atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3707: Well, this is a bit late.

Thanks to an unexpected visit from Lemonzen, I spent my day with her rather than doing anything else. I postponed my therapy appointment and didn't attend choir practice; needless to say I didn't get a lick of work done on the Jeep, either.

Lemonzen has been having a pretty bad time of things lately. She's been unable to sleep thanks to certain events this past Monday, and when she took a new pill to help her sleep (Lunesta) she ended up having some pretty serious nightmares. She was a wreck when she rang my doorbell this afternoon.

So I calmed her down, and held her, and let her sleep a while, and fed her some good food; and she left a little while ago with a smile on her face. I didn't want her to go home yet but she's got work in the morning and a fair drive home before she can go to bed, so I gutted it up and suggested she might want to go home.


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The press, of course, didn't cover it. Mitch McConnell gave the Senate Democrats everything Obama wants, and the Democrats naturally voted against it because it would be impossible not to pin it on Republicans.

That is the kind of political gamesmanship the GOP needs to do all the time. Give the Democrats what they claim to want and let them vote for it on the record.

They'll almost never vote for it because they know it's political suicide.

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So what will they call the show now? Man? I mean, Charlie Sheen was one of the two eponymous men, and the kid was the "half", so without Charlie Sheen or the kid there's just Jon Cryer left, right? So the show should be called "Man" now. (It should have been renamed "Man and a Half" after they booted Sheen for being a raging lunatic.)

(And yeah, I'm violating the Fungus style sheet by putting those titles in quotes, but this is a CBS sitcom we're talking about; I don't feel like dignifying it that much.)

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The fascists of the child protective service of the state of Florida can claim another victim. By taking a severely handicapped girl from her mother and trucking her five hours away from home without giving her medication, food, or water, they killed her.

"It's to protect her from harm at her mother's hands!" Yeah, you guys really saved that kid.

Elizabeth Scalia is right--that's just evil.

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Another endpoint for socialism comes when the government can no longer afford to spend a shitton of other peoples' money on infrastructure. Japan's economy has been stagnant for more than a decade, and they're much further down the road the US is just embarking upon.

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Mom always used to feel a little guilty for throwing her cigarette butts out the car window. I guess she can rest easier now. Looks like birds line their nests with cigarette butts and the nicotine keeps the bugs off them. Nice.

Smoke up! It's good for the environment!

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Detroit wants Obama to pay up now that they helped him get elected. This just makes blatant the kind of quid pro quo which has always existed. Particularly since 1964.

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Two from Karl Denninger:

He says that DeMint's exit from the Senate is indicative of economic excrement heading for the air circulator. DeMint, Denninger says, is one of the smart ones, and his exit from the Senate may mean things are about to get nasty.

Detroit passed "right to work" laws and, furthermore, apparently there are some illegal shenanigans in the GM bankruptcy which may mean the whole thing will unravel.

That last bit is interesting. From the article Denninger links:
At issue is a backroom deal hatched by GM to fulfill the Obama administration’s demand for a quick bankruptcy, draining the automaker of nearly all of its cash on hand and leaving it in worse shape than it was when it collapsed in 2009.

One condition of GM’s bailout was to shore up its overseas subsidiaries. On the eve of entering bankruptcy, the company cut a $367 million “lock-up agreement” with several major hedge funds to prevent GM Canada from failing. The agreement ensured that GM could spin-off its liabilities to “old GM,” while using a multi-billion dollar bailout to create a new company.
...and, quoth Denninger, "That's a serious no-no when you go into bankruptcy, and the Judge has the power to unwind the entire deal, re-opening the bankruptcy."

And then "new GM" is screwed. As is the taxpayer.

I predict, however, that said judge will get a simple warning: "If you do this, you're done," and will therefore rule that everything is copacetic.

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