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March 06, 2009
No Matter What the Question?

The answer is always 42.

42 years ago, we landed on the moon. Today, having pretty much laid waste to this planet (I believe the first nuclear accident on USofA soil happened--42 years ago), we're searching for new words to expoit explore.

And, speaking of outer space, many of us were raised on IDIC. 42 years later, it's still fiction. Sorry, Gene.

42 years after the Supreme Court confirmed our "Miranda" right to know why we're being arrested (before they lock us up), we found out that not only Miranda, but the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were quietly scrapped in order to prevent anyone from, well, from knowing anything.

We had Tricky Dick "I Am Not A Crook!" Nixon. We had eight lie-filled years of Ronnie "Buy Bombs! The Russians Are Coming!" Reagan. We had four ineffectual years of George "Read My Lips" Bush. And, last (as they deserve to be), George "What? Me Worry?" Bush, TNG, and Dick "Hey, I Got Defense & Oil Stock Options To Protect" Cheney.

Sometimes it feels like the first electric, kool-aid party test that started 42 years ago is just now ending.

In 1966, the first African-American Cabinet member was seated. A mere 42 years later, President Obama took the oath of office.

Here's hoping the grown-ups are back in charge.

Posted by AnneZook at 03:37 PM | Comments (0)
Soothing News

What is it with people? I'm astonished to read about a single person who thinks $176 for a month's worth of food is a shoestring budget. I'm ashamed of CNN for plugging his experience as though he'd really been deprived. I'm annoyed that, if he wanted to play a game, he didn't have CNN give him a $176 gift card, instead of getting Social Services to fork one over. The story even says that "average monthly stipend" for one person is $96. Why didn't this guy try to live on that? While far from impossible, or even difficult, eating for a month on $96 would have been more educational for him and his readers.

Thank goodness I have stories about how the rich are still able to enjoy richness to soothe me. I was afraid that the tears of millions of unemployed people might be disturbing their peace of mind.

And, if nothing else, getting this glimpse into the how it works mechanism of taking a company and making a lot of money by ignoring its business would have brightened my day.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:35 PM | Comments (1)