Archive | December, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Posted on 25 December 2008 by Ed Z

Merry Christmas to you.  I wish you all a wonderful holiday.  God


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That’s the Chicago Way

Posted on 09 December 2008 by Ed Z

as usual for Democrats

Illinois Governor Rod
Blagojevich wanted President-elect Barack Obama "to put
something together…something big" in exchange for going
along with Obama’s choice to fill his vacant US Senate seat,
according to an FBI affidavit unsealed following the Governor’s
stunning arrest.

"I’ve got this thing
and it’s f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up
for f***in’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And I can always use it.
I can parachute me there," Blagojevich said in a phone call
secretly recorded by the FBI on November 5, the day after the
election, according to the affidavit.

The FBI affidavit mentions "Candidate 5", referring to
an individual who could be appointed to Obama’s vacant senate seat, given they
paid the right price.

has updates and speculation on the identity of Candidate 5.

Question: Did Obama know and was he going to play ball?

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Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Posted on 07 December 2008 by Ed Z

In remembrance, The
Pearl Harbor Attack, December 7, 1941

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It Might Be Getting Freaky Out There

Posted on 02 December 2008 by Ed Z

If you’re walking around New York and you notice that there are more crazies
than usual, we
may have an explanation

"Strapped patients are
starting to give up their shrink sessions."

Seriously? The analysis
capital of the world is too broke to afford analysis? The city so
obsessed with psychotherapy that one of its most famous
chroniclers, Woody Allen, wrote approximately half of his entire
career’s worth of jokes about shrinks, people seeing shrinks,
shrinks seeing shrinks, and so on?

It’s hardly surprising,
given that uninsured shrink sessions can run you from $200 to
about five times that, given the degree level and specialties of
the analyst in question, but it does leave us a bit concerned that
the entire city — which is already pretty angsty, what with
massive layoffs, 401ks plummeting, and the NYC housing market no
longer acting like the great impervious exception to the national
downward trend — is getting ready to blow a gasket.

One Chelsea psychiatrist
says some of his patients are now "going to internists for
their meds" and "doing their best to maintain some sense
of calm," while a doc at Columbia who’s lost 10 percent of
his patients claims he’s seeing "more severe symptoms,
including suicidality."

Naturally, the analysts
themselves are cautioning New Yorkers against stopping therapy out
of financial worry, especially during the holiday season, when
"depression is at a high." (And they can’t shrink you
for free: that "distorts the process," according to one
analyst.) So it’s official: Shrinks are scared of the recession,

I like how the therapists are urging people to keep going. 
You know, they’ve got presents to buy.

The curious part however, is that there are so many people who
when faced with financial strain, can just cut loose their therapy.  I
would think that if you’re really sick, quitting therapy shouldn’t be an
option.  I wonder how many of these people maintained their gym
memberships, yoga classes or  premium cable subscriptions.  Because if
you’re really sick… well what do I know.

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