Monday, August 29, 2011

Perry's Book Signing

Here's a piece which I can't wait to see what Jon Stewart and his writers will do with it on the Daily Show.

Apparently Rick Perry has been autographing copies of Bibles for people during his visit in S.C.

Who does he think he is? God? Christ?

Of course this is all ludicrous. It just goes to show those of us who still have not lost our senses that this guy needs to be sidelined as just another narcissist.


"Leading From Behind"

Sometimes a simple phrase says a lot, like a picture worth a thousand words, but can also result in unintended consequences.

The phrase, "leading from behind" implied, according to its author, the unwritten words "the scene". It was a phrase intended to draw a stark contrast between Obama's leadership style in the Lybian situation and the bravado, out front, cheer leading style of Bush, as exemplified by his Mission Accomplished bravado after the" shock and awe" invasion of Iraq. Link
The hungry right wing jackals jumped all over the phrase as it was written, without those two words, using it as propaganda, citing it as admission of what they claim as Obama's weak leadership.

I make no apologies here for Chris Lizza, the author. He should have known better.

This piece helps shines the Cape Cod Lighthouse beacon on those dark prowling jackals for who they really are and what they will stoop to do to attack Obama.

As I've opined several times before on this page, I really do hope that those who have assured us over the many years of our democracy that the people, as a whole, can be counted on to get it right, are themselves right.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dawkins on Perry


Rarely have we been offered such a smack down of an ignorant politician by a brilliant scientist.
Richard Dawkins puts Rick Perry in diapers and short pants.

Read it here.

This is a real treat. Enjoy.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Color Me Suspicious

Patrick Lang, Col, Retired, posted this on his Sic Semper Tyrannis blog. You can find the credentials he claims as a military officer with serious INTEL experience with the machinations peculiar to the middle east, by visiting his blog. Google will direct you there.

AIPAC, from all that I have and could read, is a powerful(because of its money clout) lobby apparently, from many reports, made up of American Jews who want our government(that's us because we elect it) to back Israel in whatever Israel does which today means unconditional support financially, politically, for the far right Likud bullies.

Lang has frequently called for AIPAC to be required to register as an arm of a foreign government, in this case of course, Israel.


Saturday, August 6, 2011


It's said that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. So what will a supercommittee design?

Let's hear your imaginative guesses. Share using the comments option.


Friday, August 5, 2011

No Other Conclusion

Tom Toles, the WaPo political cartoonist also writes a blog.

Here is his eminently correct and to the point essay on GOPher hypocrisy.

So why does it work, when it's so obviously a campaign of lies?

The elephant in the room, the presence of which no one wants to acknowledge, is the hoards of Americans who need everything laid out for them in as simple a manner as possible. The genius of the GOPhers, going back at least to George W. Bush and Cheney, is that they understand this and exploit it.

How do they accomplish this? By making everything seem as simple as black and white, good versus evil, right versus wrong, etc.. As George W. Bush told a journalist once, "I don't do nuance".

The sad irony is that the Democrats should be the party which appeals to the people, because it has traditionally been the party which has passed the most legislation which benefit people.

But the GOPhers have cooped that advantage by convincing the people that their country is going to the dogs because of those programs, thus appealing to another maxim in the general population that one should not spend more than one makes. Never mind that a sensible rule for individuals is not always a sensible rule for governments. That requires an understanding and acceptance of nuance; the missing ingredient in those who need it most.

Those who need life made simple buy into the GOPher strategy of repeating lies often enough that they become facts, the tried and true principle of advertising. The consequence is that the GOPhers have caused the people most in need to vote against their own interests.

That's genius.

Unfortunately, in my not at all humble opinion, I believe that there is something even darker going on, no pun originally intended. Many of these same people just can't abide a black man sitting in the White House. If one has that view, however subconsciously held, it doesn't take much to swing them against the party a black president represents.

We must constantly remind ourselves that Mitch McConnell, the GOPher leader in the Senate, openly and without nuance said that the main objective of the GOPhers is to insure that Barack Obama is a one term president. They remember that a sick economy made George H.W. Bush a one term president and they learned the lesson well.

So many people vote out of pure frustration and fear of personal financial disaster.

The Democrats simply have to come up with a message that gains back the trust of the frightened American people. How to do that and keep it simple too? I wish I knew.



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Let's Hear it for Curmudgeons

This is good.

Wish I had the courage to act as cantankerously as I feel.