Sunday Roast: “If we amplify everything, we hear nothing”

Reason?  Sanity?  Yes, please.

200,000 people on the Washington Mall, celebrating the fact that we are more alike than we are different; proclaiming to the world and the media that we WILL NOT live our lives in fear; and that we will not be manipulated into voting against our own best interests.

This is us.

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The Watering Hole: October 29 – Friday Light Posting

I’m in full weekend mood already. Nevermind the venison stew that’s marinating and awaits cooking. Nor the laundry, nor the fact that I have to get up at five tomorrow morning for a trip to Geneva. Stupid me, I should have remembered not to sign up for that one. What’s up in your corner of the world? Hey! Sanity will be restored this weekend and I am looking forward to seeing as much as I can from that rally on the internet.

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Tea Party Animals – Sure, they’re cute and cuddly now, but later there’s running and screaming*

All cartoons are posted with the artists’ express permission to TPZoo.
Jack Ohman
, Portland Oregonian

*to paraphrase Malcolm from Jurassic Park

If you like how these folks treat the opposition now, you’ll love what they do when they are in office!

President Obama on The Daily Show

Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart interviewed President Barack Obama.

Part 1:

Barack Obama believes a lot has been accomplished over the last 18 months in very difficult circumstances.

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Part 2:

Barack Obama disagrees with the notion that the health care bill is timid when 30 million people are going to get insurance as a result.

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Part 3:

Barack Obama says changing the legislative process and reducing the power of special interests is a work in progress.

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Special Comment: If The Tea Party Wins, America Loses

Here’s last night’s “Special Comment” by Keith Olbermann on Countdown (MSNBC) where he addresses the coming election, drawing a picture of what our country could very well look like if the Tea Party extremist candidates win their races and take power.

He uses their own words.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Seriously.. “Good night, and good luck.”

The Watering Hole: October 28 – The Teabag Constitution (As bought by corporations)

I was wondering about what the United States Constitution would look like if was written to represent in the current political environment. It comes up a bit brief but not too sweet.

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The Watering Hole – Wednesday, 10-27-2010: Hump Day: ROMANS 13

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (Romans 13:1)

This verse is the “Christian” underpinnings of Evangelical Capitalism, the neo-evangelical movement sweeping the Teabaggers. When viewed from the vantage point of the poor and working class, it counsels against rebelling against authorities.

But, when viewed from the vantage point of the wealthy, it justifies everything. By being “converted to Christ” a rich man now has the faith to know that he was bestowed his riches and power directly from God. Ergo, his will is God’s will. If a dictator chooses to murder hundreds of thousands of his own citizens, it is made possible because God has given him the power to do so.

When the rich and powerful come to believe they are God’s Chosen on Earth, that they have been “saved” and that man’s law no longer applies to them, we have a defacto theocracy. The Family has been building this theocracy world-wide for the past 80 years or so, using “prayer groups” in the halls of power. Their organizational structure emulates that of the early Nazi party, before it came to power; small groups acting autonomously for a common goal. It is the same organizational structure that terrorist groups like Al Qaeda use.

The Family has had about 80 years to infiltrate the halls of power around the globe. Only now is their influence being seen openly by the masses. That can only mean their grip on power is now fait accompli, they have nothing to fear from the masses because the masses are no longer capable of deposing them. Indeed, this election is a test of their ability to use their power openly to manipulate the masses into giving them even more power, more control, more wealth.

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The Watering Hole: October 26, The Ladies of Llangollen I – Wordsworth

To Lady Eleanor Butler and the Honourable Miss Ponsonby,

A stream to mingle with your favorite Dee
Along the Vale of Meditation flows;
So styled by those fierce Britons, pleased to see
In Nature’s face the expression of repose,
Or, haply there some pious Hermit chose
To live and die — the peace of Heaven his aim,
To whome the wild sequestered region owes
At this late day, its sanctifying name.
Glyn Cafaillgaroch, in the Cambrian tongue,
In ourse the Vale of Friendship, let this spot
Be nam’d, where faithful to a low roof’d Cot
On Deva’s banks, ye have abode so long,
Sisters in love, a love allowed to climb
Ev’n on this earth, above the reach of time.

William Wordsworth

Sunday Roast: Chicken!!

I promised a foodie post this weekend, so here it is.  Roast chicken is one of the best things on the planet.  My mom used to make a killer roast chicken when I was a kid, and I’ve fallen into the bad habit of buying rotisserie chicken at the grocery store.  Now that the weather has turned cooler, I won’t mind having the oven on so long — roast chicken coming up!

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The Watering Hole – Saturday, 10-23-2010: The Third Amendment

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Tacit in this is the acknowledgment that the government has the power to station soldiers in our homes. Why does this matter? Well, Teabaggers, including candidates for public office, have stated that if they don’t get their way at the ballot box, they will exercise their Second Amendment rights: ie. armed revolution; a time of war.

This, in turn, would allow the Commander-in-Chief, by exercising the power granted to that office during the Bush Administration, the ability to issue executive orders asserting federal command over State’s Militias, and yes, the Commander-in-Chief could order soldiers posted in private homes, starting with the homes of folks taking up arms against the government.

Now, get this, since we’re in a “war on terror” we are no longer “at peace.” The President has the authority to order military force against anyone taking, or threatening, violence against the United States (the same authority that allowed Bush to invade Iraq). We could have soldiers quartering in our houses, now, and until the “War on Terror” is over.

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The Watering Hole: October 22 – A Message for Conservatives, Don’t Vote!

Republicans (and Tea Baggers) –

Are you pissed at the way the current Congress has performed?

  • Are you upset at the way your taxes have been reduced and government spending has gone down?
  • Does affordable health insurance without the threat of previous conditions make your blood boil?
  • Are you upset that your young children can have health insurance and that those between the ages of 21 and 26 receive health insurance under your plan as they begin their careers?
  • Are you really upset that our veterins continue to receive government provided health care?
  • Does the continued health of Social Security and Medicare really stick in your craw?
  • Does ceasing the outsourcing of American jobs to foreign nationals make you seeth?
  • And to top it all off are you disturbed that the rate of illegal immigration is at its lowest level in three years and that more illegal immigrants are being deported this year than at anytime since 1998?

Is that is what is disturbing you? Then you must make your voice unheard when election day comes on November 2nd! Show your true feelings by not voting at all! That will show the Republican and Tea Bagger partys that they must work harder than ever in order to address your concerns!

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