Friday, July 31, 2009

Having A Beer

From the minute I heard the President say he hoped they could sit down for a beer together and talk, I knew this was a good idea.
Now, let's put this issue to bed and get back to fixing health care.

I guess it would be too much to ask to here responsible reporting on the subject instead of Republican fear mongering and "Scare Granny" tactics. My aunt called in a panic asking if old people would be denied coverage and left to die. Of course she watches a lot of Faux News. It's sad.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Sunday Morning Muse, July 25, 2009

The more beautiful a politician's hair...the more likely they are to be full of crap.

I wish I had thought of that. Plenty of examples out there but one really stands out. Sarah Palin? Yeah, but that's a "given." Sometimes I think this country is just doomed. So many millions of people without health care coverage...and politicians play politics instead of solving the problem.

Link- from Crooks and Liars--

All this talk about socialized healthcare! Michael Steele says it's socialism, although he admits he doesn't know a thing about the actual policy.

And as Rachel Maddow points out, have you ever noticed that the more beautiful a politican's hair, the more likely he is to be completely full of crap? Case in point: Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Maddow really lets him have it because Perry is talking about "seceding" from any national healthcare plan, reminding him (and us) that he's been governor for nine years. As she points out, one in four Texans lack health insurance, giving Texas the title for highest number of uninsured citizens in the entire country.

As Washington Spectator editor and political author Lou Dubose pointed out to Maddow, the Texas governorship is "a ribbon-cutting position." Good thing, because he's not too bright, is he?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Losing My Religion for Equality

Jimmy Carter makes a very important point in this piece. I have passed it along to others, and I hope everyone who has a mother, a daughter, a wife or a sister will think of them when they read about how women are oppressed in the name of religion.

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. Here is a link to a great piece written by our former President Jimmy Carter. I enourage everyone to read this.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Sunday Morning Muse, July 19, 2009

It's time to do something about health care. Really. Now. SOMETHING. Even if it's wrong. It's obvious, people. Boomers are getting old. People are living longer. The system is cumbersome and expensive now, so what will it be like in 10 years?

People who can't afford insurance don't go to the doctor. So they don't get checkups and routine physicals, or regular mammograms and routine blood tests to screen for things... and guess what? When they do get sick... it's serious. It's a stroke, a heart attack, cancer, well, you get the picture. Now the dollars really add up.

Can't sustain this.

It's funny how the very people who are elected to make these kinds of tough policy decisions, have the best healthcare. Most probably have always HAD health insurance.

I say.. if we can spend a trillion dollars on a needless war, we can spend money to help people right here who need health care.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

And That's the Way He Was

"He had a passion for human space exploration, an enthusiasm that was contagious, and the trust of his audience. He will be missed."
--Astronaut Neil Armstrong
Walter Cronkite has died at the age of 92.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Sunday Morning Muse, July 12, 2009

I was musing about what would happen to Michael Jackson's brain, when I thought of a science fiction story I read years ago. Robert Heinlein's The Door Into Summer. The title of the book reportedly came from his wife, who made a remark about their cat.
He had opened the door for the cat to go outside, and it would not. It had snowed the night before. He tried several other doors and the cat still would not go outside. His wife told him that the cat hated snow, and he was waiting for the "door into summer."

I don't remember much about the rest of the story, something about taking a long, cold sleep and waking up in another time. It's actually a love story, because the man loves a 12 year old girl, and somehow they end up the same age when he wakes up...but I digress.

I read where Michael Jackson's brain is hardening as we speak so that it can be studied to determine the cause of death. I do not think there are plans right now to freeze his brain, or suspend him somehow cryogenically. But it sure would make for a great novel.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Go Dennis Go

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich...setting the record straight on health care.

More from Crooks and Liars

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The World Stage-- It's All About Appearances.

Back after a wee bit of hiatus here. So much going on. Watched the news this morning and thought...could you just see Sarah Palin addressing the G-8 Summit? (Shudder to think about it....all those 'You betcha's!')

It's so great that we have a literate, intelligent President. He's just so articulate and likeable...and SMART. It is important to give a good impression on the World Stage.

I don't cringe when I see him like I did George Bush. I felt that at any moment some stupid Bushism would come out of his mouth, or he would do something off the wall like when he groped the German Chancellor.

I admit I did feel bad when his father, George H.W. Bush threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister way back when, but that just couldn't be helped. Bad Sushi.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July

Something Fishy Going On in Alaska

This whole Sarah Palin press conference to announce her resignation sure smells. Folks out here in the blogosphere are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Could it be just another politician getting favors in exhange for a lucrative contract?


FURTHER UPDATE: Okay, I've now been able to get independent information from multiple sources that all of this precedes what are said to be possible federal indictments against Palin, concerning an embezzlement scandal related to the building of Palin's house and the Wasilla Sports Complex, built during her tenure as Mayor. Both structures, it is said, feature the "same windows, same wood, same products." Federal investigators have been looking into this for some time, and indictments could be imminent, according to the Alaska sources.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Luv Gove Continues to Speak Out

Some are calling him the Luv Gov now. His story is at times painful to watch. No one wins in this three way drama. Others are gaining just a tad bit of pity for the man, whose taste of Latin Love is not just a passing fling, but a woman he described as his soul mate. Is it mid life crisis?

Link to LA Times:

So what's left to say about the Sanford saga? Call me crazy, but amid all this finger-wagging, am I detecting just a little bit of -- gasp -- empathy? Is there something about Sanford's puppyish comportment, not to mention the fact that, unlike many adulterous politicos, he seems to be truly in love with his mistress (or at least truly convinced that he is) that's making him less a pariah and more a symbol of the male midlife crisis?

For all his duplicity and entitlement, are some Americans -- particularly men -- feeling as much pity as outrage? Consider this small sample:"This is a story of loneliness," New York Times columnist David Brooks said on "Meet The Press" Sunday. "[These guys] get to middle age, and they realize there's some emotional vacuum in their lives.

"It "was about something much deeper than politics," wrote Gary Kamiya in Salon. "It was awful, but it was real. And painful as it is, in the repressed American sexual landscape, reality is better than artifice."

And then there was my dad, who told me the day of the Sanford news conference something to the effect that "you have no idea how easy it is for men to completely lose their minds because of infatuation with women."