The Dawn of Real Reform

After a Herculean Effort, President Obama saw the passage of the Comprehensive Health Care Reform bill by Congress late last night.

Reforms that will see coverage expand for millions of Americans who currently are uninsured or under-insured, Republican and Democrat alike! Even though Republicans tried hard to rally against it and they held fast to that stance to the end because, voting sadly held to the party lines, even though they also will benefit equally by passing of this bill.

Reform that just the thought of caused Rush Limbaugh to announce that if this bill passed, he might have to move to another country, one with universal health care, I might add.

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The Bohemian Grove Theory

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently – Friedrich Nietzsche

I have the distinct pleasure, or misfortune as it may be, of being an acquaintance of an actual card-carrying member of the infamous Bohemian Grove Club.

Telling stories was “Bill’s” favorite thing to do from shooting animals on an African Safari to his travel escapades; he had a story for every occasion, but most of all he loved telling about his trips to Bohemian Grove.

I remember at the time not being overly impressed by the tales he regaled us with; like the “martini machine” or to “running naked” in the redwoods with the likes of Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, or James Baker. Lest you think I am kidding about the running naked in the redwoods, here is what President Clinton had to say about the Bohemian Grove, “The Bohemian club! Did you say Bohemian club? That’s where all those rich Republicans go up and stand naked against redwood trees right? I’ve never been to the Bohemian club…”

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The Exercise of Poor Judgment

I was talking to a friend last night and was lamenting the fact that I did not know what I was going to blog about today.

Well, thanks to NPR, this gem crossed my path this morning!

I was on Facebook this morning and I saw this link on my wall so I clicked the link to read the story.

Stunned disbelief is a gross understatement for what I am feeling right now.

Evidently, there is nothing wrong with writing memos that sanctions the harsh interrogation of alleged terrorist detainees, outside of it being an exercise of poor judgment.

Clearly, there is no justice in the justice system.

I am left wondering if Bush’s shenanigans will ever catch up with him and his cronies.

If you are interested in reading the entire memo from the Office of the Assistant Attorney General, you can find it here.

Knights in Shining Armor

Today there is celebration over the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee all across the world.

Great, Glorious, Shout it from the Mountain Tops Celebration!

I mean, after all, how often does your knight in shining armor fly in to secure your release from the ogre in the castle?

In addition, how often does the Knight secure your release and allow the Ogre to save face.

All in all, a very good day.

Add to all this Sock Summit ’09 begins tomorrow – a monumental week to be sure!

Surely, there are not enough knitted socks in the world – if there were, Ogres would not be so ogre-ish. More people would be spending more time talking to each other about the fab socks adorning each others feet and what new socks are in process! Knights in Shining Armor would not need to come to the aid of Damsels in Distress, they would come in search of the Holy Grail – hand knit socks to adorn their feet.

If you have not experienced the luxury of a hand knit sock on your foot you have not lived.

It is not hard; it just requires a small amount of determination, a simple pattern, some sock yarn, and some pointy sticks.

Won’t you join me in working towards World Peace – one hand knitted sock at a time?

Oh, and…

Welcome home Ladies!

Let Freedom Ring

I recently heard this on NPR and I found myself moved by both the story and song. Therefore, you can only imagine my surprise upon hearing that many were outraged by Rene Marie’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.

Outrage? Seriously?

I guess I just don’t get it…at all.

What in this is outrage worthy?

I ask you, what is there to be outraged over in the words she so eloquently sang?

I am proud to be an American, and extremely proud of the ability that we all have in our freedom of speech that our Constitution upholds for us!

I will leave you with the youtube video of Ms. Marie singing along with the annual tradition that NPR has of reading the Declaration of Independence.

Have a safe and blessed fourth!

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Provoking thoughts for Thirsty Thursday

I recently found a new podcast – The Dinner Party Download. I have been enjoying it tremendously; the hosts are Rico Gagliano and Brendan Frances Newnam of Marketplace Money fame.

Anyways, the idea behind the podcast is to give you “…a fast and funny “booster shot” of unconventional news, cuisine, and culture to help you win this weekend’s dinner party,” and one of this week’s “unconventional news” items was this stunning piece of information: over 50% of Americans think that torture is acceptable in some circumstances.

Yes, you read that right that would be over 50%.

I do not know about you, but that news saddened and depressed me.

Greatly.

I think that maybe the just under 50% of us that do not think that torture is acceptable in any circumstances need to be a bit more vocal about our belief that torture does not add any value to our society, nor does it make us any safer as a nation.

Seriously, Gentle Reader, if your beliefs on this issue lie in category that mine do – the less that 50% category, then we need to open our mouths, pick up a pen, or send off an email to our representatives in Washington DC and do so quickly.

In case you have never written to your elected officials, modern technology has made it incredibly simple. You can do it all online, and with amazing ease! I encourage you to try it!

To end this on a more positive and warm fuzzy note (yes, that would be a fiber reference!) I have been knitting and spinning. I would have snapped some photos to share with you today, but the sun has evidently gone on vacation. Bad lighting does not a good picture make. Stay tuned for sweater updates, spinning updates, and what is fresh off the loom!

Now I am off to gather the ingredients to make a “Casey’s Killjoy” from Alex and Ika’s.

Cheers!

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