Happy birthday triple Ps! Our blog is two years old today, and a great place to find friends and good conversation.
Filed under The Public Square
My oldest watches Rachel religiously. I always get a rundown of what Rachel has said. 🙂
“I guess now that we’ve decided we can afford to help with air strikes against another country that has a lot of oil that we might be concerned about, we can continue to tell the tax payers that we’re broke and cannot afford to pay for those horrible entitlement programs that you working slugs were expecting like your Social Security and your Medicaid programs. And never mind raising taxes on the “job creators” because their needs must be met at all times whether they’re creating jobs overseas for slave wages or anywhere for that matter. If you’re a corporation that does business in the United States, you must be coddled to.”
Happy 2nd birth, Fnord. I wish Steve was here to see it.
Michael Moore was correct in Wisconsin: America is not broke (though our government is, by deliberate design, deeply in dept), nor is Social Security broke (though liars like Charles Krauthammer persists with mind-bending contradictions to the contrary).
How apropos. I received my letter from SSA today about how much I’ll have to retire on. I’m still laughing.
It’s hard to believe blog is 2 years old today. It’s also hard to believe our dear friend Stephen is not with us to celebrate.
But I’m thankful for the fact Stephen cared enough to form this blog. I am also thankful fnord reached out to me on the other blog and invited to join this PPP blog.
We’ve had some lively political discussions on here and some everyday ‘what’s my dog doing’ discussions (of which the over-the-fence lookieloos feel the need to let us know they don’t like).
But that is what makes us a special group. We are people from different backgrounds but we are all deeply concerned about our country and her future.
I find this blog a place to vent my frustration and political beliefs. I do not expect everyone to agree with me but it is nice to know there is such a land were people can agree to disagree and still be a fellow human being and want to know how everyone’s dog is doing (or cat for those cat owners).
I did not know Stephen very well. In fact I never met him face to face. But I did get to know him through his comments, posts and emails. He seemed to ge a person that geniunely cared about others – and that is what this blog is about also. Not just politics – but the people behind the politics.
I miss Stephen but I’m sure he is smiling today to think what he started 2 years ago is still in existence.
Sorry, just couldn’t resist:
P.S. I am glad that the constitutional issues involving military force are finally getting attention (from Dennis Kucinich and, yes, Rand Paul). The ironic thing is that the speed and firepower available these days would have been mind-boggles to the nation’s founders.
The War Powers Resolution of 1973 was direct response to illegal, undeclared wars like Korea and Vietnam. Since one might envision a circumstance that was so urgent–and emergency–that it required immediate action, Congress ironically created a loophole you could drive a truck through.
Reagan “told” Congress about the invasion of Grenada as the planes were leaving.
While I was worried about the imminent bloodbath in Libya–was it an emergency as contemplated?–it is past time for us to consider what it means to go to war.
After the 9-11 attacks, Bush received from Congress a blank check–the Authorization to Use Military Force–permission to blow shit up worldwide , which was then used not only to start an undeclared war against Afghanistan.
What followed, we all know–domestic spying, cracking down on US protesters, and genuinely the trappings of an imperial presidency, unbound by check and balances.
Obama got UN approval and, I hear, the US Senate. Everyone knew what would likely happen. And I’ve already stated my reasoning on the rest.
Since these Tea Party idiots are always ranting about the Constitution (with, of course, no details).
Here’s one, teabaggers, Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution says Congress has the power to declare war. You might read the rest of the section as well or–even better–the whole document.
Then we can start on actual debate on the Constitution (which you can often find, in handy summaries, in Supreme Court precedents over the past 200 years).
Happy Two Years, Pop Blog! Okay, so I am a bit late, but that is what is expected of me anyway, right? It has been an interesting run for this lonely old blog, and we get a lot of attention (wink) for being such a tiny little outfit.
Like the rest of you, I miss our friend and founder, Steven E. Davis. It’s hard to believe that it’s coming up on a year since he left us.
Anyway, here’s to the past two years – swig of Diet Pepsi – and here’s to many more!
OMG, I can’t believe it’s been two years since Steven started this blog. Time flies. And like everyone else, I miss him every time I log on here. And sometimes in between. He’s been on my mind a lot lately, for some personal reasons.
It’s just the gift that keeps on giving to have this place to meet up and be with friends. You are all very dear to me, even if we don’t all agree on everything. ESPECIALLY because we don’t all agree concerning each and every issue.
Long live freedom of association, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought.
And long live the PPP BLOG! Here’s to many more “birthday” celebrations.
I must have have misspelled Steven’s name in my comment – from reading Prairie Pond and WS Clark’s comments.
My apologies, I am sorry. Like I said, I never met Steven in person but he was one fine man because of the many dear friends he left behind.
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