November 8th, 2013
Gorilla’s not been blogging lately, mostly because he’s got nothing more to say about the following topics:
1) GOP intransigence: Now in Year 5.
2) Immigration reform: Never had a chance, will never have a chance until Republicans are booted back to a minority in all three branches of government.
3) ENDA: ditto.
4) Healthcare reform: a big botch, mainly because Medicare for all would have been much easier to implement, so long as your vested interest wasn’t insurance.
5) Chris Christie: he’ll never be the GOP nominee for President.
6) Ken Cuccinelli: Off to the land of grifterhood.
7) Euroland: finally decided to do some of the right thing with interest rates, but still not doing what’s needed: a much higher inflation target, the end of austerity, and a big increase in German consumption.
8) Fed: See Euroland.
9) Hillary Clinton: if she runs, she’ll win, if she doesn’t, Dems will win anyway.
10: Gun Control: see Immigration and ENDA.
Gorilla says: “More to come eventually, but at the moment there’s nothing much to say, except Happy Birthday, Anka!”
September 28th, 2013
The Know Nothings will discover yet again that the country blames them, and only them, for both their extremism and for the possible meltdown of the US economy.
Gorilla says: “Fuck them! And never vote again for any Republican!”
September 18th, 2013
Certainly not today’s “non-tapering” nonevent, it’s been clear to everyone but Wall Street that there will be no change in either interest rates or QE until and unless unemployment comes way down (not before 2015 at the earliest).
A surprise Fed announcement would sound like this:
“We intend to raise our inflation target to 5% until unemployment drops below 6%. Now start investing in something other than exotic derivatives and the other junk you’re foisted on America the past 25 years”.
Gorilla says: “We may one day be surprised!”
September 16th, 2013
Each year, more Americans are killed by guns than the combined Pentagonal effort to defeat fifth-rate terrorists in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan (given American casualties, among the other three maybe a year of American violence will match it!).
And nobody but nobody among our elites think this is a problem.
Gorilla says: “Hypocrisy at least starts with belief, but this here is a whole ‘nother thing!”
September 16th, 2013
In the Navy, you can put your mind at ease,
In the Navy, or be shot when shooters please…
September 11th, 2013
In Syria, where we’ll be waiting a little longer for Vlad and his guy to throw themselves out of power, and our President continues his march down the Exceptional Bullshit Trail.
But especially in Euroland, where a teensy bit of growth is translated into Bruxellese: “The beatings will continue!”
Gorilla says: “And the rich have got more of our national income than they’ve had since the 1920s, plus ca change…”
September 4th, 2013
Peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians are going nowhere!!!
Is this John Kerry’s Munich moment, or should we just bomb both sides to smithereens?
The Israelis have used chemical weapons against the Palestinians, with impunity, continued to build illegal settlements, and are led by a Prime Minister who has never ever been serious about peace or the peace process.
The Palestinians are deeply divided, and it’s unclear that a referendum in favor of the peace process could command a majority.
The US isn’t willing to bring any pressure on the Israelis, and is therefore not an honest broker.
Gorilla says: “Deeply unserious nations will continue to kill each other and in the end nobody actually cares!”
September 4th, 2013
We can’t find any money to help the millions of Americans who are unemployed, but we sure as hell can when it comes to launching yet another stupid, pointless war!
There is no US national security interest at stake in Syria. There is no willingness to commit to overthrowing the regime. There is clearly no intelligence as to where Assad is or who exactly makes up the “opposition”.
So, we get Lebanon writ large, where we will again kill civilians in order to…???
Oh, and Secretary of State Kerry: you’ve just forfeited a lifetime’s worth of credibility in order to show just how worthless and amoral a human being you actually are!
Gorilla says: “Farewell, Barack, we hardly knew ye!”
August 31st, 2013
Our President, having backed himself into a corner with his ridiculous Syria policy, now gets a reprieve: this Congress won’t vote for it, so, reluctantly, he’ll decide to do nothing…
And this was the correct decision in the first place, but nobody will remember that!
And this Presidency, except for the Executive Branch regs, and assuming the Dems don’t get the House back next year, has been over for at least 6 months, and nobody will remember that!
Gorilla says: “Not forgetting bank error in your favor, which is back again, aka learning nothing from the past!”
August 28th, 2013
This is still a very racist country, look at the Know Nothing Party!, and Dr. King was a real revolutionary!!!
But for a moment in ’63, he gave the country hope, not of changing for the better, but of grassroots organizing, campaigning, and demanding, qualities that need to be emphasized every day of every week.
Gorilla says: “When you aren’t frightened of nonwhite people, and see them as neighbors and friends, and try to address at ground level the fundamental inequality that is the accident of birth, then that’s good, but we sure as hell aren’t there yet, you Supreme Court assholes!”