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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Okay, so now it feels like Christmas Eve

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 12:55 AM

It was sort of a quiet holiday for us, as Tracy’s sister had died shortly before Christmas. Tracy had spent over a month in Dallas, taking care of her, so her death was not unexpected, but it cast a pall over any celebrating that we may have had in mind to take part in.

But today - and tonight - have felt almost like Christmas for us. After eight years of a man who gave not a fig for the lives ruined by any of his policies, and a constitution that has been under under assault, and the health and safety of American workers put in ever greater jeopardy, and the image of our country in tatters, tomorrow begins the process of cleaning up the mess.

It’s been a long-time coming. Not just over the past eight years, though that in itself has seemed like an eternity, but over the past 40 years.

Everybody and their uncle has written thousands of words about the past few decades, and so I won’t bore you with mine - which would sound like so many other people’s, I am sure.

I just know this:

Despite all the best efforts of the talk radio bigots, and the buffoons at FOX News, and racist emails by the score, tomorrow Barack Obama will become president of the United States of America.

I think that George Bush created the perfect storm that made it possible for Obama to win the presidency, by screwing the pooch so badly that made tomorrow certain. So maybe in the end, he was a Uniter, and not a Divider?

In a really grim sort of way, of course . . .

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Quote of the Day

So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it. - J. Krishnamurti

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Peggy Noonan, you are a silly woman

I saw Peggy Noonan on TV claiming that the throngs in Washington D.C. were reminiscent of the enthusiasm that conservatives felt when Reagan was elected in 1980.

In a pig’s eye.

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Paul Greenberg - Champion of Bad Taste

I sort of suspect that Paul Greenberg is bitter that TV stations gave so much air time to Martin Luther King Jr. today, and not to his beloved Robert E. Lee. If only the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette owned a TV station!

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More casualties that George Bush doesn’t give a damn about

This is a sobering article about the very real body count associated with the financial melt-down the country is facing. It’s not going to get any better for a lonmg time to come.

The Rising Body Count on Main Street
The Human Fallout from the Financial Crisis
By Nick Turse

On October 4, 2008, in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, Karthik Rajaram, beset by financial troubles, shot his wife, mother-in-law, and three sons before turning the gun on himself. In one of his two suicide notes, Rajaram wrote that he was "broke," having incurred massive financial losses in the economic meltdown. "I understand he was unemployed, his dealings in the stock market had taken a disastrous turn for the worse," said Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Michel R. Moore.

The fallout from the current subprime mortgage debacle and the economic one that followed has thrown lives into turmoil across the country. In recent days, the Associated Press, ABC News, and others have begun to address the burgeoning body count, especially suicides attributed to the financial crisis. (Note that, months ago, Barbara Ehrenreich raised the issue in the Nation.)

Suicide is, however, just one type of extreme act for which the financial meltdown has seemingly been the catalyst. Since the beginning of the year, stories of resistance to eviction, armed self-defense, canicide, arson, self-inflicted injury, murder, as well as suicide, especially in response to the foreclosure crisis, have bubbled up into the local news, although most reports have gone unnoticed nationally -- as has any pattern to these events.

While it's impossible to know what factors, including deeply personal ones, contribute to such extreme acts, violent or otherwise, many do seem undeniably linked to the present crisis. This is hardly surprising. Rates of stress, depression, and suicide invariably climb in times of economic turmoil. As Kathleen Hall, founder and CEO of the Stress Institute in Atlanta, told USA Today's Stephanie Armour earlier this year, "Suicides are very much tied to the economy."

With predictions of a long and deep recession now commonplace, it's not too soon to begin looking for these patterns among the human tragedies already sprouting amid the financial ruins

To read more:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174991

rsdrake@nwark.com


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