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Politicians Behaving Badly

I fell asleep with the TV on last night.  One bad side effect of doing this is that I can have bad dreams, but worse than that, when you fall asleep with the TV on, you don’t get to choose what you wake up to.

This morning, I woke up to the condescending voice of Harry Reid.  The very first thing I heard this morning was “republicans WANT to deprive women like his and granddaughters of healthcare.“  This is in reference to the money going to Planned Parenthood that is, in part, causing the issues with passing a budget.  I seriously doubt the republicans WANT to deprive women of healthcare or that Reid women visit Planned Parenthood for their annual pap smears.   I’ve also heard republicans claim that Planned Parenthood only does abortions.  All of these statements are ridiculous and completely false. 

Sometimes I wonder if these people are educated at all, because some of the things that they say sound like a child might have concocted them.  Or, maybe they think we are all so dumb that we won’t notice that they make gross generalizations and false statements to lure us into their way of thinking. 
It’s so sad that I only come here to vent.  I’ll have to rethink that and start making regular posts.  I am beyond tired of listening to the politicians in Washington whine and bicker.  If they would stop for a minute and look for creative solutions rather than arm wrestle over every stupid little thing, we might actually get somewhere.   They are arguing about the color of the walls, meanwhile the house is on fire.  And, instead of guiding these politicians like a wise and caring father would his arguing children, Obama has joined the fray.  He should step up and demand some creative solutions – this is how leaders of successful corporations handle things.  He would make a very bad business man.

I realize that most of these people have never actually been business men or women, or that it’s been decades since they were in the business world.  In a business, you have to creatively work through issues.  Take this Planned Parenthood issue for instance.   Republicans don’t want tax-payer dollars going to abortions.  Great, couldn’t agree more.  But, they don’t want Planned Parenthood to get ANY money because once the money is received; it all goes into one pot.  How do you separate tax-payer money from other donations?  Planned Parenthood provides many other services besides abortions.  They provide low cost gyno exams, vaccinations, general physical exams and screenings, STD tests, breast cancer screenings, and so forth.  These are all very valuable services that they provide to low-income men and women.  Nobody is arguing about that.  But they are arguing about abortions.  So, rather than look for a creative solution to this problem that would satisfy both sides, they fight. 

It’s this take it or leave it, black or white, my way or the highway standoff that is crippling this country.  If businesses approached problems this way, we would be a third-world country peeing into holes in the floor. 

Instead of bickering, they should ask questions like this: How can we keep tax-payer money from funding abortions while keeping Planned Parenthood?  Some republicans would just like to see Planned Parenthood shut down no matter what.  And, some democrats would like to see tax-payer money fund abortions.  These are extremes.  There is a middle ground.  If we brainstorm, I’m sure we can come up with a few good solutions.

But no, we don’t operate this country like a business – we operate it like a drug-addict who is about to go into foreclosure on his house.  We have no budget.  We spend more than we earn.  And we refuse to get counseling.

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I Need to Say My Peace

Let me start by saying this is not to insult anyone, their beliefs or their profession.  I just need to vent my thoughts and this is my space to do it.  If you don’t like what I have to say, that’s great.  Keep it to yourself or go to your own space in the world and put it there.  Here is the encapsulation of what has me mad in one handy image.  If you want to buy a shirt or something from this person, go ahead it’s on Cafe Press under Community Organizer.  I don’t advocate it for the reasons I’ll outline below, but you’re a thinking individual and can do what you like.

I’m getting fired up watching these political games.  I haven’t officially registered for any political party.  I am listed as “unaffiliated.”  To me, that means that when an election or a referendum comes along I wait, watch, research, and then make a decision on who/what to vote for according to the option that best suits my personal view of the world.  I vote for blind to political party because I’m voting on issues.  That said, I feel obligated to inform any reader of this piece that as I’ve aged I’ve noticed myself adopting a more conservative world view over time.  This is completely opposite to the registered Democrat I was in college. 

Basically, right now, I’m watching this election unfold and I don’t like what I see.  What has me fired up right now is this continuing “community organizer” crap.  The way I saw it unfold was as such:

Early on brief questioning of what a community organizer is. 

Palin was announced as Republican VP candidate.

Barack Obama (I heard it with my own ears) said she was a just a mayor from a small town with just 9,000 people.

People get momentarily annoyed with the seeming marginalization of small town folks.

Palin takes the stage and responds to Obama’s comment saying she guesses a mayor of a small town is like a community organizer, but with responsibilities.

Down rains fire and brimstone.  Jesus was a community organizer, Pilate was a governor.  Blah Blah Blah.  I’ve seen people creating these nifty little avatars with photos of famous “community organizers” such as John Lennon, Mother Teresa, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, George Washington, etc.

People, let it go.  Barack Obama dished it out, let him take it and let it blow over.  None of the people above they’re listing were “community organizers” based on Obama’s own description of the work he did in that job, and to suggest as much is reducing the contribution some of those people made (I’m excluding John Lennon because I don’t know what they’re smoking, but come on!) 

So, I’m annoyed that people seem to miss the fact that Obama started the whole little argument and now everyone is all up in a fury about people being mean to a community organizer.

Then, I see a bumper sticker on CafePress with a picture of Jesus that says “Jesus was a community organizer.”  Guess what people – JESUS WAS NOT A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER.  Community Organizer is a job someone gets paid to do.  Jesus, at least in my view, was the Son of God.  At the moment I saw that bumper sticker it dawned on me just how ridiculous this whole thing is.  Someone thinks “let’s put a picture of Jesus up there with pictures of Obama, Mother Teresa, George Washington, etc, and call them community organizers.”  None of them, no matter how great, can even be compared to Christ.  And Barack Obama doesn’t hold a candle to any one of them.  He is not on their level.  Some day he might be, but he isn’t now, and he certainly isn’t on par with Christ.

I’m offended by this whole thing and what chaps my hide even more is that this whole “Jesus was a community organizer” crap was started by some preacher.  Annoying.

On further reflection in my anger last night I realized that these people are using the term “community organizer” for anyone who led a group of people and caused change.  Let me say it again, community organizer is a job people do.  Many of the people they are calling community organizers were reformers, politicians, religious leaders – not hired community liasons.  Using their criteria, I started thinking about all the other community organizers of this world: David Koresh, Jim Jones, Charles Manson, Adolf Hitler, Edgar Ray, etc. 

Why, they’re community organizers, too.    You know, I was at the dog park and got to know some people there.  My dog is a community organizer – he facilitated community relationships in an open, friendly setting.  People have said community organizers don’t do anything, but I love my dog, so stop being mean to my dog and saying he was worthless.  He was a community organizer just like Jesus.  Stupid, I know.

Ok – I’m done.  I’ve said it.  But for those who are slow – Jesus was not a community organizer, he was a carpenter, rabi, Prophet, Son of God.  Obama is no Jesus.  Please make it stop.

Did I Mention That Obama is a Weener?

Barack Obama is a WeenerIt’s true. 

 

NO MORE MONKEYS . . .

Alert! Alert! Alert! Alert! Alert! Alert! Alert! Alert!

five monkeysParents be warned.  Your child may be cited for disorderly conduct for reciting the words to any of the five monkey songs.  Please read below so that you can quickly identify if your child is reciting banned phrases to avoid the public humiliation of having your child caught and labeled as a racist.

Remember, a monkey is not a cute, cuddly and mischevious animal — monkey is a racist term.  Please be aware – what you called monkeys as children are now referred to as “primates.”  Repeat after me PRIMATE.  Don’t make the mistake of keeping the word monkey in your vocabulary or you, too could be fined for disorderly conduct.  Please, even if you use this word in a derogatory manner (which you shouldn’t because it’s not nice), understand that the 1st Ammendment does not apply in this case.  If you use the word monkey you will be cited.

Now, it’s perfectly ok to insult white people in any way you choose – that type of speech is still protected under the Bill of Rights.  We will alert you if anything changes. 

We report this information for your protection and benefit and accept full responsibilty for all fines we may incur by using the term monkey so gratuitiously.  Please consider donating to our legal defense fund.

LYRICS TO AVOID!

Version 1

5 little monkeys swinging in the tree
teasing Mr. Alligator can’t catch me….can’t catch me
along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be

and snapped that monkey out that tree

Version 2

5 little monkeys jumping on the bed
one fell off and cracked his head 
mama called the doctor and the doctor said 
no more monkeys jumping on the bed!
 

Recommended new versions:

It is recommended that you teach your child the new versions of these songs. 

Version 1

5 little primates swinging in the tree
teasing Mr. Alligator can’t catch me….can’t catch me

along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be

and snapped that primate out that tree

Version 2

5 little primates jumping on the bed
one fell off and cracked his head
 
mama called the doctor and the doctor said 
no more primates jumping on the bed!