In which a rhetorical question is asked

Hey, kids, what’s Austerity Clause gonna bring you for Sequestermas?

I asked for a Mitch McConnell Inaction Figure.

Not gonna get it, of course.

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35 Responses to “In which a rhetorical question is asked”

  1. Steve O Says:

    I’ve been a bad boy this year, so I’m guessing a lump of coal. Clean coal, of course.

  2. Khal Spencer Says:

    Nice play on words, O’G. We should be so lucky if Congress ever worked so hard or was so clever.

  3. Steve O Says:

    My Army retirement + VA disability is greater than what I pay in taxes. Therefore, I’m a net taker, aka scum of the earth who shall receive nothing in his Sequestermas stocking. Worst of all, I don’t even appreciate all of those job creators who apparently buy my iPhones, puppies, and government cheese.

    Now, keep your federal hands off of my Medicare!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Never fear, Steve, you’re in good company here. I myself come from a long line of scum. Granda fled the English rather than learn how to walk upright to operate their wheelbarrows; Da snarfed up nine whole years’ worth of retirement bennies from 30 years in the USAF before the vodka got him; Unc’ got out of the Air Corps and became a judge in Florida, which is practically a license to steal; and I haven’t had a job since 1991 but they still let me vote.

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      I am a DoD federal retiree. My status on the bottom rung is only surpassed by double dippers who had the audacity to stay in the service 20 years, I only did three, and go to assorted hell holes to protect the oligarch’s investment portfolios. Reminds me of Country Joe and The Fish.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    I read an email today sent out to all the lab rats along the lines of “we’ll do everything we can to avoid furloughs”. I’m sure the top brass will make do on that statement, but a lot depends on how long this Beltway Standoff goes on.

    I’m worried for those folks closer to the personal household fiscal cliff than some of us older, established coneheads. I’ll gladly take a a little time off w/o pay to help someone else with more mouths to feed. Can use the extra hind end time on my bicycle, tell you the truth. After I keeled over in January of some unknown weird shit, my doctors said “eat well, ride lots, do all things in moderation, and get some rest”.

    May we live in interesting times, eh?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No kiddin’, K. We have a buttload of civvie contractors at Fort Cartoon who shortly will be looking elsewhere for their skittles and beer. Good luck with that in a burg with a service economy and a jobless rate that’s a full point above the statewide average. Even Mickey D’s only needs so many folks wearing paper hats and flinging spuds through windows.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Our State Legislature in New Mexico just refused to pass a bill that would have ended social promotion in our schools. Frankly, as long as your average Murrcan thinks he can skate by on minimal effort while voting for liars and cheats who promise the Promised Land while stealing them blind, there will be a long line of applicants wanting to wear those paper fucking hats.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Which reminds me.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Just like Sierra Vista, except B’Burg is bigger. This place is completely dependent on Federal money. Army and Border Patrol are the deep pockets down here.

        The oligarchy designed those paper hats for the quickly increasing number of wage slaves they are creating. And they have the best Congress money can buy to back them up.

  5. Flahute Says:

    I’d think a Mitch McConnell Inaction Figure would be exactly what you’d get … because you know that he and his cronies ain’t gonna do anything.

    At least not anything worthwhile.

  6. Larry T. Says:

    i’m going to be making some contributions to the Democratic Senate campaign coffers this time round. Hate to say this, but a super-majority there might be our only hope of getting anything done in the face of a House where Boner can’t control his feral children. Our Italian friends are distraught at what just happened here…I say “it could be worse, you could have politics like in the USA right now! At least the Italians have some comedians involved, a pro and and a few amateurs. Meanwhile we have Mitch McConnell.”

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      That’s an idea worth pursuing, Larry. I once again sent my normal E mail to my reps and senators (except McLame) asking them to play nice. Talking to McLame is futile.

      On an upbeat note, we did a 12 mile ride late this morning through the neighborhood and adjoining trails and ended up, as we normally do, at the Brown Canyon Ranch house. A great ride, beautiful weather, and the cottonwoods are blooming. Hot damn, I think spring might have sprung here in SE AZ. High 70’s on Sunday will find us on the touring bikes for 20 miles or so. Sweet.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        We’re supposed to have a short stretch of decent weather here, too. I need to take advantage of it. But I have to work the weekend and have two deadlines to beat next week. Plus there’s this damn sinus infection to overcome.

        But I’m gonna get outdoors for a spell even if I have to crawl. I’ll probably leave a track like a slug.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        We rode this morning, and the weather was as predicted. As real “Chamber of Commerce” day down here. Time for the three weeks or so of knicker weather, then shorts! But, the weather service folks are saying one last winter storm on Friday, with snow down to 4700 feet.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Herself and I keep giving our money to the local soup kitchen and food bank, reasoning that this is perhaps where our bucks can make the biggest difference. But it may be time to start supporting proper candidates, too, if any.

      I keep hearing these yahoos talk about running the country like a business, or the way a family does its finances. If we did our jobs so poorly we’d soon be patronizing the soup kitchen and food bank instead of donating to same. And if our kin were so damn’ dumb, we’d change our names.

      • Larry T. Says:

        I wonder if these clowns know better but simply think the bozos who vote for ’em don’t, or do they really think all these austerity programs around the world are getting those economies out of recession….in spite of all the evidence to the contrary?
        It’s like a family where the breadwinner loses his job..but there’s another one out there, all he has to do is spend some gas money to drive over there and apply for it….but NO…the family must quit “spending beyond its means” as John Boner says, so…the family will just keep on not spending money – somehow that will fix things? It’s bad enough to read about this crap over here, I’m really glad I’m not there where it’s 24/7.

  7. Steve O Says:

    Not sure why everyone’s so worried. Everything’s going to be cool, according to these guys.

    (Thought most folks here would get a kick out of #5, at least.)

  8. Debby Says:

    Those are great. Especially number 5. Being a cat “guardian” (as we say here in Boulder County), I know all about that one.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, I’m having all kinds of luck keeping Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment) from marching back and forth across the battlements of my food-preparation surfaces. Just a training exercise, nothing to see here, move along, move along.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Duffy shadows me in the kitchen until he gets his carrot stick or green bean. Since he was getting a little large, the vet recommended them, and he loves ’em. Now he is back at his fighting weight of 11 pounds; he is a fearsome beast.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        You should see Mister Boo go to town on cucumbers, radishes, bean sprouts and carrots. He performs a semicircular dance around Herself as she assembles a salad and whimpers like Bob Woodward until he gets a little sumpin’-sumpin.’ He’s cuter than Bob, though.

  9. Steve O Says:

    I’m asking for one of these:

    The worst they can do is say “no,” yeah?

  10. Ira Says:

    Just when you think the stupidity of politicians has reached an apex, a new level is attained –

    • khal spencer Says:

      As in Ronnie Ray-Guns, “trees cause pollution”. LMAO. The scary thing is this is the guy who WON his election.

  11. Debby Says:

    It’s possible that Austerity Clause will be bringing me a pink slip. The company I work for provides software and software services to various state and federal agencies who oversee the Medicare and Medicaid programs. If they have to cut ten percent, then we might get our contracts cut ten percent, and that could mean a few staff members getting laid off. Guess who is at the bottom of the seniority list? Don’t know yet, I’m just speculating…

    • Larry T. Says:

      I’ll include a few shekels in my political donation for you Debby…the only f__ing part of the medical services in the USA that actually works well gets cut. The inmates are truly running our asylum. Gawd, how I look forward to the day we can move to disfunctional Italia full time!!! Especially if we can get on their health coverage and tell the insurance crooks in the USA to kiss off.

  12. Opus the Poet Says:

    Hey Pat, and any other starving or poorly nourished artists reading this blog. I’m having a contest to design my new tattoo at
    $500 to the winner and my eternal gratitude for making my most ugly body part no longer remind me of almost getting permanently killed (as opposed to being temporarily missing things like pulse and respiration).

    • Larry T. Says:

      Already got a tat like the one shown here?
      This is not inked on MY hide, but for a tattoo I think it’s pretty cool.

      • Opus the Poet Says:

        Right now my only tat is my SSN tattooed to the bottom of my left foot to aid in identifying my body if things went pear-shaped in a former job I used to have.

      • Downhill Bill Says:

        I remember seeing a pic in a bike mag years ago of a tat on a guy’s right shoulder depicting a life size Neuvo Record rear derailleur. Only tat I ever liked enough to consider a copy of, but I never had a bike with one. Tat of a Dura-Ace just wouldn’t have the same cachet.

        Great idea, Opus! More power to ya!

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