Saturday, 1/15/11, Public Square

Who do you think is bat shit crazy?  Who could you never vote for and earnestly hope never achieves public office?

I do indeed think all three women pictured above are not someone who should be representing anyone but themselves, and that each of them represents themselves very poorly.  I would include Sharron Angle with this bunch (I think she kept Harry Reid from being booted out of office for which I may never forgive her)!

I could never vote for one of these people, but there are others who could and have!  We must hold differing opinions of who is an acceptable candidate for public office!  That’s probably why we hold elections.

The world will not come to an end and America will survive whoever runs or is elected.  We survived Bush and you will survive Obama!  We each think a little worse for the wear but we’d put different names as the one we hold responsible.  Differences.  Thank goodness!

fnord

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  1. RNC vote shows limits of John Boehner’s reach

    Members of the Republican National Committee sent a clear message Friday to the rest of the GOP when they elected Reince Priebus as their new chairman: There’s at least one corner of the Republican Party that’s beyond House Speaker John Boehner’s reach.

    Boehner worked hard to prop up the candidacy of longtime operative Maria Cino, a veteran campaign hand who held senior offices at the RNC and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

    Boehner wasn’t the only Washington heavyweight to step out for Cino, who is neither a current or former committee member. Former Vice President Dick Cheney held a fundraiser for the operative’s campaign and his daughter, Mary Cheney, helped Cino launch her campaign.

    A collection of other inside-the-Beltway figures, including former Bush administration official Matt Schlapp, were intimately involved in Cino’s bid.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47645.html#ixzz1B77mId11

  2. I had a good visit with Mrs. tstb this morning. He is much better but there are challenges. One main artery that had been blocked 100% (and probably caused the heart attack) was cleaned out since last Monday’s heart attack, another vessel has made its own bypass and in about 3 weeks they’ll be doing another heart cath and take care of some more.

    She said the doctors tell them he has had a past stroke and there was a period of time without oxygen during this emergency. He has short-term memory problems.

    He ate yesterday for the first time and is enjoying that! He doesn’t sleep — she said from the time he woke up he was awake for four days straight. They don’t want to give any sedation. Last night for the first time he slept pretty well. He wants her to lie down beside him and she says that bed isn’t big enough for both so although he rested well with her there. she sure didn’t.

    He will be moved to rehab next week and the work will begin. There is some very slight loss of strength on the right side and the brain isn’t remembering or putting it all in the proper order…

    I remember the stories 6176 has shared about the work of rehab. tstb will be busy getting better!

    • I’ll get the address of rehab to all of you. He will be busy but I bet cards or notes will be appreciated!

    • I meant to add: the slight disconnect in the brain did not prevent tstb knowing this morning’s omelet was made with the whites only from the egg. 🙂

    • WSClark

      That is good news, Fnord, glad to hear it. I was going to e-mail you for an update this morning. Thanks for the info.

      My body has decided to move, at least mentally, to Hawaii. These days, I stay up to three or so, then get up at ten. Thursday, I stayed up until six AM. I have no idea why this is happening. Perhaps IK am reverting to my college days.

      Do you have any idea when we may be able to visit Too Smart. Since he can’t participate in the “Breakfast Club” maybe we can bring the club to him.

      Again, I am very happy for Too Smart and I am glad to hear that the future looks bright. Prayer does work – whomever your God may be.

    • He has been moved out of ICU to a regular room and early next week (if all goes as well as it has been going) he will be moved to rehab. I know rehab will keep him very busy so I’ll try to find our what times might be ‘rest’ times for him. Although he may want to wait until his memory improves so he can hold his own with that bunch! 😉

      Mrs. tstb is nervous about leaving him to someone else’s care. She said she had to go back to work (sole support) but she sure was nervous about not being at his beside 24/7. I figure she might get some rest if she does go back to work!

  3. McCain Reaches Out
    Can John McCain return to his old bipartisan self?

    McCain writes: “He is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country’s cause. I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals.”

    http://www.slate.com/id/2281296

  4. The Class War Launched by America’s Wealthiest Is Getting More Savage
    Countries with wide income inequality are unstable: they have large underclasses, high rates of crime and little opportunity.

    What’s wrong with the rich getting richer?

    Slate’s Timothy Noah, in “The United States of Inequality,” wrote, “Income distribution in the United States [has become] more unequal than in Guyana, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and roughly on par with Uruguay, Argentina, and Ecuador.”

    Take a look at that list.

    Countries with wide income inequality don’t lead the world in research, technology, industry, and innovation. They’re unstable.

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/149531/the_class_war_launched_by_america%27s_wealthiest_is_getting_more_savage/

  5. A few minutes after his election was official on Friday, Mr. Priebus held his first news conference. The first topic was not his vision for the Republican National Committee, but a self-introduction and pronunciation lesson.

    “My name is Reince Priebus,” he said, slowly saying his given name, which rhymes with pints (like pints of his favorite beer, Wisconsin’s own Miller High Life) and his family name (PREE-bus). He advised reporters to review an episode of “The Colbert Report” last week on Comedy Central, on which his name provided fodder for a full segment titled “What is a Reince Priebus?”

    “I know it’s a tough name,” Mr. Priebus said. “That’s what happens when you have a Greek and a German for a parent — you get a name like mine.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/us/politics/16repubs.html

  6. If we are to believe the media, two of the people pictured above are toying with presidential runs in the 2012 elections — Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Both Tea Party darlings, they are one of the reasons I hold the Tea Party in low esteem.

    The outspoken Bachmann bested three challengers, winning her third term in November with 53 percent of the vote. She also benefited from an endorsement by none other than Sarah Palin. Bachmann was the top fundraiser of any congressional candidate, raising an astounding $13.4 million in 2009-10. For comparison, Pelosi raised $2.5 million, and new Speaker John Boehner, $9.7 million.

    A fiscal and social conservative, mother of five, and foster care provider for 23, she often causes sparks to fly with her fiery, passionate, and not always well-thought-out comments. Like Palin, she perplexes and repulses her detractors and delights her fervent admirers.

    Palin versus Bachmann would be a lot of fun to watch. The media would have to be sedated. And the Tea Party would be torn. If the Tea Party votes are split it’s possible either one could come out of the primaries as the GOP candidate.

    Could either win a contest against President Obama? If this is the quality of candidate running on the GOP ticket in 2012, I think it will be 2016 before the GOP has any chance at the presidency.

    • fragotwofortwo

      Good choices both of them. My point of view it’s better to crash the country quickly, so you have as much infrastructure intact as possible. As opposed to a decades long slow motion train wreck like we are having now. Go GOP!!! Git er done……

  7. Every time I watch a clip of Bill Maher I’m tempted to buy HBO. 🙂

    New Rules: Bill Maher to the Teabaggers – The Founding Fathers Would Have Hated Your Guts

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/new-rules-bill-maher-teabaggers-founding-f

  8. On January 17, 1961 (50 years ago) President Eisenhower gave his farewell address and warned us, we didn’t listen…

    • Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

      My fellow Americans:

      Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

      This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

      Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

      Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.

      My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and, finally, to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years.

      In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the Nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling, on my part, of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.

      II.

      We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

      III.

      Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.

      Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology — global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle — with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

      Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

      But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs — balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage — balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

      The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only.

      IV.

      A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

      Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

      Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

      This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

      In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

      We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

      Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

      In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

      Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

      The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present

      * and is gravely to be regarded.

      Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.

      It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

      V.

      Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

      VI.

      Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

      Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

      Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war — as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years — I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

      Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.

      VII.

      So — in this my last good night to you as your President — I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

      You and I — my fellow citizens — need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation’s great goals.

      To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration:

      We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

  9. Zippy

    TSTB had a heart attack? As you might imagine, I don’t read everything posted here.

    Geez. Glad to hear he’s improving.

    • Zippy, do you have my email address? If so, please send me the address I may send important stuff and feel confident it would reach you. I don’t send jokes and such so if you rec’d an email from me it would be something I thought was important.

    • I’m glad you didn’t know until we found out he was going to live. It was hard and you’ve had enough on your plate. Maybe I don’t want that addy that ensures you will read…

  10. indypendent

    I’ve had several Republicans tell me that Eisenhower could have not viewed the military complex in a bad way because he was – after all – a general.

  11. indypendent

    This article is about one of the victims of the Tucson shooting and how he is handling the aftermath of the tragedy. It sounds like he needs help.

    But I wonder now how this will play into the Tea Party Republicans’ playbook on how they are being victimized – again.

    I am not defending what this guy did because if he threatened someone, he needs to be prosecuted. But considering what he has been through and considering all the debate about political rhteroric and discourse this past week – do we really think one of these victims would not lose their composure?

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/01/15/20110115gabrielle-giffords-arizona-shooting-tucson-forum.html#ixzz1B9HJHXxP

    • I emphasize with the man who was arrested. If I had been shot less than a week ago and one of those bat-shit crazy tea baggers who also happened to be a gun nut went off I would have been waaaay less than calm. But threatening won’t help, didn’t help…

      I am developing a deep animosity for the NRA and its members.