Greetings from Calico Blackie!
Are we doomed?
Even if you don’t get all preachy and only try to discuss topics relevant to our world, to be politically and socially informed and aware in this country is to be a pain in the ass to your fellow citizens.
Maybe that’s why our “news” media is so full of fluff stories.
Those of us who still give a damn begin to sound like broken records, and who likes a broken record? Who wants to keep beating a dead horse?
Who likes to be reminded that it’s all going to hell in a handbasket when we can turn on the TV and escape reality by watching “reality” shows?
Who doesn’t like to be told what they like to hear? Our Presidents all have “debate coaches” and “speechwriters” telling them what to say and how to say it, so that we’ll all think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread.
You might as well put an actor up at the podium and put a script in their hands!
Oh, wait a minute.
So, on that note:
Here is what’s “big” in the news here in America…….
Hugh Hefner back together with runaway bride Crystal Harris
“Hugh Hefner has gotten back together with his runaway bride, Crystal Harris, who moved back into the Playboy mansion.”
”Getting back together with Crystal Harris shouldn’t be a big surprise, since I have a history of remaining close to former girlfriends,”Hef tweeted on May 31st, adding, “Shera & my other Mansion girlfriends welcomed Crystal here at dinner on Tuesday night, before playing games together.”
“Hefner denied that his girlfriend Shera Bechard, 27, moved out of the mansion, telling fans that she was visiting her parents in Canada.”
“Hefner also explained on the micro-blogging site that it was his longtime assistant Mary O’Conner who arranged the reunion.”
“Apparently, O’Conner found out that Harris was miserable and told her to write a letter to the Playboy mogul.”
“Home is where the heart is,” Harris Tweeted, adding, “Happy to be back home at the Playboy Mansion with @hughhefner and our puppy Charlie.”
“I missed all the love and laughs.”
26-year-old Harris broke off her wedding to the 86-year-old Playboy founder, days before the pair were set to get married, on June 18, 2011.
Calico Blackie says:
The old boy is 86 now, and still has a mansion full of pneumatic blondes. If that’s what floats his boat, good on him.
I’m sure it’s true love.
At any rate…
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if he left his mansion and his “empire” to the ASPCA?
“He who laughs last, laughs best”
By the way….
Don’t do a Google Image Search for either Shera or Crystal while you’re at work, unless you hate your job.
Anyway, to further illustrate my point, I give you the average post we see these days on that “Stepford of the Internet” site, facebook…..
Saw this posting:
“To all my family and friends, To prove a point… Well, here goes.”
“To everyone who is on my friends list, I enjoy hearing about you and your family, the good news and support during the dark times. I love the pix & all. Whether you know it or not, I come to visit you regularly (on FB), wish I could do it for real. Thank you so much for being part of my life. Whether we talk on a regular basis or not, you are still in my thoughts.”
“Let’s see who actually pays attention.”
“If you like this post, copy this as your status for just one minute. I’ll be watching to see who actually does cherish family and friendship……….”
Calico Blackie says:
OH MY GOD!
So, in desperation, I turned to that other social media giant for comfort.
And on Twitter? What’s trending real big right now?
I weep for America.
I hear a lot of people these days telling us if we’re having trouble finding a job, or if we’re having financial difficulties to “start a small business.”
Yep. We all have enough money, credit rating, and business sense to do that. And even if we could, all we would be able to do is pay poverty-level wages to our employees while we went broke trying to pay back the predatory small business loans the banks told us we needed.
The old story, “It takes money to make money” still holds true today.
Marlo Scott of “Sweet Revenge” had start up money to begin with. Plus she was able to procure business loans due to the fact she was a well-paid executive for CNBC prior to starting her business.
Add all that to the fact that she was able to become the poster boy in Citibank commercials for their business credit card and POW! She couldn’t fail.
Citi trotted her out the same way Nevada casinos proudly announce jackpot winners without ever mentioning the fact that millions of others went broke gambling.
Not only that, even if she DID fail, she wouldn’t have ended-up homeless like the rest of us if we entered into a failing business venture.
So, yeah. Let’s start our own businesses with our “assets.”
Have you seen this CNN story?
Too broke to go bankrupt
“This year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to be too broke to file for bankruptcy.”
“The average cost to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, the most common form of consumer bankruptcy, is more than $1,500, according to recent research submitted to the National Bureau of Economic Research.”
“As a result, anywhere between 200,000 and one million consumers are estimated to be unable to afford that steep cost this year.”
“For lots of people, bankruptcy has been taken off the table as an option because of the severe fees involved,” said Jialan Wang, co-author of the report.”
“Among those fees is a charge of about $300 just for filing the paperwork with the federal court, while the rest typically goes to bankruptcy lawyers, said Wang.”
“And there are other expenses on top of that, including fees for mandatory pre-bankruptcy credit counseling and a pre-discharge debtor education course. These average about $85 altogether, according to a recent study sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute.”
“That means many of the Americans who have seen their debt snowball out of control due to events like job loss, foreclosure or a medical emergency during the economic downturn are now left without their last financial lifeline, she said.”
Calico Blackie says:
But, there is a chance for you if you’re too poor to file. Get a job! Start your own business! Pull yourself up by your bootstraps! Even if the banksters sent your job overseas and stole your boots!
Hell, even those bootstraps are made in China these days.
Oh well. As Marie Antoinette would have said if she were around today:
“Let them eat beer and wine and cupcakes!”
And in the rest of the world?
In Cairo, cheers and fears over Mubarak sentencing
“The waiters at Wadi al Nil café, overlooking Tahrir Square, carefully skirted around cameramen jostling for position and patrons who filled the cramped coffee shop to capacity. All eyes were on the TV waiting for the judge to read out the sentence on the man who had ruled as president for 31 years, Mohamed Hosni Mubarak.”
“For many, he was the only president they had ever known, and they waited with hands clasped as if in prayer, biting their lips and with eyes upturned to the TV screen as the judge read the verdict for failing to stop the killing of Egyptian protesters.”
“And it came: Twenty five years, which qualifies as a life sentence in Egypt, and a term that would mean that Mubarak, 84, would almost certainly die in prison.”
“A cheer rose up, people pumped their fists in the air and jumped up and down and clapped. Drivers careening around Tahrir Square honked their horns in joy.”
Calico Blackie says:
Wouldn’t you just love to wade into that crowd in Egypt and ask them what they think of Hugh Hefner getting back together with his pneumatic blond girlie?
Wouldn’t it be cool to get their opinions on how they feel about Justin Beiber getting slapped?
The 1% wants us to think we’re doomed and damned, and yet we CAN’T GIVE UP.
When we “take back our country” then and only then will we have our “Sweet Revenge”.
WE CAN’T KEEP PLAYING THE GAME THEIR WAY.
OCCUPY WALL STREET
Calico Blackie @kidakita