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This diary should be unpopular. It might render me unpopular, too, but the end of the year is a good time for this.

If we take stock, we go to our time as merchants, looking through our lives and actions, or as pioneers braving isolation. We can count our goods in missed chances and our taken umbrage and given offense. We have failed at the good and succeeded at the evil under an array of titles, as a nation, but it amounts to the same. Our stockade has within it grinning devils wearing pious vestments.

Exigency -- ever the excuse of the slave driver and blessing of the torturer -- has made the lesser evil hold out for eternal imprisonment without charge as a precondition of the military budget. Amelioration -- a title worn by the amputating doctor -- glosses the armed drone that ignores borders and red crescents. Security -- the most transparent film ever donned by power -- has investigators and dissidents quietly murmuring that the evidence for a kill list must be tinged in holy awe and terror too great for vulgar eyes and that the apocrypha of such things may be trusted only to eyes with votes.

(If you've had enough, that's fine. If you're in the mood for more, there is more, and it gets more personal.)

The choir of necessity, improvement, and security sing with one voice, and the choir's managers point out, over and over again, that there is a shambolic lot of lunatics across the way singing private tunes in dissonant keys. You don't want them, do you?

Our waters are so healthy that they killfish with phosphates, needed or not. Bush-era loyalists were "burrowed" in Interior, and NASA, and other places, but our kindness means not trying to rectify that. Congress won't fund basic agencies, and the news won't report on this, and so we have no shame that will rebound upon them, except as that great, bland, corporate noun, "Congress." I suppose having the little guy really know about the representative would need a TEA party?

Our alternative energy sector is booming, in China.  Breakthroughs occur, and our corporations don't want them. Why they're not here is a mystery, if it's not a coincidence. We're fracked already, and we're going to be fracked some more, by a secret sauce of proprietary goo shot into injection wells that are not tracked, not mapped, and not safe. Tar sands are coming, with their billions of jobs, because. . . who really knows why? (I remember them being a debate topic in 1978, and they were a loser then, and we weren't even talking climate change.) Is the goal to lower the price of fossil fuel so much that alternative energy remains impractical, or do we really, really want bison grazing along the northwest passage?

It's nice that Discover Card is offering a new card that won't adjust one's APR for a late payment. We should thank them! We will thank them, too . . . for acting in accordance with the law that they fought and are still fighting. There is no regulation saying that insurance companies can't take credit for no longer disallowing pre-existing conditions, and no law says credit cards can act as if obeying the law isn't an act of beneficence on their part. If we don't publicize our good deeds with "Mission Accomplice" banners, the accomplices will hog the glory.

An old family home in Pikeville, NC. The house shows three generations of building, all fallen to decay by the time of the photo in 2000. It was once a majestic, if slapdash, home.
Houses are still in foreclosure, and the properties without an owner or occupant are staggering. A "glacial pace" of resolution sounds about right for letting things resolve themselves without dramatic intervention. After all, being dramatic is not our way: it would require a united party and a majority, and 52 is still less than 48 in the Senate.

Real wages are falling, regardless of unemployment, and yet inflation still seems to operate on food. This is not supposed to occur. It is almost as if there is an external force in the form of the corporation that is insulated from labor costs and ignores "supply and demand." Surely supply and demand is the fundamental law of the universe. How else to explain bottled water from tropical islands except an overarching demand for jets to fly it here to replace the undrinkable water of our aquifers?

Nothing is more efficient than the free market. Just let a demand develop, and the market will create a solution! Oh, and if a company is a bad actor, the market will respond to punish it -- unless it changes its name, or sells that unit, or claims that it fixed the problem, or deals in a staple good. Thus, Powerful Ideas counter any attempt at regulation and Profound Truths undergird the path of capital.

We may be shocked now, as we have been every morning, that the status quo can remain captive to such bankrupt monied lies, but what should shock us is that we can point to Bernie Sanders and some one or two alone who even say what's true, and they don't get on David Gregory's pool party list.

Administration: you were elected by "liberals." The nation did not merely reject a plutocrat, it said that it pretty much wanted the opposite.
Congressional democrats: Your arguments win back home, if you're not a dunderhead. Yes, you have voters who won't listen, but they're voting for the other dude anyway.
2012 has managed the impossible by being as bad as 2011. Maybe eyes are opening. We won't know until someone says "no" to some money infused obscenity and "yes" to the people.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

    by The Geogre on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 05:23:15 AM PST

  •  Many of us share your laments, Geogre. We (5+ / 0-)

    haven't figured out what to do about them because others are in charge.  These leaves us with only two options: our personal conduct and ability to apply pressure OR blind fate that produces circumstances that cannot be evaded.  With regard to the latter, I suspect a few once rabid Randians who were popped by Hurricane Sandy will mull over their former notions about the role of government in their lives, and some craven Second Amendment misinterpreters will ask themselves a few uncomfortable questions about their artillery inventory, especially if they live in Connecticut.
    I appreciate your sense of the tragic.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 05:52:09 AM PST

    •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
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      penguins4peace, northsylvania

      I surely hope you are right about the personal revelations of our usual suspects, but I have seen also how quickly the liars flood the vaccuum to help salve the conscience of the wicked. What else is the blame on "God's will" except a way to have no blame for oneself, and how instantly did the "Because God wasn't allowed into the school, that's why" fly into homes after Newtown?

      I hope for a basic sense of revulsion and weariness in the souls of those who have been passively swept along into the racist and platitudinous lies, but I hope we're not left saying, with Flannery O'Connor's Camus-like Misfit, "[He/she]'d a been a good [person] if they'd been somebody there to shoot 'em every minute of their life."

      People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

      by The Geogre on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 06:24:41 AM PST

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  •  I think you mean "jeremiad," not "phillipic." (7+ / 0-)

    A "phillipic" is an stack on a particular political actor, named for Demonthenes' attacks on Phillip II of Macedonia and done most famously by Cicero against Antony, eventually resulting in Cicero's losing his head and the hand that wrote the phillipcs.  A "jeremiad" involves decrying the general state of society the way Jeremiah did.  If you had focused your critique on the failings of our faux-liberal President, as I tend to do when in the state of mind reflected in your diary, that would have been a phillipic.  

  •  I hear my daughter go on in this vein. (2+ / 0-)
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    Kingsmeg, northsylvania

    It makes me feel so sad. And some guilty.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 06:30:37 AM PST

    •  We are ALL guilty (3+ / 0-)

      My only white feather was that I stood firm against Blue Dogs. I know the argument is, "Hey, better a Democrat than a Republican," but John Barrow voted with his party very few times, and never when it mattered, still less when the vote was close.

      I saw no benefit to choosing between Republicans, and so I abstained on that ballot and voted on the other races, and I will support a primary challenger for him.

      People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

      by The Geogre on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 08:40:13 AM PST

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  •  RE: BoA I note that not only did they drop my (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    The Geogre

    credit limit as I paid the card down so my limit on this card stayed underwater, but they also continue to draft my account to pay off the card which I paid off in full 3 months ago.  Each time they send a refund check but it still gives them use of my money for a couple of weeks.

    Meant to cut this card up but I decided to keep it as I had a couple of other BoA accounts closed when I zeroed them out.

    •  BoA "too big to wail" (2+ / 0-)
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      entlord, penguins4peace

      We cannot wail upon them, cannot hurt them: they're "#1 in retail banking."

      I thought my "mission accomplice" was a good bit, because we're going to see more like Discover Card's "new shIt card." When they do comply, they'll tell you what white knights they are. More often, they will claim that you're grandfathered out of decency, fair representation, and the rule of law.

      People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

      by The Geogre on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 08:42:51 AM PST

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