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I don't want to do this anymore.

Posted on 2009.15.12 at 13:03
where am I: land of the brainwashed, home of big insurance
How I feel about it all: disappointeddisappointed
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Senate FAIL. Also, Joe Lieberman is an idiot.


Since I'm a Red Sox fan AND a politics junkie AND an activist, I don't get discouraged easily. This bill was never enough, never perfect, because it couldn't be --not yet, anyway-- and still have a chance of passing. But I had such hopes for it, that it was a baby step that could start my country on the road to something better, someday.

We're going to get a healthcare bill, all right, but with its life almost all the way sucked out. I'm starting to believe that there's no way ANYTHING productive can get through the propaganda and the posturing and the fearmongering. I guess I'll keep railing against it, because for the time being, anyway, I have no bloody choice.

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Magpie
sistermagpie at 2009-12-15 18:21 (UTC) ()
I am so furious at that guy.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-12-15 20:52 (UTC) ()
It's not just him, he's just the straw that broke the country's back. It's the whole worldview of people who either don't know anything about what's going on except what FOX "news" tell them or don't know what's going on, period, because of their terminal apathy. And Congress is elected by the people.

And I use the term "worldview" loosely because from what I've seen? Aside from a small group of people, the majority of Americans don't know--or care--about about what's happening outside US borders. I mean, really. Ask the average person-on-the-street who the President of Mexico is.

Having said that, Joe Lieberman is still an idiot.

Edited at 2009-12-15 20:54 (UTC)
newleaf31
newleaf31 at 2009-12-15 21:01 (UTC) ()
That's kind of where I am right now... partisanship is so all-consumingly, inescapably the order of the day that it's impossible for anyone, anywhere to accomplish anything, under any circumstances. I'm becoming uncomfortably nihilistic about politics. I mean, if President Obama, of all people, can't unify people enough to get something done, no one on earth can.

A case in point: climate/environment and the latest "spin" issues. Someone on my FB flist (I won't call him a "friend," that would be going too far) just posted a link to an article in the London Times about Al Gore having cited, in a recent presentation, some statistics on how long there's actually going to be ice in the Arctic (I think), and it turned out that the source he cited then said that the statistics were more extreme than he he had suggested. Now, the article suggests (and the person on my flist pointed out with scathing conservative glee), Gore has egg on his face and many are inclined not to take him seriously when he talks about the environment. Because -- wait for it -- instead of being ice-free in five years as Gore claimed, the Arctic probably won't be ice-free for 20-30 years. OH NOES, he was 15 whole years off; global warming is a lie! Stop recycling now! Buy a Hummer! It's all one cosmic liberal propaganda-machine! Instead of the Pacific Islands disappearing into the ocean when I'm 39, they'll be there until I'm 59, and that's all the time in the world! ............*STAB STAB STAB STAB STAB*.................

Joe Lieberman is currently reigning supreme on my Shit List. I hate that man. I don't think he has any principles at all; he's just a hypocrite.
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primroseburrows at 2009-12-16 11:19 (UTC) ()
I think it's gotten worse since Obama's been elected--and it doesn't have anything to do with the way he runs things or his policies or goals or anything that makes any sense at all. With a (very) few exceptions, what it's about is discrediting him at all costs. He could suggest a bill that was exactly in line with everything the Republicans want (which, yeah, would put us well into BizarroWorld, but still), and they would find some way of using it to discredit him. That's the right-wing agenda, and it's sick.

I don't even want to THINK about Lieberman. He makes my brain hurt. And yet, there he is, taking up space. sdf;hfasdh;

peacey at 2009-12-16 04:16 (UTC) ()
I do have my own opinion on the matter (one that almost certainly dovetails with those here about as smoothly as a train wreck). However. Every time I hear any Senator or Representative shilling for their side (for anything, not just health care), their voices quickly begin to fade and are replaced by John Cleese's voice ringing through the 'ole gray matter. Which means I end up giggling too hard to take anything they're saying seriously. Probably not a good thing, but God knows I'm happier that way. (Clip in question begins at the 53 second mark)
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primroseburrows at 2009-12-16 11:35 (UTC) ()
JOHN CLEESE FOR PRESIDENT.

Oh, wait. That's illegal.

JOHN CLEESE FOR PRIME MINISTER.

Oh, um. That won't work, either. America doesn't have a Prime Minister.

*MOVES TO ENGLAND*

No, no, no. Too far away, England.

*STARTS OWN COUNTRY, CALLS IT DENNIS, INSTALLS JOHN CLEESE AS PRESIDENT AND COMEDIAN-IN-CHIEF*

There. :)
peacey at 2009-12-16 14:48 (UTC) ()
First, I move that the national bird of Dennis be the Norwegian Blue Parrot, the national insect be the half-bee (preferably ones named Eric), the national cheese be Venezuelan Beaver, the national "meat" be Spam, and the national anthem be "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life." Second, I move that supreme executive power of Dennis be decided by strange women who distribute swords while lying in ponds.
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primroseburrows at 2009-12-16 16:31 (UTC) ()

I HAVE TO PUSH THE PRAM A LOT

First, I move that the national bird of Dennis be the Norwegian Blue Parrot

Oh, yes. Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue. Beautiful plumage. Except that Dennis isn't anywhere near Norway. Except when it is. I rather like Norway, come to think of it.

the national insect be the half-bee (preferably ones named Eric)

Should Eric be the national half -insect? Or maybe the national insect, but for only half the country? Oh, the semi-decisions!

the national cheese be Venezuelan Beaver.

I don't know about this one. Dennis isn't (usually) located near Venezuela. Also, because of the Beaver reference, there is too much association with Stephen Harper (actually, any association with Stephen Harper is too much, IF you get my meaning).

May I suggest White Stilton (but oh, no, that sounds sort of racist)? Or perhaps Norwegian Jarlsberger, to tie in with the national bird (and because I rather like Norway). Yes! I quite like that.

the national "meat" be Spam

Bloody Vikings.

and the national anthem be "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life."

Without question.

Second, I move that supreme executive power of Dennis be decided by strange women who distribute swords while lying in ponds.

Here I refer you to the actual Words of Dennis:

Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Edited at 2009-12-16 16:32 (UTC)
peacey at 2009-12-16 17:23 (UTC) ()

Re: I HAVE TO PUSH THE PRAM A LOT

Here I refer you to the actual Words of Dennis:

Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.


I cede the point. However, I do put forth that the ceremony which implements the mandate of the masses be set near water.

Also I cede that Eric be the half-insect, as well as White Stilton.

I also wish to implement an immediate ban of the People's Judean Front from the country of Dennis on account of the fact that they're complete splitters.
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primroseburrows at 2009-12-16 21:41 (UTC) ()

Re: I HAVE TO PUSH THE PRAM A LOT

Right. Eric is the half-insect. All official business is to be conducted in the vicinity of lakes, streams, rivers, creeks, brooks, ponds, or oceans. If none are available they shall be held in the loo. White Stilton is a possibility if we can call it Multicultural Stilton.

I also wish to implement an immediate ban of the People's Judean Front from the country of Dennis on account of the fact that they're complete splitters.

Well, they do really really hate the Romans. Not sure if Dennisites (Denniseans?) do, though. We tend to like everyone. Except for those we don't.


Edited at 2009-12-16 21:46 (UTC)
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