Dec. 14th, 2011 08:09 am
krislaughs: (scrubbs - hmm)
So I had this totally unreal conversation with one of the staff members at the clinic yesterday. Now, I don't make a ton of money, but I make about three times what she does, and she's explaining to me that we need to have a flat tax across the country--one in which I would essentially cover LESS of the national tax bill. I was arguing that I *should* pay more because I've benefited from the system and more of my income is disposable. Really? What is wrong with this picture?


Nov. 15th, 2011 07:36 pm
krislaughs: (obama smile)
Does anyone else get the feeling that congress only shows up to work every day, essentially, to vote on whether they're going to bother to show up tomorrow?


That doesn't seem like a very good way to run a country.
krislaughs: (obama smile)
So, I don't know if it's an anxiety dream or what, but:

I was Michelle Bachman's campaign manager and the really really scary part of it was that I was friggin good. I just kept hoping she wouldn't take my advice because helping her goes against everything I believe in, but so does intentionally screwing up at work and, and...

Thank god it was just a dream.

Um. Am I the only who thinks about conservative politics in her sleep?
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Hahahaa. All that Republican rhetoric this week is almost as laughable as the Supreme Court decision that precipitated it.

I'd like to see someone write a story in which corporations are tried for misdemeanors and felonies, just like people, even tried for murder, and have to serve jail time (asset frezes? who knows). Social philosophers decide that, in order for juducual sentences against companies to stop hamstringing the entire system, corporations exist to *serve* people, and then becomes the paradoxical lawsuit in which corporations sue for reparations due to long slavery in the service of mere people who aren't corporations (but who granted the corporations human-status in the first place).


Anyone? Bueller?

But it would make me laugh.
krislaughs: (XMFC eric uniform)
Apparently we have two choices come 2012:

1a. Elect a Republican and forward the Conservative Whackjob Agenda(tm)

corollary to 1a, 1b. Re-elect Presidnt Obama and forward the Conservative Whackjob Agenda (with righteous indignation under the guise of a right-shift compromise.)

2. Or move to Canada.



In other news, I have a question regarding XMFC fic:

Let me preface this by explaining that I waste a whole lot of writing time checking the date of common-use slang, technology, etc. and that's without even *trying* to make it period-specific. That's just knowing that the walkman wasn't released until the 1970's

[Poll #1766227]


And, finally, a rec:

Old Metal (Blood, Memory, and Rubber Ducks) by [ profile] pprfaith

It's Charles/Erik-Lensherr x Erik Northman (True Blood). It's labelled as crack, but it's the kind of crack that makes my blood run cold, it's such a good story in its own right. The two Eriks are so well blended into one character, I didn't even know whose face to imagine while I was reading. Charles was flawless Charles.

The statement was bland, but Erik couldn’t quite help the shiver that passed down his back. Beautiful, skilled, useful and his. Greed, yes. It had always been his favorite of the Christians’ deadly sins, so very inherent in a vampire’s nature. Taking was what they did and Erik wanted this telepath.

Go! Encourage MORE of this!

:D :D :D
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I purchased HBO for the incestuous Game of Thrones but stayed for the Wall Street/Washington lovechild of Too Big to Fail. (and Trueblood. Still waiting for my new season of trashy vampires.)

Officially the best scene ever: Hank Paulson excuses himself to go puke.

I probably shouldn't have laughed so hard. I was on an internship in Colorado when all this went down, trying to make sense of it while talking to my Citi-employed mother on the phone.

Also: Billy Crudup as Geitner. I don't even know why I find that so funny.

Um, and Topher Grace exclaiming "Clusterfuck!" in the halls of congress FTW. Not to mention: "If we hang a few wall street execs, that would get a few votes." This is HIlarious-- especially because we're hardly beyond the crisis yet. It's like the loopiness that sets in around five in the morning when you're pulling an allnighter at work.

Seriously, a good movie for the laughs if not the srs drama yo.


In other news, I'm fostering another puppy. She's about a 8mo-1yr old pitt. Not entirely housebroken, but trying, a big lovebug. I call her "bug."

Her people were arrested a few days ago, and the humane society took her from the abandoned house.

I relly REALLY want her to get a good home. If she passes my (rigorous) tests for being a good house dog, I will try to convince my parents to adopt. Even though they've been reluctant to go for a pitty.
krislaughs: (scrubbs - hmm)
Just read that the New York Times website is going to start charging a minimum of $15/month (that's $180/year) for unlimited access to its website.

Now, while I enjoy the Times more than any other news source out there and am perfectly willing to pay for that service, there's no way I can afford rates that high.

Netflix and Hulu charge half as much monthly for unlimited online access, and you can't tell me the kind of content/bandwidth they're offering is hugely less expensive to provide (not to mention that the times has ad revenue as well).

Ah well, it's off to find other sources of news for my morning. Between this and the republican's off shooting NPR, the liberal media is going to be unreachable soon for the vast majority. Wonder what *that's* going to do for the level of debate in this country...
krislaughs: (obama smile)
On the protests in Wisconsin

There’s a bitter irony here. The fiscal crisis in Wisconsin, as in other states, was largely caused by the increasing power of America’s oligarchy. After all, it was superwealthy players, not the general public, who pushed for financial deregulation and thereby set the stage for the economic crisis of 2008-9, a crisis whose aftermath is the main reason for the current budget crunch. And now the political right is trying to exploit that very crisis, using it to remove one of the few remaining checks on oligarchic influence.

So will the attack on unions succeed? I don’t know. But anyone who cares about retaining government of the people by the people should hope that it doesn’t.

I say my conscience because it's less that I worship every word from his blog (though sometimes I feel like I do) and more that, like a conscience, every time I consider arguments that are fabricated by a certain powerful faction in this country, he reminds me why I'm a progressive liberal in the first place.

POWER to anyone demonstrating against Gov. Walker. You rock like an Egyptian.


In other words, new Being Human tonight! Who's with me?
krislaughs: (scrubbs - hmm)

Just reading about the House spending bill, taking resources from children, child-prevention, and the earth, and putting it in the hands of people who want to cut off mountaintops and kill our native rivers as well as to recruit all those undereducated boys to the army at NASCAR events... About Wisconsin governors who want to return to the preunion glory days of 'Newsies' (maybe they think the un- and under-employed masses in this country will burst into song a la Glee)

Makes. Me. Want. To. Gag. On. A. Spoon.

Or move to Australia. This country has gone to hell in a handbasket.

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