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Why is it most Christians seem to believe that "judge not..." and "love thy enemy" are only suggestions? Oh well. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Cheryl and Lamb made an awesome feast! The day before, I got to see Captured! By Robots and Flagrante Delicto, both of which should be experienced, if you're not already familiar with them.

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I don't like to post so much political stuff, but a large part of my life doesn't take place in words, so LiveJournal ends up with the smaller portion "fit to print". Whether or not it's worth reading is another matter.

Ford (motor company) had big financial problems years ago. I think that is the reason they are doing better now. They've already had their wake-up call. GM is just recently getting a fire lit under their proverbial butts. I fear this may be true of the Democratic party in the near future. (Not that I'm a Democrat or Republican.) The Republicans went "bankrupt" in 2008 and are restructuring, so to speak. The Democrats seem to be setting themselves up to take GM's role in the near future.

Why I like what Obama is doing:

I actually have a general understanding of what communism and socialism is, and I realize that a free market economy and capitalism are not in the Constitution. I feel the US should be more than just a place for unrestricted commerce, even if the writings of Thomas Paine and business interests were driving forces in the Revolutionary War. (I know that's debatable. I don't care much about it either way.) I think getting rid of religion in a communist country is throwing out the baby with the bathwater, but other than that part, I don't understand what makes capitalist economies morally better than any others, and I don't see why we can't take the best parts and mix them together. The Christian radical right should be reminded that Thomas Paine also wrote The Age of Reason, and would not exactly be on their side. If all these teabaggers want to fight communism, they should stop going to Wal-Mart and buying Chinese goods, because that is directly funding the largest communist / socialist / Maoist / whatever you call it on earth. If we default on our debts and the Chinese nuke us... I don't expect that to really happen, but it would be our money that funded those nukes.

The concept of capitalism that I come across most is based on some old ideas, before the Industrial Revolution, the Joint Stock Companies Act, or the Limited Liabilities Act. My view, stated simply, is that we already have a playing field upon which few US citizens could ever hope to compete, and the game isn't going to get any better. Our economy is, in my opinion, already more fascist than democratic, and the only way I see to make things better is through some sort of political intervention. One vote may not count for much, but it's better than nothing. The government may mismanage things, but at least we have a say in what effects our lives. If we must worry, worry about fascism, not communism.

I like our president, but I don't think he is our savior. This recent law I've heard about, (sorry I can't remember specifics - I don't even know if it's passed or not) would set up a framework whereby businesses that are "too big to fail" could, in fact, fail. The investors and management would be subject to much greater losses (a good thing!) resulting from their actions, and then the government would run it until it's completely dismantled, then recoup expenses by selling off assets. This all seems good to me, except that I wonder if it won't make it easier for the big fish to swallow each other, having eaten most of the smaller fish. I mention this to demonstrate that I don't wholeheartedly trust our current administration, but given the complex world we are in, I think they are doing the best we can hope for.

I would love feedback, because so far, the other side of the story seems to only come from either Alex Jones's conspiracy nuts or talk radio hosts telling bare-assed lies and trying to resurrect McCarthyism. I'd like to get a better perspective than what i find through my limited resources on the truck.

Sep. 15th, 2009

I am home! I had some stuff to say, but I forgot what it was. Cheryl and I saw G.I. Joe last night. Did he really say, "I'm a colored guy, so I like gadgets!" ? That can't be what we heard, right? Anyway, it was MST3K bad. A significant scene involved part of the arctic icepack being blown up, then SINKING to crush an underwater fortress. There were also lots of underwater screams and flames in the same part.
Alright you chicken-turkeys, this job seems to take me places I don't expect... and leave me sitting there for a while. So, if you might like a random visit, send me your address and phone number. If I happen to be in your area at a decent hour, I'll give you a call.

It's not likely I'll be in New York or New England, since New York requires an expensive permit (HUT sticker) which Werner is not likely to buy for a truck that isn't supposed to be east of Nebraska, but I was out in Wisconsin, Illinois and Tennessee on the first trip out so... who knows?

When I was in South Saint Paul, Minnesota, a man came into the bathroom, walked into a stall, then said in a loud voice, "Hey there Ke-mo sah-be! You're still alive!" After a pause I realised that he was talking on a cell phone, not to his anatomy.

It's a Yay Day!

I have a job working for Werner Enterprises! Yay! They'll assign a truck to me tomorrow morning. Although I was hoping to run 48 states, all they had available was Western Regional, which means WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, CA, NV, UT, CO, NM, and of course, AZ. I'm really excited about working for this company, and I'm sure more opportunities will open up in due time.

Epic Win

Can you guess which line made me fall off my chair?

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Happy Boxing Day!

This is more for my own reference, to be appended later. I'm trying to compile a list of songs that make my neck hair bristle, so I might learn to play them, analyze them and... maybe find a common thread? Who knows?

Adam Ant - Kings of the Wild Frontier
Adam Ant - Here Comes the Grump
The B-52's - Rock Lobster
Bauhaus - Mask
The Birthday Party - Capers
Bow Wow Wow - Baby Oh No
Bow Wow Wow - Prince of Darkness
David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
David Bowie - Because You're Young
David Bowie - The Secret Life of Arabia
The Clash - Straight to Hell
The Cult - Fire Woman
Gang of Four - I Will Be a Good Boy
Global Wave System - Warfare Prayer
Gogol Bordello - Santa Marinella
Gorillaz - Dare
Je cherche aprés Titine written by Léo Daniderff
Katyusha written by Matvei Blanter
Th' Legendary Shackshakers - Blood on the Bluegrass
Marilyn Manson - Apple of Sodom (Yes, I admit it.)
Nouvelle Vague - Making Plans for Nigel (XTC cover)
OhGr - Solow
Oingo Boingo - Good for Your Soul
The Pixies - Gouge Away and most of Trompe le Monde
Iggy Pop - Baby
Django Reinhardt - In a Sentimental Mood
Santo and Johnny - Sleepwalk
Siouxie and the Banshees - Israel
Skincage - Bhopal
Skinny Puppy - Shore Lined Poison
Spy Glass Blüe - Tell
Ved Buens Ende - To Swarm Deserted Away
Tom Waits - Tango Till They're Sore
Tom Waits - A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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