So, as it turns out, there actually are somethings that I won’t write about in this very public and non-anonymous blog. Hm. Go figure.
I wonder if there’s someone out there that can explain politics to me using logic and reason. ‘Cause I just can’t manage to wrap my head around it.
F’rex’: Jefferson County, where I unfortunately reside, seems to be run by the five least capable, inept, self-interested people that could be found. And perhaps that number is unfair: I cna’t say for sure that to a person, they’re all worthless, but as a whole? Yup. My cat’s last bowel movement could do a better job.
Now — after laying off a third of the county workers (but refusing to take pay cuts themselves, or for their staff members), after thoroughly bungling the sewer system and putting themselves (and therefore all of us, the taxpayers) in debt to the tunes of billions of dollars, after spending tax dollars that were not theirs to spend that they will now have to pay back… now, they’re considering bankruptcy.
But none of this surprises me. Politicians as a group seem to be self-interested, refusing to do anything to solve a problem if it might interfere with either their re-election chances or their legacies, choosing instead to leave the problem for the next (also self-interested and probably inept) person(s) to solve. There’s a lot of corruption, people looking out for themselves even if it means making ethically dubious (at best) choices.
What surprises me is that we haven’t gone Old West on them: tarring and feathering in a public square, running them out of town on a rail, drawing and quartering them and then mounting their heads on spikes outside of City Hall as a warning to future rulers… For that matter, why haven’t we gone New West on them, and voted them out of office?
Who are the morons that keep voting for these morons? And what are they gaining out of the deal?
Seriously: Bettye Fine Collins, you may be the political representative that wins Worst Leader Ever in my book. I mean, there’s still plenty of time for someone else to overtake you. But you’re safe for now, since I moved to Homewood, and LaLa isn’t technically my problem.
I guess, since he still lives in Fairfield, he’s not technically Birmingham’s problem, either. But hey, if Bush can get eight years and a completely bogus war out of it…
The new Porcupine Tree album, The Incident, comes out in two weeks, a sprawling, ambitious song cycle that may be the best album to come out this year (Devin Townsend’s Addicted isn’t out until November, so I’m not making that call just yet). And it has what may be my favorite lyric of the year:
Pride is just another way of trying to live with my mistakes
Denial is a better way of getting through another day
Silence is another way of saying what I want to say
Lying is another way of hoping it will go away
(It’s a tough call, compared with Devin Townsend’s Ki:
So we fall on warm silence
I know we all fall away
Okay. Back to making Wednesday — and, I think, the month of September — my bitch.
Be my bitch: