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Now that the Political Season is 0ver…

After the most expensive and longest and most frustrating presidential campaign in our history, we can now get back to0 the important stuff. To me, of course, that is the Arts, especially Visual Arts and Theatre. To kick off my searches and good feelings, here’s some verse by Kurt Vonnegut that my pal Joe Bratcher uploaded to Facebook:

I agree with you, Kurt. We have enough investment bankers, corporate execs and politicians already. Artists we need more of.

Ever wonder how some people get elected to Congress?

I know I do. The fact that there are Republicans who appear to be uneducated, anti-intellectual and just plain outrageous makes me have a very poor impression of the people who vote for them.

Here are 4 samples of what I’m referring to:

Science and Space Committee? Intelligence Committee? How do these mini-brains get put on committees they don’t seem to have any intellectual connection with?

If statements like these keep them from being re-elected to the House, then I’ll have a much better vision of the voting public. I don’t count on it, however.

 

A quote for the morning – what does England think of Romney?

 

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein said that he had personally heard British Prime Minister David Cameron say the following about Willard:

David Cameron

“I witnessed Prime Minister saying to a group of people, myself included, that Mitt Romney had that unique distinction of uniting all of England against him with his various remarks. On behalf of my love of England, I have to support the President who is anything but making faux-pas.”

- Harvey Weinstein

Hmmm. Elect Romney and turn off our number one European ally. This will help re-establish our position in the world.

 

Quote of the Week – What does the business community really think of Mitt?

 

Even the folks Romney claims to be a representative of, the Business Community, is unsure of his qualifications:

“All politicians flip-flop from time to time; but Mr Romney could win an Olympic medal in it.

“…competence is worthless without direction and, frankly, character. Would that Candidate Romney had indeed presented himself as a solid chief executive who got things done. Instead he has appeared as a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected. In some areas, notably social policy and foreign affairs, the result is that he is now committed to needlessly extreme or dangerous courses that he may not actually believe in but will find hard to drop; in others, especially to do with the economy, the lack of details means that some attractive-sounding headline policies prove meaningless (and possibly dangerous) on closer inspection. Behind all this sits the worrying idea of a man who does not really know his own mind.”

- The Economist

 

Want to know the Republican Strategy to beat Obama?

It’s been a secret plan, but it has many no-secret parts. Here’s a great overview and I urge you to watch it.

This plan has to be opposed, but you can’t oppose it until you know what it is… so warch and listen:

OK… are you ready to get going? Let’s make sure this doesn’t become the exclusive country of the Koch Brothers and their pals… They are pretty sure not to include you in their plans.

Today is lunacy day…

 

Bud and Rachel

Tomorrow Elly and I board a train for Wisconsin to get to Buddy and Rachel’s wedding, and today is filling up with more and more things we gave to do in order to leave. Meanwhile, I’m adjusting to my current level of pain from the accident and hoping the next seven days will be possible to get through.

We have to go shopping, get our mail held (a trip to the post office), put the dogs in a kennel, start packing – which means getting my meds together, going over wedding clothes, setting up necessary things with friends and neighbors for things that have to be done while we are gone, etc. etc. stc,

I’m already tired just thinking about it.

 

Wow! Finally, a positive message…

 

…and it comes from Barack Obama! His just released ad breaks away from all the negative drones from both sides that have been clogging up our televisions.

I say thanks for changing the direction:

 

Cheers for Joseph Stiglitz…

In a section of his book, “The Price of Inequality,” printed in Salon, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz gives a thorough analysis of why the top 1% is able to manipulate the rest of us by “brainwashing” us about inequality:

Joseph Stiglitz

The fact that the 1 percent has so successfully shaped public perception testifies to the malleability of beliefs. When others engage in it, we call it “brainwashing” and “propaganda.” We look askance at these attempts to shape public views, because they are often seen as unbalanced and manipulative, without realizing that there is something akin going on in democracies, too. What is different today is that we have far greater understanding of how to shape perceptions and beliefs — thanks to the advances in research in the social sciences.

It is clear that many, if not most, Americans possess a limited understanding of the nature of the inequality in our society: They believe that there is less inequality than there is, they underestimate its adverse economic effects, they underestimate the ability of government to do anything about it, and they overestimate the costs of taking action. They even fail to understand what the government is doing — many who value highly government programs like Medicare don’t realize that they are in the public sector.

Stiglitz compares the perceptions of Americans to citizens in other countries and discovers polar opposites in experience of  inequality and fairness. It is worth reading the whole article (HERE) to get his opinions on how beliefs effect reality,

Music for the Evening… hee hee hee

Romney Mitt the Demon Barber of Wall Street (music, of course, by Sondheim. lyrics by Roy Zimmerman and Melanie Harby):

John Boehner Quote of the Day

Responding to a question about funding of the Federal Government, Majority Leader Boehner made the following statement:

“blah blah blah blah blah. all right? so? yes.”

I find his knowledge and depth of perception stunning. Don’t you?

Something is wrong with Alphainventions.com…

…and I can’t get in to post my blog updates. I have been trying to get hold of Cheru with no luck.

If you rely on Alphainventions to get info on my newest posts, let me recommend you try Kadency or BlogSurfer where I also post updates.

 

UPDATE

As of 6PM this evening, Alphainventions.com is active again after 48 hours of being offline for reasons I can’t begin to fathom. Welcome back, Cheru.

Quote of the Day :)

“There is a strange new law making its way through the Arizona Legislature that would make it illegal to post negative comments on the Internet. The penalty for annoying or offending someone is up to six months in jail. That is good. They’re always saying the prisons aren’t full enough.”

Jimmy Kimmel

Thanks to All Hat, No Cattle for pointing out this one.

Quote (heh heh) of the Day…

Thanks to All Hat, No Cattle for citing this one:

When I heard the Republicans were in President Obama’s home state, I said, “They’re holding a primary in Kenya?”

Craig Ferguson

I’ll have to start tuning in on Craig again…

The next time some Repub partyer argues about President Obama’s record…

… go to KEEPING HIS WORD and be supplied with a list of his accomplishments, the answers to his promises that have been kept, and all the information you need to wipe the lying bastards off the great right-wing ass.

Great information source that the White House has (finally) put up to counter the world’s least truthful party.

http://www.keepinghisword.com/

And you think you have problems…

Looking at commuter problems in this country pale when we look elsewhere. This from All Hat, No Cattle (one of my all-time favorite blogs):

People ride on top of a commuter train in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Indonesia has gone to imaginative extremes to try to stop commuters from illegally riding the roofs of trains, hosing down the scofflaws with red paint, threatening them with dogs and appealing for help from religious leaders. Now the authorities have an intimidating and possibly even deadly new tactic: Suspending rows of grapefruit-sized concrete balls to rake over the top of trains as they pull out of stations, or when they go through rail crossings. Photo/Dita Alangkara

A quote to sum up our elected representatives….

Senator Olympia Snowe

Olympia Snowe

“I’m embarrassed by all of us. I’ve never seen a worse Congress in my whole political life.’’

- Sen. Olympia Snowe

(thanks to Debbie Does Nothing.)

Snowe, who served as Maine’s congresswoman from 1979 to 1995 and has been a senator ever since, is being targeted by the Tea Party for voting in favor of the debt ceiling deal despite the fact that it did not include a balanced budget amendment.

My Podcast is at 10 AM Today if you want to tune in…

… we’ll be spending some time talking about the economy, the political future of the Middle Class, and a few other things.

That’s 10 o’clock this morning http://www.blogtalkradio.com/billtchakirides/2011/07/19/under-the-lobsterscope.

Economic Quote of the Decade: from Paul Krugman

…on the fiscal policy we are currently pursuing:

“If you do the 1937 thing, you shouldn’t be surprised at getting the 1937 result.”

This would make a useful bumper sticker.

Quote du Jour – Debt Ceiling Filibuster

“We’ve had not one minute of debate about the debt ceiling in any committee. We haven’t had a budget in two years. We haven’t had an appropriations bill in two years. So I’m part of the freshmen group in the Senate that’s saying, ‘no more.’”

“Next week, we will filibuster until we talk about the debt ceiling, until we talk about proposals.”

- Rand Paul (R – KY)

So next week is going to have a new reason to watch C-Span 2. Can’t wait.

Third day and our friend the redwinged blackbird took a walk with my boys and me…

Not our friend - just a sample

I really expected him to be gone today. When we got over to the marshy area by the runoff pond our friend started  flying around us and then went from bush to bush staying just a few feet ahead of us making his clicks and chirps.

I’m getting to expect him and will be disappointed if he’s not there tomorrow. I think my dogs are getting used to him, too… especially Byron who would most likely eat him if he landed within grabbing room. Nestle looks at him and then goes back to sniffing the ground.

Tomorrow at 10AM is the second Under The LobsterScope Podcast…

… and I’m happy to say that my guest will be West Virginia Poet Tom Domlin. Tom and I will get to discuss some of his poetry… he’ll do some reading… and we’ll have a good time.

That’s tomorrow morning from 10:30 to 10:30 AM at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/billtchakirides/2011/05/10/under-the-lobsterscope

Quote of the Day – Haley Barbour is out of the race…

“I will not be a candidate for president next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.

“Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run and offered both to give and raise money for a presidential campaign.  Many volunteers have organized events in support of my pursuing the race.  Some have dedicated virtually full time to setting up preliminary organizations in critical, early states and to helping plan what has been several months of intensive activity.

“I greatly appreciate each and every one of them and all their outstanding efforts.  If I have disappointed any of them in this decision, I sincerely regret it.”

- Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R)

So who will Haley support for the Republican nomination? Best guess is his good buddy, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R).


Ben & Jerry on the “Personhood” of Citizens United:

There is an organization of businessfolk who are adamantly against the Citizens United decision of the US Supreme Court. They’ve made a video to kick it off:

They mentioned another video on the Story of Citizens United. Here it is:

And, finally, if you represent a corporation, there is a statement you can sign at  Business For Democracy, part of the American Sustainable Business Council.

Go there and you will find more information and a statment to sign. I hope you will.

This from Salon this morning: A great piece by David Sirota:

clipped from www.salon.com

The states’ legislative sadists

Mad scientists of lawmaking are looking to go medieval on America. Here are six examples

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said that states are the “laboratories of

Louis Brandeis Associate Justice c1916
Justice Brandeis

democracy.” Oft repeated over time, the aphorism has helped impart legitimacy to the rough and tumble of state lawmaking. We’ve heard “laboratory” and we’ve imagined staid scientists in white coats rigorously testing forward-thinking theories of societal advancement.

It’s certainly a reassuring picture — but there is a darker side of the metaphor. States are indeed laboratories. The problem is that today, those laboratories are increasingly run by mad scientists.

We’re not talking about the usual Dr. Frankensteins trying to bring alive new corporate giveaways through harebrained cuts to social services (though there are those, too). We’re talking about true legislative sadists looking to go medieval on America. Behold just six of the most telling examples:
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Rep. Dennis Kucinich Addresses The Madison Worker’s Rights Rally…

Dennis really wakes ‘em up here. Take a look and see what you think. I’ve never been more impressed with the last liberal from Ohio:

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