Archive for March, 2006

Everytime You Say Goodbye, AG Says Hello.

March 31, 2006

 

I’ve lived in my home for like eight years.  On and off, to be honest. Yet, she was always home at some level.  I remember the very first time I went home.  I had arrived from a red eye flight from Hawaii in the middle of January.  I hadn’t seen the main land in about five months and I was in no mood to deal with the cold weather.  The place  seemed so foreign then.  It was hard to attack the jet lag in a place that wasn’t home.  At least not any home that I knew.  I loathed the first year there.  I hated Boston, I hated the city life, I just plain hated.  I wanted no part of it.  (To some extent I feel the same way about Boston today.)

 

Fast forward about four years later.  I hated the thought of moving to New York.  I didn’t mind the moving.  It was the leaving my home in Boston. It was my home.  It was the place where I had all my things that mattered to me. How could I sleep anywhere else?  New Yorkers don’t sleep.  They disco nap.  How would I survive? This home was so good to me. She took care of me and never let me down.  

 

Fast forward about another four years later. I cannot believe last night was my last night.  My last night!  I got home from UC’s around midnight and to be honest, I crashed.  It was weird doing things for the last time there.  My perfect shower, my perfect closet, my semi-charmed life. Going, going, gone!

 

I’ve decided that change sucks.  Who likes change?  I personally do not.  We cannot go back in time though.  So, I hold my head high. With much love I am saying “goodbye” to Main Street and “hello” to my new home by the sea.  I hope Main remembers to write and leave a light on once in a while. 

 

Riding on the Chuckwagon

March 30, 2006

Sean S. has acknowleged our little boy, our Chuckie-poo.  Chuckie, we are so proud of you!  Go to his blog here.  I am willing to chip in money for bullets to shoot Sean if someone has the brass to pull the T zone. 

What’s sad is that Sean is an average Joe who mouth pieces for the rightards in a vain attempt to gain control.  Sad.  Very sad.

Why does America hate America?

March 30, 2006

Gallup: In Shift, More Americans Now Call Themselves Democrats

By E&P Staff

Published: March 29, 2006 12:15 PM ET
NEW YORK In a (perhaps) historic shift, more Americans now consider themselves Democrats than Republicans, the Gallup organization revealed today.

Republicans had gained the upper hand in recent years, but 33% of Americans, in the latest Gallup poll, now call themselves Democrats, with those favoring the GOP one point behind. But Gallup says this widens a bit more “once the leanings of Independents are taken into account.”

Independents now make up 34% of the population. When asked if they lean in a certain direction, their answers pushed the Democrat numbers to 49% with Republicans at 42%. One year ago, the parties were dead even at 46% each.

This shift indicates, Gallup says, why its polls show Democrats leading in this year’s congressional races.

The latest poll was taken from January to March 2006, with a national sample of about 1,000 adults.

crossings: part one

March 29, 2006

The question isn’t whether we should reward bad behavior — though I’ve trouble defining bad behavior as a life-threatening trek across the desert in order to do backbreaking, essential labor for appallingly low wages — but how we deal with a policy problem.Illegal immigrants are here. Deportation would be impossible, both logistically and, assuming you could surmount those insurmountable obstacles, economically. Enforcement is a sham. Since 1986, we’ve increased border funding by a tenfold. We have built walls stretching into the desert. We have fined employers. And the flow of immigrants hasn’t stopped, or slowed, but accelerated. Worse yet, there’s a been a set of perverse consequences: not only do more come, but more succeed. We used to stop around 40 percent, now we halt 10 percent. Where immigrants used to use the main roads, now they slip into the deep reaches of the desert. Coyotes (smuggling operations), too, have increased the sophistication of crossborder migration. But because the Coyotes are necessary, and because their fees have grown as their utility has increased, those who arrive are more in debt than ever, leading them to stay longer and return home less frequently.

So enforcement doesn’t work. Deportation doesn’t work. Fining businesses — which we did try, to some degree, for awhile — is totally unworkable. The question, then, isn’t how we feel about illegal immigration, but how we handle it in order to ensure the most desirable policy outcomes. And while I’m not precisely sure what the answer is, I’m fairly certain what it’s not: the failed, moralistic, xenophobic policies of the past.

Ezra Klein

More and more, I’m sensing that the 2006 midterms, for better or worse, will be a Lou Dobbs election. (No single forum was more instrumental for aborting the Dubai ports deal than his.) The midterms will be fought not over cultural-war values like gay marriage or abortion, but over the sorts of economic and sovereignty issues Dobbs hammers on about every weeknight on CNN: the squeeze on the middle class; Washington’s runaway budgets and the explosion in deficit; the gutting of pensions; the hollowing-out of America’s industrial base; the war over immigration; globalization and free trade. I don’t think all of this is bad: Dobbs’ program is one of the few on cable that addresses the plight of workers (as opposed to maximizing investment gains and extending corporate power–the mandate of Larry Kudlow’s CNBC show), the negative impact of globalization, and the frustration over the influx of illegal immigrants. (You don’t have to agree with Dobbs’ tone or solutions to recognize the frustration in the Western states particularly has been bubbling hot, and has been too long ignored by the media-political elite.)

James Wolcott

Here’s Krugman’s March 27 column in the NYT.  Brad DeLong posted the text here. 

He prefaced Krugman’s colum with this comment:

Paul Krugman is conflicted on immigration. In fact, I would say that he is confused–and probably wrong.

Then he goes on to say:

I think that we should focus on: “the net benefits… from immigration, aside from the large gains to the immigrants themselves, are small.” Particularly, we should focus on the “large gains to the immigrants themselves.” The net benefits from immigration including the large gains to the immigrants themselves are enormous. We shouldn’t forget that.

More to come…

Where in the San Diego is Carmen Adorable Girlfriend?

March 29, 2006

 

Call off the search… Stop the presses…Everything is fine, fine, fine!

 

AG is in the house!

 

It’s been a bit busy in the real world, as opposed to the bloggerosphere world of AG.  What’s been going on, well do you have a few hours? Briefly and edited:

  • Moving out of two houses.  Poor UC has been tormented with helping move things or living with boxes all over the place. (Even though AG does not live at his house.)
  • Identifying renters for one of the houses.
  • One graduate program is nearing a close.  Papers, papers and more papers. (And I didn’t even get a Jewish real doctor out of it.  I want a refund!)
  • For those of you who don’t know, AG attends two medical school graduate programs. Hence, why AG never gets anything right on the blogs – too tired and unwilling to read anything more, in addition to the odd character that is portrayed as ‘AG’ on the blog. Anyhow, cutting to the chase, there was a problem with a group paper at one of them.  Won’t get into the details, but so far is has resulted in the termination of a professor, one student being watched like a hawk and AG pulling her hair out and now looking for a grade from the Dean of the Medical School.  Group projects yet again sink teeth into AG’s tuckus.
  • AG’s emergency medicine data was published for class and it has been decided to submit an abstract for presentation at an Academy Meeting in October.  AG wants first authorship which means AG is charged with doing the poster and abstract.
  • Work is off the hook with submissions, issues and tissues.  Let us not go there. HR has already been visited.  Again, poor UC has to deal with it.  You should not.
  • Crazy stalker former boyfriend (Yeah, you, if you are still reading this. Get a life, by the way!  Perhaps if your boyfriend in Salem were making you happy, you wouldn’t be concerned about me anymore.) and his drama has been interesting to say the least.  We are turning a corner on that issue. 
  • Confusion over whether AG is going on vacation soon.
  • Losing cookies in the bushes of Brookline today. Anyone who has a remedy for sinus headaches can win a prize.
  • And on and on…

 

Life is chaos.  AG doesn’t make chaos-ade.  She just checks out from the Betty Ford Blogging Clinic.  Now be good to each other and thank you for your emails of concern and love. Chuckles, I know about your flirting comment with Smarty and you do so miss me in a sexual psycho blogger way.  Don’t be coy.  It’s doesn’t wear well on you, lamb shank.

They’re back, and they’re freaking hungry

March 29, 2006

FEED ME!

Amanda and the rest of those miscreant Pandagonians are back!  Huzzah!  You were well and truly missed, Pandagon.

However, they have moved to a dedicated-server hosting arrangement, and that’s VERY expensive.  This panda won’t survive on bamboo alone, I’m afraid.  So go on over to Pandagon and click on their PayPal button.  I’m sending them some cyberlove on Thursday (payday!), because I personally think that Pandagon is one of the best blogs around.  Also, Jedmund is hot, or at least his picture is anyway.  But never mind that!  They rocked before he ever came along.  Pam and Amanda both kick ass and take names.
Give them money, I command you!

Dear James Wolcott

March 29, 2006

Yes.  Yes, it does.

Sincerely,

Res Publica

Sicky McGermypants

March 29, 2006

Totally me

Your glorious President and Supreme Dictator for Life is sick as a dog,  and may not post anything today or most of tomorrow.  I’ll be fine, but will need some rest.  I’ll be back soon, so you might want to stock up on duct tape and canned tuna.  That is all.  Return to your normal lives!  Nothing to see here!  Move along!

Getting the shakes

March 28, 2006

Where is Pandagon? I’m starting to have withdrawal symptoms!

Let's get tore up!

Viva los Pandagonistas!

V is for Totally Freaking Awesome

March 27, 2006

Viva la revolucion, cobags!!

I only have a brief nanosecond to write this before The Man comes and puts a black bag over my head and drags me away, but M and I went to see “V is for Vendetta” last night, and we loved it.  I would recommend it to everyone.