*** The conversation continues.......
* artwork by: "Mortiz Rrr" courtesy of Eva Keppel Gallery, Dusseldorf



Blogger Gnomeself Be True said...

Nothing really changes...just faces and names.
Same mistakes, different decades.

10:11 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

did you hear that woman ask obama for a car and a kitchen today? we are so fucked. the babies will vote us into loserville.

10:41 AM  
Blogger fishy said...

Wow...pretty soon the 50% of us who tote the other 50% will just buckle at the knees and we'll all perish together!

Did you hear the repeated
" I inherited this mess" excuse...like we are too ignorant to KNOW who by damn changed the laws on banking and credit...it wasn't the Republicans...and guess where Mr I disavow everything voted !

What they have done is give countless individuals, businesses and small governments an incentive to abdicate all responsibility for their own damn bad decisions and expect those of us who are accountable for our actions to either abandon our beliefs or pay up to those whose beliefs are contrary to ours?

Insanity reigns and I am uber ill
about this.


12:01 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

me too! its insane.

calling john galt!


12:06 PM  
Blogger Boxer said...

I refuse to take anything that I haven't worked for.

I lost a large contract today - other bidnesses are bidding close to cost just to get work. Insanity. I will go down with my ship. And my self respect.

Amazing picture.

12:08 PM  
Blogger moi said...

Well, the Obamatrons did inherit this mess, some of it caused by Bush. But it wasn't caused by capitalism. Great article explaining the fallacy of this notion http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=10

With the oh so quotable soundbite:
By wrongly blaming the financial crisis and economic woes associated with Bush on his alleged devotion to laissez-faire, many in the mainstream press, academia and political life are misdiagnosing the problem and prescribing the wrong solution: More government, which will in reality only make things worse.

Funny, that you mention shrugging. Ever notice how if you're a person of purpose and ability, you don't need the gub'ment? But the gub'ment sure does need people of purpose and ability – from whom to STEAL?

12:56 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

boxer: same thing is happening here too. both me and big dog. last years gigs have still not paid, meanwhile they have to buy all the equipment for the gigs they have now.... thius we have the classic cash flow crunch.

meanwhile, in illustration, i cannot compete with stock -which is a sort of prefab art for download. however, i was invited to join a "stockyard" last week so i will make a few spots for them and see how it goes.

i am so so sorry about your contract. self respect is a virtue upon which no value can be assigned. literally, it is priceless.

moi: exactly. which is why people who project a christmas tree onto obama need to be re-aquainted with john galt. the saddest thing is all the young voters who went for him...they sealed their fate in a very bad way.

but W sold out against the free market system and will be blamed in perpetuity. he should be hung for treason. and so should the 3 republicants that voted yes.

yes i noticed. i also noticed that among our little gang of bloggers at least 70% are self employed.

3:11 PM  
Blogger foam said...

i've been in a grrrrrrrrrrr mood myself lately ..
can hardly come up with a decent comment ..
i'll visit later.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3:22 PM  
Blogger Ruela said...


5:07 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Heh. Uncle and me is self employed too.

Did ya see that woman in the Zobama press conference ask him fer a car an' a kitchen? See ...thas' what a lot of folks thought would be the "hope" of Zobam! That he would take all us productive folks hard earned assets and force a "share the wealth" program--wait!! WAIT!

Ain't thar a word fer that? Oh yeah, I remember, it's called COMMUNISM.

5:41 PM  
Blogger CHEF TROLL said...

1) On John Galt (Ayn Rand). Her writings are rarely assigned in today's Government Schools. When they are, it is her Atheism that is emphasized. Not her prophetic description of today's emerging Nanny-State.

2) On Republican's tendency towards self-flagellation regarding the recent past and it's "big spending". Some facts. During the 6 years that the Bush RINO was President and Republicans held a razor-thin majority in Congress.

A) Non-defense discretionary spending growth never exceeded GDP growth. Never. Not Once. It will be 5 to 9x GDP this year under the Traitor-Democrat-Party-Of-Filth.

B) The Traitor-Democrat-Party-Of-Filth was hardly powerless during those 6 years. 5 of the 10 largest Senate pork-barrellers during those years were veteran Democrat career politicians. 6 of the 10 largest House pokers were veteran democrat career politicians. If you take the State of Alaska out of the equation, a whopping 78% of Congressional Pork was procured by Traitor Democrats during the period the Republicans "ran everything".

3) Fishy is dead-right in pointing out the roles that Traitor-Democrat-Party-Of-Filth Leaders like Dodd, Schumer and Franks played in the Fannie and Freddie Mortgage Scandal. I'd add that the CEOs of Fannie and Freddie during the time that Republicans "ran everything" were Traitor-Democrats, as well.

4) We DO have a one-party Government at the Federal Level right now. We did NOT have a one-party Government at ANY point during the Bush Years.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

Like foam I am in a grrrr mood myself. Is it in the stars?

I see a lot of people here who are talking about pride and earning things through work but it's hard to do when there isn't any. Not everyone who's in a mess right now was asking for it or behaving badly. The banks, yes, but all these people getting laid off don't don't deserve to get stomped on.

Having worked myself out of not having a place to live I understand this and I also understand that there is a stigma about accepting help or a handout. But I learned that worrying about stigma, pride and all that other stuff was not an option when you're 2 seconds away from drowning. If someone throws me a raft, I'm grabbing onto it and I'll worry about pride, stigma or what others think later. Had I not done that, I would have literally been in the morgue 9 years ago. I wouldn't have made it. Are there mooches out there, yes. But this situation is a little too severe to blanket everyone as that. If the economy was rolling along, fine I could accept it. but now with all these people who worked hard and are now struggling to make ends meet, I can't hammer them. Only the banks and guys like Madoff. They should be sodomized with spiked baseball bats.

The painting brings to mind a breakfast of the Gods.

5:52 PM  
Blogger moi said...

Ricardo: I'll lend a hand to anyone who asks for help out of a place of real need, and I have no shame asking for help when I need it. But not from the Government, who has never in all of its existence, done anything in a helpful manner. Instead, why not support the thousands of wonderfully run private, non-profit charities out there who do good work? We don't NEED the government to help our fellow human beings.

As for your question, how do we work when there isn't any, well, what, exactly IS work? What is wealth? How is it created? Not by the government, but by individual entrepreneurs and companies who innovate, create, produce, market, and distribute. And, as a result, EMPLOY people to help in that work.

But they cannot do so if the government sucks them dry of their abilities, their resources, and their very will to innovate.

That is what this current administration is doing and for that, I can not and will not support their efforts.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pollyanna suffers!
Boxer, sorry you lost the big one.
I wrote a contract today and deducted 15% from the total figure...I'll make profit, but a year ago the 15% would have been mine.

Got to printed letters from my senators today, not an e-mail. thanks for sending your views and opinions, helps us with the statistics we quote in our arguments. Encourage others to do the same he said. So be encouraged, they view statistics as polls so we need to increase the numbers!

I e-mailed live fox news today said the new pres misunderstands his "primary mission" ie; when the MAJORITY oppose his idea he needs to recognize his job is to SERVE the people not DOMINATE his power over our will.
Sheeeeeesh...didn't he ever take 8th grade Civics?

6:15 PM  
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6:23 PM  
Anonymous K9 said...

foam: well i couldnt form a decent post so we will be the grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr sisters.

troll: well done. and yes to all youve said except W failed to articulate the ideals of conservatism and advance the ideals of individuality and freedom from government. he could not make the case and squandered reagans legacy. and as you know i cut bait on him in 06 for his abject failure and lack of will to enforce US immigration laws.
it was astounding to see the dereliction of duty of the US press to hold the demoncrats feet to the fire on the mortgage meltdown -which i believe is the root of the problem though many disagree.

anon: link failed

ruela: new avatar! yay

aunty: yes. obama=santa claus. im astounded

ricardo: you must understand that what we (i) am railing against is a belief that it is the role of a government to provide everything to everybody. the government has NO money. only what they take from us. examining how poorly government entities are run should be of paramount concern to anyone dependent upon it. read my jeffersonian steamers sidebar statement. it sums up my political belief system.

i hear you. and i understand that good, talented people such as yourself are looking for work and want to do for yourself. i just think your chances are better in the private sector than to hand over you life to a controlling tit of sour milk.

i am pro-ricardo. i am anti nanny state.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Link is active.


click on
Original Essays On Barack Obama

8:33 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

anon: wow. that was a fascinating and terrifying read. just the sort of stuff i adore. of course i believe it, but i shouldnt, short of an actual video with verified location etc etc. but i dont need ms comrade to confirm the memo my gut sent to my head a year ago. we are in it now and all that is left is to decide what we are going to DO about it. seriously.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool pic, k9

but is there some
significance to this
being painted in 1984?

it is somewhat reminiscent of chagall in subject & style, don't you think? kind of floating and dreamy like -- nice

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7:30 AM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

Moi - Yes, I am all for the private sector charities who do wonderful work. We need them now more than ever. I also understand that it's the people who make business and jobs happen but at the moment so many of them are imploding. Jobs are scarce and the ranks of the unemployed are going through the roof. It's going to take time for things to get better. I don't know how this stimulus package will pan out or if it will destroy the entrepreneurial spirit. I can tell you that the TARP fund has been a disaster based on what I've seen. The banks just took the money and kept doing what they were doing. They got into this mess by poor business practices and haven't learned. It was not at all the fault of capitalism but rather their inability to understand it and make it work for them. Could that happen with the stimulus plan? Sure could. But I've been bombarded with so much bad news that I'm trying to stay positive.

K9 - Thanks I appreciate that. The lady who was asking for the government to spring for a car and home repairs is looking in the wrong place. I don't know what that was about and I'm not at all for that kind of thing. That's just silly. The other stuff I read you loud and clear on (you've read my horror stories on dealing with the unemployment office) and as a voter and tax payer you should have a say on where the tax dollars go. That's what we do in democracies. But the government is very good in gong around us. We've nationalized the banks and both parities have consistently opted for big government over the years. Republican's do corporate welfare Democrats do social welfare. And sometimes they switch sides to help their friends out.

My fear is that as this situation goes on and the ranks of unemployed swell and jobs get more and more scarce, that people start turning on one another and the out of work people who are trying a best they can to get back on their feet get demonized and alienated. It's going to take a very long time for some to get out of the hole.

Hopefully the the economy will improve sooner than anticipated and people like me can get back to work and have normal lives again. This out of work thing is ruining my pick up game with the chicks K9. that's unacceptable.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

The whole thing is just so fucked that I don't know where to begin.

I see exactly where you are coming from, Ricardo. But I do follow Moi's logic. Think: do we live in capitalism? No. In fact that all ended with income tax. We began funding the government. Then the government began helping corporate business--sure helping banks meant granting loans and mortgages to small business, but the greed of the banks made loans predatory and the unwanted investment of the electorate--read taxes, became a way for us to just screw each other, all in the name of the American way. What goes on in Washington has NOTHING to do with us, nothing--it is a fiefdom, separate from the people, a monster unto itself. I used to believe differently. But bailout showed me the way and I'm glad to have the scales fall from my eyes.

When you have a government that will do what it wants, regardless of the needs of the people who elected it, defended it with their blood and fund it with their money, then you are in an uneven relationship--Americans have been in Stockholm Syndrome for too long. We identify with the oppressor instead of breaking free.

I'm all for unemployment benefits when I realize that the fuckups of the government who buddied up with the private sector--big no no in capitalism, but it happened anyway--sure, call it a rebate of all the money that has been taken from your check over the years. If you own a business, you pay quarterly and it is interesting to see that the IRS goes after the little guy, the small self-employed contractor instead of the corporate raiders, because people who are in business for themselves on a small scale cannot afford big tax attorneys. It's a bit like the Mafia shaking down the corner grocery for "protection money".

The problem is that nothing is for free. When we take government funds, we sign up to take their shit too. Did you see that two of the banks that were bailouted now want to return their bailout money as they don't like the government in their business? What if the government turns unemployment into a "loan" that you will have to pay back when you get a job? What if they garnish your check with that wish and call it taxes?

John Locke wrote about the state of war. He said that when someone infringes on your natural rights--hurts you or your property, you have the right to kill them. Why? Because if they hurt you and you are your own property, what won't they do to you? How can you trust them? Our constitution is based on John Locke--no Marxism here.

The United States has broken the social contract with the people. It did it ages ago, but the bailout was the last straw. I understand why Obama is doing what he is doing, but there is not enough money in the world and I mean that literally, to jumpstart what we are now facing. Any stimulus will be a bandaid and yes, when I am hurt, I want medical attention, but if my wound is critical, I need more than aspirin.

I am not an economist, but I just know there is a better way. I hope I made myself clear and showed respect.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

Enemy - I get what moi is saying to. They are good points.

Yes the the thought of the government making may pay back something that I and my employer already payed into makes me sick but in a way they are already doing that by taxing the unemployment. It's double dipping really. Or so it seems

And no Washington never has really cared about us because they have been bought and sold by the lobbyists. The love Americans to be uninformed because it allows them to get away with murder.

BTW, those banks might not be able to give the money back to the gov. It's being "reviewed." Taking that money means they have the banks by the balls. I hate banks at the moment so I don't feel sorry for them but in the big picture it could spell bad news.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...


Let me just add something to what I think Moi is getting at (forgive me, Moi, if I am wrong.) America thrives when business thrives. By business, I mean small business. Who wants to work for someone else when you can work for yourself, own your own labor, own your own production and benefit the community on the local scale. That is what small business does. It keeps things honest. If a small business is corrupt, people don't buy from it and they fail. If a business keeps its word, people buy their products or use their labor and the business florishes and so does the community. This is good and this is what our founding fathers wanted.

Now we have corporations that will lay off the workers before they look at the bloat in their business; they want the tax cuts the government offers, but nothing is for free, because what they don't pay in one kind of tax, they will pay in capital gains or interest from loans from banks. This hurts the idea of business.Corporate business will buy out or kick out small business, then get people to work for 1/10th of what they could have been earning if they could find a way to make their labor turn into profit. Then it begs the question: who is in charge: corporations or the government who helps them in the name of the global economy? Our government helps corporate business because they want them to go to China and open another McDonalds; this means America has a piece of everyone's pie. But the same thing happens in these countries--the worker gets some shit job instead of getting help to sell his labor to benefit himself and his community. This is what I call the global tyranny.

Why can't we cut our foreign aid and give that money to Americans? Do you honestly think our government cares about the starving children in Egypt? No! They want to own Egypt. Nothing is free. Debt is so high in the world that it will never be paid back and I am talking about countries, not citizens.

Even nonprofits aren't off the hook; I worked for one; we depended on state and federal funds. Yes, there were generous donors, but they did not make the place stay afloat, and trust me, that was all we did. The pay sucked, but I liked what I was doing. However, when people give money, be they independent or government, they expect a say in the production. This is why small business is the way--farmers, store owners, artists, carpenters. The more we know how to do with our own hands, the stronger we are.

I want to start a business with a friend and we can't, because we can't get a loan. But the banks got bailout! Hmm. Instead, I wait to see if I will keep my job. That is not right. What if we built our own houses? What if we grew our food? What if we stopped driving and got horses or rode our bikes or walked? No more dependence on Saudi Arabi. We depend on ourselves and our neighbors. That is the America I want.

Sorry for eating up your space, K9. I've seen my brother in law lose two businesses and so I get a little touchy on this one. When he works for someone, he ends up with chest pains. He wants honest labor and he has great ideas. But I saw what Moi described. It is complicated on how business get screwed when the government allows the big fish to swim and the small ones to fry. My brother in law's business served a local community--no Taco Bell is going to France because of him.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Good comments in this thread, y'all.

EOR, so right on 2 points: Stockholm syndrome and YES the Social Contract is obliterated--wrote of this on BACK Porch some bit ago.

But keep in mind that the banks ain't really the big culprit--they's happy to make $$ offa bad thangs--but it is Barney, Clintons and Schumer and gang who forced this on thye banks--thye whole "Community Reinvestment Act" FORCED--read "power of punitive gubmint" FORCED banks to loan to people who could not pay off these loans--

so hey, the banks said,
"Huh? You mean, Mr.Gubmint, ya' mean, youse fellas is gonna guarantee the loans we make to the unqualified an' incompetent borroweres? THem wif' the credit ratin' from hell? Y'all Gubmint guys is gonna pay them loans iffin' these nincompoop borrowers if given a loan?

Well, OOKKAAAY! if that is gonna be the rule we will git rich loanin' the gubmint's guarantee --but you fellas is makin the rules....

SO, banks have been derelict int he extreme-0-but it were the betrayers in Congress who set the whole scheme up.

Now we got that deluded woman thinkin'Zobama can git her a car an' a kitchen. That is jes' cruel. Cruel misuse of the the poor and the mentally infirm.

But now...well, looky, it ain't the anarchists that is a worry. Nope It is that woman's sister, son, cousin an' brother--in short, all the deluded masses who THOUGHT once their boy got int he chair "their turn" would come --an when it don't?

You will see a very different sort of civil war-the one whar' the enraged turn out the political class whose promises is ashes in the mouth.

Iffin' y'all ain't heered it, the big $$ is quietly preparin' bolt holes in Paraguay and the Islands, in Lichtenstein...

9:33 AM  
Anonymous busy rotty said...

eat up the space! i would rather read the commentary anyway -its excellent. will comment later today


9:38 AM  
Anonymous k9 said...

oh aunty. she DID get a house. as of yesterday. check out michelle malkins blob.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

"Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research."

Know what that is? Ya doan know? Wonder why...heh. it is the board that will divide your life expectancy by the expense of yore medical treatment--if it ain't a good number, ya go wif' out--that is, iffin' they lower --an' they will!--the "reformed" health care on us--

and Tom Daschel, ya know--that fella that Zobama wanted fer a Sec --the lying tak cheat? yeah, him...well he done sneered at us'uns sayin "health care reform won't be painless"

Git ready folks.

9:52 AM  
Blogger moi said...

Enemy, you read me right. And I'd be an Enemy of the Republic, too, if there were a still a Republic left for me to revolt against.

And did ya hear? Now Tom Daschle wants to remove even more incentives for doing a good job and hiring more people with his new health care "initiatives."

According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Will the madness never end?

10:27 AM  
Blogger moi said...

Ooopsie, linkee: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_mccaughey&sid=aLzfDxfbwhzs

10:28 AM  
Blogger dr.alistair said...

i took a contract to help several laid-off employees of a large corporation work through the transition and i found that these people all had a plan to find work elsewhere. these are mbas, cgs and other financial managers that felt the pressure and long before the chop went out and found work elsewhere. some found temporary work locally, but most will have to travel, effecting family and friends...but are willing to do what it takes to survive.
contrasted by a chap in starbucks today that was happy to get free pairs of orthopedic running shoes paid for by his wife`s benefit plan. he is a self-declared socialist who decries the "hegemony" of the republicans, yet he steals from the public purse that his wife`s plan draws from. he himself is on a disability and so personally benefits from the social programs in place to help those in need....though he lives in a house by the lake and drives a new leased car every two years.
and he doesn`t need orthotic shoes. his chiropractor sold them to him knowing he had his wife`s plan.
his buddhism seems to be one of convenience.
and me? well, at the end of each contract i become unemployed until such time as i am refered along.
and i never have to wait long.
grrrrrr? no, just a little disappointed some days when i realise that there are some who will ride the gravy train while pointing at others and blame them for the self same thing.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Boxer said...

These comments are amazing to read.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

OH, an check this out

"Economic Stimulus Bill Mandates Electronic Health Records
for Every Citizen without Opt-out or Patient Consent Provisions"


1:29 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

people are expatriating in droves. charlie rangel has a plan to tax em on their way out. grrrehahahaha and ya'll thought the government didnt do anything all day. yeah they do - DAMAGE.

/t: the significance of 1984 is the big brother year which parallels now very well. and the Gods cooked breakfast and left us to our free will which we gave up to hacks in the political class. that stim pack rally obama threw yesterday should chill every thinking human to the bone.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah ha ha ha
haha aha aha ha

american politics:
once you get past all the bullshit,
there's a whole bunch more bullshit :)
you yanks do seem to enjoy miring yourselves in all of this, so rock on

1984 was a notable year for any number of reasons, not the least of which is it was the year the computer you are working on was introduced -- orwell is a notable writer, but as a prophet, got almost everything wrong...

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2:01 PM  
Blogger moi said...

Bwahahahahaha, the capable in our country ain't shrugging; they're LEAVING!

Hmmmm . . . are the margaritas in Costa Rica any good, ya think? And what about a Sephora's? Dang, I needs me a Sephora if I'm gonna expat.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

/T.--This yank wants out of this shit, or wants those who create the shit to wallow in it and leave us be. So sick of it.

Wait--I wasn't following closely, did Obama buy a woman a house just because she asked? I didn't read that, did I?

I thought Dashlche (sp) showed some sense and withdrew--is he still in--I get lost with meet the new boss, same as the old boss cronies. It was big of him to admit he "made a mistake" when he didn't pay taxes. Love it. If I don't pay taxes, my bank account gets levied. Then I have to pay penalties.

Man, deep shit!

2:17 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

/t: grrrrrherhahahahahaha! funny you brought up apple/1984. and they used the orwellian big face as the ad---the apple hammer blasting thru the screen.

then of course they turned into controlling pricks too! "this ipod is attached to another computer?" "you can only burn this song you bought 7 times?" bite me apple. i'll just P2P instead.

way past mired!
we're fired
been conspired
hang the liars

oh hell i caint write today.

hey, /t? can i move in? grrherhahahaha

moi: sephora? i dont think so. you will have to come back every 6 months anyway.

im not leaving. barney frank should get out instead.

2:19 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

enemy: no. a *republican* congresswoman offered her a home in labelle florida which is a rental home they own. which was nice. little odd bit of theatre IMHO.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

I'm fleeing to Liechtenstein.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Boxer said...

**checking out Belize** And Moi, you can always order online from Sephora. New idea; stay here, drop out, go under the radar, pay no taxes, use cash. Now if I could just figure out how to buy land without "them" knowing. I'm sure there's a blog about that too.......

3:07 PM  
Blogger CHEF TROLL said...

Found a fun story you'll enjoy.

3:22 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

too late boxer. "they" already know. google's in on it.

ricardo: sounds as reasonable as the next thing. the chicks there will have no immunity to your smooth north american moves. grrrrrherhahaha

3:24 PM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

Indeed K9. indeed. LOL! Packing my bags now!!!

3:26 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

dr alistair: great visual i have of orthopedic shoe wearing barista chump. grrherhaha

3:27 PM  
Blogger K9 said...



i just came back from ricardos blog unloaded and laughed my ass off. you will too. comic relief for our aching hearts.

4:33 PM  
Blogger puerileuwaite said...

This is why I refuse to shop ANYWHERE other than Banana Republic. It's my way of protesting against evil cabal-istic government. Plus, I look absolutely marvelous in their duds.

5:48 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

puerileuwaite: grrrrrherhahahaha unfortunately this is now the plantain republic. we will have to dig UP to banana status.

i saw those pants you bought! they even had a little curly third leg to accomodate your tail.

8:20 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Hmmm. Whatever.

9:08 PM  
Blogger VE said...

1984? Isn't that the Gordon Gecko era? Orwell was a psychic!!!

9:34 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

Interesting thing to me is how Ayn Rand has meant the very opposite to me than some of your commenters. I don't remember the exact words but she says that it's easier to trust a man who is after your money than one who is after your soul. So IF (big if) I had to have my freedom to follow or not follow a religion, to choose to marry/or not as I please, to have my privacy respected, to have the right to self defence I had to pay a bit more of tax I would.

Anyway I wanted to get reaquainted in non-political post but I guess there's not much of those here these days :)

8:07 AM  
Blogger moi said...

SJ, not sure if what you're saying is that Ayn Rand wasn't in fact an anarchist or a libertarian – as many of us here appear to be – or just the opposite. In any case, Ayn Rand thought anarchy was dangerous and libertarianism misguided. She was, in fact, a Republican.

And all those things you mention? Those are our civil rights, and guaranteeing them is what government IS for. I have no problem paying taxes for that guarantee, either :o).

9:26 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...


the thang is, we IS paying higher taxes an' all it does is insure FEWER freedoms.

Sigh Dawg, please--delacre an intermission-- I cain't control meself an' keep peekin' in heah..but I need to WORK today.

10:15 AM  
Blogger fishy said...

I cordially invite you to take a time out and splash on over to the Pond for a bit of cheer.

12:29 PM  
Blogger ANNA-LYS said...

( ¸¸.* Anna-Lys

5:12 AM  
Blogger Helene (the Artist Formerly Known as Kate) said...

Happy VD there girlfriend!

7:05 AM  
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11:58 AM  
Blogger Middle Ditch said...

Wow!!! So many comments that has nothing to do with the actual painting! Great read! And SJ seems to have finally come out of his blog fatigue ...

5:42 AM  
Blogger Mayden' s Voyage said...

So...God is frying an egg for breakfast as Rome (or the US) explodes/burns, with angels playing harp in the background?
God is Big Brother?
The egg is the symbol of life-
Is Minnie Riperton the Angel?

T recorded "Little L" for me on my mp3 player (NOT an IPOD) and right after it was "Loving YOU"- I nearly wet myself from laughing...it was all a cosmic accident that the 2 songs ended up next to each other, but- Cosmically Perfect- it was :)

Thinking of you- as always.

1:34 PM  
Blogger moi said...

Phew. You're back. For a second there, I thought, "Oh crap. The Brave New World Blobbie Police nabbed the K9 and I'm going to have to ammo up and go get her."

1:30 PM  
Blogger Boxer said...

I'm with Moi - I was ready.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reappearing k9!

was ready to send out the saint bernards...

¤ ¤ ¤


2:22 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...


doan do that agin'...the posse was on the way an' I had to call 'em back.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Pup, May I?

Folks git a holt of the classic: Road to Serfdom
an then ya'll see whas' up.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Helene (the Artist Formerly Known as Kate) said...

ummm over easy please...
hope things are good with you!

11:44 AM  
Blogger puerileuwaite said...

God looks irritated. I don't think I want to know where rain REALLY comes from.

2:11 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

grherhahahahaha! pug!

hey Kate.

3:26 PM  
Blogger ANNA-LYS said...

Pretty hot stuff ;-)

11:54 PM  
Blogger the walking man said...

If it ain't broke don't fix it...if it is broke and out of warranty then I can't expect any fix unless I do it for myself, is this what I am hearing?

Yes the current "fix" ain't nothing that will fit anything. But until we reclaim a base where them not disposed to working for themselves can sell their labor for a reasonable rate of return, meaning affordable food, housing and, education; no fix will work.

My skills and talents never were inclined to work for myself but I gladly lived the middle class life by working my ass off for others. Doing as many jobs as it took to give my family what they needed and in some cases wanted. But if there is no job for me to work at no matter my intent I am still going to starve.

Corporations that manufactured had the right and ability to send those jobs away, which in return removed the affordability factor for most consumers which in turn led to that same consumer following the model presented to achieve affordability...a debt financed economy.

So now what do we have...massive government intervention trying to save a system that is a proven failure...and them just on the brink of destruction decrying the needs for food and shelter for them who have already gone off the cliff.

Quite the conundrum eh? Capitalism sent the means of earning over seas, finance took advantage of lax regulations and ate them who only wanted the dream. I don't fault those who wanted better, the financial community got greedy and showed the poor a way to have a house (short term ARM) for less than the cost of rent. How many truly logical people do you know? A few dozen, hundreds out of millions. I know more who followed their dream than the fear that should have been presented to them at the closing table (and never was).

Regardless of all that has come before this moment I think it time to make all the necessary changes, be it corporate bankruptcies (GM, Chrysler et al), financial's under heavy heavy regulation, credit card companies capped at no more than 10% interest (which today allows a seven percent profit margin) and for Gods sake a rejection of a 3.5 trillion dollar budget.

Hold in abeyance all foreclosures reverting title of the house to the bank and setting rent control in place that is proportionate to the ability to pay. Banks may in fact make good property managers in it falls in line with an area they should be expert in, financial management.

It is only after all of the carnage is over, that the battlefield can be cleaned up and no matter how bad we wish we had not worked so diligently for a one world economy we, all of the worlds governments, created it.

If we let it all crash now, let all the blood flow that has and is about to...then at least our children will have a couple of hundred years worth of work in the rebuilding of it.

I may not be clear in my thinking about all this but then I haven't heard anyone who is clear except for them who are clearly angry. Anger is like shit...ain't good for much except getting it out.

The one thing I have not been able to get a handle on is ..why is deflation a bad thing for the consumer?

4:27 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

walking man: all should have been allowed to fail: from lehman to AIG and on - as you said let the carnage happen and start again...only now we have falsely propped these failures up allowing the architects of the implosion to skate away with all the booty.

have you noticed, dear reader, the wails and cries and attention that is gotten when you KEEP YOUR MONEY in your pocket? that is where the Powa lives. not holding up signs or marching through streets.... but refusal to buy

no more financing a banker designed debt culture.

did you see the protests in London yesterday? the dolts marched with global warming signs demanding the elites to do something about climate change. the signs may have well read instead:

"please carbon tax me into serfdom with cap n trade. yeeehawwwwwww"


5:52 AM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

that looks like your handiwork!

PS: ski is cute! don't eat 'em!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Middle Ditch said...

There must be something in the (unsatisfied) air lately.

7:46 AM  

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