Archive for August, 2011

How I Am Feeling Right Now

August 30, 2011

A friend sent this to me and I decided to post it because……IT SEEMED RIGHT!!

Another Science Ignorant, Ultra Religious Right Wing Nut Job From Texas For President

August 19, 2011

Well isn’t this just what we need.   Another Religious Wing Nut whose corporate sponsors having him out there pushing the same old line of “Man made global warming is not real.”

Perry Wednesday was asked about a passage in his book “Fed Up!” in which he wrote that “doctored data” was behind the science on global warming and accused former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his call to action on climate change, of being a “false prophet of a secular carbon cult.”  (Anyone of a true science background knows Perry’s statement is bull crap and not backed up by any facts.)

Rick Perry, a Republican Presidential Candidate, on Thursday said the theory of evolution has “some gaps in it.”  (Well I can say the only gaps he could be referring to are the gaps between his ears.)

Perry went on to say, “In Texas we teach both Creationism and Evolution in our public schools — because I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.”  (Ah, the one that can be exposed as nothing more than fairy tale stories borrowed from
many religions that came before his or the one based on science facts?)

Now Perry is known for his deeply Christian views, and has been described to being, “more explicitly religious than many people who have run for president or have been president.”  (Yea that’s what I’m talking about, an Über Religious Fairy Tale Believing Christian to lead this country!)

What started all of this latest goofy rant you ask?  Well a little boy initially asked Perry how old he thought the earth was.

“You know what, I don’t have any idea – I know it’s pretty old, so it goes back a long, long ways,” the presidential candidate responded. “I’m not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how old the earth is.”

As a response to Rick Perry’s comments, a fellow GOP presidential contender, “Jon Huntsman” responded to Perry’s comments on Thursday: “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

All I can say is that when it comes time for me to vote in the Republican Primaries here in Maryland, I’m going to vote for the Crazy one!  I think it’s a safer bet.

Michele Bachmann Wins Iowa

August 14, 2011

Well this morning we found out that Michele Bachmann bested an incomplete collection of her presidential rivals in a non-binding, early test of political organization in the state that will hold the first presidential voting early next year.

The lasting impact of the victory for Michele Bachmann is unclear. Could this be how far extremely right the base members of the Republican Party have gone?  Are we once again to see the ignorant lunacy of Sarah Palin as vice president candidate paired up with the ignorant lunacy of Michele Bachmann?  What a circus act that would be.  Is this who the Republican Party wants to run the country?

My reply to these current events as a sane, clear and critical thinking, Republican is:

Iowa, one would have hoped that you were smarter than that!

Michele Bachmann’s straw poll victory has officially sent the Republican Party lurching into a tail spin-off to the EXTREME RIGHT, well away from the natural center of American and far, far outside the mainstream of this nation and our people.  Michele Bachmann is a CRAZY FRINGE CHARACTER that relishes her ignorance of our common history, our common laws, and Constitution.  Here she is getting a stunning endorsement from the very heart of the GOP primary crowd.  Could she really get the nomination?  Why not….I saw first hand how the Republican Party in the State of Delaware gave the primary for their Senate nomination to the likes of, “Christine (I Am Not A Witch) O’Donnell.”

The Republican Party has officially descended into UNPREDICTABLE MADNESS.

An Important Dialogue On Counter Terrorism And National Security

August 10, 2011

As those who visit this site are of a more intelectual level, I thought I would post this message I received from my daughter who graduated from Washington College.

DENNIS BLAIR    AUDREY CRONIN      COFER BLACK    SARAH SEWALL
moderated by JOHN HARWOOD

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington
College, Chestertown, MD.

Marking the ten-year anniversary of the attacks on the United States, a blue-ribbon panel of counter-terrorism experts will visit Washington College on September 8 for an important dialogue on the current state of national security. President Mitchell Reiss invites all alumni to participate in this vital conversation. Please SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS ( micenroad2@washcoll.edu )before midnight on September 7, 2011. Then join us on campus, or tune in for the simulcast discussion at live.washcoll.edu.

I think that my regular blog followers will find this very interesting.  Washington College is a private liberal arts college with names from the Whos Whos list who attend and support this college.  Being so close to Washington D.C. they do get the cream of the crop of those who really make the policies….not like those on Blow Hard Radio or Fox.  You will find a lot of Truth and Facts here.

Tea Party Reshapes The GOP This Next Election

August 6, 2011

The Tea Party that has embedded itself into the Republican Party is now going on two years old.  Their recent strong arm muscular role in the debt ceiling crisis has made it clear their extremism is going to be a big problem for the Republican Party in the future.

Today the Republican Establishment wonders if the grass roots movement will only manage to purge more of the Moderate Republicans and dash the future of the Party on the rocks of unbending ideology.

One true fact is that the Tea Party is already reshaping the Republican Party.  In recent past, the once Moderate Republican lawmakers were shifting sharply more to the right, fearing primary challenges from the extremely religious right candidate opponents.

The Tea Party movement’s influence on the Republican Party remains like the double edged sword. Tea Partiers’ adamant opposition to tax hikes helped Republican Party regulars force President Barack Obama to surrender his push for new taxes on the rich. But House Tea Partiers also embarrassed Speaker John Boehner by forcing him to hastily revise his debt ceiling bill.

To secure their votes, Boehner added a balanced budget provision that he intentionally knew had no hope of becoming law.  The results of this action only drew ridicule from the more sane and intelligent aspects within the Party.  The final draft and weakened requirement stated that the House and Senate would only vote on, not necessarily pass, a balanced budget amendment before the end of the year survived in the final product.  Bottom line here, Boehner baffled them with BULLSHIT!

This coming next year, the Tea Party is about to play its first role in a presidential election.  Once again the mainstream by comparison “Leaders of the Republican Party” hopes once again to harness its energy in campaigns nationwide, just as they did in 2010 when they welcomed this extreme element into its ranks.  The trick is to do it while avoiding the damage it can cause much like “I Am Not A Witch (anymore)” Christine O’Donnell who lost her bid for the Senate seat from Delaware.  The Tea Party cost the Republicans likely Senate seat gains by nominating the “Lunatic Fringe” conservatives in Delaware, Nevada and Colorado.

Using the anology of, “Walking The Razor’s Edge” the Republican Party is flirting with a revolt within the Party.  Just one little slip on this “Razor’s Edge” tight rope act, and the Republican Party will slice itself in half.  For me the Tea Party is going to split and divide the Republican Party.

When asked if another Tea Party insurgent might cost Republicans the White House along with Congressional and Senate seats, the game plan to winning Republican Primaries this next election is to engage the “Dog and Pony Show” of droning on about the “Out Of Control spending that’s taking place in Washington.”

There are many sitting Republican Congressmen and Senators who could loose their seat to challenges from the more Extreme Conservative Tea Party candidates.

Some are seeing even long standing Conservative Republicans loosing to the extremism of the Tea Party such as in Utah where the already conservative Sen. Orrin Hatch has veered so hard to the right that it’s a constant topic of conversation in Washington D.C. with Republican Leadership and is a butt of jokes and amusement.  Still, reality is many wonder if he can survive if the two term Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Tea Party favorite, decides to challenge him.  (Can you image anyone more Extremely Conservative than Orrin Hatch?)

Running for Senate again, Wilson has pledged to oppose raising the nation’s debt ceiling unless Congress passes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. That requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers, which lawmakers in both parties say is politically impossible.  (The Tea Party is favoring him this election.)

Virginia Republican George Allen, who is trying to regain the Senate seat he lost in 2006, has taken a similar stand, even though he voted four times to raise the debt ceiling while in office.  (Insiders say he has no chance as the Tea Party challenger in the Republican Primary will surely bring this up.)

Of course the big unknown is the Tea Party’s influence on the Presidential Race.  Some political professionals think Tea Partiers
are already pushing candidates so far right that the eventual nominee might struggle to pick up independent voters in the general election against President Obama.  Even former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appeared unenthusiastic when announcing his opposition to the debt ceiling compromise that Congress enacted with solid Republican support in both chambers.  You could tell from his body language that he was ashamed of what happened and was reserved because he knows in the General Election any candidate will need the support of the more mainstream and sane voters.  The extreme elements within the Republican Party are saying that “Mitt Romney did not show leadership.”

The tea party’s influence on the Republican Party will come with heavy baggage in independent leaning states such as Maine or
Indiana.

As a general rule, Independent voters skip most primaries but play big roles in general elections.  I am guessing that they will want “Progress over Rigid Ideology.”

If Tea Party voters dominate Republican Primaries once again, they can nominate unorthodox candidates such as Delaware’s
O’Donnell.

A recent Pew Research/Washington Post poll suggests that Republicans did themselves much more damage in the “Debt Ceiling” struggle than has first appeared.  About four in 10 Americans said they had a less favorable view of congressional Republicans because of the Tea Party’s ignorant antics.  In summation, people now have a dimmer view of Tea Party affiliated lawmakers, because of the debt issue, and outnumber those who took a positive view.

In closing I will say, either way the Tea Party is leaving a big mark on the Republican Party and the limits of its influence are not yet clear.  For me personally, I think the Republican Party will regret embracing the Tea Party Movement as it will destroy and split the Party in the long run.  Extremism never lasts.