The Fiscal Cliff, Just Another Serving of Sabotage


You’re scheming on a thing that’s a mirage.

I’m trying to tell you now, it’s sabotage.

-The Beastie Boys

I just finished reading Daniel Altman’s (@altmandaniel) “Sabotage,” a book that details recent congressional efforts to obstruct economic recovery.  Altman’s book takes a close look at last year’s debt ceiling negotiations and surrounding matters.  He delivers strong evidence and logic in stating that it was a manufactured crisis intended to force concessions from President Obama.  I thought it a great analog for the current fiscal cliff negotiations, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise since the current mess is the bastard child of the former.  Here’s a sample of Altman’s perspective on said negotiations.

The Republicans’ first move was unprecedented in political and economic history. To demonstrate their newfound power, they drew a line in the sand, refusing to raise the nation’s debt limit unless the president and the Democrat-controlled Senate agreed to long-term cuts in the nation’s spending.

-Daniel Altman

The old chestnut of “Never waste a good crisis,” is now never waste the opportunity to manufacture and exploit a wildly unnecessary non-crisis.

As I stated in a post last week (How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Fiscal Cliff), it’s time to go over the bump and let the pressure amp up on congress to clean up their mess for those who truly need help.  The rest can fall by the wayside.

Now, if you’re still worried about the cliff, Altman’s book may help put things in perspective.  If you’ve already done that, the book is still a great read.

Still here?  Then I’m guessing you need the song.

I wouldn’t want to disappoint.

The Top 5 (and counting) Christmas Songs of Forever


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We’re dipping into the egg nog and preparing our Christmas Eve dinner while listening to some of our favorite Christmas tunes.  We hope the holidays are treating you well!

Fair Warning: If you don’t recognize the character above, this may not be the song list for you.)

No. 5 Bob & Doug McKenzie – The Twelve Days of Christmas

No. 4 Mele Kalikimaka – Jimmy Buffett

No. 3 Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt

No. 2 The Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby and David Bowie

No. 1 Fairytale of New York – The Pogues

Think I missed the mark?  Then give me a bit of whatfor in the comments.  Links to your replacement choices are required!

-The mgmt

Update:

I make the rules here, so if I want the Top 5 list to include 6 or more songs, so be it.

6. Do They Know it’s Christmas? – Band Aid

7. Christmas – U2

8. Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC

Oh, forget it…

Saturday Night Music Blogging: Band of Horses “No One’s Gonna Love You”


I’ll end a blitz of posts with a nice spot of music.  This one tends to shift me into a sedate mood which I think could be a good thing for a lot of folks this week.  I hope it hits you well.

Pro Tip: Do not break bottles over anyone’s head…. Ever.

It’s looking like a limb torn off
Or altogether just taken apart
We’re reeling through an endless fall
We are the ever-living ghost of what once wasBut no one is ever gonna love you more than I do
No one’s gonna love you more than I doAnd anything to make you smile
It is my better side of you to admire
But they should never take so long
Just to be over then back to another one

But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do
No one’s gonna love you more than I do

But someone,
They could have warned you
When things start splitting at the seams and now
The whole thing’s tumbling down
Things start splitting at the seams and now
If things start splitting at the seams and now,
It’s tumbling down
Hard.

Anything to make you smile
You are the ever-living ghost of what once was
I never want to hear you say
That you’d be better off
Or you liked it that way

But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do
No one’s gonna love you more than I do

But someone
They should have warned you
When things start splitting at the seams and now
The whole thing’s tumbling down
Things start splitting at the seams and now
If things start splitting at the seams and now,
It’s tumbling down
Hard

The NRA is All In


I daresay this is madness.

Update:

To be clear, this is pure and simple diversion.  We cannot allow the NRA to set the terms of the discussion.  If we’re arguing over whether we should place armed guards in our public schools the NRA’s goals are accomplished.  That is not the discussion we should be having.  In other words, do not fall for that banana in the tailpipe!

B Does Not Follow A


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A number of sources on Twitter have pointed out this little logical mind bender put forth by the NRA.

A. The populace needs guns to protect themselves from the government.
B. The government needs to put guns in schools to protect kids from the populace.

Am I missing something?

Cognitive dissonance is a term used in modern psychology to describe the feeling of discomfort when simultaneously holding two or more conflictingcognitions: ideas, beliefs, values or emotional reactions. In a state of dissonance, people may sometimes feel “disequilibrium”: frustration, hunger, dread, guilt, anger, embarrassment, anxiety, etc

Source: Wikipedia

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