Thursday, August 16, 2007

The stock market plunges, the powers that be light another cigar

When the stock market still drops like a stone days after the fed jams $17 billion into the banking system, what does it mean? Countrywide, the largest mortgage lender in the nation, was the trigger for this latest plunge after they announced they are pulling money from their $11 billion credit line just to fund operations. I’m not an international businessman but even I know that taking loans to keep the day to day operations of your business going is a horrible sign.

Once the dust settles on this mortgage situation a very small number of people are going to be in the most prime position ever seen to scarf up a huge amount of real estate. Homeowners are still falling further and further in their payments. Credit card interest rates are doubling because of the state of the market. Once those homeowners who are barely making it start paying those higher credit card rates, even they will begin to fall behind in house payments and the number of homes in foreclosure will jump again. Worsening the cycle with each twist and turn.

A very select few are going to wind up on the money making side of this catastrophe, the vast majority of us are going to be burned and the gap between the richest and poorest keeps widening. Can the middle class even afford to buy and keep a home in this day and age? The answer is no, the middle class cannot and the middle class loses even more ground and power in the process. Who benefits? The powers that be benefit.

Last night I had MSNBC’s Hardball on while I was making my dinner. I heard a talking head say the most stupid and bullshit thing I have heard on there for quite some time. The subject was the Chinese goods scandal and this pro-business “Reaganite” had the gumption to say that if Americans didn’t want to buy toys and products from China, stop shopping at Wal-Mart. Matthews, like a lap dog, didn’t jump on this stupid comment.

We cannot find goods that are not made in China. There are so-called “specialty” products that are not made in China, but we are talking about boutique level products. They are neither priced nor available in numbers for mass consumption. The jobs that were on American soil even a decade ago to manufacture clothes, toys, household goods, etc… are no longer here. The globalists wanted these jobs sent to China for the slave wages and maximized profit margins. The fall out, lead based paint, shoddy construction and toxic substances, are part of the end result.

This, the Chinese scandals and the widening credit debacle, are exactly what the PTB have wanted to happen. Power and money is consolidated into their hands and out of ours.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Quitting smoking - Day 3 - Crying jags and holier than thou assholes

I’m so tired. Man, I’m beat. I think the worst of the cravings for a smoke are gone now. Dear Lord, I hope they are. I actually don’t want a smoke today and I am not thinking about smoking with nearly as much frequency as yesterday. I am, however, tired, sleepy and depressed with wild and vivid dreams occurring. Last night I had a sensation of tears welling up in my eyes, like I was going to get all weepy and go on a crying jag like a little girl, for no apparent reason. This sucks big wieners.

My sense of taste is still not back but more strongly flavored things such as coffee, hard candy and chocolate are becoming more complex in flavor to me again. My sense of smell returns in spurts. I still have the jitters too. My hands and fingers are always moving and I can’t stop them. I must look like a mess. Oh yeah, I have a headache too and I’m all wheezy, like an asthmatic in the middle of a field of blooming wild flowers.

Considering what we know is a fact regarding what the tobacco industry does to hook and keep us hooked on smokes, is there any reason you should doubt that conspiracy theories are very real? They’ve tweaked the chemicals that they add to the tobacco over the years to create a scientific method of inducing extreme addiction. They denied this for years and kept it secret, which turns it into conspiracy fact, but in the end we all know what they have done.

I wish that smoking were healthy and not addictive. If it were, I’d still be smoking the Pall Malls whenever I wished. This shit is not healthy and I am such a hopeless cigarette junkie. I mean, Jesus H. Christ…I was smoking un-filtered Pall Malls, almost two packs a day, for almost a decade and Marlboro Reds, two packs a day for almost two decades. I have no fucking will power with smokes and I am going to struggle with it long after the physical effects have left me.

To those who still smoke, I will never, ever be one of those pinched face rat bastards who judge you. I know what it’s like to be hopelessly hooked and I know the physical pleasure that a smoke does indeed give…within seconds. All I can tell you is if you want to quit, get the nicotine gum (store brand to save dinero) and get ready for a crazy ride on the back of a bronco when you kick. If you want support, write me. I get it, I am one of you, I know how hard this shit really is.

To all those pinched face rat fucking bastards who do judge smokers, go fuck yourselves! Your little condescending attitude is horseshit and no one gives a fuck about what you think or about you! Lick my hairy balls and drop fucking dead! Go live with the Mormons and you cats can suck each other off like good little prunes and crones. This is some tough shit to get through and if you are high and mighty about the process it tells me you don’t know the first fucking thing about addiction. Piss off, eat shit and die, etc…Seriously, get bent. Your judgement of smokers if fucked and I don't give two fucks for what you think about smokers.

Can you tell I’ve already reamed one of those types of people today? Assholes...all of them are assholes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Quitting smoking - Day 2 - No one has died...yet

O, you devil nicotine. I’m in the second day and I’m doing better than I was on Monday. Yesterday was awful. I was happy, I was sad, I was cranky, I was dizzy and hyperventilating. Today I just feel tired and sleepy, I still have the jitters and I feel really low speed. I’m still Jonesin' for an un-filtered Pall Mall but I’m hanging on tight.

I'm sucking so much hard candy that a little ulcer has erupted on the tip of my tongue, which always sucks. You know the kind I am talking about. You get it anytime you overdo hard candy. I've got a lot of healthy (and naughty) food treats at home to help me make it through this. I have a daily workout so that should help me keep the extra pounds in check. Then again, I've had a 30 inch waist ever since high school and that was 25 years ago, so I think I'll be fine.

The nicotine gum will save me. Instead of Nicorette I am using the CVS store brand nicotine gum, mint flavor. Does anyone know if CVS, Walgreens or Eckards sells store brand nicotine gum in flavors other than mint? I think I'm going to need variety in the gum but I won't complain if all I get is the store brand mint. Junkies can't be picky.

Honest to goodness, I think I will always miss my Pall Malls, like any junkie does when he gives up his dope of choice.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Of all the weeks I could pick to stop sniffing glue, it had to be this week.

Dear Lord, it figures this would happen. Your paranoid blogger is having a seriously rough time this morning as I’m in the first 48 hours of quitting smoking. If this weren’t enough, Karl Rove has resigned his position in the White House. The Illuminati better not be up to any tricks over the next few days. I actually want this to work out and not lapse back into smoking. If they throw a curve ball at me I’ll have a puff and it’ll be all over for me.