Thursday, December 31, 2009

Good Riddance 2009

crazy-white-640_0 If somebody asked me to describe 2009 in one word, it would be batshit.  That’s right, batshit as in crazy, insane, rubber room worthy.  This year started with oozing optimism for the future.  The country seemed high off of the prospect of a new president and a new way of doing things.  America was back!  Then, those that used to run things went off the rails.  Fox News, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and Tea Bagging in the streets, just to name a small few, all managed to shit on the country’s collective good feeling.  Now, at the end of the year, it seems that conservatives are pissed because they believe they’ve lost the country they love and liberals are pissed because they’re not getting what they voted for.

As for me, well, this year has left me exhausted.  That said, I’m still optimistic for the future.  I would like to believe that 2010 will be the year where the seeds of 2009 begin to take root and bloom.  I’ve stressed patience many times before and I think that patience is much needed now.  I truly believe that the economy will begin to turn around in 2010.  I sincerely hope so because some people very close to me need new jobs.

So what does the next year hold for us?  First off, health care will pass and will be quickly forgotten seeing as how most of it won’t take affect for another four years.  The next round of insanity will revolve around climate change, and the entire point will be missed as those against it will argue that the earth is getting hotter because of the natural order of things.  Of course, that’s the angle the media will take.  We know that the real reason we need to address climate change is because we need a less expensive, more efficient energy grid.  This point will, of course, be missed as rational thoughts aren’t as fun to watch as crazy is. 

Also, if the economy doesn’t turn around, look for Stimulus II, which will cause heads to explode all over the country.  Afghanistan will intensify with the surge, and  we’ll either see results by this time next year, or it’ll be a disaster.  Regardless of the situation, good or bad, I’d like to hear serious talk about getting out, fast.

2009 wasn’t all bad for me, personally.  I welcomed my first Daughter and started this blog.  I’ve meet a lot of wonderful people through this site, and want to thank you all for sticking with me and your encouragement.  Most of all, I want to wish each and every one of you visiting today the happiest of new years and the very best in 2010!

Friday, December 25, 2009

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!!!

I wanted to take a second and wish everybody a very Merry Christmas.  It’s been an interesting year for me personally and this blog is a big part of that.  I’ve met some great people and made some new friends because of it. 

So, enjoy the day with your friends and family, because that’s what this holiday is really about.  When it’s over we’ll gear up for a new year (which will be better than this year, right?)!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Andrew T. on the Radio, Tonight!

Just a quick note to let you all know that I will be a guest on The Stonecipher Report, a radio show based in Chicago.  Needless to say, I’m very honored and extremely excited.  I’ll be on at around 6:25 eastern and you can stream the show here.

Media Matters Awards Glenn Beck!

You read that right.  Media Matters has given Glenn Beck an award!  Ladies and gents, meet the 2009 Misinformer of the Year!

Monday, December 14, 2009

It Wouldn’t Be Like This if They’d Just Do What We Hired Them To Do

Check out this little blurb from Tegan Goddard’s Political Wire:

The latest Public Policy Polling survey finds Democrats barely holding on to a lead in the generic congressional ballot test, 44% to 42%.
Key findings: 59% of voters now disapprove of Congressional Democrats compared to just 28% who think they're doing a good job. The Republicans are still slightly more unpopular, with 61% disapproving and 24% approving.

No shit?  59% disapprove?  Wonder why?  Oh, I know, it’s because they can’t seem to pass the things the majority of voters wanted when they originally voted November 2008!  Take health care reform, because that’s been the big issue for most of the year, right?  Instead of giving Americans decent health care reform, the public has watched a decent bill disintegrate right before their eyes.  These people obviously don’t have the cajones to do what is right.  As a result, they lose the trust and respect of the nation.

Solution?  Give the people what they want!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Democrats Join Coburn Amendment, Foiling Dastardly Deed

Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn sat in his darkened study, surrounded by rich mahogany walls and many leather bound books, drumming his fingertips together as he contemplated his masterstroke. “I must stop this disastrous health care bill,” he thought. After many hours, genius strikes him like lightening! “I know! Ha Ha! I will introduce an amendment that will force the members of congress to enroll in this terrible public option! Certainly they will never want to sign up for this substandard plan when they already have the best public plan taxpayers can buy!” He then leaned back in his large leather chair and started a slow giggle, which quickly evolved into a fit of evil hysteria.

The next day, Senator Coburn took his fiendish plan to the halls of the Senate, quite certain that no Senator in his right mind would be willing to sign up for the public option. “If it’s not good enough for you,” he proclaimed, “how is it good enough for the American people?”

It was then that three Senators from the other side of the aisle stepped forward and voiced their support. Democrats, brave enough to accept Coburn’s challenge and sign on to his plan!

Three Senate Democrats on Friday embraced an amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a fierce opponent of a public option, to force all lawmakers to enroll in any government-controlled plan that is passed.

"Sen. Coburn is to be commended for his commitment to the public option," Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said, with more than a drip of sarcasm. Dodd, along with Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, joined Republican Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana, Richard Burr of North Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah in publicly supporting the amendment.

"Seventeen years ago, when I first ran for Congress, I promised I'd pay my own health insurance until Congress passed health insurance for everyone," Brown said. "I've paid it out of my pocket since then. I look forward with great eagerness to join the public option as soon as it's available."

“Ah! Ugh!” exasperated Coburn, as he grabbed his chest, falling backwards. “It wasn’t supposed to work this way!” As he ran out of the Senate chambers, he could be seen shaking his fist and yelling “I’ll get you! I’ll get all of you! You’ve not heard the last of me, for I am Coburn of Oklahoma!”

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Andrew Sullivan Breaks from the Right

I don’t always read Andrew Sullivan, and when I do, I don’t always agree with him. That said, as a conservative commentator, well, you could do a lot worse. Tuesday, he explained how he could no longer support the right. This is powerful stuff:

I cannot support a movement that claims to believe in limited government but backed an unlimited domestic and foreign policy presidency that assumed illegal, extra-constitutional dictatorial powers until forced by the system to return to the rule of law.

I cannot support a movement that exploded spending and borrowing and blames its successor for the debt.

I cannot support a movement that so abandoned government's minimal and vital role to police markets and address natural disasters that it gave us Katrina and the financial meltdown of 2008.

I cannot support a movement that holds torture as a core value.

I cannot support a movement that holds that purely religious doctrine should govern civil political decisions and that uses the sacredness of religious faith for the pursuit of worldly power.

I cannot support a movement that is deeply homophobic, cynically deploys fear of homosexuals to win votes, and gives off such a racist vibe that its share of the minority vote remains pitiful.

I cannot support a movement which has no real respect for the institutions of government and is prepared to use any tactic and any means to fight political warfare rather than conduct a political conversation.

I cannot support a movement that sees permanent war as compatible with liberal democratic norms and limited government.

I cannot support a movement that criminalizes private behavior in the war on drugs.

I cannot support a movement that would back a vice-presidential candidate manifestly unqualified and duplicitous because of identity politics and electoral cynicism.

I cannot support a movement that regards gay people as threats to their own families.

I cannot support a movement that does not accept evolution as a fact.

I cannot support a movement that sees climate change as a hoax and offers domestic oil exploration as the core plank of an energy policy.

I cannot support a movement that refuses ever to raise taxes, while proposing no meaningful reductions in government spending.

I cannot support a movement that refuses to distance itself from a demagogue like Rush Limbaugh or a nutjob like Glenn Beck.

I cannot support a movement that believes that the United States should be the sole global power, should sustain a permanent war machine to police the entire planet, and sees violence as the core tool for international relations.

Read the whole thing here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ONN-GOP Digs Up Reagan as New Face of GOP

It’s been obvious since last year’s election that the GOP does not have a viable leader. They have a lot of different voices, but no one person who can bring people together. That’s why they spent over $2 billion dollars to reanimate Ronald Reagan! The Onion News Network reports:

Zombie Reagan Raised From Grave To Lead GOP