Montana Police Chief
says riding a horse
while drunk Is legal.
How dumb can you get? Or perhaps more interesting, how dumb do Republicans think we are? Their attempt to repeal the health care bill is turning out to be a complete disaster. The first problem is that it is a complete waste of time and taxpayer money at a time when there are much more important and urgent problems to solve. Perhaps what is even dumber is that it is allowing Democrats to explain just how good a bill it really is, and point out the disastrous consequences of repealing it. What is worse, however, is that most all of their arguments have turned out to be false. They claim the American public is opposed to it, false, a majority of Americans want it left alone or improved. They say it is a “job killer,” false, it will actually provide jobs. They say it will bankrupt the country, false, it will reduce the debt. They say it will harm small businesses, false, it will help them provide health care for their employees that they cannot now provide. They say it is socialism, false, private insurance companies (unfortunately) are still involved and will probably profit even more. I guess the current Republicans must have taken lessons from Bush/Cheney so they believe they can lie with impunity and the public will not be smart enough to understand they are being lied to big time. The ultimate absurdity ot this charade is that even if they could repeal “Obamacare,” they have offered absolutely nothing to take its place other than some vague mumbling that the marketplace will prevail. Of course the marketplace is what has been bankrupting people all along. The more it is discussed, and the more people become familiar with it, the better the bill appears. It appears to me their attempt to repeal health care, which they knew was doomed to fail, was, to put it simply, a really dumb idea.
There are lots of little tidbits worthy of mention today. If you began to fear that President Obama would become a one-time President, relax, he won’t be. How do I know this? Because Dick the Slimy who has apparently crawled out from under a rock once again, has said he would be, and we all know that Cheney has never been right about anything. Sarah Palin has announced she will not sit down and shut up. That is great news, as about the only way she could regain any credibility by now would be to sit down and shut up, at least for a while. John Bolton, one of the greatest warmongers ever, has said that if he ran he could capture the Republican nomination for President, “because he represents the mainstream of the Republican Party” (better sit down while you try to digest that, frightening if true). Glory be! Joe Lieberman has announced he will not seek office again in 2012! That is really great news. I hope he will decide to retire in Israel so he can watch, at first hand, the Palestinians being abused. A proposal first put forth by Orin Hatch some time back, that welfare recipients should be drug tested before being allowed to get help, has now surfaced again, I think in Kentucky. I don’t know, people on welfare don’t have much money to buy drugs, it would make far more sense to test white people, especially those on Wall Street, who seem to buy and use a lot of cocaine. Beware of Jeb Bush, married to a Latino, and lurking patiently among the Bushes for his turn to be President.
You may remember Spencer, the all-white cat with the blue eyes that slyly moved into our household. He was skinny, with a pathetic cry, constantly hungry, quite timid around us and the other cats, and unwilling to stay in the house at night. I must report things have changed for Spencer (and us). After a few months of being properly fed, putting on some weight, filling out beautifully, and being well-treated, Spencer has pretty much taken over. He now stays in the house whenever he wants, sleeps wherever he wants, eats whenever he wants, and is afraid of nothing (except little Kati who takes no guff from anyone). He also sleeps nightly on our bed (having ousted Claire who used to sleep here) where I said I would never want him to sleep. Aside from a tendency for foot fetishism, he has become a good citizen. Unlike the others he does not tear up furniture and, relatively speaking, is a gentleman.
Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.
The lowest temperature on earth was -128.6 (F) at a Russian station in Antarctica.