The Grand Old Perpetraitors Versus National Defense
The over all integrity of a nation will most immediately and powerfully be impacted by the models presented by its political parties.
That modeling ought to be a natural attention-grabber.
That modeling ought to present a public affirmation of concern for good of the country rather than political opportunism as the height of its most significant values - or the depth of its apathetic depravity.
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On Gun-Toting Straight-Shooting Kindergarten Konstitutionalists
"There seemed to be no point to the gathering other to give some gun owners an opportunity to show off their toys in public.
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Would you want these folks teaching high school civics classes?
After a lengthy hiatus and a move to Eastern Washington, I have returned to writing on Washblog
The failed Republican civic behavior is only worsened and made more complicated with the pitiful public relations failures of Flush Limbaugh and Fox News with its stupor stars, Squawk Hannity and The Fracture O' Reilly.
They have all now childishly teamed up to become a significant part of the problem with no relationship to the solution.
The absence of any sense of civic responsibility is overwhelmingly louder than any party or broadcast rhetoric itself.
How would you like it if these kinds of Kindergarten Konservatives were teaching your children civic values?
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Sheryl Gordon McCloud for Washington State Supreme Court
DSHS Closing small rural offices to save money?
The local papers have published the announcement about DSHS authorities coming to South Bend next Monday evening to discuss the proposed closure of the South Bend Community Service Office.
Closing the local DSHS office is a significant event in the life of this community and the impact cannot be overstated.
The consequence of having no local recourse when a phone call to the agency just will not do - or when the call centers are too busy to answer promptly - will be that local residents can either give up trying to get an issue resolved, or they can pay out of pocket to travel to Aberdeen, Long Beach or Chehalis to speak to a live body.
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Pacific County to sacrifice for the higher good?
Note: I write this as a tax-paying citizen with the right of freedom of speech to express my opinions. My opinions are my own and do not reflect in any way any kind of official policy or position of the Department of Social and Health Services.
Locally we've been advised by the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) of an intent to close down the local office in South Bend as soon as possible.
Apparently DSHS managers believe that the higher budgetary good will be served by tossing the residents of North Pacific County under the bus.
Well, rent on the office space will decrease a little bit which might take a huge $10,000 bite out of a statewide 6 billion dollar budget deficit.
Utility bills at the space might create a savings of ... oh ... say another $4-5000
I wonder that perhaps the objective is not real budget savings, but more a PR attempt on the part of DSHS to make it appear they are seriously trying to help a spending problem by eliminating "eliminatable" expenses that won't generate much backlash.
Like hell this one won't.
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"It was like watching Colonel Sanders give a speech that never mentioned chicken."
Who was that smiling congenial man who gave the opposition party rebuttal to the State of the Union address by the president?
He's the ranking member, Committee on the Budget. He has published a plan that is his notion of what is best for America during this time of financial crisis. You can find it online at the following website.
As for his post-SOTU rebuttal speech, I also noted the following as written in the Washington Post Business section:
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Let's pretend that labor is the culprit and reason our budgets are short
The Shameful Attack on Public Employees - Robert Reich
Reich is not an amateur self-styled political partisan who got his ideas and talking points from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow.
When it comes to labor issues, he is one of those who knows more than most what he is talking about.
And as a public employee whose pay never compared to private sector employment equal to my GI-Bill-obtained education, I agree with Reich, am offended by the assertions of conservatives who vilify public employees and challenge the honesty and integrity of those who assume they can bamboozle a gullible public.
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We'll get back to Happy Hour ... but first a word from our sponsor: Big Theology Pharma.
Are you suffering from EDS: Eternal Damnation Syndrome
Folks, have you been saved? Have you accepted Jesus as your personal savior?
Accepting Jesus as your personal savior is an important moment in the life of God's children. As the late Reverend Jerry Falwell told us, "if you are not a born again Christian you are a failure as a human being."
If you fail as a human being you will miss out on the eternal reward that is part of God's plan for you. Worse, you will be eternally unforgiven and left to the dungeons of Satan who shows no mercy.
Friends, until you come to understand God's patriarchal order of things, you will remain festered with the EDS infections. As America's premier televangelist Pat Robertson has declared solemnly,
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Politics ... to eschew or not to eschew: Arthur comes out of the closet.
eschew: -verb (used with object) ... to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: ... to eschew evil.
I know ... I know ... recently I have declared myself to have become an eschewer of political activism.
However ... in view of recent catastrophic failures on the part of the two biggie parties alongside the success of the Joe Pesci third or "tea" party contenders ... my upcoming retirement in 2011 may very well devolve to a case of "you gotta eat and I gotta eat."
So come 08/31/11 when I stop mumbling excuses for the state and federal welfare system, things for my wife and me will be what passes for Medicare and VA benefits for me and nothing for my beautiful sweetheart until she finally grows old and reaches SS eligibility. My out of pocket COBRA expense for Lietta looks to be about half my state retirement.
So I'm going to need another source of income and if history is any sign of future trends, the refusal of Americans to buy the quality printed or downloaded literature of the sharpest intellectual knife in the Bay Center drawer leaves me no choice.
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You've got the "We Got Nothing Party" and the "We've Got No Spine Party"
On failed American leadership
I don't know why of the few who know me so many believe I am still a card-carrying defender of all things Democrat. Perhaps it's because I've found so little positive to say about any Republicans or Tea Baggers so you won't find an endorsement of mine for either of those parties.
However, neither have I endorsed any Democrats whose tired old campaign tactics reflect (I suspect more than most of the Democratic leadership realize) how tired and unimaginative their election campaigns come across.
In the 3rd District, Denny Heck's campaign and fund-raising methods are principal examples. Heck is no old man but his campaign comes across like he has modeled himself on Dino Rossi, whose campaign is so generic Rossi could run for Sen or Rep in any number of states and change absolutely nothing in the ad's he runs here (except for Murray's name and picture.)
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Oil is well...
...in Obama land.
Not much more to say on the subject; except maybe
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"When President Obama signed health care overhaul into law Tuesday, did he fulfill a campaign promise to "bring health care to all?"
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We Deserve A Vote!
Originally posted at The Left Shue
Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and President Obama:
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Lookit all those pens...
For me, the meaning of this morning's new health care law goes beyond the policy accomplishments -- thousands of people surviving instead of dying, millions more being insured and able to get health care when they need it, uncounted small businesses that will do better, state budgets that will now be more able to cover basic human and community needs.
It goes beyond the fact that now the presidency will more likely stay out of the hands of the Teaparty/haters in 2012, those obstinately blind to the survival issues of our day - climate change, unregulated market greed, political hatred and defeatism.
And it goes beyond the flaws in this new law, which, yeah, possibly is so flawed, so fatally compromised, as some are saying - though I don't agree -- that it's worse than nothing. I guess that's possible.
This accomplishment feels to my weary & sad but ever-hopeful political heart like a message that love can win out, that BIG good things still happen, that we can accomplish what's desperately needed even in a massive, massively-funded, nation-wide shit-storm of hate & lies.
Yeah, I'm inspired.
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Review of "The Little Blue Book": How to Influence Others to Think Democratically
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Mitt Romney Has a 2 in 3 Chance of beating Obama and has already won the GOP Nomination
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