Thursday, October 30, 2008

Words, Words, Words..."Faux" is the mot du jour

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George Will, Dear Gentle Reader(s), is not one of the most pleasant rightwing pundits for a progressive to read.  It's easy to think of him as supercilious. 

Today, however, in the pages of, Will presents an interesting article about the state of the Republican Party, circa 2008, which affords progressives an insight and perhaps some understanding of what they've seen coming out of the RP-2008. 

"Ah Hah!  So that's it.   It's a faux Republican Party!"

One agrees.  Hie thee thither, DGR(s).  You'll be educated and will enjoy "The Downfall of Faux Conservatism."  

(Reading the screeching in the comments section is fun, too)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a condition which concerns over 2 million Americans directly, and another several million indirectly.

It came to visit last Friday.

There's a fluttering of the heart.   It's enough to make one pause; generally it lasts for a few seconds, then the regular heartbeat returns.  If it lasts longer, one might seek advice.  If nothing else, one gets a couple of nights in a hospital, where there are supportive people taking every effort to make one comfortable.

A-Fib is not to be taken lightly.  It could result in severe consequences, such as stroke, if not controlled.

No pain.

With proper medication, no problem.



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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hubris? One hopes not.

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Dear Gentle Reader(s), occasionally, in order to help keep myself on an even keel, to remind myself of exactly where I stand in the greater picture, whenever a friend or acquaintance complains about this, that, or the other (movie tickets are up to $6.75!), often I will say something like, "At least I don't live in Baghdad and I'm not an Afghani woman," or "Yes.  And those whiners in Baghdad!  What do they know of suffering?"

Salondotcom offers a new reality slap in the face for all of us:  In Mumbai, slum dwellers "live in areas with 100 public toilets for 45,000 residents."

Ponder that, my Dears. 

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Small World Part II

This, Dear Gentle Reader(s), from Paul Krugman's column in today's New York Times in which he discusses the financial crisis in which we find ourselves:

Why do we need international cooperation? Because we have a globalized financial system in which a crisis that began with a bubble in Florida condos and California McMansions has caused monetary catastrophe in Iceland. We’re all in
this together, and need a shared solution.

Remember the line from "Gone With the Wind"--"Miz Scarlett, you ain't nevah gonna have a 17 inch waist no mo'"?
Well, we are never going to have an isolated, Fortress America again.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

It's a small world after all

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Depending on where one lives, Dear Gentle Reader(s), yesterday/today might one day be considered the day when the world became "one world" after all.

What else could be indicated by a coordinated effort of the major banks in the world to lower interest rates in an effort to solve the current world wide economic problems?


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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Brachy Chronicles 10.8.08

The procedure was undertaken on February 11, 2008.  In three days, the nine month mark will arrive, and all of a sudden it feels like labor pains have begun.

Woke up, on September 26, 2008, with a cramp in the general area of the prostate.  Today there are continuing muscle aches near the sphincter.  Hmmm.

Waiting it out.

Be of good cheer.

Getting old ain't for sissies. (Thanks, Bette!)

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Words, Words, Words, I'm so sick of words!

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A hearty declaration, Dear Gentle Reader(s), by Liza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, with which one might be reluctant to argue, except for the delicious moments which occur in the most unexpected places.

For instance, W (if you have to ask "Who?" you haven't been paying attention) once said, "Is our children learning?"

Last Saturday night this memorable line from Tina channeling Sarah on SNL:  ""I believe marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers."

True, Sarah didn't say that, but the evidence is strong that the basic idea is true. 

Free Bristol!

Free Levi!

Words!  You have to love them.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

OK--Greed didn't start with Ford, but...

...when the moral and ethical history of the 20th century is written, Dear Gentle Reader(s), there will surely be a paragraph, if not a chapter, on Ford's behavior with regards to the intermittent windshield wiper--at least as is presented in the recent movie Flash of Genius.

Greed will be punished.  Unethical behavior will be shown to the world.  Scorn will be heaped. 

Here's a good mantra:  Capitalism--Good; Greed--Bad.


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