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Friday, April 15, 2005

Friday Invertebrate Blogging

(Apologies to Dope on the Slope.)

This week, no photography.  Just a number of links...

Estate taxes set to be eliminated, so the mega-rich can secure the blessings of their liberty to themselves and their immediate family in perpetuity:

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050413/ap_on_go_co/estate_tax

The bankruptcy bill passes, with much fanfare and support from "New Democrats" (read: pussies) in the House:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=512&ncid=1278&e=6&u=/ap/20050415/ap_on_go_co/bankruptcy

Welcome to the ownership society.  Your ass is owned.  Next, I suppose your serfdom will become an asset protected by the "Fantastic Wealth in Perpetuity" giveaway, meaning that your children will be indentured if your debts are not settled by the time of your death.

I've read a bit about how the NDC in the House believed that their symbolic support for this bill was acceptable -- the reason being that the Republicans had enough votes to pass the bill, so why not hop on their gravy train to show "support" for an ostensibly popular piece of legislation allegedly necessary to encourage personal responsibility (while registering no opinion on the responsibility of ridiculous usury laws in states like Delaware and South Dakota).  Apparently, the symbolic appearance of having a conscience and a backbone have gone out of vogue.

(Note to Nashvillagers:  The bill was passed with the support of Rep. Jim Cooper.)

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The GOP circles the wagons to protect the deeply corrupt Tom DeLay:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=512&ncid=1278&e=4&u=/ap/20050415/ap_on_go_co/delay_ethics

For those with no memory, the equivalent sort of shit that Dan Rostenkowski pulled got him run out of town on a rail.  And we all know how much hell that Bill Clinton caught for a few "ropy jets of jism" landing on a cheap blue dress.  How about paying your immediate family $500,000 from campaign funds? 

The AP reports, and the punditocracy dozes. 

Watch the filibuster fall next:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1803&ncid=1278&e=1&u=/washpost/20050415/pl_washpost/a54661_2005apr14

This story ends with, I believe, "…and Jesus wept."

Monday, April 11, 2005

Worth The Wait



Been waiting a couple of years for this one, too. The iris beds had been inactive due to inattention of previous owners of our house.

Another view, Keefe-esque detail exaggerated by crop & color manipulation:

High Flippin' Time



Been waiting 2 years for this azalea to blossom.