Sunday, October 11, 2015

Random Observations

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I've been listening to a lot of political talk radio during my long commutes to work, including the Patriot channel. The right wing hosts are desperately trying to convince listeners that the chaos taking place in the House of Representatives is a good thing! The Freedom Caucus pulled off exactly what they wanted. They got rid of Boehner; they scared off Kevin McCarthy. Much of the party sees Paul Ryan as their great white hope but the conservatives don't like him either. He's a squish, don't you know? If Boehner tries to stay on past his sell-by date, they'll call a vote to force him out. No one knows what will happen next. It is anarchy in the House and the right-wing is loving it!

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I've been watching Facebook and the right doesn't seem to have seen this yet. Expect a shitstorm when they do. They want him hung; they want him burned at the stake. Instead, the officer in charge recommended what is essentially a misdemeanor sentence. A reduction in rank, a loss of a percentage of pay but no jail time and some continuation of veteran's benefits. Of course, this isn't a done deal as it has to go up the chain of command and what happens is likely to be affected by politics rather than rationality (isn't everything?)

Conservatives haven't read the full reports. They haven't heard the interviews. They are basing their opinions on emotion only. The hell with the actual facts of the case.  


Another day in America, another school shooting....or two....or three. Gun worship has become a virtual religion in the U.S. No price is too high to pay for our guns. The lives of our children? Collateral damage that must be tolerated. There is no common middle ground with ammosexuals. They go from background checks straight to gun confiscation in 60 seconds. Never mind that no one is suggesting rescinding the second amendment. They see the smallest effort to alleviate our national epidemic of gun violence as the camel's nose under the tent. You think we surely must be reaching a tipping point when the America people will finally say, "enough."

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Kevin McCarthy only said out loud what we all knew - the Benghazi hearings were never about finding out what happened that night but rather, to besmirch both President Obama and Hillary Clinton, particularly as it regarded Hillary's presidential run. The hearings have been a farce from Day One. Documents demanded, witnesses called, Democrats not informed who those witnesses were or allowed to question them, selective leaks rather than releasing entire transcripts designed to put the spin on events the Republicans preferred. Benghazi is now the longest running investigation ever in our nation's history - longer than the assassination of a president, longer than the resignation of another president, longer than selling arms for hostages to Iran, longer than freaking 911!

And for their second act, the Republicans engaged in an investigation of Planned Parenthood during which they called the producers of videos that have been proven to be doctored (again, Democrats were not allowed to ask questions) but no representatives of Planned Parenthood itself. When they finally did demand the presence of Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood director, they bombed her with harsh and leading questions, then didn't allow her to answer. Can you say kangaroo court?

Remember all the wonderful things the R's said they were going to accomplish if only, (please, please, please) we voted them back into the majority in the Congress? Can you think of even one of those things they've actually done? They evidently majored in Investigations and forgot to take Governing 101.

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This was on my Facebook newsfeed today. Oh, the conservatives love them some Putin in comparison to the contempt in which they hold their own president. "Oooh," they simper, "he's so strong and manly!"

Jesus, People, Putin is a brutal, murderous ex-KGB thug. Is that really want for America? Truly?

When Putin tells us that he's bombing ISIS but our own government says he's targeting Syrian rebels in order to strengthen Assad, conservatives would rather believe Putin. They are strangely gleeful when they think Putin has put one over on Obama. In other words, they root against their own country. Sort of like when 47 Senators led by Tom Cotton sided against our government in the Iran negotiations. Doesn't that seem uncomfortably close to treason to you?

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