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Guns, guns and bigger guns

Friday, 11:35 pm

By Kate





I was just taking a stroll down memory lane this evening. At the very beginning of this blog, I had strong opinions (Oh what a surprise, that!). Turns out that my instincts, eight years ago were spot on. But then, many of us instinctively knew that an assault weapon free-for-all was horribly dangerous. How is it that the loons who think more guns = better are the ones who make the policy in this country as if the rest of us don’t exist?

Incidentally, I found this graphic on Gawker recently. Not for sure that it is genuine, but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me. Seems to summarize everything wrong with our culture. Please enumerate the ways this graphic is wrong? I can’t get past the stuttering....


Political terms

Wednesday, 10:27 pm

By Kate




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Listening to the news a while ago, the segment on Egypt came on the teevee. I believe it was Comcast New England Cable News Network. Anyway, the reporter described the pro-democracy protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square today as Mob Rule. Get that? Mob rule. Despite Mubarak’s thugs being out with their Molotov Cocktails and steel bar batons beating the ever-loving crap out of the protesters, the ones getting the crap beaten out of them were the ones identified as participating in Mob Rule. Those thugs doing the beating and bomb throwing who were captured proved to be plain clothes cops and Mubarak operatives with substantiating I.D. But they weren’t described as thugs or anything. Nooo...they were pro-government supporters. It is, apparently, in someone’s best interests to downplay the pro-democracy movement in Egypt and encourage us to be sympathetic to the pro-Mubarak supporters. (Notice how many of the pro-Mubarak signs are in English?) You kind of have to wonder why our news people want us to be sympathetic to the government thugs. Is it because the reporters are simply dumber than a box of rocks or do they have a vested interest in the outcome of this little dust up in the desert? I would like to know.

I thought bringing in the camels for foreign consumption was an especially nice touch. Camels in downtown Cairo? Really?

I heard that CNN’s Anderson Cooper got his head bashed in by pro-Mubarak supporters today. I wonder what his take on the subject is tonight. He was busy sucking up to the pro-Mubarak supporters just minutes before their batons cracked him over the skull.

Mob Rule vs Pro-Government supporters. Dear Comcast, your politics are showing (or your stupidity and I don’t believe that for a moment). It’s not flattering. You would prefer to lend support to a vicious dictator and adopt a “screw the people” attitude? My goodness. Who would have guessed. Who exactly are you protecting...and why? That’s a place where most Americans aren’t ready to go.

I feel sorry for the Egyptians and I offer them my worthless support from thousands of miles away. And a fervent wish that they succeed in ousting Mubarak and his government. They have to triumph or the government forces will track them down from the miles and miles of video coverage and torture them to death at leisure. That’s the way it works in Egypt. The people must triumph completely.


For those who would like more information from some of the horses’ mouths and where lively discussion is encouraged and where idealism and honor are still highly valued, I’d urge you to visit Mondoweiss. It is one of the finest resources on the Middle East on the intertubes. A fine community of bright people who care about justice and human beings.


Israel's new PR nightmare

Sunday, 11:07 pm

By Kate




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Over the past several hours, I have been keeping an eye on a live video feed of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla—several ships laden with humanitarian aid and supplies for Gazans, ships intended to break the Israeli blockade to deliver the supplies.

Over the past couple of hours, Israel attacked at least one of the boats, killed two 10-14 19 people and wounded at least 30-50 over 60, some critically. (Contact was lost with the other two boats hours ago.) This was done in international waters, at least 78 miles off the coast of Israel. At least one of the ships was registered in the United States. The larger one, which was attacked, is registered to Turkey and is filled with Turkish civilians and reporters. I’m going to assume that Prime Minister Erdogan is not going to take this well.

There are more than a couple international laws that have been trampled tonight. And unnecessary violence and bloodshed. Israel is out of control and I am fed up to the teeth with the Israeli government making excuses and getting away with unrestrained violence. I watched people bleeding to death tonight as it was happening. I watch Israeli commandos jumping off helicopters onto the deck of the Turkish vessel tonight, armed to the damned teeth and terrifying men, women, and children with the barrels of guns pointing at them. Sound grenades going off, too. And did I mention people bleeding to death? People who did no violence to anyone?

I wonder if Israel realizes what a public relations nightmare it has created in front of live video cams that were broadcasting to the world at large. It’s a different world and I hope that tomorrow the rest of the world will catch up with tonight’s events and isolate Israel. They need to get a grip and do it quickly. There are many other things I could and should say about it, but maybe another time. I’m still seeing people bleeding to death and I probably will in my sleep tonight and tomorrow night and...and...and. That’s enough to occupy my brain for a while. Do you suppose Pres. Obama will have anything to say about it to Bibi when he comes calling on Tuesday? I’d like to think so, but who the hell knows.


Can we talk???

Wednesday, 9:39 pm

By Cyn




weather is freaking cold, they had snow in the Berkshires last night and this morning...

SO, OK I have been quieter the last few days, but I have a good excuse, I was busy hiding my own Easter eggs............OK, an Alzheimer’s joke which probably is not in good taste, but I COULD hide my own these days, I seem to be hiding a lot of things!!  Either that or the ghosts of my mom and dad are having an awful lot of fun moving and hiding things at my expense.

But I want to talk.........about several things, but since it is going for 11PM, I will just pick one for now. 

The immigration law just signed in Arizona.  I have been chewing on this one for the last several days because I needed to cool down before I commented.  I have to some extent, but I am still angry.  However, before I go any further, I have to give props to the Sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, Clarence Dupnik.  I listened to him on Hardball tonight and liked what he had to say.  He thinks that this whole thing will eventually be thrown out, but before it does there will be a lot of upset voters, hurt feelings and a tremendous amount of confusion.

I confess - proudly - to being somewhat of a liberal, maybe not a total bleeding heart liberal as I have been called lately, but I think I have a pretty good sense of what is right and what is wrong and I think this new law in Arizona is wrong, wrong, wrong.  I also confess I have not read it, I have read the newspaper reports, listened to many different commentators about it and nothing has changed my mind. 

What I do not understand, what I have never understood and what I probably never will understand is WHY we feel the need to go after the illegals?  I don’t blame them for trying to make a better life for themselves.  They are - and I believe this to be true - doing the jobs we don’t want or won’t do.  However, what I cannot wrap my head around is the fact there are so many so willing to go after these people and deport them, break up families perhaps and not one, not a single one that I have heard, has ever said we should be going after the PEOPLE WHO EMPLOY THEM.........most especially the big corporations.  I must be stupid cause I think if we went after them and made it HURT if they are hiring illegals, then the problem would go away........or wouldn’t it?  Could it be it is political suicide to go after the people who are lining your campaign pockets with money?? 

So, c’mon, let’s talk!!




Monday, 11:00 am

By Cyn




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If you’re seeing women dressed a bit more revealingly Monday, it could be they’re taking part in the BoobQuake WRTV-TV in Indianapolis reported.

The station said it started with a Purdue University student’s attempt to poke fun at an Iranian cleric’s contention that promiscuity and immodesty is responsible for earthquakes. It mushroomed into a cause that went viral, taken on by thousands of women.


The Power of Pelosi

Monday, 8:08 am

By Cyn




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Renee Toth had a good article in the Boston Globe this weekend that is - in my humble opinion - worth reading...AT THE end of January, when all of Washington was wailing that Scott Brown’s election to the US Senate meant a stake in the heart of health care reform, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference and outlined her plan for the bill. “You go through the gate,’’ she said. “If the gate’s closed you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole-vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in. But we are going to get health care reform passed for the American people.’’ The Power of Pelosi


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