Support Obama’s Hope


Here we go!  Another feeble attempt to reach out and make new friends across the width and breadth of this great land, across the ocean to the shores of Europe and Asia, to all ships at sea.  It is time to get back to basics, by that I mean, “Love It Or Leave It.”

If you don’t like who got elected fine, go over there to those countries that we are building roads and bridges in, for people who ride donkeys to work, and watch your own kids go to bed at night hungry.  Go over there and bitch about the government and then complain about the room they give you with the bars on the windows and the smelly bucket in the corner for a commode.  Eat your bowl of gruel, laced with maggots for flavor, just get outta here.

Is America ready to rise like a real champion? Can we rise out of the ashes of the fire like the mythical Phoenix and soar again?  A hard question and I am not sure if we have the answers anymore.  We seem to have lost our moral compass, broken down our system of tried and true values, basically have trashed our Constitution and chucked it out the window.

As a friend of mine is fond of saying,

“We have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.”

Personally despite what Bush and his crew keep telling me, I don’t feel like a winner.  When the bridge you are driving on collapses and you end up in the river, will you feel like a winner then?

It’s no victory for our country to have a broken and depleted military, a broken and depleted economy, with so much work to be done at home on issues of health care, poverty, infrastructure, education, environment, and perhaps, most of all, security.

And it’s no victory, that in attacking the wrong country, we boosted the enemy’s recruitment worldwide 500% and continue to bleed here at home.  Finally, it is no victory for our children, reared in an America of such divisive antipathy, enormous debt, and tarnished standing.  I shudder to even remotely consider what kind of world my precious grandchildren are going to inherit.

Despite recent boasts to the contrary, our country is not safer. It is not safer from without, and it is not safer from within. Building a fence on the border isn’t working … None of this is really working; it has been dysfunctional for a long, long time.  We are just two ticks on the clock away from a suitcase bomb and we all know it.

The divisiveness brought on by the policies of George W. Bush and his supporters such as John McCain has created an emotional civil war. We have to ask ourselves, at what point emotions may even turn to violence here at home.  When will the jackbooted police be knocking on your door.  They have tapped your phones, compiled their inaccurate lists, and now read your mail.

What is coming next?

The American press is in shambles and just whispers, it has lost its voice.  By and large, the media is going to do what’s good for the media. If that means covering the land for fashion, or fraud, or real issues, you can assume fashion their more likely target. While Americans died in the Middle East, Big Daddy Rumsfield was voted one of People Magazine’s sexiest men.  Cheney shot a lawyer.  Britney showed us her muff and Hollywood went into Detox on a regular basis, Mel Gibson shared his religious preferences, more people voted for the winner of American Idol than for Bush.

And all the while, the press pretended to be giving us the news.

Television and radio are not much better.  Talk show hosts are going to continue to dispense their misinformation and stir the collective juices and soul of the country to their amusement.  They are going to keep digging up a dead horse every day, just to see if it smells bad, and they are not going to give us sane and reasonable alternatives.

Don’t buy into it … You have a choice … your options are right there in your hand … it is called a mute button or channel selector.

Why settle for Oatmeal, when you can have steak?  Do you really miss Sarah?  Who cares.  Palin has as much as admitted that she has no interest whatsoever in any culture but her own. Fine, I am glad that the electorate sent her home.  It is that kind of lacking in basic curiosity and the void of insight or downright common sense, that comes with it which personified George Bush’s embarrassing Texas Country-folksy failings.  We have all had enough of that.

Alaska when you get right down to the brass tacks of it, is basically a welfare state to begin with.  Very little industry, heavily subsidized by the U.S. Government, who needs more of that?  And recently they re-elected a convicted felon.  Someone needs to put the brakes on this crap.

This is, for lack of a better word, simply the worst political climate in modern times. If we are to support hope, in a cycle of history that may be its last, then non-support for an elected president was a vote for cowardice. A vote not backed up by demand and participation, is an impotent one. A vote for hope followed by demand and action to realize it — is an American vote.

We voted this November, because we are Americans … This is our chosen method of doing things.  We changed the flow or slowed the tide in our country by voting with our imaginations.  A record number of our citizenry decided it is time, high time, to take a new approach to our problems.

As Erma or Ann, Margaret & Helen, or one of them gals would say …. Wake Up And Smell the Coffee.

We voted on a ticket of hope.  Some voted their conscience.  We voted to bring the boys home from a cesspool of indifference.  And as Joe Biden says, “We voted for our patriotic duty to make a better world for our children by paying higher taxes.”

No matter how you voted … Whatever it or “whom” it was … it is now time to support them … not bitch about it.  If none of this suits you and you do decide to leave, stop by Costco on the way out of town for your personal survival kit.

Me … I am staying put … I like it here.



“The cartoon courtesy of Center for American Progress” (online)

News Of The Weird

I was supposed to post this on Friday, but a family member lost her bout with Cancer and died this weekend.  Her name was Cecil Marie Bennett and she was my aunt.  This is why this did not make it on Friday.  In memory of Marie, I post this, and trust that she is now in a pain free place, and a better all around world than the one she left.  She will be missed.


Radio girl has been sending back all of these wonderful pictures of her vacation in Mexico, and doing pieces each day on who, what, when, where and why.  If you have not been checking in on them, you are missing out.  I am not in Mexico, and I am not sitting in the sun drinking shooters and wiggling my toes in the sand.  I envy her.

Boxcar doesn’t drink anymore, perhaps imbibing on a “regular basis” would improve my disposition, but in the past I have found it to be more of a detrimental nature than a positive boost.

So now I just pass on the libations, a shot of butter milk in a clean glass is about as risqué as I get.  I no longer go out on Friday nite and “get drunk and be somebody” I just stay home and glean the TV Guide.  If I was perhaps fortunate enough to be in Mexico, this is where you would find me.  LAID BACK IN MEXICO

When I get up in the morning, that is about as good as I am going to feel all day long.  Having being a refugee or survivor from the sixties, it is now my desire, to finish out what is left of my life, sober, sane, and enjoying a pretty mundane lifestyle here in the Heart Land.

In other words, I am a fairly boring person, ask my therapist.

You can reach her by going thru my HMO her name is Isis Santori-Bernstein, she is a psychic and herbal-wrap therapist from Santa Barbara, California, but now lives here in the last vast bastion of good community living left in the United States of America …. Yukon, Oklahoma.

Joe the War Correspondent. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber,” is taking on a new job as a war correspondent. He is heading to Israel to cover the war for the conservative site Wurzelbacher said his 10-day journey will help explain why Israeli forces are mounting attacks against Hamas:  I get to go over there and let their “Average Joes” share their story, what they think, how they feel – especially with, you know, world opinion. Maybe get a real story out there.

Watch it:  Last October, Wurzelbacher claimed that Obama’s victory would mean “death to Israel,” leading Fox News reporter Shep Smith to call him “frightening.” Wurzelbacher also questioned Obama’s loyalty to the U.S., and has justified the invasion and occupation of Iraq by claiming “it’s like someone coming to Jesus and becoming saved.”

Welcome home boys, thank you for your service to the country.

This cannot be true, but it apparently is.  In a change of regulations, the Pentagon began saving money by reducing “combat-injury” benefits for all except those wounded while actually fighting.  This, in examples offered by The Washington Post, Marine Cpl. James Dixon and Army Sgt. Lori Meshell were not entitled to full combat-injury coverage for their Iraq wounds.  Dixon from a roadside IED bomb and a land mine, and Meshell while diving for cover during a mortar attack.

Because neither was “actually fighting” at the time, the Pentagon says that they do not qualify.  Dixon who was denied some $16,000 recently won a reversal on his claim, and Meschell, who is drawing $1200 a month because of the change is still appealing.  And Bush stands at the podium and accepts an award from our armed services and thanks the boys (two weeks ago) and then there is this ….. What a crock.

Lousy week for comments.

I don’t know what it is, but I can leave a comment somewhere, and I suppose they come back and look me over (check the link) and then I do not get posted for some reason?  It could be that they think I am fishing for hits, which is a real hoot, when we consistently average something like 8-10k per day in visitors.

We don’t have to Phish for hits.

This week I have posted at least 8-10 comments and not one of those suckers made it thru.  All of them being totally benign and nothing of a controversial nature.  I am starting to get paranoid about all this.  Most of my posts here on are not being posted where they are sent, and that is hacking me off.  About one in three make it where they are “supposed to go” and that is irritating.  Thanks a lot and now I have this comments thing going down.

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Sorry, as it is my nature to share, I thought I would give that to you to take with you for the weekend.

Finally men shoppers in Tokyo.  The Wishroom lingerie shop on Japan’s Internet shopping mall Rakuren announced that it had already sold more than 300 of its new bras specially madE for men (yes, you read that right, I said for “men” about $30 each girls, eat your hearts out girls!) since the product was launched earlier this year.  A Wishroom official told a reporter that “We’ve been getting feedback from our customers saying “We have been waiting for this for a long time.”

Warning:  This is not pretty.

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Have a good weekend.


“The cartoon courtesy of Center for American Progress” (online)