Daily Archives: November 4, 2010

If Obama Thinks Republicans Will Compromise, He Is Playing Into Their Hands… AGAIN!

It’s time to take them on, not compromise. There is still a lot Obama can do, even with a Republican House. And he can work on turning them out in 2012.
clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
Barely an hour after President Barack Obama invited congressional Republicans to post-election talks to work together on major issues, the Senate’s GOP leader had a blunt message: His party’s main goal is denying Obama re-election.
In a sign that combat and the 2012 elections rather than compromise could mark the next two years, Sen. Mitch McConnell on Thursday called for Senate votes to repeal or erode Obama’s signature health care law, to cut spending and to shrink government.
“The only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won’t veto any of these things,” McConnell said in a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation.
The Senate Republican leader‘s confrontational tone was in sharp contrast to the posture Obama took Wednesday in the face of a new GOP-controlled House and Republican gains in the Senate.
Obama followed up Thursday morning by inviting Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks on Nov. 18.
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If Obama Thinks Republicans Will Compromise, He Is Playing Into Their Hands… AGAIN!

It’s time to take them on, not compromise. There is still a lot Obama can do, even with a Republican House. And he can work on turning them out in 2012.
clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
Barely an hour after President Barack Obama invited congressional Republicans to post-election talks to work together on major issues, the Senate’s GOP leader had a blunt message: His party’s main goal is denying Obama re-election.
In a sign that combat and the 2012 elections rather than compromise could mark the next two years, Sen. Mitch McConnell on Thursday called for Senate votes to repeal or erode Obama’s signature health care law, to cut spending and to shrink government.
“The only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won’t veto any of these things,” McConnell said in a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation.
The Senate Republican leader’s confrontational tone was in sharp contrast to the posture Obama took Wednesday in the face of a new GOP-controlled House and Republican gains in the Senate.
Obama followed up Thursday morning by inviting Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks on Nov. 18
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I am sorry to report that Jerry Bock has died…

Composer Jerry Bock, who, with lyricist Sheldon Harnick, gave us so many wonderful musicals… Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me (one of my all-time favorites), The Apple Tree, Tenderloin (another of my favorites), and The Rothschilds… died at a hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. He was 81 years old. He died about ten days after Joseph Stein, who wrote the book to Fiddler, and a few weeks after Tom Bosley who played Fiorello. I feel like a whole age of musical theatre is passing away.

From the NY Times obituary:

Jerry Bock (left) and Sheldon Harnick in 1970

Jerrold Lewis Bock was born on Nov. 23, 1928, in New Haven, the only child of George Bock, a salesman, and the former Peggy Alpert. He grew up in Flushing, Queens, where he wrote his first musical, “My Dream,” while still in Flushing High School.

When he was a senior at the University of Wisconsin, he and a classmate, Larry Holofcener, wrote another musical, “Big as Life,” about Paul Bunyan. After graduation they both went to New York, where they were hired to write songs for “The Admiral Broadway Revue,” which evolved into “Your Show of Shows,” the popular vehicle for Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

In 1955 Mr. Bock and Mr. Holofcener contributed music and lyrics to the musical “Catch a Star,” which was a flop, before joining with George Weiss to write the score for “Mr. Wonderful.” Mr. Bock married Patricia Faggen in 1950. She survives him, along with their son, George; their daughter, Portia Bock; and a granddaughter.

 

A Quote for the Day from Tina Fey…

She was on Letterman last night and did her Sarah Palin impression. Aside from her impression, Fey also poked fun at Fox News for referring to Palin as “Governor Palin” when she appears on the network. Fey joked:

“That’s like calling me ‘Dairy Queen Employee.” I was once, but I quit!”

The future starts today, more or less…

Today I am cooking hors d’oeuvres for the Green Room at the ACFF tonite…vegan dumplings and falafel balls that I’ll deep fry and put in a Sterno tray. I have to bring them over to the Men’s Club by 3:00 PM, so I’ll start cooking at 11:30. It is raining outside (the dogs and I got soaked on their walk) and I’m not sure how the rain will effect ACFF attendance. We’ll have to see.

It’s nice to have the ACFF this weekend… it will help take my mind off the Tea Party Travesty which will put our government into a non-working freeze… or, perhaps, a couple of years of Presidential prosecution as the subpoena-powered Republicans go after Obama and his Administration on any grounds they can. Not since the rise of Newt Gingrich will we see two more hideous years of political destruction.

It does give me an impetus to start working, soon, on the 2012 campaigns… although West Virginia is probably the worst place to begin. As Democratic venues go, the Eastern Panhandle is not like the rest of the State, where existing Democrats are as conservative as New England Republicans… and Republicans are so far to the Right that they are about to fall off their flat Earth.

The blogosphere will be the initial battleground for 2012… it doesn’t cost much to play and there is really no other place to make National connections in such an easy way. I guess I’m warning you folks who don’t want to get politically involved so soon to ignore the posts… but don’t stay away. I’ll keep up the arts and local news coverage and report my feelings and thoughts as well. As well as I can do it, there will still be something for everyone.

Onward and upward.

American Conservation Film Festival Starts Today

The ACFF begins its 4-day run in Shepherdstown today, and among the great films on today’s schedule (some requiring paid tickets, some for free) is the Student Filmmaker Showcase at Erma Ora Byrd Hall at Shepherd University. Here’s the schedule:

Student
** Note: FREE ADMISSION WITH STUDENT ID!
screens with…

And don’t forget… On Saturday from Noon to 4:30 are some great films… some with the filmmaker attending, at the National Conservation Training Center… and all NCTC films are FREE.