“Tea Party my ass. This was nothing other than the Republican Party stealing the anger of a population that was fed up with the Republican Party’s own theft of their tax money at gunpoint to bail out the robbers of Wall Street and fraudulently redirecting it back toward electing the very people who stole all the **ing money!”
Tea party co-founder Karl Denninger
Pissed off are we? What did you expect to happen when you crawled in bed with them — that they wouldn’t steal your wallet?
POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:
Please see the blog: http://papajoestales.wordpress.com/
And he intends if elected to make sure that government assures that the rich stay that way. See above and see below.
“The Huns’ second-greatest contribution to imperial collapse, in fact, was their sudden disappearing act after Attila’s death in 453. This was the straw that broke the western Empire’s back. Bereft of Hunnic military assistance, it had no choice but to build regimes that would include at least some of the immigrant powers. This started a bidding war in which the last of the west’s disposable assets were expended in a futile effort to bring enough powerful supporters together to generate stability. But by the late 460s, the more ambitious leaders of these outside groups, particularly Euric, king of the Visigoths, could see that what purported to be the central western authority now controlled too little to prevent him from establishing an independent kingdom. It was this realization that led to the rapid unravelling of the last strands of Empire between 468 and 476…”
–Peter Heather: The Fall of the Roman Empire : A New History of Rome and the Barbarians
Sounds a little like what appears to be happening to Financial-political empire of the West, most recently led by the US.
TODAY’S NEWS FROM AMERICA:
Deportation: The Obama administration this year quietly has deported 400,000 illegal immigrants, a record number.
Yet, I still get emails from those who shake with indignation at his supposed inaction and his sympathy for the would be immigrants and who send me speeches from so-called patriots whose inflammatory words mask their glaring bigotry and opportunism.
POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN CALIFORNIA:
This morning I went with my daughter-in law Annemarie to visit my mom at the rest home. She seemed understandably weak, a bit frightened and a little depressed. Although at 92 years of age, obviously her heart is growing weaker, the cause of her chest pains apparently is inflammation of some chest cavity ligaments close to the heart.
Later I ran some errands and wound my way home. I will return to Sacramento this weekend to attend Hayden’s basketball game and to accompany him on an overnight camping trip Friday afternoon. I expect that, barring any adverse news about my mom or a change in Hayden’s situation, I will leave for LA the latter part of next week and visit, I hope, with Ruth, Monty, Greg, Lina and Joan. By the early part of the following week, I will return to Thailand. Meanwhile, I am eagerly anticipating enjoying lunches and dinners with some of my ex-colleagues and few remaining friends during the couple of days I have left before departing.
Although I have recently cut back substantially on my reading of novels in favor of computer play, I have been able to complete reading Pratchett’s latest, Camillieri’s newest (thanks to Stevie Dall) and a recent novel by Ruth’s old classmate Alan Furst. Furst writes espionage or spy novels that are set in Europe throughout the lead up to and during the early days of WW II. I consider his work to be every bit as good as LeCarre’s.
Today I had lunch with my friend and ex-colleague Mike Wilmar at a restaurant called Tirimisu in Belden Alley in SF. Mike is one of those people whose positive attitude towards others makes the worked a better place. Tirimisu is owned by Pino another friend who also owns three other establishments in Belden Alley and who I partnered with in a failed attempt to salvage his investment in a restaurant in Thailand.
Mike and I spent the lunch discussing what men usually discuss at lunch, sex, business, food, drink and general gossip.
PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:
JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:
Delayed because some readers have indicated that they avoid it because they cannot remember the plot and previous episodes.
a. I didn’t know that:
Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?
A:Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theaters by a burning cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the centre of attention.
b. Human “Fingerprints” on Recent Climate Change:
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c. From God’s Mouth to your ears:
God has nothing to say today, as he is off on vacation in Pattaya Thailand to recharge his batteries.
d. News from Diskworld:
1. The Wit, Wisdom and Sometimes Discomfort of Sir Samuel Vimes.
“…it’s an item of faith with me that once you get past the trousers all men are the same.”
2. Snippets from ‘Unggue Theology,’ by Pastor Oats.
“A moment’s distasteful thought will tell us that this (the storing of bodily fluids in “Unggue Pots”) could not be achieved by any creature, unless in possession of great wealth, considerable storage space and compliant neighbors.”
3. Aphorisms from the Oblong Office:
“…I have no problem with smuggling, It involves qualities of enterprise, stealth, and original thinking. Attributes to be encouraged in the common man. In truth, it doesn’t do that much harm and allows the man in the street a little frisson of enjoyment. Everyone should occasionally break the law in some small delightful way…. It’s good for the hygiene of the brain.”
e. Testosterone Chronicles:
“I will sweep away everything in all your land,” says the LORD. “I will sweep away both people and animals alike. Even the birds of the air and the fish in the sea will die. I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble, along with the rest of humanity,” says the LORD. “I will crush Judah and Jerusalem with my fist and destroy every last trace of their Baal worship. I will put an end to all the idolatrous priests, so that even the memory of them will disappear. For they go up to their roofs and bow to the sun, moon, and stars. They claim to follow the LORD, but then they worship Molech, too. So now I will destroy them! And I will destroy those who used to worship me but now no longer do. They no longer ask for the LORD’s guidance or seek my blessings.”
– Zephaniah 1:2-6 NLT
Even God has testosterone fits now and then.
f.Sage investment advice:
“Climate and weather are hard to separate. My recommendation is to ignore everything that is not off the charts and in the book of new records. The hottest days ever recorded were all over the place last year, with 2010 equaling 2005 as the warmest year globally on record. Russian heat and Pakistani floods, both records, were clearly related in the eyes of climatologists. Perhaps most remarkable, though, is what has been happening in Australia: after seven years of fierce drought, an area the size of Germany and France is several feet under water. This is so out of the range of experience that it has been described as “a flood of biblical proportions.” More to the investment point: Russian heat affects wheat prices and Australian floods interfere with both mining and crops. Weather-induced disappointment in crop yield seems to be becoming commonplace. This pattern of weather extremes is exactly what is predicted by the scientific establishment. Snow on Capitol Hill, although cannon fodder for some truly dopey and ill-informed Congressmen, is also perfectly compatible. Weather instability will always be the most immediately obvious side effect of global warming.”
-Investment advice from Jeremy Granthem in his 2011 newsletter, “Pavlov’s Bulls.”
TODAY’S QUOTE :
“They say it came first from Africa, carried in the screams of the enslaved; that it was the death bane of the Taino, uttered just as one world perished and another began; that it was a demon drawn into Creation through the nightmare door that was cracked open in the Antilles. Fuku americanus, or more colloquially, fuku—generally a curse or a doom of some kind; specifically the Curse and the Doom of the New World. Also called the fuku of the Admiral because the Admiral was both its midwife and one of its great European victims; despite “discovering” the New World the Admiral died miserable and syphilitic, hearing (dique) divine voices. In Santo Domingo, the Land He Loved Best, the Admiral’s very name has become synonymous with both kinds of fuku, little and large; to say his name aloud or even to hear it is to invite calamity on the heads of you and yours.
No matter what its name or provenance, it is believed that the arrival of Europeans on Hispaniola unleashed the fuku on the world, and we’ve all been in the shit ever since. Santo Domingo might be fuku’s Kilometer Zero, its port of entry, but we are all of us its children, whether we know it or not . . . .”
—Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao