I assume you’ve all seen the flap over the U.S. Olympic uniforms being made in China?

I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said.

Is it wrong for me to think that every congressmember who’s wasting time on an issue like this should be put in a big pile and burnt, and then we can start all over again?

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30 Responses to Crisis!

  1. lumbercartel says:

    It’s not like there’s much else they can do given the complete gridlock in the Senate.

  2. Pinky says:

    Almost as bad as the 31st vote the House of Representatives had on repealing the Affordable Health Care Act.

  3. James Hanley says:

    31? Holy cow! I had no idea. I really should start paying attention to the news again. Or maybe that’s the evidence suggesting I shouldn’t.

  4. lumbercartel says:

    Actually, it was #33. You have to be quick these days.

  5. Pinky says:

    What is more indicative of our dilema is what is going on in Greece. I’m sure you’ve heard of the Golden Dawn movement.

    Fascism is coming out of its cave and will soon stand up on its hind feet here in America. When the fuck do you think the super wealthy oligarchs are going to stop making demands on the commoners? Is there a limit to their demands.

    Crystal Night is on its way in Greece. Illegal immigrants will suffer first and then comes the no nonsense government of fascism. Liberals are in for big trouble big time.

  6. lumbercartel says:

    Liberals are in for big trouble big time.

    And about time.

  7. James Hanley says:

    the Golden Dawn movement

    Christ.Was Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom” right after all?

    Liberals are in for big trouble big time.
    “And about time.”

    Not this way. Please not this way.

  8. lumbercartel says:

    Not this way. Please not this way.

    Maybe I haven’t read enough history, but I really don’t recall a liberal democracy reverting to feudalism any other way.

  9. Matty says:

    Lumbercartel, please tell me that when you say ‘about time’ you just mean that you see your prediction as inevitable not that you prefer fascism or feudalism (not the same thing by a long shot) to liberals.

  10. lumbercartel says:

    Matty, the markup here does not accept <sarcasm> tags.

  11. Pinky says:

    What blind sided and pig headed conservatives (Not all conservatives) don’t see is that the extreme right is leading us over the cliff to a dictatorship. I’ve been doing some reading of Horkheimer and Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment, and they seem to be hitting the nail on the head. We are headed straight toward a fascist takeover of our government and with the exuberant support of the Republican Party. Damnation is on the way.

    Where do you think the right wing will stop? At food stamps and healthcare? You’re out of your mind if you think it’s so simple. They want to cleanse society of all the undesireables they can ferret out. It is the same as what got started in fascist Germany in the build up to Hitler’s attempt to take over the world.

    While you’re at it, read what the Golden Dawn boys are doing in Greece:

  12. Pinky says:

    It’s so easy to lay back and dreaming of a well disciplined society. But, when they come to get you, the dreams will turn into a nightmare. Wake up, dreamer.

  13. Pinky says:

    With a handle that includes cartel, maybe you DO have representatives in Washington. How much did they cost you? More importantly, how much are they goingto cost American righteousness?

    And speaking of history, anyone who has anything to do with lumber or Michigan should get a copy of Holy Old Mackinaw. Here is a link:

    Talk about representatives. have you ever heard of the Lumber Barons, aka Robber Barons? Read this book. It is one of the most fun books you can find. And, it is real history. You can learn how the rich got richer and richer by getting themselves elected to office where they wrote the laws about dividing up Michigan’s natural resources. Hackley was a big one. Read about the rth of July celebrations in Muskegon where 500 whores were brought in to fleece the lumberjacks on the one holiday they had all summer. If you know anything about the Muskegon, you will truly enjoy this great little book on American history during the lumbering era.

  14. Pinky says:

    rth of July should be 4th of July. Sorry about that. Seriously, it’s a great book. I guarantee you will enjoy it.

  15. Dr X says:

    Here’s what I’d suggest: strip Reid down to his birthday suit and publicly flog him senseless if any of the apparel he’s wearing was manufactured abroad.

    This doesn’t even involve public money, so what possible rationale could there be for arguing that Olympic uniforms represent a special category different from the clothing the rest of spend our money on? Most pols wear their insipid flag pins on lapels made abroad. Heck, the pins are probably made in China. A private, non-profit should be handling donor and sponsor money responsibly, which means getting the best deals they can on their purchases.

  16. Matty says:

    While any rise in organised violence and bigotry is a bad thing, Golden Dawn is not unprecedented in recent European history and is not at least on its own evidence that democracy is about to fall.

    For a comparison consider that this May GD got 7% of the vote in the Greek general election, by contrast in 2002 Jean-Marie Le Pen got over 17% of the vote in the French presidential election but France did not fall to to fascism.

    There is a legitimate worry that economic crisis will drive more people to extremism but we are not there yet and on the evidence have a long way to go.

    Anyway the more important thing about the Olympics is I have a ticket!

  17. James Hanley says:

    Cool, Matty. What events?

  18. Pinky says:

    I imagine that Matty belongs to the Me Generation or very close to it–disconnected.

    The idea that the Golden Dawn movement is notihing much for concern as it only represents 7 % of the vote is typical. Htler and his small band were a tiny percentage in the ealy ninteen thirties and the Tea Party folks here in present day America are also small… But, they are a weight out there on a long lever that causes the ship of state to list. The first oversized wave that comes along capsizes the society.

    We should watch as Greece flounders. People look for self preswervtion at every step.

    Fascism offers discipline and most of us want more discipline in our society. The forces of fascism are very attractive. Once the ship capsizes it begins to take on water,and, then, it is too late.

    But, what do I know?

  19. Matty says:

    A takeover is certainly possible, I just don’t see it as necessarily more likely than at other times, why are such movements more dangerous now than their equivalents were ten or twenty years ago? If that makes me disconnected so be it but not every problem has to be the precursor to a bigger disaster to be worth solving.

    As for discipline I’m not convinced that is what people want – low crime rates sure, a stable and predictable society very likely, but discipline in the sense that people want someone to tell them what to do? I’m not seeing a big demand for that. Maybe we mean different things by the word.

    I’m going on the final night of athletics on August 11th

  20. James Hanley says:

    Sweet. There are some good events there (not inclusive of the race walking).

    I’d pull a couple teeth to be able to see the canoe and kayak slalom events and the sprint cycling. Unfortunately the market value of my teeth is too low to make it affordable to me. I figure Chicago’s probably lucky they didn’t actually get the Olympic bid they were chasing, but I’m personally disappointed.

  21. Lancifer says:

    The only “true” Olympic sport is Curling.

    If it doesn’t use a broom it shouldn’t be in the Olympics.

  22. Lancifer says:

    One wonders if the members of Golden Dawn realize that most of the people living in Greece today are not the same ethnicity, nor same culture or language, as the ancient Greeks with which these idiots identify?

  23. Pinky says:

    It may have been wrong of me to throw Matty in with th Me Generation that is so disconnected with wht is going on; but there could be some truth to my claim. ???

    Are today’s threts more troubling than those of thwenty years ago? Only so much so that they are impending on us. The monster of fascism appears to be awake and looming.

    I hope I am wrong.

  24. James Hanley says:

    I really like curling, too, but I draw the line at Olympic broomball.

  25. lumbercartel says:

    Don’t diss broomball. Next time it’s in the USA we’re going to clean up in the competitive eating events.

  26. Lancifer says:

    I had never even heard of broomball. Played on ice (check). Involves broom (check).

    I may have a favorite new sport. At least after Curling season ends.

  27. Matty says:

    Are today’s threts more troubling than those of thwenty years ago? Only so much so that they are impending on us. The monster of fascism appears to be awake and looming.

    But that is precisely my point, where is your evidence that fascism is more looming now than then? Look back at my previous post “this May GD got 7% of the vote in the Greek general election, by contrast in 2002 Jean-Marie Le Pen got over 17% of the vote in the French presidential election “. The important figure in there is not 7% it is 17%, why was Le Pen less of a looming threat in 2002 than Golden Dawn are today?

    Despite your insinuations I’m not totally unaware of or unconcerned about the bigger picture, I know the long peace has been the most incredible lucky streak and it could end. I just don’t see the evidence that this crisis and these extremists are the ones to bring it about.

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