By Wink

Today’s Quiz: who said the following?

“For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote because we found we didn’t need it to win, but when we gave up trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln, as the party of equal opportunity for all.”

a) Theodore Roosevelt

b) Dwight Eisenhower

c) Richard Nixon

d) George H W Bush.

e) John McCain

Nope. The correct answer is Texas Governor Rick Perry. If a non-Mensa member such as Perry can have such thought-provoking, from-the-heart insight, maybe there is hope for the Republican party.

In the face of Donald Trump’s overt racism, and the lackluster patronizing by all other Republican candidates, it is refreshing to see a real, legitimate candidate attempt to address this issue.

Think of it… the voice of reason and logic in the GOP: Rick Perry. I would have lost a lot of money on that bet.

The message from the rest of the myriad GOP candidates, ‘more tax breaks for the outlandishly wealthy,’ may not be the direct path to the hearts and minds of black America.

Sorry Rick, yours is a voice in the wilderness. Pragmatism and rational thought are great in the general election, but only extremist dogma flies in the primaries, which are dominated by the higher percentage of wing-nut voters.

Start talking wacky (Obama hates America!), or expect to be eliminated early in the primaries.

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By Wink

Run for the hills! Caitlyn Jenner is getting a ‘Courage’ award at the 2015 ESPY ceremony. Heaven help us all!

This travesty has Bob Costas’ underwear all in a bunch. He has declared this choice to be an attention grab by ESPN. His exact words were ‘crass exploitation” merely to “attract eyeballs.”

Well, how-do-you-do Bob? Nice to have your keen observations.

Look Bob, every drop of every ESPY Awards show is an attention grab. There are a million award shows, most of them worthless, but many of them get big (or at least decent) TV ratings.

A number of years ago, ESPN figured out there was no ‘sports’ version of an awards show, and dreamed one up with the goofy name “ESPY’s.” It was originally centered around the silly film clips the network shows every day, with a few awards (Most Popular Dunker) mixed in.

At some point, just like Bob Costas, the network started to take itself a bit too seriously. Now they feel the need to hand out some ‘serious’ awards.

Who cares if Caitlyn Jenner is given an award? It is a phony award, like EVERY award at the ESPY’s.

Nationally this has caused some weird uproar. Why? Why does Costas care? Does he think the ESPY’s have a special gravitas? Like a Nobel Prize?

Why does anyone care? If you are one of the people bitching about this, please add a comment to this blog and explain how this award effects you, specifically. I am betting you are not happy unless you have something to p***/moan about.

Do you know who was given the same award in 2014? If you didn’t know the answer, Michael Sam, then why do you care about the 2015 winner?

Sorry Mr. Costas, Your inane comments look like an attention grab.

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By Wink

So what’s shakin’ in Oklahoma? All of Oklahoma, that is what. In 2014 the Sooner state had 585 earthquakes magnitude 3 or greater. There were 109 in 2013.

This state must just be earthquake-prone. Or maybe not. Prior to 2008 Oklahoma averaged less than two earthquakes per year. Less than two.

Oklahoma geologists say the 600 times increase is most likely due to fracking – the injection of wastewater from oil and gas production deep below the Earth’s surface. They warn that more horrific earthquakes could be in the offing.

Is there reason to be suspicious of this data? Of course!

First off, the only reliable source for earthquake information is the oil industry, and they say more studies must be done. Second, why on Earth would we trust scientists? Like ‘the press’ they are all liberals, bent on ruining America and (can we be honest here?) scientist are only in it for the fame/glory/money/babes.

Plus, what is the big problem with a few extra earthquakes here and there? I have a nickname for you scaredy-cats….”Quakers.” Get it? Quakers? – Ha!

Let’s get to the real problem here. Oklahoma had 585 magnitude 3+ earthquakes last year, but averaged less that 2 per year prior to 2008? Hmmm. Did anything significant happen in 2008? Oh yeah, that Kenyan, Muslim, earthquake-lovin’ Barack Obama was elected President of these-here United States.

Coincidence? Obviously God is trying to shake Oklahoma into never-again voting for that type of commie. Oklahoma DID vote for Obama, didn’t they?

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By Wink

The NRA has decided, in the interest of safety at this year’s national NRA Convention in Nashville, to disallow guns.

I am sure I heard that wrong, as that crazy notion would go against everything the NRA has ever told us. Let us go over the previous NRA safety recommendations. Regardless of the circumstances, people are always better off if……

Safety level 1: Someone has a gun.
Level 2: Two people have guns.
Level 3: Lots of people have guns.
Level 4: Everybody has a gun.
Level 5: Everybody has two guns.
Level 6: Most of the weapons are machine guns.
Level 7: With armor piercing ‘cop-killer’ bullets.

The best/safest possible NRA convention should be, at minimum, Level 5. Gun-lovers, please send your donations to:

NRA Headquarters
123 More Gun Deaths Only Means We Need More Guns
Everywhere, Literally Everywhere, USA

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Governor Chris Christie has proposed reducing the New Jersey charity aid to hospitals from $650 million all the way down to $502 million, a reduction of $148 million. What a heartless conservative bastard!
What is his lame excuse? Christie explains that verified charity cases in his state are down 43 percent because more residents are now insured.

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By Wink

Oh brother, here we go again.

In a recent speech former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said: “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the President loves America. He doesn’t love you, and he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”

Really Rudy? Not ‘brought up the way you were brought up?’ As I recall Obama was raised by his (white) grandparents from Kansas. Is ‘Kansas’ not enough like you? (We must remember the suspicious stretch of time Obama spent in Hawaii!)

Obama’s grandfather, who fought in WWII, probably poisoned young Barack’s mind by preaching how evil America is.

Rudy, is an American WWII vet not enough ‘like you?’

For the next several days he was pressed about these idiotic comments, and responded “I said exactly what I wanted to say.”

As the general ire rose, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal stood up for the Mayor by offering: “The gist of what Giuliani said is true.” Thanks for the clarification Bobby!

Giuliani has since backed off a bit by saying he wasn’t really questioning Obamas’ patriotism. Saying the president ‘doesn’t love America’ is NOT questioning his patriotism?

Sounds like Giuliani feels Obama is only about three-fifths of an American.

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By Wink

Conservative wags postulate that the Senate report on the CIA’s use of torture is an anti-Republican tactic aimed at the 2016 election. If so, it is a pretty stupid plan.

Reason 1: It is very unlikely the name ‘George W Bush’ will appear on the 2016 ballot.

Reason 2: Some voters will believe torture is an effective intelligence gathering technique, regardless of the evidence to the contrary.

Reason 3: There are precious few Americans who are even remotely interested in the minutia of governing, so they don’t care/don’t know about these hearings. Of those who do pay attention, most already have their minds made up on which party is ‘evil’ and which party is ‘good.’

Reason 4: Recent history tells us all that America really wants is a ‘buddy’ to be the president. As evidence: Reagan vs Carter & Mondale, Bush vs Dukakis, Clinton vs Bush & Dole, Bush vs Gore & Kerry, Obama vs McCain & Romney. In each case the more ‘stodgy’ candidate lost.
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Here is the more important point: Torture is wrong, and there is never justification for it. Never.

Super-patriots believe the USA is the best country in the history of the world.

We are certainly the ‘most’ in many categories, We have most money (for now), the most military might (to our own economic detriment), and the most prisoners.

But the ‘best?’ We are a long way from the ‘best’ in moral values. If we were, no American would ever want for medical care, job training would be the norm for the unemployed, and we would NEVER-EVER torture under any circumstances.

Any excuse to torture reduces us to the same level as the ‘torture states’ such as China and North Korea.

If we are morally superior, we will NOT torture, period. No excuses.

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By Wink

A way-too brief list of things I am thankful for…..

My car still runs
Stevie Wonder
My Zune (yes, my Zune)
Cheesesteak sandwiches (you know which kind)
Aging gracefully
Dogs
Warm weather
Cold weather
Bonnie Raitt
Buddy Guy
SNL
Justin Timberlake
Alexander Payne
Jon Stewart
Tim Duncan
Homer, Marge & their cohorts
Letterman
Words with Friends (when it works)
Bruno Mars
Good Bosses
The W-L team & supporters

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By Ike

A little less than a week ago I spoke with Wink about a poem I had written several years ago for Halloween. It was a fairly simple poem, but I enjoyed writing it. Wink suggested an updated version, or even a new poem altogether. In that spirit, I wrote a new poem for Halloween 2014 that follows up on the original and uses the same form. (After all, to paraphrase Maya Angelou, there is no greater form of poetry than the limerick.)

Happy Halloween!


 

There once was an actor named Jerry
Who had all the roles he could carry.
He never could say,
Despite his great pay,
Just how he made people so merry.

One night in a fresh fit of pique,
He vowed to become more unique,
He’d had quite enough
And left in a huff
To strengthen his acting technique.

Director Chartreuse was appalled.
Her opus had now been forestalled!
Her anger yet grew,
And before Jerry knew,
She’d left his cold body out sprawled.

Poor Jerry lay dead in the snow,
Fit now for a carrion crow.
His number of pieces
No longer increases
But largest is now his big toe.

Along came an actor named Fred,
Who had been quite recently dead.
He took every part
From the crow à la carte,
Assembling them all on his bed.

The process took many a day;
Fred never gave in to dismay.
Endeavor he did,
Though who could he kid?
A human is hard to crochet.

Eventually Fred’s work was done,
And all Jerry’s pieces were one.
Now Jerry demanded
Chartreuse reprimanded,
Perhaps by the end of a gun.

Caught in her own web was Chartreuse;
She saw no clear way to get loose.
But then she did see
A path for all three,
And suddenly begged for a truce.

Now featuring acts Fred and Jerry,
A new play that’s as fun as scary.
Directed Chartreuse
(With Kurt to produce)
The grand Broadway hit: “Sanguinary!”

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