Thursday, February 12, 2009

Another Stream of Adled Consciousness Post

How come we can find $1.5 trillion for a useless war in Iraq but fight to the death over cutting a billion or so for building schools or investing in science when our entire economy is going down the shitter?

To me this new "like" feature on Facebook is about the dumbest thing ever. I know anytime they change anything people freak out and create groups whining about it but I'm actually someone that liked "new" Facebook. That made sense to me but I can't figure out a point to this at all. If someone likes something can't they just write a comment saying what they liked about it? Now I have to worry about whether "likes" are ironic and try to parse what every one of them means. Or I could just ignore it completely.

I have to stop Facebook friending conservatives. Between the high school friends and the guy in my program I can barely turn on the computer without somebody bitching about the stimulus or Obama or something. Today an old high school friend requested my friendship and here was the conversation that occurred starting with his status and including commentary that's running through my head:
"AA is dreading passage of the stimulus"
MVD: "In English please...? WTF is passage of stimulus??" Wow, not exactly much a news follower are you?
AA: "Obama mistakenly thinking that printing a bunch of money and building bridges will fix our flawed economic system." Right, he's clearly mistaken. I mean, like 90% of the people who devote their lives to studying economics think this is a good idea but I'll take your word for it.
MVD: "THAT I understand! Thanx!" Welcome aboard.
NM: "I dunno man, I could REALLY use an extra $13 per paycheck. I mean, wow, IMAGINE the possibilities that that $13 dollars could create!! Makes me want to vomit. Thanks, Mr. O, the Messiah!" $13? What the fuck is $13? I don't even know how to respond because I have no idea what the fuck you're talking about.
RS: "Amen! Only 1339 days until he's out of office." Yeah! Bring back Bush!

I suppose I'm being a little harsh because he is a really nice guy it's just, well, you and your friends have shitty politics and should stop forcing me to acknowledge that fact. Heh. As hard as I try not to I find myself getting involved in these conversations on occasion because I feel that there comes a point when I can no longer allow ignorance to go unchallenged.

I'm really curious about asking my fellow grad student what he thinks about the $8.5 billion going to the NIH to fund exactly the type of research we do. Maybe the stimulus doesn't suck so bad when it's funding YOUR job or are you just a hypocrite and buying into a system you don't believe in? I mean, I'm sure the private industry would fund all kinds of research for things that probably wouldn't make them any money, especially in times like this, right? Also, as a scientist, I'm not sure I could handle the fundies running things in my party.

Speaking of that, happy birthday Chaz Darwin! There was a mention of this in my local paper and someone made a comment about how scientists are trying to distance themselves from Darwin today and he was wrong, blah, blah, blah. Yeah, his theory was so terrible that 150 years later it is still largely intact and forms the basis for all of biology. What a loser.

I was going to insert a picture of Jesus riding a dinosaur but there are too many great ones to chose from so I'll just direct you to the Google Image search for "Jesus Dinosaur."

Hey, Abraham Lincoln too! Two great dudes born exact same day and year! A birthday for the ages!

Obama seems to keep extending the olive branch of "bipartisanship" and having it shoved straight up his ass by the Republicans. He goes out of his way to include their crappy ideas in the stimulus and none of them vote for it. He appoints a Republican to Sec of Commerce and he refuses to vote for any of the legislation then announces he's pulling out moments before Obama begins a major speech in favor of it. I'm all for working together and all that jazz but you need two willing parties and the Republicans have made it pretty clear they will not compromise on anything unless by compromise you mean give them exactly what they want. All of this is politically driven and I guess by sending the economy further down the shitter and fighting tooth and nail to get a few more million out of the educational system they're going to win everyone back. F them. It's time to start ramming some real shit down their throat. Give me single-payer universal health care now.

Via my Kansas Jackass I found this great editorial in the Johnson County Sun detailing all of the taxes cut by the Republicans in the last several years and the $7.6 billion in lost revenue due to that. The budget is $300 million short and is nothing but skin and bones. Meanwhile they're asking everyone to cut out a little bit more but there's nothing left. They aren't going to be happy until our educational system from kindergarten through university is a rotting carcass that will produce mindless drones that won't question anything and an educated class that just wants to get the hell out to somewhere sane.

Alright, this was way long but I had to get some of that off my chest.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

$13 per paycheck is what Obama's tax credit gives me. $400 per taxpayer. (Yeah, I'm paid every 12 days. Deal with it.)

Maybe if you pulled your head out of Pelosi's socialist homo cooter and watched some real news on foxNN, you would know these things. Oh wait, you're too busy posting retarded tease-porn of Selma Hayek.

-NM

2:35 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

In the interest of not offending anyone I'll assume that you actually are NM and ask you a few questions because I never thought I'd see the day that conservatives are bitching about tax cuts.

What exactly is your problem with it? The fact that it exists at all should please you because economists have shown it's much more effective to use federal dollars on education and infrastructure when it comes to stimulating the economy.
http://tinyurl.com/brukc8

Is it not big enough for you? Would you prefer a larger tax cut that would increase the national deficit? For all of the whining about it (and it is becoming a problem) it's going to take more than spending cut to get rid of it.

Feel free to drop me an email and I'll let you write an entire post if you want to. It's probably more than someone that refers to "Pelosi's socialist homo cooter" (I don't even know what that means!) deserves but I'm curious why that particular part of the plan deserves your scorn.

Also, viewers of Fox News have been shown to be much less informed than viewers of other outlets. Just saying...
http://tinyurl.com/2gaxuz

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My problem with the stimulus package is that B. Hussein Obama is spending money we don't have. That's how our economy crashed in the 1st place. Our kids are going to be buried in national debt. Well, my kids will. You liberals will just murder the unborn child and sell it to stem-cell centers.

What we need to do is stop handing out our money to lazy moms and send it to Iraq where our troops need armor. Of course, Mr. O probably wants our troops to fail so his Muslim brothers can get back to killing Christians.

But you liberals don't care about our troops. Your own link shows that: http://tinyurl.com/2gaxuz . Check out the last column. Daily/Colbert viewers don't know that Americans are dying in Iraq.

Also, tinyurl.com has a well-known liberal bias, so you can't believe things you read there.

-NM

2:36 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Heh, you're alright, NM. You're alllllllright.

Star wipe and we're clear.

5:23 PM  

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