How Popular Is Peace?

These days the term “peace” generates very little interest……

I am truly impressed by the tone of the magazine, The American Conservative…….I am by no stretch of the imagination a conservative but I find the thoughts put forth in this magazine shows some real growth for American conservatives……

Our Right leaning party is full of war hawks….mainly because most of them are owned by the Military-Industrial Complex (M-IC)… naturally they will be pushing more and more for military intervention to make their owners happy.

In the past I was an anti-war protester, a peace-nik, if you will and that drive me to study war and its causes and solutions……today’s world is very confusing for it seems that even the smallest event can lead to wide spread death and destruction is peace possible?

In these days when every conflict seems to spiral out of control….is peace a popular concept or for that matter, an option?

Source: How Popular Is Peace? | The American Conservative

I am not saying that I agree with every thing that is written within the pages of this magazine…..only that it gives me hope that our country can once again return to sanity from the abyss of insanity……

The House Of Drama

At the end of this month (October) the House of Representatives will vote on a new speaker……the present speaker has decided he has had enough of the games and antics of the clowns in the political circus we call the House.

Boehner is out and McCarthy is the heir apparent………or is he?  It seems the Mr. Mac has a problem when speaking into a microphone (and he wants to be speaker….see the irony there?)

Any way Mac has a challenger one sleepy time Rep known as Jason Chaffetz from the state of denial….no wait….Utah, the state of Utah.  After Mac made his now famous comment about Hillary and the Benghazi investigation he got a challenger….I guess the other GOPers are pissed that Mac gave away the secret of the tape…..

But what if Mac is not that popular when the vote comes around and we have a hung trial and the votes go on……

Rep. Kevin McCarthy is the heavy favorite to be the next House speaker, but he’s got a big math problem at the moment: When the full House votes on Oct. 29, he needs 218 ayes—and a group of about 30 conservative Republicans can prevent him from getting there, writes Russell Berman in the Atlantic. That raises the possibility that the House will be unable to elect a speaker and thus could become “institutionally paralyzed” for weeks or even months despite a host of pressing issues. One scenario is that John Boehner will stay on until a new leader is elected, instead of resigning on Oct. 30 as planned, notes the Hill.

That would be a “nightmare scenario” for Republicans and the House, which hasn’t needed multiple ballots to elect a speaker since 1923, writes Berman. Conservative Jason Chaffetz is running a long-shot candidacy against McCarthy, but his prospects of actually winning are all but nil. Berman’s piece suggests a way out of the mess: Conservatives will wring enough concessions out of House leaders—key committee posts, etc.—in exchange for their support of McCarthy’s speakership before the House vote.

(Click to read the full post. McCarthy hasn’t helped his own cause with his Hillary Clinton comments.)

Is it possible that we could get even more drama out of the House?  More entertainment watching the GOPers act like spoiled rug rats?  Will the Freedom Caucus (new name for the Tea Party) be as moronic as they have been in the past?  Will we get much deserved chuckle from the antics of silly little people?


A brief history of the term RINO, from Roosevelt to Boehner – Vox

It is election time and the GOP field is as nutty as it has ever been…..and at anytime now someone will use the RINO taunt…..a painful insult to a conservative…….

One of my fave terms in all of politics, well American politics is….RINO (Republican In Name Only)…..when conservatives want to insult their colleagues they call them RINOs……

The latest attack by a Repub on his fellow Repubs is Ted Cruz…….

Cruz took to the Senate well on Monday–to speak before what was effectively an empty chamber–and criticized fellow Republicans Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and his Texas colleague in the Senate John Cornyn. Nominally, Cruz was slamming his colleagues–for an hour– because they did not back him in the fights over the Iran deal and Planned Parenthood.

Though Cruz did not specially use the term RINO….we all know what he was thinking…….RINO?…….A good term….but is there a history that we should know about the term?

Yes there is… on……learn the history (you guys knew that was coming, right?)

Source: A brief history of the term RINO, from Roosevelt to Boehner – Vox

Boehner has decided to cut and run… the GOP has its eyes on Senate leader……..

Several influential Republicans have called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to resign. Pressure for the Kentucky congressman to step aside follows House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement that he is resigning at the end of October.

According to Business Insider, Republicans who are frustrated with McConnell’s leadership want him to change the Senate rules to enable conservative legislation to pass without needing the required 60-vote super-majority. McConnell’s refusal to use obstruction methods was also a source of Republican frustration, according to The Washington Times.

GOP is trying to rid itself of all RINOs……is this a purity thing?  If I were a conservative I would wear the title like a badge of courage….but that is me…..

See what we can learn by using history…….you will thank me later……

Drop A Bomb On Me

I am battling a internet connection that will not cooperate……please bear with me……..

Great reference to an old funk song from the 70’s…..

There have been times when I have been caught with my brain in neutral and today has been one of those days……

I got the news from my friend over at “The John Liming Report”……the weeping angle (Dr. Who reference) of thew Congress will step down from his leadership roll in October…..

John Boehner dropped a political bombshell this morning, announcing that he’s not only resigning as House speaker but as a congressman as well. Boehner will leave at the end of October, reports the New York Times. Boehner himself told House Republicans in a closed-door session today, reports Politico. The surprise move comes as Boehner faces another revolt from conservative House members about a potential government shutdown, this time over Planned Parenthood funding.

“The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution,” an aide tells the Hill. “Speaker Boehner believes that the first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution and, as we saw yesterday with the Holy Father, it is the one thing that unites and inspires us all.” (Boehner was seen crying during the pope’s address, though he tends to cry a lot.) The same aide says Boehner, 65, actually intended to quit last year and stuck around only because of Eric Cantor’s stunning election defeat.

Now in October who will emerge as the top dog for the GOP in the House?

It seems that many GOPers are dancing on Boehner’s grave… more…..

Source: Conservatives Rush To Dance On John Boehner’s Grave

Where will the process of choosing the next Speaker take the country?  Will we be subjected to a lengthy partisan battle between the GOP and the Tea Party upstarts?  Where does that leave the shutdown?

Lots of questions and few good answers……


Does A Majority Of Republicans Hold Racist Views?

Before someone has a stroke and starts accusing me of all kinds of crap…..let me say….I am only asking a question not stated a truism.  (Do I need to define truism?)

I started thinking about this question right after Trump made his now infamous Mexicans are rapists comment and the popularity of his comments after that have lead me to this question.

Other candidates have made statements that I think border on bigotry….there are lots of people pointing out that all this rhetoric has a racist tinge to it……the media is not really asking the question or reporting on the atmosphere that the Repubs are setting up for themselves…..

Is it possible that the GOP is loading itself down with racists?

A national poll would be nice.

Asking and you shall receive…….

A majority of GOPers are living in a dangerous right-wing fantasyland—and they think that’s just fine.

Source: Nationwide Poll: Majority of Republicans Have Nakedly Racist Worldview—Trump Has Found the Way to Unleash It | Alternet

To be honest Repubs are not alone…..there are those so-called independents (a generically neutral name for people that are embarrassed by their party and want to pretend to distance themselves from that embarrassment or those that are afraid of being labeled)…….

I know….I know….I do not put much faith in polls either…….Now that you have read about this poll……do any of you have an opinion on this?  A silly question but I had to ask.

IS MSM Grasping At Straws?

2016 and the election has its cast of characters…..the GOP especially has one a/hole after another….the Dems not so much.

The media has been all over Trump, who is another story……… but has been pretty much set with its fave, Clinton…….

But the MSM needs the controversy to make the news more “lively”……Trump does it on the one hand but the Dems is another…..I mean we have a scandal to be, e-mails, and the straight issue politician in Bernie….like I said not enough controversy for their liking……

What could make the Dems more ‘fun’ to report?  There is the hint that Biden may decide to run but it is just not catching fire in the public……what can they do to jazz up the Dems side of the coin?

Then while I was lamenting about this lack of stuff to “jazz” up the Dems for 2016…..BAM!  Woot dare it is!

report that set the internet ablaze first appeared on BuzzFeed. The story suggested some conversations were already in process with Al about the possibility.

“Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing.”

The story also quoted an anonymous “senior Democrat” source about a potential run, affirming the possibility of a Gore run.

“They’re getting the old gang together. They’re figuring out if there’s a path financially and politically. It feels more real than it has in the past months.”

There you have the newest non-story for the media to fixate upon for the near future…..this is just a made up story for the media and its need to drive the story……it is silly!  And a bit pathetic!

A New Political Movement?

How many of you remember the election of 1980?  I am old enough that I recall the rise of what will become “Reagan Democrats”.  Those were the Dems that considered the DNC was moving too far to the Left, becoming too liberal if there is should a feeling…..these voters wanted a more centrist approach to politics and thus the whole movement was born……..and we see where that erroneous thinking has brought this country……..the crapper!

I bring this up because there is a movement afoot for Sanders in this early part of the election….that is “Republicans for Bernie”……..Hertz writing for the LA Progressive………

There really are Republicans (and former Republicans) who want Bernie Sanders for President. I wrote about this phenomenon about a month ago,  and at the time I only knew of two such persons. But Everett Clifford, who was part of the first article, assured me that there were others besides him, and he’s right. There are several Facebook pages called “Republicans for Bernie,” and I found what I hope is a representative sampling.

So who are these Republicans who want a very left independent for President? Take Darren Remington, age 49, from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a college graduate and ex-military, registered Republican in 1994 when he left the Air Force, and describes himself this way:

“I am an Eisenhower Conservative. My personal outlook is most closely aligned with that of three presidents (two Republican, one Democrat): Teddy Roosevelt (“Square Deal”), Truman (“the buck stops here”), and Eisenhower (five balanced budgets out of eight, understood that we must have adequate infrastructure to support a thriving economy).”

And why is Remington for Bernie Sanders?

“He’s an independent who has spoken up for veterans’ issues, rebuilding a strong middle class, and re-introducing the “common sense” that Thomas Paine wrote about into our modern government. Bernie Sanders seems to me to be to the 21st Century what Teddy Roosevelt was to the 20th Century.”

That pretty much sums up Bernie’s appeal.

Some within the GOP are starting to realize that their party has turned into a theater of the absurd…….at the rate it is falling apart it will never be a viable force nationally again.  They are searching for ways to bring the party back to its political possibility….instead of a joke for later nite TV.

Is it possible we could be seeing the rise of a new brand of “Liberal Republican”?  The Bernie campaign needs to milk this for all it is worth……the more mileage the better chances Bernie has……..

America needs Bernie!

Feel The Bern!