September 15, 2010 archive

21stCenPolitics: Inept Weenie Dems vs BatShit Repubs

Used to be in politics, you would wonder who would win an election. In 21stCenPolitics all you can do is wonder who will lose the biggest.

And so the story line of the 2010 Mid Terms….who will blow it worse.

On one side we have THE Most Hated Political Party in recent history (For clarity, that’s the Repubs) lined up against a party of inept weenies that are actually at risk of losing both Houses…..

To………THE Most Hated Political Party in recent history.

Unfortunately for the planet the future and the American People, one of them has to win.

A (Possibly Premature) TS Karl Update

Bahia Soliman, QR, Mexico–Thanks for the comments and the kind words and the link repair.  The weather event seems to have been excessively over-horribl-ized.  Why am I not surprised?  And why, I wonder, does this hysterical kind of reporting always… (please fill in the ellipses).  If I contributed to the craziness, perdon.

I’m back at the barbecue Internet.  The cell phone is out, but the Internet’s on.  Amazingly, there is electricity.  Mexico’s infrastructure works.  And, the good news, the storm seems to have gone someplace else.  Or not to have materialized in the utterly devastating form predicted by some.  Yes, we have high winds (imagine the wind map here), and yes, we have marea alto (high tide) (imagine photo of rolling waves here), and yeah, we had some crazy horizontal rain (imagine…).  But all now seems to be in order: no real damage (2 plates and a tray), nobody hurt or injured, ocean churned up (of course), and winds blowing hard now still, but as things go, simply excellent.  Considering that the storm was supposed, according to some, to bring the end of Western Civilization with it.  And, lest I forget, the sun is out and has been in and out for the past couple of hours (imagine photo of such on turquoise water, cumulus clouds, palm trees slightly shaking).

Three pelicans decided to ride out the storm on the bow of Moonstar’s boat (imagine cute photo).  I decided to ride the storm out on the beach in a plastic chair (no beer logo this time)(imagine photo of Sol beer commercial chair). The pelicans and I were there all morning (except when occasionally wind and rain drove me inside) until somebody decided to move the boat next to it.  That got the pelicans to move.  I have no idea why they are moving the boat now, since the storm is apparently about played out, but maybe these guys know something I don’t.  My consultations today with locals yielded this appraisal: no big deal, what’s for lunch.

Somebody really should do a treatise (ok, a short blog) on the affect Katrina has had on weather reportage and how it has made WR intentionally even more hysterical that before.  Is it the goal of this kind of WR to desensitize us to climate changes?  Just asking.

Thanks for all the good wishes.


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cross posted (maybe) at The Dream Antilles  

A (Possibly Premature) TS Karl Update

Bahia Soliman, QR, Mexico–Thanks for the comments and the kind words and the link repair.  The weather event seems to have been excessively over-horribl-ized.  Why am I not surprised?  And why, I wonder, does this hysterical kind of reporting always… (please fill in the ellipses).  If I contributed to the craziness, perdon.

I’m back at the barbecue Internet.  The cell phone is out, but the Internet’s on.  Amazingly, there is electricity.  Mexico’s infrastructure works.  And, the good news, the storm seems to have gone someplace else.  Or not to have materialized in the utterly devastating form predicted by some.  Yes, we have high winds (imagine the wind map here), and yes, we have marea alto (high tide) (imagine photo of rolling waves here), and yeah, we had some crazy horizontal rain (imagine…).  But all now seems to be in order: no real damage (2 plates and a tray), nobody hurt or injured, ocean churned up (of course), and winds blowing hard now still, but as things go, simply excellent.  Considering that the storm was supposed, according to some, to bring the end of Western Civilization with it.  And, lest I forget, the sun is out and has been in and out for the past couple of hours (imagine photo of such on turquoise water, cumulus clouds, palm trees slightly shaking).

Three pelicans decided to ride out the storm on the bow of Moonstar’s boat (imagine cute photo).  I decided to ride the storm out on the beach in a plastic chair (no beer logo this time)(imagine photo of Sol beer commercial chair). The pelicans and I were there all morning (except when occasionally wind and rain drove me inside) until somebody decided to move the boat next to it.  That got the pelicans to move.  I have no idea why they are moving the boat now, since the storm is apparently about played out, but maybe these guys know something I don’t.  My consultations today with locals yielded this appraisal: no big deal, what’s for lunch.

Somebody really should do a treatise (ok, a short blog) on the affect Katrina has had on weather reportage and how it has made WR intentionally even more hysterical that before.  Is it the goal of this kind of WR to desensitize us to climate changes?  Just asking.

Thanks for all the good wishes.


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cross posted (maybe) at The Dream Antilles  

Open Pat

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Under bush the republican Congresses and Two Wars

There’s another Very Important House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing taking place Today. As important as all that have in both the House and the Senate since the 110th Congress, covering issues that weren’t even mentioned nor as the many complaints rose, over a number of issues, were meaningful Congressional Investigations nor Hearings held, as two invasions and still ongoing occupations were started and only grew over these last close to a decade now!

It wasn’t only with the do nothing politicians, it also came from those that supported them and these wars. As they slapped magnetic ribbons on their vehicles, quickly to disappear and not be replaced and claimed they were the true patriots who really supported the troops. It’s carried into the last couple of years under a label that shows the total hypocrisy of these same citizens, the so called TEA Party, outraged at everything Government with no mention of their own complicity. They use the Military and Veterans in their false patriotism, in word and symbol, but Never Once Demading that they even start ‘Sacrificing’ themselves after all these years, quite the opposite is their stand!

S01E02: H.R. 2378, Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act

cross-posted from Main Street Insider

Episode 2, that’s right, the big wigs decided not to cancel us after the Pilot!

H.R. 2378 is being discussed in the Ways & Means Committee today and tomorrow. Our Executive Director, Jeremy Koulish has been livetweeting the hearing.

What Will It Take…?

You know how it is….. that moment…? You’re sitting at a stop light maybe, or just at a park, and the birds are chirping and squawking, dotting a the power line or blanketing the limbs of an oak tree. Then suddenly, they take flight. Almost as one. What was their cue?  And … how do they DO that … with no committee meetings, no caucus, no vote… ?

Bird flock Pictures, Images and Photos

We’re not the only ones scratchin’ our heads… Saw this posted at commondreams (and elsewhere I think, but I dont see where)…

We Need Your Ideas: A Call for Direct Action in the Climate Movement

An open letter from the Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace USA, and 350.org:

What will it take to finally get serious about climate change?

by Bill McKibben, Phil Radford, & Becky Tarbotton

… Time is not on our side, so we’ve concluded that going forward mass direct action must play a bigger role in this movement, as it eventually did in the suffrage movement, the civil-rights movement, and the fight against corporate globalization. Even now, environmentalists in places like the coalfields of Appalachia have been putting these tactics to good use, albeit in small ways. (In the spring of 2009, our three groups worked with others to pull off a large-scale action outside the congressional power plant in D.C. that resulted in a promise that it would cease to burn coal.) History suggests, in other words, that one way to effectively communicate both to the general public and to our leaders the urgency of the crisis is to put our bodies on the line.

Nobody can predict which one event will trigger social change. Paul Revere was not the only rider to warn of the British advance, and many people refused to move to the back of the bus before Rosa Parks. But we do know two things. First, that we must act with unity, and second, many minds working together are likely to be smarter. So we’re asking for your help. As you go about your other work on behalf of the planet and its diverse communities, think about the possibilities for direct action, and write them down and send them to us.

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Note too that though this letter comes from just three environmental groups, we want this fight open to everyone. We’ll happily work with any organization that shares our goals and tactics as plans go forward; in fact, we think that breaking down boundaries between groups is key to any chance at success. We’ll do our best to reach out, but please make sure you let us know you want to be involved.

We’ve set up a special email address for ideas: climate.ideas@gmail.com

By late autumn, we hope we’ll have been able to mine those ideas and start coming up with coherent plans for actions starting next spring.

NOW WE’RE IN FOR IT

Unfortunately, I tuned into Morning Joe this am and heard from everyone on the “panel” exactly what I thought I’d hear after the TeaParty shake-up.

Pat was supressing great excitement.  You could tell it was hard for him not to burst.  Joe mentioned as casually as if asking what the weather would be that now SS was up for cuts.  Harold Ford looked glum; you could tell he was looking for an exit so he could make a further right turn.  Mika wasn’t there but another blonde took her place – hair a little longer.  Mark Helperin – oh, I can’t watch the guy after Greenwald skewered him awhile back.  But he’s on the bandwagon too:  The Republican Party is over – the Dems will win the Senate.  

I’m not in the employ of any MSM outlet; I am somewhat financially challenged; My teeth are good – but not in the category of the women of the MSM; I hate the “wars” we are fighting and what those wars have done to ME people; I live the life out here – not in there.  Hence, I am a “leftie”.

Do I have any insight as to electoral politics?  Do they?  Moving on… These tea party people were given a voice by monied interests – I get that, and that is another diary – but I also get that the Republican Party allowed them a voice unlike the Democratic Party allowing us to the microphone – much less giving us a voice.

I know the reaction of the Democratic Party – even in the midst of all these mouths celebrating a Democratic movement now that the “crazies” have been elected.

They – will – move – to – the – right.

Did you hear me?  They.will.move.to.the.right.

Oh, we’re in for some good times, ladies and gents.  And I wouldn’t be so sure of some of the tea people not getting in office.

But what do I know?  I’m part of the Democratic Party this admin has chosen to ignore.  Ewwww go away – we’ll call you when election day comes.

This is not good – certainly not for us and more importantly, not for the country.

Thoughts?          

David Dees Kicked out of Sweden

The premier illustrator of all things “Illuminati” has been asked to leave Sweden and can’t afford it.

http://whitewraithe.wordpress….

Indeed a picture is worth a thousand words.

http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons…

Persecution of exceptionally creative people on a world wide basis continues. He who dares to step out of the lamestream, the what to think info-propo-tainment network.

From the Google search features I can “see” something else.  Here is the ADL take on “anti-semitic” Kentucky based David Dees.

http://www.adl.org/main_Extrem…

Ok, so putting the “racial anger” aside one question is where does this guy really live and can man separate the actions of a government from it’s people.

“Anti-Zionism” is to “anti-semitism as AlQaeda is to Islamophobia in my book.

I don’t think the Holocaust never happened, hey war itself is a Holocaust but it’s does kind of take your mind off the original Pearl Harbor and “our”  New Pearl Harbor, 911.   Are all of these things orchestrated by the central banking elite.  Is history designed to repeat itself, repeat itself, repeat itself until we don’t exist.

Do we throw away all of David’s other ideas on false flu shots, Monsanto frankenfoods,central banksters,chemtrail weather modification and all of the other “conpiratory” thinking which is a year ahead of lamestream media’s “roll out” of such evil memes and themes.

A holocaust denier indeed.  We just have to round up all these people and put them in camps.

Muse in the Morning

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An Opened Mind XXV

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities-always see them, for they are always there.

– Norman Vincent Peale


Dust

Reconsider

I hear and understand your song

I just do not choose to sing along

You say no one will win election

unless they believe in resurrection

In Jesus must the faithful believe

No different path can you conceive

My soul you tarnish, my heart is rent

Our country was not from Heaven sent

How will you make your restitution

for so flouting our Constitution?

It says our nation is based on laws

so release it from your greedy paws

This can never be the land of God

or our world will War grind down to sod

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–February 9, 2006

Why West Side Story is my Alltime Favorite Movie:

Hey, folks:

Although I’m new on this forum, and am still testing the waters, I finally decided to answer this question after checking it out afew times. Although this is kind of long, I decided that posting about why I love this great movie-musical classic so much was in order. Here goes:

West Side Story not only has a wonderful story behind it, but the cinematic technology, the dancing, the brilliant Bernstein musical score, and the talent that was brought to the film(except Richard Beymer, of course), all helped make West Side Story the wonderfully dynamic and great package that it really is.  The story of the love between a guy and a gal from two very different backgrounds, which grows amid the conflict between two warring street gangs i. e. the Jets and Sharks, while the adults in authority watch as they rebel, is a wonderful story in itself, which has always appealed to me.

The beautiful musical score by Bernstein is so bright and exuberant, and wonderful to listen to, even when one’s not watching the movie or seeing a stage play of WSS.  The dancing is so magnificent. The fighting scenes are especially alive, as are the Cool, Dance at the Gym, and the America scenes. The Quintet and the Rumble are also great scenes. The idea that emotions can be expressed so vividly through dance and music is another reason for WSS’s appeal to me.   The photography, which is so rich, and t he costumes are terrific also, with rich color and glory, and the sets on which most of WSS was filmed look uncannily like the real thing!(meaning the urban background and city streets and alleys, etc)  

Bare Hands, or Bear Arms?

I’ve come a long road since my formulation as a wee hippy-wannabe tweener. Like most tree-hugging liberals, my main purpose in life has always been to save the world. Tranquility, equality, prosperity, equity, dignity, all those “itty” things that would create a common good. I even danced with the idea of vegetarianism. Basic biology and my need to keep my sugar leveled out and replenish my iron trumped that.

Even through the angsty teen years and the wildness of my twenties, I held strong to those ideals, working to be sure that I never became that which I opposed.  I was every bit “be the change you want to make” and a non-violent flower child. I took in stray people, handed out money like it was an endless fountain, and helped anyone I could.

Entering adulthood, I learned to forgive. A LOT. Pasts, parents, myself, and the frailties of those around me who other people broke. To the point, I might add, that I am almost a magnet for the broken, most survivors like me, others serious whack jobs.

I still try and do one random act of kindness a day. I never tell the story when I do. Today, it bummed me out, every day presents at least one… and an old man was struggling to get his empty garbage can up his steep, long driveway. I couldn’t stop, there are appointments that can’t wait. Non-random kindness was more important this time. Still I feel bad for not stopping the car and taking the 30 seconds to do it.

But through all this, running parallel but equal was a fierce survival instinct. A pragmatism born of the abuse, I suppose. Or maybe it would have been my nature in a perfect world. I know what people are capable of with the heightened awareness of the hunted. I want a higher angel world, but there was not a moment in that history that I wasn’t aware of monsters.



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So, for those on the Left, is the capacity for violence, the justification for violence, or the preparation for violence automatically make you what you despise?

What about my guns? What about freedom fighters? What about revolutionaries? What about protecting those you love from those who would kill them without a thought?

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