A Random Thread (BevnTempe)

Brian has done a fantastic job of providing threads for BackChannel bloggers to respond to with their pros and cons and varied opinions.  He put out a call for help with new threads.  I wrote back that nothing inspired me right now but I would think about it.  That wasn’t fair to him.  I contribute comments, but couldn’t come up with anything to write to help him. 

So, I started thinking.  As I said, no particular subject inspires me at present.  I came up with random thoughts that are not connected.  I’m lising some of my thoughts, and hopefully, you can help Brian by doing the same.

My random thoughts:

I’m tired of just about everything the Republicans have to say about anything.  To me, they make no sense, but it’s forecast that they will regain several seats in Congress this November.  I don’t understand why.

I sincerely hope that the next Supreme Court justice can be chosen without a huge fight by the Republicans, just because they have a right to have a fight. Do they really think that Obama will chose someone who leans more right than left because that’s what they want? Again they make no sense to me.

I don’t understand how Republicans can be so obviously hypocritical about just about everything and do it with a straight face.  Don’t they know there are years of video tape that show otherwise – or is it they just don’t care?

IMO, Sarah is not worth thinking about.

I’m not ready for the heat that I know is coming to Arizona in a month or so.  I’m a native, but it seems to bother me more each year.  Have no desire to move away but am thinking about visiting cooler places in the summer. 

I’m thinking about joining PFLAG.  I like the volunteer jobs I’m involved with.  Maybe I’m just naïve about most things.  I want a new refrigerator.  I would like to lose 5 pounds.  I like doing jigsaw puzzles.  I’m going to my 50th high school reunion this October.  UGH.

As you can see, there isn’t a big issue right now.  Only random thoughts.  I’m sure that you can do much better.  Give it a try.

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42 responses to “A Random Thread (BevnTempe)

  1. Bev your first sentence is pure poetry!

    🙂

  2. TempeBev

    Glad you like it – it’ definitely sincere!

  3. You’re far too kind!

    (waits for nanny to suggest “we should get a room”)

    haha

  4. dog's eye view

    Bringing this forward; thread changed while I was typing. Re dnd comment on Matt Taibbi post.

    (Now to read Bev’s post.)

    ==============

    Here’s that Brooks column, and it’s worth a Backchannel thread of its own to discuss.

    It’s even worse than I remembered. Classic.

    Brooks was seeing the effects of the economy’s downturn/restructuring due to globalization, pre-cataclysm (when everyone took notice).

    He observed unemployed mid-life men who wouldn’t take worse jobs and put it down to laziness and poor character on the part of displaced. He couldn’t see or admit the underlying change in the whole economic structure.

    Meanwhile, Brooks observed the investment bankers, hedge fund managers (think “banksters”), and other well-compensated professionals — in Washington, they’re Brooks’ neighbors — showing up at their offices and striving away for their hard-earned rewards. Ya think?

    The link to the NYTimes article (and series) Brooks is addressing will follow.

    (Apologies for the all caps quotes. Does WordPress provide italics for commenters?)

    Bye-Bye, Bootstraps
    August 3, 2006

    http://select.nytimes.com/2006/08/03/opinion/03brooks.html

    “… Through some screw-up in the moral superstructure, we now have a plutocratic upper class infused with the staid industriousness of Ben Franklin, while we are apparently seeing the emergence of a Wal-Mart leisure class — devil-may-care middle-age slackers who live off home-equity loans and disability payments so they can surf the History Channel and enjoy fantasy football leagues.

    For the first time in human history, the rich work longer hours than the proletariat.

    Today’s super-wealthy no longer [jet off to Europe] … Instead, their lives are marked by sleep deprivation and conference calls, and their idea of leisure is jetting off to Aspen to hear Zbigniew Brzezinski [speak at conferences].

    Meanwhile, down the income ladder, the percentage of middle-age men who have dropped out of the labor force has doubled over the past 40 years, to over 12 percent. Many of the men have disabilities. Others struggle to find work. But in a recent DINNER-PARTY DOMINATING ARTICLE (“italics” dog’s) The Times’s Louis Uchitelle and David Leonhardt describe two men who are not exactly Horatio Alger wonderboys.

    Christopher Priga, 54, earned a six-figure income as an electrical engineer at Xerox but is now shown relaxing at a coffee shop with a book and a smoke while waiting for a job commensurate with his self-esteem. “To be honest, I’m kind of looking for the home run,” he said. “There’s no point in hitting for base hits.”

    Alan Beggerow, once a steelworker, now sleeps nine hours day, reads two or three books a week, writes Amazon reviews, practices the piano and writes Louis L’Amour-style westerns. “I have come to realize that my free time is worth a lot to me,” he said.

    … But I try not to judge these gentlemen harshly. WHAT I SEE IS A MIGRATION OF VALUES. Once upon a time, middle-class men would have defined their dignity by their ability to work hard, provide for their family and live as self-reliant members of society. But these fellows, to judge by their quotations, define their dignity the same way the subjects of Thorstein Veblen’s “The Theory of the Leisure Class” defined theirs.

    … In other words, the values that used to prevail among the manorial estates have migrated to parts of mass society while THE GRINDING WORK ETHIC OF THE IMMIGRANT PREVAILS IN THE STRATOSPHERE.”

    ====

    That’s right. The upper class is working like Haitians off the boat, while the middle class reads novels. David Brooks said this so it must be true.

    Brooks does not comment on the third man profiled in the article, a former prisoner and recovered drug addict. Because, you know, he made his bed.

  5. dog's eye view

    Here’s the NYTimes 2006 article by David Leonhardt and Louis Uchitelle that David Brooks riffed off.

    Men Not Working, and Not Wanting Just Any Job

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/31/business/31men.html?pagewanted=all

    Part of the Times’ series with blurb: ” THE NEW GENDER DIVIDE
    Men, Idle and in Their Prime
    Articles in this series are examining what has happened to men and women several decades after the women’s movement began.”

    Except what their writers actually caught was an economy that was beginning to collapse on itself. It’s structural — as the Europeans sussed out earlier (and are credited for, in the article). And the graphics make clear it’s somewhat regional — West Virginia, Kentucky, anyone?

    It’s not as much a matter of personal character or choice as Mr. Brooks would have us believe.

  6. dog's eye view

    Bev: PFLAG would be so lucky to have you. And its time has come. They’ve done so much good work (as have you).

    We live in unstable times. It’s not surprising that you are tired of following current events, and the constant negativity that accompanies change and uncertainty.

    Brian has carried this blog — credit where due — and the graphic he’s chosen for this thread is excellent. (I revere your eye for composition and appropriate artwork — the scarecrow and so many items. Makes up for treating us to too much Glenn Beck and other pundidiots.)

  7. dog's eye view

    Here’s link to archived 2006 reader comments on Brooks’ blog. To a person, they got it when he did not.

    (Is Leisure the New Work Ethic, about 2/3 down the page.)

    http://brooks.blogs.nytimes.com/page/6/

  8. dog's eye view

    Here’s an easier link to the reader comments.

    http://brooks.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/08/03/is-leisure-the-new-work-ethic/

    Apologies for monopolizing the thread.

    I had always meant to blog about David Brooks on this very column, since he’s so often charmingly oblivious.

  9. The Fascist Nazi Republicans want another of Hitler’s judges on the SCOTUS and will do everything it can to block whomever President Obama chooses to nominate.

    We have Roberts and Alito who have given the Corporations the right to buy our representatives just like Hitler and Mussolini supported Fascism the Nazi judges have done the same thing.

    We imprisoned and executed Hitlers Lawyers and Judges after trying them at Nuremberg, now its time to try them here in America.

    Who really expects to receive Justice if they have an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court when there is a War Criminal sitting on it (Jay Bybee)?

    Or another War Criminal (John Yoo) teaching Constitutional Law to upcoming lawyers.

    When the Nazi Republicans start the next Civil War here at home we should show them no mercy when we win again and execute every one of them for Treason.

    Starting with those in the House and Senate who pretend their loyal Americans instead of wearing their swastikas and iron crosses.

    May the Angel Of Death strike them all down including any and all evil seeds of Satan they spawned.

    God Bless.

  10. And lets not forget the Kapo’s Lieberman and Cantor.

    God Bless.

  11. I know, I know, now tell us how you really feel.

    Later gang.

    God Bless.

  12. nannymm

    Here’s a random thought that I can’t seem to get out of my head.

    Those 29 miners in W. Virginia didn’t have to die. If they had been unionized, they probably would not have gone into that mine. If card check were passed, they would almost certainly have joined the union. If the rethugs didn’t keep opposing card check and unions, they that would have been a union mine. So…. how many of those miners voted for the rethugs? How many put their anti-gay, anti-abortion, pro-gun, and pro-religion agenda ahead of an agenda that might have saved their own lives? How many of their family members and friends and neighbors will now see the light?

  13. tonyb39

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/35776.html

    “Agitated McCain: Don’t call me a maverick”

  14. Arizona passes strict illegal immigration act

    The bill directs police to determine the immigration status of noncriminals if there is a ‘reasonable suspicion’ they are undocumented. Immigrant rights groups say it amounts to a police state.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-arizona-immigration14-2010apr14,0,4677282.story

    It amuses me that people who are shouting the loudest that health care is unconstitutional then go on to pass a law like this!

  15. Jon Stewart “Warns” Tea Baggers To Stay Away From GOP (VIDEO)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/14/jon-stewart-warns-tea-bag_n_536907.html

    Candy Crowly, along with many members of the MSM could take a few pointers from Jon Stewart.

  16. VA Gov McDonnell Institutes Writing Test For Felons Seeking Voting Rights

    http://www.google.com/search?q=candy+crowley&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

    Seriously, the man is a pig!

  17. Bo Obama’s First Anniversary: One Year In The White House (VIDEOS, PHOTOS, POLL)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/14/bo-obamas-first-anniversa_n_536334.html

  18. TempeBev

    There are a bunch of weirdos who are elected officials in Arizona both state and Fed. I think we’re trying to become the new south of the southwestern states. I just truly amazes me.

  19. Well no state is impervious Bev, as doots reminded us the other day. But Az does seem to be becoming a hot bed of this shit as of late. Any ideas why? Do you think it could have something to do with the high rate of retirees living in the state?

  20. Birther Army Doc Gets Help From Fmr. GOP Hill Staffer And Ex-Senator’s Foundation

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/04/birther_army_doc_gets_help_from_fmr_gop_insider_an.php?ref=fpa

    Another loon in the nest.

  21. nannymm

    ACLU And Human Rights Watch Report Calls On South Carolina And Alabama To Stop Segregating Prisoners With HIV

    Alabama and South Carolina should immediately end their policies of segregating prisoners with HIV from the rest of the population, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch concluded in a report released today. According to the report, prisoners in designated HIV units in both states face stigma, harassment and systemic discrimination that amount to inhuman and degrading treatment.
    http://www.aclu.org/hiv-aids-prisoners-rights/aclu-and-human-rights-watch-report-calls-south-carolina-and-alabama-stop-s

  22. nannymm

    That “Politics In The American South” article was excellent, Brian. Thanks for posting it.

  23. My nephew the lobbyist sent me the link, good kid!

  24. nannymm

    Hubby and I went to the Oklahoma City Memorial on our way home from Texas a number of years ago. It was actually out of our way but was a must stop for us. We got there late at night and spent a few hours at the Memorial. It was right after 9-11, so it was especially moving for us. To see the chairs and the reflecting pool was so sad, yet somehow comforting, as well. The little chairs dedicated to the children were much harder to bear; there was no comfort in seeing them. I recorded about 2hrs of video at the site, haven’t looked at it in years but maybe it’s time to show my grandson. And explain to him what happens when people like McVeigh are so consumed with fear and hatred…..
    God! I hope and pray that no one takes it into his head to try such a thing ever again! But, I fear that such a crazy is already out there….

  25. It’s interesting to see how both the right and left are responding to the upcoming anniversary of the bombing. The left seems to be spending in discussion and reflection over the events and those involved. Many of the right thinks it’s a perfect time to take to the streets and parade their guns. Very telling.

  26. Off to Hester Street, the land of my ancestors.

  27. nannymm

    A little late, but absolutely worth reading:

    Holocaust Remembrance Day, No Tea Party

    I could be wrong, but I doubt we’ll see any Tea Baggers stepping up for Holocaust Remembrance Day this weekend. Unless it’s to celebrate or deny the Holocaust. And that’s exactly why they’re so dangerous.
    They want to know about real deprivation and oppression, they should ask a Holocaust survivor.
    The Holocaust was the worst crime against humanity in modern history. Not only Jews should be honoring its more than 11 million victims.
    http://open.salon.com/blog/sally_swift/2010/04/08/holocaust_remembrance_day_no_tea_party

  28. TempeBev

    The retirees could be part of the problem. I’m retired, but I’m not part of the problem. LOL

  29. nannymm

    I can’t imagine you being a problem at all, Bev. Now, Brian….. well THAT is another story. 😉

  30. nannymm

    Uninformed Limbaugh Wonders ‘Where Was The Union’ At Non-Union Mine Disaster
    http://thinkprogress.org/2010/04/13/limbaugh-coal-mine/

  31. nannymm

    These southern states never learn.

    Miss. county schools ordered to comply with desegregation order

    A federal judge Tuesday ordered a rural county in southwestern Mississippi to stop segregating its schools by grouping African American students into all-black classrooms and allowing white students to transfer to the county’s only majority-white school, the U.S. Justice Department announced.
    The order, issued by Senior Judge Tom S. Lee of the U.S. District Court of Southern Mississippi, came after Justice Department civil rights division lawyers moved to enforce a 1970 desegregation case against the state and Walthall County.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/13/AR2010041302867_pf.html

  32. Evening peeps. This is pretty interesting:

    Poll Finds Tea Party Anger Rooted in Issues of Class

    The fierce animosity that Tea Party supporters harbor toward
    Washington and President Obama in particular is rooted in
    deep pessimism about the direction of the country and the
    conviction that the policies of the Obama administration are
    disproportionately directed at helping the poor rather than
    the middle class or the rich, according to the latest New
    York Times/CBS News poll.

    Read More:
    http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na

  33. nannymm

    This proves that these tea baggers are intellectually challenged.

    “Some defended being on Social Security while fighting big government by saying that since they had paid into the system, they deserved the benefits.
    Others could not explain the contradiction.
    “That’s a conundrum, isn’t it?” asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. “I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added, “I didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed my mind.”

  34. My favorite tweet of the day:

    Andy Borowitz BorowitzReport

    Library of Congress to Acquire Entire Twitter Archive; Will Rename Itself ‘Museum of Crap’

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