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Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Final Frontier...


Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The soul that rises with us, our life's star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar; Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Et tu Mr Obama?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I love me some Kate Clinton!!!!!

"Republicans treat President Obama as if he were a substitute and they are just waiting for the real deal to come back in the room. That would be a white Republican male. Their desperate efforts to delegitimate an elected president (not to be confused with their efforts to legitimate a selected president) remind me of their panicked response to the terror attacks on September eleventh, eight years ago. For many of them, it was their first experience being attacked. Unlike women, poor people, and people of color who know being attacked as a pre-existing condition, the white guys freaked. Their world order was rocked. They panicked, put the country in lockdown and retaliated against the wrong country."

Kate Clinton, Progressive.org

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Johann Hari: Republicans, religion and the triumph of unreason

How do they train themselves to be so impervious to reality?

Wednesday, 19 August 2009


Something strange has happened in America in the nine months since Barack Obama was elected. It has best been summarised by the comedian Bill Maher: "The Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved to a mental hospital."

The election of Obama – a black man with an anti-conservative message – as a successor to George W. Bush has scrambled the core American right's view of their country. In their gut, they saw the US as a white-skinned, right-wing nation forever shaped like Sarah Palin.

When this image was repudiated by a majority of Americans in a massive landslide, it simply didn't compute. How could this have happened? How could the cry of "Drill, baby, drill" have been beaten by a supposedly big government black guy? So a streak that has always been there in the American right's world-view – to deny reality, and argue against a demonic phantasm of their own creation – has swollen. Now it is all they can see.

Since Obama's rise, the US right has been skipping frantically from one fantasy to another, like a person in the throes of a mental breakdown. It started when they claimed he was a secret Muslim, and – at the same time – that he was a member of a black nationalist church that hated white people. Then, once these arguments were rejected and Obama won, they began to argue that he was born in Kenya and secretly smuggled into the United States as a baby, and the Hawaiian authorities conspired to fake his US birth certificate. So he is ineligible to rule and the office of President should pass to... the Republican runner-up, John McCain.

These aren't fringe phenomena: a Research 200 poll found that a majority of Republicans and Southerners say Obama wasn't born in the US, or aren't sure. A steady steam of Republican congressmen have been jabbering that Obama has "questions to answer". No amount of hard evidence – here's his birth certificate, here's a picture of his mother heavily pregnant in Hawaii, here's the announcement of his birth in the local Hawaiian paper – can pierce this conviction.

This trend has reached its apotheosis this summer with the Republican Party now claiming en masse that Obama wants to set up "death panels" to euthanise the old and disabled. Yes: Sarah Palin really has claimed – with a straight face – that Barack Obama wants to kill her baby.

You have to admire the audacity of the right. Here's what's actually happening. The US is the only major industrialised country that does not provide regular healthcare to all its citizens. Instead, they are required to provide for themselves – and 50 million people can't afford the insurance. As a result, 18,000 US citizens die every year needlessly, because they can't access the care they require. That's equivalent to six 9/11s, every year, year on year. Yet the Republicans have accused the Democrats who are trying to stop all this death by extending healthcare of being "killers" – and they have successfully managed to put them on the defensive.

The Republicans want to defend the existing system, not least because they are given massive sums of money by the private medical firms who benefit from the deadly status quo. But they can't do so honestly: some 70 per cent of Americans say it is "immoral" to retain a medical system that doesn't cover all citizens. So they have to invent lies to make any life-saving extension of healthcare sound depraved.

A few months ago, a recent board member for several private health corporations called Betsy McCaughey reportedly noticed a clause in the proposed healthcare legislation that would pay for old people to see a doctor and write a living will. They could stipulate when (if at all) they would like care to be withdrawn. It's totally voluntary. Many people want it: I know I wouldn't want to be kept alive for a few extra months if I was only going to be in agony and unable to speak. But McCaughey started the rumour that this was a form of euthanasia, where old people would be forced to agree to death. This was then stretched to include the disabled, like Palin's youngest child, who she claimed would have to "justify" his existence. It was flatly untrue – but the right had their talking-point, Palin declared the non-existent proposals "downright evil", and they were off.

It's been amazingly successful. Now, every conversation about healthcare has to begin with a Democrat explaining at great length that, no, they are not in favour of killing the elderly – while Republicans get away with defending a status quo that kills 18,000 people a year. The hypocrisy was startling: when Sarah Palin was Governor of Alaska, she encouraged citizens there to take out living wills. Almost all the Republicans leading the charge against "death panels" have voted for living wills in the past. But the lie has done its work: a confetti of distractions has been thrown up, and support is leaking away from the plan that would save lives.

These increasingly frenzied claims have become so detached from reality that they often seem like black comedy. The right-wing magazine US Investors' Daily claimed that if Stephen Hawking had been British, he would have been allowed to die at birth by its "socialist" healthcare system. Hawking responded with a polite cough that he is British, and "I wouldn't be here without the NHS".

This tendency to simply deny inconvenient facts and invent a fantasy world isn't new; it's only becoming more heightened. It ran through the Bush years like a dash of bourbon in water. When it became clear that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, the US right simply claimed they had been shipped to Syria. When the scientific evidence for man-made global warming became unanswerable, they claimed – as one Republican congressman put it – that it was "the greatest hoax in human history", and that all the world's climatologists were "liars". The American media then presents itself as an umpire between "the rival sides", as if they both had evidence behind them.

It's a shame, because there are some areas in which a conservative philosophy – reminding us of the limits of grand human schemes, and advising caution – could be a useful corrective. But that's not what these so-called "conservatives" are providing: instead, they are pumping up a hysterical fantasy that serves as a thin skin covering some raw economic interests and base prejudices.

For many of the people at the top of the party, this is merely cynical manipulation. One of Bush's former advisers, David Kuo, has said the President and Karl Rove would mock evangelicals as "nuts" as soon as they left the Oval Office. But the ordinary Republican base believe this stuff. They are being tricked into opposing their own interests through false fears and invented demons. Last week, one of the Republicans sent to disrupt a healthcare town hall started a fight and was injured – and then complained he had no health insurance. I didn't laugh; I wanted to weep.

How do they train themselves to be so impervious to reality? It begins, I suspect, with religion. They are taught from a young age that it is good to have "faith" – which is, by definition, a belief without any evidence to back it up. You don't have "faith" that Australia exists, or that fire burns: you have evidence. You only need "faith" to believe the untrue or unprovable. Indeed, they are taught that faith is the highest aspiration and most noble cause. Is it any surprise this then percolates into their political views? Faith-based thinking spreads and contaminates the rational.

Up to now, Obama has not responded well to this onslaught of unreason. He has had a two-pronged strategy: conciliate the elite economic interests, and joke about the fanatical fringe they are stirring up. He has (shamefully) assured the pharmaceutical companies that an expanded healthcare system will not use the power of government as a purchaser to bargain down drug prices, while wryly saying in public that he "doesn't want to kill Grandma". Rather than challenging these hard interests and bizarre fantasies aggressively, he has tried to flatter and soothe them.

This kind of mania can't be co-opted: it can only be overruled. Sometimes in politics you will have enemies, and they must be democratically defeated. The political system cannot be gummed up by a need to reach out to the maddest people or the greediest constituencies. There is no way to expand healthcare without angering Big Pharma and the Republicaloons. So be it. As Arianna Huffington put it, "It is as though, at the height of the civil rights movement, you thought you had to bring together Martin Luther King and George Wallace and make them agree. It's not how change happens."

However strange it seems, the Republican Party really is spinning off into a bizarre cult who believe Barack Obama is a baby-killer plotting to build death panels for the grannies of America. Their new slogan could be – shrill, baby, shrill.

j.hari@independent.co.uk

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. --Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thought of the Day


"Clear your mind of can't."


~ Dr. Samuel Johnson

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Quote of the Day



"I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end."

~Margaret Thatcher

Monday, June 1, 2009

Thought of the Day


"The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract."


~Oliver W. Holmes, Jr.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday ...


There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Be Aware of Your Immortal Self



"Let go of the idea that you’re a body that’s destined to die, and instead seek an awareness of your immortal self. Affirm: I am eternal, and that means that I showed up here from the infinitude of spiritual intention to fulfill a destiny that I must act on."

~Wayne Dyer

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Howl Like the Wild Thing You Are!



This movie is going to rock! My favorite all time story growing up...
Hell, who am I kidding. I never grew up and its still one of my all time favorite stories!

Yup...

Think it
+++++++++++++++++++

The portion of reality that you act upon is the portion of reality that you think about. So, what are you thinking about?

What do you think this day will bring? What do you think you'll be able to accomplish?

What do you think you deserve? What do you think is the best way forward?

The way you think is the way you are. Choose those thoughts that empower you, and inspire you, and compel you to give your best effort in moving forward.

Imagine in rich detail the story of your own upcoming success. Think it intensely and you'll soon be doing it.

Give your thoughts a magnificent place to live. And the whole of you will be living there too.


~Ralph Marston

Monday, February 16, 2009

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...


"The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice."


~Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Quote of the Day


“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”

~ Erich Fromm

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Final Frontier...


The Earth was small, light blue, and so touchingly alone, our home that must be defended like a holy relic. The Earth was absolutely round. I believe I never knew what the word round meant until I saw Earth from space.

~Aleksei Leonov, Russian Cosmonaut

Monday, February 9, 2009

Say No To A Massachusetts Gas Tax Increase!


Way to go Gov. Patrick. Way to piss off a whole hell of a lot of people! What the hell are you thinking? Why should I and the hundreds of thousands of other people who DON'T live anywhere near the Mass Pike or use the tunnels and bridges you are apparently so afraid of raising the tolls on, have to pay up to .30 cents more a gallon for gas??!!

Pardon me, but this is BULLSHIT!! I can just barely afford groceries, rent and utilities here on the Cape and you want to charge me so the people who actually use the toll bridges and roads don't have to pay higher tolls for roads they do use??!!?

If you do this Massachusetts will have the HIGHEST gas tax in the Country!

You say you want a revolution...

You are going to infuriate not just the lunatic right, but a good many on the sane left! I voted for you and was proud as hell when you won. But, If you do this, I won't be voting for you again. Or maybe that's the plan? Maybe like the last few Massachusetts Governors (except of course Gov. Hairdo), your moving on to bigger and better things? Hmmmm, could it be that your going to raise taxes then split for a cushy job in your buddy Barack's adminstration?

Don't do it Deval. Your going to piss off more people that you can ever imagine. This is not the time to raise taxes. People are losing their homes by the millions and you want to raise taxes?

Not a very well thought idea...

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Blog Roll

I am finally updating my Blog Roll. I couldn't for some time as I was using the program Blogrolling but they have been down for WAY too long now. Now I have to manually input my blog roll...bummer


I really liked Blogrolling. I am also bummed because I used the PAID version! Hopefully they will be back online soon.

Quote of the Day

"If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored.
One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things."

~Henry Miller

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Finback Whale Strands in Eastham - Very Sad Video & Photos









The photos are mine from later in the afternoon. I just watched the video that I found on the Cape Cod Times website. I didn't realize when I first started watching that the whale was still alive. Very, very sad.

I Love the Office!!

" You pathetic short little man. You don't have any friends, or any family or any land!"

~Dwight Schrute to Michael Scott during his roast.



"Stanley you will not die! Stanley Barack is president! You are black Stanley!"

~Michael Scott to Stanley after he has a heart attack


From last Sunday nights 'After the Super Bowl' episode 'Stress Relief"

The BEST Opening ever! There was looting! Cat throwing! Fireworks! Total mayhem!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Life...


"We are here to learn about love. This is the energy from which all of us and all things are made."

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Quote of the Day

"When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car"

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Got my Dead Tix!!



Got my tix to see The Dead on Sunday April 19 at the DCU Center in Worcester! (wh-stah)

Woo Friggin Hoo!

I am really looking forward to this. I was thinking of going Saturday night but...

DAMN the tix were expensive!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The shrub's note to Obama

shamelessly borrowed from 236.com

How cool is this picture!

The President of the United States and the First Lady



I can't stop smiling!! WE WON!!! And when I say "we" I mean the people who voted with hope in their hearts instead of fear. We won because tolerance triumphed bigotry. We won because now we get a chance to take back our government from a criminal cabal of thugs.

I am giving him the benefit of doubt about the Warren incident for the time being because I am just so friggin' damn proud!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Remember...


The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.

~Max DePree

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Buh-Bye Shrub!!



As proud as I am right now and still can't help but look at this evil piece of human refuse with such hate in my heart...

I never knew I could hate so much, I didn't think it possible. This is definitely something I have to let go of. But it will take along time for that. As long as it will take for us to fix the damage he has done.

This I'm sure will not be my last post about this shit stain, but for now at least he can't do ANY MORE damage.

Oh, one other thing. Any of you shrub lackeys don't get a say anymore. Here or anywhere else. From now on you are marginalized to the fringes. Or better yet, why don't y'all slither back into the sewers where you came from.

Yup, I'm a liberal and I'm pissed. Everybody should be after what those fuckers did to us all!

Goodbye and good riddance you friggin' Douche Bag!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Good Bye & Thanks for the Memories...


You ruined Countries. Bankrupting one and laying waste to another. You divided a Nation and a Planet. If there is truly any justice you MOTHER FUCKER you'll get some sort of excruciatingly painful type of brain or stomach cancer that slowly rots away at you for years and years and years...

May the pain and agony of the millions of people you had murdered and tortured and whose lives you destroyed be with you for all eternity you pathetic miserable excuse for a human being.