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Posted by pjsauter on June 28, 2017
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So, you’ve probably heard that soon to be former US Representative and all-around douchebag Jason Chaffetz of Utah has proposed a housing stipend for members of Congress of $2,500 per month. Because, hey, it’s hard to pay to live in DC and keep a home back home on their meager $174,000 a year salary. Never mind that, not including all their other perks, such as, pretty good health insurance and subsidies, free airport parking, free on-site gym, weakened insider trading restrictions – cha-ching! – 239 days a year off (for comparison purposes, a person with weekends off, 13 paid holidays – there are 10 Federal holidays, and most people don’t even get all of those, but anyway – and four weeks of paid vacation would get 104 + 13 + 20 = 137), $900,000 staff and $250,000 budget for travel and office expenses, great retirement plan, all the K-Street you can eat (and drink)…. Because, you know, Chaffetz (net worth back in 2008, anyway, of $5.6 million) has a point. If a “regular” person were to get elected, it would be tough for him or her to make ends meet. Plus this would, in his estimation, “save money” because he wouldn’t have to fly home for free every weekend (the way us regular people who have to take an out-of-state job do).

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Dad’s Day

Posted by pjsauter on June 18, 2017
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Happy Dad’s Day to all you dads out there, and those of you who have dads or are married to (or otherwise entangled with) a dad or dads. It’s yet another holiday where I’m pretty much off the hook these days, which is sad in some ways but somewhat liberating in others. We’ve had a hot weekend here, so there was a little bit of pool time (not enough to justify the expense of it all, but, hey, whatever), and it’s still pretty darn hot out there now, but that’s supposed to end with the dreaded severe thunderstorms that will scare the dog (trying to figure out how to time his doggie downers so that I can maybe get some sleep tonight – not that they actually put him down for the count, but they at least seem to prevent him from having a stroke), but hopefully not cause any damage (good thing we don’t live in the Bible Belt, where Jesus seems to like throwing a scare into people every now and again. I guess He just figures we’re too far gone for that). I keep getting these weather alerts on my phone, but you can never trust those things. In addition to the thunderstorms, they’re warning me of flash flooding. Well, the pool needs some water anyway. Other than the terrified dog, the weather doesn’t scare me. Nowhere near the thought of going to work tomorrow, anyway, which fills me with dread. If there’s anybody who wants to move with me to Lake Chapala, let me know. I hear the weather is near perfect year ’round, you can live pretty cheap, and they don’t actually hate Gringos. Plus I think they’ll be able to make their border wall payments directly to American ex-pats, so there’s some supplemental income to be had.

Happy Flag Day

Posted by pjsauter on June 14, 2017
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It’s Flag Day, and who doesn’t feel like going out there and waving Old Glory in celebration of our Dear Leader? I know I do. In fact, I find it incredibly unpatriotic that today isn’t a national holiday. In fact, the whole damn week ought to be – at least as long as there’s a Trump (or Trump-in-law) in the White House, which ought to keep up covered for the next, oh, I dunno, 31 years or so – which should pretty much be the end of me (if not of life as we know it). Plus there aren’t any holidays in June – a month (along with August), that is in desperate need of a holiday or two. Somebody needs to ask Uncle Vlad to get on this.

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Let ’em Eat Borscht

Posted by pjsauter on June 2, 2017
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So Kathy Griffin held up a bloody, severed Trump head in a photo. I don’t know the context, if there was any, but I guess she was trying to be funny, and this wasn’t seen as funny by, really, anybody. To me, this is not surprise, because (while I confess to not being terribly familiar with her) I’ve rarely found Kathy Griffin to be particularly funny. I could be wrong – maybe she’s a real hoot. But anyway, this wasn’t funny, especially to the sensitive, in-touch with their feminine sides (that’s not a sexist thing to say these days, is it? If so, I apologize) Republicans (as opposed, to, say, kicking the shit out of a reporter, or hanging Obama in effigy, or depicting him as a witch doctor complete with nose bone, or any of those other truly high-sterical Ted Nugent utterances). But it also wasn’t particularly funny to me – if for no other reason than I despise looking at that ugly pig-orangutan hybrid’s puss, whether it’s attached to his shoulders or not. It also wasn’t funny because it gave the jack-booted Konservatives an opportunity to express faux outrage and blather on about how awful “Liberals” are – as if this Kathy Griffin person represents all Liberals and liberal ideas.

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