January 2011

Mr. Obama Surrendering? Or Wearing Clear Glasses?

President Obama continues to do his make nice to the big boys and gals dance. He wrote an op-ed piece in the The Wall Street Journal, announcing, what Cenk of The Young Turks, labeled, Mister Obama's waving of the white flag, his surrender to Wall Street. See the video.

In The Wall Street Journal piece, Mr. Obama is, yes, kowtowing, to the big Wall Street bankers. Mr Obama asks for the business community's advice on how to "trim" regulations. One can translate that in to, "Tell me what you want for me to do?'

I agree with the gist of Mr. Obama argument that the nation needs not a single regulation that it doesn't need. I'm sure that there are some regulations which are excessive and are more a hindrance than a help. But who is trying to fool whom?

R. Sargent Shriver, R.I.P.

There are a few who spend their careers on the good side of the light. There is never a hint of darkness in their lives. They serve their country so well that when it is their time to take the exit, they leave behind so many who mourn their passing.

R. Sargent Shriver, the founding director of the Peace Corps, the architect of President Lyndon B. Johnson's war on poverty, the United States ambassador to France and the Democratic candidate for vice president in 1972, he was one of the few. He died Tuesday, He was 95.

Mr Shriver stepped into the public spotlight as a member of the Kennedy Administration He was a Kennedy in-law, that was a label, not the definition of who he was. He was a man who answered America's call for us to do and to be better.

R. Sargent Shriver, R.I.P.

Ike's warning resonates, 50 years later

17 January 1961, fifty years ago, yesterday, Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower, the five-star general in the United States Army, the World War II commander, and the 34th President of the United States, from 1953 until 1961, in his farewell address, delivered his most famous warning to the American people, "to beware of the military-industrial complex."

President Eisenhower was for a strong defense, for America having the defense that she needs. He warned against a defense establishment, the military-industrial complex, that sucks all the wealth of America that it can, to maintain fat industrialists at the expense of America's other needs.

A Song for Sarah Palin?

Tea Party Madness? Just Buffoonery

There is a video that has gone viral. A couple of Tea Partiers are singing a tribute to Sarah Palin -- words by a Tea Partier, set to that patriotic standard tune, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

In the video these Tea Partiers are making their statement, a battle hymn? An anthem? A war march in the making? The lyrics are so corny, such serious hokum, in praise of Sarah Palin that the video is causing snickers from one end of the net to the other.

The Tea Partiers maybe are unaware of how funny the lyrics are. Such as: 'Sarah Palin has the wisdom to walk through an open door.'

When the praise of followers becomes parody, when yahoos high hopes for their guy or gal is put into a song that sounds like a joke, the object of their efforts is a joke.

MLK Would Not Support War In Iraq & Afghanistan

Item from last night's The Young Turks  news web cast --"Cenk Uygur and Michael Shure discuss the claim from a Pentagon official that Martin Luther King, Jr. would support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq." See the video.

It takes someone with a lot of gall or a complete ignorance of the life and work of Martin Luther King to suggest that he would support the US illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq and the misguided adventures in Afghanistan. Not only Martin Luther King would have been railing against this inexcusable violence and this stupid waste of human life, but judging by his strong opposition to the U.S. war with Mexico, it is no stretch to believe that Abraham Lincoln also would have opposed the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Rampage of the Reactionaries

Take Us Back To The 19th Century? No.

The freshman Tea Party-backed, Republican Senator from Utah claims that federal Child Labor Laws are unconstitutional.

Mike Lee, Tea Party guy, what is he? A dude who came to Congress to stick it to the little guy? Who is he standing up for? Is he trying to take back government and to give it to who? Not to ordinary people? Is this what the Tea Party is about? Hosing the middle class? Hosing families? Damning children?

The new Utah Senator, Tea Partier, is a reactionary on a rampage, one of the members of a Reactionary Constitutionalist movement.

Is Free Speech The Freedom To Threaten People?

Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh have grown rich by threatening named people on the TV and the radio. Their defense is the First Amendment, their freedom of speech to say what ever they want. Question: Is free speech the freedom to threaten people?

When hate, the use of violent and threatening language against named individuals become the norm, becomes entertainment, society is going to have problems. When highly paid, well-listened to political media personalities begin to entertain their public with macho, false fantasies of brave patriots brandishing guns to intimidate others, the nation is going to shake. When a political party begins to shield and to protect, and to encourage the purveyors of political violence, the country is going to fall.

Preparing for the State of the Union

I've gotta give another State of the Union address in a couple weeks. Can't say I'm looking forward to it. I mean, I used to really like giving speeches on account of me being so good at it. But after a couple years of having to pretty much give speeches non-stop, I'm a little burned out on the whole process. At this point it's just a matter of not saying the wrong thing, or making sure to say the right things in the right ways. The rest is pretty rote, kinda like how salesmen just fall into their pitches automatically without necessarily memorizing a script. Bush, he never got comfortable giving speeches. Same goes for his dad. Those guys always seemed nervous and they had a habit of stumbling over even the most eloquent lines their writers penned for them. Clinton was better but he was a little too good at staying on message. No riffing in that one, no spontaneity. You've gotta get loose if you want people to believe you, but if you get too loose you'll end up thinking it's a good idea to say stuff that'll get you in trouble. I've gotta start writing my note cards for the address, the ones that remind me which things not to talk about.

Mr. Obama, the President of the American People

Mr Obama: 'We Mourn With You ... We Join You In Your Grief'

Often the President of the United States is known as just that, and too many folks do not remember that he is also the President of the American People. Last night, in Tucson was a moment for the president to show that he is the leader of the American people.Mr Obama delivered an address at a memorial service to honor the twenty Americans shot and the six killed by a would be assassin whose target was not just an American Congresswoman, but was American democracy and the unity of the American people. And the loss was personal to the families and the friends of the wounded and the slain.

Mr. Obama said,; "There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight."

Glenn Beck Responsible for Three Assassination Attempts?

David Brock of Media Matters holds Glenn Beck responsible for three assassination attacks that took place last year. Last night, Wednesday, on the Chris Matthews Show, Mr., Brock discussed listed three 2010 instances.

Quote Mr. Brock --"Glenn Beck himself has been responsible for three thwarted assassination attacks this year, He burned Nancy Pelosi in effigy on his set, he tried to poison her with a chalice. Some weeks later somebody tried to firebomb Nancy Pelosi’s house. That guy’s mother went on television and said he gets all his ideas from Fox News.”

Sarah Palin 'Blood Libel' Speech Offends Jewish People

Yesterday, on Facebook, Sarah Palin  responded to the horrible events in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday, during which a gunman, allegedly Jared Lee Loughner, shot twenty people including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, whom Ms. Palin targeted to be taken out by her followers. Of course now she says, she wished all her yahoo followers had understood that she was talking about using their ballots not their guns.

Allegedly, Mr. Loughner shot Congresswoman Giffords in the head. In so many words, Ms. Palin's said, iin the Facebook video,  'don't blame me, don't put that blood on me.'

WikiLeaks To Expose Fox News? Please Do.

Julian Assange says he has damaging files on Fox News' boss Rupert Murdoch and the secretive News Corporation, the owner of Fox News. He says that he will release those files, if Fox News keeps inciting people to murder him The Fox News talking heads call constantly for Mr. Assange to be killed, et. al.

Forbes reports --"Wikileaks’ leader Julian Assange has “insurance” files on both News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. itself. In addition, Assange says that WikiLeaks has in excess of 500 secret cables from U.S. diplomats on a broadcasting organization, presumably Fox."

The Right Wing Nuts Poisoned The Body Politic

Another Mainstream Media Fail

Says Mainstream Media -- It's both of them, so it's nobody who is at fault for the hate.

The fall out from the Tucson Massacre, the attempted assassination of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the shooting of nineteen other Americans, of whom six were killed, continues, with right wingers trying to excuse themselves from any blame and certain middle of the road pundits trying to give them a pass, in the name of national unity, and calling it even as to which side is responsible for flaming the political violence.

Poor, Poor, Sarah Palin...

When, one must ask, does it come to a point where political rhetoric goes too far?  Obviously the 1st Amendment gives us all freedom of speech, but like many things there is always the gray area.  Leading up to the 2010 election Sarah Palin's Political Action Committee thought it would be a great idea to put a map out with crosshairs on the 20 Democratic House Representatives in districts that voted for the health care bill that her and John McCain carried in the previous presidential election.  In ALL CAPS it reads, "IT'S TIME TO TAKE A STAND."  On the bottom of the pages reads, "Let's take back the 20, together!"

Arizona GOP Officials Buckle to Tea Party Threats

Resignations Under Threats of Violence

The Washington Post is reporting that the fall out of Saturday's Tucson Massacre, that left twenty shot, including Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and left six dead, has struck the home for some Arizona Republican party officials who have resigned rather than to face the constant verbal threats from Tea Party supporters. Arizona's Republican District 20 Chairman Anthony Miller and several others concerned for their family's safety have quit their posts.

And Now Here Come Gun Control Attempts

The Tucson Massacre happened because a nut was allegedly driven by hate speech to shoot a Democrat. And so what is the reaction? To try to, within the Constitution, persuade people to cool it with the hate talk? Good. To try to limit Americans access to fire arms? Not good.

Yes, it is time for me to put on my Second Amendment button, and say, the stupid action by a crazy man should not get the rest of us to act stupid or crazy.