October 2009 Archives
The extremists have taken the title of conservatism and pushed out those who are truly conservative. In the process, they have divided the Republican party. The demands of lock-step unity the party pursued during the first 5 and a half years of the Bush presidency prevented the honest airing of policy differences and prevented compromise, creating a buildup of toxic animosity and vitriol.
This is a party that lost any ability to look within itself and see its mistakes and to accept the failures of their ideology. Instead, they cling harder to what they believed is the only way and now walk down a political blind alley. As such, they are not likely to adjust their stance to the prevailing political will of the people.
Instead of seeing politics as simple leadership, they have developed a mindset of their party as a way of life. And at this time in history, they see their way of life as needing to eradicate liberalism. Unfortunately, in their desire to destroy liberalism they have taken to destroying themselves.
Showed this to The GirlFriend™ who initially found it stupid. Eventually she was laughing so hard she had to hold her thighs together to keep from pissing herself.
LC.That is all for today.- A Blog Around The Clock interviews Daniel Brown, a self-described biologoholic.Take two Snickers and call me on Thanksgiving.
- archy with some mammoth news.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: There's no better sign that you're on the right track than when William Kristol says you're doomed.
- Bloggg: college tours...Delaware.
- Dohiyi Mir snarks the good news.
- Echidne Of The Snakes on women in the labor force.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: why the left must confront the Democrats.
- Iddybud Journal links to a scary anniversary 80 years later.
- Left Is Right: changing the world.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: there's a law for that.
- Rook's Rant: Joe Who?
- rubber hose: heckle and jeckle.
- Scrutiny Hooligans: good luck, Gordon.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat, on healthcare reform, sorta.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: the truth doesn't matter to some.
- The Invisible Library: Jane Austen goes Martian.
- WTF Is It Now?? -- Lou Dobbs craziness.
Yes, he does, in the end, have some power. But the cost to his political future is probably more than he realizes. I suspect his state is not as red as he believes, and that a solid candidate will take him out easily. Indeed, I suspect most independents will probably not come to his defense at the next election. Further, most Republicans, those that are left, will be so rabidly anti everything not WASP that they will not be willing to vote for him.
It really is a shame that his ego is getting in the way of his duty as a Senator to do what is best for the country. Instead, his behavior paints a man who fails to recognizes his best political days are behind him; an also ran who did not quite make the grade. I am not so much angry at his power play as I pity his pathetic, last grasp at relevancy.
Yet, despite my pity, I have no recourse except to announce him as Jack Ass of the Day.
Right-wing bloggers have recently attacked Newt Gingrich for endorsing Republican Dede Scozzafava over Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the special election to fill Army Secretary John McHugh's (R-NY) vacated congressional seat. On her blog, Michelle Malkin said "no thanks" to the possibility of a Gingrich 2012 presidential run, noting that he is the "most prominent GOP endorser of [the] radical leftist NY-23 congressional candidate," while at RedState.com, Erick Erickson reportedly wrote -- before removing the post -- that Gingrich "stands athwart history and pees on the legacy of 1994."I have to say, I take some small satisfaction in seeing Gingrich suffer the slings and arrows he inflicted on the Democrats and Clinton back in the 1990s.
The problem with monsters is that they turn on their masters.
The battle for Health Care Reform has exposed this same underlying character flaw in the United States. While some cooler heads in congress have patiently, and diligently, worked the political currents of Washington, most of the nation outside the beltway have been screeching and howling about not having single payer universal health insurance as of last decade. One of the reasons I have done very little blogging about health care reform -- other than noting some articles -- is because I recognize this is a long-term change for the country. It is a battle of inches, not yards.
Anyway, after all the noise, hair-pulling, and general all-around shrilling is done, there will be a new direction for health care in this country. At this time, I have to accept I am without health care. I also will have to accept it may be possible I never receive the level of coverage I was accustomed to back 5 to 10 years ago. However, I do believe that future generations after me will eventually receive a level of coverage that I never experienced. I am okay with that.
Yes, the selfish part of me desires universal single payer coverage as of October 5th, 1961, but it is not going to happen. But at least I can rest easy in knowing a change is occurring. It is just that it is not occurring at the pace I selfishly desire.
Now, get the hell off my lawn.....
Err, scratch that. I live in an apartment.
For a while I was using Ibuprofen, but when it wore off, it caused my joints and teeth to ache. At least with the Tylenol, I simply have a resumption of my back, legs, and heal/arch pain. When I was biking, and stretching out, I managed to keep it reduced to a simple irritation. But with the weather change, and the move, I have not been able to get out on my bike. So, I am experiencing an increase in my discomfort.
Thankfully, back in 1997, or so, I stumbled across the book "Wherever You Go There You Are." Great primer on Mindfulness Meditation, which helps me deal with the pain. I am still able to focus on other parts of life. Actually, it is more than that; it helps me to not get so worked up about the pain that I keep focusing on it to the exclusion of the rest of life.
Anyway, just wanted to share with you that little tidbit about my life. Now, go on about your business. Ignore me and my pain. Seriously, do not mind me, all crippled and gimpy. And get off of my lawn, you--you--you hooligans! Well, that is, if I had a lawn.
Insensitive pricks. </snark>
LC:Spiders!?!?!?! I hate spiders. Sigh. But I still have to leave the link. Thieves can not be choosers.- A Blog Around The Clock: one huge spider.On to the World Series...
- archy: vile hyperbole.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof takes on Pat Buchanan.
- Bloggg: I wonder who Moi wants to win the Series.
- Dohiyi Mir: family news.
- Echidne Of The Snakes: reader appreciation day.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: mail call.
- ...I Am A Tree: band on the run.
- Left Is Right: Chamber of Commerce pwn'd.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: There's a rep for that.
- Rook's Rant: limp Republicans.
- rubber hose at the movies.
- Scrutiny Hooligans: how to run for city council.
- Steve Bates: money talks.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: getting humble.
- The Invisible Library reviews The Demolished Man.
- WTF Is It Now?? Hitler vs. the Balloon Boy.
Oh, and on a related note; sorry, no Friday Cat Blogging. My camera's battery died earlier this week and I have yet to unearth it's charger from the myriad of boxes still sealed away after the move. Do you know how hard it is to find a place for all your belonging when you move from a 3 bedroom house with full basement to a 2 bedroom apartment?
See kids, sometimes procrastination is a good thing.
"We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all," Brian Griffiths, who was a special adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said yesterday at a panel discussion at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The panel's discussion topic was, "What is the place of morality in the marketplace?"Honest to FSM! We have to tolerate inequality? At what point do we get to stand up and call these people idiots? No on is suggesting that everyone have the exact same pay. However, I also know that the current system is unbalanced, giving the rich the upper hand to the detriment to the financial system as a whole.
No wonder only 20% of the population now support the Republicans.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Young men who voted for Republican John McCain or Libertarian candidate Robert Barr in the 2008 presidential election suffered an immediate drop in testosterone when the election results were announced, according to a study by researchers at Duke University and the University of Michigan.
In contrast, men who voted for the winner, Democrat Barack Obama, had stable testosterone levels immediately after the outcome.
Female study participants showed no significant change in their testosterone levels before and after the returns came in.
Hat Tip ASZ
Anyway, I might have more to say later. Or I may not. It is, as always, dependent on the fickle finger of fate. And SFM only knows where that finger has been.
Unfortunately, it seems to be taking it's time filtering through the intertubes. The old Avatar is still showing up at Bryan's blog.
Today? I am going to head to my job in Red Wing. I have some paperwork that needs catching up. So, how is your day going?
I have been remiss oh these many months. But today I am going to make an effort at amends. Well, okay. Not amends. But I am going to make a renewed effort at resuming my felonious code stealing. So, without further ado;
LC has to report on.Oh, and the weather sucks up here. Overcast, rainy, cold. And to top it all off, I have had a cold for just over a week and a half. So, I am irritable and cranky. I suggest you all just behave yourselves while here at my blog.- A Blog Around The Clock: Darwin on Facebook.How's the weather up there?
- archy: nasty and mean with a side of stupid.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: In a world where Lindsey Graham is a liberal...
- Bloggg: Buy American for Hallowe'en.
- Dohiyi Mir: Further adventures in babyhood.
- Echidne Of The Snakes: Here we go again.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: 30 senators vote against rape victims.
- ...I Am A Tree: random searches.
- Iddybud Journal links to a moment with John Cleese.
- Left Is Right: bits and pieces.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: Lego Zombies!
- Rook's Rant bows to Mr. Wolcott.
- rubber hose on how not to influence a renegade senator.
- Scrutiny Hooligans on those wacky Europeans and their healthcare.
- Speedkill: Ugh.
- Steve Bates explains his silence.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation on the Prize.
- WTF Is It Now?? - A conservative Brit takes on Glenn Beck.
Wait. Scratch that. I forgot who I am writing too. Carry on as always.