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|Democrats as "Bad Parents"
When a child throws a mindless tantrum in the super market, do you try to calm them? Do you give them that cereal that is 60% sugar and laced with chemicals? Do you look nervously around, pulling ...
|What Damned Mandate?
So... I am lying on my bed in a chemo induced haze. The TV is murmuring softly at the foot of my bed to distract me from my discomfort. And, then I hear it again. From Morning Joe to Martin Bashir,
|Quick! Get all the "Formers". Let's fight the last war.
Everyone with a star, or an oak leaf, anyone who has commanded a ship, flown a plane or led a military operation. Every retread, political operative, and pundit with a half baked opinion, has been ...
|I am seriously annoyed
When Scribe commented on the reduction in general crankiness yesterday, I confess, I didn't understand. I ...
|No guns for those crazy, loud, brown people
Well, the G8 has released its statement from its final meeting today. ...
|Who would DARE to do this?
Is this the result of our new "community"? Sharing ...and all that crap? I do not know these people . I have never contacted them . The only place ...
|Charlie Sheen? REALLY???
Extraordinary, world changing events are unfolding across northern Africa and the Mid-East. People are dying as they struggle to reclaim dignity and a measure of personal and economic freedom from ...
|A foray into cranky
I'm pretty old school, having messed with computer machines pre-tubes. As a result I have developed a large number of habits that have served me well. One of the most tenacious is the habit of ...
|Nothing but food...
I am getting damned tired of us sitting on the sidelines and bitching about the lunatic Republican "policies" that will cripple our Democracy, if enacted. They want all of the government's ...
|I have shown great restraint in begging, recently...
...but now, I really must humble myself in a craven desire to help finance one of the greatest television channels in existence, LinkTV. The Al Jezeera feed from ...
|The REALLY Scary Thing About the Egyptian Revolution - Update
For a week now, I have been puzzling over the various comments, and attempts to gin up hysteria, pervading the media coverage of the popular uprising in Cairo. There was something askew, leaking ...
|The End is Near or GBCBS
I will not be able to participate in DKos4. I have been over to the site on 4 different occasions and I am unable to navigate with any of the electronic equipment I currently own. My PC flat ...
|Let's All Rob a Bank!!
The Tragedy in Tucson has caught the attention of our leaders in Congress. It has suddenly occurred to them that they are vulnerable to random acts of violence by gun wielding maniacs. But... ...
|Not much fun, but worthy of thought.
The headlines are all screaming about Illinois this morning. Check them out here ,
That word is being thrown around a lot, today. How can we possibly comprehend the acts of an individual who thinks that his judgment, his actions, his glossy crazy, are to replace the results of an ...
|Haley Barbour demands a kidney as condition of freedom
They were Black. They were young. And, they received Mississippi justice. A life sentence for an $11 dollar robbery. For 16 years, sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott have shared a life ...
|Janitors Rule the World
Back in the late 1960's, Dr. Robert Summers began an exploration into the impact that the environmental decisions that surround us have ...
|My Personal Holiday Miracle
As some of you know, I was diagnosed with an aggressive bladder cancer this past summer. I had no symptoms and was thus taken completely by surprise. What is more, the biopsy showed stage 3 ...
|MSNBC Jumps the Shark - Update
I have searched, unsuccessfully, for the video clip shown shortly before 8am this morning on "Your Business" on MSNBC . The weekend program is broadcast ...
|Social Security is NOT some abstract "thingie".
I am in my 70's, and as all children of Depression Era parents, I was expected to "learn about work" at an early age. I got my first job as an inventory clerk at the Lerner's store in Los Angeles ...
|OK, Bud. You've Lost Me For GOOD.
Keith Olberman just reported that the Obama Administration intervened with the Spanish government to block the indictment of 6 former Bush officials on charges of setting the legal framework for ...
|How do you fight stupid?
During my latest recovery from my last bout with Killer Khemo, I have spent a great deal of time watching C-SPAN. And, I have spent a great deal of time trying to understand where the various ...
|Oh! Those poor quivering billionaires - cowering in uncertainty
The financial press seems determined to serve their corporate masters by insisting that there will be no job creation until the Federal Government eliminates "uncertainty". That's the buzz word. ...
|The Stew Party
They had me at "Imagine". But the contrasts were so breathtaking as to be stunning. No one claimed a divine mandate. No one spoke of fear and loathing. No one claimed that they, and they alone, ...
|Smoking and Bladder Cancer - A Warning
I began smoking when I was 15 years old. Back in the day, smoking was a sign of being "grown up", of maturity, of being "with it". We all smoked. My parents, my sister, all of my friends, doctors,
|Stop Calling Them "Militants"
Back in the 1980's gangs of hyper aggressive young adults roamed the streets of eastern cities attacking any and everyone who crossed their line of sight. The media started referring to them as "...
|Three Random Thoughts
First: Have any of you considered that Alan Simpson's verbal diarrhea may be just what the smart minds in the Administration want? Older voters know and remember Simpson. His recent demonstration ...
|OMG!! Turn on MSNBC RIGHT NOW!!
In an exclusive, Richard Engle is riding a Stryker 15 minutes from the border with the last combat brigade to leave Iraq!! Iraqi Freedom is over. Two weeks early!! That shitty do nothing Barack ...
|May I PLEASE tell you how much I don't care?
My property taxes just doubled. My water bill just rose 40%. My local elementary school just laid off 35% of the teaching staff for next September. I may be a victim ...
|I stand in awe, Sir!
CNBC has just announced that President Obama has called for a conference on August 17th, to "fix Freddie and Fanny". All during the the FinReg debate, a nonstop parade of No Party enthusiasts ...
|In Translation. Report from the black hole...
During the past 3 weeks I have been very ill. I am recovering nicely with no residual effects, but I mention this to create some justification for 21 days of TV viewing, 24/7. When forced to ...
|Breaking! John McCain Determined to Win the Viet Nam War This Time
Fifty years ago we gathered all of our young men, skimming the best, and the sons of Admirals and Generals, and sending them off to indoctrination at West Point and Annapolis. Their teachers were ...
|"He has to take ownership"...
Thus spake Rudy-9/11-thrustra, on TV today, when asked about his expectations of the Presidential address, tonight. And thus is, once again, planted an insidious idea in the mind of the public ...
|Random Acts of Voting
This will be short, as most confessions should be. I hope to combine expiating my nagging guilt with a shared sense of glee. Here, in the beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia, on election day, one ...
|"What Do YOU Think?"
Decades in university classrooms and research laboratories impressed me profoundly with the value of the Socratic method. I always made it a point to ask each student, "What do you think?" But ...
|What the hell are we doing???
I fully accept the premise that the Gulf Oil spill is one of, if not the, most damaging and horrific environmental events of my life time. But WHY are we piling on President Obama because we don't ...
|Oops! Robert Hurt (VA-5th) is no "moderate"
Politico , and our Beloved Leader , both refer ...
|Sen. Webb (D-VA) will vote against repeal of DADT
Rep. Patrick Murphy just announced on Rachel Maddow that he has the votes to pass the repeal of DADT in the House. But, as Rachel pointed out, Jim Webb has ...
|Does She REALLY Have to Have a "Story"?
I watched the roll out of President Obama's nomination to fill Justice Stevens' seat on the High court this morning. I was then overwhelmed by an endless string of Chattering Class paid hairdos ...
|Growing Old in America
I have recently experienced a new, and disturbing, phenomena. I want to offer a warning so that you might avoid the same experiences. My husband, and I, lived in the same very small community for ...
|Republicans Vote Against Reforming Wall Street
Nothing amuses this Psychologist more than watching the body language of the Senators during a vote. Such collegiality! Such warm feeling! Such a show! But, as the Republicans stand in tight ...
|Keep On Keepin' On
Ninety days. It was supposed to last for 90 days. It has gone on, doggedly, for 74 months. When NASA launched the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, they hoped the little buggers wouldn't be ...
|Life Imitates The Onion
Murray Hill might be the perfect candidate for this political moment: young, bold, media-savvy, a Washington outsider eager to reshape the way things are done in the nation's capital. ...
|With a bit of authority...
First a bit of background: I hold a Ph.D. from the University of California, and received my post-doctoral training from Stanford University, in the field of Psychology with a specialty in Human ...
|That's My Guy!! President just announced the conclusions of new START Treaty with Russia!
During his campaign Barack Obama made several statements, including during his Prague speech, about his intention to negotiate a new START Treaty with Russia, aimed at reducing, and securing, the ...
|You are supposed to REPRESENT, damn it!
In the early days of the Republic, the Founders recognized that the farmer in western Tennessee, the merchant in Savannah, and the miller in New Hampshire, consumed as they were by the day to day ...
|DailyKos, Bad Decisions, and Herds
As the Eric Massa story has unfolded over the past few days, I have been mulling our active complicity in his election. Any number of diaries in support of the former Naval Officer can be found ...
|The Lost Value of Behaviorial Modeling
I get a kick out of the media's constant snide shots at Harry Reid. Even the guys on "our side" do it. Today, on MSNBC, in responding to a question by Ed Schultz about why President Obama was the ...
|Breaking!!! People Die in War!!!
The titular president of Afganistan is mighty miffed. It seems that a couple of dozen people, riding in 3 vehicles, were targeted as insurgents, ...
|Ode To a Sane Man
I just watched President Obama make his announcement of funding for a new nuclear power plant in Maryland. He reminded me of two stories I would like to share. On a boat trip between Tahiti and ...
Well children, we are being badly reared. In spite of much talk about the Mommy Party and the Daddy Party, our parents are neither providing food, keeping a roof over our heads, nor clothing us in ...
|"Muslim faith should bar me from serving in Congress."
That was the opening shot Republican candidate Lynne Torgerson took when she entered the race to replace Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN 5th). According to ...
|But...I CAN'T move the cars right now...
because several dozen birds have taken refuge from the snow under each of them. Here, in the heart of the storm, I offer a report without streaming video, screen inserts that block the map of my ...
|Professor Higgins Does Haiti
I have just finished watching a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Haiti. I was heartened to stumble on this event from ...
|"...if you can keep it."
I've been listening to interviews with voters of all persuasion during the past 24 hours. From PBS to the BBC. From CNN to MSNBC. And one clear thought has emerged from this bath of stupidity. ...
|The Idiots are Doing it Again!
A few minutes before 5:00pm last Tuesday the Mouth of Hell opened up and destroyed a city of more than 2 million people. It destroyed the port, the roads, and leveled the buildings of government. ...
|I was hugged, today
There are those of us of a certain age cohort and social class, who are reared to be great respecters of the personal space of others. We rarely "get in your face" unless we have known that face ...
|Your Move, Nancy.
Listening to an astonishingly arrogant Ben Nelson lay his blessing on his hijacked version of HCR, I was taken by one twice repeated, little caveat he inserted. His vote is dependent on a ...
|Yes, Virginia, we are doomed
Wasn't Democracy supposed to give the people a voice in governing? Wasn't the election of Representatives supposed to take the pulse of the citizen, and with the check on too much rampant populism ...
|You are losing me, Mr. President
I found your rhetoric so inspiring. I found your ideas so encouraging. I also saw the problems you had to confront as overwhelming. I viewed your opposition as well educated, highly experienced ...
|Quick!! I need an opinion!
I'm not a lawyer. I do not work for the Justice Department. I don't live in New York. So, what am I to think? How can a terrorist trial be held anywhere in this country without it having a ...
|When Do We Wise Up?
I am rapidly becoming the ultimate cynic. With great fanfare government announces a new attempt to regulate, or control, or just manage the latest problem created by their last attempt to ...
|You Can't Have it Both Ways!
Between 2000 and 2008 we would both marvel, and cringe at the extraordinary discipline among members of the Republican Caucus in the House and Senate. Anything Bush wanted, he got. Tax cuts for ...
|The Problem with Generals, and Other Experts
There have been several points in American history when "The New and Improved Version" of something or other, promoted by experts in some field or other, has become all the rage. My own field of ...
|An Inchoate Ramble...
Insurance companies don't actually do anything. They don't make anything, they don't produce anything, they don't contribute anything. They take your money and they decide how they will ...
|"Get the government out of my life!"
With these words a growing segment of the American public is demanding a change in the way this country is run. They don't realize it, of course, but they are. And, our ever pandering media, eager ...
|Damned Hand Wringing Liberals!
It has become fashionable to deflect the outrageous lies and cumbersome misinformation of the TeaBaggers, Deathers, and other poor misguided morons yelling their lies at Town Halls, by insisting that,
|A Health Insurance Perspective
Well, the bills are rolling in. The total to day is over $350,000. If you haven't been following the saga, you can catch ...
|Why is Chris Matthews trying to restart the Abortion Wars?
I just heard Tweety bring up the abortion issue for the 3rd straight time in as many days when questioning a White House Representative on the Health Care Bill. He wanted assurance that the bill ...
|Do you know what it meant to be a Practical Nurse?
During the Second World War doctors were a prime target for the Draft Boards. Into the breech of medical care stepped the Nurse. She expanded her duties beyond thermometers and bed pans and began ...
|Help the Old Lady! Help You Own Sef', Too...
I have a fully paid registration for Netroots Nation In Pittsburgh, from Thursday, August 13, 2009 through Sunday, August 16, 2009. Due to my husbands medical condition, I will not be able to attend.
|No. I did not fall into a hole. That would have been easier...
Well, the past 5 weeks have been a special hell. My beloved husband underwent a quad by-pass at Duke, but repeated efforts to stabilize his heart have met with no success. He will be returning ...
|Ode to the Medical Profession
On Saturday last, my husband began complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain. I immediately called 911, because we live so far from medical care, and I hoped that our local emergency ...
|The Real Reason Behind the Sotomayor Kerfuffle?
I call to your attention reporting by Bloomberg , that offers insight into why the Rabid Ranks of ...
|Breaking: Pawlenty says, "No Undue Delay"
I was just watching Andrea Mitchell interview Gov. Tim Pawlenty on MSNBC (no tape up yet) and she asked when he will certify Al Franken as the winner in the Senatorial contest. He said, "As soon as ...
|Graft and Corruption, Donkey Style
If we are the Reality Party, this must not stand. If we want better Democrats, this must not stand. Two stories from the wire are an example of how, and why, politics, and government are looked ...
|The Joy of Watching Kudlow's Head Explode
I happened to catch Larry Kudlow at noon, today. Now, I usually rush to change the channel when I hear his scratchy, whiny, voice cut through the ...
|The West Wing Redux
I've been nursing an angry diary for the past several days, chewing on my rage, and formulating pithy prose to express my disappointment. We've all discussed and examined the issues, each jumping ...
|It's Time for Another Reminder...
We preened and patted each other on the back when the results of rising up and insisting that the voters be heard was made manifest in November, last. We strutted and proclaimed, "We have taken ...
|Why Tiger Can't Find the Fairway
Back in the very early 1960's I was one of the first wave of women to take Birth Control pills. The dosage, in those days, was astonishingly large. Ten (10) milligrams of the pregnancy preventing ...
|More Right Wing Fail And, They Are Getting Called On It.
E. J. Dionne has an oped in today's Washington Post that examines the official reaction to the extremist elements in the Notre Dame address controversy.
|Lil' Janie's Got Religion!
The Washington Post is reporting that: Rep. Jane Harman vowed ...
|It's not about image, you silly Gopasaur!
CNN is pumping a story on this lite news Saturday. It seems that Republicans kick off campaign to shine party image in ...
|This is getting stupid! W/Update...
C-span is all over it. ( ...
|Getting What They Wished For...
UTVoter has a recommended diary detailing, once again, the seemingly ...
|The Problem With "Justice"
As we rail at the Bush Administration, and the warped souls that decided inflicting physical and psychological pain on other human beings was an acceptable way to deal with their fear and anger; as ...
|Photos that you really must see!
The New York Times has released the Pulitzer Prize winning photos, taken during the Obama Campaign. The times won 5 Pulitzers, and my personal fav, Eugene Robinson won a Pulitzer for the Washington ...
|In Defense of the Artist
First, a disclaimer. I was trained as a scientist. Steeped in the experimental method, bloodied by burrowing into the entrails of obscure statistical models, I self-identified as rigorous, and ...
|A Random Saturday Rant
From trivial to serious... ============= Where is the Master's! The bloody Golf Channel is beginning "coverage" each day, but "coverage" is hours of people talking about golf while, off in the ...
|Courtly Power Displays
Taking a rain day off from the never ending Old People's Down Sizing Project, I have spent the day watching footage of Our President on the world stage. In my past life I was a generalist in the ...
|Just because you think it...
...you are under no obligation to write it. Every community is infested with trouble makers, self-righteous fools, and those who just run off at the mouth. People who seem to honestly feel that we ...
|Have you had your Viagra today, Ladies?
The AP is reporting on an EPA study that may curl your hair! Fish caught near waste water treatment plants serving five major U.S. ...
I know it is very au courant to say everybody is outraged by the AIG bonuses. Everybody is saying it. Media, print and broadcast. Bloggers and e-mail friends.
|Harry Reid Couldn't Figure It Out. Has the White House?
McClatchy has a teaser up this afternoon, that offers hope for all of us so frustrated by the 60 vote rule currently used to pass ...
|Two Things That Must Be Said.
First: I'm sorry you lost your job and may be losing your home. But don't think that just because your beloved dog is too expensive to feed and care for that you can solve ...
|A Tour de Force by Our Guy w/Update
If I were George Bush I would never, ever, emerge from my "undisclosed location" in Dallas, Texas. I have just spent the past hour watching President Obama speaking, and answering questions, before ...
|A Brief Break From the Insanity
I was driving down to the Old People's Down Sized House today (I'm still painting and restoring floors and I haven't even begun on the kitchen...) and saw a sight I really had to share! For a part ...
|Where is the Damned Apology?
In a meandering story McClatchy News Service once again offers a classic media cop out ...
|East Coast Alert!
Remember the butterfly's wing beat... As we alternately wring our hands over housing foreclosures, the increased demand for food banks, and the soup kitchens struggling to feed the growing crowds ...
|A Slightly Angry Diary
When I finally found time to log on and check the days activities I was mighty miffed (in my own thoughtful, ladylike way, of course) by the poll results ...
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