Musing on Bridge Collapses….

The thing that really pisses me off about the whole thing with the MN bridge collapse — the thing that nobody is standing up and pointing out — is this:

This is what happens after 25+ years of Conservatives successfully managing to spread the meme that “Big Government” and Taxes are OMG TEH WORST THING EVAR. They’ve convinced the American sheeple that ANY taxes, ANY government spending, is somehow suspect.

Maintaining the national infrastructure is EXACTLY what taxes are for, people. That’s precisely what the government is supposed to do. But no, after two decades of harping the point constantly, the Conservatives have managed to create an environment where anyone pointing out that we need to raise taxes to pay for this stuff is committing political suicide.

I saw on the news this weekend the next inevitable step: Some Conservative Talking Head floating the idea that everything would be better if we privatized the highway system.

It’ll happen, folks. Mark my words. Every Interstate in this country will become a for-profit toll road, in the name of “fixing what government can’t.”

Just wait.

Plans for The Minion

The Minion’s 18th birthday is coming up in the first week of September. and I know what she really needs, and so we’re putting out this call to anyone who wants to join us:

Simply put, She needs a laptop. She’s currently using my 11-year old Macintosh iBook, but the problem is that it’s so old, that she can’t get a lot of programs to work on it, and worse yet, a lot of websites won’t even display properly. She’ll need a laptop at college next year, but she’s also really going to need to go online for various application processes (including scholarships) during this upcoming semester at school. So, that’s what we’ve decided to get her.

We had thought that her Mom had promised her one, but it turns out that isn’t happening. (Don’t even get me started)

Our plan is to pool as much as we can get together, and get her the best we can for the money we’ve got, as a single big “this is from everybody who thinks you’re keen– now go out there and kick ass” kinda thing. So far we’ve got the two of us, and various grandparents participating.

If you’d like to participate, let me know.

Finished “Dealthy Hallows”…..

Overall, I liked it.

However, I found such heavy amounts of politcal commentary in it, I wonder why Rowling didn’t just call it Harry Potter and the NeoCon Menace. Stop hitting me in the head with that hammer, J.K……