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The Daily Whim

Fri. Sep 14, 2007

Mostly Busy With A Chance Of Disconnection

Goodness, what a week. So far. My working week was barely one hour old on Monday when the pipe through which my money flows clogged up tight. Long story short, Ma Bell screwed up my phone line (and therefore, my DSL) in ways I did not even know were possible.

Yes, I know, as my dear wife has reminded me, “they’re ATT now.” But I think you mean, “they’re not BellSouth Mobility, they’re not Cingular, they’re not BellSouth, they’re ATT ... again.” Like some monster from The Terminator, the Phone Entity that the government busted up about three decades ago is now beginning to glom back together into One Beast. And that beast, that bee-yotch, will always be Ma Bell to me.

By the time my Internet tubes were unclogged, 40% of the work week had passed. So I’ve been paying little attention to the news while I’ve played “catch up,” but it appears there was some kind of “general assault” in DC. Then on Thursday night, the only person in America who can say, “I want to go on TV tonight … all of them” ... did just that.

Yet, I swear, I haven’t heard much of anything that I didn’t already tell you back in July. But like I said, I haven’t been paying close attention. When it comes to the topic of Iraq and the various politicians tied to that topic like Ahab to the White Whale, it is an investment that just doesn’t seem to pay off.


Peanut Gallery

1  emcee fleshy wrote:

This week I took all of the national news off of my RSS – there’s just no point any more. Nobody in the current executive has any intention of thinking hard about how to solve the U.S.‘s problems in Iraq. They’re just trying to buy another six months, then another, then another.

We’re going to have to wait until 1/20/09 for anybody in charge to do anything except postpone and delay.

So I’m sticking to law and football for a while, and hoping that Hillary has a better idea when she takes over.

2  rturner wrote:

Fixed in the same week? Pretty good for the new AT&T.

My only worry about Dems taking over in ’09 is:

A) They’re not doing anything now. True they “don’t have the votes”, but can’t they try something before we have another 1-2000 dead and 5-6000 maimed?

B) In ’09, they’ll be thinking about Rambo IX coming out covering Iraq’ with (as day follows night), “Are the politicians in Washington gonna let us win this time?”.

And they’re our best shot to get out.

Just got back from Vancouver, BC and it was a bit more than a vacation until I found out that the value of my home here (assuming it would sell) would buy me a 400 sq. ft. condo there. (I figure that’s about as big as 4 jail cells). Something equivalent in size to what I have now would run $10,000,000.

They have some weird policies on smoking. Basically, if you see people walking down the street casually smoking, it’s marijuana. If you see people standing in doorways and alleyways looking over their shoulders, it’s cigarettes.

3  Reid wrote:

Sir Fleshy: “They’re just trying to buy another six months, then another, then another”

Please use the proper term: Friedman Unit.

“Fixed in the same week? Pretty good for the new AT&T”

You hippies and your diminished expectations. OH, HAI, I ARE CUSTOMER, CAN HAS SERVICE?!?

rturner: “can’t they try something before we have another 1-2000 dead and 5-6000 maimed?”

No. See Point 3: “He’s the Decider. That is another physical reality no policy can alter, short of impeachment, and I think we all know the odds of that are slim.”

And here’s some additional evidence. We apparently must suffer through the presidential primaries before we actually get serious about our Iraq policy.

I think that’s an optimistic view. As someone very recently said, “We’re going to have to wait until 1/20/09 for anybody in charge to do anything except postpone and delay.”

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