Wednesday, September 21, 2011

First Woman President?

Elizabeth Warren, President of the United States of America.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Living in a bubble... of Duh!

I've got a theory, if you can't laugh at are stupid, evil, or both. Send it to your Republican friends and report out!

Use the comments section to score the video:
1) That is the funniest thing I have ever seen!
2) Very funny!
3) Am not, am not!
4) Huh?
5) Typical liberal demoCRAP lies!
6) I must be offended, and as soon as I get Rush's opinion I will tell you why!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Debunking the Myths of the Left and Right about Obama...

Joy Reid, of the Miami Herald does a very good job here in debunking some Obama myths:

Would it have made progressives happy if he had made a vocal, visible show of trying to do those things, and spoken out like a true liberal lion, lambasting Wall Street, calling for the heads of the banks on a platter or even ordering the Treasury Secretary to seize and privatize the big banks, and demanding that gay marriage be made the law of the land without delay? Sure. Would that have helped any of those things pass the Senate? Nope.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

That Didn't Take Long!

In 2010 the Democratic candidate in the New York's 26th Congressional District got just 26 percent of the vote. Even in the very good Democratic year of 2008, the Democratic nominee got just 40.5 percent. Last night Democrat Kathy Hochul won NY 26 with 47% of the vote. Her message: "Republicans have proposed a budget that will end Medicare but keep subsidies for Oil companies and tax breaks for the wealthy, and (her opponent) Jane Corwin supported that".

So did Virginia 6 CD Bob Goodlatte...

This is a CD that has not had a Democratic Representative since Lyndon Johnson was President...

Republicans think they have a mandate for radical rightwing social engineering. They are wrong, very wrong.

Monday, May 16, 2011

GOP Budget - "Rightwing Social Engineering".

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Question for House Republicans like Bob Goodlatte: What makes you think that any private insurer is going to offer affordable health care insurance to 65 year old people once you take away Medicare?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Leadership on the Budget...

Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Saxby Chambliss
Provide A Study in Bipartisan Leadership With
"The Gang of Six"

As Mr. Obama and Republican leaders have warred publicly over the budget, this small group of senators has spent four months in dozens of secretive meetings in offices at the Capitol and over dinner at the suburban Virginia home of Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat.
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President Obama’s call on Wednesday for a bipartisan group of lawmakers to craft a compromise deficit-reduction plan by July left lawmakers wondering if he aimed to obliterate or aid an existing bipartisan group already carrying out the same task.

"Pray for the Gang of Six" - Former Senator Alan Simpson

The “Gang of Six,” are Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, and Richard Durbinof Illinois and Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia,Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and Mike Crapo of Idaho.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ryan's gift to the President? Interesting...

 "Thanks to Ryan, everything - the ridiculous farm subsidies, the inefficient job-training programs, even the defense budget - is now on the table. Indeed, Ryan has bestowed a remarkable gift upon the President: his radicalism has framed the moderate, financially prudent profile for Obama's coming campaign."
Read the story

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Republican Recovery Plan

This is it, real simple. Got it?

Courtesy of today's LA Times.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Republicans Want a Shutdown

Let's be clear:
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll confirms that Republicans would rather shut down the Federal government than compromise on the Federal budget:

Compromise on the budget - Republicans 38%
Compromise on the budget - Democrats 68%

That's why Boehner and the Republicans can't compromise, his base won't allow him to compromise. Democrats have accepted Boehner's original cut of $33 Billion, now he says it needs to be $40 Billion. That's called "bad faith".

The problem for Republicans? Independents overwhelmingly agree with the Democrats - compromise on the budget. This will not go well for the Republicans.

The "teaparty" affair was fun while it lasted my Republican friends, but nobody likes a crazy hothead ...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Positive News on Employment

Unemployment Drops with addition of 216,000 Jobs in March

The unemployment rate dipped from 8.9 percent in February to 8.8 percent in March. The rate has fallen a full percentage point over the last four months, the sharpest drop since 1983.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Testament of Our Times...

The Blind Men and the Elephant
John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887)
It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.
The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a WALL!"
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, "Ho, what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a SPEAR!"
The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a SNAKE!"
The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," quoth he:
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a TREE!"
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a FAN!"
The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a ROPE!"
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Anderson Memorial Community Project

Click on image for more detail.
Please help his family and community honor his memory.

Brian "Bucky" Anderson, was a fine young man who set an example from which we all can learn.
One of patriotism, dedication, fidelity of purpose, hard work, and achievement.
Bucky was born in 1986.
Bucky worked hard to become a state champion wrestler and an all district football player. 
Bucky graduated from Broadway High School in 2004.
Bucky was killed in Afghanistan on June 12, 2010.
While delivering supplies to school children.
He was working to improve the lives of a war torn and decimated people.
On behalf of you and me...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


The battle for a living wage and the right to negotiate the terms of your employment is on in Wisconsin. When DID teachers become the enemy?

Friday, February 25, 2011

God Bless a Free Libya

"Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution."
John Adams, 1818

The people of Libya are in a tough fight with a well armed, wealthy tyrant. This is their hour of trial. Great acts of courage and sacrifice in the service of a free Libya occur beyond our view. But soon we will know of them. If you pray, pray for a free Libya, and the lives of those who struggle for freedom.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Republican Budget Fraud

This graph depicts the amount of cost cutting proposed by House Republicans on the left. On the right are the cost of tax cuts that House Republicans insisted upon. Any questions?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Charlie Steger is Not Immune

Legislation that could have suspended three multi-million-dollar wrongful death suits filed against Virginia Tech in the wake of the April 16, 2007, shootings has died in a General Assembly committee. Good, now we will have a full accounting.

Virginia Tech President Charlie Steger and EVP James Hyatt will now stand before the Bar and answer for the their terrible poor judgment on April 16, 2007. Unfortunately Virginia Tech and state taxpayers will likely pay the bill.

This all could have been mitigated if Charlie had done what Virginia Tech teaches all Hokies - take personal responsibility for your actions (or lack of), recognize your failings, accept the consequences, and strive to be better. Charlie is a good guy, but he failed to make the best decision for his students. Service is the highest aspiration of Virginia Tech; all alumni know this as our charter. President Steger is in service to lead and protect his students.

Steger failed to acknowledge that on that cold day in April, he frittered precious time, and ceded good judgment to law enforcement advisers chasing a phantom, while a killer stalked his campus and mailed press releases. He failed in his moment of trial, and there are costs to failure - 32 dead, 25 wounded, countless lives damaged.

It is past time for Charlie Steger to resign. We thank him for his service and wish him well.

More on this story, here, and here.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What is your opinion regarding Marijuana?

One of the most popular topics asked of President Obama for his town hall meeting was regarding Marijuana.  What is your opinion?

Which is closest to your beliefs regarding possession and use of Marijuana?
Marijuana possession and use should remain illegal with tough penalties.
Marijuana possession and use should be decriminalized.
Marijuana possession and use should be legal but under state regulation and sale like distilled spirits.
There should be no legal constraints regarding marijuana.
Allowances should be made for the medical prescription and use of marijuana, but it should still be a controlled substance and not for recreation.

Free polls from

Monday, January 17, 2011

M.L.King then, and now

This is the Martin Luther King that most people know, a man and his mission largely seen as history.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."

Few realize that on that day on which he was killed he was on his next mission; the Poor People's Campaign. It was why he was in Memphis. He was there to seek better working conditions for the City's working poor - Sanitation workers, guys who pick up the garbage.

With Selma and the voting rights bill one era of our struggle came to a close and a new era came into being. Now our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know that it isn’t enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t earn enough money to buy a hamburger and cup of coffee?

Economic equality for the working poor, including Appalachian Americans, Native Americans. The struggle continues. And Martin Luther King's work, and sacrifice is important today as it was 50 years ago. Economic inequality is as great today as it was then. The struggle continues.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Virginia Tech, now Tucson...

“It’s offensive to me that some congresspeople are worrying about how to protect themselves, when really it should be about who’s going to protect the citizenry,” (Lori) Haas said. “Who is going to protect me and my daughter? Who is going to protect Christina Taylor Green?”
- Lori Haas, mother of Emily Haas, VT shooting survivor.

It is time to make sure that mentally defective people and felons can not purchase a gun. Virginia Tech Review Panel Chairman, Va.State Police Superintendent Col. Gerald Massengill:

The Tucson shooter was so nutty that his community college threw him out of school. What is less clear is why he was not identified by authorities as a danger to himself or his community. Here is one clue, money:

To fill a $1 billion hole in its 2011 budget, Arizona slashed this year’s budget for mental health services by $36 million — a 37 percent cut. As a result, advocates say 3,800 people who do not qualify for Medicaid are at risk of losing services such as counseling and employment preparation. In addition, more than 12,000 adults and 2,000 children will no longer receive the name-brand medications they take to keep their illnesses in check. Other services such as supportive housing and transportation to doctor’s appointments also will be eliminated.

It is time for all Americans, including those of us who are responsible gun owners, to understand that we need to find and identify mentally ill people, give them the assistance that they need, restrain them if we must, and make certain that they can not purchase weapons.

Ut Prosim.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Republican Reps Violate Constitution

The Republican majority is off to a flying start. Reps, Jeff Sessions (member of the rules committee :) and Mike Fitzpatrick violated the Constitution just minutes after reading the Constitution, and have thrown the House of Representatives into a mess. All the legislation they voted on in their first day is now invalid. Apparently Fitzpatrick was hosting a fundraiser in the Capitol and too busy to attend to his oath. Sessions was along for the ride. Hosting fundraisers in the Peoples House is a also a violation of House of Representatives Rules. I think this is just a start for these Jackwagons.

From Politico:

It's not exactly a constitutional crisis, but two Republican members-elect missed the swearing-in on the House floor Wednesday and proceeded to participate in the legislative process -- voting, introducing bills, participating in committee hearings and speaking in the chamber -- for more than a day before the mistake was caught. "Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) missed the mass swearing-in ceremony on the House floor Wednesday but proceeded to cast a series of votes," I write for POLITICO. "Fitzpatrick participated in a reading of the Constitution on the House floor Thursday. If he paid attention to the reading of Article 6, he heard these words 'The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.'"