Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hell No I Ain't Happy

When my political and musical worlds collide. Makes me moist.

Soundtrack to economic anxiety - John P. Avlon - Politico.com:

"And for my money, the song that best captures the economic anxieties and aspirations voters are feeling now — and the song of the 2008 cycle — is 'The Righteous Path' by the Drive-By Truckers. Take a look at the pitch-perfect opening lyrics:

I got a brand-new car that drinks a bunch of gas
I got a house in a neighborhood that's fading fast…
I got a beautiful wife and three tow-headed kids
I got a couple of big secrets I'd kill to keep hid
I don't know God but I fear his wrath
I'm trying to keep focused on the righteous path

In just the first two lines, the song seems to anticipate $4 gasoline and the subprime housing crisis, even though it was recorded in 2007 and released on the album 'Brighter Than Creation's Dark,' this January. With accurate artistic forecasting like this, I'd trade these drunken country punks for a boatload of bickering economists."

Not just no, but Hell No.

Fuck giving 700 billion dollars of our taxes to a corrupt industry with air Bush strings attached.

Let 'em burn to the ground.

Open Left:: Hell No:

"But all of this starts with a total rejection of Hank Paulson as a bad faith actor. This deal is bullshit. Progressives should pick a new number at random to start negotiations, say, $400 billion or $1.2 trillion, and start there with an entirely different framework. It doesn't matter. This is a political game of chicken, and the administration is acting like this is 9/11 and they have another opportunity to rob everyone blind and then run an election on law and order.

Fuck them. Hell no."

One last piece of the Bush legacy.

Dirty Secret Of The Bailout: Thirty-Two Words That None Dare Utter:

"A critical - and radical - component of the bailout package proposed by the Bush administration has thus far failed to garner the serious attention of anyone in the press. Section 8 (which ironically reminds one of the popular name of the portion of the 1937 Housing Act that paved the way for subsidized affordable housing ) of this legislation is just a single sentence of thirty-two words, but it represents a significant consolidation of power and an abdication of oversight authority that's so flat-out astounding that it ought to set one's hair on fire. It reads, in its entirety:

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency."

Vote No Bailout!

We are witnessing a bankers' coup d’etat. In the name of saving the economy from a crisis created by their own greed and immense profits, the biggest bankers have taken a country and a people hostage.

“Give us your money and tear up what’s left of your Constitution or we will sink your economy,” is the message from Wall Street and the Bush Administration. “Give us the power and money we demand or you will be left jobless from a new economic depression."

Under the pretext of the banking crisis, the Bush Administration is changing the way this country operates. This is not simply taking trillions of dollars from the people and giving it to the richest bankers to do with as they see fit.

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Olema is a favorite stopping point for me before or after a weekend drive to Point Reyes.

Beautiful little town with some kick-ass BBQ oyster at Olema Farm House.

Marin County Town Changes Name To 'Obama':

"OLEMA (AP) ― Motorists entering the quaint, woodsy town of Olema near the sea in Marin County may notice a subtle change as they enter: it appears the burg's name has been changed to ''Obama.''"


davyproctorboy said...

The Youngbloods had an answer song to Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee" entitled "Hippie From Olema". I guess they need to change their lyric from "I'm proud to be a hippie from Olema. We're friendly to the squares and all the staights" (when the word "straight" had a different, non- sexual orientation meaning) to "I'm proud to be a hippie for Obama. We're friendly to the gays and all the straights."

davyproctorboy said...

Also, don't forget that Olema was epicenter of the 1906 earthquake....

JPW said...

Nice, davy!

Olema sits smack dab in the middle of a fault line, doesn't it.