The following "pearls of wisdom" were originally written by my dear friend Jody in Iowa
"And that's the way it is"....this week.
Wow, Congress is amazing. They are working their fingers to the bone, noses to the grindstone, skipping meals, losing sleep to prevent this month's self-inflicted crisis. Oops, snark button on. VAACAAATIONNN!!!
After his 2011 "yea" vote for the sequester, GOPer Paul Ryan went on TV and said, "it represents a victory for those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy." 800,000 furloughs on March 1, so much for growing the economy, eh lil' Pauly!
Feb 7, 2013, Mississippi officially ratified the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery. The movie "Lincoln" made one viewer curious, he contacted the right person who could check MS records. MS did ratify the 13th Amendment in 1995 (not a typo), but officials never bothered to file the action in Washington. Congratulations, Mississippi! You might be about 125 years late but, hey, no big deal.
Tennessee's GOPer Marcia Blackburn said that the minimum wage builds "character". Guess if your definition of character building is to be hungry or lack a roof over your head, it makes sense.
On Valentine's Day, Senators McCain and Graham were photographed on a DC motel balcony where they shared a room. And I thought their being attached at the hip was only during working hours!
GOP Rep Darryl Issa declared that "we have underfunded" our preparation for climate change "for a generation". Well, let's see--that would be because "for a generation", GOPers have been anti-government, anti-tax and starved the beat, denied science, called climate change a liberal hoax, claimed regulations kill jobs, and basically acted as puppets for big oil, coal and gas billionaires......
There was a big Climate Rally in DC last weekend; crowd estimated at about 50,000. Barely a blip on the media radar--the same media that sent 50 cameras or more to cover some guy wearing a three-cornered hat with tea bags dangling from it who happened to step foot on the Mall grass carrying a sign!
Marco Rubio declared the White House immigration proposal D.O.A., it is "half baked....seriously flawed", and shoot, it looks just like mine!! Ahh, the sound and fury of NO NO, HELL NO. Just once would it kill GOPTPers to say something like: we have areas of agreement and disagreement but we can work together to find common ground; we are pleased that all sides are offering ideas and working to find a solution.
Iowa's GOP Gov Branstad warned Karl Rove to stay out of state and congressional campaigns, "I basically told Karl Rove that what he was doing is counter-productive and he needs to stay out of it." Wonder if this was before or after he told him to keep sending additional thousands of campaign dollars for state republicans as you've done the past four years; we love you, Karl!
Speaking of Karl Rove, he wants to "weed out" GOP candidates so that republicans run fewer "Christine O'Donnells and run more Rand Pauls." Like....there's so much difference between them????
NY Daily News reporter Dan Friedman explained how he inadvertently created a myth that Chuck Hagel spoke to a non-existent group, Friends of Hamas. Mr. Friedman failed the basic test of journalism--verify the facts before spreading rumors especially claims by none other than Breitbart, the infamous fabricator and purveyor of lies and slander. Friedman should have known better and should now be unemployed.
TPers Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and the other GOPers who grabbed hold of this shiny object were "very troubled" by Breitbart's imaginary tale that Chuck Hagel accepted money from an imaginary group called Friends of Hamas. What WE should be troubled by is the idea that these Senators accept as GOSPEL whatever tales Breitbart or any other right-wing zealot spews as long as the narrative fits their cause. The US Senate deserves better than these bloviating yahoos. They owe Chuck Hagel and the American people public apologies BIG, BOLD, FRONT OF THE MIC, PUBLIC APOLOGIES.
The Tea Party Patriots sent out an e-mail fundraiser depicting Karl Rove as a Nazi. Lordy, the country must be crawling with Nazis because lots of people disagree with the tea-nuts.
Former Gov Mark Sanford returned from the Appalachian Trail--or Argentina--to ask Carolinians forgiveness...he wants to run for office again. Forgiving him is one thing; trusting him, another.
FOX & Friends, Gretchen Carlson (who gives blonds a bad name) claims liberals are attacking Ted Cruz because he's a conservative and a Latino....and I thought it was because Cruz is a ranting, paranoid, delusional, factless, lying, lunatic clone of Joe McCarthy!
The Chinese militaryhas increased its cyber-attacks on US businesses. Why do we keep shipping US jobs to a communist enemy enabling their economic growth? Logic says, if we must outsource, why not ship those jobs to Mexico thus lifting the economic well-being of our democratic neighbor to the south which would reduce the numbers of illegals crossing the border to find work here. That would make too much sense, right?
John McCain's 2010 "complete the dang fence" campaign ad cambe back to haunt him at a Town Hall this week. Cheers to the faint glimmer of the old McCain who gave truthful answers. However, what McCain heard was the result of years of the republican party spewing prejudice, hate, lies and stereotypes....then they wonder how those constituents could be so uninformed and bigoted.
VP Biden got a little carried away making the case for an assault weapons ban by endorsing firing shot guns into the air to scare off intruders. His main point was right, people don't need assault weapons to defend themselves but....ahh, well, gotta love Joe anyway.
Mitt Romney was invited to speak at C-PAC. If he were smart, he'd be busy...really, really busy.
As a prelude to the Oscar Award speeches, I would like to thank the GOP for their selection--and Timemagazine for their endorsement--of Marco Rubio as the GOP's "anointed one", their "Savior". Liberals intend to make hay of it often. Thank you, thank you....you really like him, thank you!
Food for thought: "In America everybody is, but some are more than others." Gertrude Stein
In America, the top 10% earn an average yearly income of $24 Million; the bottom 90% earn an average yearly income of $30,000....and we wonder why our economy has been a pale reflection of itself for a generation