‘I cannot even stand to look at you’

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Sen. Dick Durbin, says that a House Republican leader told off President Barack Obama during a negotiation meeting, and that they are so disrespectful it’s practically impossible to have a conversation with them. “In a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you,’” Durbin wrote in … Continue reading ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’

Man Bites a Dog…..

Punditry is an industry built on confirmation bias. Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann, Glenn Beck and Arianna Huffington, Rachel Maddow and Ann Coulter—these people provide fuel for beliefs, they pre-filter the world to match existing worldviews. If their filter is like your filter, you love them. If it isn’t, you hate them. You watch them not for information, but for confirmation. Be careful. People like … Continue reading Man Bites a Dog…..

Too Many People…

This is kind of a continuation of yesterday’s post about why Republicans hate Obamacare. One thing I didn’t come across in my one hour search of why they hate Obamacare but I have seen it used as part of their opposition is that it puts too many additional people into the system. They say adding 30 million more consumers of healthcare will overwhelm our system. This … Continue reading Too Many People…

Why Do Republicans Hate Obamacare?….

I recently googled the above title and then spent an hour looking at the first one hundred or so sources that came back. I was hoping someone would give some insight into why Republicans, without exception in congress, hate something that gives people the opportunity to purchase affordable healthcare. I was really looking for some well nuanced explanation of what is wrong with Obamacare.  I … Continue reading Why Do Republicans Hate Obamacare?….

Doubt Everything, At Least Once….

17th century French philosopher Rene Descartes said, “ If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” If he’s right, seeking the truth about Jesus might require mentally distancing ourselves from everything we’ve been programmed to believe and instead becoming open to discovering the true Kingdom of … Continue reading Doubt Everything, At Least Once….

His Own Version Of Jesus….

Mark Driscoll, the attention grabbing minister of the Mars Hill megachurch, is at it again. He’s pushing his badass Jesus who has, as he put it a few years ago, “a commitment to make someone bleed.” Driscoll has a personal need for a sacred tough guy because he has some sort of theological kink or character twist or… whatever, that leads him to declare, “I … Continue reading His Own Version Of Jesus….

Heavy Traffic Clogs – and Delights – Obamacare Insurance Sites

Roughly 4.7 million Americans went online Tuesday to browse the Obamacare health insurance exchanges prompting HealthCare.gov administrators to increase the site’s server capacity and create a new “wait page” to hold a person’s place in line until the site can load properly. On top of the Web traffic, 190,000 Americans used federal health insurance exchange call centers and another 104,000 requested live chats. “Now that … Continue reading Heavy Traffic Clogs – and Delights – Obamacare Insurance Sites

U.S. job growth seen having revved up before budget fight hit

U.S. job growth likely picked up a bit in September, suggesting the economy enjoyed rising momentum before an acrimonious budget fight in Washington took some of the wind out of its sails. SOURCE: U.S. job growth seen having revved up before budget fight hit: Fidelity. In some ways I put many of the business men out there only slightly above the politicians in my favorability ratings. … Continue reading U.S. job growth seen having revved up before budget fight hit

GOP Is Not A Real Party…

“The Republican Party is not really a party. It doesn’t stand for anything except re-electing itself,” Stockman, who directed the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, tells Newsmax. “The neocons are only oriented to an aggressive, imperialistic foreign policy of big defense establishment and suppression of our civil liberties. That’s bad. “The tax cons want to just cut taxes — any time, … Continue reading GOP Is Not A Real Party…

The GOPs WMD….

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Wednesday called the U.S. debt limit a “political weapon of mass destruction” and said both political parties should pledge never to use it as leverage because of the financial damage it can cause. As lawmakers and the White House scrambled to raise the $16.7-trillion debt limit before a Thursday deadline, Buffett said it would be  asinine”  for the U.S. to … Continue reading The GOPs WMD….

A Dangerous Game…

Congressional leaders are playing a dangerous game with their constituents’ money, their livelihoods and their retirement savings. On Wednesday, all Congress did was flip over the hourglass on a game of chicken that cost our economy $24 billion and left America’s future up in the air — and, by doing so, may cause some of our hard-earned retirement savings to disappear into it. via Your … Continue reading A Dangerous Game…

He Voted Nay……

I just read an article in the local paper where my congressman proudly announced that he voted to default on our nation’s debt this week.  Of course living blue in a red State it was not in the least surprising.  I am constantly voting against these yahoos who would rather the country default than to give up a small piece of their “principles”. What a … Continue reading He Voted Nay……

Dropping Out…..

These last few weeks in Washington have been very frustrating to me and I’m sure to you too. The complete breakdown of compromise and trust is not something that should happen to any nation’s capital. Because of the apparent hate that is in our nation’s capital I truly fear for our future as a country.  Seeing all this malarkey often makes me want to just … Continue reading Dropping Out…..


But one of the most notable additions to the 35-page bill was a $2.1 billion increase in funding for a dam under construction on the Kentucky-Illinois border, which just happens to be the home turf of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). It has raised the alarm bells of conservatives, who have long complained about Republicans who spend heavily on their home states. One group, the Senate … Continue reading Earmarks…..


Swagger   (verb ) 1.  to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others ⤻syn: tittup, ruffle, prance, strut, sashay, cock 2.  discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate ⤻syn: browbeat, bully 3.  act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner ⤻syn: bluster, swash I must admit that the word swagger has never been one of my favorite words. It just has too many negative connotations for me. For those of us old enough to remember the first person that comes to mind when they hear this word is John Wayne. I’m sure he was a nice enough … Continue reading Swagger….

They Might Just Like It…..

A recent poll by the Massachusetts Medical Society, a statewide physician group, finds that most people in Massachusetts today are generally satisfied with the health care system there. “Eighty-four percent of residents expressed satisfaction with the care they received over the last year, including 56 percent who indicated they are ‘very satisfied’ and 28 percent who are ‘somewhat satisfied,’” the survey report states. Seventy-three percent of … Continue reading They Might Just Like It…..

A Little Group of Willful Men….

A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.   —   Woodrow Wilson This sounds an awfully like the Tea Party but in reality it was another small group of Republicans who tried to do the same thing. They failed and hopefully this current batch of wing-nuts will too. Continue reading A Little Group of Willful Men….