windelina: (happy bunny)
Maybe repetition is the key to driving it home. It certainly has worked for "flipflop".

There was no connection between September 11th/Al Qaida and Saddam Hussein.

If we're going to go off and start pre-emptive wars with countries that might be connected, that funded in the past, that just look suspicious...how about Saudi Arabia? You know - the country that gave us the MAJORITY OF THE 9/11 HIJACKERS.

I'm not for pre-emptive wars, but at least pick a reasonable target. Iraq had nothing except the guy that beat up daddy.
windelina: (cartoon annoyed)
Dealing with the bureaucracy of paying for things, like...say...costumes.

I can't just go purchase and get reimbursed. They don't do it that way.
Last time, I could borrow the school's VISA and use it. But no more.
I can't purchase with cash, unless it's less than $35 to get reimbursed.

No, what they want me to do is submit a voucher and get the check cut in advance.

Okay - now how the FUCK is this supposed to work for buying fabric? Hell, for buying anything!?!?!!
I go out and find it, figure out how much it is, ask them to hold it, and go buy it later.
Except that "later" in this instance is going to be a week later, pretty much, because I go directly from work to rehearsal and rehearsal isn't done till 9pm.
And try and adapt this to buying FABRIC.

I have no frikkin' idea how much I'm going to spend (except that I will stay within budget). I don't know if I will find what I want at one store or at several. I don't know how much yardage I will need, I don't know the prices.

This is goddammitall fucking impossible. Maybe if I were a teacher I could do it because I would be done teaching by 3pm, could go shop, come back before 5pm and get the check I needed and be done with it. But see how I can't do that???

Edit:
Things just got clarified. I ask for a check cut to a specific store for ... $500. I got to store. If I purchase over, I pay out of pocked (try to keep below $35) and get reimbursed. If I purchase under, I get cash back and return it to school.
So - easier than I was thinking, but still a bit silly.

So, I can at least get this done this weekend now.
windelina: (dreads)
Bid to Save Tax Refunds for the Poor Is Blocked
By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 23, 2004; Page A04
"Congressional negotiators beat back efforts yesterday to expand and preserve tax refunds for poor families, even as they added $13 billion in corporate tax breaks to a package of middle-class tax cuts that could come to a vote in the Senate today."

As story in the Strib today about the latest agreement to extent the tax cuts for 5 years WITHOUT FINDING THE FUNDING TO DO IT puts the cost of the tax breaks for poor families at 7 billion. So, 7 billion for the poor was axed but 13 billion for the corporations was okayed.

As the Center for American Progress has pointed out (via this Kos diary <http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/8/10/163741/463>) getting tough with poor people while letting big business and wealthy people slide is the Bush administration's m.o. "The Bush administration has simultaneously reduced audits of the biggest corporations (many of which finance its political campaigns) while increasing scrutiny of indivduals. More specifically, that increased scrutiny has fallen on the working poor, even as high-income and corporate tax cheating increases," CAP recently reported.

Yep, I'm getting my news from biased sources. And I'm sure the Center for American Progress is partisan too. But what if it were true? Individuals audited more often as the biggest corporate scandals in American history are happening...

To get the bad taste out of your mouth, I offer the Incomparable Daily Show:


JON STEWART: Well Stephen, what do you think is going to happen now at CBS News?

STEPHEN COLBERT, Daily Show Senior Media Correspondent: Jon, there's got to be some accountability. Dan Rather is the head, the commander in chief if you will of his organization. He's someone in the ultimate position of power who made a harmful decision based upon questionable evidence. Then, to make things worse, he stubbornly refused to admit his mistake, choosing instead to stay the course and essentially occupy this story for too long. This man has got to go!

STEWART: Uh ... we're talking about Dan Rather...?

COLBERT: Yes Jon, Dan Rather. CBS is in chaos, it's unsafe, riven by internal rivalries. If you ask me, respected, reputable outsiders need to be brought in to help the rebuilding effort.

STEWART: ... at CBS News?

COLBERT: Yeah, at CBS news! What possible other unrelated situation could my words be equally applicable to?! Now people need to be held accountable. The commander in chief, the vice president, the secretary of defense, the national security adviser -- everyone at CBS News needs to go! Jon, I can tell you, Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave.

STEWART: Walter Cronkite is still alive.

COLBERT: Not according to my sources ... at CBS News.

Well-said

Sep. 23rd, 2004 11:34 am
windelina: (topofhead)
From an article in Salon.com today by Phillip Robertson, their war correspondent who has been in Iraq for five months (bolded emphasis mine):

The war, illegal and founded on a vast lie, has produced two tragedies of equal magnitude: an embryonic civil war in the world's oldest country, and a triumph for those in the Bush administration who, without a trace of shame, act as if the truth does not matter. Lying until the lie became true, the administration pursued a course of action that guaranteed large sections of Iraq would become havens for jihadis and radical Islamists. That is the logic promoted by people who take for themselves divine infallibility -- a righteousness that blinds and destroys. Like credulous Weimar Germans who were so delighted by rigged wrestling matches, millions of Americans have accepted Bush's assertions that the war in Iraq has made the United States and the rest of the world a safer place to live. Of course, this is false.

But it is a useful fiction because it is a happy one. All we need to know, according to the administration, is that America is a good country, full of good people and therefore cannot make bloody mistakes when it comes to its own security. The bitter consequence of succumbing to such happy talk is that the government of the most powerful nation in the world now operates unchecked and unmoored from reality; leaving us teetering on the brink of another presidential term where abuse of authority has been recast as virtue.

The logic the administration uses to promote its actions -- preemptive war, indefinite detention, torture of prisoners, the abandonment of the Geneva Convention abroad and the Bill of Rights at home -- is simple, faith-based and therefore empty of reason. The worsening war is the creation of the Bush administration, which is simultaneously holding Americans and Iraqis hostage to a bloody conflict that cannot be won, only stalemated.

Over the last three years, practicing a philosophy of deliberate deception, fear-mongering and abuse of authority, the Bush administration has done more to undermine the republic of Lincoln and Jefferson than the cells of al-Qaida. It has willfully ignored our fundamental laws and squandered the nation's wealth in bloody, open-ended pursuits. Corporations like Halliburton, with close ties to government officials, are profiting greatly from the war while thousands of American soldiers undertake the dangerous work of patrolling the streets of Iraqi cities. We have arrived at a moment of national crisis.

At home, the United States, under the Bush administration, is rapidly drifting toward a security state whose principal currency is fear. Abroad, it has used fear to justify the invasion of Iraq -- fear of weapons of mass destruction, of terrorist attacks, of Iraq itself. The administration, under false premises, invaded a country that it barely understood. We entered a country in shambles, a population divided against itself. The U.S. invasion was a catalyst of violence and religious hatred, and the continuing presence of American troops has only made matters worse. Iraq today bears no resemblance to the president's vision of a fledgling democracy. On its way to national elections in January, Iraq has already slipped into chaos.

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