Thursday, January 13, 2005

Not my night.........

Ever go to work and get the feeling that it isn't your day? I had "one of those nights" last night. Let me see if I can remember all the things that went wrong...........

-Opened a 50 pound bag of flour directly onto the floor and my shoes instead of the holding bin it was supposed to go in.

-Smashed my finger. Burnt the same finger. Twice.

-Dropped a 10 pound box of tiny little ice cream jimmies(we use them to make fancy donuts) ALL over the floor. Ten pounds of ice cream jimmies covers a lot of floor.

The best goof-up? I burnt 20 loaves of bread so badly they were black the entire way through. Oops.

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Things could be worse........................

My wife and I work different shifts. She works 1rst shift and I work 3rd shift. Since our son is asthmatic, he misses school from time to time. Yesterday happened to be one of those days but not because he was "sick".

He's been off for a couple days with a pulled muscle in his side. The kid's pretty tough, he was all dressed and ready for school and decided at the last second it was gonna be too much for him. Whenever he's off, I don't really sleep that well, who would when they know they have a sick kids at home?

Looking forward to the weekend so I can catch up on some sleep.

Got some different handlebars for my chopper, they're the dog's balls. To bad it's gonna be 35 degrees this weekend. Gotta give props to Jay, he's a pretty cool LBS owner-didn't charge me for the handlebars. Thanks bro. Now all's I need is a bugle horn and some cool mirrors. It's all good.

I'll post some pics sometime this weekend..............................

Is this guy a total dickhead or what?

No WMD? Gosh, I guess we can pack our shit up and leave then .........right?

He's not guilty. Suuuuure.

I like this guy. Our son wants to work in Las Vegas as a dealer after he gets out of college, maybe I oughta get him hooked up with this guy.

Too much information. Way too much.

Nice ride story. The ride itself didn't seem like a whole lotta fun but we're talking about mad Englishmen here......... To them, riding in a hailstorm is perfectly normal.

From the same site, some sweeet hardtails. I can't see spending the money for a nice full suspension bike when the same amout of cash gets you a super nice hardtail.

An article from the Wahington Post and I'm outta here..................

President of Fabricated Crises

By Harold Meyerson

Wednesday, January 12, 2005; Page A21

Some presidents make the history books by managing crises. Lincoln had Fort Sumter, Roosevelt had the Depression and Pearl Harbor, and Kennedy had the missiles in Cuba. George W. Bush, of course, had Sept. 11, and for a while thereafter -- through the overthrow of the Taliban -- he earned his page in history, too.

But when historians look back at the Bush presidency, they're more likely to note that what sets Bush apart is not the crises he managed but the crises he fabricated. The fabricated crisis is the hallmark of the Bush presidency. To attain goals that he had set for himself before he took office -- the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the privatization of Social Security -- he concocted crises where there were none.

So Iraq became a clear and present danger to American hearths and homes, bristling with weapons of mass destruction, a nuclear attack just waiting to happen. And now, this week, the president is embarking on his second great scare campaign, this one to convince the American people that Social Security will collapse and that the only remedy is to cut benefits and redirect resources into private accounts.

In fact, Social Security is on a sounder footing now than it has been for most of its 70-year history. Without altering any of its particulars, its trustees say, it can pay full benefits straight through 2042. Over the next 75 years its shortfall will amount to just 0.7 percent of national income, according to the trustees, or 0.4 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That still amounts to a real chunk of change, but it pales alongside the 75-year cost of Bush's Medicare drug benefit, which is more than twice its size, or Bush's tax cuts if permanently extended, which would be nearly four times its size.

In short, Social Security is not facing a financial crisis at all. It is facing a need for some distinctly sub-cataclysmic adjustments over the next few decades that would increase its revenue and diminish its benefits.

Politically, however, Social Security is facing the gravest crisis it has ever known. For the first time in its history, it is confronted by a president, and just possibly by a working congressional majority, who are opposed to the program on ideological grounds, who view the New Deal as a repealable aberration in U.S. history, who would have voted against establishing the program had they been in Congress in 1935. But Bush doesn't need Karl Rove's counsel to know that repealing Social Security for reasons of ideology is a non-starter.

So it's time once more to fabricate a crisis. In Bushland, it's always time to fabricate a crisis. We have a crisis in medical malpractice costs, though the CBO says that malpractice costs amount to less than 2 percent of total health care costs. (In fact, what we have is a president who wants to diminish the financial, and thus political, clout of trial lawyers.) We have a crisis in judicial vacancies, though in fact Senate Democrats used the filibuster to block just 10 of Bush's 229 first-term judicial appointments.

With crisis concoction as its central task -- think of how many administration officials issued dire warnings of the threat posed by Saddam Hussein or, now, by Social Security's impending bankruptcy -- this presidency, more than any I can think of, has relied on the classic tools of propaganda. Indeed, it's almost impossible to imagine the Bush presidency absent the Fox News Network and right-wing talk radio.

With the blurring of fact and fiction so central to the Bush presidency's purposes, is it any wonder that government agencies ranging from Health and Human Services to the Office of National Drug Control Policy have been filming editorial messages as mock newscast segments, complete with mock reporters, and offering them to local television stations?

Is it any wonder that the Education Department paid commentator Armstrong Williams $241,000 to promote its No Child Left Behind programs? In this administration, it is the role of a government agency to turn out pro-Bush news by whatever means possible. Fox News viewership in the African American community wasn't very large, and here was Williams, who seemed to have learned during his clerkship for Clarence Thomas that it was rude to decline any gifts.

We've had plenty of presidents, Richard Nixon most notoriously, who divided the media into friendly and enemy camps. I can't think of one, however, so fundamentally invested in the spread of disinformation -- and so fundamentally indifferent to the corrosive effect of propaganda on democracy -- as Bush. That, too, should earn him a page in the history books.

..........................Thanks for reading kids.

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