31 October 2011 · Comments Off on Nightmare on Schultz Street · Categories: First Looks

31 October 2011 · Comments Off on Boo! · Categories: Political Theatre

Mitt Romney can't decide on the Halloween costume

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

31 October 2011 · Comments Off on John Moss for City Council · Categories: Life under the Regency

I am supporting John Moss for city council.

I met him during the last campaign; he is a man of integrity. There is much in his views on economic issues that I disagree with; they are substantially more conservative than mine.

Nevertheless, as I have said here before, I think there is a divide in any resort town, including this one, that is more important than left and right.

That’s the divide between in the pocket of the developers and not in the pocket of the developers.

John is decidedly not in the pocket of developers.

He will ask the questions they don’t want to answer. Given that council is dominated by the “in the pocket” party (some more in the pocket than others), I find this a valuable quality deserving of support.

31 October 2011 · Comments Off on You Won’t See Things Like This on 6 and 12 · Categories: First Looks

Bill Bauman ran the Saturday Night grainy black-and-white horror movie show for years. His standard lead in to the movie was invariably

. . . and now for another horrrrrrrrible movie.

H/T to my brother for the link.

31 October 2011 · Comments Off on Yesterday’s Wars · Categories: Political Theatre

The Commander Guy points out the time -arped:

One of the problems that modern American Wingnuts, i.e., scientific name – Wingnuttus Americanus, face is that many just can’t get over the fact communism is dead and young folks are not particularly concerned about the red menace anymore. It is just plain gone and it is not missed. However your various wingers, like those Japanese soldiers stranded on remote pacific islands after WWII, just keep fighting on – damned be it if the foe is imaginary and the fight is already over.</blockquote>

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31 October 2011 · Comments Off on Hear It from One of Them · Categories: Political Theatre

31 October 2011 · Comments Off on Update from the Foreclosure-Based Economy · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Job prospects for process-servers continue strong, according to the Chicago Trib:

According to Fiserv, a financial analytics company, home values are expected to fall another 3.6 percent by next June, pushing them to a new low of 35 percent below the peak reached in early 2006 and marking a triple dip in prices.

Several factors will be working against the housing market in the upcoming months, including an increase in foreclosure activity and sustained high unemployment, explained David Stiff, Fiserv’s chief economist.

Should home values meet Fiserv’s expectations, it would make it the third (and lowest) trough for home prices since the housing bubble burst.

31 October 2011 · Comments Off on Happy Hallowe’en · Categories: Political Theatre

Wall Street Banker Scary Halloween Mask

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

31 October 2011 · Comments Off on Point Counterpoint, Bah! Humbug! Dept. · Categories: Personal Musings

In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daniel Daegler reviews the history of All Hallows’ Eve; it’s quite interesting:

It was believed that the veil between the living and the dead was at its most transparent at Samhain; spirits of the departed and inhabitants of the “fairy realm” walked abroad in the world and interacted with the living. At Samhain, one was never sure whether a stranger encountered on the road was a person or something else. It was thus in one’s self-interest to show hospitality to anyone knocking on the door after nightfall.

. . . while another little story presages the future of Thanksgiving. Interesting it’s not. Indeed, it’s rather vile, in a filthy mammon kind of way:

Macy’s Inc. says it will open all of its namesake stores at midnight following Thanksgiving for the first time as the department store operator becomes the latest retailer to expand hours on the traditional kickoff to the holiday season.


And pfui on the whole zombie thing.

Fox News is eating enough brains already.

31 October 2011 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: QOTD

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, from the Quotemaster (subscribe here):

Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.

30 October 2011 · Comments Off on A “Wealth Creator” Unburdens Himself · Categories: Masters of the Universe

To Dr. Gerry Mander, the therapist the stars trust, at the Guardian:

Dear Dr Mander

I’m fed up with people saying I’m rich. My basic pay is quite modest and the tributes I get are approved by my remunerations committee. Yes, I got an increase of 49% last year. So what? I am a wealth creator. Attacking me is just the politics of envy.

King Croesus of Lydia

Dear Croesus

The “wealth creator” line might be more persuasive if your empire wasn’t built on plunder and slavery.

See the rest of Dr. Mander’s column at the link.

30 October 2011 · Comments Off on Merchants of Hate · Categories: Political Theatre

30 October 2011 · Comments Off on Flat Tax Flummery · Categories: Republican Lies

Robert Reich points out the many ways in which the flat tax is yet another fraudulent Republican scheme for robbing the poor to give to the rich.

Click to read.

30 October 2011 · Comments Off on How Journamalism Occupies Occupy’s Occupation · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Andrew Ralmsley, writing in the London Observer, demolishes the notion that participants in the “Occupy” protest don’t know what they want. It’s a long and detailed rebuttal of that idea.

Frankly, the pundits who promulgate that notion are doing the pundit equivalent of sticking their fingers in their ears and going “Na na na I can’t hear you–and neither can anyone else.”

The default response of establishment opinion is glibly to dismiss these protests as a passing spasm which cannot achieve anything because the movement is either wildly unrealistic in its aspirations for a new world economic order or too vague in its demands. It is true to say that the protests vary in their tactics and are disparate in their goals. Movements like this are often woven from multiple threads of grievance, a tapestry of dissent which can be both a source of initial strength and an ultimate cause of weakness. But they are loosely united by common themes: fury at corporate greed, resentment at lack of economic opportunity, concern about social inequality and alienation from a conventional politics that appears incapable of doing anything serious to address and redress public discontents.


On top of the billions of taxpayers’ money already committed to rescuing the banks, the eurozone leaders have just signed up to providing billions more. Yet from the nabobs of finance there is still not a whisper of a hint of a scintilla of humility or penance. The Institute of International Finance, the main industry organisation, reports that banks are handing more guaranteed bonuses to new employees than they were before the financial crisis. Governments have neither punished those who wrecked the economy nor taken adequate steps to ensure that they will be more accountable and responsible in future. Sir Fred Goodwin – why the hell is he still Sir Fred Goodwin? Three years have elapsed since the bubble burst in 2008 and yet we are still waiting for the fulfilment of promises of systemic reform. The wonder is not that people have been provoked to occupy parks and squares in every continent but Antarctica. The wonder is that this did not happen earlier.

30 October 2011 · Comments Off on The Icing on the Rose · Categories: First Looks

Check out this picture from this Chicago Trib slideshow.