Monday, July 19, 2010

Post #300: Random Observations

The following spasmodic drivel consists of a few minor observations that I had scribbled on the backs of envelopes (Lincoln used to do that!) or had posted on various websites throughout the internet. Best of luck making coherent sense out of any of it....

1. In spite of all the obstacles that the GOP has thrown into his path, Barack Obama can take credit for a few accomplishments. At this point most polls indicate that the electorate is hellbent on putting the House and Senate back into the hands of the Republicans this January - thereby guaranteeing that nothing will get done between 2011 and 2013. Personally I don't think that's going to happen. The American people are starting to be turned off by the mindless, shit-for-brains extremism of that party. The next four months are going to be extremely interesting.

2. Early Friday morning I was watching on TV Land an episode of the long-dead sitcom, Three's Company. It was even more awful than I remember it. Although I won't say it was worst program in television history, it was - beyond a doubt - the worst successful one: Bad (over) acting, bad writing - everything about that program sucked. The show was almost irresistible: so jaw-droppingly terrible it's actually fun to watch - very much like any of Mitch McConnell's speeches. During the closing credits I noticed that the particular episode I had just viewed was taped in 1980, the year America decided that sending a feeble-minded reactionary named Ronald Reagan to the White House would be a really cool idea. There was something in the water that year. There must have been.

3. The most amazing thing in the aftermath of the BP/Gulf of Mexico catastrophe is the fact that the Republicans (and a more-than-a-few Democrats) are not even considering a moratorium on deep water drilling. These assholes just don't get it. They never have. They never will. The problem with most politicians is that it is not in their interest to think long range. All that really matters to them is the next campaign. Those campaigns are paid for, in large part, by the very companies (BP for one) that are destroying the environment. This is a good argument for either public financing of the electoral process or term limits - or both. In the meantime the country will only continue on its downward spiral. Fasten your seat belts, kiddies!

4. Other than C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Morning Joe on MSNBC is the best wake up program on cable television. The fact that the idiotic FOX and Friends has higher ratings is a better example than anything I can come up with as to how dumbed down America's political conversation has become in the last thirty years. Former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough (whom I have to admit has grown on me) may be a bit of a pompous blowhard on occasion, but he has the slightly left-of-center Mika Brzezinshi there to keep him in line. The guest rostrum every morning consists of a healthy mix of opinions and ideas. It's pretty "fair and balanced" - as opposed to their half-witted counterparts over at FOX.

5. Regarding Sarah Palin, Keith Olberman put it perfectly when he said, "That woman is an idiot". I agree. She must be "refudiated".

6. There is no argument that Mel Gibson is a very talented guy. At this point it is also beyond doubt that he is an extremely disturbed human being. But, hey! Who among us isn't a bit nutty at times? He should disappear for five years into a monastery. I am serious! My suggestion would be Our Lady of Gethsemane - a Trappist monastery in Louisville Kentucky where Thomas Merton lived for the last twenty-seven years of his life and where he wrote his spiritual masterpiece, Seven Storey Mountain, among many others. Gibson has been described as a devout Catholic. That being the case, the place would be the ideal location for him. If there is anything the poor, misguided wretch could use at this stage it is a bit of meditation and inner contemplation. He could come out at the end of five years a new Mel Gibson. The old Mel Gibson could definitely stand a major overhaul. Maybe we all could.

7. I've said this before, but the upcoming thirtieth anniversary of his passing compels me to say it again: I sure do miss John Lennon.

8. Michelle Bachmann is a drug abuser. I know what I'm talking about. Have I any concrete evidence to make such a claim? No. All I have is a well-earned diploma from the University of Been There/Done That. I used to have a substance abuse problem and I can spot another user a mile away. Whatever the venue, it's obvious from her glazed eyes and her dilated pupils that the poor gal is usually so stoned that she is barely lucid. Also, her shrill monotone way of speaking - that on top of her paranoid delusions ("Obama wants to bring back slavery!") are textbook examples of a person far gone into drug-induced psychosis. This is a woman in dire need of treatment. I'd love to party with her. I really would.

9. As I mentioned within days of him taking the oath of office a year-and-a-half ago, the president should never have wasted a minute of his precious time trying to find common ground with the kooks, criminals and fools who have hijacked the Republican party. Their only agenda has been to see to it that he - and, thus, the American people - fail. That is the reason they were able to derail the Clinton presidency. At long last Obama seems to be coming to realize this nasty truth. Recent days have shown a new (and welcome) militancy in his rhetoric toward the "loyal" opposition. Better late than never. Give 'em hell, Barry!

10. Martin Luther King had a dream. Glenn Beck has a scheme. The Beckster is planning to mark the forty-seventh anniversary of the August 1963 March on Washington with his own gathering at the Lincoln Memorial, site of the original march. His purpose will be to call attention to the "radical socialist agenda" of the Big Black Boogieman currently in residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The only problem is the fact that he neglected to get a permit for the event. That fact alone is proof of the man's jaw-dropping arrogance. Al Sharpton will be commemorating Dr. King's dream on the same day at the same location. Al bothered to take the trouble of getting his permit. This ought to be really interesting.

11. Back in January any hope Harry Reid had of being reelected had vanished in the breeze. Then a miracle occurred in the form of a Tea Party caricature named Sharon Angle. This silly woman has been hopping around the state of Nevada with one foot on the ground and the other in her mouth, virtually guaranteeing victory for Reid on Election Day. I say this with no real degree of jubilation. Although he is preferable to Angle, Democrats like Harry Reid are the reason I left that worthless party over a decade ago. They used to be "the Party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt". Not anymore.

12. It's going to be a long, hot and weird electoral season. Of this you can be certain: The campaign of 2010 will be the funniest, dirtiest, most entertaining midterm election in living memory. Have some popcorn at the ready.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
tomdegan@frontiernet.net

SUGGESTED VIEWING:

One Bright, Shining Moment:
The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

An excellent documentary about McGovern's 1972 campaign against Richard Nixon.

AFTERTHOUGHT:

The photograph at the top of this page, taken in the autumn of 1981, shows Tom Degan (left) turning a deaf ear to brother Pete's sage advice.

20 Comments:

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Sue said...

congrats on your 300 Tom!
I'm starting to feel confident dems will hold the House, but I also think it COULD be a good thing for the slugs to take power because then we will really see the contrast between the parties. You would think the voters would see it now but sadly they do not. Of course I say that minus the fact the slugs would have subpoena power and have threatened impeachment if that happens.

You are so right about Three's Company. Can you believe we watched that kind of trash on a nightly basis? LOL

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

Tom, for once I have to disagree. Mel Gibson should just disappear for good.

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Tom.....you miss John Lennon. I miss Jerry Garcia. He never would have been fooled by Obummer and Deadheads wouldn't feel they got duped into voting for him !! I just don't see this change we were promised ( other than for the worse ).

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

I don't think this country can survive another time when the Republicans are in charge. They have brought us to our knees and people don't even seem to know it.

I couldn't stand Michelle Bachman even if I were stoned. Since I have never tried a joint I am just surmising. Had you just smoked one before the picture was taken, Tom?

Them's my random observations and I'm sticking with them.

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom, RE: #12: Let's not forget expensive! This cycle is going to blow open the corporate coffers to campaign financing like never before, courtesy of the 5-4 Supreme Court decision last January 21st. The Chamber of Commerce is leading the charge! An already corporatist congress will surely increase its ranks.

As impossible as it seems, it's only going to get a lot worse.

 
At 12:06 AM, Anonymous Will Shirley said...

@Darlene, as an old hippie I can tell you that Bachman is on coke. Pot would have made her silly and hungry, that's about all it does anymore. Bush was a serious coke head and it was obvious from a couple of "joint" press conferences that Tony Blair couldn't handle his coke as well as Bush did. He babbled and stammered and generally acted like a guy who tooted a tad much. Cheney doesn't do drugs per se but I strongly suspect that he visits disaster sites in order to scrounge for dead baby bodies which he barbecues and eats with fava beans. Cheney is dangerous.

I liked John Lennon, but I think I miss Lightning Hopkins more.

 
At 1:52 AM, Blogger Mycue23 said...

Constantly entertaining, constantly informative. I wouldn't mind about 3 million more posts from you.

 
At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom. Great stuff, as usual as far as I'm concerned. I guess pretty soon Glenn Beck will, quite literally, be the blind leading the blind. Ba Da DA! Hey, that's not nice of me. Oh well.

Alison

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Congrats on your 300, too, Tom. I think Mel Gibson should just become a Trappist monk and STFU.

Well, today we find out if Mrs. JP’s layoff is permanent or temporary. In the meantime, we have zero chance of being able to pay the rent next month so whatever little anyone can do would be greatly appreciated.

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger Bill_in_DE said...

Keith Olbermann has got to stop calling Sarah Palin an idiot. It's insulting. To idiots.

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger Bill_in_DE said...

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At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3's Company??? How old are you? 12?
What a midget minded DB you are Tom....

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

With all due respect, did you even bother read what I wrote? Seriously.

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom, every time I look at your picture from '81, I can't help but be reminded of this album cover from bygone years. Tell me, is this really you, or am I just thick as a brick?

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Frank,

As soon as you said "thick as a brick" I knew what LP cover you were going to show. Good eye! That was my Aqualung pose!

Tom

 
At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...the only thing you have to fear is fear itself...FDR

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Lauren said...

Great post--congratulations on your #300! I had the same thought about Mel Gibson--if I was his agent, I'd have him lay low for a couple of years and come back "transformed"--sound cynical? Consider the industry.

"Three's Company" was idiotic right from the start--I saw the first episode as it aired, and your description "jaw-dropping" sums up my reaction. I could not believe how moronic it was. Considering that it was 20 years before most reality TV, however, it doesn't look as bad in comparison to that genre. It's all relative.

I'm with Darlene--if the GOP regains the majority, this country's totally finished as a representative democracy. While I'm hanging in there, I really hope that the president and the Dems can compensate for the media disadvantage. Heaven bless Alan Grayson and the other lawmakers who stand up and call out the GOP obstructionists!

Be well & keep it together!--VTY-Lauren

 
At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Lauren said...

Great post--congratulations on your #300! I had the same thought about Mel Gibson--if I was his agent, I'd have him lay low for a couple of years and come back "transformed"--sound cynical? Consider the industry.

"Three's Company" was idiotic right from the start--I saw the first episode as it aired, and your description "jaw-dropping" sums up my reaction. I could not believe how moronic it was. Considering that it was 20 years before most reality TV, however, it doesn't look as bad in comparison to that genre. It's all relative.

I'm with Darlene--if the GOP regains the majority, this country's totally finished as a representative democracy. While I'm hanging in there, I really hope that the president and the Dems can compensate for the media disadvantage. Heaven bless Alan Grayson and the other lawmakers who stand up and call out the GOP obstructionists!

Be well & keep it together!--VTY-Lauren

 
At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on your #300 post! I am barely to 20! Very interesting points of view as always.

Justin Washington
www.justinwashingtontheblogger.wordpress.com

 
At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Bennett said...

Tell Pete that those are some wicked sharp boots!

I enjoyed today's rant. Thanks Tom.

 

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