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The Roosevelts: stark reminder of better times?

September 22nd, 2014 44 comments

Excerpt from Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’ Reveals Everything Wrong With Our Current Political Class’  by Joseph Palermo

Ken Burns’ seven-part PBS series on the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, is a remarkable achievement. Burns sheds a poignant new light on the personal and public lives of three monumental figures in 20th Century American history. And in doing so, he illustrates the relative rottenness of the hacks, partisans, and plutocrats who make up the political class that rules America today.

By exploring the lives and times of TR, FDR, and ER Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans. This superb and moving portrait is a perfect fit for our times. The utter failure of our current “leaders” is glaring by comparison.

Yes, TR was a warmonger, and FDR signed the order that imprisoned innocent Japanese Americans. There are long lists of both presidents’ failures. But we shouldn’t let those flaws bury the fact that both TR and FDR were not afraid to stand up to big corporations and Wall Street if they viewed their actions as damaging to the country. That alone is probably the biggest difference between those leaders of the early decades of the 20th Century and today.

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#Gotballs? Vote for Bob Quast?

April 10th, 2014 2 comments

The Iowa primary is going earthy early this year. First of all, Joni Ernest, Republican state senator from Iowa, gave her state a “let’s make ‘em squeal” commercial. In a well-done political ad, she gave her prospective constituency a brief bio, telling them that she grew up on a farm castrating pigs so she knew how to slice and dice pork. Now we have Bob Quast threatening to blow someone’s “balls off” if they come to his door to harm his daughters. Quast’s sister was apparently murdered by a sexual predator.

Will this kind of bluntness attract voters? Does a filters-off ad appeal more to voters? Maybe in Iowa. I think Washington, DC is a little too pristine and white glove for this type of ad. How about the kids who might hear these commercials. Is it sending a good signal?

Do we want our politics to have this violent of an image?  Finally, is there anything we can do about it even if we object?  Voting with your remote seems like great over-simplification.

Quast is running as an independent.  Ernest is a Republican.  I can only speculate what the Democratic opponent will come up with.

It sounds like a war  on external genitalia to me.

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John Fredericks: Tea Party Stormed the Convention

May 20th, 2013 38 comments

Is Fredericks actually saying that the tea party is going to cause the Republicans to crash and burn at the election? it sure sounds like it to me.

I am just not one to count chickens before they hatch.

The reality is, very few people are far right or far left anythings.  The people who win elections are those who appeal to the middle.  Elections are won and lost by the middle, not by the purists of either political extreme.

As I touched base with many of my Republican buds, I believe most of them were speechless.

I saw this happen many years ago, before there was such a thing as a tea party.  Ollie North and Michael Farris were somehow involved.  It was then I made my resolution to never attend another Republican convention, as a vendor or anything else.

PEW Research Center: GOP seen as Principled but too Extreme

March 1st, 2013 Comments off

GOP seen as Principled but too Extreme

At a time when the Republican Party’s image is at an historic low, 62% of the public says the GOP is out of touch with the American people, 56% think it is not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme.Opinions about the Democratic Party are mixed, but the party is viewed more positively than the GOP in every dimension tested except one. Somewhat more say the Republican Party than the Democratic Party has strong principles.
Do you think these findings are accurate?  Who has the strongest principles?  I think it is all in how principles are defined.  I would certainly agree that the GOP has a more solidified set of ideologies.  Just compare the 2 platforms.  However, I think that rigidity is part of being extreme.
How are the Democrats out of touch?  How are the Republicans out of touch?  This is all opinion of course.  Define ‘out of touch.’
I used to think my grandmother was out of touch when I was a young woman.  I thought she was old fashioned.  The older I got, the more I realized much of that out of touch thinking was really truisms of life.  She bestowed a gift on me.
There is out of touch and then there is out of touch.  To quote that great poet of the 60’s, The Times They are a’Changing.  You had better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone for the times they are a’changing.
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Obama’s Recess Appointments

January 5th, 2012 35 comments

Yesterday, President Obama made 4 recess appointments. He appointed 3 people to the Board of Labor Relations and 1 to the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB appointment is the most contentious.

The new head, Richard Cordray, received an appointment even though the chamber was technically only  in session every few days. Technically seems to be the big IF. The senate technically did not recess over the holiday, so there was no precedent for what President Obama did.

According to

When Republicans took control of the House, going into pro forma sessions became the norm since neither chamber can recess for longer than three days without the consent of the other.

But now that Obama has decided that pro forma sessions don’t matter much, Republicans warn there is no stopping presidents from undermining the Senate’s traditional advise-and-consent role.

Senators who live close by in Maryland and Virginia are usually the ones who come in and gavel a session into formal existence and then close the session. The pro forma sessions only last minutes.

We shall see if the Obama maneuver works.  The objection apparently wasn’t over Richard Cordray but rather the agency he is now the head of.  I simply do not understand why anyone would be against consumer protection.  People get scammed all the time and there is very little out there to protect the consumer.  I welcome someone out there looking out for the little guy in a world that allows him to be continually screwed by banks, loan sharks, payday loan outfits, student loans, etc.
Why are conservatives against the average Joe getting protection from those who prey on others?  We haven’t heard the end of this one.
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Is Andrew Breitbart acquiring integrity and decency?

December 11th, 2011 Comments off





From the Advocate:

Conservative website mogul Andrew Breitbart has quit the advisory board for GOProud, saying he has a “zero tolerance” policy for outing people.

Trouble started when GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron reacted to an antigay Rick Perry television ad by angrily taking to Twitter, attacking pollster Tony Fabrizio.

“I’ve just about had it with faggots who line their pockets with checks from antigay homophobes while throwing the rest of us under the bus,” LaSalvia wrote.

GOProud issued a statement defending itself from the ensuing backlash, but that apparently only contributed to Breitbart’s disappointment.

“I have a zero tolerance attitude toward the intentional infliction of vocational and family harm by divulging the details of an individual’s sexual orientation as a weapon of political destruction,” Breitbart wrote on one of his websites, Breitbart said he’d long ago told LaSalvia and Barron about his opinion on outing, which Breitbart said contributed to his “evolution from the political left to the right.”

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Obama: Morning-After Pill Decision ‘Common Sense’

December 9th, 2011 10 comments

Huffington Post:

President Barack Obama said Thursday it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-after contraceptive pill off a drugstore shelf. Citing his own two daughters, Obama said: “I think most parents would probably feel the same way.”

Plenty of pediatric leaders and women’s advocacy groups did not, as reaction flowed in to the administration’s decision to prevent the over-the-counter sale of the anti-pregnancy drug to sexually active girls of younger ages.

Critics said politics had trumped science, again.

Yes, pretty much.  President Obama, when he took office, pledged a commitment to scientific integrity.  President Obama has said that he had nothing to do with the decision but does support Sebelius. 

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A little Holly Acres Push me/Pull me

November 28th, 2011 10 comments


For those of you who don’t know Greg Reynolds, he and his wife frequently appear before the BOCS to attempt to make things right, especially for those who are least able to defend themselves.  He has gone to bat for the elderly, kids and immigrants, just to name a few groups of folks.  He was particularly vocal about getting the transportation to the senior centers back up and running.  He bids us all not to leave our religion at the door of the Supervisors Chambers. 

A correspondence from Greg Reynolds:

The Holly Acres Mobile Home Park story continues to unfold.
In the latest development in the Holly Acres Mobile Home Park the homeowners went to get the permits to proceed with the repairs to their damaged homes but the County denied the permits immediately after (and even though) the Board of Zoning Appeals had overturned the Zoning Administrator’s order preventing the repair and replacement of their damaged mobile homes.
It would be very helpful if you can attend the Board of Supervisors meeting this Tuesday, 11/29/2011 at 2 PM, to ask the Board members to help restore Holly Acres.
These 70 affordable homes do not seem to be a priority for the Board of County Supervisors but they are very important to the families that need permanent affordable housing. 

The Herman Cain controversy goes on

November 3rd, 2011 35 comments

Mark “Smokin’ Man” Block accused the Rick Perry campaign of leaking the sexual harassment story to Politico. He also blames Politico for using anonymous sources.  He says both the campaign and Politico owe Herman Cain and his family an apology.

It seems to me that the story is old. There are 2 women who filed sexual harassment charges. Period.

A third woman has stepped forward who did not file charges but who felt like she was uncomfortable. Now any woman coming forward at this late date is just setting herself up for misery. She will be hounded by the press and some campaign will attempt to paint her as tramp of the century.

There is a lot of back-tracking and spin going on. I don’t believe the story is important. The handling of the problem is what is going to make or break Herman Cain. Yesterday it appeared he was on edge.

Ann Coulter herself has said the race card is being played. Herman Cain has been quoted as saying that this is coming up now because of the fact that he is black. Cain is no different than any other candidate who is out there and leading in the polls. If anyone sniffs out a weakness, the oppositional research will be all over it. Harry Truman needs to have a private word with Herman Cain: If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

I am more concerned over Cain’s knowledge base than I am his woman problem. Many a good president has had women problems–including those we don’t know about.

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Herman Cain: Here We Go Again

October 31st, 2011 74 comments

Geraldo wants an answer to a straight up question. This information does not bode well for a presidential candidate. 

Spokesperson J. D.  Gordon dodged Geraldo’s questions fairly clumsily. 

I feel a story taking on a life of its own.

According to


During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

We have no opinion at this point because there are too many missing facts. However, that is certainly not going to stop the speculation.

What I do find offensive is to blame it on Cain being a conservative politician. There were enough bad boys out there the past couple of years to give John Edwards a good run for his money.

Speaking of John Edwards, he keeps getting in deeper and deeper. He is now in criminal court. However, some idiot reporter claimed some old rich woman backed him. Bunny Melon is hardly ‘some old rich woman.’ Are reporters just getting dumber or is it my imagination?

Back to Herman Cain–any speculation here? Please don’t say its because he is conservative….that is such an excuse.

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