- Chicago, Illinois, US
- April 16
- University of Chicago
- Graceless under pressure, unfashionably late, the Anti-Jackie, Jackie Oh No, the Slackitudinous One, neither best nor brightest, favoring the pillbox over the pillbox hat, punk before pink, and swine before pearls.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Fiction Blog: Bountiful Voices
September 02, 2010 10:16AM
- Stimulation Nation
November 14, 2008 10:06AM
- 21st Century Man
November 05, 2008 10:28AM
- The Gray Gloved Hand
November 01, 2008 06:19AM
- Everything, Something, and
October 21, 2008 01:35PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “You're very right, Mr.
Brin. The Democrats
desperately need to
let the Re…”
February 08, 2009 09:27AM
- “You can say that again,
TC! ; )
that people are certainly
November 14, 2008 11:53AM
- “Time for the UN to send
in election monitors. It
US has stopped
October 09, 2008 08:28PM
- “I mean, "united we
stand, divided we fall" is
country is all
October 08, 2008 06:50AM
- “Oh, Ben Sen; Parker's
been annoying for a long time,
from the tone of her
October 02, 2008 10:22AM
Slackie Onassis's Links
Wow, I haven't been on here in awhile. There's been such a cavalcade of catastrophe the past couple of years, it's been hard to keep up.
I started a fiction blog that has some of my various short stories on it, B-sides and fragments -- unpublished short stories that have been… Read full post »
In the face of the apparent sputtering of the $700 billion bailout, I keep thinking about how at least two-thirds of the American economy is fueled by consumer spending, and how we're caught in this vicious cycle of consumers tightening their belts and not spending, which then causes more economic wo… Read full post »
I've long thought that decades and centuries don't always begin when the calendar rolls over -- for example, I don't think the 90s really begun until about 1991, when Nirvana broke big. Before then, it was still the 80s, regardless of what the calendar said. It was present in the attitudes… Read full post »
The Gray Gloved Hand
I’m afraid to go in because of the Gray Gloved Hand. Big, fat sausage fingers grasping from above and beyond the coat hangers, seeking me. It’s not my fault that it’s there; it just is. I went in for a railroad toy train and saw it reaching… Read full post »
Barring declaration of martial law by President Bush or Co-President Cheney, some national emergency, an October Surprise, or massive voter fraud on the part of the Republican Party, it's looking like the Democrats are going to win big in a couple of weeks, and the Republicans are going to be out… Read full post »
So, more dismal news from the Dow, as markets lunge and stagger. People freaking out, the system quaking, bloodletting, all of that stuff. I refuse to be dismayed by it. I don't really feel anything about it, to be honest.
American workers have been getting reamed by the American economy… Read full post »
Watching the ongoing crisis of confidence on Wall Street, I thought back to GW Bush's (and the Republican Party's) long-held dream of privatizing Social Security, of creating individual retirement accounts as the final solution to the Social Security problem (of course, in the wake of the $700 billio… Read full post »
I saw the following in a SLATE article, something I'd been thinking about a great deal...
Why is Alaska authentically American when Hawaii is not? At bottom, of course, it's a silly question. Both states, while disconnected geographically from the continental United States, are populated with… Read full post »
I'm curious about the backlash against Kathleen Parker, who expressed a desire for Palin to be dropped from the McCain ticket...
Columnist Kathleen Parker is feeling the heat for suggesting that Sarah Palin get out of the race.
"Allow me to introduce myself,'' the… Read full post »
Dennis Kucinich rocks.
This, from THE NATION...
On the floor of House Sunday, Kucinich declared that:
The $700 billion bailout for Wall Street, is driven by fear not fact. This is too much money in too a short a time going to too few people while too many… Read full post »
I don't think anything more clearly demonstrates the limitations of the current two-party system as the financial crisis -- the old line about the two parties really being wings of the Business Party is all too true.
Of course, there'll be a wave of bipartisanship (e.g., going along with whatever tro… Read full post »
Amazing news continues in the finance sector, with the government (e.g., the big, bad government of Republican infamy) bailing out the rotten apples piled high in Wall Street, at taxpayer expense, of course.
The American-style free market at work, once again. Risk is for losers; risk is for those who… Read full post »
I just read Adam Liptak's article in today's New York Times about the waning influence of the Supreme Court in foreign courts ("Supreme Court's Global Influence is Waning", NYT 17 September 2008).
Of course, the NYT has to kiss the ass of the status quo, lightly pointing out why the… Read full post »
Okay, so we're treated to yet another bailout on Wall Street with the AIG $85 billion government buyout (I mean, that's what it is, right? With the government taking upwards of 80% of AIG in the process with the two-year loan?)
Capitalism, American-style, with a safety net in place for the… Read full post »
Judging from the 500-point plunge at Wall Street, the bloodletting's not over, yet. I'm sure Bush et al. will go into hardcore damage control mode, now, trying to soothe investors, to keep everything grinding along. But clearly, the whole asleep-at-the-switch mode of oversight heralded by Bush/Cheney… Read full post »
So, is there anyone on Wall Street who hasn't drunk the Kool-Aid or what? Seems like the rot within America's finance sector is widespread and deep.
And while I see this Lehman Brothers bankruptcy take effect, I keep wondering if the "too big to fail" mindset that otherwise afflicts our… Read full post »
Wow, I just saw that David Foster Wallace1 died.2 Apparently he hanged himself at the age of 46 years. That took me by surprise this morning. He's certainly one of the bright lights of contemporary3 literature. I wasn't a fan4 of his style of writing, although I am curious what demons… Read full post »
I watched Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" again on DVD, and am so frustrated by it. It makes me want to run that movie through some film production programs and re-edit it. Because part of the movie is so good, and then it's completely spoiled. Speaking of spoilage, spoilers are below, so if… Read full post »
It's hard to know what's spin and what's media-fueled horse-racing, but I'm a little worried at the state of the campaigns at the moment. For now, I'm taking solace in polls hopefully skewing favorably toward McCain/Palin because of the demographics of poll participants, versus it being representativ… Read full post »
In the absence of any other Sarah Palin media appearances, I saw this clip (below) of Sarah Palin talking up her corporate Christianity at this church (?) in Alaska. It's pretty horrifying to see that mix of commerce and Christianity thrown out without irony or hesitation. Truly, the moneylenders are… Read full post »
Keith Moon died 30 years ago today, at the age of 32 years. It's appropriate that Moon, the mischievous id of the Who, was the first to fall, the only one to literally die before he got old. Although his days were surely numbered the moment he was born,… Read full post »
Looks like the Clintonite Kool-Aid drinkers are in full effect on the comment boards. Sigh.