Tuesday, June 22, 2010

God bless this mess

Times are tough, my friends. The economy is stagnant, the unemployment rate rises, people have to sacrifice. What can be done? In New Jersey, where I live, we might be able to share the burden proportionately so that we can all soldier through this.
The Legislature will soon act on the emaciated $28.3 billion FY2011 budget proposal submitted in March by Gov. Christie, who told lawmakers in his budget address that the state's dire economic situation necessitated deep cuts to every corner of state government and demanded shared sacrifice by all New Jerseyans.
Seems reasonable. Everyone has to take a hit.
There are "winners" in this budget: corporations and the wealthiest individuals whose tax obligations will be lower this year. Those who stand to lose the most are disproportionately poorer, older and at greater risk of economic catastrophe than the rest of New Jersey. The sacrifice that the governor demanded in his budget address appears to fall almost entirely on middle and working class families, the disabled and seniors.
Ah, fuck it. I hate this country's bullshit Christian charity.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Some Sunday reading and light musical fare

-> Top Ten Myths About the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
-> Attack on climate scientist just latest in a long line
-> Sustainability vs. The Invisible Hand
-> Tabata: Wife claimed baby was his own

Oh, that last one is just for giggles.
According to [Pittsburg] Pirates general manager Neal Huntington, [21 year old Jose] Tabata's [43 year old] wife showed off pictures of an infant and told the [baseball] player that the baby was his, only to have Tabata learn hours after seeing the baby that the girl had been taken from her parents in Plant City, about 60 miles from Bradenton, where the Pirates train.
That's right. A 21 year old baseball player was unaware that his 43 year old wife was not pregnant, and when she presented him with a two month old infant, he did not see anything suspicious. Now that is a boy who keeps his head firmly in the clouds.