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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Would They Dare?

After reading an Alexander Cockburn article I became more focused on the obvious coming October Surprise. Charley Black, McCain's campaign manager put it most starkly. A terrorist attack on the United States home territory would sweep the Republicans back into office.. If serious enough it would work. Perhaps it's just because I am watching the box set of HBO's "ROME" but I really think the conservative movement is feeling power that they crave slipping from their grey boney fingers and are willing to do anything to retain that power. Anything. Even nabbing ben Laden would win few votes at this late date. It's going to take a spectacular, un ignorable cataclysmic attack to steal this election. I'm sure the operatives actually planning and executing the attack will be sure they are saving America for Jesus. All the bricks are in place. Religious fanatics to do the work. Massive wealth to support the executioners. A corrupt political party willing to organize the crime. I'm thinking San Francisco would probably be their victim. That California city is number one on the wingnut hit list to the point where even mentioning its name is code for everything ungodly.

We are not culturally inclined to suicide attacks, so there is only one weapon that can be remotely deployed and that destroys most evidence of its origins. A Nuke. Analysis can determine the origins of the fission products of a detonated bomb, but since we are loaded with old Soviet enriched Uranium to burn in our reactors it will be impossible to prove the weapon's origins. 

As we slip into that night that is a modern Security State we have only the memory of the time when we were a truly free people and we could speak our minds and elect our government. It was fun while it lasted.

My Three Favorite Dental Themed Movies

Dentists have played a large part in the group of movies I find most entertaining. I list my three favorite;

1. Little Shop of Horrors. Steve Martin plays my favorite dental character, Dr. Orin Scrivello DDS. An insane comic sadistic dentist who rides a Harley and pulls the head off a little girl's doll.

2. The In-laws. Alan Arkin plays Sheldon Crompett DDS against defrocked CIA agent Vincent Ricardo played by Peter Falk. Perhaps the best "fish out of water" comedy of all time. "Serpentine Sheldon! Serpentine!".

3. The Whole Nine Yards. The film that made Matthew Perry for me. Doctor "Oz" Oseranski misses getting killed by several professional killers with his talent as a nice guy, and the help of Jimmy T. (Bruce Willis), a retiring hit-man.

The In-Laws had a remake a couple of years ago, but the original was so perfect, I saw no reason to see re-do. There was also a sequel called The Whole Ten Yards, but for the same reason I've never seen it.

There must be more dental themed movies out there, but I can't recall them.

National Turn Yourself In Day

The first Monday after the 4th of July falls on the 7th this year, also known as National Turn Yourself In Day. If you harbor thoughts that our government is a perverted, tool of the powerful and militaristic forces in society then you are a prime candidate for contacting the FBI ( http://fbi.gov ) and alerting them to your suspicious thoughts. Should you believe that we have no interest in paving the way with force for multi-national commerce then you owe it to the country to contact the CIA and warn them of your heresy. If you criticized Bush or Cheney by any electronic media you need do nothing. The NSA already knows.

Get on the stick folks. It is your patriotic duty to rat yourself out.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Idea Recycled.

I should have paid more attention fifteen years ago when a good friend suggested that we put all the Social Security Trust into home mortgages. Looking back that would have been a stroke of genius. We wouldn't have had the money for the Iraqi adventure, there would be no housing bubble, and Social Security would be funded out into infinity. Instead Social Security loads the reserves up with treasury notes and pushes the over spending debt out to our children.

The good news is that it's not too late. we could still salvage the building industry and get Social Security back on track., but the rich are going to have to balance the budget and the defense budget will need to be halved. We may also need to kill the farm programs and other subsidies. I'm thinking a property tax, not limited to real property but extending to securities and other assets at least until the national debt is all but retired.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Science Is Going To Tell You Things You Don't Want To Hear.

Our friends on the far right haven't got a corner on the anti-science business. Sure they have an effective monopoly on global warming denial and biblical creationism. Abstinence only sex and drug education are loved by the right, but debunked by, you know, actual research stuff.

Now the left, or people claiming to be progressives are laying into vaccination and genetically modified anything, especially food. If everyone gets his way then we will all starve in an overpopulated wasteland, if we don't die of plagues or stupidity first. 

Locally, Vashon Island has a large and active anti-vaccination group of parents, and has had a rash of measles and mumps with at least one death. When confronted with the willful ignorance of ant-vaccinationist or climate change deniers I am almost move to claw my eyeballs out and throw them at their pig heads, but being blind, I would probably miss. We have thousands and thousands of people called scientists and researches who willingly work for a pittance just for the joy of bringing some light into the darkness of ignorance, Who toil in the trenches of industry and academia to feed the world and uncover the history and workings of the universe.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Goodbye Tilly

It's been a month now since my little dog, Tilly, has been missing and I've all but given up hope of ever seeing her again. She was a gentile soul who had nothing but love and a little carpet poo to contribute to my home. There's something about a doggie's unreserved devotion to her standing monkey that softens the hardest heart. So I move on 'till I become a missing piece in others' lives. It is the way.