Complaint Upon Complaining

November 5, 2015 § 1 Comment

Everyone complains. I’m sitting here at my PC doing it right now. But, do I get up from my PC and go to Town Hall Meetings? Do I learn about my local politics, or my state politics? Am I registered to vote? Do I agree with my registered party’s direction? Do I pay attention to the people running for government? Do I learn about other parties? Do I read history’s accounting of previous elections and politicians? Am I involved in Church, instead? Do I get all of my information from my church, local paper, friends? Do I care about global warming and have I taken a science class that I can remember? Am I informed when I complain? Is anyone informed? Why is everyone complaining? Shouldn’t they either be in church, or voting??

Hollow E’en

October 30, 2015 § 1 Comment

Til now
I sang happy songs guiltily
cut my hair and wanted it shorter
loved coming home to an empty house
loved coming home to my cats

John Lennon and the Clash
and Pearl Jam too
and Peter and Paul and Mary and John and Michele and Cass and Denny and Sonny and Cher and Rodgers and Hammerstein and Simon and Garfunkel
but Patsy and Donovan too

I go out walkin
after midnight
and it’s no business of anybody’s
what I do
or how

I have a clear conscience
but if I didn’t
it’s none of your business

And this was a big mistake
and I have tried to make few
but I know one when I see
a train wreck

I want to sing happy songs
I want to cut my hair but let freak flags fly
I want to wonder why
I never considered being alone

Til now

It’s the judgement, stupid.

October 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

BELE: It is obvious to the most simpleminded that Lokai is of an inferior breed.
SPOCK: The obvious visual evidence, Commissioner, is that he is of the same breed as yourself.
BELE: Are you blind, Commander Spock? Well, look at me. Look at me!
KIRK: You’re black on one side and white on the other.
BELE: I am black on the right side.
KIRK: I fail to see the significant difference.
BELE: Lokai is white on the right side. All of his people are white on the right side.

This I believe is at the heart of the matter. The very crust of why we are in the pickle and situation we are in. Extreme judgement of each other, based not on any one characteristic but on an over the top assessment of one group or shall I say tribe by another. A generality that fits right into to our…

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Bernin’ Song Break

October 18, 2015 § 2 Comments

(Sung to the tune of “Don’t Rain on My Parade”)

Don’t tell me
who to vote for
Sit and mutter
Bernie’s one candidate
and Hill’s another
Don’t bring about an end
to Bernie’s great campaign!

Don’t try to change
my mind
While I discover
Just how much
Bernie Sanders has to offer
Don’t bring about an end
to Bernie’s great campaign!

I’ll make my mind up
and I’ll vote Dem
But when the time’s up
and not ’til then, folks
Let me like my choice and
Then folks
Then I’ll make the right vote

I simply wanna Bern so simply let me
And after that then Hillary can get me
Nobody, no nobody…
Is gonna rain on my Bernade!!!!!!

Communities that Abide

October 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Amish Buggy

This will be a kind of over view of the book written by Dmitry Orlov. Orlov being the person who has written on the collapse of the Soviet Union and how it compares to the collapse of the United States, at least as an empire. Which most will agree it is in both counts. Having live in the USSR before, during and after the collapse and the US for quite some time, felt he was uniquely able to compare both and has written extensively on the subject.

This particular book deals with a look at communities and cultures that have stood the test of time. That continue to serve their members well, despite what one may think of their beliefs, behaviors and practices. From what I would consider a non-judgemental view. What was or is it about this communities/groups that enable them to survive and continue on. Rather…

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My Feelings On Last Night’s Dem Debate…I Think I’m Feelin’ the Bern

October 14, 2015 § 1 Comment

Howdy.  It has been a while since I last blogged here, but I have been watching from afar.  I am glad to be back.

As most of you did, I watched last night’s debate, and as most of you did, I spent the better part of my late evening, and today, reading all the various pundits write about it.

I think I am finally committed to one candidate but I must say that part of me had been wishing Joe Biden had stepped up several weeks ago.  Alas, I think we can all agree that’s a non-story now.

If I may share some thoughts with you, and some information with you, I would appreciate it, and I’d also like your feedback in turn.

My first impression early on in the debate, was, “Wow, Secretary Clinton.  Just wow!”.  She handled the debate like a pro.  Which, she is.  Only a few small gaffes, in my eyes, but some really spectacular moments for the most part.  My two favorites…her blistering comments about the Republicans and Planned Parenthood, and her response to Lincoln Chafee when he chided her about her Iraq war vote.  It took me a long time to overcome my concerns about Hillary Clinton which I was most vocal about in the primaries leading up to Obama’s winning the presidency (and I’ll never get over that vote of hers), but as I told my mother a year ago, I’d vote for her in a heartbeat in 2016.  Those of you who know me know I was not willing to say that several years ago.

But, I digress.  About last night:  I had wanted to see more of Webb but I have to admit, I didn’t like what I saw.  O’Malley did not impress me much, especially in the beginning of the debate.  I agree with some of your comments about him having gotten stronger throughout the evening, but he’s certainly not going to the primaries.  Chafee, well…I’m glad he has lead an un-SCANDOULous life, as he reminded us three times.  Good for him.  As Josh Marshall put it, he seems like a really sweet and pleasant guy.  Enough said.

So, onto the mensch (hat tip to Michael Wolraich).

But first, a reminder…I’m a former Republican, remember?  And I’ve heard nothing from my family members except, “Oy vey…is this all we’ve GOT?”.  And they are talking about the GOP.  And they have, like, 14 people running!  “Is this all we’ve got?”, they ask.  That’s really rather sad, GOP.  My mom was favoring the fired HP exec, my little sister favors Carson.  I don’t talk politics with Mom and little sis in detail (as usual, again) but love them still.  I don’t know upon whom the rest of my right-leaning family is pinning their hopes and am rather afraid to ask.  Too many mere acquaintances of mine favor Trump and I have no response to them other than to drop my jaw and stare.  So I am not going there with my family members except the ones I think are still leftist or independent.

In trying to figure out the Trump phenomenon (a daunting task, I know) I finally realized that it’s a populist thing.  Both parties are tired of the gridlock, the Wall Street influence, and the fact that we’re all broke.  We’re both trying to find someone who can shake things up while at the same time has no super-PAC influence.

Trump v Sanders?

Because that’s one of the weak spots I noticed in Hillary last night.  When asked why she’s an “outsider”, she pointed out that she’s a woman.  And we already knew that, we already did that, been there the last time she ran.  And with Carly running…really?  That’s your sole answer?  And Bernie Sanders never once mentioned Clinton’s name last night, while mentioning super-PACS — nor even in his already famous quote, “Congress does not govern Wall Street…Wall Street governs Congress!”.  He never once said her name but…please.  We know what he implied.

And Bernie’s taking off even more than Obama did, with the grassroots online ground game forming and the small donations pouring in.  And the excitement factor.  We all remember how well it worked for Obama, I would hope.

I know you’re going to throw the electability thing at me.  A Jewish Socialist, Lis…really?  But…

I read this yesterday from Salon, and the deja vu came on so strong I had to step away from the computer for an hour.  And then this.  And then I watched his address at New Hampshire’s No Labels where Trump had been noted to, for once, be rather low key, and I saw this post from last week at HuffPo wherein Bernie shares his recollections of his No vote on the Iraq War.  And yes, I had to step away for another hour, because I was starting to really feel a Bern.  And I wanted to keep researching before getting committed.

Luckily, after that point I only had enough time to eat dinner before the debate started (yes, I’m in PA but I like late dinners) and so it wasn’t until after soaking up the debate and watching several pundits on CNN and MSNBC that I was able to sleep.  But I didn’t really sleep because I just kept thinking about the cheers after the debate while Bernie was addressing the union that had just endorsed him (all of them screaming Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!) and then hearing Chris Matthews say that Bernie was practically in danger of being mobbed by the crowd in the hotel (and sure enough, he was but he was more concerned about diminutive Andrea Mitchell than himself) and then wake up and go to work but I have to confess I spent most of the day online searching for more and more feedback from last night like this and this and this.

And…well, here I am.  Bernin’.

Can a socialist win the election?  Well, if Donald Trump and Ben Carson can be frontrunners for the Republicans…why the hell not?

You Say You Want a Revolution – reprise

October 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

The term revolution is being bandied about quit a bit these days with one candidate calling for a political revolution. Putting forth some very progressive ideas and calling for his backers and supporters to become even more energised.

A debate – if you can call it that – was just held between those who wish to be the president of this country and “lead it on to greatness” having just been held. The outcome of which being just as debatable, depending who you talk to or listen to.

I have to admit I do not remember this much interest in the political process for very long time. One group wishing for a great deal of change in the policies of the government and others wishing to maintain the status quo, as well as sections of society wishing for autonomy and at the same time recognition and equality. Add into this…

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