Thursday, December 27, 2012

Odds and Ends

We're running out of 2012, not that we're likely to miss it when it's gone. As years go, this one has been pretty much a loser. Of course, Agnes and I had a nice vacation and celebrated our 30th anniversary, and we celebrated the birthday of our sixth grandchild, but the year didn't have much else to recommend it. From Congressional obstinance and stupidity to mass murders not committed with guns*, to an insulting and seemingly endless election season, it's been a bust and Father Time can have it back.

Okay, I've gotten that rant out of my system. Let's just pick up on a few odds and ends today, eh?

Balloting for Ass Clown of the Year is slowly picking up, but still running behind the fervor of last year's voting. In the lead at the moment is NRA president and mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre, who has forged ahead on the strength of his social and political tone-deafness. The GOP, the Democratic Party, and Congress as a whole are in a virtual three-way tie for second place, with a long list of single-vote candidates bringing up the rear (the list includes Grover Norquist**, Donald Trump**, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell**, people who don't vote, and opponents of responsible gun control). Voting ends this coming Monday night, December 31st, at 11:59PM, so let your voice be heard! Chicago Rules voting applies - vote early, vote often, vote for as many candidates as you wish, as often as you like, and encourage your friends and relatives (dead and alive), your imaginary friends, and your pets to vote, too. The 2012 Ass Clown of the Year will be revealed in this space on January 1st, 2013.

Happy New Year - Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is warning that the country will hit its latest debt ceiling limit on December 31st.

It wasn't a white Christmas, but it's a pretty darned white almost-new-year across much of the country. Only Congress has generated a bigger snow job this year.

A woman in Iowa, reportedly fired because she was "irresistible" to her boss, has lost her case in the Iowa Supreme Court. Oy. You can read the court's decision here.

And that's it for today. Drive safely in the snow and ice, don't forget to vote for Ass Clown of the Year, and refrain from hiring anyone who is irresistible. Oh, and watch out for that debt ceiling.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.


* Because they don't kill people ... people kill people, dontcha know.

** Previous monthly winners.


eViL pOp TaRt said...

Chicago Rules! Now that's calling a digging implement a digging implement.

2012 was not a good year; but at least it wasn't 2005.

Mike said...

Next thing you know people will be using the "irresistible" excuse to get divorced. "My wife was tempting me with sex."

Duckbutt said...

That old poseur Frank S. would not have sung about this year being a very good year.

Bilbo said...

Angel - what made 2005 so bad?

Mike - is there really anybody out there whose wife tempts him with sex?

Duck - No doubt about it!

allenwoodhaven said...

I again have to vote for the head of the NRA. His idiocy merits multiple votes: 1 for my cat, 1 for each of the 4 dogs I have had, and 1 for the little boy who lives down the lane.

A new candidate has emerged - the Iowa Supreme Court. How could they have ruled that way?! I have read about the case and it deserves to go to the US Supreme Court. It was a gross miscarriage of justice. I vote for them, and add 1 vote each for my 2 sisters and deceased mother. My mother must be spinning in her grave...

I vote Chicago Rules because you encouraged me, Bilbo!

Big Sky Heidi said...

Chicago Rules: I like that.

Sort of like Loudon County Rules, but no Hooters girls get elected.