Sunday, December 29, 2013

Jobless Benefits End

Conservative Republicans must be exstatic. They have managed to deny long-term benefits to millions of people who have been unable to find jobs for more than 6 months' More money available for corporate wellare And, after all, to their minds, helpping the rich is what it's all about. It's absolutely disgusting that those same fiscally conservative Republicans are the same onew who trumpet their "Christianity". The economy just isn"t where it should be' People still need help if we are to get tings to where they need to be. If you want to save money, reduce the corporate welfare and save LOTS of money.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I like this man

The more I read about Pope Francis, the more I like him. Republicans should adopt his Christian attitude. He is definitely putting the teachings of Christ back into Christianity and the church. But, we all could learn from his words and deeds.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Spend more on healthcare than on cell phone?

In a speech to some young folks about Obamacare at the White House...Obama digressed into tech territory in order to draw another strained analogy between healthcare.gov and one of the world’s most popular consumer products. From the transcript:
Now, I am not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone.  (Laughter.)  I don’t know what your bills are.  I have noticed that Sasha and Malia seem to spend a lot of time on it.  (Laughter.)  My suspicion is that for a lot of you, between your cable bill, your phone bill, you're spending more than 100 bucks a month.  The idea that you wouldn’t want to make sure that you've got the health security and financial security that comes with health insurance for less than that price, you guys are smarter than that.  And most young people are, as well.  
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Is he right? Are we really smarter than that? I'm not so sure. As a nation, we seem to want to spend more on flat-screen TV's, cell phones, clothes... than we do on important things. Hopefully, we are smarter than that, and the ACA will be successful. This will be a major step toward reversing the distressing trends in our society.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

... bruised, hurting and dirty

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/26/pope-francis-poverty/3759005/?csp=usattumblr

Pope Francis: 'I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty'

The more I hear from this man, the more I like him. He wants the Church to be involved with the people, in the footsteps of Jesus. That is a church that I want to be part of. Sure, there are still lots of problems with the institution, but then, I don't worship the institution, but the man that started it all -- Jesus. Cleaning up the institution and refocusing it on the words and actions of Jesus is, to my mind, the way to make it more relevant in today's world. On Thanksgiving, let us remember the poor and those in need of our help and compassion all over the world and dedicate ourselves to achieving the teachings of Jesus throughout society.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Budget Conference Committee...deja vu all over again

The scene in Washington DC looks eerily familiar. A budget (super) committee meeting before a sequester deadline with government shutdown and debt ceiling deadlines looming shortly after. The same cast of players including the entrenched Tea Party which just can't seem to get the idea. Hopeful? Not so much.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Government by Crisis

Well, another crisis averted. Time to rest up over the holidays before the next crisis ensues. The politicians in Washington can't seem to govern except by crisis. This is especially true of the Republicans in general and the Tea Party, specifically. Ted Cruz and his ilk have proven that they don't have the brains that God gave tuna fish, but they do have the smell. If you think that these morons will spend the time the brief reprieve gave the country trying to make things better, think again. They have an agenda of  indifference to the plight of others and greed which doesn't seem to include ANY room for compromise. We can only hope that they will be voted out of office, but, again, I don't hold out much hope. You can only imagine the minds of anyone who would vote them into office in the first place.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Republicans--job creators, nope

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/lockheed-martin-furloughs_n_4045758.html?ir=Business&utm_hp_ref=business

BETHESDA, Md. -- BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Lockheed Martin says it will furlough 3,000 employees on Monday due to the government shutdown. The big defense contractor said Friday that the number of employees put on furlough will increase weekly if the shutdown continues.

Way to go Tea Party.

Even Republicans question their people in congress

"When the it comes to the government shutdown, Democrats are all on the same page -- they've grudgingly accepted extremely low spending levels; they've not making any new or extraneous demands; and they see no need to take Americans' health care benefits away to satisfy a bizarre far-right crusade.
Are Republicans equally unified? Not so much. A fair number of House Republicans see this tantrum as pointless and are ready to end this fiasco; quite a few Senate Republicans have no idea what party leaders are thinking; and no one in the party has any sense at this point of what GOP officials are supposed to do next."
It's pretty bad when the wealthy Republican contributors question the idiocy of the Tea Party in congress. This whole thing is being driven by the 10% of the Republican party who really don't care about anyone else than themselves. Like little children, they throw a tantrum, stomp their feet and refuse to do anything they're told. It's time for the rest of the Republican party to pull our their parenting skills and send these morons to a "time out". 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Closed for business

The U.S. government just went through day 3 of the closure due to the idiocy of a small group of radical GOP house members. For most of the American people, the impact is not all that great...unless, of course, your only decent meal was at a Head Start program or you were going into a clinical trial for your incurable cancer...or you are one of 800,000 federal government workers....or...

And then, there's the uncertainty of the economy which keeps businesses from hiring, or the middle class from buying or ... Way to go GOP! Your tantrum over the ACA has managed to affect a large number of American persons. I hope your constituents  aren't trying to buy a house, get an SBA loan or otherwise deal with the Federal government, because...hey...it's closed, thanks to you.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sausage Neighborhood

I want to coin a new term, the "Sausage Neighborhood".

A Sausage Neighborhood is one, which, like sausage, is a blend of different things. The flavor of a sausage varies depending on the meats, other ingredients, and spices. A Sausage Neighborhood is one composed of neighbors from different ethnic groups, cultures, and orientations -- each adding their own special "flavor" to the neighborhood.

By changing the spices, meats, and other ingredients in good sausage, you can make something different, but wonderful, you can change the mix of families in a neighborhood to give it a new flavor. It's the mix of cultures, ethnic groups, and orientations that give a neighborhood its "flavor". Add a family from a different culture to the neighborhood and, suddenly, your block party has a new smell as they add their dish to the potluck. Add a family from a different ethnic group and your meeting has a new look as they wear their native dress or your block has a new sound as different music is played through open windows.

It"s this blend of differences which make the neighborhood richer. And the keyword is "blend". The new neighbors bring differences which are blended into the old neighborhood to create something new and better. As families move to and from the neighborhood these blends are constantly changing creating new, interesting "sausage" that makes the neighborhood great.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cruz - Talk until he can't stand

Cruz says he'll talk until "I am no longer able to stand" http://n360.to/1bEia1V

Well, I can't stand this showboating idiot right now, so he should sit down. He has no interest in serving any American Person, just his own interests.

Cruz, sit down and shut up!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Disfunctional Congress

Ted Cruz’s block-the-vote strategy http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/ted-cruz-strategy-obamacare-government-shutdown-97152.html

The US Congress is the most dysfunctional group of  idiots in the country and the Republicans are leading the pack by far. They would rather shut down the government than support any proposition which would threaten the profits of their rich friends. Profit-driven health care is one of the most idiotic ideas ever. I hope that the efforts to thwart the Affordable Care Act fail miserably.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Texas police as gun dealers?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/us/under-a-new-law-the-police-can-act-as-gun-dealers.html?_r=0

For decades, weapons confiscated by the police in Texas were supposed to be used for law enforcement purposes — or else destroyed. Starting next month, police departments across the state will be allowed to sell some of them.

So you take the guns from criminals and sell them to wackos? Great plan, Texas. Another reason to be glad I don't live there.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Will new Iranian president make a difference?

Iranian President Rouhani takes oath of office before parliament http://n360.to/1ekVXm6

(Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took the oath of office before parliament in Tehran on Sunday and was expected later in the day to name a cabinet he said would be chosen from figures across the political spectrum.

I don't hold out much hope. The supreme leader is still there and this guy has been slapped down before. Maybe he will be more willing to talk, but talk is cheap.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

What a great use of space

A dead WalMart in McAllen, Texas has been remodelled as a library, making it the largest single-floor library in the USA. It's award-winning design makes excellent use of all that space --two football fields' worth -- and includes an acoustically separated teen space. ( http://feedly.com/k/15mZO2C)

This is a really great use of dead space in a town.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Growing from the MIddle Out

No, I'm not talking about the obesity crisis in the US. I'm talking about the economy. The economy rides on the backs of the middle class. With the majority of the economy based on consumerism and the middle class being the consumers you would think it a no-brainer that a strong middle class is the key to a strong--read profitable--economy. But republicans just don't seem to get that. The rich don't create jobs. A strong middle class creates the demand for goods and services that causes businesses to hire more employees--read take on more expenses--to make more profits.

President Obama has recently brought this out in a series of speeches on the economy. His programs are aimed at strengthening the middle class. He has the right idea, but I'm afraid the obstructionist Republicans in the House will work hard to assure that their rich friends are not affected by any proposals. If only they could take their heads out of their... Well you know...long enough to see the truth in the points above, maybe everyone could benefit. I have little hope that will happen, given their track record, however. The only way for this to have any chance of success is for the Democrats to take over both houses of Congress.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Poll on Palin

Poll: What Americans Really Think Of A Sarah Palin Run - http://huff.to/1du7cZ5

At least the majority of American persons are showing some sense.

Most Americans aren't very keen on the idea of Sarah Palin as a U.S. senator (or as any other public official), according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

The survey found that 49 percent don't want Palin to hold public office again and another 15 percent couldn't muster enough enthusiasm to be sure either way. Only 35 percent said yes to the idea of Palin back in government.

She just needs to fade away into obscurity.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Anti climate change pledge?

http://www.forwardprogressives.com/koch-brothers-recruit-hundreds-of-republicans-on-plan-to-accelerate-climate-change/

In what comes as absolutely no shock to me, it’s been revealed recently that since 2008, the Koch brothers have been pushing Republicans nationwide to sign an “anti-climate pledge.”  Which essentially means that whoever signs it promises to not back any piece of legislation that would combat climate change.
This isn’t shocking because many Republican members of Congress have already signed an anti-tax pledge to private citizen Grover Norquist.

Yep, politicians will follow the money and the Koch brothers have lots of that. Conservatives also seem to have blinders to anything they perceive as threatening their short-term profit--even if it means ruining the economy or the world in the long term. The question is how do we get them to see climate change as detrimental to their profits when they are so vested in the status quo?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Marriage vs. Matrimony

Priest Proposes Catholics Drop 'Marriage' - http://huff.to/1amcFE0

The pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian then went on to suggest that the Catholic church drop the word marriage altogether and use "Holy Matrimony" in its place.

I propose that we should exclusively refer to marriage in the Church as “Holy Matrimony.” According to this proposal the word marriage would be set aside and replaced by Holy Matrimony. It should be noticed that the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to this Sacrament formally as “The Sacrament of Matrimony.”

You can read Pope's entire argument here.

Pope may have an unlikely ally in his effort to clarify the Catholic definition of marriage in President Obama who affirmed after the ruling that religious institutions can decide for themselves what marriage entails:

“How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions,” he said. “Nothing about this decision –- which applies only to civil marriages -– changes that.”

I agree with that assessment. Religious groups should be able to define marriage as they wish and refuse to marry anyone. But, marriage as the set of rights from the government needs to be equal.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Luxor Governor resigns

BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) tweeted at 4:34 AM on Sun, Jun 23, 2013: New governor of Egypt's Luxor province quits amid controversy about his membership of Islamist group that killed 58 tourists there in 1997 (https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking/status/348766080753352705).

I don't believe in their politics, but we need some of our US politicians to show this much good sense for the benefit of our country.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sad state of politics

Jim Graves drops out following Michele Bachmann’s exit - Alex Isenstadt - POLITICO.com

Basically, after all that’s gone on, and with Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I’ve been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, ‘Mission Accomplished,’” he told the news site. “She wasn’t representing the people of the 6th District appropriately, and now she won’t be representing them. There’s no way anyone could run and win who would be worse than Michele Bachmann. So we accomplished that task.”

It's pretty sad that Bachman was so bad that a Democrat ran not for something, but just to oust her. Although I'm all for it, I really think politicians should run FOR something rather than AGAINST something in most cases.--even the Democrats.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hyphenated American

If you are 2nd+ generation American you are NOT Mexican, you are American. Mexican is not a race, it's a nationality. You were not born in Mexico, you were born in the US. You are American.

Friday, April 12, 2013

NRA Failing Grade? **F**ABULOUS!

The NRA will grade politicians on EVERY vote for gun control. BRING IT ON! I would wear the "F" as a badge of honor when it comes from a radical organization which is out of touch with 90% of the American Persons.

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Conservative's View of Life

Conservatives have an odd view of life. They will, in extreme cases, even kill to defend the unborn. Yet, once a child is born, they will abandon it in some sort of "survival of the fittest" mentality. (For "fittest" you can substitute "richest".) They fight tooth-and-nail against the very programs which are necessary to help the child grow to their full potential in the mystical belief that the free market will provide for those who are "worthy".

Take a look at this blog from Rachael Maddow. It shows just how far the conservatives are willing to go in this effort.

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law three years ago this week, and while a great deal has changed for American consumers and the nation's health care system, the politics of health care remains largely stuck.
Yesterday, for example, congressional Republicans voted for the 36th time to repeal "Obamacare," as part of a vote on the budget process, and today, they'll cast their 37th repeal vote. Apparently, old habits die hard.
I don't support abortion. I don't think it should be legislated, but remain a decision between a woman and her physician. But if you are going to make abortion illegal, you MUST support programs which assist the children and their parents once they are born. I'm not speaking here of a welfare state -- far from it. I'm talking about programs which  provide healthcare for the child and support parents as they work to provide for the child. These include the Affordable Care Act and programs which provide daycare so parents can work. Conservatives would axe those programs because they don't care about "those people".

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Washington grade school behavior

Washington is exhibiting middle school behavior and each American person will suffer for it. An article in AP tells some opinions of non-politicos at http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BUDGET_BATTLE_TOO_HUMAN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT.

Here's a quote:

"Coloroso, author of "The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander," sees too many politicians acting like the mean girl who taunts unpopular classmates in the cafeteria.

"Bullying is about contempt for the other person," Coloroso said. "Do you see how that fits with some of the people in Congress? Utter contempt, bullying, wanting to bring somebody down. You cannot resolve a major issue like a budget with name-calling, with disdain for the person you're supposed to be working with."

The article goes on to talk about procrastination:

Human brains are wired to put off the unpleasant, says "The Procrastination Equation" author Steel.

We postpone starting a diet, put off going to the gym, keep meaning to write those thank-you notes. Congress members are masters of this.

"They're pretty much the worst, hands down, of any group we ever investigated," said Steel, who has researched procrastination for more than a decade. "They're worse than college students."

Seems to me they're in their "terrible twos" and unwilling to give in. It's like a continuous "am...am not...am...am not" session between kindergartners.

Of course with the sequester, there are elements of the Republican party who don't care if it occurs and most of the country suffers. It makes you wonder which of their supporters will BENEFIT from it. Find out who is making money from something and you can understand the actions of political factions like the Tea Party.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tea Party planned by big business?

http://t.co/YRkqboSN

A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

You know, it figures. Hide ulterior motives behind a grass roots (astroturf ?) Facade and hide your real motives.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

More junk mail on weekdays?


From the Sacramento Bee:
"The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says."
So we won't get all that junk mail on Saturday. It will be saved until Monday, presumably, so you can get twice as much then.

I'm all for this. I really don't have any problem with this as we really get very few actually important pieces of mail--none of which is time critical. So, go for it. Save that money and reduce the number of days that I get junk mail.

(Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/06/5169161/postal-service-to-cut-saturday.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#mi_rss=Latest%20News#storylink=cpy)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Now here's a boost for global warming

Hybrid car owners protest McDonnell's proposed fee - WTOP Mobile

RICHMOND, Va. - Hybrid and electric car owners circled the Virginia Capitol to protest a $100yearly fee that would be placed on their vehicles if Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation plan passes.

On Thursday, aSenate committee reviewed the $3.1 billion transportation package that would eliminate the state's gas tax and impose the $100 fee.

McDonnell called the fee on alternative fuel vehicles asubstitute for losses in the federal gas tax when he appeared on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" show this week.

"It's meant to compensate for the federal gas tax that those vehicles do not pay," he said.

Yeah, that makes sense. Here we are trying to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and reduce global warming, and we're sending this message? Own a fuel efficient  vehicle and pay more taxes. Sure, gas taxes pay for road repair and such, but give me a break! What other money can be saved by driving more efficient cars? Can't the state find more creative financing options than this?