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Friday, February 25, 2011

A crazy world going mad

There's turmoil in the Middle East, protesters in Madison Wisconsin, Victorians blaming the high price of gasoline on president Obama (that's BO for those that don't think he's legitimate) then there is Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Glenn beck, and Michelle Bachman fighting to be the first to say the most outrageous things.

Neonservatives are salivating thinking they can persuade the president to intervene in the Middle East by calling him weak. The president's first duty is to provide a safe evacuation plan for Americans in Libya before making a speech threatening a dictator, who just might take out his revenge on Americans. We all know that Omar Qadhafi's elevator doesn’t quite go to the top floor; any man crazy enough to kill his own people with fighter jets is not capable of listening to reason.

Wisconsin's governor Walker laid out his plans for ending collective bargaining; his supporters are still trying to make it sound like the teachers, nurses, and janitors are responsible for the budget deficit. This is priceless because even the most partisan republican has to admit the recorded conversation is damaging.... Ian Murphy of Buffalo Beast (the site appears to be called up Gov. Scott Walker, posing as wealthy industrialist and campaign donor David Koch. They had a 20-minute chat. Here’s an excerpt:
Koch: We’ll back you any way we can. What we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.
Walker: You know, well, the only problem with that —because we thought about that. The problem—the, my only gut reaction to that is right now the lawmakers I’ve talked to have just completely had it with them, the public is not really fond of this […]
Walker: [...] I went on “Morning Joe” this morning. I like it because I just like being combative with those guys, but, uh You know they’re off the deep end.
Koch: Joe—Joe’s a good guy. He’s one of us.
Walker: Yeah, he’s all right. He was fair to me…[bashes NY Senator Chuck Schumer, who was also on the program.]
Koch: Beautiful; beautiful. You gotta love that Mika Brzezinski; she’s a real piece of ass.
Walker: Oh yeah.

The governor can lay off workers, threaten the AWOL democratic senators, and say it's about balancing the budget until he is blue in the face, but he thought he was talking to one of the Koch brothers when he admitted his real plans.

I guess I've heard every president from Clinton to Obama being blamed for the high price of gasoline, as if they had the switch on their desk controlling the price. If President Carter didn't do anything else; he warned us about the problems of depending on fossil fuels as the major source of energy. Democrats and republicans alike have all made speeches about switching to alternative fuels but they all continuing  kicking the can down a road. The problem is us; we like cheap oil and dirty coal because we don't want to face the initial costs of switching. Gasoline prices have to remain high before any innovator will think it's worth their time and money to come up with the next alternative source of energy; in the meantime, the " drill baby drill" crowd think we have an enormous supply here in the United States to suit our needs forever. They don't know that whatever, we drill goes on a world market pot to satisfy supply and demand.

The serious problems are dominating the news coverage, so that's making it harder for Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin and right wing talk radio to be heard. Rush Limbaugh is going after Michelle Obama's weigh and the fact that she ate some ribs the other day. A sitting congresswoman that has enormous resources such as her own colleagues who have degrees in economics', access to CBO numbers, and her own budget chairman Paul Ryan, thinks we ought to enlist Glenn Beck and his chalkboard to solve our economic problems. A former Sarah Palin aide, Frank Bailey has written a tell- all book by his former employer called “Blind Allegiance."Mr. Bailey reveals a woman (Sarah Palin) who wrote fake letters to the editor praising her accomplishments in office, doesn’t talk much with her husband, and neglects her children. He also said she hated being governor of Alaska, especially after enjoying the limelight of a presidential campaign. Then there's the number one crazy man, Glenn Beck, who now is tying in the protesters in Wisconsin to a vast conspiracy of Obama, in  uniting all the unions, for the final nail of the coffin,to America as we know it.

How did we manage before the Internet and 24/7 cable television?


Edith Ann said...

We actually had to read articles if we really wanted to know anything.

And we believed everything Walter Chronkite told us, without question. Didn't know any better.

Mike said...

You are right Edith Ann, it's been said that everyone knew Walter Cronkite was a liberal but we believed him anyway.... I didn't know the politics a Walter Cronkite back then; nor did I care.

BTW You wrote one of the best blogs I have ever read, because it included everything and encouraged comments.... Great job but like any artist it's gonna be harder and harder to keep writing the hits..:-)

Legion said...

Continued from the VicAd thread, slightly different though.

While checking things on your blog there, I ran across a Cato institute study, I don't have the link anymore but it made me think.

They proposed that since the downfall of the USSR, American foreign policy is in sorta of a search mode.

First there was the "Domino Theory", if one country falls to communism, their neighbors will. So thus foreign policy was geared to prop up whatever country that s leader wasn't a communist, no matter what evils he had otherwise done.

Once the Soviet Threat was gone, foreign policy was in limbo.

There was absolutely despicable leaders of countries that the US had supported in the past, but all of the sudden there wasn't a need to support them anymore no matter their human rights abuses, politically that is.

So then? What to do? Make them the new enemy?
One thing I wondered about, the US backed Iraq in the Iraq/Iran war, probably because of the embarrassment about the Iran hostage thing, but yet Iraq bought all it's planes, tanks and guns from the USSR.

Foreign Police is a strange animal, it depends on which way the wind is blowing.

Edith Ann said...

Awwww, shucks, Mike---even a blind hog finds an acorn every now and then!

It has been a hoot! I'm sure you must have something to add...

Legion said...

Fidel was a good guy at one time....

Mike said...


Our CIA is great at espionage and the Cold War was ideal for that.... In Vietnam our CID ( military equivalent of CIA) didn't have the slightest idea of how to counter in the NVR's guerrilla tactics. The insurgents in Iraq also threw them off balance with well placed inexpensive IEDs.

In the initial invasion of Afghanistan we had a lot of interpreters as part of our combat forces. That's how we were able to supplant the Taliban and rid Afghanistan of Al qaida.

When the military decided to enforce" don't ask don't tell" we lost many interpreters and I heard we only have a handful of Arabic speaking people in the FBI and CIA.