Monday, July 09, 2007

What Can I Say?

I simply ran out of words, at least words that were not of the four-letter variety and it was beginning to feel like I was not so much commenting on anything as regurgitating whatever made the latest blip on the public radar and all of it feels like parts of the same larger story.

Four years after the initial invasion of Iraq we still have the same sort of men who used to run about wearing white sheets terrorizing darker skinned men running about motivated by their absolute terror of darker skinned men wearing white sheets. Both sides remain unable to grasp the concept that human stupidity is oblivious to race, religion, nationality or any other artificial designations we've chosen to place upon ourselves. The universe apparently has a sense of humor.

Six and a half years into an administration led by lunatics we still have not done anything about it. I can't muster up much outrage or anger over whatever Dubya or Darth Cheney's latest antics are when We The People are still sitting about with our thumbs up our bums. Six years is a pretty steep learning curve, even the developmentally disabled are expected to master new skills in a 3 to 6 month treatment program. Granted, the developmentally disabled are seldom distracted by the release of the newest I-Whatever or the trials and tribulations of the Bimbetter-of-the-moment so they have an advantage over the rest of us.

Half a century past building possibly the greatest national infrastructure in recorded history it's now collapsing from disrepair and general neglect. Now if we were truly as smart as we seem to believe we are at the very least you would think the New Orleans levee would have given us a clue. Most of the small and medium-sized dams in this country were built to last just 50 years. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, about 30 percent of the more than 76,000 dams in the United States are older than 50 years--and by 2020, that number will increase to more than 80 percent. I can only assume we're waiting for Sacramento's levees to collapse and a few dams to break and engulf a few cities to pay attention.

James Inhofe may not believe in climate change or it's potential to wreak havoc but his state now has a shot at creating an entirely new tourism industry: boating tours of Oklahoma. Granted, the 42,000 gallons of crude oil spilled in Kansas that is now headed straight into Oklahoma may slow things up a bit but that is one way to get rid of all that pesky wildlife.

Meanwhile we've been basking in 115+ degree heat here in the southwest but I feel lucky. Not only did I not even break a sweat while not even having refrigerated air, I can also revel in the glory of Heidi Fleiss' new laundry. See, there's always a way to distract ourselves.


S2 said...

I was beginning to think you'd deserted us. Glad it's not the case.

I don't post often, as US Politics isn't a strong point of mine - but I do read regularly. And it's educational - I had no idea that your dams were in such bad shape (or that you had so many of them).

Up in the Highlands, the Council have decided to divert funds from Winter snow-clearing to flood defences. It makes sense. We didn't get the floods up here that they had down in England this year, but it's only a matter of time. And what's the point of keeping fleets of snowploughs when the snow doesn't fall anymore?

I was surprised to read about Heidi Fleiss' new laundry. Laundries are pretty much a thing of the past here, I don't think there's one within 50 miles.

Woozie said...

You're not dead!

My physics teacher was very prone to tangents that would last up to 30 minutes, and a favorite topic of his was our crumbling infrastructure. You know, if terrorists were really intent on screwing things up, they should detonate car bombs in traffic jams.

The "Black Van Pizza Delivery Company" is outside my house now...

Featheriver said...

The Bush Administration is so enamored of starting wars there isn't much attention paid infrastructure in the U.S. New Orleans notwithstanding.

If we can survive this incompetent administration another year perhaps things will improve.

Glad to see you back Coyote.

United We Lay said...

I guess any publicity is good publicity. It's good to have you back.

Not Your Mama said...

S2- we have huge herds of "snowbirds" living in RV's here. For some odd reason many older Americans fancy life as semi-permanent vagrants. They're also wildly attracted to nickel slot machines and boxed wine.

Woozie-if you ever had to drive in Las Vegas you'd volunteer to detonate one. Traffic laws and driving in the marked lanes are only suggestions in Nevada.

RJ Adams said...

Good to see you back. I know just how you feel. Sometimes it all seems hardly worth writing about as no-one takes any notice and the only ones who read it are already converted. You're always a good read though. It's not just what you write about, but how you write it. I'm amazed, do you have legalized brothels in Nevada? And Heidi Fleiss doing laundry? Whatever next?

Vigilante said...

Welcome back, N.Y. Mama. You've been so missed!

cls said...

NYM - Glad to have you back! Nay I second rj's "It's not just what you write about, but how you write it." And yes, rj, we have lots of sin here. I cannot for the life of me figure out why we are so "red." Unless that Senator from Louisiana is any clue.

leftdog said...

Great post NYM!!

Hey when I heard in the news that Heidi had set up residence in Pahrump , I thought .... holy heck, I can hardly wait to hear what NYM has to say on that topic.

Keep us posted on her laundry venture. (And stay cool in that heat)!!

the WIZARD, fkap said...

Welcome back. I really missed you.

And you are in fine form!!

"Four years after the initial invasion of Iraq we still have the same sort of men who used to run about wearing white sheets terrorizing darker skinned men running about motivated by their absolute terror of darker skinned men wearing white sheets."

One of the best lines I've read in any blog... in, well, about 31 days!!

TomCat said...

Mama, so good to see you're still breathing. I know hot tempting it is to be overcome with frustration. Welcome back. I have missed you.

Anonymous said...

I, too, have missed you. As usual, you are spot on.


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