Thursday, March 24, 2011
I really feel comfortable describing only my rough ideas and initial impressions these days, because things are changing so fast and moving at breakneck speed. Complete analysis to form an actual opinion becomes such a laggardly endeavor.
I do know one or two things with certainty, though. One, I am finding myself almost disgusted at times at how often and by whom President Obama gets criticized because so much of it is either obvious political gain ploys from the Right and tedious trivially ridiculous nitpicking on the Left. I wish both sides would institute the rule that if it is not very important and reasonably fair, then STFU, will you please?
Put another way, I should think that the same rules begging civility towards Palin should also apply to Obama. Just this week alone, I've counted more than a dozen instances on cable news where the talking head demanded civility for one and then denegraded the other to no end. And those dozen-plus examples were on both sides of the political spectrum.
I'm dumbstruck by the realization that the Congressional GOP is now doing exactly what they pointed out that the Congressional Dems did. And, speaking as an Independent and one of those vast numbers that both parties need to get elected, the GOP was not elected in the midterms to behave this way. They were elected to handle economic matters, not to further restrict abortion in half a dozen bills and measures and increase costs by codifying the IRS as the abortion police.
The only reason I am not going balistic over this is that I'm holding out hope that this is the only way that Speaker Boehner has found to form a coalition to handle the budget-cutting, and that the Senate will never pass the so-called abortion police bill. It is entirely possible to my mind that Boehner's been faced with an ultimatum that certain conservatives have to have some social concessions (thinly and duplicitously veiled as cost-cutting measures) before they join the budget cutting party.
It's still perilous. At some point, independents like me will want to see some action in the economics department and so far, nada. I know that for myself, I'm gearing up to have to write some letters pretty darn soon.
On the other hand, it's all for show as long as the two houses of Congress are in the majorities they are, unless Senate GOP'rs can pick off some Dem allies.
And on the offchance that it does pass, when the 2012 campaigning starts and your Congressional incumbent brags about cutting NPR and Planned PArenthood, make him or her explain why they installed the IRS as the police for abortion deductibility...and why the bill had not one word exempting miscarriage D&C's. And watch them squirm. By that time, if I know the IRS, they will surely have lumped it as just another kind of abortion you'll have to prove you got due to rape, incest, or threat to your life. That your fetus's heart quit beating on its own...not a good enough reason for an allowable deductible D&C, apparently. Oh, the fools rush in to fill any vaccuum, don't they?
Last post, I was down on Trump. And I still am, except that I feel the need to add that he does make for great TV. Not his show. HIM. He really stirred it up on the View, and I loved it. If I could wish one bad thing on
Obama, it would be for him to come to royally regret not getting his birth certified by the Senate just like McCain did. He could have avoided all this crap had he only done so. I can just hear Whoopie screaming, Why should he? No white man ever had to do that! Well, McCain's pretty white, and Trump missed a golden opportunity to shut it down with that, in my opinion. He's not quite as sharp as I thought he was, but his potential for bringing up all kinds of crap is pretty big. Good TV.
And finally, Charlie Sheen. What a difference a few days make. CBS wants to talk about him coming back now, he has a comedy tour booked, and he's arguably more popular now than before the meltdown. I love it, and predicted as much if you will recall. I'm also very thankful that the TV talking heads quit booking all the Dr. Drews. The impending predictions of my death are greatly exxagerated, blahblahblah, or something like that. They have the figurative egg on their faces now.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
|Skull of the wild hog that The Hubster bagged while hunting (cigar is Hubs', too).|
It began with an impromptu week off for my birthday. Then another week while I was ill with an arthritis flare. And then I'd kinda gotten used to not doing it and that led to forgetting about it.
So, tonite I vowed to post something. Here that something be. winkwink
Both concoctions are nothing I'd willingly ingest, but they're bearable. It can take up to a year to see differences and a minimum of 6 weeks, so we will see how long I can keep it up without going nuts about it. I have a hard enough time with my medications, so I tend to push away any other commitments along those lines. But if the inventor is right, it is certainly worth forcing myself to comply. It's based on alkaline versus acid, and when I took a look at the charts of which foods are which, I was like ready to bet my life savings that my body is too acid and that's what too much uric acid is.
I also could be honest and add that the idea that it's not a universally touted treatment among doctors appeals to the rebel in me. Add to that, it won't interfere with my current traditional treatments, so I'd be almost derelict in not trying it. I shall report back when there is something to report.
I've been emailed by a few readers about GOP candidates for 2012, and I've actually formulated some thoughts. One, Herman Cain's been in some convos and I see nothing wrong with him, other than I would like him more if he were just sticking with an economic platform. I am not impressed with any of them that are pushing the conservative social ideals and then just addressing the real problems with broad generic strokes. Needs to be the other way around in my book.
And Gingrich...I am currently not able to get past remembering how he was a serial adulterer coincidentally at the exact same time that he was skewering Clinton for Monicagate. It's just yucky. I'm sad that he's gonna even try.
And then there is the possibility of Trump...The Donald. At first, I was very open to him, as I think he's a brilliant businessman who got caught in bad circumstances and overcame them and learned from it. So I began paying attention, and I also began watching Apprentice again.
That changed my mind. It made me see how fricking ruthless he is, and we already have that now. It's like "Winning!" but without the humor.
I realize these are flippant first impressions, but that's what I got right now. And since the election is a ways off, there is nothing else to go on, so it's really just impressions right now anyway. And, voting for Obama is a possibility for me, too, to be honest, as long as Congress is controlled by the other side. The closer we get, the better off I can assess that risk. There are so many other pressing issues right now, anyway.
I really feel bad for the rest of the world, and then again, I gladly turn it off in my mind after awhile...sort of isolationist, I guess. I'm more Paulian (as in Drs. Ron and Rand) about it, ie, we need to get out of the Empire business. And if we are gonna continue being the Peacekeepers, we need to charge for it. I've been pretty okay with Team OBama's approach to the democracy protests because of this. It's uncharted territory. I may even be at odds with McCain over that no fly zone thing.
At the same time, I enjoyed the latest undercover brother NPR tape of James O'Keefe's. And then the Glen Beck-controlled Blaze critique of it that pointed out several material faux pas. One never knows where it is coming from these days, lol.
Speaking of fo sho. Bo Burnham. Hilarious. That guy is immensely talented. I could and did listen to him for almost an hour. It went by in a flash.
Well, Red Eye is finally on again, so arrivaderci and laterz...