Happy New Years, Angry Black Readers. It’s an ABLC tradition for me to write a Taiwanese New Year post*, so I would be remiss if I didn’t pen one this year.
It’s the Year of the Dragon in Asian people world, and no, I’m not late because the celebration goes for five days. I have it on very good authority**, I’ll have you know. Besides, Asians are late for everything, so in Asian People Time, I’m actually early with this post!
The Year of the Dragon is a very auspicious year in which to start up any major project. The boldness of the dragon represents the boldness in which you have to approach the new year. Remember, it is better to dream big and fail spectacularly than to dream small and succeed miserably.
In addition, the dragon is the symbol of the emperor. This does not mean to live in a regal manner, however; it just reemphasizes the point that anything you do this year must be ambitious and worthy of an emperor. The Year of the Dragon is not a year in which to wait or be indecisive. If you have a dream that you’ve thought of accomplishing – this is the year. No more excuses. No more, “But but but but” sputtering. Anything you want to do, do it now!
This includes romance, my dear Angry Black Readers. If you have your eye on someone, now is the time to profess your love. Again, don’t be timid about it. Be confident and go up to your beloved, and say, “You, me, you, me, you, me!” while gesturing back and forth between you and your beloved. I gotdamn guarantee that it’ll work. *** The sky is not a limit this year – it is merely a suggestion!
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When is recycling not a good thing? When it’s pharmacies doing the recycling.
Medicines from deceased patients have been recycled, repackaged and resold to disabled or elderly patients, according to recent allegations. This has allowed them to benefit from the death of patients, resell expensive drugs at the risk of other customers, and allow the businesses to double-bill government aid for the full cost of the medicine. Some cancer drugs are so expensive they have been diluted or altered by unscrupulous staff. Some other rare drugs are so costly that it is still profitable to pay employee wages to sort and repackage them. Due to the large number of elderly and disabled who depend on aid, they are the most affected by this.
No charges have officially been filed, but drugs were found labeled “reuse” and computers were seized as well.
I like following conservative and conservative-ish pundits on Twitter, because A) it’s good to know what the other side is saying and B) they’ve
often sometimes got insightful things to say about their cause. Here are some of my favorite tweeted reactions to tonight’s debate from a couple of the nation’s leading conservative thinkers:
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Life in 5, 7, 5
For far too long the limerick has stood alone as a means of poetically capturing comically lowbrow ideas. For centuries it has been a friendless, manically mugging ghost-clown haunting the edges of an austere poets’ feast, laughing raucously while winking and attempting to nudge the living guests–making itself even more unwanted by reminding poets that their art form isn’t always as highbrow as they’d like to think it is. However, today this unwelcome party of one stands alone no more. Today we bring you…lowku.
The game and aim are simple. Every two weeks we’ll display an image of one of life’s more lowbrow moments. Your mission will be to carefully select words that add up to 17 syllables and string them together in 5,7,5 form in order to describe said image or tell its story. The winners will be whomever we feel like naming the winners (or whomever sends the most enjoyable bribes. I have a penchant for single malts and very dark ales, just saying), and we will announce them at the start of the following round. At that point a new image will be posted to ignite the next bout of genius. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Lowku winners and those who failed to bribe me but wrote great poems
This decision was tougher than anticipated. I was expecting you all to need at least a warm-up round or two to really get into the spirit of the game, but no, you jumped right in and ate this round like a…well, like a conservative eats a corndog.
Speaking of which–before I announce the winners I wanted to share a pattern that emerged while I was scouring Google Image Search for last week’s photo. Is it just me or does it look like the Republicans might actually be formulating a strategy for taking back the White House?
Come on, guys. Now you just sound desperate.
FDL’s David Dayen is being ridiculous. I suppose now that the State Department has rejected the Keystone Pipeline, there’s a lack of things to bitch about. So, why not bring up old gripes? Even though they’ve been resoundly debunked?
I mentioned earlier in the week how the public option fight changed the progressive movement. You had a popular, compromise measure that the public supported, where advocates did everything right, getting their pledges and using allies to make demands, and none of it mattered. It bred cynicism for future fights.
I have one question for the Salon.com blogger who repeatedly states that he does not endorse Ron Paul, and who coyly demurs that his vociferous statements of Ron Paul’s sheer awesome are not endorsement but simply a wistful desire to see certain issues discussed during the campaign: Why the fuck isn’t he endorsing Ron Paul?
He obviously thinks that Ron Paul is the bee’s knees and that Obama is some sort of Muslim baby-killing, drone-happy dictator. There’s a reason the Salon.com blogger refers to Obama as “Dear Leader” and to Obama supporters (85 percent of Democrats, mind you) as cultists (as well as depraved individuals who would defend anything, including Obama raping a nun.) So if he is spending thousands upon thousands of words touting the “really important shit” that Ron Paul brings to the 2012 election while also writing screed after screed (after screed after screed) about all the ways in which President Obama is the worst, and how Obama is a centrist Republican whose fault it is that the current Republican candidates are in a state of sheer clusterfuckery, it seems to me that the Salon.com blogger should saddle up and endorse Ron Paul.
It’s getting ridiculous — really. His non-endorsement endorsement nonsense is positively Clintonian: “It depends on what the definition of ‘endorsement’ is.” Render unto me a break. The Salon.com blogger is fooling no one but his rabid supporters and the feckless media which invites him to speak for progressives, even though he is about as progressive as Gary Johnson, which is not at all. Oh, and don’t you dare mention the Salon.com blogger’s Cato Institute affiliation. He’ll go berserk and deny it (even though, apparently, his ties to Koch/Cato are not as tenuous as he would have you believe.)***
But people are starting to get it. The Greenwald sweater of polemical deceit is unraveling, and I like it. I like it because I find his sort of polemical discourse and rhetorical bomb-throwing to be a reckless distraction from the serious problems that confront us.
I especially like this, from Tim Wise — “Of Broken Clocks, Presidential Candidates, and the Confusion of Certain White Liberals.” It’s a thing of beauty. You should read the whole thing, but I’m going to excerpt what I see as the most salient bit: Continue reading
We’re trying some new things out here at ABLC, and one of them is an extremely lazy post wherein I refer you to the top twelve popular posts for the prior week, in this case, the week of January 1-8. How did I figure out which posts were the most popular this week? Through complex lab tests and a complicated algorithm, of course. It’s hard to explain. Let’s move on.
Here are your top twelve in order:
Hi, all. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Lily the Pink, former Molly Gooder, former co-editor-in chief of Thundersquee! (along with a certain black lady who was more mad than angry at the time, but who, with the aid of tumor induced hormones and an inclination toward righteous indignation, eventually became very angry indeed), and lengthy sentence writer. For those of you who do know me, hi. ::waves::
ABL recently asked me to breathe life back into a feature called Lowku that we used to run at TS!. Being a die hard word nerd and friend of ABL, how could I refuse? So here I am. I look forward to getting to know those of you I’ve yet to meet, and to seeing those of you I haven’t seen in awhile. So let’s break open some breakfast wine and let the games begin!