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I kind of think our nation has gone insane.  I don’t know if it was the blood thirst after 9/11 or what.  But we suck.  A lot.  The fact that Americans are doing shit like this makes me wonder are we as great as we say we are?  I think it’s just a bunch of imperialistic crap.  We certainly aren’t civilized.  And we’re stupid.  How about these assclowns?  Seriously.  Not civilized.

There’s a portion of this society running around spewing hate and calling themselves Christians.  Now the Wine Dog might be a bit of a junk yard dog from time to time, but I’ve read the Bible.  And I know the tenets that it teaches.  You sir, are having problems with reading comprehension.  As did the Devil himself.  Or the current dumbest guy in the room.

I got one of those bullshit emails yesterday that was just about half truth about Denzel Washington going to the Marine Corp burn unit and pulling out his checkbook.  Close.  Mr. Washington did make a sizable donation to the burn unit on behalf of the troops, he just doesn’t carry his check book with him.  He had his people call their people.  He is a gentleman and a consistent philanthropist.  He quietly does the right thing.  And we don’t hear too much about it.  We get to hear about Michael Vick.  We’re busy worrying about Lindsay Lohan’s latest drug test.  Or Paris Hilton’s last bust.  Or watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey.  Or Snookie’s latest misadventure. What the hell is the matter with us?  Why does anybody watch Glenn Beck?  Why does that guy have a job in the first place?  What can you say about a guy who accused the President of hating white people?  What is the purpose of such a lame comment beyond polarization?  Fear and polarization.  Yet he gets a ton of wingnuts to attend a rally and they think that they are making some sort of break through.  No, the truth is y’all are pining for the good old days.  I call bullshit.

As a nation, we won’t get off of our lazy fat overstuffed American asses and make a difference in this world.  And not just any difference, a positive difference.  There is little honor in a lot of what I’m seeing from our country right now.  Bush I talked of a kinder, gentler nation and then took us in the exact opposite direction.  And now a bunch of wingnuts are pissing and moaning because Obama wants to restore the United States position in the world in the form of a benevolent leader.   These are the same wingnuts who are in favor of torture.  If you still believe torture works, I recommend watching Return with Honor.  It’s about our POW’s in Viet Nam.  It came out in 1998, we ought to have known better.  An aha moment would be when the men talked about telling the Viet Cong a bunch of bullshit to get them to stop the torture.  And the torture they endured was horrific.  They never told them anything that was helpful.  Only bullshit.  Do you really think religious fanatics would behave any differently?  They actually have more reason to hold out.  The torture that occurred in Guantanamo Bay and throughout the system on Bush II’s watch didn’t do a damned thing to advance the fight against terrorism.  In fact, it took moderately committed Muslims and radicalized them, increasing the threat to Americans everywhere.  That’s not progress.  That’s not Christian and that’s not American.

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Hopefully that code stuck.  And for all those folks out there who are bitching about civilians telling the Generals “how to do their jobs” uh, that’s the way it’s been in this country forever.  Keeping in mind that Obama kept Bush’s guy in place.  Yeah, Gates is Bush’s guy.  Robert McNamara ran the Viet Nam war and had no background in defense matters.   He spent three years in the Army Air Force starting in 1943.  That’s it.  There was plenty of kvetching about the strategy back then too.  A strategy run by Congress and the Department of Defense.  So when Melvin Laird decentralized decisionmaking and let the military take a large roll, the results were same shit different day.  And that Vietnamization thing workout out great.  We haven’t “won” a war since WWII.  We’re kind of like the Cubs.  We’re still thinking like we’re this big dynasty, but we don’t have the stomach for any prolonged engagement any more.  I did name a cat Westmoreland once.  That kitty had great eyebrows.

On the subject of critters, and bad decisionmaking.  I am probably getting a hospice case here this week.

They named him Ike, since Sherman was named after a General, we’re considering this guy to be named in honor of Eisenhower.  He’s got Wobbler’s.  I actually diagnosed him and the shelter vet took the X-rays and confirmed.  He was flat when he came in and they brought him back.  He gets around ok and with some proper care he could go for a couple of months, maybe a year at best.  He’s only 4ish, but he deserves better than dying in a shelter.  Wobbler’s dogs can’t navigate on slick flooring.  They have a hard time with hardwood floors, linoleum, tile.  I have slate.  I’m one of the few places he can get around that isn’t a shelter.  So unless their volunteer who really liked him but only wanted to foster for a short time takes him, he’ll come here until his time.  Only those who know me in RT know or remember Cody.  He was a trainwreck of a greyhound who spent his last seven months here.  He belonged to a friend of mine who couldn’t take him where they were going.  And of course Toby, the gypsy Doberman who spent 19 months here until the cancer got her.

There’s certainly enough reward to be worth the risk to me.  I know he’s not going to go too long, my job is to make him as comfortable as possible for as long as I can.  And if he ends up here I will.

Who’s crying now?

Well, they did it.  And I really hope they got it right.  The Republican Party does not have any idea what the American people want or need.  They don’t know what our lives are like.  They are rich bastards.  It’s all good for them.  Strangely, I think Carly Fiorina gets it.  She was faced with the worst diagnosis she could have gotten but because of her station in life, her existence was spared. For the most part I think she’s ineffectual and during her tenure, I thought she was what was wrong with HP, but I think she gets what’s wrong.  At the end of the day, I really hope that the American people win here.  Remember, the Wine Dog can’t get insurance because Randy Sierra is an ignorant bastard I had that bout with tachycardiomyopathy.  I have insurance with the Board at a rate of $300 a month with a $2700 deductable.  Think someone in Kansas could afford that?  Nope.

I am sad that Teddy Kennedy didn’t get to see this.  His absence is palpable.  Half of this rhetoric never would have occured under Teddy’s watch.  But they did it, and they got it passed.  Rest in peace Senator Kennedy.  You are missed tonight.

Let’s see, some of my favorite quotes of today…from the Ignorant Wench from the State of I can’t Remember who said that the members of the military didn’t want the government to mess with their Tricare.  Hello?  Stupid.  You don’t want the government to mess with the military’s government health care?  Idiot.  Seriously, how stupid do you have to be?  It’s not like I can sign up for it.  And good on the Gentleman from California who said that the American People deserve the same health care that is afforded Congress.  Yes we do.

And really, these guys quoted Reagan and Jerry Ford.  Seriously, one woman quoted Jerry freaking Ford.  That guy’s role was to keep the seat warm for the next guy.  That’s it.  Do I have to talk about WIN buttons again?  Don’t make me go there.

And now for a moment on the subject of racism.  I almost went all postal on this but I have decided to dial it back.  Devin Nunes (R-CA) defended the TeaKlansman and their racial and bigoted attack on Barney Frank, Emanuel Cleaver and John Lewis saying that “When you use a totalitarian tactics, people, you know, begin to act crazy”.  Where was this wetback Representative during the Bush Administration?  How quickly we forget eight years of “shut up we know what’s best for you” even though they got us into an illegal war that we shoudln’t be in.  WMD?  No such thing.  Which really makes Saddam Hussein’s execution questionable and possibly murder by the Bush Administration.  And I’m not talking about the suspected terrorists they murdered in custody.  Want to talk about tyrannical?  How does it feel being the bus boy on the other side?  Pot kettle black.  You are way out of bounds Mr. Nunes.  The time to resign is now.  You can’t swim?  I’m sure there are still holes in the fence between here and Tijuana.  Yeah, how does it feel?

The TeaKlansman are a bunch of racist, bigoted assholes.  They aren’t smart enough to even understand why they are so wrong.  Not only that, their banner was created by a Progressive Palestinian.  You guy’s are really idiots.  Here’s a quote from the Moron from the Great State of Wisconsin Paul Ryan tonight.  The country’s founders believed in nature’s god.  If so, then the fundamentalist Christians are out.  Way out.  Because nature’s god equals paganism.  Dumbass.  That’s how stupid our Congress is.  But we aren’t educating the public so what do we expect?

Years ago, The Brother said that Dan Quayle’s roll was to lower expectations of the American people so Bush I’s idiot son could be elected.  Sounds like it worked.

As for the Easter cantata, we don’t know who’ll sing her part

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson has a face only a mother could love, but last night I wanted to kiss him on the lips. Lawrence O’Donnell annoys me, but wait for it, around 3 minutes. It’s worth it. Gen. Colin Powell’s State Department office must have been an interesting place. To this day I think he only stuck out Bush’s first term because he’s a soldier and they don’t quit. Then he went home and took a very long hot shower. The more I see General Powell speak unfettered the more I like the man.

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Let’s talk about the good folks in wine.  I’ve certainly ran into a few of them lately. What do you say about a night that involves Papillion, Leviathan, Cain Five, Symphony3 and David Bruce? And that was just one of the tables. This is why I love my pals at Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants. I’m a big David Bruce fan. The mission of the winery is “To make the World’s Greatest Pinot Noir”. And it’s been that way for years. Long before Pinot Noir became trendy. Pinot is one of the hardest wines to get right and David Bruce does that all day long. They had the Sonoma County out on one table and the Russian River out on another. What’s really funny is that I have a bottle of his Cab in my cellar. No Pinot. I think I drank it all. The Sonoma County was actually a little better balanced than the Russian River. Typically full of dark cherries, vanilla and oak, smooth and beautiful. The Russian River was a little more “in your face” about it, but it had amazing depth and character.

I love Orin Swift’s wines too.  Papillon is a real “in your face” Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeux blend, sort of.  I don’t know the rules but I think you need more than 2% of Cab Franc and Malbec.  Anyway, it’s a big wine, the kind you can drink alone or with food.  Very fruit forward with deep dark blackberries and cherries rolling around.  A bit of smokiness and vanilla in the gentle finish.  I love this wine.

Next up was the Leviathan.  Sometimes I love this and sometimes it just doesn’t seem right to me.  I assume it has to do with how my palate is feeling and what I’ve had to eat recently.  It’s a Cabernet Franc based blend the defies logic.  This thing is made by Andy Erickson and Anie Favia.  Yeah, Screaming Eagle is on their resume.  Really dark fruit, deep and rich.  To me this wine doesn’t feel like it has the legs to lay down for more than a couple of years, but time will tell.  That being said, I’d pour it with spicy food that needed to be calmed down by a big fruit forward red.

Next up, the 2005 Cain Five.  This one was a true Bordeux blend.  That’s why they call it five.  And it behaves like a true Bordeux, it needs to lay down for at least a few years.   It wasn’t quite there yet.  At $100+ per bottle, you like it to be a little more there.  I think in time, this one will develop nicely over time but right now it’s just young in the bottle.  All the swirling in the world wasn’t letting that one open up.  I’d like to revisit this wine in about five more years and see what develops.  I would expect the harsh tannins would disappear and the fruit would become elegant, but it’s hard to speculate at $100+ a bottle.

There was probably another 25 wines there.  I had about half of them including a Fort Ross Chardonnay that had so much gasoline on the nose that it was really hard to get past it.  And it tasted like metal.  Yet I ended up with a bottle of their Pinotage.  Go figure.  It’s got a long story involving Davis, so here you go.  It was the most interesting wine on that particular table.  It had the earthiness of a Pinot, some vanilla, oak and Earl Grey in the back palate.  Gentle tannins and a refined finish.  Very interesting wine.

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I have a couple of more wines to review, if that’s what you can call what I do when I talk about wine.  But right now I just have to dial in on some abject stupidity.  I don’t know why I am surprised, but I am.  Here is a man who is supposedly a “Political Analysist” for Faux News who clearly don’t have a clue.

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And two of the world’s biggest morons

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Is it time to quote Dave Stewart?  Yes.  Brit Hume can’t carry Tiger’s jock.

I’ve had it with stupid white men telling us how to live our lives.  If these clowns had actually read the Bible they would know how far they are out on a tenuous limb they really are.  And we all know what St. Peter is going to say to these guys.  Same thing he said to Jerry Falwell.  “What were you thinking?”

Is it time for me to take a swipe at all you “under God” assholes?  Why yes it is.  The Pledge of Allegiance was written in a different time.  This country was a different place.  There weren’t Buddists and Muslims and every other religion under the sun living here when that was written.  Atheists and Agnostics were the exception.  Quite honestly I don’t have a problem with “under God” being in the Pledge of Allegiance.  I have a problem with the pious assholes that try to shove it down my throat.  To me, those people are what’s wrong with America and what’s wrong with the world as a whole.  Unyielding views on matters of faith will be the downfall of this society.

And Tiger Woods.  For the love of God leave this man alone.  I feel like the Brittany Spears guy sometimes.

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OK that was reason enough to believe the world is coming to an end.  But seriously, leave Tiger alone.  It’s between him and his wife, who apparently wields a pretty good 9 iron. If he can’t keep little Cheetah in his khakis, that’s none of our business.  I’ll get all Bibical on your butts.  John 8:7.  Yeah, like that.

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Sorry, I’m sick and tire of these pompous asses and their sheep.  Let’s see why would I feel that way?  Ted Haggard?  Maybe.  It was ok for him to spew all his hate and rhetoric from his pulpit while hiring male prostitutes and doing meth.  Nice.  Or how about Jim Bakker? Because there’s nothing like a nice six figure payout from the church coffers to silence your transgressions.  Or at least Jessica Hahn.  The List goes on. These are the descendants of the same sort of pious jackasses that didn’t allow their slaves to marry, so they jumped over a broom.  OK, these are the descendants of the same sort of pious jackasses that had slaves in the first place and thought themselves godlike.  No.

Olbermann took Hume’s quote the other day and suggested we remove the word Christianity and replace it with Muslim.  Now how do you like it?  That’s my point.  Fanaticism is fanaticism.  This country is full of it after eight years of ignorant fanaticism.  Faith is personal.  It does not belong in government.  I could be argued that the founding fathers did not invision the church involed in government at all, although I think they didn’t want the Church of England involved in their faith in particular and never even imagined other faiths such as Islam or Buddism.

Either way it’s time we stopped telling each other how to live and got our own house straight.  Sho nuff.

I thought about the ghost that we left behind

In case you missed the comments section yesterday, Professor Shays left this little jewel for everybody.  It doesn’t help the Alliance employees yet, but recovering 92% of the unpaid vacation, commissions, notary fees for the Financial and Lender’s Choice folks is pretty remarkable.  A big PBE thumbs up to the Labor Commissioner and in particular David Balter who prosecuted this one.  Nice job dog.  They’re still working on the Alliance case and for all of you who got stiffed, I hope he’s equally successful.  The law has been laid down, what Jerry Hauptman and Patty Hauptman did was wrong.  For what it cost them in attorney’s fees, and the settlement, they did not benefit and that’s a good thing.  You know how a lot of companies do stuff wrong because it’s cheaper to fix it when they’re caught?  Not so much for Jerry and Patty.

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Yesterday I went out to throw some people out of their home.  Merry Christmas.  Actually in this guy’s case Merry Christmas asshole.  This house is in a gated community, although I’m not really sure why.  The houses aren’t that nice.  I’ve seen much nicer homes that weren’t gated.  The house is actually in his wife’s name, never a good sign.  He barked at me about how he was going to sue me.  You’re not going to sue me you jackass.  You sue the bank.  I’m just the schmuck standing at your door.  Then he went on about how much money he put down on the house.  At the end of the day it was about $40k more than I put down on this place.  Only he paid over a million.  Maybe they overbought.  BTW, he still hasn’t really pissed me off yet, so I’m just letting him run.  I reiterate how he needs to call our office and let them know what he’s planning on doing and how his rights are spelled out in the letter I gave him.  I also tell him that if he feels the foreclosure was not just he should talk with an attorney.  I would get sued if I told him he didn’t have a case or told him an attorney couldn’t help him.  So I always tell them that if that’s what they feel they need to do then they should do it.  Then he says “It’s all Obama’s fault”.  For some reason I could not help myself.  I said “Actually, no it’s not.”  There may be a lot of things that will ultimately be laid at Obama’s doorstep but the mortgage meltdown ain’t one of them.  That’s Bush.  And a few pals.

Historically the real estate market is cyclical.  There was an adjustment in the early 70’s, the early 80’s and the early 90’s.  I remember the one in 1991 the most simply because it was severe.  People who bought homes in 1991 spent the next six years upside down.  And a Bush was in the White House.  Savings and Loans failed.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Flippers and investors get caught flat footed.  Homeowners shouldn’t matter unless they’ve had a catastrophic event in their lives, like job loss, loss of income, serious illness or a death in the immediate family.  Otherwise they can just keep tooling along until the market comes back.  And it will.  It always does.  There’s a reason that as financial advisors we never put older people in stocks, only bonds.  If the stock market crashes they may not be able to make up the loss in the period of time they have to make it up.  The bond market is much more stable.  It’s like investors and homeowners.  So when this guy whined to me that the house was worth less than what he owed on it I didn’t have a lot of sympathy.  My feeling on that is “so what?”.  Are you going to continue to live indoors?  Then shut up.

This turd of an economy can be laid squarely on the doorstep of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Alan Greenspan and George W. Bush, saving a bit for Paul O’Neill, John Snow and Henry Paulson.  Glass Stegall?  Never should have been repealed.  The removal of all of the regulation?  Bad move.  And I’m well aware the Bill Clinton participated in it.  Bush and Greenspan used smoke and mirrored economics after 9/11 to keep the economy rolling because it was stuck in a snow drift on 9/12/2001.  I was sitting in an office at Morgan Stanley looking at my telephone.  I couldn’t get a wrong number to ring through on that bitch.  It was two weeks of nothing but crickets.  It was stalled out.  It was the end of irrational exuberance.  Then the barely regulated mortgage industry got busy.  2001 should have been the beginning of a market contraction but Greenspan and Bush opened up the Treasury Fun House.  And here we are.  It’s a lot of things, but it’s not Obama’s fault.

So when this guy tells me it’s Obama’s fault that he lost his house all I can say is “you’re an idiot”.  Get off of your fat ass and get a job.  And for the love of God turn off Fox.  The mortgage mess is not Obama’s fault.  He’s actually done some good things to help people stay in their homes.  There’s a DIL/Lease exchange program out there.  These things will help prevent blight in the neighborhoods and help families in danger of being displaced.  It will also weed out the riff raff who think they’re going to walk away since they’re upside down.  It could potentially speed recovery.  For those who did chose to walk away even though they had no change in circumstance, I hope it does speed recovery.  And I hope we’re recovered long before those asshats can get another home.

Yesterday I walked away from this jackass, because in my book he’s just another jerkoff who blames everyone else for his problems.  Two words for you dude.  Personal responsibility.

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President Obama needs to sit down with the Iraqi government and the Afghanistan government and lay it on the line.  We’re there because of Bush’s terrible policies and Bush’s incompetency.  It’s not a problem of Obama’s making.  However, like the economy, it is a problem he has inherited and problem he must solve.  And history will judge him on how he gets us out of George Bush’s mess.  Obama needs to tell both governments to provide an Army and a Police that can stabilize their own country because we’re going home.  The criminals who are setting IED’s and ambushing our troops needs to be arrested by the local police and government and dealt with according to local law, which I believe involves some beheading and other delightful medieval stuff.  I don’t care, they shouldn’t be our problem any more.  I understand that they need the extra troops to stabilize it, and I want to see more NATO troops in there.  You should have seen the House of Commons lambasting Gordon Brown on a lousy extra 500 British troops.  In retrospect it was probably just as idiotic as watching our Congress, it just sounds better with a British accent.  Afghanistan and Pakistan need to understand that there’s some unfinished business and the quicker they solve that unfinished business (i.e. provide the head of Osama bin Laden) the faster we’re completely out of the region.  And then we need to stick with it.  To quote Young Frankenstein, our previous foreign policy “was doo doo.”

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I was having a conversation with a Broker who was clearly a conservative.  But he was a conservative and not a Republican and I acknowledge the difference.  He said “George Bush was a boob”.  That needs to be repeated often.  We have lost thousands of American soldiers for nothing in Iraq.  That is a travesty.  We should have never been there in the first place, it was all a lie.  We should have focused on Afghanistan, found the REAL terrorists and arrested them.  And handled them like the criminals they are, not shuffled them around in some habeas corpus never never land at great expense to the taxpayers.  And then executed them after they were lawfully convicted in a court of law. Because we were attacked by terrorists during the Bush Administration on our own soil.  We knew it was coming and his response was “now you’ve covered your butt” when he was informed.  George Bush was a boob.  And Dana Perino you are too ignorant for words.  STFU.

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And some folks are up in arms because the Obama administration won’t go on this station?  We should be up in arms that it exists in the first place.

Those of you who have been following me for a long time or know me in real time know that I also think Bush’s original handling of Afghanistan was wrong too.  I think he should have picked up the phone on September 11th, 2001 and said “We’re on our way and we want Osama bin Laden.  We know he’s there.  Cough him up or by noon tomorrow your landscape will be turned to glass.”  Period.  But he dicked around for 32 days before he sent anybody anywhere.  It’s funny how short term every one’s memory is.  Obama sets a time line to release his decision and he’s “dithering”?  Bush lets a wounded Nation fester for 32 days and, well, isn’t that the height of incompetence?  We have teams of guys who love to go balls out and take care of business.  He had those guys at his disposal and he DITHERED around and let Osama bin Laden escape into the tribal mountains of Afghanistan and ultimately Pakistan.  “George Bush was a boob.”  Here we are eight years later and somehow this is Obama’s fault?  STFU.

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I don’t think that it’s too much to ask that our Presidents appear Presidential.  That’s just another thing I hate about the Bush family.  Bush I and Bush II.  Neither appeared Presidential.  Bush I was slightly better at it, but blowing chow on the Japanese Prime Minister kind of lacks the sort of Presidentiality that I’m looking for, and expecting from the Executive Officer of this nation.  I understand waking up from a dead sleep and having to blow.  Sometimes you don’t make it where you need to in time.  But unless you’re 4 years old, most people can figure out that it’s time to leave the State Dinner before going all Linda Blair on the hosting dignitary.  Not Bush.  And his son, from the point of view of decorum was a complete embarrassment, never mind his “policies”.  Even when he was at funerals he appeared like an 8th grader that had been dragged into the church.  You’d think a guy who supposedly based all of his policies on his faith would appear a little more comfortable in the house of God.  Not Bush.  Clinton had it going until Little Billy ran into the devil in the blue dress and that was the end of that.  Reagan could for the most part fake it, he was after all an actor.  I never liked the folksy bullshit act he ran, but at least it didn’t detract from the office.  With the noted exception of the “we commence bombing of Russian in 15 minutes” gaffe.  Nixon and Johnson spent a lot of time bumbling.  Kennedy appeared Presidential. 

Last night our President had to address a terrible act of violence that occured on the Army base in Fort Hood.  He handled it with honor, decorum and let us know that he too was horrified.  He’s stumbled a little in the past, although we all thought Kanye was a jackass, but for the most part, he appears Presidential.  And I like that.  I want a President that makes me proud, whether I agree with him or not.  President Obama does that.

So when I see a poll that says if Rush Limbaugh ran for President today would you vote for him, I resist the temptation to vomit on a visiting dignitary.  Although it does make me wake in fear in the middle of the night and run for the porcelain god.

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Some white trash version of Shania karaoke

Grab your bleeding liberal hearts, I’m on a roll this morning.

First up, the most important.  Forever burned in our memories is the events of the morning of September 11, 2001.  Those of you who know me, know I wasn’t in the title business when that happened.  That particular event drove me back to the title business, but at the very moment it occurred I was working for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.  I had gotten to work early that day.  I was a broker and we had to be in our chairs by 6:30 a.m. every morning because that’s when the stock market opens.  Once your book of business started rolling you didn’t have to do that, but the rookies had to.  I think it was part of Wendy’s hazing.  She was the toughest, but one of the fairest people I have ever worked for.  And she had a $10,000 funded trust set up for her Golden Retriever if anything should happen to her to be sure the dog was properly taken care of for the rest of it’s life.  I learned from her and adored her.  And I got my ass in my seat on time.  I got into the elevator at 101 California and this kid Jeff was in there coming up from the 2nd floor.  (Where compliance was located)  He says “Dude, a plane it the World Trade Center”.  Really?  Like a Cessna or something.  “No, dude, like a 747 or something”.  So I follow him up to his cube, which was diagonal from my cube and they interrupt the replay to show the second plane piercing our offices in New York.  The second plane hit that thing right around Morgan Stanley’s offices.  Right where Jeff and I and thousands of other squids had stood watching out the windows on breaks from our month long training at that site.  The headquarters was located there.  We used to be able to see planes flying BELOW us in those windows.  The buildings swayed in the wind.  You could feel it.  We bought tickets to the shows at night at the Half Price Ticket counter in the lobby.  The elevators in that building were the size of rooms and held 7o some odd people.  Don’t ask me how I remember that.  And now the building was engulfed in flames.  The news cameras were going back and forth between the buildings and you could tell that the media was freaked out.  Bush continued to read My Pet Goat to school children.  I looked at Jeff and said “We’re under attack, they’re going to shut this building down.  I’m freakin’ outta here.”  I left the building and got on BART.  All of Charles Schwab’s employees were already there.  Schwab’s management had arrived at the same decision I did.  They were all freaked out and crying.  Then I realized that the Transbay tube was a great target.  I decided if my number was up, it was up.  I was so not sleeping on the way home.  Five minutes later the management at 101 California shut the building down.  I was home by the time the first building collapsed.  The stock market was closed for the next week and my commission only career was torpedoed.  Two weeks later I took over as the plant manager at American.

Since then there has been a sea of lies and bullshit surrounding the events of that day.  You have to know that I would have a copy of the 9/11 Commission Report.  There are some inalienable truths to that day.  Most importantly, Condi Rice and Bush missed it.  They had the report (bin Laden determined to attack inside US) and they blew it.   And 3500 people died that day.  They kept us safe, except for that one day that they didn’t.  And they spent a lot of time telling us lies.  We know that  because even the mainstream media has debunked a ton of crap we were fed over the last eight years.  Saddam Hussein never did have weapons of mass destruction.  But with all the lies and crap we were fed over the last eight years, no one behaved as egregiously towards the President as Rep. Joe Wilson (R) SC did last Wednesday night.  Worse yet, this little shit stain did not even bother to present a proper apology.  The Party leadership called him and told him to apologize so he did.  Barak Obama is the President of the United States.  There is a certain level of decorum the President is afforded in person.  He is not Mr. Obama, he is President Obama.  Or Mr. President. Or Obama in reporting.   Shouting “You lie” from the floor of Congress is appalling.  I would be equalling disgusted if a Democrat did that to Bush, in spite of my conviction that 80 percent of what left his lips was lies.  He was the elected President of the United States and a certain amount of decorum is required.  Period.  Rob Miller who is running against Joe Wilson in 2010 raised over $700,000 yesterday.  I hope Joe Wilson goes down in flames.  Discourse if fine, but I’ve had my gut full of these people in the public eye acting like petulant children.  It’s time the Democrats grabbed their balls and stood up for something. They’re the ones who are failing us.  If they did a better job of getting their message out we wouldn’t have to deal with the likes of Joe Wilson because his constituents would know that he’s ignorant.  Speaking of ignorant, I know that the most of the ire about the illegals here in this country are directed towards the Hispanics.  Did you know there are over 2 million illegal Chinese just in the State of California?  They don’t go to the ER for fear of being caught.  So what’s this really about?

We all know the best health care in the country is the health plan afforded Congress.  I am on board with Senator Boxer.  She is calling out everyone in Congress who won’t approve a public option.

“If you don’t vote for this then give up your health insurance, because your health insurance is run by the public. It’s a government run plan.  And if you don’t think it’s good enough for you, then drop it and then don’t offer it.  But if you’re going to keep it, you’d better give other people the chance.

Can the Senator from California get an “Amen”!  Which reminds me of one of my favorite Bette Midler lines.  She was discussing her former backup singers, The Staggering Harlettes.   Miss Midler has been asked what projects her former back up singers were doing these days.  She retorted “One is starring in Married with Children, the other two are Senators from California”.

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Liberals are Americans too.

Finally, the actual point of this one was that today has been declared a National Day of Service and Remembrance.  I got this from my blood bank and since I’m due, I’m going down and giving a pint.  I did not give blood on 9/11/01.  I waited 10 days because I knew the outpouring from the public would get them what they needed that day.  I wanted to be sure they had something for later.  So I encourage everyone to do something for their country today.

The tragic events of September 11, 2001, inspired Americans to come together in a remarkable spirit of unity and compassion.

In April, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act which, for the first time, officially recognizes September 11th, as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

This September 11th, all Americans are asked to remember that Tuesday eight years ago and to recommit to service in their communities.

A powerful way to serve our community is through the act of blood donation.  The transfusion of blood from one human being to another transcends political and social divisions, nationalities, ethnicities, and creeds.  One human being giving blood to another is a gesture that unites us all.  It is our link with the future – and a way to say yes to life.

To donate blood, please visit www.bloodcenters.org   or call 888-393-GIVE (4483).

To learn about other service opportunities close to you, please visit www.serve.gov

You can read the President and First Lady’s call to service for September 11th here:

http://www.serve.gov/assets/documents/09_0828_potus.pdf

Thank you.

Couple modern day Moses, searchin’ for the promised land

Some days just aren’t even fair. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. When someone tosses up one of those big fat hanging curve balls that looks like a big ol’ meat pie, do you let it go by or do you drive it out of the park? McCovey Cove here we come.

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Appalachian, Argentina, tomato tomatoe. Honest mistake. They both start with an “A”. Come on now, the guy is from South Carolina, easy to mess those up. Backpacking, Buenos Aires, both start with a “B” and they’re big words for a backwoods boy to remember. Here’s another big word. Concubine. Did you tell her you were the Fine Governor from the Great State of South Carolina? Did she let you leave your boots on?

Ahh, but you know the Wine Dog never forgets a face. But, Fox News, that’s another story.

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I knew that boy was a Democrat. A Republican would never fly to some foreign country to cheat on his wife and leave his four boys home alone on Father’s Day. I should stop. This is really too easy. Good thing he’s got his wife to stand by him and give him a second chance. Too bad he didn’t feel that way when Bill Clinton got caught with HIS pants down. God I love the double standard. OK, I’ve got to give this guy a little break. Maybe he is who I want the GOP to run for President. What! That’s right. My theory is that guys who keep it in their pants, get us into wars, Reagan, Bush I, Bush II. Guys who dally, keep America safe. So maybe Sanford is the guy for the job.

I’m kidding. This guy needs to resign. Not because he dallied, but because he lied about it. That’s the logic and standard he applied to Clinton, so that is the standard and logic that should be applied to him. Maybe that shit flies in that backward inbred State that elected your dumb ass, but don’t expect the rest of us to buy what you’re selling. It’s the Martha Stewart Conundrum. You didn’t do anything wrong, per se, unless you’re billing yourself as a born again Christian leader for America…oh never mind… but you got caught lying. Have a nice life. Buh bye.