Daily Archives: April 12, 2011

Need a laugh this afternoon?

I was desperate for a laugh this afternoon when I turned to Suburban Guerilla and found this posted by Susie:

Signs of the Great Recession

I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

Wives are having sex with their husbands because they can’t afford batteries.

CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

A stripper was killed when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while she danced.

I saw a Mormon polygamist with only one wife.

If the bank returns your cheque marked “Insufficient

Funds,” you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

McDonald’s is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Angelina Jolie at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children’s names.

My cousin had an exorcism but couldn’t afford to pay for it, and they re-possessed her!

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

A picture is now only worth 200 words.

The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.

Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!

And, finally…

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call centre in Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

Thanks, Susie, I needed that.

Obama is apparently going to propose a tax increase… It’s about time!

While I’m sure the tea-party types (and, hell, most of the Americans who have bought the Koch Brothers’ self-indulgent crap) will yell like wounded hyenas over this, an increase in taxes for those earning the big bucks has to happen.

Here’s a clip from HuffPo… but go in and read the whole thing:

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
Higher taxes have been missing from the fierce budget battle that nearly shut down the federal government. But President Barack Obama is about to put them on the table – at least a modest version that he had pushed before and then rested on the shelf.
Most economists and budget analysts say a comprehensive mix of spending cuts and tax increases is essential to any viable deficit-reduction plan. Yet few players in the negotiations have gone there.
It comes in the scramble to heed what is widely viewed as a loud clamor from voters to slam the brakes on runaway government spending. There has been no corresponding public demand for raising taxes.
The president is expected to bring back his recommendation, first made in the 2008 campaign, to end Bush-era tax cuts for households earning over $250,000 a year.
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What Do Teachers Make?

This is a great piece by poet Taylor Mali and should be listened to by all these idiots who think teachers are the cause of our economic disaster (you folks in Scott Walker’s Administration in Wisconsin REALLY need this).

Taylor Mali (http://taylormali.com), one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet., gives his mind on what teachers make. Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation.

He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world, and his New Teacher Project has a goal of creating 1,000 new teachers through “poetry, persuasion, and perseverance.”

My wife is a teacher (Hagerstown Community College) and I believe she is one of an entire community of essential Americans. Politicians are definitely NOT essential.

A Quote in the Middle of the Night..

…Couldn’t sleep… got out of bed and toured the blogosphere ending up at Rising Hegemon where Attaturk dropped this quote by Joseph Stieglitz about our economic miasma:

The top 1 percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles, but there is one thing that money doesn’t seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1 percent eventually do learn. Too late.

Maybe it IS too late… maybe those of us in the “other 99%” will actually rise up and DO something that will make the top 1% pay for their share of this country. Perhaps we can get them back to the 91% of income they paid during the Eisenhower years and pay off all our debts (we could get out of the THREE WARS we are in right now, too.)