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Nov 14, 2012

Mitch (in the minority) McConnell

Mitch McConnell, the smarmiest member of the Senate, made a Custer’s-last-stand when he said that his “number one priority would be keeping Obama from getting re-elected.”  He is still licking his wounds and even though he has to “talk turkey” he manages to be huffy and arrogant about Obama.

Stephen Colbert hit the nail on the head when he said Mitch was a “turtle-human-hybrid.”  He is one of the least attractive people in our government ~ which has been called “Hollywood for ugly people.”  His looks don’t help when he is delivering remarks on anything, and it is hard for me to see why anyone would actually take anything he says seriously.

According to Wikipedia, from 2003 to 2008, among McConnell’s top 20 donors have been 5 financial/investment firms:  UBS, FMR Corporation (Fidelity Investments), Bank of New York, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch.   During his entire political career, the top three industries donating to McConnell have been: Lawyers ($1.5 million), Securities and Investments ($1.5 million), and Health Professionals ($1.4 million).  No wonder he has such an interest in seeing Obama fail.

He is up for re-election in 2014 so don’t count on his mood or his actions to improve any time in the near future.  None of his elections have been slam dunks, and now that he is officially a “loser,” the coming election may do him in.  However, we must remember he’s from Kentucky which is 86% white and 37% evangelical, and is also the home of Transylvania College.  It is also the place where rich people raise fast horses on big farms.

He is already attacking Obama in the event that Obama doesn’t want to do his bidding, which he won’t, and setting up his constituents and pals for a “see, I told you so.”  Obama can’t win with Mitch O’Connell. Hopefully this time around he won’t need to worry about him.

Waxen-faced Addison Mitchell McConnell

 

 

 

Nov 11, 2012

Congress Ripe For A Workaround

Definition:

1. A workaround is a method, sometimes used temporarily, for achieving a task or goal when the usual or planned method isn’t working.

2. A means of overcoming some obstacle, especially an obstacle consisting of laws, regulations, or constraints.

3. An impromptu and temporary response to an unforeseen problem or risk.

President Obama has already undertaken three important workarounds: eliminating DADT, withdrawing defense of DOMA, and allowing children of “illegal immigrants” who are studying or joining the military to stay in this country.

Some say that this is abuse of Executive Privilege.  Any decent business person, Mitt Romney included, would call it a workaround.  As long as John Boehner keeps being pushed around by Eric-Cantor-The-Douchebag and the lowlifes he represents, the President will need a work around.

There is much to do for this country, which is limping toward its demise.  His enemies say that he wasted his political capital on the wrong issues, including healthcare and the auto bailout.  Well, he got re-elected.

Boehner says this is “the President’s chance to lead.”  Yours, too, Johnny-boy.  Put away your tears, get a spine, and tell those teabags to take their hate and go home.  You have business to do.  And if you can’t do it, America needs a workaround.

P.S.  Boehner et al:  don’t forget you held the house by gerrymandering, and that the elected Democrats got more votes than you did.  You are a dying breed, and I, for one, won’t miss you.

Nov 11, 2012

Hillary! Get A Life!

I have just finished reading the NYT article “Hillary’s Next Move” by Gail Collins.  Collins writes that Hillary is tired and knows it.    She writes about the pressure on Hillary to run for President and “give us our first woman president.”  She writes about how Hillary celebrates women’s crafts leading to big business (textiles in the Andes.)

I am sure there is some serious tension here for Hillary.  Going down in history as our first female President would be some big time accomplishment!  But that’s the problem … it would be history that counted her, while during her Presidency she would have to deal with the world’s worst bunch of zeroes, the U.S Congress.  Things won’t change there during the next four years  and she’d be expected to clean up the mess.  Why should she?

She has proved she can do it — and as Collins said, she’d be the best qualified person ever to run for President.  It must be awfully tempting.

But I think Hillary should thumb her nose at the Presidency, and get a life.  She should take at least a year off to relax, and get some people working on a global foundation for women.  As head of an NGO she could really do amazing things.

She has always been an advocate for women.  She has always been an example for women.  She has earned the respect of her country.  She has earned the respect of leaders worldwide.

Even in the United States women are still treated badly.   America’s white male elite has taken advantage of us and only let us get as far as we have because of the trouble we’d cause otherwise.  And face it, the U.S. is not exactly overrun with Lily Ledbetters and Hillary Clintons, so we need help, but different help than the women in the rest of the world.

Hillary is primed to spotlight and change the world’s attitude towards their women.  She knows what’s wrong, she knows how to fix it.  And she can inspire us to help.  Women in the U.S. are dying to make a real difference in the world.  Some of them are even willing to die for the cause.

So Hillary:  get a life!  Politics today is NOT public service.  Public service is in your bones.  And we are ready to help!

Nov 6, 2012

You know too much about me, Obama for America.

This morning I received an email from someone named Yohannes Abraham at Obama for America.  Isn’t he the fake Brad Pitt guy who is on my television set promoting Gevalia?  Anyway, Yohannes offered to tell me how many people named Gloria have already voted.  I didn’t click the box; it was sufficient to know that he could tell me that.  I don’t even care how many people named Gloria there are in the US.

Two days ago, Obama for America wrote and said if I emailed “Halley, Sue and Scott” and reminded them to vote I could get a free bumper sticker.  I did not press on to see what the bumper sticker said, but I have some ideas for them.  Again today, I received another email with friends names’~this time including first and last names.  The five names they sent bore no relationship to one another in ranking of friendship (who’s more important to me?) so I know they don’t have it all figured out, but its enough to make me ill.

Obama for America, I really wish you hadn’t done that.  This takes the supermarket lady calling us by our credit card name to new heights.  In 2008, you always called me by name — now you are calling me out to call out my friends.

If I were more paranoid than I am I would be nervous instead of annoyed.  I hope you get some negative feedback for this.  Lots of it.  It is crazy to think of how much can be mined off of email, facebook, websites, blogs.   We all knew this was coming.  That being said, we have gotten used to the phony “Dear Gloria…” stuff from people.  But its even more phony to name names of friends and contacts in emails to us.

Then we get email from people who have never heard of us.  Maya Angelou wrote to tell me that she was a 70 year old woman and I should vote.  Michelle writes me all the time.  So does Joe.  Bill Clinton. Yohannes. and countless others.  And they call me by my first name.

I remember when TIME magazine would soon be able to print issues just for me — on-demand printing was the future.  TIME didn’t know then that magazines will go out of business before long.  When I answer the phone they ask for my husband Christopher — a guaranteed hang up because he goes by his middle name, Mark. (oh, I hope I haven’t tipped you off…).

I will be so glad when it is Wednesday morning and you stop writing to me — except to say thanks for my vote, which you can in no way be sure you got.  For your information, which you probably already know, I am going to vote for Democrats all the way.  I have sent you money every month, and so has my husband.  I am offended that Maya Angelou was conscripted to tell ME I needed to vote.   Yohannes should know I don’t give a rip about how many people with the name Gloria have already voted and, Yohannes, it is NOT cool.

So,while  you know too much about me, Obama for America, for now you still don’t know enough.

Nov 3, 2012

The White White Man’s Last Stand

There are lots of reasons that white men are voting overwhelmingly for Romney  — this may be their last chance to vote for a ticket with two old fashioned white guys.  That’s probably a fact.   In 2016 the Republicans will have to run Marco Rubio and the Democrats will run Julian Castro.

This is the white white man’s first chance in a long time to abuse women’s rights with impunity.  At least Romney doesn’t believe in “fair” pay.  This is the white white man’s last chance to support corporate malfesance:  if they ever get to the top of that ladder they want their chance.  With a punitive immigration law they can send some of these baby-makers back home.  Restore America to its righful color:  white.  They can keep guys from marrying guys.  Who knows?  Maybe they can even reintroduce polygamy.

In 2011, non-white births accounted for 50.4% of all births ~ more than half ~ for the first time in U.S history.   By 2040 many estimate that whites will be in the minority.  What a tragedy. What can we do to speed this up?

When the Koch brothers started their insidious plot to take over America, and Karl Rove cynically created American Cossroads, they made a calculated bet that by 2012, they could buy all of America’s vote — not just some.  The were encouraged, indeed overjoyed, by the Citizens United decision, certain they had clinched the presidency, both houses of the legislature  and ~  not long after that ~ a completely conservative Supreme Court.

America should be worried about fascism, not socialism.

Now, another disaster has brought the white man and the black man togther.  Much is being made of Chris Christie and the President getting along     There’s a good reason why you should not go around dumping on the Commander in Chief on behalf of some rich guy.  You really have to overcompensate when you need him.

On Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock talked about Obama as a white man, as part of their strategy to attract some of the white swingers… talk about his Mom!  Show his grandparents

But as the Rolling Stones sang, This will be the last time — I hope   If Romney wins  it is the white  white man’s last stand.   Post Election Update:  Turns out 2004 was the white white man’s last stand. 

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Gloria. Circa 1955.



Gloria. Circa 2012.




Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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