Popes & Republicans

March 15th, 2013 → 5:55 am

“These tedious old fools.” – Hamlet

I have to say, I’m a bit disappointed the new pope is another conservative, old white male.  I also can’t believe what I’m hearing out of CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference), that the GOP lost the last election not because of the message they were preaching, but because they just didn’t quite have the right messenger.  No women’s rights, no gay rights, no equality and support for all – nothing needs to change there!  Aren’t these tedious old fools ever going to wake up?  And realize that the world around them is changing?

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Kim Jong-un

March 7th, 2013 → 6:32 am

“If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me;
I had it from my father.”  – Henry VIII

I woke this morning to news that North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, has threatened the U.S. with a nuclear attack.  What?!?!  I guess the kid is upset at proposed U.N. sanctions in response to their latest nuclear test.  All I know is that a hyperactive, testosterone-filled, 29 year old child should not be leading an entire country with nuclear weapons at its disposal.  Crazy dictator.

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Italy’s Election

February 28th, 2013 → 6:10 am

“Here comes a pair of very strange beasts, which in all tongues are called fools.” – As You Like It

Italy had a national election this past weekend, that resulted in a stalemate.  Apparently two of the biggest winners were Silvio Berlusconi, a corrupt, misogynistic, zombie-like fool, and Beppe Grillo, a comedian and actual fool.  All I can think to say is:  thank you Italy, for making us look not half so bad in comparison.

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February 7th, 2013 → 7:50 am

“How i’th’ name of thrift
Do [they] rake this together?”  – Henry VIII

The sequestration date is fast approaching (March 1) and it makes one wonder, what are they thinking?  Obama’s latest proposal appears to kick the can down the road yet again, but the Republicans are being as intractable as ever.  How in the name of thrift and good governance do they keep getting away with this stuff?

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Inauguration Weekend

January 18th, 2013 → 8:23 am

Let’s have one other gaudy night.  Call to me
All my sad captains.  Fill our bowls once more.
Let’s mock the midnight bell.”  – Antony and Cleopatra

The inauguration parties for Obama’s second term swearing-in begin this weekend.  I believe it’s going to last more than one single gaudy night.

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Guest Post – Political Ideologies

December 30th, 2012 → 5:52 am

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”  – Hamlet

or, as New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat put it regarding the political ideologies dominating Washington these days:

    “…more things are possible in heaven and earth than are dreamed of by John Boehner and Harry Reid.”

If only those other possibilities could make their way to Congress, and quickly!

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The Puck of Economics

December 23rd, 2012 → 6:03 am

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I’m reading Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar right now.  It’s not nearly as good as A Beautiful Mind, but that isn’t actually the point.  The point is that I just read the passage (p. 245) where the British Prime Minister Lloyd George called the famous economist John Maynard Keynes “the Puck of economics” for being such a mischief maker during the Peace Conference in Paris after WWI.  If only PM George had listened to Keynes, more than mocked him, history might have been so different!

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Gun Control

December 17th, 2012 → 8:29 am

“Patch grief with proverbs.” – Much Ado About Nothing

or platitudes, or song lyrics, or other stupid sayings that many people think are helpful but that tend to just grate on my nerves.  Wouldn’t it help to stop the grief of mass shootings if we implemented stricter gun control laws, for example on assault weapons?  My husband thinks such laws would be useless in stopping gun violence, but just because we can’t stop something totally, does that mean we don’t even try to limit it marginally?

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Sexiest Man Alive

November 28th, 2012 → 8:50 am

“O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible,
As a nose on a man’s face, or a weathercock on a steeple!”  – Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Onion did a satire on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, calling him the Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.  But apparently, not everyone realized it was a joke!  China’s People’s Daily newspaper picked up the piece and went with it.  How funny!!

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

November 26th, 2012 → 5:52 am

“My nearest and dearest enemy.” – Henry IV, Part I

I chose this quote because it is actually spoken by the king to and of his son, the future Henry V.  Meaning, sometimes our closest friends, neighbors, and even relatives, can seem like our enemies – but they’re not.  The future Henry V redeemed himself (at least in Shakespeare’s plays) from a scapegrace to a decent king.  What seems like our enemy one day, may be our future the next.  Who knows what this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict will bring, but I continue to hold out hope that something good can eventually be worked out…

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