Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Big Governor is Watching



Rachel Maddow did an excellent piece last night on the bait
and switch tactics of some of the recently elected Republican
governors.

During the campaign they all claimed to be "small
government" guys who desperately wanted to get those
darn bureaucrats out of our businesses and personal
lives.

Funny how that's working out. The governor of Michigan
has more or less declared financial martial law, the
governors of Wisconsin and Ohio are busy trying to
strip away the rights of public employees to collectively
bargain and Rick Scott in Florida is demanding that
state employees be drug tested every 45 days.

Can you imagine living down there... your state has
been seriously damaged by the recession and lots and
lots of important programs need to be slashed. But
here comes the new governor with a plan to waste
millions and millions of dollars checking if Joe
in accounting smoked a joint last weekend.

And here's the real punchline...Scott's wife runs
a company that (you guessed it) does drug testing.

This guy needs to be recalled and thrown out of
the mansion as soon as possible.

http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/117970/florida_drug_testing_plan_should

Birther Buddies



I was talking to my old friend Mark the other day, telling
him about my recent trip to Hawaii. I asked him if he'd ever
been there as an adult. He said no but he was born there.

I yelled "PROVE IT" into the phone.

He thought that was pretty funny.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Even When Obama's Right...He's Wrong



Sometimes I like to stand back and just look at politics as
a game of strategy...especially during the beginning of a presidential
campaign season. Logic seems to get pretty twisted.

You might think we have no business getting involved in
Libya. I expressed that opinion myself not too long ago.
You might also think we had a moral imperative to intervene
and prevent the slaughter of civilians. I can appreciate
that viewpoint also. You might even be worried that the
rebels could end up being worse than Libya's current dictator.
Very possible.

But I have to say I'm truly amazed how many Republicans
and conservative pundits are walking on both sides of
the fence. Obama should have intervened sooner, Obama
shouldn't have intervened at all.

On one of the Fox shows tonight they were so desperate to drum
up criticism they ended up just talking about how
the president didn't use exactly the right words in his
speech tonight. One of their idiots actually asked "how
much longer are we going to be stuck in this war". Yeah,
nine days is pretty rough.

I think time is quickly running out for Libya's leader. I
guess when he's defeated, the Right Wingers will slam Obama
for winning too quickly and too cheaply.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Vacation on the Big Island

My wife (Rosemary) and I just got back from a week on Hawaii's
big island. Beautiful place and a lot of fun. We snorkeled, drove
around in a Mustang convertible, took a helicopter tour of the
island and of course ate and drank entirely too much.

I liked the picture of us. Looks like I'm trying to do
an imitation of Jeff Bridges...








Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Cost of War


I will admit I (like most people) thought we should go to Afghanistan
in 2001. I (like most people) failed to remember what the history books said about what happened to other military powers when they chose to invade that desolate, backward country.

Is this is a war that can actually be won?

Or is it just an endless misadventure that will continue
to end American lives and waste hundreds of billions of
American tax dollars?

We need to have an honest discussion about this during
the upcoming presidential campaign. I've heard enough
doubletalk from generals and politicians (including the
president) who are so scared of looking wimpy they'd
choose instead to just keep us trapped in this dusty quagmire.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Subsidized Silliness



Ethanol is a bust. Let's forget it and move on to
alternative energies that make our situation better,
not worse.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Quick Spins

Just discovered this new group from New Zealand.

The Cakewalk Brigade



Maureen Dowd on the discussion about enforcing a no-fly zone in
Libya and our historic inability to predict quagmires and unintended
consequences...


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/opinion/13dowd.html?hp

Thursday, March 10, 2011

China, You're Fired!



I could probably never vote for Donald Trump but I have
to say I admire his nerve when it comes to China. He's
promising that if he were president, he'd slap a 25
percent duty on all their imports.

That's my positive statement about him. The negative is
I'm worried he would appoint a a bunch of celebrity apprentices
to the cabinet.

He Cheats Because He Loves



Newt Gingrich's patriotic urges

By Alexandra Petri (Washington Post)


Newt Gingrich, in an interview, said that "There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate."

Really?

I had no idea that this was an excuse you could use.

"What are you doing with those eight men dressed as ewoks?" my putative future husband will inquire.

"I can't help it," I'll say. "I just love America so much."

Still, I must not love our country as much as Speaker Gingrich. Because, as yet, I have had no impulses to commit any infidelity. I've listened to the Star Spangled Banner, and I haven't suddenly dashed off and cheated on my spouse of many years.

I assume, for him, the essential element of a romantic evening is turning some John Philip Sousa on the stereo and putting up flags everywhere. "Now read the Declaration of Independence to me," he murmurs. "Read it slowly."

He shows up at your door late at night. "I'm sorry," he murmurs. "I heard Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address on the radio, and I started thinking about how great this country is, and I couldn't control my urges any longer!"

But what a terrible condition to have! I assume that he can't visit the monuments anymore, because of an incident that happened after he thought too long about what kind of country produced such noble men. Every time he meets a veteran, he must need to go call a chatline for an hour.

Still, what puzzles me is why he'd admit something like that right before mounting a presidential campaign. Now that I know this, the last thing I would do is elect him president! Imagine the impact that kind of patriotic surge would have on his frail system.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

You Better Wake Up, Ladies



Well, remember when those conservatives campaigned
in 2010 and said all they cared about was the
country's financial situation?

It should come as no surprise that was largely a smokescreen.
They're using it to push their social agenda and of
course they're coming right out of the gate slashing
funding for women's health concerns.

A woman who's not locked into a child-producing
patriarchy based marriage is a dangerous deviant.

There's even been discussion in New Hampshire about
forbidding women to get divorces if they have any
children under the age of 18.

"The Handmaid's Tale" is looking less and less
like fiction every day...


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-j-elisberg/no-far-right-to-privacy_b_832838.html

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Faint-Hearted Fifteen



Geez, when is a Republican going to show some cojones
and actually declare themselves a candidate in 2012?

http://www.economist.com/node/18284021?story_id=18284021&fsrc=rss

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quick Spins




Here's the new REM cd "Collapse Into Now" if you'd like to
check it out.

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/01/133998085/first-listen-r-e-m-collapse-into-now