“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oh the conservative Hubris!

Jonah Goldberg (one of the Amarillo Glub News right wing columnists) I think unwittingly expressed the unspoken feeling of superiority of all his conservative pals in his column Friday, February 22nd. He wrote "The popular BBC series 'Downton Abbey' is shockingly conservative in many respects. The aristocrats are decent, compassionate people, and the staff is, if anything more happily class conscious than the blue bloods. And yet,as far as I can tell, liberals love it."

Obviously Mr. G. feels decent and compassionate as a member of the right wing aristocracy. But his obvious inability to see that the servant class ("the staff") are not happy and are trapped in their role for life, forced to accept the fact that they are to be at the beck and call of their employers or will suffer the consequences.

We liberals can clearly see the relationship between the serving and the served in the show, and feel empathy for the folks that will never break out of their servitude, and we are always hoping a chance will arise for them to move on and up.

The Liberalator

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Will Their Brain Explode?!

First a black, Muslim, socialist is re-elected. What happens now if the College of Cardinals in the Vatican select Peter Turkson, Ghanaian Cardinal as the new Pope? Will heads explode?

The Liberalator

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We Libs are looking out for you, Ladies!

Well, our two wonderfully gracious, women loving, supportive Texas repub senators joined with 22 other repubs to vote against the Violence Against Women Act (all Dems voted for the act) - John "I'm for everything that will make me look more Teapartyish" Cornyn and Ted "I hate everything" Cruz. The bill passed 78 to 22.

The Liberalator

Monday, February 11, 2013

Don't Worry. They're Looking Out for You!

One more rant (maybe) about how our congresscritters are looking out for us regler folks. Worried about your job and your income? Well, there are 250 millionaires in congress (about 67% of congress), and their total wealth increase since 2009 is 11%! How about yours? I don't think they are worried about their income - probably worried about their job/re-election, but they work on that several hours a day calling donors - not doing the people's work!

They probably didn't get rich from their paltry yearly salary of $174,000 (speaker boner has to struggle by on $223,000), plus perks like retirement and health benefits, travel allowance, office expenses ranging from $121,000 to $454,000, plus more. And many of them didn't become wealthy until after they were in congress!

Somehow I don't believe the thing uppermost in their minds is helping the unemployed and underemployed - they want to make sure they don't offend any of their donors that help keep them in office, and they are not getting too many donations from the jobless or minimum wage workers anyway!

The only answer I have is for enough folks to get fed up and start calling, writing and e-mailing their congressfolk constantly, but sadly I can't see that happening, but I keep the faith - I'm the eternal optimist.

The Liberalator

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Welcome, Y'all!

All the corporations in California are checking out our state getting ready to move their business to the great state of Texas which leads in so many things:

We're first in states that have the largest percentage of persons over 25 without a diploma; number 1 in the lowest percentage of per capita spending on mental health; tied with Florida with the biggest share of children without health insurance; number one in the number of non-elderly women without health insurance; tied with Alabama as fourth highest in child poverty at 32%; number 1 in the percentage of pregnant women who do not receive health care; number 1 in the number of executions; number one in its' share of population that lacks health insurance; number 1 in five categories of air pollution; and is tied with Mississippi for the greatest number of minimum wage workers (of course, businesses like this!).

So Guv Goodhair says "y'all come own!

The Liberalator