Pour me a cold one and oh, by the way…..

What do I like more? Cindi McCain’s recipes from the Food Network or the fact that John McCain doesn’t think the middle class in this country are getting crunched? Tough call. Either way, they’re underestimating this country. Or if you ask our President we’re misunderestimating the country. I really do not understand why the Republicans are throwing this guy out there. There were better guys in the beginning. This weekend on Bill Maher he opined:

You know that since George Bush has become president, gas has basically tripled in price. Now, Bush is an oil man. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I’m just saying that if we had elected Colonel Sanders president and the price of chicken had tripled, I’d be a little suspicious.

Me too. So McCain aligns himself with that guy? How did the Bushes get to be so powerful in this country? Where’s Dan Quayle?

MAHER: I think if Barack Obama had just chosen his words a little better… instead of saying that people were “bitter” and they “cling” to religion and guns, if he said they were “angry” and they “embrace” their religion, I think all would have gone away

Yeah, that too. He interviewed a bunch of people in Pennsylvania and this is a non-issue to them. They understand what he meant and they are crossing party lines to vote for him. Why? Because they’ve had enough. As far as I’m concerned the best didn’t come out of that party either. I don’t get what’s wrong with this country that we can’t recognize the best and reward it. We do so in sports, but that’s about it. We’re the country the brought you Britney Spears fergodsakes. We’re so ADD we’ve forgotten that we’re supposed to be looking for a 6 foot tall Arab with a kidney dialysis machine wandering the desert, who by the way, we really don’t want to catch or we’d already have him. You see, I believe in our armed forces. It’s our government that troubles me.

Did you know the only real industry still located in this country is the debt industry? Me either. All of us title people have made a lot of money on the debt industry. Now we’re consumers of it. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the various stages of a neighborhood:

  • Integration
  • Equilibrium
  • Disintegration
  • Rejuvenation

At the time I applied that to the Bloodless Empire. I’m thinking it could equally be applied to the entire country. We’re in disintegration right now. We’re mired in a war that we should have never gotten involved in, yet we did. The middle class is being crushed financially and morally and the rich are getting richer. They’re sending our youth to get killed in a fool’s folly and seriously, all we need now is an Italian midget with a fiddle and we’re set to make history.

Speaking of the Bloodless Empire

Here at PBE, we always give credit where credit is due. Executive compensation is a big bugaboo of mine. I gave John Mack a thumbs up for passing on his bonus after the mortgage backed securities debacle. The Merrill Lynch Guy and the Citigroup guy fell on their collective swords, if for no other reason than they sucked horribly, also an acceptable solution in my book. (Golden parachutes, not so much, Stan and Ted) However, now I have to give some props for the leader of the Undead. He refused his bonus and took a monstrous pay cut. Here’s the article from LA Biz on it, the guy from Indymac stepped up to the plate as well. That’s what it means to run a company. Two thumbs up for these LA guys, the Wine Dog lifts a glass to you this evening. That was the right thing to do. Thank you. Seriously.

In the gym

Those of you who have been following this nonsense for any period of time, know that my work out is a 4 week cycle. I finished a cycle today. It was one of the better cycles I’ve done in the last year. My shoulder is strong and I’m lifting well. I added in today’s Crossfit WOD, which was five sets of three shoulder presses. I did 95 pounds. It was brutal.

In the next day or two I’ll get something up about the trip the Napa on Friday. Here’s your teaser. It did involve a nap on a park bench. And cheese.

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