Saturday, December 13, 2008

One Week of Life Has All the Raw Material I’ll Ever Need.

John Ramsey Miller

This week we learned that the Big 3 automakers bailout package included pay raises for Federal judges. I’m sure there’s lots of other pork in there as well. And it failed, and I’m not sure how I feel about it, but only because three million jobs are at stake. Everybody but the auto company’s executives knew where they’ve been screwing up for decades. All week long they pumped out cars by the thousands to ship out next week so they can sit rusting in lots across the country because nobody is buying. Less demand, fewer cars produced. Easy. Bad mileage, high gas prices, who wants them? High drama from the idiots we elected, as usual. There is NO leadership in DC. I pray that isn’t true after the 20th of January.

The governor of Illinois (a man who looks like Bob’s Big Boy) was arrested by the FBI for trying to sell Barak Obama’s Senate seat. Jesse Jackson’s son may or may not have been willing to buy it. He says he wasn’t going to buy it, but when has any politician admitted to doing anything on the first pass? Nothing ever changes in politics except the faces, and President elect Obama has so far made the campaigning-for-President Obama a pipe-dreamer at best and a skilled liar at worst. Not that there’s anything new in candidates lying, but a lot of people who are idealistic and believed the hype, are disappointed already, and they should be. I had an uncle who said the only thing under heaven worse than an attorney was a lawyer elected to an office.

A lady saw the Virgin Mary in an X-ray this week.

One of the pillars of Wall Street has been running a financial Ponzi scheme that cost his investors $50,000,000,000.00. Some of his clients were respected charities, and I suppose they’ll be bailed out along with the rich investors. Enron only lost a few billions more than this one guy.

In Greece thousands of Anarchists (mostly young people) burned the entire country, or large sections of it because some kid who’d been throwing Molotov cocktails at cops was killed by a ricocheting warning shot. The cop was put in to prison to placate the mobs, but yet they rage on and are still burning buildings and businesses. Call me old fashioned, but any kid who is threatening cops with death can catch a bullet and I won’t lead any riots. And it’s spreading across Europe like a plague. I’m not looking forward to the same here in the near future, but I smell it in the wind.

Caylee Antony’s corpse was found ½ mile from her home. Everybody in the United States, except the unfortunate child’s grandparents, knew the party gal killed her daughter, and that no mother who isn't in a coma waits a month after the babysitter fails to return a child to tell someone about it. Just don't happen.

Here’s a few headlines from this afternoon:
Canadian Man Builds Himself Robot Girlfriend, Clues found at Caylee kin home, Rapid-Fire Killer Robot Passes Flight Test, Muslim Scientists Prepare for Battle With Creationists, water vapor detected on distant planet, Who Needs the Big 3? Atlanta Company Plans New Police Car, Failing U.S. automakers popular in Europe, Teacher reveals Santa's identity, Woolies' facing bankruptcy, John Ramsey Miller's dog Buddah run over by a gas truck…

I’m sure I’ve missed something huge, but the point is the world is feeding us plots and sub-plots and characters. Could you have not spotted something this week to put into your newest project?

12 comments:

  1. And they ask us where we get our ideas! BTW, "a man who looks like Bob’s Big Boy" was a laugh out loud moment. Great post.

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  2. Okay. Forget all the other stuff, it's just business as usual. But your dog really got run over? That's terrible!

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  3. Also, sorry to hear about Buddah.

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  4. That's sad news about Buddah...sorry to hear.

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  5. I can't believe you guys actually read my blogs. I guess I'll have to be more careful. Yes, Buddah is no longer with us. He was a 5 year old pit/lab mix and although he was friendly 98% of the time, he was mostly lab, but he had more and more pit moments with strangers so that I never fully trusted him around my grandchildren. He was an alpha who ruled from a prone position on the deck, and kept the other dogs in line with amazing speed. He was a noble animal and a loyal friend to me, and I will miss him deeply. The other 3 dogs, having no disciplinarian in the pack, are having the time of their lives.

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  6. We buried him in the front pasture, where he enjoyed running and we can see his grave when we pass by..

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  7. The rest is just news, but I am SO sorry about Buddah! We lost our older dog not too long ago, and my heart breaks for you.

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  8. I like grapes.

    Concord grapes to be exact...

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  9. Basil,
    What was that? I didn't mention that Buddah is buried near our grape vines. Weird. Not Concord grapes, though.

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  10. Basil,
    What was that? I didn't mention that Buddah is buried near our grape vines. Weird. Not Concord grapes, though.

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  11. Sorry about the pup. We had to put our 15 year mutt down earlier this year.

    re: your blog. Yep, I read it faithfully. Try not to miss it every week because I enjoy it so much! But I don't always comment, usually because you've already said it all . . .

    I wrote an "end note" for the first time. In my current WIP, which focuses on human trafficking, my research taught me far more than I ever wanted to know about how cruel and evil people can be. When I was done, I felt I had to say something--and I try never to use my books as a soap box because they're supposed to be entertainment.

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  12. Better late than never but we've had a household of 4 year olds with pink eye. So sorry to hear about your dog - I know all too well how it feels to lose a friend. Our boys still keep asking about Benjamin.

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