Saturday, October 04, 2008

Debates...meh...

Skipped the VP debates. From what I have read since then, it turned out pretty much the way I thought it would. Whatever leaning a person had going in, they usually claimed their candidate won at the end.
It reminds me sort of like a dog show. The contestants (the dogs, of course) are trained and groomed to look good in front of the judges; someone trots them out and runs them through a few tricks, and then people judge which looked best. It has nothing to do with what the dog is like; the dignified-looking Irish Setter may have a problem with chewing everything in sight; the perky, smiling Yorkie may be a vicious little menace around small children. All we see is the face that their handlers want you to see.
I've seen people speak in public to good effect who I knew were unreliable jackasses. I've also seen others who didn't look so good, but were the ones to rely on during a crunch. As I've said before politicians lie. If I want to know whether to trust someone, I look to what they've done before they put on their dog-and-pony show, when they thought no one was watching them that close. No matter what any politician says, they are running for their benefit, not yours. The best you can hope for is that there is an overlap.

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With the bailout final, we now get to see just how much good it will do. Personally, I'm not too optimistic. We have the same bunch of people running things that contributed to this mess who are now handed more money and told to fix it. Sort of like the guy in Las Vegas who goes broke and asks for a loan to try and win it all back. Anybody want to pull their wallet out for him? I think what is more likely to happen is that a few companies will get their chestnuts pulled out of the fire, and a whole lot of politicians will funnel it into their favorite pork projects, and before long someone will be asking for more money to save the economy. Some of the politicians are trying to help, but there are a lot who look at it the same way as seeing someone fainting on the sidewalk. They'll stop and act like they're helping, but in actuality it's just a ruse to go through the person's pockets for loot.

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Been a wee bit chilly today, drizzle and cold rain since this morning. As soon as I woke up I could tell; every joint in my body was telling me not to get up. It won't be too long before we get a frost, I'm thinking. Hopefully the garden will be able to hold out a little longer; I miss fresh tomatoes during the winter.
We're supposed to get some snow in the hills this weekend, down to about 6000 feet. That may seem high to some parts of the country, but here where I live we're at about 4500 feet, so the snow is usually quite visible from here.
Maybe the weather and the effects on me is why I seem to have such a foul disposition today. Or maybe I'm just old enough to be cynical of anyone who says they're trying to help me by taking my money.

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Some of these may be familiar, depending on your age.

"Washington Square" by The Village Stompers
"Burnin' for You" by Blue Öyster Cult
"Greenfields" by The Brothers Four
"Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen
"Ride the Wild Surf" by Jan & Dean
"Me and Bobby McGee" by Kris Kristofferson
"See You in September" by The Happenings
"Mojo" by Mindi Abair
"Lawyers, Guns and Money" by Warren Zevon
"More Than a Feeling" by Boston


Here is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite groups. Always good to listen to when you want to feel mellow.




"The Actor"

The curtain rises on the scene
With someone shouting to be free
The play unfolds before my eyes
There stands the actor who is me

The sleeping hours takes this part
Through traffic, telephones and fear
Put out your problems with the cat
Escape until a bell you hear

Our reasons are the same
But there's no-one we can blame
For there's nowhere we need go
And the only truth we know comes so easily

The sound I have heard in your hello
Oh, oh, darling, you're almost part of me
Oh, oh, darling, you're all I'll ever see
Ah, ah, ah

It's such a rainy afternoon
No point in going anywhere
The sounds just drift across my room
I wish this feeling I could share

It's such a rainy afternoon
She sits and gazes from her window
Her mind tries to recall his face
The feeling deep inside her grows

Our reasons are the same
But there's no-one we can blame
For there's nowhere we need go
And the only truth we know comes so easily

The sound I have heard in your hello
Oh, oh, darling, you're almost part of me
Oh, oh, darling, you're all I'll ever see
The sound I have heard in your hello
Oh, oh, darling, you're all I'll ever see
Oh, oh, darling, you're almost part of me
Ah, ah, ah

8 comments:

James Higham said...

Been a wee bit chilly today, drizzle and cold rain since this morning.

This is the really interesting news.

terri said...

Yeah, winter's on it's way. Sounds like it'll hit you sooner than most.

Glory Days - I was just thinking of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA album. One of my all time favorites.

terri said...

Yeah, winter's on it's way. Sounds like it'll hit you sooner than most.

Glory Days - I was just thinking of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA album. One of my all time favorites.

Plunger Girl said...

"I look to what they've done before they put on their dog-and-pony show, when they thought no one was watching them that close." That is exactly what I've wanted to say for weeks but ended up going at it in a long convoluted way.

We're neighbors. Sort of. State neighbors. It's damp and chilly here too. Ready for winter? Not me!

BobG said...

James- the weather tends to affect us more than who won the latest popularity contest. Other than the altitude, you'd probably feel at home in our latest weather, from what I've heard of the British climate.
Terri- I imagine it's quite a bit colder up in your neck of the woods.
Plunger Girl- I've spent a bit of time up in Wyoming; it gets nasty cold in the winter there. What part of Wyoming are you in?

meleah rebeccah said...

The "Bail Out" plan ended up being filled with so much useless bullsh*t Im a little more than disappointed.

As far as the debates? Well, they sure did make for some AWESOME Tina Fey material on SNL. I swear that is just about the only thing getting me through these elections.

meleah rebeccah said...

*come celebrate my birthday with me?*

MauserMedic said...

As I recently wrote to my Very Liberal Teenager: "No matter the party, no matter what is said, look at what a candidate did before running the current office. You'll get a pretty good idea of what they really think."