Gorilla’s blog will be leaving this week for a month of driving and dining cross country.
Posts will be more sporadic than usual, but will try to give a sense of the experience.
Gorilla says: “Hope to learn something!”
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME): “I cannot vote to proceed to this bill under a situation that is going to shut down debate”.
Gorilla translates: “We’ve only been debating DADT for 16 years and immigration reform for 10 years. Please forget whatever you’ve heard about my being a voice of moderation, today I join all my colleagues in the Republican Party by being just another xenophobic, homophobic racist”.
Criminal conspiracy is as old as the Palatine Hills, as the Vatican’s bank is accused of money laundering (and not for the first time)!!!
Gorilla says: “Next up: Fun And Profit With Satan!”
I feel in a time of nutjobs quite bereft
Of big anger, or of trying, seems my code
Propels me ever onwards to eager heft
Of unspoken electoral motherlode.
News cycling up and down renders me an eft
Squinting, burrowing, not quite finding the road.
Where once we drove supposing it vast unbound
Nothing passed at less than sixty, hare to hound.
A successful bond sale by Ireland, albeit at record high prices, cheers sovereign debt investors!
Of course, anyone who believes that a country owing hundreds of billions of euros, with a contracting economy, and devastating spending cuts to come, is over the hump might want to pick up some Irish real estate on the cheap…
Where will future growth come from? Not from the housing market! Not from the overseas tax dodges!
Considering that these bubbles were roughly 60% of GDP prior to the collapse, it’s a fantasy to think the Irish are now out of trouble.
Gorilla says: “Irish investors eyes will be weeping again soon!”
Two journalists about Hollywood, and “friends of the stars”, died within 24 hours of one another:
He always made you feel as if “he was a pal looking to hang out,” Clint Eastwood once said of Mr. Bacon.
Mann told Niven’s biographer Graham Lord that Niven “could put away more booze than anybody I’ve seen. Niven, Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood and I once sat in a little bistro in Villefranche and afterwards I counted 15 empty bottles. But he was a real pro when he was filming: he could be as drunk as a skunk the night before but he wouldn’t show it and he’d always be right on time.”
Gorilla says: “One was manufactured, the other manufacturing, the story of our times!”
The British are pulling out of Sangin in Afghanistan, a place where they were slaughtered with regularity and incapable of defeating either the Taliban or the opium trade.
They’ll be replaced by American marines, who haven’t had any better luck but are better equipped militarily.
The new British PM’s trying to put a brave face on what is nothing but a national defeat by saying his soldiers did not die in vain and made Afghanistan a safer place.
This itself does the soldiers and their families no favors, it’s the sort of delusional nonsense both politicians and military commanders inflict upon weary publics who’ve known for some time that Afghanistan is an unwinnable, pointless war.
You don’t get your children back, your fellow citizens couldn’t care less about the sacrifices a handful of families are making, and your country doesn’t recoup the trillions wasted in pursuit of fifth-rate terrorists who once got lucky.
It’s an international disgrace, but there are no Western leaders willing to stand up and say “Enough!”
Gorilla says: “The dogs of war are as stupid as they’ve ever been, this time they stayed 10 years and died for nothing!”
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, having decided that the state should execute a woman for the first time in over 100 years:
“The test for me really is: is there anything that would be a miscarriage of justice in letting the execution go forward?”
Gorilla answers: “Not apparently when you are a totally amoral clown, who thinks state sponsored murder is somehow different than actual murder!”
An excellent article in the Times on the plight of the unemployed who are over 50.
The reality is that most will never be hired again, or if hired, the jobs will pay far less than they’re used to.
What’s equally astonishing is the naivete, bordering on stupidity, of these people. Faced with the loss of income, and the potential loss of everything, they still manage to take vacations!
Of course that’s a form of denial, but it doesn’t change the outlook: grim.
Gorilla says: “Old or young, nobody in America seems to want to face reality!”
In Afghanistan, we seem to careen between occupation and validation.
The last Afghan election was totally fraudulent.
This time around the survival of the candidates themselves is the biggest challenge.
In Washington, our leaders think that if we can just kill off the Taliban then all will come right.
Or failing that, if we can just elect some incorruptible paragons then all will come right.
After nearly 10 years of this nonsense, we still have no idea of what victory is, let alone how to achieve it.
Gorilla says: “Only when we elect to go will Afghanistan be free to choose its own destiny!”