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The Final Results of the Election…

If you haven’t seen where everything finally ended up after Florida was called (which took an awfully long time and right up to the very end the GOP said Romney had it… but he didn’t), then here it is:

This, to me, is a sure sign that Obama has a mandate to finish his agenda. To win by 126 electoral votes is not insignificant… it is a real rollover.

Now we will listen to Boehner claim that he is ready to cooperate, but will keep the House just a opposed to increasing taxes on the very rich and solving the rest of the economic problems. Will the House Republicans finally support Obama’s goal to increase jobs? Looks like they are going to stay just as opposed. Didn’t they learn anything from the election?

Mitch McConnell will probably keep the Republicans in the Senate from letting things go through, although they are still in the minority. McConnell is up for reelection in Kentucky in 2014, so maybe he will cooperate a little bit just to show that he’s not a schmuck. We’ll wait and see.

 

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Primaries Continue (does this ever end?)

David Horsey in the L A Times:

Makes me yearn for baseball season…

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Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald Leader:

Self promotion has it’s dangers…

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Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:

When you get swallowed whole, it’s time to reconsider…

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Jeff Stahler at Sunshine State News:

…and a divided party?

Cartoon(s) of the Week – The Government is Changing… and we are, too.

Rex Babbin in The Sacramento Bee:

Who’s in charge here, anyway?

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Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald-Leader:

… and how will they tell us what’s really going on?

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Jim Morin in The Miami Herald:

… and what will the Government have us do to keep the basics going?

Isn’t it getting depressing living in the USA today? Gee I’m glad we helped the Rich out by cutting their taxes. Why should they suffer?

Kentucky. Isn’t that where Mitch McConnell comes from?

Of courser, it beats spending money on Education…
Thanks to PZ Myers at Pharyngula:

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Hooo-weeee! Look what the state of Kaintucky is gittin’ for $37 million!
 

This ain’t gonna be free: the state guvmint is kickin’ in $37 million in tax incentives to help a gang of Bible-totin’ theocrats build a fancy Disneyland for ignoramuses. This is what it’s gonna look like, they think:

 

 

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Lookie there: the centerpiece will be a genuwine, life-sized, full scale copy of Noah‘s very own ark, all 300 cubits by 50 cubits by 30 cubits of it, and they say it’s gonna be built with materials and methods as close to possible as the ones in the Bible. Where they gettin’ gopherwood? And are they really gonna build it with handsaws and mallets and wooden pegs? That’s gotta be impressive, but it’s gonna be tough to git’r done by 2014.
They also claim this big ol’ project is going to make 900 jobs in Kentucky. I don’t believe it. Read your Bible.
They’re cuttin’ corners here with their non-floatin’ critter-free ark, so I’m expectin’ they’ll hire six, at most. And that’s generous.

Those Kentukyans just stuck us with Rand Paul, too. How they spend their tax money is their business. Hope to hell it’s not Federal Tax Money, because that means some of it is mine.

Kentucky Stomper wants an Apology from the Stompee…

As the world gets even more weird, we get a new point of view on honesty, truth and integrity. Like, it doesn’t exist. 

From Talking Points Memo:

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Tim Profitt — the former Rand Paul volunteer who stomped on the head of a MoveOn activist — told told local CBS station WKYT that he wants an apology from the woman he stomped and that she started the whole thing.
“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Profitt said. “I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you.”
“She’s a professional at what she does,” Profitt added, “and I think when all the facts come out, I think people will see that she was the one that initiated the whole thing.”

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Profitt also blamed the incident on his back pain. Footage shows that Profitt stomped down on Lauren Valle’s head, neck and shoulder while she was being restrained by another man with her shoulder on the street and her head on the curb.

After Profitt was identified as Paul’s Bourbon County coordinator, he was fired by the campaign. Police issued a criminal summons for him yesterday.

You know… it is amazing what some people will say or do for a brief moment of National fame.

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I’m losing my energy for the blog… not sure how long it will stay up…

Yesterday I had the lowest number of visitors (and by that I mean serious visitors, not quick check-ins pushed by Alphainventions, Blogitti, Blogiche or Blogsurfer) to Under The LobsterScope that I have had in the last couple of years. The number of SPAM postings that I have to look at and make a decision over has increased markedly as well. I’ll admit that yesterday I was gone most of the day getting my new old car in Silver Spring, but it is usually the evening that gives me my biggest amount of real participation.

I am now midway through my 64th year and rapidly heading to 65… tired, retired and mired in medication for diabetes, ADD, Depression and a new set of indications which they are testing for. I have the Radio Show to prepare for each week and the housework I’m now committed to as my wife is the full-time employed person. And I’m so low on physical energy that working myself up over the incessant trash dumped everywhere by the extreme right wing is becoming exercise I no longer wish to partake in. Plus, with the advances from Sustainable Shepherdstown working locally, the idea of creating a life that would mean survival if the Conservatives finally destroy our economy and and social structure now takes up a major portion of time and will only grow in the future.

I am quite depressed about the current election season, as I think, no matter what we reveal as the honest truth, America is getting ready to pull off a suicide vote this year and just the thought of John Boehner undermining health care as Speaker of the House and Rand Paul eliminating public schools for our growing population of poor children and  Mitch McConnell gleefully putting party ahead of country for the next four years until he is up for election again (not that I think Kentucky will ever wise up) makes me shiver. Politics has become a lost cause, and since this blog is about 75% politics, it is not effective enough to maintain.

I’ll be deciding what to do in the next day or so (my wife and I are celebrating 32 years of marriage this weekend and I’d rather think of her than saving the country today and tomorrow) and will probably come out on Monday with a final statement on what will happen with UTL. Meanwhile, let me know what you think… if you are out there.

-BT

PostScript:

One solution I have is to do a much smaller blog with an Arts/Theatre focus… that ties into the things that I enjoy most in life and that are worth pursuing.

For our Friends in Kentucky…

I received this in the email:

Bill,

My adult son Michael committed suicide in July, after three years fighting an addiction to prescription painkillers. This is a painful story, a personal story. It’s not easy for me to share.

But I decided to share my story for Jack Conway, because I want to prevent another family from having to suffer what my family went through.

In response, Mr. Paul directly insulted me, calling my story “creepy.”

My son’s life was not “creepy.” And my baby grandson sure isn’t “creepy.” Both are blessings, as his second child due in February will be also.

When Rand Paul attacks people who are suffering instead of offering solutions, it shows he doesn’t understand Kentucky.

And that’s why I’m asking you to help me defeat Rand Paul and elect Jack Conway — someone who has tackled drug abuse as Kentucky’s Attorney General and actually understands Kentucky families.

Watch the video I did for Jack Conway today, and share it with your friends:

Sometimes I hear people say Rand Paul just has a few wacky ideas, and he won’t really hurt anyone. Well, it hurts my family — and thousands of other families in Kentucky — when Rand Paul just dismisses life-or-death issues in our state.

It’s a shame Rand Paul reacted that way, but this issue is bigger than he is. Kentuckians deserve someone in the United States Senate who understands them and who will fight for them. I know Jack Conway is that person.

That’s why I’m asking for your help to beat Rand Paul and elect Jack Conway — start by watching the video of my story and sharing it with those you know.

Thank you for hearing me out, and thank you for supporting Jack Conway.

Sincerely,

Mike Donta
Ashland, KY

We’ve been hearing lots of things about Rand Paul’s attitude toward his potential citizenry if he is elected… and it is not pretty. Kentucky has a bad habit of inflicting unusually negative Senators and Representatives on the rest of us (Mitch McConnell and his public revelation that they will only vote NO to any Democratic proposed legislation). Mike Donta’s story is one of many.

Democrat Running for Bunning’s Senate Seat in Kentucky

This p0st from Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway was in this morning’s HuffPo. Here it is in its entirety:

Kentucky Needs a New Voice in Washington

When George Bush took a $236 billion surplus and turned into a $1.3 trillion deficit, Jim Bunning voted with him again and again.

When Bush and the Republican Congress ran up the national debt to eight trillion dollars, Bunning went along.

Why is it that only now, when unemployment benefits for millions of Americans are on the line, Jim Bunning has decided to have a temper tantrum on the floor of the U.S. Senate?

It is the worst kind of political grandstanding.

I am sending Senator Bunning a petition signed by myself and hundreds of my fellow Kentuckians, asking him to stop the political games and do the work of the American people. These are tough economic times and he’s playing with people’s lives.

Stand with me to tell Jim Bunning to stop playing politics with the help working families need.

We’ve seen way too much of this kind of this kind of obstruction and gridlock in Washington. Most politicians act like they don’t work for the people anymore. It is especially unfortunate that Kentucky families may suffer at the hands of their own retiring junior senator. I share the frustration of so many citizens across the Commonwealth who feel that Kentuckians deserve better representation.

Yet Republican senatorial candidates Rand Paul and Trey Grayson have sided with Jim Bunning and against Kentucky families. By opposing the renewal of benefits, they have promised to continue more of the same old politics that aren’t helping working families in the Bluegrass State.

Kentucky needs a new voice in Washington — a voice that puts workers and families first. That is why I am running for United States Senate to create jobs, cut the deficit, and bring accountability to Washington. As attorney general, I’ve saved money for taxpayers by taking on waste, fraud and abuse and protected consumers from price gouging by big oil and pharmaceutical companies. As United States senator, I will continue to stand up for Kentucky families.

We sent a strong message today telling Jim Bunning that the people of Kentucky must come before politics as usual. I invite all Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to join our cause. By standing up and speaking out, we can end the gridlock and make Washington work for us.

What kind of publicity is Senator Jim Bunning getting from both sides?

Subtitled “Set him on fire”, this citation by Ken Layne is drawing lots of attention on Wonkette. Take a look at the Chicago Trib article he links to as well.

Here it is:

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Get out the baseball bats, America.JIM BUNNING IS AMERICA’S BIGGEST ASSHOLE: “The federal government Monday began to furlough workers, jobless Americans faced disruption of their unemployment checks and health insurance, and doctors saw Medicare fees decline — all as a result of a one-man roadblock for a Senate spending bill.” [Chicago Tribune]
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UPDATE  (3/3/2010):

Bunning pulled back from his objection last night and the Jobs Bill got passed… thus ending a great waste for the American taxpayer.