Where Are the Grown-ups?

Quotes of the day about the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico:


“We’re now looking at a scenario where response plans include lighting the ocean on fire, pouring potent chemicals into the water, and using trash and human hair to stop the flow of oil,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, in a letter to President Barack Obama calling for a formal moratorium on new offshore drilling permits. “If this is the backup plan, we need to rethink taking the risk in the first place.”

“It’s anger at the people who are supposed to be driving the ship (who) don’t have any idea what’s going on,” said E.J. Boles, 55, a musician from Big Pine Key, Fla. “Why wouldn’t they have any contingency plan? I’m not a genius and even I would have thought of that.”

“Everything in that marsh is dead as we speak,” Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said after touring the clogged marshes. “Had you fallen off that boat yesterday and come up breathing that stuff, you probably wouldn’t be here, either.”


Stick a Fork in Me…

…I’m done.  With politics, with the Democratic party, with listening to the blabbering talking heads and pundits.  Everything.  I can’t take it anymore.  This country is getting dumber as each day passes.  I’m beyond caring at this point. 

If “the People” want to keep things the way they were 50, 60 or 100 years ago, I say let ’em have it.   If they’re that dim, then they deserve the country they get under President Palin or whatever reactionary idiot they choose.  Education, science, reason, intelligence…forget about it.  “The People” just want someone they can knock back a beer with. 

Count me out.

Cats are better.  Put your trust in animals, they never let you down.


Palin’ Around with Excuses

One of my favorite blogs is Margaret and Helen right here on WordPress. 

Helen is an eighty-four year old gal from Texas who has more political smarts and all-around intelligence than the whole Republican party plus the Tea-baggers combined. 

Currently Helen’s trying to wade through Sarah Palin’s “book”–Going Rogue

Here is an excerpt from that tome and Helen’s trenchant comment on it:

Consider the following excerpt from the book which refers to a State Trooper who pulled her over for an illegal joy ride on a snow machine:

“It was Christmas Day; we were out in the middle of nowhere, a couple of kids on a snowmachine up against a big dude with a gun and a badge. I couldn’t help but wondering about his priorities, if he really didn’t have more important things to do, like catching a bad guy, or helping a poor old lady haul in her firewood for the night. Looking back, maybe that was my first brush with the skewed priorities of government.


And that, dear Margaret, sums up my issue with Sarah Palin and so many others like her. They are so quick to look for the “bad guys” in everyone else never seeing the one staring back at them in the mirror each morning.

Boy, has Helen hit the proverbial nail on the head. 

My son-in-law is a newly sworn in peace officer in our small city and has been on the  job for about two months now.  Already he has encountered people just like Palin who feel they are entitled to special treatment for reasons only they know but are unable to articulate; yet they somehow still consider themselves above the law.

One traffic stop involved a man who didn’t make a complete stop at an intersection well known to be one of the more dangerous ones in the city.  (He not only didn’t stop, he sailed through at 40 miles an hour near a school zone.)   The man sarcastically asked my son-in-law if he should get out and walk around the truck at a stop sign to prove that he had stopped long enough.  Unrattled, my SIL responded with “Whatever you’d like to do, sir” and proceeded to ticket the offensive offender. 

Another stop was for a truck that had a broken tail-light.  Usually this would have resulted in just a warning for the driver, but upon checking the truck out, SIL discovered the inspection stickers for the truck (necessary in Texas before a car can be insured) AND his vehicle registration both had expired a couple of years ago.  The driver asserted that he drove this truck only on his ranch (but was caught driving it on public streets), so he didn’t need stickers or registration.  Wrong on all counts.  This jerk went on to ask SIL if he was a “rookie” cop because the ones in Houston, where he was from, wouldn’t have ticketed him.  Uh huh.  Right. 

Why is it Palin is always making excuses (or making up excuses) for herself?  Police officers, State Troopers, sheriff’s deputies, etc.,  put their lives on the line every day.  It’s predictably emblematic of her to complain about the way the trooper was carrying out his duty so she could pull the focus away from her wrongdoing.  In other words, it wasn’t illegal until she had the bad luck to be caught by the trooper.  He’s the one to blame.

For the life of me, I don’t understand why someone so anti-government would even want to run for the second highest governmental office in the land as she did. 

But again, losing the election had nothing to do with her short-comings. 

It was someone else’s fault.  Naturally.

Do us a favor, Ms. Palin—stop making crap up.



Whiplash inducing quote of the day from Sarah Palin’s new tome Going Rogue:

(Palin) pretends no particular familiarity with the Middle East, the Iraq war or Islamic politics — “I knew the history of the conflict,” she writes, “to the extent that most Americans did.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa…wait a cotton pickin’ minute.  This is the woman who would have been a heartbeat away from the Presidency and she’s admitting that she shares the same amount of knowledge about these extremely important and volatile areas of the world as the average “Joe Six-Pack”? 

For my part, I want someone sitting in the White House who knows a helluva lot more about everything than I do, not as much—or God help us—less. 

How many “average” Americans can even find Iraq on the map, much less know the history of its conflict?  Yet this is a mere technicality for Palin.  No biggie.  She’ll just do a quick skim of a position paper on the way to her inauguration.  What’s all the fuss about?  You liberal-leaning-media types are always carping…..

To this end, I dedicate this ATC to Sarah Palin and her non-existent desire to learn more about the world outside of her little bailiwick—Alaska.