Monday, 10/26/09, Public Square

Charles_StreetDeLuca’s Market, pictured here, is all dressed up for fall.  I took this picture during an October visit to Boston.  Our son lives just around the corner from this delightful market.  I’m going back in a couple of weeks and hoping winter hasn’t settled in.  Fall is nice, winter can be less than nice in Boston.

How was your weekend?  Did you get outside to enjoy our beautiful weather?  We tackled the piles of leaves, once again, knowing it would need to be done over again by next weekend.

Anything you want to talk about on this first day of a brand-new week?

fnord

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21 responses to “Monday, 10/26/09, Public Square

  1. tosmarttobegop

    NAZISM, we relate and understand things based on what we are familiar with and associate things to.
    If you do not understand something, then you look for what it is most like that you are familiar with.
    Listening to many in the conservative movement, sound strangely similar to what was said during the 30’s and 40’s in Germany.

    Not exactly the same, but the mindset that led to the power gain and motivation emotions are very similar.
    The anger and actions of the Tea parties are like what was seen with the raise of the Brown shirts.
    Rallies and strong statements of frustrations along with calls for actions of both the Government and the people to stand up to a perceived wrong.

    Searching for someone to blame for what there seems no real cause that can be changed or corrected today.
    So am I saying that the Conservatives are Nazis?

    No, but I am seeing similarities to the emotions and angers that led to those who claim the answers and pointing to those to fault. People in pain and are desperate often exclaim that they want the offending part of the body just cut off. It come not from a understanding of the cause of the pain, but rather out of their desperation.

    They are susceptible to others who claim they have the solution to the pain.
    This led to the raise in power of the Nazis in Germany, Hitler and his close ideologies claim the answers and knowing who was responsible for the problems.

    For the Conservatives it is not the Jews it is the Liberals.

  2. lilacluvr

    A big part of the problem, as I see it, in the current Conservative Republicans is the fact that they lost the election big time and they still don’t believe it.

    Somehow these people have rationalized that the election was stolen by those who were uneducated, voting for Obama just because he is black, etc. I’ve heard several Republicans state that only people who are educated about the issues should be allowed to vote. Well, I have a problem with that because of the right each American has is the right to vote. A person can vote for the person they want – even if their choice is Mickey Mouse – they still have the right to their vote.

    Republicans are like any other group out of power -they will stop at nothing to get that power back. Fortunately, they are looking like fools with all their whining, complaining and outright lies about the health care reform debate, tea parties, deathers, and birthers.

    There has to be a reason why there are only 20% of people willing to claim they are Republicans now.

    I think we are witnessing something happening in the Republican Party. Either they will fracture and split or either the moderates or radicals will win out. Either way – it’s good news for the Democrats – if the Democrats don’t shoot themselves in the foot (like they seem to be capable of doing too many times).

    • I have great confidence the Democratic Party can shoot themselves in the foot! They’ve practiced long years and are about to the expert level. 🙂

      I’ve tried really hard to step back and see the grumpy sore losers from another perspective. I’ve listened to their complaints that bush was treated the same way they now treat Obama (which always brings someone to accuse the treatment of bush was deserved by what they did to Clinton…).

      I did complain about bush! But not until he took us to war with Iraq. Ok, ok, a bit there at the very beginning when he was working the odds to get into office the first time. Once that race was ‘decided,’ I swallowed hard, but he was the president of our country in my mind. I even admired him in the days right after 911.

      When I look at the complaints leveled against President Obama I see the same people complaining loudest about what he has done also complaining that he hasn’t done anything.

      From there I can’t go further toward any understanding.

      • lilacluvr

        I don’t recall any reports of racist emails being sent from government offices about Bush – do you?

        These Conservatives have taken their complaints against Obama to a new level in the sewer.

        There is complaining about Obama and then there is hating everything about Obama – there is a difference. And the Conservatives have crossed that line of any resemblance of sanity. With some of these people – Obama will never do anything right.

      • I recall GWB’s speech in the church after 9/11. I think it was on a Friday, but I am not sure. It was a homerun by anybody’s standards. When he returned to the pew, Pappy Bush conveyed his approval by touching him – it was a touching moment – no pun intended.

  3. The basic problem Republicans have isn’t with the Democrats, it’s with the Republicans themselves. Consider an article in The Chronicle: Newt Gingrich Endorses Ultra Leftist Candidate. That candidate is a Republican.

    When they started turning on themselves, any vestige of intelligence went out the window. As I said in an earlier post, they really no longer care about what Obama’s doing; they care about what their fellow Republicans are doing. Using Obama as a punching bag is just something they do as a reactionary diversion: it’s now a habit. Kinda like swatting a fly that’s bothering you. You don’t really think about the fly, you just swat it.

    Consider an email going around, chronicled here, http://www.themudflats.net/2009/10/26/the-anatomy-and-dissection-of-right-wing-propagana-the-michelle-obama-edition/ , the was written by a fruitcake named Dr. Paul L. Williams. Mr. Williams has a two million dollar lawsuit against him because of his accusing a school of giving two pounds of weapons grade material to Muslims, or some such nonsense. The email is being passed around and changed and believed by many without any backed source at all.

    They’re all nothing more than diversionary tactics meant to compartmentalize people and their political beliefs. All it’s doing is destroying the Republican party. These hard core addicts, with people like Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter, et al, want nothing less than a religious revolution in which all the pagans-Democrats and Republicans who wont toe the line- are eliminated from politics. Hello dark ages, goodbye sunshine.

  4. lilacluvr

    I don’t see Limbaugh, Beck or Coulter as being that religious. These 3 are just in it for the millions to be made off loyal dittoheads.

    But I do find it interesting (and comical) that Newt Gingrich is now considered a liberal?

    Whoa….with logic like that, do you think the GOP will be winning any elections soon? They already have a 20% poll number of people claiming to be Republicans.

    Personally, I would like to see Palin and her bunch of religious zealots break away and form their own party. But I don’t think they will do that anytime soon – these people know where the big bucks are and it with the RNC. Religious zealots and money are never too far apart at any given moment.

  5. lilacluvr

    Speaking of religious zealots – I read on the other blog that the C Street people are backing Moran over Tiarht.

    Wow…..even among the most radical zealots, Tiarht is known to be less than desirable.

    I loved Tiarht’s comeback line about his roommate was endorsing him and he’s been married to her for 33 years. And that is to imply something?

  6. lilacluvr

    fnord – I love this picture from Boston. That market reminds me of some from downtown Chicago. All the different neighborhoods is what makes a city so interesting.

    I remember alot of good times and alot of good food from neighborhoo0ds just like this one pictured in Boston.

    Have a good time when you go in a few weeks and hopefully the weather will be warm. I hear winters can be a real headache in Boston.

  7. 6176746f6c6c65

    fnord, your son didn’t get caught up in the water problem at Harvard, did he? Just heard a passing reference last night on the local news to four researchers at Harvard becoming ill after drinking water, which upon later analysis had some chemical compound in it that made the 4 dizzy, etc.

    • I spoke to him within the last few days and there have been a flurry of emails getting our trip coordinated. He didn’t say a thing, so I’m going with good news on this one. 🙂

      His lab isn’t at Harvard, but at a Mass General Bldg.

  8. Thanks, fnord; hope the trip goes well.

    Because I’m lazy, I’ll post the following general information here, rather than emailing:

    I had my three month follow-up general medical checkup last week; a good report.

    First, I have lost yet another 10 pounds since my last weigh-in, now weighing 211 lbs. for the first time since 1968-1969 school year. Second, my A1C was “low”, so the docs have taken me off Metformin, the medication I had been prescribed after the diagnosis of Type II diabetes was made. For the moment, we are using diet to control, and I’m still monitoring blood sugar levels twice daily thrice weekly.

    Blood pressure is well controlled, and everyone is happy about that. Finally, on cholesterol/triglycerides, these are improved; there is some discussion about a change in the statin/elimination of the statin if all continues to go well when checked at the next appointment.

    For those not understanding what this is about, just remember that aging is not for sissies. For those who understand, your good thoughts have been and continue to be much appreciated.

    • Forgot; the docs have recommended I increase my daily calorie intake to 2000/day, an increase from the 1800/day ADA diet I’d been following since release from rehab; about time, I’d been wondering how my right arm would taste…..

  9. I’m tickled pink to hear that excellent report! I wish I had a tiny fraction of the gumption you’ve used to get to this place of health! I’m really proud of you.

    What about the postponed visit to the specialist?

  10. anniethemoose

    I’m going to disagree with some of the sentiments regarding protests ect. If this was France what would the general population do if they are displeased with the government. General strikes, mass protests with a little rioting thrown in for good measure.

    My take, people are fed up. They have played by the rules. What do they get for this. Outsourcing no jobs, CEO’s bailed out by the tax payer. Endless wars, high taxes. Stock market is a big ponzi scheme. People are not happy being lied to by the ruling classes.

    Did you know that 7000 people a day exhaust their unemployment benefits.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a0JYDmIjD_20

  11. lilacluvr

    6176 – glad to hear the good health report. Keep up the good work!

  12. Indeed, good news, 6176. I am on an insulin pump and my most recent HG A1C was 6.2, the previous one was 6.4. While neither of these is low, both are the only times I have been within the normal range since I have been diabetic (1990).

    Now my M.D. and P.A. want me to take a test that lasts a week whereby my sugars will be tested every 5 minutes for a week. I have wondered, ‘are they insistent upon erecting a hurdle I cannot leap’. We will see… GDI…

  13. Jed

    A. I had a good time Friday evening- drove to Salina with a friend and saw Bob Dylan in concert! Terrific! I wonder why he didn’t come to Wichita? Maybe I shouldn’t ask that question.

    B.
    Lila, for a lot of cons, politics is treated as the same thing as religion. They see theocracy as a desirable political objective. Theocracy inevitably becomes a blood cleansing of those less religious than those in power, and as such, forces more and more extreme piety as it devours itself.
    Conservatives are doing the same thing with conservatism, becoming increasingly reactionary as the charges of “leftist leaning” become more and more extreme. We saw exactly the same thing in the 1950’s as “Tailgunner Joe” McCarthy and crew found millions of reds under their beds.
    Now that Newt is a commie sympathizer, we can look forward to Rush and Glen to slide to the left, until there’s only one or two “true conservatives” in the ‘publican party, and they’re demanding a return to America’s true values of lynching, gay-bashing, cross-burning and Jew-baiting. We really don’t need to worry about fighting them, just staving them off and keeping them from killing us until they’ve finished cleansing themselves of all “liberal tendencies.” It shouldn’t take too long at the rate they’re snowballing now.