A not so “friendly” discovery whilst taking my daily constitutional: Goodbye Friend. The mobile version of the article I read mentions the price of corn and dairy among the reasons for Friendly’s dire financial situation, whereas the online version generically mentions “costs”. This variation itself is interesting – if I wasn’t so cheap I’d buy a hard copy of the paper to see which version made it into print. Maybe I’ll find one lying around… Anywho, back to the idea that the price of corn is high enough to drive the tastiest franchise into bankruptcy… How and why is corn expensive? Aren’t farmers still being paid to keep their fields fallow? Why is it that people starve and businesses go under and yet farmers are not allowed to farm their fields?
Well, enough conspiracy theory for now. Delve a little (a very little!) into the issue of farm subsidies and it gets stranger: WTF? Now, obviously my readers know better than to come to me looking for answers, and I won’t be providing any here today either, but there’s plenty of “food” for thought here today so chow down!
Because taxing the rich is unacceptable. Just another thing that pisses me off.
Here’s another one: You may have heard this story in the media. Young boy killed by drunk, high driver (the destroyers of the universe even when they’re sober, don’t forget!) and the mother was facing a longer sentence than the drunk driver because she was jay walking. Damn that pisses me off. How do you give a drunk driver who kills someone (even if they were jaywalking) a six month sentence? Even if he killed no one there’s no excuse for drunk driving. Automobile dominated civil engineering and racism combined here to create what I find to be an infuriating situation. Thank goodness the judge spared this poor woman prison time.
A brief pause to address those of you who might sight the hypocrisy of calling out stupid while quoting from the NY Daily News: Shut up, please. It’s my easy reading paper of choice… and it’s free on my mobile device, whereas that other great NY paper whose name I can’t recall at the moment charges something like a dollar a day… I’m entitled to a free mobile paper!!!!! It’s 2011 for Chrissakes! I don’t want to pay for stuff like this is still the 2nd Millennium.
Besides, if the House Republicans continue their quest to legalize cannibalization of the poor by the rich, I’m going to need every cent I have to finance my survival. No money left over for charity, arts, being a good consumer, none of that stuff. I’d even like to see a general boycott of consumerism for at least three months, especially if these ass-clowns screw this budget thing up. Everybody just stop buying stuff. Let’s tank the economy in a stunning public economic suicide. Hoard every dollar you have. Damn, you have no idea how badly I’d like to see the entire capitalist consumerist corporate commercial just-keep-shopping-till-you’re-dead system just blast a giant, runny fart all over the khakis of the smug elite. Even if it hurt us all in the end, I’d still love to see it. Damn, you just have no idea…
Might actually be a good thing since we don’t produce sh*t anymore anyway. Might even close the trade imbalance since all the crap we’re buying is made somewhere else… Here’s something that isn’t relevant (or is it…)
So the Teepees (I personally hate the term Tea Party as applied to the conservative movement sweeping the media – can’t say sweeping the nation because I don’t actually know anybody that supports that point of view… But that’s a whole other story) want to stop providing public services, saying that the millionaires should be given their money back, to be spent by themselves as they see fit.
I personally think it’s a great idea. It makes me think of all those pretty pictures of medieval manors with the lush gardens and forests, big open fields surrounded by stone walls, and of children singing songs in canon as they till the soil… When I studied manorialism in school I dreamed about that lifestyle and wished that there was some way that we could go back in time and live like that again today.
That’s why I’m so excited about these Teepees taking power. We all know we need to start living closer to the Earth again, and what better way than to get down in the muck on our hands and knees and work from dusk to dawn in the magnificent, organic! soil of Mother Earth? I’m sure the lord of the manor will let us keep enough to survive. And think of the health benefits this active lifestyle will provide for us! No longer engorging ourselves on the fat of the land, and with our constant exertion as we work the fields from the time we can stand upright, we will all be in the best of shape physically and mentally (unless we are unfortunate enough to fall ill, in which case I don’t see any point in providing us medical care – those unfit for work are a burden not to be tolerated).
Tell the truth – you’ve always wanted to live as a serf on a manor! So come on fellow future serfs and let’s all vote Teepee next election – it’s the smart thing to do.