Friday, October 21, 2011

Boehner and Cantor and Mitch - Oh, My!

FUN FACT:
My maternal forebears called Kentucky home. My family is steeped in the history of the Blue Grass State. If you ever get a chance to visit the place, go and see the Lincoln Marriage Cabin. That is where Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks
- old Abe's parents - were married on June 12, 1806. A plaque outside the structure says that it was donated to history by Walter Clements. He was my grandfather! That's a photograph of the two of us taken in the summer of 1971, right around the time of my thirteenth birthday. It was the last time I saw him alive. Today, he and my grandmother Loretta Doran lie beneath the Kentucky earth in a little Catholic cemetery in Hodgenville - Lincoln's home town.

I have spent enough time in Kentucky to know firsthand that it is populated by good, decent, hard working people. So why do they keep sending a despicable, corrupt little thug like Mitch McConnell to Washington? This I'm dying to know.

In fact, the same question would apply to the people of Ohio and Virginia with respect to John Boehner and Eric Cantor. What were they thinking when they chose this axis of reaction to represent them in Washington? Before Barack Obama had a chance to find the location of the White House linen closet, McConnell was telling the world that his main objective would be to ensure that this would be a one-term administration. In fact that has been the policy of the GOP since January 20, 2009. Early this year when the numbers of unemployed people in this country began to go down, Republican governors - in Republican-controlled states - began slashing-to-ribbons public sector jobs in order to make sure that those numbers went right back up.

BREAKING NEWS: THEY DON"T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! Film at eleven.

Folks, that is not a political party. That's an organized criminal enterprise. Those aren't statesmen. Those are the plutocracy's hired goons. This isn't America any longer. This is something else entirely; something dark and ominous. That's why what is happening down on Wall Street - indeed all across the land - is so important. We are now into the second month of the occupation. It won't be going away any time soon. This is only the beginning of something really, really big, baby! A hard rain's a'gonna fall. Forgive me if I seem giddy.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
tomdegan@frontiernet.net

AFTER THOUGHT, 10/23/11:

The modem on my computer went on the fritz before I was able to finish this piece. I said everything that needed to be said so I'll leave it as it is, what the heck. I am writing this from the adult living center - called "Glen Arden" - where my mother and aunt Audrey live. Long ago and far away it would have been referred to as an "Old Folk's Home". It's a nice place but the computers here are almost as old as the residents. The particular one I am using at this moment is so old it doesn't take CDs. It doesn't even take floppy discs. This one only accepts Edison Wax Cylinders.

Happy birthday to my dear and beloved friend Virginia Roman Casey. You're still the tops with me, kid. As the old Cole Porter tune will testify:

You're the Nile. You're the tower of Pisa.
You're the smile on the Mona Lisa!

It's a smile one could read at midnight by, too. Kelly is awfully lucky to have you as her mom. I'm lucky to have you as a friend. Meeting you was better than winning the lottery.

31 Comments:

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

You have a great example of a corrupt thug in the current occupant of our White House. I can only guess why you have turned a blind eye to that.
Could it be because of the difference of agenda?

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger charles moore said...

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At 11:14 AM, Blogger charles moore said...

This trio is the very epitome of evil. They are so anxious to make Obama a one term president that they would rather see the country fail first and don't give a damn who gets hurt.

Just the Facts, "corrupt thug"? Facts and examples please.

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Harley A. said...

Yeah, Just the Facts, pleae provide examples! Also, while you're at it, can you also provide examples for why "This trio is the very epitome of evil"? Oh, wait...

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger Chris said...

The GOP is very much a cult. And you are right. They don't care about the American people. They care about winning and putting politics before country. They would rather see unemployment double than jobs created just so they can blame the president.

Remember, too, these are the very same people that called any dissent of George Bush to be treason. The very same people who would call what they are doing today as anti-Americanism. They are the very same people who never said a single word when Reagan tripled the national debt and George Bush doubled it.

They cheered Bush's 8 years of complete fiscal irresponsibility. They questioned anyone's patriotism that dare speak against them and now that they aren't in power anymore, they expect all of us to believe they have a shred of care about fiscal matters. They are delusional to their core. There's no reason to give them a pass on this. Call it what it is. Cowards, every last rotten one of them.

Oh, don't forget Rand Paul in your mix of KY elected idiots. He's a total tool. I live about 30 minutes from Kentucky. I'm a southern Illinois boy.

 
At 2:25 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

In breaking news, this sort of sums it up:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor canceled a speech on income inequality at the University of Pennsylvania Friday morning, after his office was told that the school opened the speech to the public.

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

The PUBLIC ?? The dreaded WE THE PEOPLE ?? Hey Eric, the jig is up !! We know you are a total asshole, you no longer need to keep proving that to us !! As Al Sharpton said the other night " I miss the old Republicans. " Whoever thought that these clowns would make people like Nixon, Goldwater and Rockefeller seem honorable by comparison ?? Yet that is exactly what they do....take low to a new never seen or imagined before level !!

 
At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Sharon said...

I totally agree with everything you post...the Supreme court post was spot on. I have always seen these 3 as the evil trinity part deaux....the first being Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. Then of course you have Geitner, Sommers and Paulson. I hope Obama gets rid of Geitner next term. I am waiting for someone to go to jail.

 
At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

Charles Moore, Harley A.

Your job is prove what Tom posted is correct. After you provide links and sites links doing same, I will gladly provide you with what you are requesting.

Question your assumptions gentlemen, question them.

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Miss Anne Thrope said...

Just the Facts,

Oh aren't you the clever one, you snarky asshole? If you want facts to back up Toms posting, then you should ask Tom, not his readers.

Second, if you would read any other site, say Politico.com, Alternet or First Read, you would find tons of material to back up everything Tom has said. The facts are there for anyone who looks.

Finally, I believe the question of providing facts was posed to you first. Or is that too much for you to handle?

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

JTF -

Perhaps my sarcasm was a bit too obscure but I was defending you. I was pointing out the irony of Mr. Moore requiring facts and examples for your assertion while providing none for his own.

If my job is to prove what Tom posts is correct, I quit ;)

Seriously, the long and short of it is that Americans of all stripes are just plain sick and tired of Washington - Tea Party, OWS, whatever the next thing is... We're tired of the same old warmed over paid for politicians. We disagree on ideology but we can at least agree that something major needs to change.

 
At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Smokey Lagumski said...

Gallup Says Obama Job Approval At New Low - Oh, My!

You libtards sure got a winner in the White House. "Yes We Can". "Hope & Change" is here!

Keep on drinking the Obama Kool Aid along with the Occupy Wall Streeters!

Chris, What's the skinny on the great deal Obama got on his house in Chicago?

 
At 12:14 AM, Blogger 4ontheroad said...

The conflict between the right and left wing has nothing to do with right and wrong; or even evil or lessor of two evils. In fact it has nothing to do with governing, period. It is a "mean" contest and you have to choose sides. There will be no waffling! How many people pay premium price for Super Bowl tickets and go to see who plays the best game; who earns the title? No one. People go to see their team win. And those who are in control of our government (as well as a majority of those who have elected them) have just that same mentality about our government. Except, there is no championship at stake. No shiny trophy. People's lives and livelihoods, the financial strength our our country, our legacy to our children. At stake, here, is our right to call ourselves free. I applaud the Wall Street protesters (and the movement they represent) for reminding us of that. If they accomplish nothing else, they have accomplished that.

 
At 5:22 AM, Blogger Mack Lyons said...

"You have a great example of a corrupt thug in the current occupant of our White House. I can only guess why you have turned a blind eye to that.
Could it be because of the difference of agenda?"


Amazing how it takes so many words to say absolutely nothing of substance.

The Republicans lost 4 years of easy-peasy unquestioned wealth transfer time, plus there's a Negro in the White House. How do you think they would react?

The poor conservative saps tasked with trolling these blogs are probably paid freelancers who are so enamored with doing something for the GOP cause that they can't see being suckered by working for essentially pennies on the dollar.

There's little to no ammo left that doesn't deflect off the sloped armor of reality, so they're falling back on retreaded talking points and insults. It's downright fucking pathetic.

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Rain said...

You said it well, Tom. If Republican voters or commenters want to be taken seriously, they need to stop the hate and look at their own candidates, people like Romney with no clue about Iraq's history and who after 10 years of war in Afghanistan would form a committee to study it if he got in office. Or Cain who doesn't want to keep abortion legal but thinks it should be up to the family or woman if she has an abortion. These candidates show how little Republicans care about using logic and the ones they put into the House or Senate are just further examples. These aren't any of them people who care about us, the average Americans and why Republicans keep putting up such is a mystery to me. Give us serious options and we'll stop thinking you are fops.

 
At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

Mack,

Still playing the race card eh?



Sorry Harley.

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

Miss Anne Thrope,

My question was the 1st post of this thread. It was for Tom. I am not responsible for Mr. Moore's response, he is.

I may be a "snarky asshole" but I will keep working to become the "perfect asshole" you are.

Provide the links, Ms. Thrope to support the charge of corruption. Then I will provide same to support mine charge. Or you could do as you have told me to do and look it up your self.

And finally, my question to Tom asked if the reason for his blind eye based on a difference of agenda.

 
At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Miss Anne Thrope said...

Just the Facts,

That has to be one of the dumbest responses I have ever read.

You said: "My question was the 1st post of this thread. It was for Tom. I am not responsible for Mr. Moore's response, he is."

What does Mr. Moore's response have to do with any of this? And who is "he", Tom or Mr. Moore?

Next you keep asking for links to support the charges of corruption. If you go back and re-read Mr. Moores response, my response and that of Harley A., none of us ever accused anyone of corruption or even used the word. You are the only one who has used the term corruption: "You have a great example of a corrupt thug in the current occupant of our White House."

And as for becoming the perfect asshole, don't even try, you will never be able to match me.

Respond or not as you see fit. Please be aware that I am not interested in trying to understand any more of your muddled logic and will neither read not respond to anything else you have to say.

 
At 4:15 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

To All:

The commenter, Just the Facts!(AKA Anonymous, Michael Stivic, Saul Alinsky, Tyrone Witherspoon, Wavy Gravy and countless other pseudonyms), is a troll, not to mention a sociopath extraordinaire, whose only purpose is to distract and divert when he sees and reads the truth.

He has been banned from Dave Dubya's Freedom Rants for the same transgressions associated with troll behavior that he exhibits here: "Dumping articles, distracting, and numerous questions, etc.", as per Dave, and even though he was politely warned, several times, he ignored Dave and continued his troll mission.

Please ignore him. Hopefully, he'll die from his own solitude, and will eventually go away.

 
At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

TO ALL
Jefferson's Guardian haunts liberal websites stalking any one who is not a liberal..He will stalk the poster, as he has me, from one blog to another making claims about them that are not true in an attempt to shut them down.
Example, JG claims I am also posting as "Anonymous, Michael Stivic, Saul Alinsky, Tyrone Witherspoon, Wavy Gravy". Nothing could be further from reality, except that is, in JG's mind . The only reason he lumps us together is we are not liberals and dare to ask questions of liberals on a liberal blog. He therefore assumes incorrectly, that we are all the same person.
The point of my posts have been to challenge the liberal position and ask the posters to support their positions. Because I do so, it has been said that I am on the pay roll of the GOP or Tea Party. I wish that were so because I cant think of a easier way to make extra money if that were so.
As to cutting and pasting, when I have done so I have followed to rule of giving the source of that which I have posted. I find it ironic, to say the least, that for claiming to be a super liberal JG is one of the most closed minded individuals I have ever had the displeasure to have run into. When I post my position/question/statement, and I am asked to provide supporting sources, when I do so, JG goes nuts claiming I am posting and dumping. He simply want to shut up any one who disagrees with his position.
I find it very interesting that my major sin in his mind is I ask questions! If you were to go to a conservative blog, would you not ask questions to explain why others posted and beleive as they do?

Bottom line is, you can beleive JG (an internet stalker) and have me banned from this blog. I will not lose sleep over that happening. But in doing so are you becoming stronger in your liberal position or weaker, by not testing your beliefs?

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Shufflin' Along said...

Just the Facts,

You sho' is one mo' funny mutha..... You makes me laff.

 
At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

Shufflin' Along

Glad to have brighten you day.

 
At 1:34 AM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

"Folks, that is not a political party. That's an organized criminal enterprise." Tom

"organized crime generally involves threatened or actual violence, while many forms of corruption do not."
"Organized Crime and Corruption"
written by Farzana Nawaz complete article can be found at this link.

corruptionresearchnetwork.org

 
At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that some gop ers cheered perry's execution record speaks volumes to their "no sense makes sense" political views. Good article, (no evidence of the ancient computer) mj

 
At 10:01 PM, Blogger Catharine said...

"So why do they keep sending a despicable, corrupt little thug like Mitch McConnell to Washington?"

Because he's the despicable, corrupt little thug they know. As opposed to the despicable, corrupt little thug they don't know.

That's generally (and sadly) how these things work.

~A~

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Catherine, you said...

"Because he's the despicable, corrupt little thug they know. As opposed to the despicable, corrupt little thug they don't know."

Apparently, Aesop was wrong: Familiarity does not breed contempt.

 
At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Juat the Facts! said...

Jefferson's Guardian

What did you take away from your recent Occupy DC trip? Did you run into David Duke or any of his supporters? He's announced on his website that he agrees with the OC movement and supports it, as you do.

Seeing that the two of your agree only adds power to your statement, "Familiarity does not breed contempt"

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger 1000myths said...

I went to school in a place that is or was close to Goshen and I won't provide its name in order to protect the privacy of the innocent. That was a very long time ago.
I like the caricature of the three mugs:"Cany, Bean and Mac" How they remain free men is a real mystery.

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...

Jefferson's Guardian,

I have been away. Life has been rough since Gloria left me for the Director of the the latest online college infomercial she was involved with.

You have really hurt my feelings by insinuating that Just The Facts and myself are the same person.

I am not really feeling the love from you.

I really don't know what your problem is, but you should consider professional help and possibly medication.

 
At 11:46 PM, Blogger JeannetteLS said...

Would that the responders paid attention to your request about being kind to each other. I will enjoy following your blog, Tom, but I think I'll not be reading the comments. And I just bet that, when I want to look into a comment more deeply, to do fact finding, I can probably do it. I don't tend to expect columnists to list their sources--it's not a news article. It's your opinion. thanks for making me think.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger BRUCE WAYNE said...

DEAR TOM THEM GUY'S ARE KILLING OUR COUNTRY THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU OR ME THERE THE ONES WHO HAS PUT THIS COUNTRY WERE IT IS NOW THEY CAN CARE LESS ABOUT MITT ROMNEY THEY JUST WANT TO HURT OBAMA AND BLAME HIM FOR EVERYTHING BUT THE WHY BECAUSE HE IS BLACK THAT'S IT!!LOOK AND SEE IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THIS THING WITH THEM GOP AND THE TEA PARTY BUT I THINK THEY AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE STARTED TO WAKE UP TO THIS IF THEY DON'T WAKE UP THEN THE KKK WILL BE RUNNING THIS COUNTRY I AM HERE TO TELL YOU HOW DO I KNOW THIS BECAUSE I LIVE IN TEXAS AND I SEE THIS RACIST POLITIC THAT GO ON EVERY DAY WE ARE NOT LIVING TODAY WE ARE LIVING IN THE 1950S AND 60S ALL I CAN SAY IS AMERICAN PEOPLE BETTER WAKE UP WE WILL ALL GO BACK IN TIME!! THANKS FROM BRUCE WAYNE

 

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