Life Is…


Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

John Lennon

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Viddy of the day: Tahrir Sq reacts to resignation.

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A happy time for the Egyptian people.  The people who stood firm in their defiance of the government, who stood for liberty, and against injustice, and who were just looking for a better life have gotten what they asked for.  And happily it didn’t turn into a major bloodbath.  Many people thought it would, myself included.  Twice happy.

It remains to be seen if they will get what they actually want, which is freedom, liberty, and the help they need to make sure that their society and nation become stronger, both in terms of  freedoms and in terms of economic opportunities.  Most people, both here and there, just want  a job so they can earn their daily bread, and build some kind of life for themselves and their families.  The government in Egypt failed to do that for them, and for years gave not a damn about anything but themselves.

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Life is a four letter word.

Lenny Bruce

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A happy time for the Egyptian people.  But it begs a question.  If all you have to do to get rid of a sitting government is show the resolve to take anything that government throws at you for 3 little old weeks, including the occasional ass kicking, why didn’t we do this when George Bush was being a prick, destroying our economy and sending us to war under false pretenses in Iraq?

And it was Bush that damaged the economy.  Lots of people blame president Obama for the economic mess we’re in, but if he didn’t inherit a boatload of shit from Dubya, he wouldn’t have had to spend like he did to pull the sorry excuse of a business community out of the shitter.  Life would have been much easier for everyone without Bush’s stupid economic policies. It was under his watch, for example, that the net capital rule was relaxed by his SEC chair, which led directly to the economic collapse of 2008, whose effects, including massive unemployment (THANKS FOR THAT, REPUBLICANS) we are still living through. 

You always get the right answer AFTER you need the damn thing.

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Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding.

Samuel Johnson

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A happy time for the economy recently.  Looks like all the work of the last two years is beginning to pay dividends.  Consumer sentiment is higher than it has been since may of last year, when numbers were higher than any time since the Bush economic collapse of 2008. The trade gap increased, which sucks, but the main reason for that is oil imports.  All other portions of our international trade are looking good.  We imported over  $3,000,000,000  less in all other commodities in January than we had the month before.  That’s impressive. 

The lowest total in new jobless claims in two and a half years came out last week.  Wholesalers are building up their inventories.  Sales are up, as indicated by both last weeks red book numbers and the ICSC Goldman store sales numbers.  The DJIA is up over 12000 points, the S&P is sitting over 1300 points. 

49,000 manufacturing jobs created in January.  28,000 retail trade jobs created in January.  1,000,000 jobs added to the economy during 2010. 

Nice.

Life is good.

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Just One Fix

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A happy time for me.  I’m back to running again.  I’m playing guitar everyday.  I have a job, even if it is part-time, and I hate the work (went a bit overboard writing about that yesterday)  it’ll pay the bills tho, and that’s what it’s there for.  I’m getting the bankruptcy proceeding in gear.  Getting a few bucks back from the IRS.  The future looks somewhat brighter than it has in a long time.  It isn’t a bright sunny future just yet, but it isn’t the bleak, dark thing that it has been for most of the last 2 years.

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That is all for me for now, America.  I’ll write to you later.

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