Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Stoopid Soup.....a cure for what ails you.
What better area to do a low flyover in a jetliner, flanked by fighter jets, than in the general vicinity of the 9/11 WTC attack? How do you top that? Send a fire eater to the local children's burn unit? Needless to say it scared the hell out of people. They fled the buildings they were working in, some ran into the streets crying, panicked, all kinds of worst case scenarios running through their minds. As we all know, the airliner turned out to be an Air Force One 747 doing some kind of photo op. Obama says he is pissed off, the white house issued the expected statement peppered with shock and appal, and just the right touch of indignation. Some over paid ass hat, the director of the White House Military Office, Louis Caldera, issued a formal apology, saying that he authorized the whole thing. Are you fuckin kiddin me? That's it? He should have been issuing his apology from the parking lot, right after being fired for being an idiot, then flung from his office window. Sure there have been bigger blunders, more serious repercussions, but you have to start somewhere. Not a day goes by that some clown in a suit doesn't commit some blunder at the expense of the people they are charged with serving.
Here locally, when all else fails, piss money away on redeveloping a wasteland. Tony's Kansas City has a post and a couple of links regarding some group debating what type of business should go in a building, on the SW corner of Linwood and Troost, that has sat empty since Christ was in short pants. Not to be a wise ass, but I'd suggest a triage unit, or maybe another Cricket outlet. Any business that goes on that corner will fail. Slapping a new coat of paint on a structure that should be demolished and calling it progress is nothing more than a feel good project. It's all smoke and mirrors. It reminds me of the Economic Stimulus Package Project about to take place in the same area. The Gubmint is going to spend millions training people to install energy efficient windows in homes in the area. This same area has been featured in my urban blight series, and I've written countless posts about one crime after another. Triple pane windows don't stop bullets any better than single pane. Unless and until crime in the area along and east of troost is brought under control, progress is unattainable. You don't put new siding on a house that is infested with termites. First you get the termite problem under control, then you go about beautifying. Otherwise it's like wiping your ass before you shit, it doesn't make sense. The biggest danger on the city's east side doesn't come from the thugs and gangstas, it comes instead from the community organizers , special interest groups, and the long line of "activists" and "Leaders", who are constantly dipping their hands in the till. I've said it before, you can slap a saddle on a pig, enter it in the Kentucky derby, and call it a thoroughbred, but it's still a pig. Dressing up the east side won't cure what ills it. Fix the crime and the piss poor schools, then you can slap some paint on a rundown building and claim progress.
And finally, THE SWINE FLU!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oink oink. The past couple of days we have been bombarded with dire warnings, images of people in face masks, plummeting oil prices, talk of closing the borders, and a suspected arson fire on the first little pigs straw house. Shit is gonna get worse. My biggest fear is that the virus can be spread through over priced Mexican brick weed, aye carumba! I'm feeling woozy already.