The year is now behind us, and for many of us, this is also the time to take stock of what we left behind; whether unfinished or not. This is also a time that I lay out my list of things I love to see, some that I would rather do without and yet others that have no worldly effect on anyone other than me…so here goes:
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Thirteen Things I Would Rather Hear Less About in 2013, But Probably Won't
1. Innocents dying anywhere
2. Tea Party, Second Amendments, NRA,
4. Moderate Republicans, Centrist Democrats, Bi-Partisan Clap-Trap
5. McCain andor Romney
6. Any talk about the 2016 Presidential Election
7. Fox News...
8. Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, One Direction, Honey Boo Boo
9. Reality Shows, no matter the iteration.
10. Fifty Shades of Gray
11. Fiscal Cliffs, Ravines, Gullies, Culverts and the like
12. Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, McConnell.
13. Break ups on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr,etc
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It's that time of year again; the celebration of a gift rendered without expectations, a love proffered without condition. A time when we look around and count our blessings in a way that we don't normally do at any other time of year.
A time when we wish for Peace on Earth perhaps more fervently than at any other time of year; a time when we pray a little harder for the safety and well being of our loved ones and strangers.
A time for celebrating family in all its iterations; for peace in all of our everyday acts, When we hope against hope that all children have at their disposal the unconditional love that Jesus has given us. It is the unconditional love that we have received from God; we did nothing to deserve it, it is ours to give away.
It is official; I have joined the curmudgeon crowd. I am now an official member of that group of people that run around bemoaning the ‘signs of the sure apocalypse’ that are being made manifest every time I tune into AM News coverage. The first five minutes of pretty much the same across the country, first, the local station begins its’ “if it bleeds it leads” segment informing the viewers what latest inhumane act we as people have committed against each other; then it’s on to the weather where we are assured that the sun did actually rise and barring any unforeseen accidents, will more than likely set a bit later in the day, then it’s on to traffic, and depending on where you live, only one of two things will happen, you’ll either sail through and make to work on time or you’ll sit in some log-jam and be an hour late in getting where ever you needed to be.
Well, waddaya know, it seems like Paul Ryan (R-PoopyHead 2) has finally figured out why the much vaunted, highly qualified pair of goofballs did not win the Presidential Elections in 2012. It's all the fault of them city-folk.
A new theory surfaces everyday as to the reason why the Republican Party screwed the pooch during the last election cycle, and it looks like all the very real shortcomings are not apparent to rMoney (R-PoopyHead) and Ryan (R-Poopyhead2). To them it is as if some grand conspiracy from on high descended upon their heads and snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory. Then again, perhaps Divine Intervention did play a hand, seeing as how often and loudly the religious right prayed and cajoled God to lend a hand, but I digress.
I don't wish to rain on anyone's parade, especially now since we have so much to cheer about, bur let's look a couple of assumptions that seem to have become gospel throughout the web-o-sphere. Disclaimer: I am a Latino man of color. There are many reasons why Romney screwed the pooch, not the least of which was surrounding himself with a bunch of lying liars, people who have such a cynical view of the American electorate that they truly believe that any claptrap emanating from their candidate is going to be bought whole cloth by the public.
For a number of people who receive the major part of their information from them Fox News and their counterparts on the AM radio dial, this holds true, since it has been shown that those folks are the lowest information voters perhaps on the planet.
It's time to begin considering the ramifications of a Romney (R-Money) administration; the results of which will continue to stink up the joint long after many in my generation have shifted this mortal coil. The obvious dangers to the republic are manifest, they include many the many steps backwards that an emboldened Republican Party may initiate, steps that are apparent in the many states with Republican majorities and with Republican governors.
One need only to look at what is happening in Arizona, Florida, etc to see that efforts to rollback safety net provisions are moving forward at breakneck speed. The attacks on labor unions are legion; Republican legislators in Florida have written eleven out of eleven amendments to the Florida constitution, all with an eye out for special interests, they are complicit, along with in state and out of state money in trying to replace three of the Florida Supreme Court justices who are nor sufficiently right wing for their taste, they are attempting to do in Florida what they were successful to do in Iowa.
I figure it's time for me to weigh in on the televised debate between the President and a candidate; one would think that the republic is lost because the President did not use his arsenal of snark snide remarks.
I have been wondering what debate everyone else was watching, but from where I sat it seemed to me that the President did well, maybe not as well as Romney who showed a complete lack of respect for the President as he spoke over his comments as well as speaking over the moderator. My solution, cut off the mike after the allotted time and move on to the next area of discussion.
We watch the debate on CSPAN in order to avoid being told what we just heard by the network and cable talking heads, I then read about the debate from different outlets, primarily those dealing with the veracity of claims made during the debate. I make it a point to stay out of the echo chamber of those who are busy clutching their pearls and swooning over the alleged outcome.
I am beginning to notice a troubling trend in so-called progressive media sites; particularly in the coverage of both the Republican and Democratic run-ups to their conventions. Some of the coverage seems to be parroting the same lines one comes to expect from the Main Line Media such as the Washington Post, New York Times, etc.
Much of their reporting seems to border on the sycophantic and fawning styles of the aforementioned major news outlets. Misleading headlines that seem to have been culled from the tabloids, poll numbers without any explanations of methodology, stories that on their face seem to contradict reality, all leading to conclusions that if, in fact, Obama can walk on water it is because of his inability to swim.
So, I find myself in a men’s’ group meeting last night, and it was my turn to read Scripture for this meeting. I started out by saying that I had been a bit saddened and just a bit angry because I had noticed that in the week prior, the tenor and vitriol in the national political discourse was once again reaching levels of idiocy usually reserved for the political state of affairs of the 19th and early 20th.century. The constant attacks from the right wing based on nothing more than the jingoistic and xenophobic fears of the “other” seem to reach new levels of jackassery never before seen since I’ve been roaming the Earth.
The level of attacks that are racially motivated are increasing; the “jokes” about political assassinations are becoming more commonplace, and the rabid fascination with whether or not the President was born in the U.S., is a truly sad example of how stupid the American right wing is becoming. The right wing is a dangerous part of the body politic, and should never be ignored, but I digress.
Actually, that's a bit of stretch. I had been a long time member of the I Hate Broccoli club, (that counted amongst its' most famous members Bush 1 and Alfalfa, he of the Little Rascals fame) until my spouse of many years finally convinced me to actually, taste them. Hers was a very convincing argument, "eat your broccoli or the couch will be your future resting place". Since I could not muster any argument against that irrefutable logic, I acquiesced, and while it is not high on my "gotta have" list; I don't mind it all that much.
At about this time the reader is probably wondering where I am going with all this talk about broccoli. Well, it has to do with a comment made by Antonin Scalia during the last day of our collective exercise of watching paint dry, aka The Affordable Care Act arguments before the Supreme Court last week. In the course of arguing as to what end the government should be involved in the Health Insurance Industry Justice Scalia trotted out one of the conservative arguments that it would be a slippery slope that would ultimately lead the Feds telling us what to eat.