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The Thirteen Year Affair

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Republican dinosaursI
n my previous rant I rambled at some length on the odious notion that Republicans are doing everything in their power to make the unemployment numbers as high as possible, so they can then use them as a cudgel against the Democrats in the November elections. Needless to say, some of you were skeptical of that opinion.

Well, guess what?

Today President Obama signed a bill that would save the jobs of 300,000 teachers, firemen and policemen. The bill will cost $26 billion to fund but it will be paid for by shutting down a tax loophole that allowed multinational corporations to ship jobs overseas. It will, happily enough, cost the taxpayer literally nothing to keep these vital workers at their posts. In fact, the bill will decrease the federal deficit by at least $1.4 billion over ten years.

Pretty sweet, huh?

Guess how many Republican Congressmen voted "Aye" for this bill?

Seriously. Guess.

To save you a quick trip to Google News the number is less than two.

Yes, every Republican congressman save one soon-to-be-ostracized soul believes it's more important to ship jobs overseas and give foreign-owned companies tax breaks rather than educate your children, protect your homes from fire or enforce the law.

When Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was asked on ABC's Top Line what the GOP would do to ensure these jobs he replied "I love teachers!"

Yes, that was his response.

Actually, what Mr. Pence is saying is "Fuck teachers!"

This is just another small example of Republicans doing whatever it takes to keep people out of work. If you're interested you can read more about the bill here.

One last thing... if you're one of those who actually fell for the myth that Republicans are fiscal conservatives, well, let me assure that figures don't lie. Click here to see what I mean.


Speaking of evil bastards, I'm heartsick over Google and Verizon's naked pelvic thrust at the soft, unprotected nethers of 'net neutrality. Make no mistake, folks, this is the thin edge of the wedge that is aimed at the heart of any future user-driven innovation on the 'net. If Google and Verizon succeed in their announced ploy the once wild-and-wooly internet we've come to know and love will offer about as much excitement as visiting your local mall on a Tuesday afternoon.


By all means possible we all must resist any attempt to kill 'net neutrality. You can start by contacting your congressman or by signing the "Google: Don't Be Evil" petition.

As for me, I'm currently looking into alternatives for the Google ads that populate this site. I'll let you know how that goes.


One last thing... I know some may object to my abitrary labeling of Google as a "he" but it's clearly a male construct. He has all the answers, he's emotionally detached and he's always got porn stashed somewhere.

When Google starts asking if you think its pixels look fat and complains when you don't go to enough THEN you'll know there's been a major reprogramming.


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Today's Google Chow.

The Thirteen Year Affair

It was, like most things, too good to be true.
When we first met he was plain and unassuming,
but he had a certain 'something' that I liked.
and I just knew that he would go far.
He promised that he would never hurt me
and he worked hard to gain my trust.
So I let him into my life,
into my home.
and gave him all the support I could.
Years passed.
His company thrived.
He grew successful
and rich
Even so
he always had time for me.
I was so happy.
Then, suddenly
without warning
it was over.
and I never saw it coming.
You see, I was just a nobody that loved him
trusted him.
But love withers in the face of wealth and fame.
And in the end, he chose money over love.

Oh, Google.