All posts by James DeVol

June 4th

Well…it was an okay day yesterday…but the third of 4 kids is moving out of state today and I’m happy he is going…it’s time for him to try some new things and get out of GR….and it gets me another place to visit that I haven’t been to yet….but it is still bittersweet….I wasn’t good last night so I need my coffee and papers…I’ll be back later with more…

I know…it took a long time to get back here but I was feeling like crap all morning and then I had to take a nap to try to feel human again…which I am, kinda, I was so good all week and then K tempted me yesterday and it was time to give in…but now I remember why I was being good and I’ll only have one more day of badness before I become good again…the bike ride was a killer today even at 9am and I came back just whipped…I did see my first snake of the year on the trail today which made me smile….it is getting hot today and I know I’ll have to run the air to sleep tonight..don’t know if I’ll have anything else to say today but I’ll try later….

Pushing toward 1,000…

Well…got lunch in the oven (making some Texas style ribs with roasted red potatoes)…can you smell that? That’s some good food that I’m really looking forward to…made them with G’s recipe in a foil pouch…yummy….was just looking at the dashboard for this thing and found that I’m quickly approaching the 1,000 post mark and I’m not sure how I feel about it….I know it’s some sort of an accomplishment to have written more than two of these every day for over a year…but then I sit back and think what has been the point? No, I’m not dropping back into depression…just thinking about a lot of things…doing a little introspection over the past two days and I’m not sure if I like what I see…always too self critical but that’s me I guess…

Now, on to other stuff…I find it funny that the repubs are bitching so much about the stimulus package not working and that it was such a waste of money even though over 200 billion of the 800 was tax cuts and other tax relief. Now, what its it repubs? Do tax cuts spur job creation or don’t they? If we look at the math, and I want to, let’s compare what they are doing here in Michigan with the 2 billion in tax cuts for business that our gov Snyder and all of the other repub crazies here say will create thousands and thousands of jobs. If that will work here, why hasn’t the 200 billion in tax cuts on the federal level resulted in millions and millions of new jobs across the country? This just points out the repubs reliance on outdated ideas that have been shown over time to not work…but here’s the kicker…why do the repubs want so much measurement of middle class workers (i.e teachers) and to eliminate the jobs of those that don’t perform while they give billions and billions to corporations with no strings attached? In the latest budget giveaway to business here in Michigan, no metric is in place that would tie the tax breaks for business to anything…that means they can spend the tax windfall any way they want…outsourcing jobs, giving the ceo’s raises, or stock buybacks that do nothing to spur the economy or create jobs. This just isn’t fair and I think America is starting to see who these idiots for who they are…a paid arm of business that is ruining our democracy…

June 3rd

Well..it was an interesting day yesterday…not really, didn’t do much but lie out in the sun…and it only took about 30 mins to get scorched to the point I needed aloe to keep from peeling…yep, lead a very boring life….but today might be better…I have hope anyway….I do have things to do today starting with heading for G’s first in a little while and then to the normal routine but that will be broken up with drinks with K later in the aft….I have been good three nights in a row now…nope, four nights in a row and I am starting to feel better…but still no sleep but I’m waiting for the body to reset so I guess I’ll just have to be patient…I’ll be back in a while to add to this one and for others….I think the cobwebs are clearing a little and that means you’ll have more to see later…

Did you expect anything different?

Well…I’ve been reading about the big conference on Mackinac Island where the repubs and business leaders, who purport to represent the people of Michigan, are meeting to gloat over ramming through their radical right-wing agenda. Since this conference is supposed give voice to the plans to “reinvent” Michigan, where is the input from the ordinary Michigan citizen? Where is the input from organized labor? Where is the input from our retirees? The quick answer is nowhere….none of those groups were even invited to this “victory lap” where business and their repub lapdogs sip champagne on the porch of the Grand Hotel and make plans to steal even more of the state from you and me. What else can you call it when taxes are raised on everyone but business and then those taxes are given to the ceo’s who then will pad their pay that is already higher than ever in history. How does it feel to write a check to a ceo that makes 20 million dollars a year? What are you going to give up to make sure these guys get another summer home or two new Mercedes?

I guess we only have ourselves to blame for voting for these thieves…or, no, I blame everyone else…I didn’t and will never vote for these thugs….

June 2nd

Well… I was good last night and feel pretty good today…but we’ll see if that continues past the morning…I sure hope so…I am getting tired of being tired all the time….it was just a normal night last night…I did watch the movie “The Fighter” last night and it was just so much better than the “Black Swan”…so I’m two movies into the oscar nominated ones from last year..I think I’ll have to look up that list so I can order the right one next time…I did watch part of the Stanley Cup playoffs, too, but I just can’t get interested with the Wings not in it….sleep was okay last night but still no dreams and I miss that….not much to do today…might get the clubs out and go hit a bucket of balls but my elbow is a little sore so I might just rest it and take it easy…not quite warm enough to go to the beach but it looks like next week will be better…I will get more out today since the nonsense of the repubs is starting to get deep….

This is a day for shorties…

Well…it appears that the thoughts are coming in small bites today so that what is coming out and I guess I’ll just live with it…I don’t know if it is too soon to say I told you so…but a couple of months ago I predicted that without a continuing stimulus program that included additional government spending on infrastructure and other projects such as schools, roads, and high speed internet, that the economy would head back into recession and that is just what is happening. No matter what the repubs would have you believe, Keynesian economics and its principles that have been proven time and again over the years to be correct cannot be denied just because it goes against the orthodoxy of the repub party. And, they are compounding the problem by doing just what they did in the great depression…cut too much spending before the economy was self-sustaining. You know where this is going to go don’t you? These repub know-nothings are going to try to blame this on overspending by Obama…but, there appears to be a building groundswell of buyers remorse about the repubs control of the House and their radical right-wing agenda. Hope so….geez…

Oh, one last thing…if the business world truly believed the fantasy of the repubs economic policies, wouldn’t they still be hiring to get out ahead of the boom that is supposed to be coming? Business truly knows that the policy of cutting spending during a recession is wrong headed and they are predicting the results that are coming by not hiring any more people that they will just have to lay off when the second dip comes…stupid, stupid repubs…

The republicans are still hypocrites…

Well…if you needed any more evidence on how hypocritical the repubs are about austerity measures that they say are necessary to make the economies of many states healthy again…and those measures invariable hit the poor and aged like a ton of bricks, just take a look at the latest repub star and his “let them eat cake” moment. Yesterday, governor Chris Christie of New Jersey took a Sate Police helicopter to see his son’s baseball game….yep, he wants to cut the benefits for workers, the poor, and the middle class since the state is so broke, then spends thousands to illegally use state property for personal benefit. But, you know that is how these guys are; once they are in power they use the government as their own personal plaything on the backs of the voters…geez….can’t they do better?

June 1st

Well…had a fun day yesterday with lunch with T and then out to play pool with Tom…and I won for the first time in a month so that was the icing on the cake…I was good when I got home….the first day of no cocktails at home so I should feel better today…and I think I do but I just got up so I’m not sure yet…did not sleep at all which I know is a result of being good and I know it will take a few days to get back into the groove and reset the body. I do have some stuff to do today…have to rebuild the door on the car since the duct tape is coming apart and then the regular routine…looks like a nice day out there already and I need to get going since I’m already running late…there will be more later even if I have to force it since I barely made my numbers for last month…so, more later…

I wish someone would do something…

Well…as I said this morning, there has not been much going on in politics for me to write about and I guess it’s one of the problems a couterpuncher has…someone has to punch first…and no one is punching so I guess I’ll have to come up with something on my own. Hmmmmm…oh, Ohio State…as a Michigan fan, I’m having a hard time dredging up any sympathy for the situation there…I’m glad that Tressel resigned and that the shenanigans with almost their whole team has been exposed; the smirk has been taken off the face of their fans and they are going through what we went through with Rodriguez. They will always be known as cheaters now…

Oh, on politics….just some general stuff that has been percolating…I hope the repub idiots here in Michigan get their victory dances in now because they are going to pay in 2012….we may still have a repub governor, but we will have at least the house or senate back after these thugs gave the state away to business on the backs of retirees and the poor…the pendulum is going to swing back to sanity after the flirtation with the tea party and it’s right wing radicals. You heard it here first….that’s about it for now…thinking is not coming easily right now….but is is so much better than this morning…I think I’ll do a no booze day count…might be fun to chronicle…

May 31st

Well…yeah, I know…I’m not doing my job here but I just haven’t had much to say lately…I did have an okay day yesterday but I did have to turn the air con on to sleep last night…I just can’t get the picture out of my head that there was money going out of my wallet every time the thing came on…oh, well…went over to K’s yesterday for a little party and had some fun and I feel quite crappy this morning but today starts the being good for the summer phase so you won’t hear that from me anymore. I do have lunch with T today and I am looking forward to it and to the storms we are supposed to have later. I did get the bike cleaned up yesterday..it was just coated in crud and I didn’t even want to ride it….it is starting to look like it has the 7,000 miles on it that it does but that’s okay….that’s about it for now…I will be back later for politics and other stuff…

Okay…just thought I’d add a little to this one before I take off and go to lunch…..it was a really nice bike ride this morning but the wind was up again which always hurts like crazy…at least the real wind waited to come until I got back here….I don’t know if it’s me or not, but people seem to be getting nicer…yep, I’ll bet you never thought you’d hear that out of me but it appears that I’m seeing far fewer scowls and idiot behavior out there when I’m on my bike…or it could be that these people have seen me if full crazy mode on the bike before and it makes them laugh that an old guy like me tortures himself every day….don’t really care which…just hope it continues because it helps my mood considerably….more later….but it has been a slow news week again so nothing has outraged me…geez maybe I’m getting too mellow to keep doing this….