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Miscellaneous Thoughts (a.k.a. The Ranting Corner)
Friday, 6 August 2004
From the stump:

On August 5, 2004, Bush said, "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." ?Washington, D.C.

This guy is such a brainiac. Quick trivia: Did you know that he ran every company he was ever in charge of into the ground? Frightening, but true.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 8:42 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 4 August 2004
And the Hits Keep Coming
It's not genocide. Really. No, really. C'mon, I'm being totally serious.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 8:26 PM EDT
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Monday, 2 August 2004
Another Reason to Hate Roger Clemens
I'm hitting the pause button on the politics again because something has come in under my radar that I feel warrants linkage. Roger Clemens sinks to a new low...if that's even possible.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 1:11 PM EDT
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Friday, 30 July 2004
Unhappy? We Don't Really Care.
Quote: "Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy ? or go on Prozac?" Bush campaign worker Susan Sheybani's musings on employee options in the weak U.S. job market.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 11:54 AM EDT
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Thursday, 29 July 2004
Become a Citizen and Republican on the Same Day!
From July 23rd's Miami Herald:

"The citizenship ceremony in Jacksonville seemed to go off as usual, with a crowd of nearly 200 people going home as new Americans.

Just before the new citizens left the June 29 event, an immigration official directing the swearing-in urged the them to stop by a voter registration table -- a not uncommon sight at naturalization ceremonies.

But this table was unusual: Those handing out forms were Republican volunteers -- and the party affiliation box had been checked off ahead of time to make all of the new voters members of the GOP."


What will the Pubs think of next? Is it not enough that they stole the LAST election?

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 12:48 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 28 July 2004
Two Americas
Just liberal nonsense? The numbers don't lie.

From American Progress:

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SHOWS THE TWO AMERICAS: Slate's Daniel Gross puts some numbers behind Edwards' Two Americas theme. In the past, different income groups have generally trended the same direction in terms of consumer confidence. And if the economy were undergoing a broad-based expansion, if a rising tide were lifting all boats equally, you might expect that trend to continue. But under President Bush, that has changed. Today, the over-$50,000 and under-$50,000 groups are moving in opposite directions: between December 2003 and June 2004, confidence in the over-$50,000 set rose from 99.3 to 104.1. In the under-$50,000 set, it fell from 87.4 to 85.5." As Gross notes, "the growing pessimism of the poor and the growing optimism of the rich?suggest the economy's improvement isn't helping everyone."

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 12:28 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 27 July 2004
Seniors Should Die
From American Progress:

"Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) ? a longtime advocate for a meaningful prescription drug benefit ? is expected to address Medicare and health care issues in his speech to the Democratic National Convention tonight. His address is well timed: yesterday, the Bush administration released 1342 pages of proposed regulations for the final prescription drug benefit which takes effect in 2006.

Starting in 2006, the new law will enable large corporations to collect massive government subsidies even if they significantly rollback their retiree prescription drug benefit. The new regulations make corporations eligible for government subsidies of up to $940 per retiree as long as they provide drug coverage that mimics the Medicare drug law. The proposed rules give companies four different ways for companies to demonstrate they are doing so. But most companies already provide drug coverage which is superior to the new Medicare benefit. Thus, companies could collect the subsidy even as they roll back coverage ? at a total cost to taxpayers of $89 billion over ten years.

While the administration found plenty of cash for corporations, many seniors with high drug costs will be left in the lurch. After paying an average of $420 in premiums and a $250 deductible seniors are still responsible for paying up to 25% of their drug costs up to $2,250 a year. But seniors with drug costs in excess of $2,250 a year, even though they will continue to pay premiums and have satisfied their deductible will receive no assistance whatsoever for their next $2850 in prescription drug costs. This gap, known as "the donut," has many seniors justifiably concerned about their ability to pay their drug bills in the event of a serious illness. But Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson dismissed their concerns saying "Only a pessimist would look at a doughnut and complain about a hole."

So basically, they?re planning to bleed the senior citizens of this county dry. I can only follow this to its logical conclusion: you bankrupt seniors so that they can?t afford their prescription drugs, they stop taking the prescription drugs because they can?t afford them, they start dying because they?re not taking their prescription drugs and they end up saving the government a ton of money on nursing homes and old-person paraphernalia.

Of course there will be some who will be able to take advantage of Medicaid but it?ll only be a matter of time before the drain on resources becomes unbearable and the system crashes allowing for the cycle to perpetuate itself.

It?s like a reverse abortion. Or a more drawn-out euthanasia every human being has the right to life. Unless you?re old. Then you need to die and die fast.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 12:34 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 27 July 2004 12:44 PM EDT
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Monday, 26 July 2004
Holly Hunter Makes Me Sad
I am not at all shocked or surprised that Brittany ?My Eyes Are Half My Body Weight? Murphy is in another crap-fest of a movie, but Holly Hunter? I feel a little dirty knowing that you?re co-starring. I mean, you?re an Actress with an upper case ?A?.


While I?m on the topic of movies, can I just ask the producers of The Bourne Supremacy what the hell? Doug Liman was great! Why did you change directors? It got mediocre reviews at best and my desire to see it has gone way down the tubes.

Spiderman 2 was predictably awesome. Go see it immediately.

And, even thought I know Barce has probably already mentioned it, I have to add this little gem from American Progress:

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and other White House allies, who were in full attack mode last week against Sandy Berger, were dead silent this weekend as senior law enforcement officials acknowledged they were conducting a criminal investigation into possible intelligence leaks by Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL). The information is related to a leak of intercepted al Qaeda communications just prior to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Shelby was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time, and the matter has been referred to the Senate Ethics Committee.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 8:19 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 20 July 2004
Jumping the Shark
Could Six Feet Under have jumped the shark HARDER? I mean, it was painful to watch the last episode. I swear to God, if David becomes a crackhead I'm done. Not even Maya can keep me coming back.

By the way, see below a guest entry by my lovely husband.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 9:18 PM EDT
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I am drained. I have been drained at work for some time now, but all things considered, my job isn't that bad. It's fairly pointless, and my primary role is to justify the need for my continued employment by producing reports that assure the people on my case load are being served at the highest levels of quality. However, I have no power to either reward or punish staff who are not providing the best care. It's also important to note that most of these staff people are making under $10 an hr, which anyone in NJ knows is a joke. It's not a liveable income, so most of them work two jobs just to make ends meet. I can't recommend improvements for the group homes/automobiles/clothing etc. for the individuals because there is no money for them. Therefore, I spin my wheels and produce reports telling the powers that be what they want to hear, while keeping my eyes open to ensure that nothing "really important" is being shortchanged.

The upside to this position is that I enjoy my coworkers, and with very few exceptions we all get along well. This makes for a good sense of "we're in this together" and makes the days go by with some grins and a decent feeling that we'll make the best of things while we can, and pull for each other to move on to success elsewhere. Yet today, this came crumbling down, as one of my coworkers angrily erupted during a meeting, with a shot clearly directed at our supervisor. Our supervisor used to be a colleague before being promoted. The truth of the matter is that the anger and frustraton on display really surprised me. It also saddened me, because while our group has shifted over my 2 years with the company, there has never been an implosinon like this from within. I understand where some of the frustration comes from, but not the intensity or amount of it. This just further reenforces my feeling that a change is coming. I know that one of my other coworkers, (the author of the classic blog waiting to die, see links) is actively looking, and hopefully he gets out of it. If and when he splits, my motivation to move on will only grow.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 7:46 PM EDT
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