TXsharon had a hard time keeping up with all the fracking, moving, shaking and gasping for toxic air in the Barnett Shale this week so there is a BS recap that includes a recently released URGENT alert for all current and former residents of DISH--formerly Clark--Texas to complete and submit a health survey.
Check this out from Paul Krugman's latest column, where he talks about how the conservative movement's reaction to the Olympics loss illustrates a larger pattern:
So what did we learn from this moment? For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.
But more important, the episode illustrated an essential truth about the state of American politics: at this point, the guiding principle of one of our nation’s two great political parties is spite pure and simple. If Republicans think something might be good for the president, they’re against it — whether or not it’s good for America.
To be sure, while celebrating America’s rebuff by the Olympic Committee was puerile, it didn’t do any real harm. But the same principle of spite has determined Republican positions on more serious matters, with potentially serious consequences — in particular, in the debate over health care reform.
Now, it’s understandable that many Republicans oppose Democratic plans to extend insurance coverage — just as most Democrats opposed President Bush’s attempt to convert Social Security into a sort of giant 401(k). The two parties do, after all, have different philosophies about the appropriate role of government.
Chicago Loses Olympic Bid The International Olympic Committee today decided on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama had both made the trip to Copenhagen to lobby for the United States hosting the games in Chicago. Some conservative commentators relished the decision, which they saw as a defeat for President Obama. The loss is tough because it would have brought a huge economic boost to the area and the creation of many jobs.
I can't understand how anyone would think it wasn't worthwhile for the Obamas to get behind the push for Chicago to host the games. I can't understand how any American would not stand behind their country's efforts to get an event as big as the Olympics.
I think it's just derangement to automatically assume that anything Barack Obama is for, they should be against. I don't know any other way to put it. The obsession by some folks to denigrate everything that has any tie to Barack Obama or Chicago is a form of derangement.
Now, I don't personally give a flip about the Olympics. I don't watch them, unless I'm forced to. But plenty of people do care, and those people spend lots of money on the experience. Hotels get built, facilities get built, public transportation infrastructure gets built. People get jobs and make money. People of diverse language, culture, and politics come together and set aside those differences to enjoy a sporting competition, hopefully gaining some respect for one another's culture. This would have been good for Chicago and good for America. (of which Chicago is still a part) Oh well. Congratulations to Brazil.
Senate candidate John Sharp to address Democrat Donkey Fest fundraiser
Democrats from Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village can join fellow party members at the annual Donkey Fest Democratic fundraiser between 6:15 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on October 3, 2009 at Denton’s North Texas Fairgrounds (Fair Hall, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.)
US Senate candidate and former Texas Comptroller, John Sharp will be the guest speaker at the event. There will be a BBQ dinner, an auction, and lots of good Democratic company.
$25 per person, $5 for children 12 and under. Please RSVP to Marsha – 940.387.9068.
Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of limited, shared responsibility?
Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.
In my book, this is not just offensive and morally wrong, but it is sedition, plain and simple.
With a tip-o-the-hat to my friend Regina, I'd like to take a minute to rave about a cool website called TED. In their own words:
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year's TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.
For those of you who are intellectuals, or even if you just consider yourself a life-long learner, or you like eclectic things, you need to set aside an hour or two to go visit TED and watch a few of their lectures.
The free lectures and performances run the gamut from biology, physics, and astronomy to philosophy, cooking, dance and music. The common thread is insight. I just can't recommend them highly enough, and I think I'll have to start including some of their content here as appropriate.
Here are a few of their high-quality videos:
Jonathan Zittrain speaks on "The Web as Random Acts of Kindness"
Rebecca Saxe Speaks on "How We Read Each Others' Minds":