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Someone should care, maybe not you....

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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

20 February 2009

Warning, graphic content

Ok, no Obama, no stimulus package, no politics. Just a question. Is anyone else getting tired of reading a perfectly good little fantasy book and suddenly getting ambushed by a sex scene? And not just a sex scene but a SEX scene. I mean really, unless it is REALLY relevant to the plot do I need the insight to the main character given by the following:

“My engorged labia felt like they were pressing on my brain—what there was of my brain—and if I didn’t get to fuck someone, something, now—a vampire would do—I was going to fucking explode. My cunt ached like a bruise.”

This tendency in literature seems to be at its worst in books by females, with female protagonists and seems especially common in any book that includes a vampire or a werewolf. I mean seriously, are necrophilia and bestiality that much of a turn on?

Hey, all you authors out there, just because you can put sex in a book, doesn’t mean you have to put sex in a book.

EDIT to this post:

As mentioned in the comments this is the Book in question.

The author as you can clearly see is Robin McKinley (hey, maybe she will do a vanity search and see this and tell me why she put this in her otherwise good book)

And it was a good book. I quite enjoyed it and the premise it was built around.

13 February 2009


So, the Stimulus has passed. Almost 800 Billion dollars. That is more than enough to stimulate me. Heck, if I could get my hands on 40K I could be totally out of debt (including mortgage) and could then devote my income to stimulating the rest of the economy. Come on Pres, bail me out! Consider me a long term investment.

Actually I was amused when I heard the President countering Charges that his stimulus bill was just a spending bill. He said something like Spending is stimulus! (Which is true IF you spend the money the right way) but what amused me was the it seems spending is only stimulus if the government is doing it. God knows it wasn’t stimulus when Citibank was going to pay many millions of dollars for the airplane they had ordered several years ago and which was being delivered to them. No, that was wasteful. Now I am not certain what kind of airplane it was but I would be willing to lay odds it was either a Gulfstream or a Cessna Citation. Both of which are made in the US and employ a great many people in Georgia and Kansas. (If I remember correctly) What? The guys who build corporate jets don’t deserve their jobs? They need to be as unemployed as those RV builders in Elkhart Indiana are? So now the plane manufacturer is left with a multi million dollar airplane that they have to try and find a buyer for. I suspect they will eventually, probably some Arab oil sheik or , more likely, the US Federal Government which will fly politicians around in it, but for now they are left with a big hunk of unsold inventory that they can thank Congress and the Press for. BUT WAIT! The people cry, they were buying with TAXPAYER MONEY after getting a bailout from the TARP program. So what? The Government is spending taxpayer money to buy stuff and stimulate the economy. So what if it is filtered through Citibank first. It would be keeping a bunch of people I know employed if that jet were a Gulfstream. I’m in favor of that. Besides which, corporate jets actually make economic sense. I will think back to when I worked at a small municipal airport and we used to get corporate jets from Wal-Mart flying in a lot. There would be some meeting at the distribution center. A plane would land and offload 6-10 people who would rush off to their meeting, return in two or three hours, get on the plane and fly off to another meeting at a different distribution center. They would hit three or four of them in a day. (I know this because I talked to the pilots while they were waiting.) This kind of work would be impossible if they were flying commercial airlines. Just think of how much time they would be wasting (and remember, time is money) if they had to go to the airport, spend a couple of hours going through security and all that hogwash, then riding from whatever commercial airport is closest the distribution center then back to wait for the next flight to where ever, not including the number of times they would have to change planes in Atlanta. (You damn near can’t fly anywhere around the south without changing planes in Atlanta) Corporate planes make economic sense. They save the companies money. They are also injecting money into local economies by buying fuel, meals, etc. in the areas they land. So this hullabaloo about them is nothing but posturing on the part of the politicians, class baiting on the part of the Left, and ignorance on the part of the common masses.

I also love the way they say they are channeling tax cuts/refunds toward the poorer people because these people are more likely to go out and spend the money on stuff instead of paying down debt of saving it. To translate that into common speech, they are giving the money to people who are too stupid to try and get out from under their debts but will instead blow the money on some expendable consumer products.

Way to go congress. Gotta love it.

01 February 2009

More of the same

New month in a new year and the same old stuff continues. First, a few responses to comments on the last post:
1. Jen! Good to see you again. Don’t stay gone so long again.

2. The question was asked by Opit if our aid to Israel means we are already involved in the conflict there. Of course it does. Of course we give aid to Egypt too. And Jordan. And we give Saudi Arabia trillions of dollars every year for oil. So we are involved on all sides over there. This does not mean I want us to get involved more. Frankly, the Israelis and the Palestinians deserve each other. This issue could have been settled long ago if either side had expressed any real willingness to compromise. But Israel gives too much influence to the real rightwing Zionist nutjobs in their country. (although that influence has been shrinking in the last few years) and the Palestinians cannot bring themselves to admit that Israel is there and they have to deal with the place if they ever want to get out of refugee camps. (this too has started to change in the last few years) At the rate they are going they might make some sort of peace in the next 20 years. Or kill each other off. Hard to say which at this point, but my guess is peace. Significant parts of both populations are getting sick and tired of the whole mess. They just have to find a way to reel in their lunatic fringes. Good luck to them.

3. Should we get involved to keep it from spreading? No. See above answer.

Anyone else noticed a disturbing trend among our new government of change to not understand the tax laws? I really wonder what Blue Girl would have had to say about Republican nominees that were this cavalier about paying taxes. I expect it would have been explicit and hostile. I have dropped by her new place a couple of times but haven’t seen any stink being raised. I suppose it is possible she did and I missed it because she posts so much it could get buried but I rather suspect she has drunk the kool-aid. Too bad.

I did hear a guy on the radio suggest that while Geitner is in charge of the treasury no one else should have to pay any penalties on taxes. Seems fair to me. If he can’t figure out the tax code with his experience then us common folks should be allowed a wash too. And what is this I hear that Tom Daschele also seem to have some tax issues? (100K+ of problems) Yeah, change is good…..