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I suck at my job

Monday at 12:45. sweeping edits throughout. read it again!

it’s 2:45 in the morning and I’m about to pass out.
I just read an insanely long article in Sunday’s Washington Post (I’m now the proud owner of a Washington Post subscription, and it rules) about how the current GM management is putting all of its chips on the color Volt, but oddly could give a fuck.
this is a good summary quote:

“In time, the government is going to legislate out of existence cars like the Camaro, the Corvette, the Cadillac CTS — all these acclaimed vehicles that have lately gotten rave reviews from the automotive press around the world.
“So, ultimately, we are driven by legislation into the kind of excitement provided by the Volt.”

that’s Bob Lutz, GM executive. this asshole must not have handlers, because that’s the worst fucking pitch I’ve ever heard from a car salesman.

it’s pretty fascinating watching this government intervention into the auto industry take place. but, wait: intervention seems like a soft, prescribed word. I’d say it’s the partial nationalization of the auto industry, the aggressive politicization of the auto industry, but it remains to be seen what the government will do if and when GM and Chrysler (the company that brought you the LeBaron) return to profitability. maybe it wants to redefine the boundaries of the free market. and the dumb assholes in Detroit came stumbling down the road, buckling under the weight of their costs, and the incoming Obama administration saw an opportunity to break the country of its energy dependence on foreign oil, by force. or maybe they really fucking care about the environment so goddamned much that they just really want us all to drive green cars. and they bought GM in a firesale to do it. or maybe, like some beneficient fairy godmother, it will take its repaid loans, and wipe its hands clean, in that same sweeping motion that casino dealers that do when changing shifts at a blackjack table. “my work here is done.” 
I don’t think it’ll ever really leave these companies. not that I really care. but my early, a minute-into-the-first-quarter prediction? this auto intervention bullshit, it’s gonna be the Obama administration’s boondoggle. it will be as the Iraq war was to the Bush administration, only with a lot less terrifying violence and human rights abuses. if my useless and ill-informed prediction turns out to be right, and the domestic auto industry is forever intrinsically linked to the government, I’ll get over it, because, really, fuck the free market. I don’t buy the canned argument that being able to buy fifteen million different kinds of tooth paste, or peanut butter, necessarily is a statement and testament to my personal freedom. blowing fifty bucks a week at the grocery store isn’t personal liberty, no matter how many varied products I return home with. I’m not defined by the kind of beer I prefer (it’s Miller High Life, and I’m a High Life Man).
but when you get into such a large part of the national economy — like the auto industry — it’s probably for the best that you do it whole hog, or don’t do it at all. this isn’t peanut butter, and it’s not beer. these nifty little cars had better become affordable, and right quick, because I don’t have a lot of faith in the federal government not to fuck this up.  
Lutz, meanwhile, could give a shit whether the government leaves or not. he’d rather be driving a Corvette, but he will make do with what he has. the government owns 70 percent — 70 percent — of GM now, and the union gets the lion’s share of the rest, and they demand the Volt. so that’s what’s coming next. alright, fine. as long as it runs okay.
principled conservatives will continue to bitch and moan and gnash their teeth about how the government is growing drunk with power and intruding into the market in ways still opaque, the consequences of which will not be fully realized until GM drops a $40,000 pile of bullshit on all of our front doors. but no one will really care, because, ha ha, fuck you, National Review and Charles Krauthammer and Grover Norquist: you thought it was a good idea to back a stone moron for president for eight goddamned years, and he started a war based on whimsy and rolled back civil liberties and now you don’t have any more political capital to spend. so now, you get Obama and social democracy, and I hope it burns when they force it down your throats.
but, hey, there’s an important lesson in all of this. and I bet you didn’t see it. so grab hold of your shit because I’m about to bring it full circle on your ass: if American-made companies didn’t have to pay their employees’ health benefits for their entire lives — like the Japanese and European automakers don’t, because the government does it for them — there’s a good chance they wouldn’t have been facing a total market collapse in the first place. so this is all of your fault, health care industry. you greedy cocksuckers.

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then we played bones, and I’m yelling ‘domino!’

I almost missed this.
Cheney: No ‘evidence’ of Iraq, 9/11 link

‘”On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9/11, there was never any evidence to prove that,” Cheney said during an interview Monday night with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.’

I almost spit out my goddamned cereal when I read that.
it’s not like I can point to specific instances of Cheney claiming there was. I don’t have a date when he said it. I don’t know who he said it to. but unless I’m mistaken, even after the Niger yellowcake claim was thoroughly disproved, wasn’t the Iraq, 9/11 link the other talking point? if it wasn’t, it was implied, and that’s the way the administration wanted it — to be hazy, and unclear, and suggested and assumed. now this cocksucker is able to brush it off as an aside while doing a comfortable interview with a snowball like Greta Van Susteren, and there’s no ramifications for it. that son of a bitch.

and then today:
Cheney Led Briefings of Lawmakers To Defend Interrogation Techniques

‘An official who witnessed one of Cheney’s briefing sessions with lawmakers said the vice president’s presence appeared calculated to give additional heft to the CIA’s case for maintaining the program.’

why, oh why is something like 30 percent of the country still listening to this vile old fuck? why can’t we just take his advice on gay marriage, and throw everything else out the window?

Mar will end up indicted

Andrew, I know you read this, which means you have an internet connection, so will you check your danged email?

the Region
Mar’s boy Pete Visclosky (D-Indiana’s fightin’ 1st) is slowly sinking into a world of shit.

he is “… temporarily stepping down as chairman of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, just days after his office confirmed being subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating the now-defunct PMA Group.”

it loks as if he’s been taking a lot of money from a lobbying firm with ties to his office, and he’s been steering them a lot of work.
Visclosky’s not even the biggest fish in this catch: angry ol’ Vietnam vet John Murtha, the Pennsylvania democrat, was allegedly doing the same thing, only on a larger scale. but, unlike Visclosky, who is trying to be forthright about it, Murtha is being standoffish and grumpy.
that asshole’s days are probably numbered, and maybe he sees it as the writing on the wall. he’s an aging labor democrat representing an increasingly marginalized part of the country. his power is waning. he’s losing clout to smarmy douchebags like Henry Waxman. and Murtha will probably not go easily. it’ll be nasty, meaning: he’ll tell a reporter to fuck off in his waning hours, or something like that.
political corruption is nothing new, and old Bulls come and go. so it’s foolish to get sentimental about political representatives, but when they’ve lost their usefulness and it’s time to go, but that’s not how it works in Congress. Robert Byrd, the senator from West Virginia, is well into his nineties. and the first time you heard his name in a long while probably wasn’t even yesterday, when it was announced that he has a goddamned staph infection. Ted Kennedy has a fucking brain tumor. but because they’re old, and they’ve got a lot of weight to their names, they hang around. collect dust. only vote when their vote is required.
but Visclosky, though … when I heard his name in the news I opened up my ears. he represents northwest Indiana, which is where I claim when someone asks me where I’m from — though it’s getting increasingly hard to do so, as I only get back there for about a week a year.
but I digress. Visclosky’s from the region, which is solidly democratic and on the short list of the most politically corrupt places in the nation, and has been in congress since the mid eighties. he’s had a reputation of staying above all of the local shit, the outlandish graft and general failure of good government that makes for stupendously good reading in the local paper, but he hasn’t really done anything in Congress, except kept his head down and played politics; that’s a powerful chairmanship he’s temporarily relinquishing, so somebody in the establishment must like him. but when have you ever read his name on legislation (besides the Buy American stuff in the Obama gajillion-dollar jumpstart back in February)? what does he do? why is it a virtual lock that he’ll be re-elected?
well, I know why. he’s entrenched in the district, northwest Indiana votes blue, and he backs up the steel industry. but I’m still kind of surprised that he’s so bulletproof. 
I don’t have anything against the guy, but then again, no one does. no one has been paying attention to him. now that they are: what will they find?

I gotta go cause I got me a drop top

GM is entering bankruptcy. it owes a lot of money.

today seems like it’s starting off alright. I hope I don’t fuck it up. I am aiming for tomorrow, my day off. hopefully it will not be wasted, whatever that means. oh, to be young and listless in Virginia.