Friday, October 22, 2010

I can see November on my TV... so I turned it off

Margaret, all it takes is ten minutes of channel surfing and you quickly find out that the number of problems facing America seem to correspond with the number of channels offered on cable television.  I told Harold to cancel our subscription and get out the old rabbit ears.

If Glenn Beck hasn't met a half-man-half-monkey yet, he didn't get out much during his rally.  There was more knuckle dragging on the National Mall that day than the National Zoo... about 89,000 more.  And I find it odd that Sarah Palin can see November from her house but she couldn't see a teen pregnancy coming if her life depended on it.  Maybe if she spent more time at her house rather than at Tea Party rallies, one of her children might actually graduate from those abstinence only classes with a passing grade.

Folks,  from where I sit, we've never had it so good.   One less war.  Most of the TARP money paid back and another Great Depression avoided.  Unemployment numbers are shitty - yes - BUT imagine how bad it would be if Republicans had done away with unemployment benefits like they wanted.  And as someone who has Medicare, I can assure you that government-run healthcare isn't Obamacare, it's common-decency-care.

The Tea Party wants to complain about Obama's "run-away spending" but the fact is Bush spent billions on wars while Obama has spent billions on an economic stimulus package.  Fact.  More private sector jobs were created in the last 8 months than in the entire 8 years of the Bush presidency.  Fact.  The only thing the Republican Party has increased recently is the number of gay teen suicides.

And yes, Whoopi and Joy shouldn't have walked off.  But Bill O'Reilly never should have walked on.  He has plenty of air time to get his view out.  Barbara didn't need to give him more.

Did anyone watch the Charlie Rose interview with Nancy Pelosi?  What exactly do people not like about her?   I think she is lovely.  But who am I kidding?  Most Americans can list the accomplishments of a Real Housewife of New Jersey but have no idea what Nancy Pelosi has done or not done.

Thank God PBS comes through on the rabbit ears.  I mean it really.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Margaret and Helen's Pledge to America

Margaret, the problem with Populism is that the population includes asses like Sarah Palin and her Tea Party.  Someone needs to remind them that this is America.  The government is elected by the people.  Questioning your government is patriotic.  Hating your government, one the other hand,  is simply a form of self loathing.

And let's talk about that hatred.  It seems so at odds with the supposed Christian morals they so proudly espouse.  They hate big government but instead of taking issue with the largest part of that government - the military - they take issue with healthcare.  They hate big government but they have no issue with government being big enough to intervene in the private health decisions of a woman seeking to end a pregnancy or the private decisions of a husband wanting to end the decade long sufferings of his wife.  They hate big government but they don't seem to hate using government to legislate hate against homosexuals.  And they hate big government, but they don't seem to hate it when they can use it to fuel their hatred.  Gosh I hate that...

And now those morons in Washington with the "R" after their names have made another pledge to America.   I guess it's just one more thing they can do today and then ignore tomorrow .   A Contract With America.   A Pledge to AmericaMission Accomplished.   For goodness sakes how many times are we going to fall for this prank?  They spend years screwing everything up and then eventually pledge to not do it again.  How about not doing it the first time... or the second time for that matter?

 Here is my pledge to you Margaret.  I hope you like it.

I pledge that I will actually read the Constitution before pledging to uphold it.  And I pledge that if I am too stupid to understand its intent,  I won't become a politician.

I pledge not to start two wars, give tax breaks to millionaires, ruin the economy and then get mad when someone shows me the bill.

I pledge not to be a hypocrite or a Republican - whichever comes first.

I pledge to remember that religious freedoms apply to all religions including the lack of a religion.  And I pledge to remember that no matter how much I believe in my religion, I will remember that my neighbor believes in his religion just as much.  And finally, I pledge that if I believe in my religion too much I will keep it to myself.

I pledge to stop calling Sarah Palin a bitch when she finally admits that she is too stupid to run this country.

I pledge that I won't hate gay people in public and then sleep with them in private.

I pledge to accept the fact that John McCain really can't pull his head out at this point.  It's in too deep.

I pledge not to be shocked when Rick Sanchez announces his new show on Fox News.

I pledge to remember that there are 6 billion people in the world and only 300 million of them live in the United States .  And with 300 million Americans to choose from, we can't do better than John Boehner?  Really?

And Margaret, my dear, I pledge that I will vote on November 2.  I meant it.  Really.

 Here is my pledge to you dear.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

That about sums it up, dear.  That and Endust is as good if not better than Pledge.