Monday, November 09, 2015

Why Do You Vote For Them??

I read an article today that said people of Kentucky are in a panic because their newly elected Governor wants to do away with their wildly successful state healthcare program.  Well, waaaaaaaah for them.  Why did they elect him, anyway?

He proudly proclaimed that he would do just that in every one of his campaign speeches.  He couldn't have been clearer. But, they elected him, and now they're bitching and moaning because, SURPRISE! he was telling the truth about his intentions.

I would love to think that he only won because his Democratic opponent didn't offer him any competition, or he won because nobody voted except the Tea Party. 

But, I really think he won because voters seem exceptionally stupid in recent years.  I could weep.

Stay tuned.

Monday, November 02, 2015

To Debate or Nor To Debate

Ignoring the fact that political debates are never really debates, if you'll excuse my French, I'd like to talk about the cluster-f***k that is this year's lineup for the Republican Primary debates.

The candidates don't like the way they have been treated so far. Waaaaah! The media hasn't been fair, asking those pesky questions and expecting a serious answer.  It's the "liberal media's fault they have resorted to ignoring the questions and started attacking their fellow candidates, something that will have Ronald Reagan spinning in his grave. He was the guy who intoned, "Thou shalt not criticize fellow Republicans."  Snrrrrk!

So, they had a meeting last Sunday night to decide what should be done.  The only member of the RNC who was permitted to attend was Rrrrrrrrreince Prrrrrrriebus ( with the unpronounceable, and unspellable name), who tried to calm them down by kicking a fellow Committee member to the curb.  Apparently, that didn't work.

The upshot of the meeting was, apparently, they don't want the media or the networks to be involved in any more debates.  Someone suggested that they sponsor the debates themselves, and get Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and some guy I never heard of before, who has one of those wacko talk radio shows, to be the moderators.  Sounds good to me.  Let's run with it.

Someone else suggested the debates be conducted on Facebook or Twitter (140 characters at a time?).  Maybe a You Tube video would be better.

I have an idea.  Let's not have any Primary debates on television or on the internets. Let the candidates hit the road and get votes the old fashioned way - by talking to people face to face.  Let them conduct town hall debates, with all 15 candidates forming a caravan of buses, and traveling from town to town, state to state.  It wouldn't take long for them to start dropping like flies, either from boredom or lack of stamina.  Last two left standing can flip a coin and decide who will be the candidates for President and Vice President. 

The big winner gets to debate Hillary.  What fun!

Stay tuned.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Are There No Decent Republicans Left?

To borrow a quote from "Opus," I am "appalled, with two p's" at the state of politics in this country.  I thought I could have some fun with the Republican candidates, as I usually do,  but, there doesn't seem to be anything amusing about them, either on the state or the federal level.  

I hoped I could revive my blog during the coming campaign, but, I simply can't find the words to describe how disgusted I am.  What I find really scary is the realization that so many of those clowns managed to get elected. 

Folks, there is something evil in this country, and it's more evident and widespread than it has ever been.  Where has all this anger, hatred and mean spiritedness come from? And the blatant racism that isn't just limited to the South, where you would, maybe, expect to find it.

Don't get me started on that farce they called a "Benghazi hearing." I'll save that for another time. 

Here in Arkansas, the extremists have taken over the entire state government, and it is going to be disastrous for us, just as it has been in, for instance, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. 

On the National level, the extremists have such a choke hold on the House of Representatives, that it is obvious they don't want to do good, and improve the lives of their constituents. They say they want smaller government.  In my opinion, what they really want is to bring down the government.  What they would replace it with, I don't know, although, a goodly number of them would like to establish a Theocracy. Others just want Anarchy, and many of them hide behind religion for their own ends.

It may be a little too early to predict, but at this point, it appears that Jeb! is done for, despite all the money he has raised and spent, which must be a giant disappointment to his super pacs. The fact that he has had to "downsize" his campaign is not a good sign.  I suspect he is just like his brother and father, in that he doesn't have "that vision thing" that his father talked about. It was pretty obvious that the the only belief system the previous two Bushes had was that they believed they wanted to be President.  At one time, Jeb! may have though it would be a cakewalk to the White House, but the way he has been conducting his campaign makes me believe he really doesn't want to be President badly enough to work for it.  So much for Jeb!

At last, Donald Trump is beginning to fade, allowing Ben Carson to enjoy his own fifteen minutes of fame. Trump has always been a blowhard, and not really to be taken seriously.  But, does anyone besides me detect a lot of anger emanating from Ben Carson, no matter how mild mannered he claims to be?

Thank goodness Carly Fiorina has faded fast, even though I think many Republicans were intent on propping her up and some of them may have even entertained  the notion that she would make a good V.P. candidate, so she could be their attack bitch dog throughout the campaign.  That probably won't happen, now, but I guess anything is possible with that bunch.

At the moment, I am betting on Marco Rubio, unless Jeb! decides to try to do him in out of spite.

One thing is beginning to be pretty obvious. The Republican Party had better quit wallowing in the mud with the "great unwashed" and start trying to come up with candidates who have some integrity.  All the extremists need to go back under their rocks and elect some worthy people who sincerely want to govern.

Stay tuned. 


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Nuisance Calls

Every single day, I get a robo-call from a group called "Cardmember Services".  They assure me they can lower the interest rate on all my credit cards.  I only have one credit card, thank you very much, and the interest rate doesn't bother me very much because I pay the card off every month.

For a while, I was getting TWO calls from the same annoying outfit. One started with "This is a very important message about your credit cards."  And the other was more personal.  It went, "This is Bridget from Cardmember Services."  She promised to lower the interest rate on my credit cards, too. 

I e-mailed the FCC and complained, and they replied that all they could do was add my complaint to all the others they are getting.  They went on to say that my telephone company COULD do something about it if they only would.  But, apparently, Cox doesn't want to be bothered. 

There has to be some way to stop these calls.  In the meantime, I have decided to let the calls go to a real person so I can tell her (usually a female) that I want the calls to stop.  Oh, I know it won't do any good.  They just cut me off.  But, why shoudn't I annoy them right back, right? 

I suggest that anyone else who gets these calls do the same.  It's actually quite satisfying, even if it is an exercise in futility.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

President The Donald?

I try, I really do, to watch the Republican debates. Otherwise, how will I be able to make fun of them, but I have to tell you, I find them less than compelling. Actually, I have the same problem with the Democrats, but at least I agree with them most of the time.  Every time the Presidential elections roll around, I think, "OK, this year, I'm going to suffer through the debates and every time, I come away realizing that the candidates haven't said anything of substance.  It's just carp, carp, carp about the other party, and no real information.

The only difference between the two is when the Republicans say what they're going to do, you know they have no intention of doing anything. It's just blah, blah, blah, Hillary, blah, blah, blah, Benghazi, blah, blah, blah, e-mails, blah, blah, blah, private server, for shame! In the end, it's always much ado about nothing, because, you know what?  In the end, Hillary will be proven "innocent" of all the accusations and tsk-tsk-ing.

So, once again, I tried to watch the Republican debate on CNN. I lasted about 45 minutes, which is the outer limit of my patience with fools. 

According to Jim Hightower, Donald Trump is a figment of his own imagination. I say he's a legend in his own mind.  But, usually, he is worth a few giggles.  But, last night, he seemed kind of flat. Maybe he was on his version of good behavior, but he wasn't his usual entertaining self. Maybe, he just didn't think the other candidates were much competition for him.

Carly Fiorina, who has never succeeded at anything she has tried in her adult life, constantly tried to interrupt everyone.  Someone finally called her on it, and I thought, "HA! Take that, bitch!" and stuck out my tongue, which wasn't very grown-up of me, but then, there weren't any real grown-ups in that crowd.  I found her speaking style annoying.  She's going to have to do something about her ssssss's.

Marco Rubio, full of boyish charm, tried his hand at humor, making a joke about the drought and how he brought his own water, yuk, yuk.  It went over like a lead balloon. 

At one point, they let Mike Huckabee loose with his "war on Christians" spiel. But, after that, they pretty much ignored him.  He'll drop out early in the game, but not before Iowa and New Hampshire, because he's not through crusading, yet. Maybe he hasn't collected enough money to get him through the next few years. That house has to be expensive to maintain.

Rand Paul managed to sound sensible a time or two, or maybe it was just in comparison to the rest of the clowns.  Maybe when you know you have no chance of winning, you can feel free to say what you really think.

Jeb! thinks Margaret Thatcher should be the woman on our ten-dollar bill.  Hey, Jeb!  I kind of think the first woman to appear on our currency should be an American.  But, that's just me. He made a bit of a fool of himself by insisting that Donald Trump apologize to his wife for the things he has said about Mexican immigrants. As if THAT was gonna happen.

I can't talk any more about the debate, because I changed the channel before my head exploded.

I only have one more thing to say about the debates, all of them. I don't think the networks should be sponsoring them. It may not be a conflict of interest, but I have a problem with the ethics of the  networks inserting themselves into the mix.  I think the media should step back and observe and report. Sponsoring the debates and participating in them puts them too close. So there.

Stay tuned.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Ignorant People Irritate Me

People like that ignorant little Clerk in Kentucky just irritate me no end.  And, the people who are taking up for her ought to be ashamed of themselves, because they know better. 

Her lawyers and the Religious Rights group that are encouraging her in her case have her convinced that she is above the law.  And, they have told her that the governor of the State of Kentucky should defy the Supreme Court and allow her to continue in her job and deny the rights of gays because she disapproves of their lifestyle on her skewed religious beliefs. .

I's astonishing how many people actually believe the states can somehow overrule the Federal Government and the U.S. Supreme Court, just because they disagree with the rulings handed down, according to their so-called religious beliefs. 

Here's a woman who only got religion about two years ago, after a lifetime of slutting around, two children out of wedlock and four marriages.  How would she have felt if some County Clerk had told her she couldn't have had second marriage license because their religion taught them that marriage is for life, and anything past the first marriage is adultery, or something equally silly? She would have squealed like a stuck pig and tried to find a lawyer to force that clerk to do his/her job. That's what. At least, at that point, she would be on the right side of the law.

And,don't get me started on the very UN-reverend Mike Huckabee.  Here's a man who wants to be President of the United States, saying his religion makes him above the law. He'd be perfectly happy to reign over a Theocracy.  That man, and people like him, are dangerous.

The rest of the Republicans who are either supporting (albeit weakly) Kim Davis in her "cause" are just as bad.  In this, and other issues, the Republicans are appealing to the lowest common denominator in this country.  They had better be careful what they wish for.

Stay tuned. 


Thursday, September 03, 2015

Hillalry! Oh, Dear Me.

I really, really, really want to live to see a woman become President of the United States.  But, as I have said before, I'm not sure Hillary! is the one. 

It's not that I don't think she's qualified.  I do.  I think she is far more qualified than any of the Republican clowns who are running.  And, she has done a great job as Secretary of State.  There's no doubt she works hard at whatever endeavor she chooses.

But, when I think of having to endure another year watching the Republicans unjustly accusing her of everything under the sun, I don't think I can stand it. And, then, when she wins, we'll have to listen to the constant carping for the next four or eight years.  We've had enough of that with President Obama. Of course, most of it with him was pure racism, but with Hillary! it's going to be Benghazi, which didn't amount to any wrong-doing on her part, and failing that, there will be  those silly e-mails, which won't amount to a hill of beans, and failing that, they'll start in on the Clinton Foundation and bring up all of Bill's short-comings,blah, blah, blah. And, if all that fails, they can attack her for simply being a woman. And, don't think the Republicans are above that.

Are we really ready?  Things would be so much easier with "Uncle" Joe or maybe we should "feel the Bern."  Let's face it, they are much more likeable and full of good humor. Bless her heart, Hillary! is just deadly serious and she comes across as not very likeable, no matter how many times her close friends assure us that she is a warm, even funny, lady. 

Well, I'll vote for whichever Democrat is nominated.  But, I'd sure love to have four or eight years of relative calm.

Stay tuned.