Yes, there are two Americas’ Virginia, they exist as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. One tolerant and broadminded, the other intolerant and narrow-minded!
Sincerely, thinkingblue, from the TOLERANT AND BROADMINDED USA
PS: Joe (You Lie) Wilson, et al reside in the other America!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Mitch McConnell Mouth Brain Disconnection
Hypocrite is too nice a word for Mitch McConnell. I can think of many words that would fit him a lot better.
I know that this new discovery has probably scared the BEJESUS out of ideologues and the religious who follow a strict script and any wandering departure from such script is a WORLD CATACLYSMIC EVENT. BUT AS THEY SAY... the cat is out of the bag so… DON'T STOP "ME" (SCIENCE) NOW!
I like to think on scientific discovery as good for mankind, that is if the greedy don’t get a hold of it and use it for reasons that will satisfy their lust for power and wealth, to the detriment of us all (like they have done --but not got away with-- so many times in the past)! thinkingblue
Will life ever have a silver lining as the song "Look for a Silver Lining" http://www.thethinkingblue.com/psychopathsilverlining.html suggests? I hope so but I'm not too enthusiastic about it, but as long as Keith Olbermann stays on the air, I will have a resource to help get me through this journey called LIFE (in one whole stable mental piece). thinkingblue
As always, (It feels so good to be able to use the word "ALWAYS" once again concerning Keith) Keith Olbermann delivered an emotional Special Comment last night. As I listened with tears welling up, (along with a silent roar of laughter at Olbermann's astonishing wit and sarcasm) I thought to myself, it's so good to have you back on the air.
For years, in the past I had sat in front of my TV with tears flowing down my face during one of Keith’s dissertations about some human topic or event concerning the strength or despair of the human condition (Pure Theatre of the Absurd genre). These comments of hope (or anger) helped diminish my cynicism just a little and made me believe there was perhaps hope for us tragic human creatures. But always these feelings of encouragement were short lived because some other psychopathic saga (usually of a political nature) would come down the pike, bringing with it a puff of (GOP) gloom.
Please watch Keith Olbermann's special comment of June 23, 2011 but have a tissue handy.
Then maybe you might like to read the very (unfortunately) accurate description from the article below BY David Schwartz.
It was with much excitement and anticipation that I watched the first two nights of Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV. A glorious moment for me because after he was booted off MSNBC for not buckling under their rigid, corporate (and on-the-spot whoever conservative manager that was vexed by Olbermann's honesty) RULES, a BLACK HOLE(replacing the Olbermann candidness that kept us SANE in an INSANE period in our lives) appeared in my psyche.
I must tell you, I was not disappointed.
While I sat there glued to my TV, I felt as though I had a momentary time-travel and landed somewhere betwixt the horrible years we were forced to endure during the Bush/Cheney administration; where, if it had not been for Keith, those years would have been, without question, completely intolerable and torturous. His nightly show spoke words of truth that were ubiquitous to all, who treasure freedom and realize its vulnerability. Thank You Keith we missed you and WELCOME BACK! thinkingblue
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
SERIES DEBUT 8-9PM
COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN Current TV
It’s the same title and the same cranky, opinionated and BELOVED (Well not by Sarah Palin) broadcaster. But here on Al Gore’s network, Keith Olbermann will welcome contributors like Michael Moore and Ken Burns and presumably will donate to whomever the #@”& He wants!!!
By Jessica Shaw EW magazine---
Countdown With Keith Olbermann premieres on Current TV
Special Announcement By Keith Olbermann About His New Show On Current TV
As you can see, Keith Olbermann's new Countdown on Current TV which debuted last night, looks and feels much like his old Countdown. Here are a few moments from the show, including his "Special Comment" in which he discusses the new program, which he calls "the last line of defense."
It is clear that Clarence Thomas does not belong on the benches of thehighest court in our nation. It is hard to believe that he hasimmunity from the things he is accused of simply by occupying the chambers of SCOTUS. Anita Hill must be shaking her head ferventlywith ‘I TOLD YOU SOS’. It is a shame that sexualharassment was looked upon as BOYS WILL BE BOYS back then. Intoday’s world Clarence Thomas probably would not beappointed. He should simply resign but taking into account his lack of ethics and his low moral conduct he will never leave.
The man has no shame and our country will suffer years to come because of it. thinkingblue
Not everyone believed Anthony Weiner should have resigned. But whether you agree it's best for our country if he do so or not, you will find opinion out in Internet Land that hits the old proverbial nail right smack on its head. Here are two of the best... IMAO. thinkingblue
PS: We all know the saying... Opinions are like BLANK in that everyone has one. Well with the resignation of Anthony Weiner this is certainly an OPINION FREE-FOR-ALL! I am only putting forth these 2... Why? Because I like them. ;-)
(Tit for tat is an English saying meaning "equivalent retaliation")
I literally love Bob Herbert. I’ve read his columns for years and have blogged on a few. He possesses a wealth of wisdom and along with that, enormous intelligence. And even with all that talent he, believe or not, is a humble man… a rare trait these days.
His comments on Rachel Maddow's Show give good reasoning to why Anthony Weiner has to go and makes mucho sense. Yet many liberal voters have embraced the question, why is Anthony Weiner being thrown under the bus by Democrats when Republican miscreants were left off the hook.
Even Rachel Maddow has weighed in on the side of the angry liberals who would like only a TIT FOR TAT action concerning Weiner. If there are Republicans who have descended into perversion and stayed in office then why are Democrats holding Weiner to a higher standard?
Listen to Herbert explain this with so much casual integrity."I think that there's a lot of reasons he should leave. First and foremost, I don't think Democrats should be behaving like Republicans. I expect Republicans to be hypocrites -- I expect politicians to be hypocritical, and I expect Republicans to be at a heightened state of hypocrisy than most politicians.”
RIGHT ON BOB!
Rachel, I love you too but on this one YOU ARE WRONG! thinkingblue
Divided Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds anti-union law
June 15, 2011
Is this the beginning of the end for WI and our nation? When FACTS can be manufactured to affect the outcome of a very POLITICAL debate then there is nowhere else to go but UP for the GOP and its Koch Brother Tea Party offshoot. Even if this decision doesn't end in the WI Supreme Court and goes to SCOTUS... The political imbalance there, will only allow it to stand... Why even bother to spend the money for this to happen?
It isa sad day for WE THE PEOPLE and for our nation. The people, The facts, The Truth are no longer important. Where did the SILVER PLATTER come from that was under the OUR FREEDOMS which was handed over to Scott Walker and his Tea Party? Never mind, I know THE KOCH BROTHERS BOUGHT IT! thinkingblue
MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – A sharply divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a controversial measure that curbs the collective bargaining rights of public workers in the state can go into effect.
In what was essentially a 4-3 decision, the high court overturned a lower court, which had ruled Republican lawmakers violated the state's open meetings law when they passed the measure in March.
"Access was not denied," the Supreme Court declared in Tuesday's decision. "There is no constitutional requirement that the legislature provide access to as many members of the public as wish to attend meetings of the legislature or meetings of legislative committees."
But Tuesday' 68-page decision was a thicket of concurrences and dissents, reflecting the sharp divide the measure has created in the state itself.
David Prosser, whose recent reelection to the state's high court had been hotly contested by opponents of the union measure, wrote in his eight-page concurrence that GOP legislators had good reason to rush things they way they did, given the ugly mood of protesters at the Capitol.
"The circuit court concluded that the legislature should have provided public notice of the special session conference committee 24 hours in advance," Prosser wrote.
"The court did not acknowledge that thousands of demonstrators stormed and occupied the state Capitol within a few hours of the notice that a conference committee meeting would be held." MORE HERE
If this next video doesn't turn your stomach (or at least alarm you)... NOTHING WILL! thinkingblue
Thom Hartmann - Tea party use's Guerrilla Warfare on the Internet!?
Rick Scott following in lockstep with the GOP's unyielding desire to KILL anything public has signed more bills into law (Regressive Conservatism laws) to help in the annihilation of the Public Education System. First expanding the voucher system witch allow more students to flee poor performing Public Schools and with the help of the government (our tax money) enter private schools. This is a KILL THE SOCIAL SAFETY NETS and privatize EVERYTHING, fulfillment for the GOP. Also passing a bill that will allow any teacher to judge the clothing of students... Say for instance, some Evangelical Christian teacher (who has a problem with seeing the SKIN of others) is appalled by perhaps a bellybutton exposure (or maybe an armpit or a hint of cleavage) they can now under government law punish the student and banish him/her to an in-school suspension. Does this sound like SMALL GOVERNMENT? Small government My Big Fat Foot! "Heil Hitler". RICK SCOTT SHOULD BE BAKER ACTED! Please read the article below: thinkingblue
Rick Scott following in lockstep with the GOP's unyielding desire to KILL anything public has signed more bills into law (Regressive Conservatism laws) to help in the annihilation of the Public Education System.
Tallahassee, FL - A trio of bills overhauling state voucher programs and a measure cracking down on baggy pants at public schools were signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday.
The four bills were among 48 measures Scott approved Thursday, according to an announcement by his office late in the day.
Two of the bills could increase, perhaps by thousands of students, the number of recipients of taxpayer funds to be put toward private education.
Is Rick Scott Turning Florida into a Totalitarian State?
Rick Scott, is a monster, pure and simple. He is out to eradicate all poverty by killing the poor off; All elderly who rely on social programs; by killing them off; All socialprograms that middle and lower class income groups (who will not survive without) depend upon... you guessed it, BY KILLING THEM OFF.
How did this prima donna despot become Governor of Florida? Right now he has an approval rating of 29%, the real question here is... WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE THAT COMPRISE THIS 29% GROUP? No wonder we are a divided nation! GET OUT AND VOTE AND STOP THESE MONSTERS! thinkingblue
As we speak Rick Scott is harming the state of Florida. My daughter almost was fired from her teaching job because she was up for tenure (THE ONLY REASON)... A single mother of 2 children who worked her fingers to the bone to obtain a teaching degree while working and raising her kids. Then a Rick Scott comes along and wantonly tries to snatch her achievement away from her. This man is not worthy of his position.
Rick Scott's goal in life apparently is to bring Florida to its knees or worse. The people who voted for this selfish, arrogant man must be horrified at what they have put into power. If Florida is to survive as a state anyone would be proud to call home, Rick Scott and his immoral objectives must go. Below is a video I have put together concerning this pathetic man Florida calls Governor. Please watch it and then help save our beautiful state from Rick Scott, sign petition. thinkingblue
Rick Scott took the Fifth SEVENTY FIVE TIMES during this Two
Hour Deposition for Medicare Fraud
MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott will soon be hit with legal challenges over his decision to make drug tests mandatory for all state workers, an American Civil Liberties Union official said on Monday.
Gov. Rick Scott has signed two historic Medicaid bills, placing the health care of nearly 3 million Florida residents into the hands of for-profit companies and hospital networks
Tallahassee, FL - Gov. Rick Scott has signed two historic Medicaid bills, placing the health care of nearly 3 million Florida residents into the hands of for-profit companies and hospital networks.
Scott signed the bills Thursday.
Lawmakers say Medicaid was overwhelming the state budget and needed to be privatized to rein in costs and improve patient care.
Critics fear the bills build on a flawed five-county experiment where patients struggled to access specialists and doctors complained the treatments they prescribed were frequently denied.
Sen. Joe Negron, who spearheaded the overhaul, said leaders have learned from the pilot program's shortcomings and includes increased oversight and more stringent penalties.
Long term care patients will be the first to enroll in the statewide program starting in October 2013. Others will join the following year.
Rick Scott Faces Challenge Over Decision To Make Drug Tests Mandatory For State Workers
"We're certainly moving in that direction," said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, when asked about possible lawsuits challenging the policy.
"It's certainly going to be subjected to a test, a constitutional evaluation by the courts," Simon, a veteran civil rights advocate, told Reuters.
He was referring to an executive order that Scott, a Tea Party-backed conservative, signed last week requiring random drug screening for all workers on the state payroll at least once every three months.
New job applicants would also be subject to drug tests under the order signed by Scott, a controversial former healthcare executive, who took office in January.
Scott issued his order on the same day a bill was filed in the state legislature seeking to make good on his campaign pledge to require drug tests for welfare recipients, who would be required to pay for their own drug screening.
He said random drug testing of government workers, without reasonable suspicion of drug abuse, has generally been limited to employees in jobs where public safety is an issue.
"There's federal, U.S. Supreme Court standards on all of this. I don't think the governor got very good legal advice on this thing," Simon said.
He noted that Scott has staunchly opposed a statewide computer database that would track prescriptions of Vicodin, Percocet and other dangerous narcotics, on grounds that it could intrude on privacy rights.
"That could only come from a person who is very, very selective in their principles," Simon said.
Law enforcement officials say Florida is the largest U.S. state without a database to keep track of painkillers, including oxycodone, and the undisputed epicenter of America's illegal pill-mill trade and prescription dope dealers.
(Reporting by Tom Brown; Editing by Todd Eastham)
BUT WAIT, THERE'S GOOD NEWS CONCERNING THIS FLORIDA TOTALITARIAN GOVERNOR thinkingblue
A new Quinnipiac poll released today found that in one month President Obama’s approval rating in Florida has gone from 44% to 51%.
According to the Quinnipiac University poll, President Obama has experienced a net 16 point swing in Florida. The President went from having a net negative approval rating of 44%-52% in April to having a positive 51%-43% job approval rating in May.
Obama has made up most of his ground with Independents, who swung a net 18 points in his direction. The president’s job approval rating with the state’s Independents has gone from 39%-55% in April to 47%-45% today. Obama also gained a net 12 points in Democratic approval from 79%-16% in April to 86%-11% today. Obama experienced a huge swing with men in the state. He has gained a net 22 points. The president has gone from a 19 point negative split in April, 39%-58% to 47%-45% today.
By a margin of 50%-44% voters say Obama deserves a second term. Last month, by a margin of 51%-42% voters said that he did not deserve to be reelected.
Obviously the big change since April was the killing of Bin Laden, but Americans have notoriously short memories and that event took place weeks before this poll was conducted. Something interesting happens when Gov. Rick Scott’s approval numbers from the same poll are compared with Obama’s. As Obama was gaining a net 18 point in the state, Gov. Scott was losing 16 points.
Scott’s approval rating has fallen to a Palin like 29%. His disapproval rating (54%) almost mirrors Obama’s new approval rating (51%). Scott’s disapproval ratings with Independents and men are each over 50%. Rick Scott came into office as an unpopular governor, and his numbers continue to only trend downward.
The question is has Rick Scott poisoned the well for the Republican nominee in 2012? If Scott’s approval ratings don’t improve, he may have made it impossible for the Republican nominee to beat Obama in Florida. Recent polling in Ohio revealed that as Gov. John Kasich has become the second most unpopular governor in America, Obama has become the favorite there too.
The best argument for voters in Florida to support Obama in 2012 may end up being Rick Scott. If Scott continues to plummet, a state that Republicans consider crucial to defeating Obama may be out of reach.
The lesson here is be careful what you wish for. Republicans wanted a big victory in 2010, but their victory may be helping Obama steam ahead towards a Sunshine State victory 2012.