Tuesday, March 30, 2010
"Conservatives today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960's".
Those aren't the words of some smug liberal gloating over the passage of health care reform, not at all.
They are the words of David Frum, a former top speechwriter for GW Bush and a highly regarded mainstream conservative.
Frum went on to say, "It's hard to imagine the magnitude of this disaster. ...No illusions please. This bill will not be repealed".
"...Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to reopen the 'doughnut hole' and charge seniors more for their prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition?... And even if the votes were there, would President Obama sign such a repeal?"
Frum continued, "We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement and they led us to abject failure and irreversible defeat."
Pretty strong words but, thankfully, also true.
If a conservative and diehard GOP loyalist like David Frum holds these views I can only wonder what other mainstream Republicans and intelligent independents must be thinking as they bear witness to the fallout that's resulted from the once great party of Abraham Lincoln being usurped by politicians like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, and Tom Coburn, and media demagogues like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
All five of the aforementioned people are the personifications of "the most radical voices" in the modern GOP and conservative movement and as Frum said, they led their followers to "abject failure and irreversible defeat."
But I, quite frankly, hope...the so-called Tea Party movement remain[s] front and center on the public stage because the more they do, the more likely, especially as the 2010 political season heats up later in the summer, and more Americans start paying closer attention to politics...[that] Americans will say; "Thanks but no thanks" to the overt racism, homophobia, and xenophobia that "the most radical voices" in the GOP and Tea Party movement are really all about.
I also think we should all fasten our political seatbelts because, to paraphrase Bette Davis in "All About Eve", this coming political season is going to be one bumpy ride, one very bumpy [ride], and quite possibly [a] very ugly ride indeed.
PV de Limon , CR
Friday, March 26, 2010
So how did I lose four pounds between Monday and Thursday? I have no idea. Weight fluctuates. I'm not getting on the scale again until =next= Thursday.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I was stunned to see a photo in our local paper of the remains of a ship. The caption stated that it was on Long Beach, and the story said that the shipwreck had not been visible since the Perfect Storm in 1991. Our hurricane-force gusts a few weeks back swept away enough sand to uncover it. I so love living on the sea.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
No. I blame my eyes. I think that I misread the scale last Thursday. The good news is that I have lost 4 lb. The bad news is that, as we all know, the older you get, the slower your weight loss is going to be.
But really: 4 lb.?? Is that it? After all that working out and religious adherence to low-carb eating? [sigh]
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I just need to say it again: I am very, very much in favor of health care reform. I don't believe that we're done yet, but I'm so glad to be where we are.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I promised myself that I would get out glassing on Thursday, and I nearly forgot. I was getting ready to make dinner, the light was fading, and suddenly it dawned on me: low tide was supposed to be after dark--but around 6pm there'd be a whole lot of beach exposed.
I went to "my" beach on Rocky Neck, and I fear it had been well picked over. But I collected a little pile. First sea glass collected in months.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Seriously, a study found that starting to smoke pot before age 15 makes you twice as likely to develop schizophrenia. Who =doesn't= start to smoke pot before age 15? This study may have looked at things from the wrong end. Maybe people who tend toward psychotic disorders have a greater tendency to start young with the hallucinogens.
You know, this study was from Australia as well. They should have done the study in Michigan. The building manager where my sister and I lived in Pontiac was a study in and of himself of pot smoking. Don't think he was psychotic, but I am amazed that he remembered each night where it was that he lived.
Whereas the Loony Left deconstructs, the Tightie Right dehumanizes. Whereas the former takes relativism to extremes, the latter issues baseless judgments. I think both are worthy of occasional derision, in equal amounts.
By the way, the reason I listen to Dan Rea on Wednesday nights is hard to define. I'm on my way home from class, the radio is tuned to what was, on the way in, traffic and news, and it's difficult for me to remember to put on my driving glasses, much less re-set the station on the radio.