Archive for October 3, 2011

Comcast “Ref Code 50900”

This is happening to me right now:

Roughly three hours ago I clicked on Comcast Channel 183, one of the channels that’s included in my $80.00+ monthly bill.

I got this message:


This Channel Should be Available Shortly

REF Code 50900

I’m still getting that message.

Earlier today I turned to I-forgot-which-channel and there was no sound.  I had to turn the TV/cable off and back on again before the sound came on.

Bottom line?  They’re Comcast and I’m not.  I’m one of their serfs.  They have lobbyists.  I don’t.

God I hate Comcast.

October 3, 2011 at 10:43 PM 4 comments

Obama — I am Your Base but I Might Not Vote for You Next Year

Obama — It’s time to get serious.  Really, really serious.  Because if you don’t, for the first time in my life, I might not cast a vote for president next year.  Here’s why:

I no longer trust my own government to be the provider of a civilized society. No government is perfect or without corruptions. But in 2007, I thought I lived in a remarkably well-governed nation that had gone off-kilter under a small and mean administration. In 2011, I view my government as the sharp edge of an entrenched kleptocracy, engaged in ever more expansive schemes of surveillance and arrogating powers of ever less restrained brutality. At a visceral level, I dislike President Obama more than I have disliked any politician in my lifetime, not because he is objectively worse than most of the others — he is not — but because he disproved my hypothesis that we are a country with basically good institutions brought low by poor quality leadership.

Whenever I hear the President speak and am impressed by the quality of his intellect, by his instinct towards diplomacy and finding common ground and rising above petty struggles, I despair more deeply. Not just because a leader of high quality failed to restore passably clean and beneficient government. It is worse than that. The kleptocracy has harnassed this man’s most admirable qualities and made them a powerful weapon for its own ends. He has rebranded as “moderate”, “adult”, “reasonable”, practices such as unaccountable assassination lists and Orwellian nonhostilities. He has demostrated that the way grown-ups get things done in Washington is by continually paying off thieves in suits. Perhaps it is unfair to blame Barack Obama for all this. Maybe he has done the very best a person could do under our present institutions. But then it is not unfair to detest the institutions, to wish to see them clipped, contained, or starved.

October 3, 2011 at 9:17 PM Leave a comment

The Government Of the People Party?

I swear, if I ever use the acronym GOP again, send me a hate mail.

Why? Because winger idiots have no freakin’ idea what their party’s initials stand for.

Yep.  They’re that stupid.

Fully a third of them think GOP (that would be Grand Old Party) means, Government of the People:


I bet the “Government Of the People” people are dumb enough to believe that the official name of the Democratic Party is the DemocRAT Party too.

October 3, 2011 at 8:31 PM Leave a comment

Democrats — Grow Some Balls and Tax the Rich Already

If we had an actual two-party system, the Democrats would run with this.

But.  We don’t.

They’re all owned.


October 3, 2011 at 7:54 PM 2 comments

Plants in the UK Think It’s Spring Again

Hey, thank God Global Warming’s a myth huh?

Via the BBC:

UK plants are flowering for a second time this year because of the unseasonably warm weather.

With temperatures soaring, plants such as foxglove and cowslip, which usually flower in the spring, are in full bloom six to eight months early.

Cold nights experienced across the UK in August are thought to have led to the early onset of autumn colours.

This warmer spell now has plants acting like it is spring.

Gardeners at the Kew’s Wakehurst Place gardens in Sussex said they are working from a “new rule book” to keep up.

“It is a very unsual year…I’ve been gardening for 30 years and have never seen anything like this,” said Wakehurst Place’s head Andy Jackson.

“We are increasingly seeing that plants are not synchronised with what the weather is doing,” he added.

I have a Master Gardener degree from Colorado State University.  If I saw oh, say, a lilac blooming right now I would be downright scared.  That would be a sign that the planet’s rhythm, its natural order, is totally fucked up.

October 3, 2011 at 6:01 PM Leave a comment

I am so Happy for Amanda Knox

Congratulations to Amanda Knox!

I haven’t followed her case closely, but from what I do know it sounds like she was shafted and that she is in fact innocent.

I think being in prison would almost be worse than death.  I can’t imagine being deprived of fresh air, of sunlight and of, well, freedom. Deprived of the ability to spend an afternoon cooking a complicated meal; cuddling and/or walking my dogs; of sitting on the back deck on a warm fall day watching the birds and squirrels stuff themselves at the feeders.  I would not do at all well in that situation.

So I can only imagine how absolutely thrilled Knox must be to have the charges against her dropped (other than one of defamation) and to be free, after four, what must have been very long, horrible years.

I wish her the very best.

October 3, 2011 at 4:38 PM Leave a comment

About All Those Lazy People Who are Stealing Our Tax Dollars

The right is forever insinuating that there are probably thousands if not millions of people out there — people who could find jobs if they’d just get their lazy butts off the couch — who are ripping us off; “wasting” our tax dollars by living on food stamps and unemployment insurance.  But you don’t hear a thing about the flip side of that nastiness:

After the economy slipped into recession in 2008, millions of Americans received unemployment benefits to make ends meet — including almost 3,000 millionaires.

According to U.S. Internal Revenue Service data, 2,840 households reporting at least $1 million in income on their tax returns that year also collected a total of $18.6 million in jobless aid. They included 806 taxpayers with incomes over $2 million and 17 with incomes in excess of $10 million. In all, multimillionaires reported receiving $5.2 million in jobless benefits.

Those numbers are a minuscule fraction of the 9.5 million taxpayers who reported receiving $43.7 billion from jobless benefits in 2008, up from 7.6 million recipients reporting $29.4 billion in benefits in 2007. Still, economists said they are surprised so many people with seven-figure incomes claimed benefits.

People who lose their jobs are entitled to unemployment benefits so matter their previous income.  That’s the law.  So the next time you hear a sour old wingnut politician complain about bottom feeders, keep the 3,000 millionaires mentioned above in mind because they sure as hell won’t bring them up.

October 3, 2011 at 4:24 PM Leave a comment

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