Our freezing summer makes me gripe

It’s freezing here; we can’t swim, can’t have the windows open. Every day is cold. It just convinces me more than ever that solar flares (or the lack of them) have more to do with the ever-changing climate of planet earth.

And more resentful of policies, programs and restrictions put in our way, in service to the hoo-hah of Mr. Gore. And why this ticks me off, too. And this. And why not, anymore?

I am most seriously unhappy today.

The prescient satirical genius of Paddy Chayefsky

In fact, let me tell you all the things that have me ticked, today. Take a deep breath, and save your strength for the stuff at the. That’s the stuff that will break your heart.

Iran: I am mad as hell that apparently we’re just not a good enough country to speak up for liberty, anymore. That our silence implies consent to despots. Meanwhile, Christiane Amanpour just reports over my tv that the Iranian Government is torturing and raping students, many they captured in their Monday midnight raid on student dorms. Strange indifference. WHEN can America finally speak up? Does this president not support these universal ideals. Also Don’t miss this or this.

Society: I’m mad at this. And this, and this, this and this. Hey, the traditional right of Americans to dissent and protest? That’s borderline terrorist behavior, these days.

Healthcare Fraud: And this, and this; not so much this, but this and this. And this. And this, and this. What about this?

ACORN/Obamafraud: This and this, this and this. Hmmmm…here’s a thought.

Stimulus Epic Fail: this graph, and these projects and this, and this and this and this and this. Bloodless but not painless, after all. Bogus Economics.

Media: What’s the point of even talking about it, but read this anyway. The Runts are becoming the capos of the Alpha Wolf, and as long as they get to play within his sphere, there will be no questions or concerns forthcoming from our gatekeepers, and “mediating intelligences,” who can be overawed with the mere swatting of a fly. Thank God for Alternative Media, for as long as we have it.

Gayfolk: I’m even mad on their behalf, because no one likes to be tossed a bone and basically told, “so? You’re mad? Where are you going to go? I own you.”

ABUSE OF POWER: And this should tick off everyone, if they’re honest. Read that one, and this because it is related if you read no others. Senile? And this and this and this, this, this. The press predictably whitewashes.

Writes Ed Morrissey:

We are seeing a pattern, no longer just a single data point. IGs work independently to protect taxpayers from corruption and abuse from its own government agencies. A coordinated attack on IGs certainly suggests hostility to that mission, which isn’t the Hope and Change Obama promised on the campaign trail.

The White House refuses to answer questions about the firing of three inspectors general in two weeks. Hmmmm…I wonder if this meets the definition of “arrogant” and “unilateral” and “imperialist”.

Seems like a genuine abuse of power, getting very little attention. Read those last links and realize that today is day 150 of the Obama presidency. Then…adjust your dreams, accordingly.

Look at history and you know this cannot end well. I may have hated how the press treated Bush, but at least they were a counterbalance to him, at least there were questions. One person having all of the power, and all of the press – in all of history that has never ended well.

Where is our Paddy Chayefsky?

I’m going to go throw up, now.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/maryjanewatson Shelby

    I love it. I could go on and on but will stop there. Thanks for doing my ranting for me as I am so spent these days from it all. Floated on in from twitter. Will check back again for sure

  • newton

    Leave some room for me by that toilet, would ya? I think I’m joining you over there…

  • http://lowlytuber.blogspot.com tim maguire

    I have enough faith in the American people to be a Pollyanna about it, at least as far as the United States goes (sorry, Iranians, you’re on your own since our cavalry will be delayed a few years too long). This is simply the left over-playing it’s hand and giving America the wake up call it might not have gotten for decades absent the nationalization of Chicago politics.

    We have more than enough of what it takes to clean up this mess once we get tired of liberals’ silliness.

  • YogusBearus

    We need more bathrooms…

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  • http://hootsbuddy.blogspot.com John Ballard

    I have been making my way through two books that should be required reading for every literate citizen.

    The Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr
    (1982) and
    Money Driven Medicine
    by Maggie Mahar (2006) are both solid, well-documented reading.

    Starr’s book is somewhat dry but totally essential background reading. Mahar’s book is now a documentary by Alex Gibney which was released last week. Both can be bought at a deep discount from abebooks.com, my go-to place for any book but especially anything out of print or discounted.

    A quick, more recent informative piece is Atul Gawande’s now widely-circulated article in the June New Yorker magazine comparing two health care systems in Texas.

    Don’t let it be said I didn’t try to contribute something informative to your comments thread. The sound bites and cheap shots make me tired.

    (fwiw, I believe the opposite of faith is not unbelief but fear. Fear often manifests in righteous indignation. I want to say something soothing when I encounter righteous indignation but it’s hard to find the right words. All I know to do is remain calm and offer whatever new information might be helpful in conflict resolution.)

  • SoCalHobbit

    I love it!

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  • http://www.eddiemcdonald.com Ed

    I don’t get what you expect us to do about Iran. Remember that hostage crisis with the Somalian pirates and those on the right were angry because Obama wasn’t addressing the situation on TV? Turns out he was too busy working on getting the man freed rather than use the moment to make political gains on TV. That’s the difference between leading and going on TV and telling everyone you are leading.

    [You know what that reminds me of? It reminds me of the Tsunami of 2004, when people castigated Bush for not getting on tv and biting his lip, and then giving him no credit for immediately coordinating with Japan, Australia, and other nations and sending our navy out there to help, serve, rescue, treat and sustain the victims, while EU was talking about how bad they felt, and the UN was saying we were "stingy." Or, you know, Bush being blamed for Katrina, when he actually did a great deal and was stymied by Blanco and the NOLA Mayor. As to the Pirate situation, there is some question, even now, as to whether Obama's work was more of a hindrance than a help, but I'll go along and say HE saved that guy's life. Does that mean he is exempt from criticism when people are (even Christiane Amanpour admits) being raped and tortured for the crime of wanting their votes counted and he keeps silent? The American President has always been - with all of his faults and foibles - a voice for freedom, IF NOTHING ELSE. Until now. Damn straight I'll criticize. There should never be any ambiguity about freedom coming from the WH. The world should NEVER have to guess where America stands on the notion of liberty. While we remember all of Bush's failings, let's remember that Bill Clinton sat by and did nothing while a million were killed in Rwanda. Clinton eventually admitted that was a HUGE failing on the part of America. Do we learn nothing? - admin]

  • Fahey Flynn

    “While we remember all of Bush’s failings, let’s remember that Bill Clinton sat by and did nothing while a million were killed in Rwanda. Clinton eventually admitted that was a HUGE failing on the part of America. Do we learn nothing? – admin”

    Bush learned nothing. How many were killed in Dafur on his watch, while he did nothing? Perhaps that’s why Bush said it was “not realistic” for Clinton to have stopped the Rwandan genocide. Talk about ambiguity. Link. link.

    [In fairness, no one does anything about Dafur. To all of our shame. But at least there is this.]

  • http://ConservativeOutrage.Blogspot.com Pops

    Gee, I wish you would tell us how you REALLY feel. Dittos

    They call me Pops

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  • http://www.justgrits.wordpress.com Obi’s Sister

    My sentiments exactly. I was going to say you hit the nail on the head(s), but this was some fine and subtle work with a nail gun.

  • Mimsy

    You are doing important work here, please don’t lose heart! That said, I’ve had to tell my own children, ages 19 and 23, to not read so much news because they really were feeling depressed and hopeless about their futures. Yes, I quoted Jeremiah to them, but they are still young. And I’m so saddened and bewildered by the stealing of the relic of St. Teresa. St. Michael’s is a lovely old church. We often go to mass there when in Toronto.

  • http://spreadingolive.blogspot.com Elizabeth Anne

    A tweet from Change_for_Iran:

    president obama is doing fine, if he says anything in direct support of us, gov will translate it as Evil US is trying to destroy Iranabout 14 hours ago from web

  • http://dymphnaroad.blogspot.com/ dymphna

    Actually I’m glad we stayed out of Darfur and Rwaanda. Neiher situation had anything to do with the US and the people would’ve turned on our soldiers in a heartbeat. Mogodishu comes to mind.

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