Joe ‘You Lie’ Wilson and ‘The Million MORON March’

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I don’t know what you did the weekend of September 12th–play ball with your kids in the park, went to a party, to church, or participated in  ‘The Million MORON March’  assembling in our nation’s Capitol.

Well–to be correct, it was more like a 50,000-70,000 march.  MORONS, nevertheless.

It was indeed a sight to see!  A collection of anything and everything, the nutjob wing of the Republican Party has to offer these days:

*Anti-Government Zealots
*Loony Teabaggers
*Nutty Birthers
*Anti-Health Care Reform Crazies
*General Racists and Nutjobs

Everybody should have been impressed by the diversity of the group.  It clearly represented a cross section of the big melting pot we call America.  There were three very distinct groups clearly visible:

White people
Whiter people
Old white people

As for the motivation?  We certainly can not look into somebody’s head and heart. A brief look at the signs at the rally, however, revealed a lot about people’s motives.

What kind of insensitive jerk do you have to be, to carry this sign, just weeks after Ted Kennedy’s death?

BURY
OBAMACARE
WITH KENNEDY

Among the many racist signs, targeting President Obama, here is a notable mention of a few:

He was compared to Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Satan, a Witch Doctor…

One sign especially drew attention:

WE  COME  UNARMED…
THIS  TIME…

Of course, that was not true for some previous events, when President Obama was welcomed by people walking around sporting their guns.

I’m waiting for responsible Republican leaders to speak out against this vitriol before some crazy follows up on these threats.  Then again…  There are no responsible Republican leaders right now.

Nothing could point out better the idiocy of some of the claims, than a complaint filed by rally organizers.  A complaint with the government-funded D.C. public transportation system, for not being able to more effectively handle the incoming protesters, while a lot of them were protesting government spending!  YOU  CAN’T MAKE  IT  UP !!!  One of the speakers at the rally, a Republican congressman, even voted against increasing funding for the public transportation system!  🙂

What was the word again?  Ah…  IDIOTS !!!

As for Joe  ‘You Lie’  Wilson…  What do you expect from somebody who led a fight less than ten years ago to fly the Confederate flag over South Carolina’s Capitol building, and held membership in a group called  ‘Sons of the Confederate Veterans?’

Bottom Line:  A certain segment of this society just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.

All we can do–the vast, sane majority of this country–is walk right past them and their craziness, and move this country forward.  And we will !!!   🙂

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Senator Ted Kennedy — ‘The Liberal Lion’

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Senator Ted Kennedy —  A true champion of workers’ rights, civil rights, the poor and health care…  Thank You!  Job well done!

Every American alive today, and even people in other countries, has been touched by Ted Kennedy in more than one way, most likely without realizing it.

His more than four decades in the US Senate were consumed by tirelessly working on improving the lives of working people, the less fortunate, minorities, women, children–in good Kennedy tradition.  Everybody who couldn’t advocate for himself, found a friend in Teddy Kennedy.

AN  ADVOCATE  FOR  ALL !!!

From increasing the minimum wage, to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program  (SCHIP), the Family Leave Act, Anti-Apartheid legislation…  His legislative accomplishments are too numerous to mention.  His fingerprints are on every single bill aimed at making people’s lives better.  Because of his success and political skill, he often became the lightning rod for the ultra-conservatives. However, he was willing to work with conservative senators on bills aimed at the same goal, like Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on SCHIP.  Many of them count Teddy Kennedy as a great friend.  He was a big LIBERAL and proud of it!  But he didn’t let that get in the way of seeking common ground, even with people he vehemently disagreed with.

THE  GREATEST  LEGISLATOR  OF  OUR  TIME !!!

His most ambitious goal however, establishing Universal Health Care in America, has eluded him, since first introducing it about forty years ago.  With his passing at this critical juncture in history, just short of what hopefully will be meaningful health care reform, that goal becomes that much more important.

Here’s the battle cry going out to all Democrats:

1.  Go it alone on health care reform with the best bill possible.  NO RETREAT !!!  Republicans have proven themselves irrelevant and are not interested in reform.

2.  Make it count–It has to be MEANINGFUL reform, actually benefiting people and improving their current situation.

3.  Build on it in the future!

4.  Put Ted Kennedy’s name on the bill…  But ONLY if the final bill deserves it!

Do it for

THE  SOUL  OF  THE  DEMOCRATIC  PARTY !!!   DO  IT  FOR  TEDDY !!!

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FOX “NEWS” — Merchant of Hate

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We have one TV Network in America dedicated solely to spreading hatred, reinforcing people’s prejudices, and keeping them dumb and uninformed, hence, easier to misguide and mislead.

F O X   ” N E W S “

From crazy morning show hosts, to the hate mongers like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity at night, and everything in between, it is a sad picture, indeed.

Just for fun and entertainment purposes, I used to listen in for a few minutes from time to time–to get a good laugh, or shake my head in disbelief at such an onslaught of stupidity.  But I’ve reached a point now, where I can’t listen to those crazy rants at all anymore.  Not even for a few minutes.

I’m going out on a limb now, but if we would take a survey of the nutjob wing of the Republican party, assembling right now at health care town halls, or questioning the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate, or just spewing racist hatred in general, we would find out that their main “news” source  (maybe the only one)  is

F O X   ” N E W S “

A recent study showed that people who predominately watch  FOX  “NEWS”  are the least informed compared to all others, especially those who get their news from a variety of sources.  Heck, a large chunk of them still believes, we have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  SCARY !!!

While we can blame people for their decision to remain uninformed and ignorant, we also have to realize that it’s the

“MERCHANTS  OF  HATE”

who are really at fault here.  They are the instigators.  They know darn well what they are doing.  Doing it for entertainment value, ratings, or for million dollar salaries–the bottom line is the same–you knowingly spread lies, misinformation and hatred, thereby inciting violence.  And you certainly can’t wash the blood off your hands when one of the crazies listening to your constant hateful diatribes, goes out and commits violent acts… as happened before…

Now my question is…

HOW  IN  THE  WORLD  CAN  YOU  SLEEP  AT  NIGHT ???

There’s a very special place reserved for people like you….

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‘When I’m good, I’m very good.  But when I’m bad, I’m better.’ —
Mae West

In that spirit…  Be bad now and then…  Keeps life interesting !! …   🙂

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Memo To Ms. Betty

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Ms. Betty, you look like a nice grandma baking cookies with your grandchildren, but then we saw you recently all over TV, holding up a sign comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler, and shouting some ugly things at one of the town hall meetings about health care.  How can a little old lady be so mean, hateful and ….. ignorant?

When looking at your angry face, I suddenly realized that I had seen you before. Twice.  The first time at a McCain/Palin rally during the run-up to the last election, shouting ugly racist slogans, and then, just recently, at another town hall meeting, questioning the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate.  You certainly do seem to get around.  I wonder who’s paying for all these trips?

Anyway, the rest of your fellow Americans, the vast majority, looks at you and your cohort with a little bewilderment.  And we’re thinking, it may be more important, to overhaul our education system, instead of our health care system, with so many uneducated, uninformed and ignorant citizens out there.

Calling somebody a Nazi or comparing him to Hitler has been used in history to justify violent speech and acts against that person, or people sympathizing with him.  Is that really what you are propagating here?

Every time changes are being proposed, there are legitimate questions that should be addressed.  But that’s not really what you’re interested in here, is it?  Your talking points, provided to you by Republican operatives and the insurance companies, specifically call for shutting down debate on that issue, by disrupting town hall meetings and threatening others who are of another opinion.  By the way, this tactic was employed by Nazis to shut down dissent…  Just some food for thought…

Anyway, I thought you might want to know how the 90% of your fellow citizens are looking at this very sad chapter in humanity playing out right now on cable TV. And we’re asking the question, whether you’re really so concerned about health care (after all, you look like you’re being covered by Medicare–a Government-run program), or if there is indeed a deeper, much more sinister issue at play here. What is it that’s really disturbing you so much, Ms. Betty?

Could it just simply be the fact that we have a  BLACK  PRESIDENT ???  🙂

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Just because …..

MENTAL  HEALTH  BREAK …..   🙂

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Free lunch…  What a funky little thief !!!  …lol…lol…lol

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Health Care Reform? YOU WILL DIE !!!

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This is the face of a survivor.

A survivor of the  ‘socialist health care system,’  so often maligned by Republicans and their corporate sponsors, the insurance industry.

In my case, being from Germany, that system is actually a combination of private insurers and government provided health care, something that President Obama seems to be looking to provide.  While every country uses a different system, a lot of them, like the Canadian, British and Scandinavian, are completely provided by the government.  They all have a few things in common:

1.  Every industrialized nation, except America, treats health care as a human right, not a commodity, a for-profit business.

2.  Every citizen, no matter where they find themselves in their lives–working, unemployed, self-employed, child, student, stay-at-home mom/dad, retired… is covered in one way or another.  That’s another way of saying, there are no uninsured people.

3.  You can’t get turned down because of  pre-existing conditions.

4.  Using the system is either free, or involves minimal costs, even for people visiting the country, as it happened to me one year, having to get a tetanus shot, while vacationing in London.

5.  Nobody goes bankrupt over medical bills.

Naturally, no system is perfect, and there’s always room for improvement.  But I go out on a limb now, that you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody who is familiar with the health care system in other countries, to prefer the American system–as we have it today–, unless they are dishonest.

On a lighter side…  I remember receiving a Christmas card from my German aunt the year I came over to the States. Out of all the things she possibly could have been worried about, she wished me  ‘Merry Christmas’ … and the very next sentence read  ‘We are so worried about you being over there with the terrible health care system they have.’  Just some food for thought…

An honorable mention goes out to the rent-a-thug mob being bussed around to disrupt town hall meetings right now, verbally and physically assaulting congress people holding these meetings to explain the changes to the public.  This mob rule is brought to you, once again, courtesy of Republican millionaire sponsors and their backers, the insurance industry.

Why are they so worried?  It’s easy…

1.  It will cut into the insurance industry’s profits.  That’s why Republicans are being paid by/bribed by the insurance industry to do their bidding.  And don’t forget…

2.  It’s politics!  Republicans know very well, if we get meaningful health care reform, actually benefiting people, under a Democratic president, they will find themselves in the political wilderness for a long time to come.  After all, they haven’t forgotten recent history…  That was the fate of the Republican party during and after FDR’s presidency, when a lot of the very successful social programs were enacted.  So they have to do everything in their power to stop that from happening…  Never mind the people!

When asked at a recent town hall meeting, how many of the people disrupting that event, had insurance, including Medicare, the majority of these thugs raised their hands.  Now I’m wondering if they realize that according to their own talking points provided to them, their days may be numbered, as  ‘people will die in the streets’ if we have a public option.  After all…

Medicare is a program run by–you guessed it–the  GOVERNMENT !!!   🙂

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Barack Obama And The Nutty ‘Birthers’

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Have you ever wondered what a certified lunatic looks like?  Well, I’m sure they come in all shapes and sizes.  I met one such person yesterday.  Turned out, he was a middle-aged, chubby redneck.  What a surprise!  🙂

When sitting at a stop light, a pick-up truck drew my attention.  Instead of a gun rack, he sported a huge homemade sign, wood frame and all, with the question:

WHERE  IS
OBAMA’S
BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

No telling, how many hours went into the manufacturing of that sign.  Somebody ought to give the guy a video game, so he can spend the obvious time he has on his hands, more constructively.  When looking a little closer, I also noticed a confederate flag bumper sticker.  Now I’m wondering, if there could be a connection between those two things?  🙂

The nutjob wing of the Republican Party, instigated by the usual suspects,  FOX “NEWS,” Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, some loony congress people, Liz Cheney et al, has a new/old subject du jour.

They are trying to de-legitimize President Obama, by questioning the authenticity of his Hawaiian birth certificate, claiming that he indeed is not an American citizen, and therefore not eligible to run for, or hold the office of, President of the United States.  When listening to some of the garbage coming from those crazies, it almost sounds like they are painting Obama as an undocumented alien.

Here’s a news flash:  The American people decided the legitimacy of Barack Obama last November by making him PRESIDENT.  End of story!

Well, never mind the facts.  Who needs them anyway?  President Obama’s birth certificate is a legal document, issued by Hawaiian authorities, carrying the names of his parents.  The archives of the local Hawaiian paper show a birth announcement after his birth, and among other authorities, the Republican Governor of Hawaii has issued a statement, that President Obama’s documentation is indeed completely legitimate.

People who belong to this know-nothing fringe group don’t let inconvenient little facts like these get in the way of their mission, trying to de-legitimize Obama’s presidency.  After all, it gives them an opening to bring up all the issues, which really bother them…  his pigmentation, his Muslim middle name, and…  don’t forget…  on his birth certificate, there it is black on white:

Father – African,  Mother – Caucasian…

So, after all, we’re also talking about interracial sex here…  🙂

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Sarah Palin: Still An Embarrassment? You Betcha…

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And so it makes three…..

After Republican Sen. John Ensign, NV, declaring one week, that he indeed did ‘have sex with that woman,’  his staffer, it was Republican Gov. Mark Sanford’s, SC, turn.  And he is still talking as I am writing this…  Erotic confessions about his Latin lover’s tan lines and breasts, and lines he may or may not have crossed completely with other women, and about hiking in Appalachia, or having sex in Argentina, or both…  And he’s still talking, to the point where one of his Republican brothers in SC wished in an interview, that he would just  ‘SHUT UP!’ Now, who could top both of those stories?  Of course, there’s always the  ‘ Sarah Freak Show,’  topping everything else!  And she didn’t disappoint.

And that makes three…  🙂

On a Friday afternoon, at the beginning of a long 4th of July weekend, probably hoping, it would somehow get buried in that news cycle, here was good old Sarah with her never ending Freak Show, announcing that she would not run for a second term as Governor of Alaska.  Okay, most people expected that.  But wait!  There’s more!  She announced that she would also abandon the governorship by resigning at the end of this month.  WOW!

I literally had to force myself to listen to the entire 18 or so minutes of her incoherent, badly delivered, rambling speech.  It was pure torture!  Republicans will have to decide if they want to continue to be associated with this darling of the know-nothing, loony wing of their party.  It’s pretty telling, when Republican strategists comment that it’s a bad sign for any politician, after giving a high-profile speech, if people wonder whether you still have a future in politics. Probably not a very successful speech…  Out of pure self interest, though, I hope she stays in politics and in the news for a long time to come…  🙂

As for the reasons?  I’m sure, we will find out soon what prompted this erratic behavior, whether it be a multi-million-dollar book deal, or a radio/TV show, or a brewing scandal.  We’ll hear about it, believe me…  over and over and over again…

Because there’s just no end to the  ‘Sarah Freak Show’ …..   🙂

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A Weird And Wet Date :-)

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My friend M. called last night.  Like me, she belongs to the ever growing club of women who are just slightly over 29…  :-), single and happy.  Unlike me, who has given up on dating altogether, until that special person comes around the corner (and I know it when I see him…  🙂  ), she’s still trying… and sharing her weird dating experiences with me…

For the second time now, she fell into the trap of a well meaning friend telling her, “I know this really nice guy, he would be perfect for you.  You ought to go out on a date… ”  After her last experience with that particular  ‘really nice guy,’  she told me, it would definitely be quite some time until she listened to any friends again. Well, here we are, just a few weeks later…

Mr. Nice Guy turned out to be a bit of a crazy…  In their very first phone conversation, he joked with her,  “The last time I was in a woman, was two years ago, when visiting the  ‘Statue of Liberty,’ “… haha…  Okay, I have a good sense of humor, and if you know somebody a little better, and are convinced that the person would think that to be funny as well, okay…  But in the first few minutes of a phone conversation with a woman you have never even met?…  Not particularly appropriate…  🙂

When she told me about it, I felt her hesitating already, even going on the date. And as a friend, I just told her to be careful and to watch out for any more red flags.  So, I guess, curiosity got the best of her, and she went on the date, which ended up ordering in Thai food while sipping on a glass of wine in his condo.  It didn’t take but a few minutes, she may have still been enjoying the spicy food, when Mr. Statue of Liberty decided to spice things up himself, and basically threw himself at her, trying to kiss her.  That attempt ended up licking her entire face, ears and neck.  I could hear in her voice that she didn’t particularly care for all that wet attention…  :-).  Naturally, I asked her, if she had told him, that she had already taken a shower that day, so no need for him to lick her clean…  🙂

Anyway, after another few minutes of him telling her that he thought they’d be married within a year, she decided, it was time to leave… and you guessed it… take a shower…  🙂

Now my question is…  I can see that licking can be a very erotic part of making love, something I certainly enjoy… :-), but on the first date… after a few minutes… all over your face… ???  Do men really believe that to be a turn on?  I guess, some woman at some point may have told him that she liked it, and now he thinks every woman likes it, and may have decided to introduce himself that way… I don’t know…  🙂

Oh, you guessed it…  No second date for Mr. Nice Guy…  I guess, he’ll have to visit the  ‘Statue of Liberty’  again…  🙂

I still know why I’m not dating…  🙂

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