Kiss of Death (Star)

Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), left, and D...

Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), left, and Darth Vader watch the construction of the first Death Star in Revenge of the Sith. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ultimate weapon in Star Wars was the Death Star. This morning I received an email from Grover Norquist trumpeting the endorsement of Rush Limbaugh of the Norquist pledge of no new/higher taxes. And I thought that was like using Darth Vader as a salesperson for the Dark Side. Won’t make many sales that way.

I oppose

Genetically Modified Food

Genetically Modified Food (Photo credit: Peter Blanchard)

I oppose

TEA Party
Today’s GOP
Privatization of Social Security
Privatization of prisons
Citizens United decision
Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck
FOX News
Murdoch purchase LA Times/Chicago Tribune
Strike breakers/union busting
Employer lockouts
Long political campaigns
GMO foods

John Sununu

John Sununu

John Sununu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Monday, Rush Limbaugh told Mitt Romney how to attack President Obama during the campaign. Yesterday was Tuesday, and Romney supporter and self-proclaimed one of the world’s smartest people, John Sununu followed Rush’s instructions and questioned Barack’s Americanism. He later appologized for his word choice but not for the ideas expressed. Today Sununu is still a supporter of Mitt, but the day is still young. Sununu is an American citizen, but he was born in Havana, Cuba. Was he naturalized as an American citizen or were his parents American citizens? The information in the Wikipedia article is not clear.

What is clear is that Sununu was governor of New Hampshire from 1983 to 1989. Then he was White House chief of staff in the Bush 41 administration from 1989 to 1991. He was forced out of that job for misuse of government property. He used military jets for personal trips. I think that, though very intelligent, he shows lack of understanding about how politics works and how the ruling class are perceived by ordinary voters like you and me.

Inspired this little piece of doggerel:

If you knew Sununu
Like I knew Sununu
Oh what a fuss
Comments like a blunderbuss
Shoots from the lip
Misses the target
Hits himself in the hip
Walking wounded
Someone help the man
Who can’t help himself.

Senate GOP on filibusters

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the 'Chandos portrait' after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My apologies to William Shakespeare.
How shall we obstruct thee? Let us count the ways.
We shall obstruct thee to the depth and breath and height, especially depth.
Our souls can reach, when feeling out of sight and mind.
For the ends of being and the approval of the 1%.
We shall obstruct thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light and darkest night.
We shall obstruct thee freely, as men strive to serve the Right.
We shall obstruct thee surely, as we turn from reason.
We shall obstruct thee with passion put to use
In our old griefs, and with childhood’s spite
We shall obstruct thee with a passion born of blindness
With our lost probity. We shall obstruct thee with endless words,
Smiles, crocodile tears, of all life; and if God choose
We shall obstruct thee until the death of the Republic.

P.S. From a Rolling Stone interview with President Obama:

Is there any way to break through that obstructionism by Republicans?

My hope is that if the American people send a message to them that’s consistent with the fact that Congress is polling at 13 percent right now, and they suffer some losses in this next election, that there’s going to be some self-reflection going on – that it might break the fever. They might say to themselves, “You know what, we’ve lost our way here. We need to refocus on trying to get things done for the American people.”

Frankly, I know that there are good, decent Republicans on Capitol Hill who, in a different environment, would welcome the capacity to work with me. But right now, in an atmosphere in which folks like Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist are defining what it means to be a true conservative, they are lying low. My hope is that after this next election, they’ll feel a little more liberated to go out and say, “Let’s redirect the Republican Party back to those traditions in which a Dwight Eisenhower can build an interstate highway system.””

Rush part 2

English: RCA Indian Head Test Card ca. 1940 Ру...

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We bought our first TV in 1950. There was so little programming then that we sometimes watched the test pattern for entertainment. When additional shows appeared on the TV schedule, I stopped listening to radio sometime in the 1950s, and I haven’t listened to radio since.

I wanted to find out what Barack’s critics were saying about him, so I read perhaps half a dozen books written by conservative radio hosts. If what they say on the air is the same as what they put in their books, then conservative talk radio is hate-filled venom. I have seen and heard clips on TV of Rush from his radio program.

I have a hearing loss, so it is easier for me to understand what someone is saying if I can see their lips moving. I live in a small community in Southern Utah where conservative thought is widely supported. My local barbershop plays conservative talk radio continuously, and I prefer to read while I am waiting my turn. Usually the sound does not bother me, but the last time the sound was a bit louder and I could not ignore it during my two-hour wait. If it was not Rush, it was someone who sounded like him, and it was pure torture. I vowed never to return. Now I have my hair cut at a discount barber. It actually costs more and I receive a bad haircut, but there is no waiting and I don’t have to listen to Rush or his friends.

When someone writes a book, one can choose to read it or not. However, talk radio is all around us and is hard to escape. Acid rain from sulphur emissions is killing our forests in some parts of the country. Conservative talk radio is poisoning political discourse in this country. And the worst part of it is that the owners and sponsors of that poison are using the public airways that you and I own to make money at the same time. UGH.

Please see Rush