March 09, 2005

Life in these here United States

Not unlike “Reality” Television, “Smooth Jazz” was created to appeal to the lowest common denominator and it absolutely, positively sucks. And there was a time when Kenny G. could merely be regarded as a harmless, no-talent hack – the butt of jokes told by talented musicians everywhere. But no more. Pat Matheny says it best.

We were only kidding about that whole separation of church and state thing. More heaping mounds of steaming crap from the Crapmasters. Just Crap-tacular.

REEFER Madness? Maybe not.

Democracy, the G.Dub way.

Blogged Down. Okay, all you Bloggers. If you haven’t read this article from The American Prospect, check it out.

Why does Bushco want to protect THESE criminals? Just asking.

A little reminder to check back with freewayblogger now and again. Good stuff.

Posted by lulu at March 9, 2005 07:43 PM | TrackBack

Got your link from a friend, aka The Court Fool, and it is links like today's that keep me coming back. Would like to thank everyone of those 100 monkeys.

Posted by: sparkle at March 9, 2005 08:11 PM

Sen. Hatch is right on this one. The fines and penalties targeted by the Schumer amendment are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. It is purely a poison pill.

Posted by: chris at March 10, 2005 03:09 AM

Chris, it's true...the attempted amendment was just a poison pill. But the bankruptcy bill itself is one massive poison pill that the GOP (and a handful of Democrats, unfortunately) are trying to cram down the throats of the American public.

The Republicans are characterizing their efforts as cracking down on deadbeats who go on wild credit card spending sprees and then declare bankruptcy to avoid paying off their debt. The reality is more like people who suffer catastrophic medical problems and incur huge expenses that their insurance (if they have it) won't pay off. They struggle to get by with their debts mounting...if they miss a payment--*any* payment to *any* creditor--their credit card interest rates shoot up to the maximum...they declare bankruptcy as a last resort, knowing that it will ruin their credit for years. Those are the people whom this bill compounds the initial injury and throws a heap of insult on top of it.

But look who it doesn't target--anyone rich enough to set up an asset protection trust to hide their property from creditors. People like Kenneth Lay, who, after running Enron into the ground with accounting fraud and wiping out the life savings of thousands (many of whom will no doubt need to declare bankruptcy as a result and will find themselves unable to do so), gets to keep his $20 million home thanks to Texas's unlimited homestead exemption. Oh yeah, and religious terrorists who blow up abortion clinics.

And of course, credit card companies make out like the bandits they are. First they charge outrageous interest rates to offset the risk they incur in lending to people, then they get the government to reduce their risks by depriving people of the ability to wipe out their debts through bankruptcy. Think the lenders will lower their interest rates once it's harder for people to default on their debts? Think again--the GOP shot down a proposed Democratic amendment to cap credit card interest rates at 30%. Usury...such a quaint concept. Citibank will extract as many pounds of flesh as the market will bear.

No doubt next on the GOP's agenda: the return of debtors' prisons. Enjoy!

Posted by: Peter Dubuque at March 10, 2005 09:37 AM

well stated pat metheny. i saw phil woods in concert a few years ago, he was wearing a t-shirt that said "fuck kenny g".

Posted by: the drunken cheerleader at March 10, 2005 11:32 AM

First of all, thank you Peter. Well said.

JOKE: You're in a room with Dubya, Osama Bin Laden and Kenny G. You have a gun with only two bullets. What do you do?

Shoot Kenny G. Twice.

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week.

Lulu :-)

Posted by: Lulu at March 10, 2005 11:44 AM

That Pat Metheny essay is the greatest thing ever.

Posted by: dave at March 12, 2005 05:10 AM
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