Sunday, August 30, 2015

That Liberal Media….

Living in the south is a challenge. You have beautiful Tennessee mountains and lakes, wonderful food, usually pleasant weather, and people are super friendly. So many things to do….just be careful to keep your politics to yourself……and be able to quote the Bible.

The news channel of choice in homes and restaurants, banks and bars (when it's NOT football season) is FOX news…..or MSNBC for the stock market crawl along the bottom while "contributors" are spewing nonsense.( We do live in West Knox.) The Knox News Sentinel, like all papers these days, prints day-old stories and opinions usually taken from somewhere else. Just lifted and never background checked as is the preferred method of journalism these days.

Today, for example the Why Clinton's Email Trouble Mattersa page long opinion piece was taken from a several day-old Los Angeles Times article. The author, John R Schindler, bills himself as a security consultant and former NSA officer. He forgot to mention this:
http://gawker.com/nsa-spook-turned-twitter-pundit-goes-dark-after-dick-pi-1594848048

Then there is the third-of-a-page long Liberals Hypocritical On The Subject Of Constitutional Tinkering by Jonah Goldberg….of the National Review and the American Enterprise Institute, two of the most influential conservative outlets….next to the Heritage Foundation. (Think school vouchers, government censorship of the arts, welfare reform, prayer in schools, lower taxes on business, anti-Obamacare and conservative corporation CEOS on its board of trustees.)

Of course, there was the expected 8 Thumbs Down For The Iran Deal article from the GOP legislators this state is so proud of. And you don't want to forget the "Take America Back" Tump-the-Bombastic Tour in Nashville that had Tea Partiers from all over the state in a tizzy.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2015/08/30/the-classiest-political-ad-ever-made/

Letters to The Editor make you want to tear your hair out…..can people REALLY believe what they are spewing?
"I will never support a politician who promotes gun control or patronize any business that discriminates against the Second Amendment. When seconds count, help is minutes away." 
or
"The world is indeed getting better because of liberty and freedom, but it does not come from the left. In the future when the world celebrates its freedoms, the left will be left out."
Guess the writer forgot about the Right's views on women's reproductive rights, freedom from fundamentalist religious views, voting rights, a living wage, economic inequality, gun control, social contracts…..and a livable planet. But hey, you can "study it all out" in your daily newspaper.



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hmmmm…….


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who announced his presidential bid on Twitter ……….has sent an email to activists declaring that his presidential run “is God’s plan for me.”
"I do not come to you tonight with the ability to speak Spanish," Huckabee said. "But I do speak a common language: I speak Jesus."
"There's a big country out here with millions of Americans who believe in God and are not ashamed to say so," Jindal said. "I would be wary of a president who didn't seek wisdom from the Almighty."
During an appearance on NBC’s  ”Meet The Press” earlier this year, Gov. Kasich explained to host Chuck Todd that he was exploring what the Lord wants before to deciding to enter the race.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee recently said “For me, this is not just a political or financial decision, it is a spiritual decision. You know, the only thing worse than not being elected president would be to be elected president without God’s blessing.
“I believe God will make it clear to me if that’s something I’m supposed to do,” Ben Carson told Fox News last August..
“God came to me in a dream. He had a white robe and a white beard, and told me our next president would be another colored man,” said Robertson on “The 700 Club.” “I’m interpreting that to be Dr. Ben Carson. Unless, Barack Obama seeks a third term.”
Jesus knows …..

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Common Good Upsets Some Folks





The National Parks Service is getting a little put out about plastic water bottles being strewn around their areas: "…. encouraging the parks to halt their bottled water sales."

This undoubtedly upset the bottled water manufacturers:

"Joseph Doss, president and chief executive of the International Bottled Water Association, said that even if the Park Service can legally use private money to pay for bottled water alternatives, it should be careful about subverting the (possible) will of Congress."


Oh, so the "will of Congress" (or the Supreme Court, for that matter) is the most important concept here. Sooooo…Right Wingers really should not be having a problem with everyone being able to vote, marriage equality, health insurance for Americans (rich or poor), a quality education system for all children, clean water to drink and clean air to breathe, women being able to control their own reproductive systems, everyone being able to make a living wage, and everyone being able to worship his higher being in his own way…..or not.

From selling plastic bottles of water, keeping the prisons filled, pushing false outrage over misleading PP, robbing the public education system to fill charter schools' coffers, demonizing "illegal immigrants" while applying for worker visas for their own cheap labor….the moneyed class is using Congress (and the Supreme Court, they hope) to build their own little utopia. And the only free market they really want to succeed is the one they control. Just ask the Kochs.

Welcome to the oligarchy…it's been in the making for decades. If you have any doubts: http://tinyurl.com/olorb3j
 How many accomplishments are left to achieve?




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Benghazi!…IRS!….Planned Parenthood!





It never gets old with those in the Republican party: when you've got nothing, proclaim your shock and indignation, ignite a fire in your base, spend taxpayer money on "investigations"……..rinse and repeat. And if the target is something or someone you have been trying to eliminate for decades such as Planned Parenthood (those womenfolk don't need birth control or Pap smears anyway…especially the poor ones) any amount of deception will do. (Worked with ACORN, didn't it?)

"At a press conference, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), stated that he could not discuss the video or he would “vomit.” Virtually every GOP presidential candidate and anti-choice organization took advantage of the controversy by sending out a flood of fundraising emails…"

Hmmmmm…wonder where their indignation was a month ago…..when they were first "aware of the video."

"Apparently, Congressman Franks was not “chilled” enough by the video to do anything about it when he first saw it at least a month earlier than it was released to the public, as he later admitted toRoll Call. At least one other lawmaker is on record as having seen the video well before its release. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) also admitted to Roll Call having seen the video at least a month earlier. When pressed by Roll Call as to why he did nothing about these explosive charges in the intervening time, Murphy cut off the reporter, saying: “This interview never happened.”

What they do NOT want to expound upon, since it would kill their narrative, is the fact that medical science depends on tissue (certainly not what they are trying to depict in their campaign, though) in all the great advances that have been made in fighting diseases….probably some treatments that have helped their families in some way. Remember Nancy Reagan's advocating stem cell research?
http://tinyurl.com/plvmbpq


You may also be interested in perusing the tangled web of folks in Congress and questionable organizations…..as well as known liars and deceivers…..who are pushing this "outrage" (smear campaign) at this particular time. Shades of James O'Keefe and Bill O'Reilly's Jesse Watters. Well, since Obamacare seems here to stay, the Pope agrees with the rest of the world on climate change, and they certainly do not want to have a discussion on their racism or jobs…...

And this from the New York Times:
"Researchers use fetal tissue to study and develop treatments for diseases and conditions like H.I.V., hepatitis, congenital heart defects, retinal degeneration and Parkinson’s. Last year, the National Institutes of Health gave $76 million in grants for fetal tissue research. Planned Parenthood is certainly not the only collector of fetal tissue — clinics associated with universities also supply tissue for research.
The Center for Medical Progress video campaign is a dishonest attempt to make legal, voluntary and potentially lifesaving tissue donations appear nefarious and illegal. Lawmakers responding by promoting their own anti-choice agenda are rewarding deception and putting women’s health and their constitutionally protected rights at risk."

The Republican Party gives me a giant headache.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Well, it looks like the Koch Brothers' agenda



….. is proceeding right along as scheduled here in Tennessee:

UPDATE: Moving right along in North Carolina, too. 
"As more major counties and cities trend Democratic, expect to see Republicans meddling more in local affairs and making a mockery of the concept of self government. Just imagine if congressional Republicans had the ability to gerrymander the state legislatures of California, New York, and Illinois as they have done with the three largest and Democratic-leaning county governments in North Carolina." http://tinyurl.com/qalw7yx

"There is some talk among Republicans of changing state law to allow partisan competition for municipal offices and for local school board seats, now also officially nonpartisan under a current state statute. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, supports such a move……..
“The role of the state party is to get Republicans elected on all levels,” Smith (Gov. Haslam's spokesman) wrote."
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/politiknox/tenn-gop-aims-to-paint-state-redder-than-ever-by-2016_49398253

'Red to the Roots"

All of this is by design….and it is heavily financed, NOT a "grassroots" effort.

"Now the council (ALEC) is looking to take its blueprint for influence over statewide lawmaking and drill it down to the local level. It has already quietly set up, and is making plans for the public launch of, an offshoot called the American City County Exchange (ACCE) that will target policymakers from “villages, towns, cities and counties”.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/06/conservative-group-alec-city-local-government

Don't forget that that these two guys have had their hand in the "war against women" in all states as well as their group Americans for Prosperity making sure that Insure Tennessee (using the ACA) is not going forward.
http://tinyurl.com/k9oytnq

How long before Tennessee looks and operates just like Kansas, South Carolina, Michigan or Wisconsin? And by latching on to the extreme fundamentalists and NRA to blindly move this effort along…..……how long before the US looks just like the theocracies that we go all over the world to "preach the ways of democracy?"

OK folks...

…please tell me WHY on earth this country is so gung-ho to celebrate one of the darkest, and most destructive eras in this country's history?

Yes, it should be studied and commemorated in it's TRUE historical context…..to help us see how far we have come as a people (hopefully). But this one has me really baffled:


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No, I really "get it." There were two sides at odds with each other over the fate of third side that had no say in any of it at the time. To have one side continuing to honor an attempt to tear apart a country, lose, and consider it a victory is just ludicrous to me. It just seems a bit out-of-touch considering the raw animosity today. (Tho, I did not see any "stars and bars"……) And they are just quilting projects from a really cool company, but it made me wonder…….

Friday, June 19, 2015

No Shiat, Sherlock…..


Side note: The majority of Republicans surveyed — 74 percent — consider the flag a symbol of Southern pride, while the majority of Democrats surveyed — 72 percent— believe the flag is indicative of racism.       NBC


It may not have been "politically correct," or even sensitive, to say it but Lindsey Graham put it out there for the whole world to see:

"At the end of the day it's time for people in South Carolina—to revisit that decision would be fine with me, but this is part of who we are. The flag represents to some people a Civil War and that was the symbol of one side. To others it's a racist symbol, and it's been used by people, it's been used in a racist way. But the problems we have in South Carolina and throughout the world are not because of a movie or a symbol, it's because of what's in people's heart. You know, how do you go back and reconstruct America? What do we do in terms of our history?"

That, my dear Republican presidential wanna-be, is the problem….going all the way to the beginning of the confederacy itself. 

 rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the “storm came and the wind blew.”
"Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. 
Alexander H. Stephens in his Cornerstone Speech, 1861 prior to the Civil War. 

Yes..and "what is in their hearts" is racism, superiority, hate and ignorance. This is all perpetuated BY the Right Wing, whose sway on the south DEPENDS on such beliefs. And of course, NOW they want to push the tale that the Civil War was simply a fight for "states rights" against the big ol' bad federal government. Plain and simple.


Lyndon Johnson had it right:If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."  Today, a winning strategy…….

                      Also, about that flag: http://tinyurl.com/qfh9q8p

    Monday, May 18, 2015




    Let me see if I get this straight: in a tolerant country a company should be able to do business with only those people that adhere to their same religious beliefs, and not be accused of discrimination. That's what Jeb Bush just said.




    Those two basic concepts seem to come down to this, in my mind.

    Tolerance: showing willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
                                  

    If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen….. 1 John 4:20


    "Liberty of conscience is protected by the First Amendment, but freedom from discrimination is protected by the Civil Rights Act. Like many areas of the law, the issue of discrimination and freedoms is constantly evolving, but the first few decisions in cases involving same-sex couples have found that businesses do not have the right to refuse service to gay or lesbian customers any more than they do to those of certain races or nationalities."


    I say we let the "free market" decide this matter for us, not the courts. I have seen time after time the fish symbol on cars, vans, in the yellow pages (remember them?) to denote the faithful from the heathens, such as myself, I guess. (I was raised Southern Baptist years ago myself.....) I have even seen In His Name Dry Wall Installation here in Tennessee, complete with cross on the side of the white van…...

    All "Christians" operating businesses in the public arena should, therefore, proudly display this symbol on their windows to let us know of their solid faith. And then WE could decide whether or not our beliefs are in alignment to patronize the establishment. Then no one would be offended…and GoFundME would not be necessary. 

    Everybody else could display this: