Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Roosevelts--An Intimate History


ANOTHER REASON TO GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE.  KEEP FDR ALIVE. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE ONLY VEHICLE FOR THAT.  SIGN UP TO VOTE ALL MINORITIES, AFRICAN AMERICANS, HISPANICS, WOMEN, THE YOUNG, THE DISABLED, THE ELDERLY AND ALL THOSE YEARNING FOR JUSTICE.  VOTE WHETHER REPUBLICANS TRY TO OBSTRUCT YOU FROM ENJOYING YOUR BASIC FREEDOM OR NOT--THE RIGHT TO VOTE.  PASS THIS AROUND TO ANY YOU CHOOSE!

"The Roosevelts--An Intimate History" is
FABULOUS PBS programming by Ken Burns.  Again and again Ken Burns staggers me with his brilliant documentarian efforts from "Baseball" to "The Civil War" and to now to "The Roosevelts--An Intimate History." How much genius can exist in one man?   (See links to info below.)

I ignore my boycott of certain PBS programming which I see may not be influenced by the Koch Brothers. I continue to boycott PBS by not contributing money and not viewing that which I know is influenced by Koch's, in my view, hostile takeover of PBS and NOT polluted by Koch billionaire right wing extremist money. I'm waiting for PBS to air "Citizen Koch" which, of course, was squelched.  Maybe then I will rethink my stand.

Thank you, Ken Burns, for this masterpiece about a family I adore. I make no secrete of loving, especially, FDR. I went to Hyde Park to see his home and his presidential library.  I saw FDR's, Eleanor's and their dog Fala's graves.  I stood there and cried for a nation that once was on a trajectory for helping the 98% but has morphed now into an ugly Republican oligarchic takeover by the 1% richest. Even Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, wanted a more egalitarian nation and his trust busting emanated from that much to the chagrin of his own Patrician class.

How I long for the leadership of the Roosevelt era. The social conditions were nasty but the leadership reached Olympian Heights. My FDR, whom I never knew except through my parents' eyes, I love him even now. May someone come along as great as he to save our nation from the oligarchic obstructionist Republican reign of terror nightmare of division it is. I keep looking for that leader but do not see him/her ... yet!

See link here or http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-roosevelts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Can't we all just get along?


It is hard in today's Dickensian-like hard times to find some levity.  The only metaphor for our times I could think of was the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz who, when dying as water was splashed on her, said "I'm melting.  I'm melting."  And the world is in fact global climate change melting.

Beyond that sad fact if one looks at a map there is conflict in countries seemingly everywhere.  I have never experienced in my lifetime an entire world at war until a reasonable facsimile of it seems to exist now.  My list does not even mention the soon-to-be-vote of Scottish secession and maybe even a revolt in Spain.

"What a world, what a world" said the wicked witch as she was melting in the Land of Oz.  What a world, indeed!

Can't we all just get along?  Did Oz's Dorothy or Glenda the Good Witch say that?  No, I think I did! :-\

Thanks to "Wars in the World" here or at the link below are the hotspots:

It lists the following plus other in depth enumerations which I will not, of course, include:

By continent: 

Africa

Hot Spots: Central African Republic (civil war), Democratic Republic of Congo (war against rebel groups), Egypt (popular uprising against Government), Mali (war against tuareg and Islamic militants), Nigeria (war against Islamic militants), Somalia (war against Islamic militants), Sudan (war against rebel groups), South Sudan (civil war)

ASIA

Afghanistan (war against Islamic militants), Burma-Myanmar (war against rebel groups), Pakistan (war against Islamic militants), Philippines (war against Islamic militants), Thailand (coup d’etat by army May 2014)

EUROPE

Chechnya (war against Islamic militants), Dagestan (war against Islamic militants), Ukraine (Secession of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic)

MIDDLE EAST MAYHEM

Hot Spots: Iraq (war against Islamic State Islamic militants), Israel (war in Gaza Strip), Syria (civil war), Yemen (war against and between Islamic militants) and Somalia.

Not to be forgotten:  The US led coalition to bomb ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria -- GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!  And then what?

 AMERICAS

(5 Countries and 25 between drug cartels, militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups involved)

Hot Spots: Colombia (war against rebel groups), Mexico (war against narcotraffic groups)

How important is a vote for Democrats?   VERY.  Republicans never met a war they did not love or an issue of war fear it did not want to promote!  GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE in November 4, 2014 STOP REPUBLICON OBSTRUCTIONISM TO OUR BASIC DEMOCRATIC  RIGHT -- THE RIGHT TO VOTE!!!


Monday, September 15, 2014

LION KISSES!!!

 On a HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY note, the video below is GORGEOUS. How much do I love our four legged beauties --- A LOT. Save our lovely environment vote REPUGLICRATS OUT of office!


here or


http://www.vitality101.com/Fun/lion-kisses-rescuer

Stream of conscious--GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE:


How anyone on this planet can vote for the RepublCON Party I will NEVER on planet earth know. These 1%ers have those Baggers who support them utterly, totally significantly DUPED.

Send this around if you want. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE urge African Americans ALL OVER THE NATION to sign up to vote no matter how many rotten obstacles these VILE obstructionist Republicrats put in their way. IMPORTANTLY HISPANICS MUST, MUST, MUST, MUST get out to vote. Immigration reform will come later when the president can do it IF we can finally get a majority in both houses. Democrats HAVE the majority of the populous but in the mid terms some in the electorate, mind explosive to me, do not think it important to vote. That is a recipe for disaster.

DO WHAT YOU CAN BUT GET OUR DEMOCRATIC VOTERS ALONG WITH INDEPENDENTS WHO MIGHT VOTE DEMOCRATIC OUT TO VOTE: GET HISPANICS, AFRICAN AMERICANS, WOMEN, THE YOUNG, THE ELDERLY WHO DEPEND ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, HEALTHCARE AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE 1% RICHEST WHO ARE MAKING A HOSTILE TAKEOVER OUT TO REGISTER AND VOTE. DEMOCRATS MUST GET OUT THE VOTE. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A REPUBLICAN HOUSE AND A REPUBLICAN SENATE WILL DO TO US AND TO OUR PRESIDENT. HE WILL FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES BE DONE. DO NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. A PRESIDENT WITH CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT WOULD MAKE THIS COUNTRY THRIVE.

TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS IS REALLY TRICKLE UP TO THE 1%; UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATIONCREATES SPENDING WHICH CREATES JOBS AS DOES UPPING THE MINIMUM WAGE AS DOES INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR AND ON AND ON TO DO WHAT GOVERNMENT AND ONLY GOVERNMENT CAN DO. DEMOCRATS KNOW THIS!

OUR COUNTRY WILL DIE UNDER A HOSTILE REPUBLICAN TAKEOVER AND WE THE MAJORITY 98% WILL DIE WITH IT! YOU, YOUR CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS DESERVE BETTER. CONTRIBUTE AND SIGN UP DEMOCRATS AND GET THEM OUT TO VOTE!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Can't Get Fooled Again


After 9/11 I was angry as most here were.  Although a lifelong anti-war liberal Democrat I took the attack by Al Qaeda and the horrific heap of metal and pile of bodies it left personally as if I, too, had lost a loved one in the attack.  It was exactly what Al Qaeda wanted us to feel -- anger.  My fury like so many others could not be quelled.

When W. Bush stood on the fresh pile of 9/11 rubble in New York and said

"I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!"

a cheer ran through me as if, since Vietnam, I never protested a war at all.  I wanted revenge and watched the explosions from my TV at work set up for that express purpose so that we could watch the US bomb Sadam Hussein and Iraq into oblivion.  It was as if I were watching a July 4th fireworks display.  No dead bodies from the bombing, of course, were shown but simply a night sky beautifully lit up like Francis Scott Key was sitting at Ft. McHenry writing the words to the Star Spangled Banner, our national Overture, written about our flag from afar during the 1812 War and British invasion.

We now know that the Bush/Cheney administration and all of its cronies took us to a hellish 13 year hardly short Iraq War based on lies. Sadam Hussein hated Al Qaeda which was not even in Iraq until AFTER the US invasion.  There were no WMD, the trumped-up lie that gave the necessary rationale for war the US could peddle to the UN.  We were NOT greeted as the liberators the Cons said we would be. 

The Cons conned us into a 5000+ American dead war because no one -- not the people, not the Congress, and surely not the media -- thought critically to ask the critical questions about the trillion buck war which was supposed to pay for itself but still in religious war form rages.  ISIS, the more brutal Al Qaeda offshoot, never there before is there now, and has become the latest rationale for war and perceived-by-us threat as it blasts its way toward a territorial huge Islamic caliphate. 

Again, we are being asked by our previously anti-war president to go back into a war we just left by first sending more planes to bomb and more advisers to advise failed states.  The only thing sure is more of us will die.

Are we not asking the hard questions again?  It seems not as the desire to bomb is now supported by 67% of the US population.  Sometimes there is no answer that will correct a problem. The cancer the president describes correctly is the nature of ISIS and it is exactly that -- a religious century’s long cancerous dispute that continues in a part of an Arab Spring world which looks nothing like spring and more like eternal war that will continue generationally.

Like some cancers sometimes one must face facts no matter how much one "fights" it will ultimately return.  And so it will be with ISIS; no matter how many are killed more will take their place.  Americans with their white hat black hat world view cannot understand that it is not as simple as kill the bad guys. The “bad guys" always return and worse the hats the Arabs see us wearing are colored black and used as proof the west wants to defeat Islam their sacred creed.  We cannot understand that because we are fed our own propaganda from a corporate media that slants its news to feed its hungry advertisers to get us to watch.

I am VERY skeptical of it all. I have been third degree burned once angered after 9/11 because I accepted W. Bush's horrific Iraq war based on lies. Now should I get burned again because explosive religious war bombasts decide to do what comes naturally to them and behead two journalists who took a huge reporting risk going to a tinderbox morass to report on a group that propagandizes them by killing them horrifically and placing it on YouTube?

America should think well on what it does before it becomes involved in an eternal generational conflict which will kill our own and sap whatever resources we have left. 

The Middle East we KNOW is about oil, the fuel of life.  We have needed desperately to get off it as an addict hooked on heroin needs to get clean.  Oil kills not only us in war but pollutes our earth we need to live destroying it through climate change and filth.  Alternative sources of energy must be developed quickly and oil ultimately ditched to get the Middle East heroin monkey off our backs.
Before we begin on our latest war venture as George Bush so in-eloquently put it:

"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."

For once I agree!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Moulton the Magnificent

Those who do not care about Massachusetts politics you can ignore this but mark my words -- as either being out on Planet Pluto or presciently correct.  You will have to wait until 2020 to see if I am.  I will be, well who the heck knows where I'll be, but I will say this anyway.

I know Seth Moulton is not even in my district.  I don't care I am giving a shout out to this man whom I never even gave a first thought never mind a second to.  He did something big AND he is a fabulous candidate for the 6th District of Mass. He unseated a nearly two decades Congressman Tierney from the 6th.  This is why I love politics especially when someone comes from out of nowhere to win.  (Republican rhymes with town, of course, an exception!)  Seth Moulton did just that and he is a Democrat.

Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself but I will say it anyway.  This man is going places.  That district is his I predict for as long as he wants it.  I see a halo of Jack Kennedy II above his head.  Seth Moulton is a former Marine, a Philips Academy alum and Harvard grad to boot with a major in physics and -- excuse the looksist comment -- he is stunning.  Am I dreaming?  This is why I love Massachusetts and its all blue Congress -- Warren and Moulton, et al Nirvana.

Until he proves otherwise, I LOVE THIS GUY and say a big congrats to the 6th District that finally found a worthy man! 

Saving Lives

It is comforting to know there are still honorable people working for what we, as a nation, should want -- humane, ethical good government.  We should accept nothing less.  Through hard work we MUST NOT and will NOT give Republicons the victories they are so assured they will get.

Onward to electing Democrats throughout the land and nationally holding the majority in the US Senate.  How phenomenal too if the miracle of flipping the House Democratic occurred.  Okay so maybe that is a bit much -- NO it isn't.  We deserve the excellence of leadership that in our time exists solely within the Democratic Party, a Party whose platform includes caring about the poor, valuing  science, a Party that is diverse and a Party that cares for those who cannot care for themselves.  It is a Party which will create jobs, infrastructure and a host of other things because of Republican obstructionism we cannot do.

It is honorable to be a liberal, honorable to be progressive and ever-so-honorable to be a Democrat.  Do not falter and do not fail, as the drought stricken California proves science correct. Science is the only method to arrive at truth and is correct more times then it is not. Global climate man-induced climate change is a fact and we know Republicans through their corporate masters want to keep business as usual.  Don't let them!

Elect Democrats across the nation and save lives!

The Laws of Physics




THE LAWS OF PHYSICS ARE NON NEGOTIABLE!!!  Click on the link to this story.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/green/

Monday, September 08, 2014

House of Cards -- A Winning Hand

Keven Spacey, Robin Wright and a host of other actors did what I thought was the impossible -- create a series I love more than "Mad Men."  Okay, so the two series are completely different artistic endeavors but I have a yardstick for how I rate the excellence of a film or series no matter which genre into which it falls.  I won't hold you in suspense, my yardstick is how many times I look at my watch.  Through this series the only reason to look at the clock was in hope that the hour did not draw too late so I would have to curtail my viewing.

I am a binge watcher of "House of Cards" and now have some idea even though I do not drink nor have I ever taken drugs of what pull addiction has on one's brain.  I cannot stop watching this series.  It is about Washington and its Machiavellian machinations guaranteed to glue you to the seat even if things political are not your cup of tea.  Perhaps you enjoy playing cards instead.  If so, this series is the most winning hand you will ever play.  I highly recommend it!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Martha Coakley--A Governor who can Win

Someone asked me if there was a Republican in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race whom one could consider. I told her in our time the two Parties are, sadly, diametrically opposed to one another.  It means something now if one is a Democrat or if one is Republican.  There is, therefore, in my opinion, never a good reason to vote Republican because if one votes Republican one is voting for a conservative social agenda and destructive economic policies as well.  If one is Republican one must strictly adhere to the party line.  It means they are against marriage equality, against a woman's right to choose, pro NRA and the expansion of gun owners' rights even when it means the right to carry in a classroom and even in a church.  If one votes Republican one would be voting for a strong religious influence in government and away from the Constitutional Separation of church-state Clause. 

Adding to that, one would be voting science deniers into office, one would be voting for those who want to keep the division of wealth in favor of the 1% by supporting tax law that shrinks the middle class.  If one votes Republican one would be voting for taking an ax to government programs that support the poor, the disabled, and the elderly.  One would be voting for a Party that supports ultimately an end to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. 

Republicans are against the strict regulation of Wall Street and government oversight of the big banks.  They support trickledown economics which has never worked.  One would vote for a Party that shut down government and is threatening to do that again.  The Republican Party would even vote against raising of the debt ceiling so America could not pay its bills send us into default and the world into chaos.  It is a Party that wasted taxpayer money voting to eradicate the Affordable Health Care Act 57 times offering nothing to take its place.  It is a Party that cares nothing about most of you.

The Republican code words are "small government" but that really means few government programs and oversight agencies except for the military as most Republicans never met a war they did not like.

If one votes or is Republican one sinks or swims on one’s own with no one but no one to help you out in times of trouble in an economic system, mostly Republican-created that has provided plenty of trouble for the middle class with it. 

I want a Democrat in the Governor’s office who will oppose all those aforementioned Republican policies.  I want Martha Coakley as governor because she is an experienced Democrat, she is smart, and she is progressive.  She has proven that many times.  I think she is capable and best of all she is a Democrat who can WIN against the Republican Baker in the general election.  I, therefore, unequivocally and for all those reasons passionately support Martha Coakley for governor of Massachusetts.