Ted Cruz

September 25th, 2013 → 6:19 am

“[Cruz]…that would make his will
Lord of his reason.”  – Antony and Cleopatra

Everyone’s saying it now, not just Democrats but Republicans too.  Senator Ted Cruz is crazy.

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Guest Post – Krugman & The Crazy Party

September 21st, 2013 → 7:22 am

“For ’tis the sport to have the [politician]
Hoist with his own petard, an’t shall go hard.”  – Hamlet

To say someone “hoist with his own petard” is, of course, a common saying for someone who falls on his own folly, or, shoots himself in the foot, or, has his own evil machinations come back to bite him.  This is what Paul Krugman in  yesterday’s op-ed says the Republican Party has now done to itself.  Baited stupidity and fed lies to its own base enough that now even Republican leaders can’t get them to believe reality.  It’d be funny, if it was threatening the functioning of our government and the life pulse of our economy.

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A Bit of British Humor on the Syrian Situation

September 12th, 2013 → 6:06 am

“Britain’s a world by itself, and we will nothing pay for wearing our own noses.” – Cymbeline

A friend of mine forwarded to me the following bit of British Humor, care of John Cleese:

“The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be ra…ised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.”


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Hassan Rouhani’s Rosh Hashana Tweet

September 8th, 2013 → 7:29 am

Cassius:  “Did [Rouhani] say anything?”

Casca:  “Ay, he spoke [English].”

Cassius:  “To what effect?”

Casca:  “Nay, and I tell you that… those that understood him smiled at one another, and shook their heads; but for mine own part, it was Greek to me.”  – Julius Caesar

They say Israeli’s are “bewildered” by Iranian President Rouhani’s Rosh Hashana greeting.  I’m surprised myself.  But we might as well take him at his word – if he’s going to wish Jews a happy New Year, well, L’shanah tovah!

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The Syrian President

September 6th, 2013 → 6:00 am

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” – Henry IV

A reader of this blog pointed out to me that the last quote (repeated above) could have easily applied to the Syrian President himself, and not just to those who have to figure out what to do about him!  Yes, one hopes that Assad is feeling uneasy right now.  If he isn’t, if he’s enjoying the war and the killing and the international attention, then he’s a psychopath.

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The Syria Question

September 4th, 2013 → 5:23 am

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” – Henry IV

I do not envy Barack Obama and other world leaders who have to decide what to do about Syria.  Punish Assad, don’t punish Assad.  Make a point, don’t make a point.  I have my opinions, but I’m quite glad right now I don’t have the responsibility.

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Women’s Equality Day

August 26th, 2013 → 6:08 am

“A child of our grandmother Eve, a female;
or, for thy more sweet understanding, a woman.”  – Love’s Labor’s Lost

However you want to call her – Eve’s grandchild, a female, a woman – to all girlfriends out there, Happy Women’s Equality Day!  I didn’t even know there was such a thing until recently, but I’m happy to have a chance to celebrate the right to vote and women’s overall equality.  Yeah!

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50th Anniversary March on Washington DC

August 24th, 2013 → 5:40 am

“He doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves.”  – Julius Caesar

There’s an anniversary march in Washington, DC today, to commemorate the very historic civil rights march 50 years ago with Dr. King.  The above quote just reminded me of the statue in honor of King that now graces the National Mall.

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Egypt Is Broken

August 15th, 2013 → 6:05 am

“I see thy glory like a shooting star
Fall to the base earth from the firmament.”  – Richard II

Who didn’t have high hopes for Egypt back in 2011 when Mubarak was overthrown?  And then there were peaceable elections in 2012.  Now, in 2013, we’ve moved to coups, killings, and curfews.  It’s terrifying – and heart-breaking – to behold.

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Frenemies

August 10th, 2013 → 6:27 am

“[Putin],
Whom I will trust as I will adders fanged.”  – Hamlet

Well Obama has called off the Moscow summit.  No surprise there.  I’m not sure if Putin and Obama are friends who act like enemies, or enemies who pretend to be friends, but I do know they trust each other about as much as they would poisonous snakes.

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