9.20.2008

welcome to Amerika

i want my life to be as free as possible. and so in politics i have tended to vote with the Right because they are less idealistic than the Left and therefore one is left freer than one would be if encumbered by the idealism of the left. I always thought, for me, the Right does the best with a bad job. - Franics Bacon (the painter)

and so i agreed with Bacon up until yesterday. When congress decided to create a situation where mortgage lenders and banks could make loans to grossly unqualified people and risky schemes i thought this is idealism out of control and seriously detached from reality. somewhere along this path it was decided that home ownership was a right, and it keeps on expanding: health care is a right, college is a right; no body should ever struggle or have a moments discomfort. and while the politicians set up their futures by creating gigantic giveaways naturally the false system made corruption the logical outcome and now we have this massive bailout. CEO's that ran companies into the ground have ejected out of the crashing jet and onto their private island. the rest of us are stuck here in a debtors prison: the US of BROKE ASS A. Damn i hate horizontal stripes!

mean dovey cooledge was right when she said "we should let the motherf***er BURN!"

i can't distinguish the political parties from one another. they all need to be turned out. I would vote for a candidate who would stand up today and say "no bailout, and its going to suck and suck bad for a while. and people will hurt. and there will be job losses and cuts, but we are americans and we will weather the storm and on the other side of it we will have a sound free market economy" sadly, that person did not make it to the Show.

think Obama is different? Think again!

* Obama adviser, Franklin Raines, who reaped millions from Fannie Mae and gets a guaranteed lifetime pension of $110,000 per month after he left amidst a huge mismanagement scandal and, according to the Washington Post, “perpetrated ‘extensive financial fraud’” at Fannie Mae.

*Obama, who’s only been in the U.S. Senate since 2005, is the #2 recipient out of 354 lawmakers of lobbying monies from Fannie and Freddie (not to mention Lehman Bros. and AIG)

*Obama’s bosom buddy Tony Rezko who enabled Obama to buy a mansion he couldn’t afford in exchange for Obama passing on millions in government housing contracts and state pension funds that Rezko defaulted on. Never mind the rat infestations, the broken plumbing that spewed sewage through the kitchen faucet, or no heat for MONTHs in the winter in the housing projects that Tony Rezko “managed” and “renovated.” The sole interest of Barack’s best buddy Tony was to make big bucks off taxpayer money. The only difference between Rezko and Obama’s current set of advisers is that, unlike Jim Johnson and Franklin Raines, Tony Rezko is going to prison.

let the MFer's BURN

im building a playlist to commemorate the dying republic. got any song suggestions? so far ive got:

the backstabbers/ o-jays
welcome to the machine / pink floyd
cruel to be kind / nick lowe
wont be fooled again / the who
highway to hell/AC/DC (american hillbilly)
lawyers guns and money/warren zevon (troll)
dazed and confused/Led zepplin (anonymous boxer)
rat in a cage/smashing pumpkins
same old song and dance/aerosmith (foamy)
sleep now by the fire/rage against the machine (moi)

what else?

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35 Comments:

Blogger Anonymous Boxer said...

Let the f-er's burn! Buy Gold!

Song suggestion:

Dazed and Confused/Led Zeppelin

I'll be back when I have more.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Big Shamu said...

Did we die after the Great Depression? If there's anything I believe in it's the great spirit of all Americans to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back to work. Have a little faith in our own ingenuity to make lemonade from lemons.

12:59 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

anonymous boxer: yes! good one. but it is quite long isnt it? trout and i walked very far today -and of course i feel better. nothing burns off rage like physical exertion.

big shamu: no we didnt die. oh i do have faith in us- its the cynical lying dirtbags in charge i have NO faith in. but your comment is like a little whisper of goodness and i thank you.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Mayden' s Voyage said...

I've never looked farther than my family for a bail-out of any sort...and that's usually been met with a prayer and a comment of "good luck honey".

No one else pays my mortgage, or my health insurance, and when (at the tender age of 21) the gall bladder went bad and we had no insurance- it took me 7 years to pay it off.
I suppose I can do one of 2 things, curse the system and join up- but the idea of my grubbing DOWN and standing in line somewhere for what Uncle Sam might dish-out is just beyond my ability to grasp. Or- I can keep doing what I was taught to do- WORK- find a way to clean up my own messes, and yes- pray.
It's not pride, it's American Exceptionalism- and I f'ing believe in it...I was raised on it!
However, I am disappointed beyond measure at the steps the gov't has taken to "fix" these financial problems. T's grandmother told me about times when coffee and sugar were rationed- can you imagine the USA telling people to do somethings similar NOW?
"People who can not afford your mortages...you'll have to rent for a while!" duh...

Jeesh- the bleeding hearts out there will say it's not fair, BUT the world is NOT fair, however, I'm damed well sure a person has a better chance of BEING SOMETHING- and making a fortune in this country than they will anywhere else in the world...unless you want to to be a drug lord in Columbia- and you might get shot. as in shot dead.
No different than living in Philly though- right? A town full of liberals- and bleeding hearts...and not just the metaphorical kind.

I sort of went on a rant here :)
Hugs and love to you! :)

3:37 PM  
Blogger Anonymous Boxer said...

just gotta say I love Mayden's rant.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Reverend X said...

Lol.... Welcome to the planet, motherfucker! 912

5:38 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

mayden: that is a good rant! ironically, i just applied for the position of drug lord in columbia. they turned me down cause i couldnt pass their drug test. grrrherhahahaha no, i hear ya loud and clear and thank you so so much for your comment on my new website...i still have so much to do. *if it even matters*

despite all my rage i am still just a rat in a cage/smashing pumpkins. there's another song.

black hole sun!

i miss you mayden - its great to see you out an' all firery.

anonymous boxer: agreed!

revvy: LOL i know. i know. it didnt appear in the form you predicted; buts its rotten all the same.
i give you your props.

5:54 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

its a drag W had to squander being the most hated person in the world - he was the perfect person to say
NO

NO NO NO NO NO

5:56 PM  
Blogger Reverend X said...

Yes, the freemarket economy at it's most modern vernacular... irony. Deregulate all sensibility in the pursuit of short term profit, then when the inevitable repercussions occur...transfer any and all resources of the laughable social safety net into the corporate world. Finally the polar extremes of economic philosophies meet. Corporate friggin communism. American ingenuity at it's finest.

I've been trying to explain to ppl for years that when a right winger laments the "welfare state" and "good for nothing single mothers", they were misleading their listeners. 85% of "welfare" funds are given to corporate entities. Seem high? well, this year it is more like 95%... And with the liquidity these idiots just dumped, the remaining 5%, that actually goes to an American, is now only worth half of what it woulda been last year.

Can we revolt yet?
912

6:04 PM  
Blogger The Troll said...

CHOMP! CHOMP!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Hey Pup--wha'??

I wrote the same on Front Porch this mornin'.

Love the rant.

All is as ya say.

Mayden and Shamu are right.

But this heah is the BIG THANG that is happenin':

They's tryin' to git us'uns to swallow socialism--to be so scared and worriet that we's cowered into a corner so socialism can be thrown over us--Watch out!

They' engineered a tinkering wif' the markets such that normal folks gits hurt bad enough to give up and become a gubmint serf.

Book to read: The Road To Serfdom by F.A. Hayek.

Cheater's version:
http://mises.org/books/TRTS/

6:39 PM  
Blogger ..................... said...

the only song that comes to mind is ..
'same old song and dance' by aerosmith ..

8:25 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

GRRR, I am not typing all I had to say out again...Damn Blogger.

Good post. We all need to speak out, and stand up. This was OUR country, and can be again!!!!!

Uh, I'm partial to AC/DC Highway to hell....


United In Peace And Freedom

10:48 PM  
Blogger The Troll said...

This has nothing to do with the "right". Conservatives DID speak up against the travesty at Fannie and Freddie BEFORE it got out of control.

Lib-Hero Barney Frank called their suggestions "racist in outcome if not intent".

Lib-Hero Charley Rangel (a tax cheat) dropped the qualifier and declared all those interested in a financially sound system flatly "racist".

They and Chris Dodd and Obama blocked reform when it could have mattered.

I know some half-way decent Conservatives are endorsing a bail-out NOW. Frankly, I'd have to see the books myself before declaring them wrong.

Perhaps Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns, And Money" might fit your playlist.

" I was gambling in Havana. I took a little risk. Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money. DAD get me out of this".

Rangel, Obama, Frank and Dodd are the risk-taking gamblers. DAD is we taxpayers bailing them out.

8:00 AM  
Blogger moi said...

We're all working ourselves up over this. Good. Anger is good. It leads to change.

Great quote by Bacon, one of my favorite painters. Andrew Sullivan's two books on the conservative soul are worth a peek at as well - do NOT confuse this current Republitard administration with true conservative values. We need to FIGHT FOR and TAKE BACK those ideals, not let them be usurped by a bunch of fascist masquerading as conservatives.

Oh, my choice of song: "Sleep Now in the Fire" by Rage Against the Machine.

9:05 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

reverend x: you wrote:

Finally the polar extremes of economic philosophies meet. Corporate friggin communism. American ingenuity at it's finest.

nicely stated. you really need to meet with american hillbilly on my sidebar. youre on my sidebar too...very impressive web art you are making. no surprise there.

aunty: well, we need a game plan. i just do not want to participate or just accept it but what to do?

foamy: yes. its hard to think with cash registers ching ching chinging all over ya. grrrrrrrrrrrhahahaha

american hillbilly: check out reverend x on my sidebar. you two have a similar sensibility. hillbilly, i would love to see you put your impressive investigative skills on this rumor of soros short selling and market manipulation fueling this recent bailout. what do you think?

oh, btw, i am having a day of the dead party Nov. 1 and am making some fun party favors. i know youre under ground but i would send you some if youd let me.

troll:i hear you. and i know they tried but not nearly hard enough. i agree with you barney frank, rangel, pelosi, reid all need to be tried for treason. and these golden parachuters need to be breaking rocks for the rest of their natural lives.
if the republicans do not have the DOJ investigate members of congress like the libs would do if it was the other way around, i am finished. no money. no votes.
today on this week with george steph chris dodd sat there and pontificated on the situation while the republican rep said NOTHING about dodd's complicity in the matter. that is my problem; the right never does anything. meanwhile the left gets to have a shit attack everytime someone has a wide stance or sends a moronic ghey email.

moi: no i dont moi. i dont know who these guys are. not conservatives. in the truest sense. its interesting how many democrats say they do not recognize their party either.

9:46 AM  
Blogger foam said...

how bouts otis redding - a change is going to come -

10:00 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

foamy: nor soon enough grrrrrrrrrrrrl. oh otis. i miss you. good one foam!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

I'm still voting for Obama, but I do know what you are saying, and because of that, I feel a bit sick. As usual, my vote is becoming against something instead of for something--I should be used to that right now. I read a while ago of Obama's ties to Wall Street when this downfall was in the prediction stage. After he chose Biden, I realized that he was embracing big money--Biden owns Delaware which is owned by the credit card companies that encouraged Bush to sign the change in bankrupcty proceedings. If Obama wins, he will have pressure to become FDR, but he won't because all these banks are tied to other economies--I don't remember the last one that went down, but it was bailed out because it would have killed China's economy--that is where the Chinese debt is. So my tax dollars bails out China, a repressive regime instead of helping friends of mine who are facing foreclosure.

I've always been the idealistic one and my husband has been the cryptic realist. I am sure an Obama administration would have bailed out Wall Street; it is only coincidental that the Savings and Loans debacle and this recent deluge took place under Republicans. I now blame neither party, but at the same time I blame both equally. They are dancing to the tune of corporate money that rules Mother Earth. My father and husband did not serve in the military to bail out banks!

1:23 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

To Aunty: Forgive me for not visiting, but I've been bad about everyone. I've read that book. I remember it was a reaction against communism, but it does have a place in our one world order economy.

K9: I am angry and sad. And like Mayden, I've faced very hard times--once I couldn't work for a year because of a head injury from a car wreck, and when we moved here, my job offer fell through, rendering me into the partially employed for a year and paying outrageous COBRA insurance costs so that my family could go to doctors. We still are recovering from those 2 years. I guess I need to come back as a Wall Street bank.

Both candidates are culpable: we all know about McCain and the Savings and Loans, but Obama has been endorsed by Wall Street---both sides have our money by the...

1:30 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

enemy: so good to see you. i might as well vote for obama. whats the difference they are in the ruling class and the rest of us are serfs. sharecroppers! we're like those raggedy peasants in movies that fight to the death while some puny silk draped prince sits behind the walls. this is a freaking outrage.

and i worry about who is going to buy an $18 dollar christmas ball!

my husband and i have lived in 1200 square feet with one bathroom for 17 years. i never was sorry it wasnt more. but it does hurt my feelings, and i mean terribly, to learn that while we are living within our means and being glad for it, the richest of the rich get to profit from failure.

but there is also a segment of society that believes they can have everything and racked up tremendous debt and then walked. i guess i could rant about consumerism and talk about community but the IRONY would be unbearable as i am essentially a merchant in an artist suit. i tell ya girl, i could hurl!

i cant vote for these losers. i dont know what i am going to do. like it matters. some corporation owns me.

you know what? i want to deed to some of the shite i just bought. grrrrrrrherhahahahahaha

1:50 PM  
Blogger Big Shamu said...

So find a way to channel your anger into your art. Look at all the anger you tapped into with your post. Preferably something you can throw against the wall. Corporate Greed Dolls sail away with their golden parachutes? Clueless politicians chained to their corporate masters? I'd buy one.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Fishy said...

K9 ... you are so RIGHT about W NOT wasting his current ratings....This bailout blunder is not yet happened... bill to be signed AFTER the democraps add their goodies to the bill. Wall Street's got nothing on them in the greed department. TODAY it is still just talk so all us with opinions should be sending our thoughts to W and to as many congressional players as possible to say we will by damn hustle their useless selves out of office if they do this really stupid thing! Oh...yeah...who put them there? Guess I'm still a pollyanna!

4:21 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

shamu: painting the images of these satans is...what was it? above my pay grade. howwwwwwwwwl. but i hear ya. and thank you.

fishy: well i mean, i sent my congressmen and senators a note saying vote no or i vote no on them. i dont think it would matter unless every one of us does it.

to everyone: my favorite comment of the day:

Welcome to the Zimbabwe solution.

American has feasted and splurged on personal/business debt for decades, with globalization taking away our jobs and means of production.

Do you think the US-consumer and Rest-of-the-World-producer is a sustainable model? Why should other people ship us goods, when we give them nothing in return but dollars?

See, John McCain is DEAD WRONG. The WEAKEST fundamental of the economy is the American worker. The American worker serves fast food, implants fake boobs, tattoos, we're like a bunch of baboons picking fleas from each other, getting bananas from the zookeeper. I'm not saying we're not working hard applying acrylic nails and taking care of old folk in nursing homes; I'm saying there is not enough actual production of GOODS that other countries want to buy to sustain our lifestyle. The rest of the world is our zookeeper bringing us our daily bananas.

Forget housing bubbles, forget Lehman Brothers, that's is the fundamental flaw with our model. The only thing we have been exporting is money. We are profoundly indebted to "zookeeper." We have to pay; and we have little to trade.

Well, what can we trade? Scary answer coming up.

Our army. Protection.

Think about it. Our army, our sons and daughters, is going to whore itself to foreign interests. We will wage other people's wars for smack money.

The consequences of our foolishness is systemic robbing of our purchasing power through mega-inflation, and wages lagging far behind.

Why are we bailing out? THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION. Historically, look at France, Germany's Weimar Republic, Netherlands, more recently Zimbabwe... ALL nations that collapsed under debt load paid it off by printing money and devaluing their currency. Be prepared. There is no way out. WE HAVE WAITED TOO LONG TO ACT. It will take DECADES for the rest of the world to ever trust us again.

nice. revvy told me two years ago this very thing

4:39 PM  
Blogger Big Shamu said...

Aren't we the number one producer of Fake Boobs? I never thought Pamela Anderson would be good for something.

4:51 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

big shamu: grrrrrrrrrherherhahahahaha! perhaps we can parlay that into a hovercraft manufacturing plant or break em down like the mexicans do to tires to make hurraches.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Big Shamu said...

Hahahahahahahahahahha! I see a new X Game opportunity.

5:54 PM  
Blogger NYD said...

The Dead's 'Cunberland Blues' mightr just sum up where the worlds headin.

I understand why the gov't feels the need to prop up the sick and mistreated Freddy and Franny as well as AIG, yet in reality it is pride that causes them to throw good money after bad.
Who wants to go down in the recordbooks for causing another world depression and quite possibly the end to America's place in forfront of world power.

Folks here in Lilliput are shittin sushi rolls. The Japanese economy is so thoroughly tied up with America's that everything that happens there is mirrored over here. This time next year, I just might be a full time farmer.

6:35 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

funny you should say that NYD - i cant see any authentic action to this new america BUT being a farmer. let me tell you the record books are already on fire! i bet it is interesting to watch this from the far east.

6:45 PM  
Blogger The Troll said...

You have a lot of totally clueless willfully ignorant readers.

I'd laugh at their stupidity and laziness if we had Poll Tests that would prevent them from canceling out the votes of intelligent people.

But, since they're allowed to vote, I'm just angry as hell.

7:14 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Mmmm. Booze, movies, and sex were all great distractions during the Depression. Screw the anger and finger pointing - after my first week on Wall Street I had an amazing weekend involving my Prince, lychee martinis, and Casablanca. Cheers folks!

7:26 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

troll: well mccain still has my vote because of his 2006 warnings on freddie and fannie, and because his opponent is worse. and i know W and paulson both warned on this months ago. while i agree with you this is primarily a democratic debacle W has failed to apply conservative principles time and time again throughout this administration. he let the dems get away with murder on freddie and fannie and more. i do think business was killed by excessive taxation - but here you have locusts that have created nothing and reaped all the booty and get to walk away.

thursday next: im speechless.

7:47 PM  
Blogger The Troll said...

K9,

W is a very focused RINO. In Texas, he let the traitor-democrat-party-of-filth spend tax dollars in a way that would embarrass drunken sailors. He was focused on being POTUS.

As POTUS, he was focused on his "legacy" as a "War-Time President" and let the democrats run wild with Fannie and Freddie etc...

He's not a Conservative. And I seriously question whether he's actually a Christian.

8:09 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

another favorite comment from todays readings (from the lair of the catholic cavemen blog)

Daddy, Tell Me The Story About How America Use To Be An Economic Superpower
Once upon a time...

America use to be an economic superpower until;

1. The RepubliCrats did their level best to dismantle our manufacturing base, and then they sent as many good jobs overseas as they possibly could.

2. The RepubliCrats sat on their hands while 20 million illegal immigrants flooded the workplace.

3. The RepubliCrats forced the American Worker to bail out stupid people who can't do simple math or figure out the meaning of "balloon payment".

And no one lived happily ever after.



grrrrrrrrherherhahahahaha!

8:34 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

well, the dumbocrat camp isn't alone in the stink, and by now you've picked up where the other side had high ups protecting the money at the top, too.
Dang!

But, I DO have an idea.

It struck me that after every election, no matter which side won, everybody at the top was always, "well...it was a tough election, now we should calm down, settle in and get the work going."
and this time I finally figured out why.
They don't WANT a third party.
It's way easier to keep us all stirred up if we're oil and water!

Now, considering I hate government control, I would vote for Ralph Nader if he came over and cleaned the house every day for a year.
NO FLIPPIN' way.

I HATE gov. control.
They're supposed to be SERVING us, not making a fat living off of leading us.

So, whoever wins...and what with all the lies flashing around, it could still be either one, but,
whoever wins, screw them!
Let's set into making that third leg a real leg we can stand on!
(oh, sure...I know there's a clown coming by your place as soon as this comment is posted and he'll be crying 'anarchist', but, that's because HE believes in gov control, too) but seriously...maybe a little anarchy wouldn't be such a bad thing.

3:04 PM  

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