing that story, I need to talk to you in my office." (It's always after you finish doing something, too)
"OK, what about?"
"Uhm, I'll talk to you about it in my office..."

Dodging the bullet isn't much better.
"Hey, where's Ken this morning?"
"Uhm, I need to talk to you about that..."