Beautiful day today. Cold but sunny which is always a plus. Whatever snow the weather people predicted failed to materialize. That is usually a good thing. We seem to be between systems that gave lake effect east and north of us as well as south.
Two places we rarely shop any more are Kmart and Walmart. Our drift away from what were once mainstays in our shopping lives came gradually because they just don't meet our needs any more. They simply don't carry what we want or they want far too much for their shoddy goods. We came to the conclusion a good while ago that spending a bit more for something that will last is better than spending less for something that won't. Though we are far less disenchanted with Kmart, this item adds a further inducement not to shop there. Our commercial culture has pretty much destroyed any notion of holidays for ordinary workers. We simply refuse to shop on holidays. We make sure we have whatever we need well before. If we forget anything, we simply do without. Participating in such exploitation simply nauseates me. I refuse.
The weather people say today should be like yesterday: a beautiful sunny but cold day. We'll see.
Now this is an interesting post on the American electorate. The notion that "we want what we want" and "by we I mean you and I" explains the phenomenon of overwhelming expressed disapproval of elected officials generally but those same officials being re-elected--over and over and over. We say we want to throw the bums out but our bums are ok.
Since none of the major networks carried Obama's immigration speech last night, preferring to protect their bottom line during the November sweeps by broadcasting their regular popular (in some quarters) programs, we couldn't watch it even if we had intended to. I will be honest we had not planned to watch it figuring that we could get more out of a transcript and/or the commentary on line. We figured correctly. Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism has done a nice job of dissecting the speech and finds it sadly wanting in substance. A lo of political flash, no practical bang.